unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
05/27/2013 - 3:31am
Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

In Taemon's world, the community of Deliverance, all activity and actions take place through the use of telekenesis.For example, no hands are needed when eating. One simply lifts the food into one's mouth through the power of thought. In fact, it is considered unseemly to use one's hands at all in the book Freakling, by Lana Krumweide. Additionally, Taemon is able to harness his psi in a rather unconventional way. He is able to let his mind wander.  This enables him to see into the inner workings of things.  But allowing one's mind to wander is forbidden.Taemon is an out-of-the-box thinker in a world that wants to box everyone in.

05/20/2013 - 3:30am
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Josie Moraine was named after one of the most famous madams in New Orleans. Her mother, Louise, earns her living working as a prostitute for another notorious Big Easy madam—Willie Woodley. Josie supplements her own income from her beloved book store employment by cleaning Willie’s brothel. But, in Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys, Josie Moraine would gladly leave her past behind in a heartbeat. She harbors dreams of attending Smith College. Although she’s applied, she has no idea how she would ever pay the exorbitant tuition…or, more importantly, fit into such a different scenario.

05/16/2013 - 3:18pm
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Cafe Book participants at Spotsylvania Middle School have read, discussed and enjoyed the selected books of this year, but only the best titles make the list of "Top Picks."

Top Pick:

This year's favorite is clearly Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three teenaged descendants of Medusa (the once beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology) must unite and embrace thier fates to overcome the monsters walking hte streets of San Francisco.
 

Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  

Starters by Lissa PriceWonder by R. J. Palacio

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Starters by Lissa Price

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

05/16/2013 - 3:05pm
Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen.  The 7th and 8th grade students at Rodney Thompson Middle School have chosen their favorite titles for this year's Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.

 

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans



Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.

 

 

 

Other Favorites:

Starters by Lissa Price Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

05/16/2013 - 3:14pm
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Gayle Middle School's 7th and 8th graders have voted on the top picks of this year's Cafe Book titles to determine which ones are their absolute favorites.

Top Pick:

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.


Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi AshtonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsGirl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Sheltr by Harlan CobenStarters by Lissa Price This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Starters by Lissa Price

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

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05/16/2013 - 3:13pm
Starters by Lissa Price

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

The Top Pick:

Starters by Lissa Price

In a future Beverly Hills, biological warfare has made sixteen year-old Callie and her younger brother orphans. In order to survive, Callie agrees to the newest fad – body renting – where seniors use her body to re-live their youth, but she ends up caught in a web of lies and assassins. 


Other Favorites:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Everneath by Brodi Ashton Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans Outlaw by Stephen Davis Sheltr by Harlan Coben Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth---middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading.