unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:24pm
Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel

Did you know that Until Angels Close My Eyes in the last book of a trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel? In case you missed them, here are the first two books:

Angels Watching Over Me
Sixteen-year-old Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:36pm

Although I haven't read this title, now that you've brought it to my attention, I want to!
Meanwhile, I have listed four titles below that I hope you might enjoy.

Footfree and Fancyloose: a Novel by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. (Rocehlle, it's the sequel to Bass Ackwards and Belly Up!)

Harper, Sophie, and Kate continue to pursue their dreams of writing, acting, and self-discovery through aid work, while their friend Becca explores college and her relationship with her boyfriend, Stuart.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 1:31pm

hope that you will enjoy reading some of these books.


Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Mon, 12/06/2010 - 4:05pm

Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.


Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone.

In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.


Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi.

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:41pm

I’m glad you liked Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter. The library has many more good historical fiction books. Here are a few you might also enjoy.


For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.


The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller.

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 4:00pm

Here are some more titles about high school kids that I hope you will enjoy.


Hidden Talents by David Lubar.

When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.


Dairy Queen :a Novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.