Hunted, by Meagan Spooner. A Young Adult/Russian interpretation of Beauty and the Beast.
- First lines:
- BEAST: We always know before the change comes. When a storm approaches we feel it in the thickness of the air, the tension in the earth awaiting the blanket of snow.
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones, and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when he loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva’s secretly relieved: out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses; or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance–the Beast.
Kirkus review here, Booklist review here,
Honestly Ben, by Bill Konigsberg.
- First line:
- According to the swim instructor at the Gilford gym, I had the worst buoyancy of any human he’d ever seen.
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that’ll mean a full scholarship–but Rafe’s still there, there’s a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant but demanding father.
Kirkus review here. Booklist starred review here, School Library Journal starred review here.
Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. “Scythe” is one of four 2017 Printz Honor Books, which are awarded yearly to books geared to young adults that exemplify “literary excellence in young adult literature.”
Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. The best-selling author of the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” trilogy presents the story of a guilt-ridden hero, a dreamer librarian and a girl with dangerous powers who all combat monsters and treachery in the aftermath of a war between gods and men. Read the Kirkus review here.
The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.
A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.
2017 TTT Nominees.
The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:
- Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
- Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
- Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan (for the record: Hilarious)
- We Will Not Be Silent, by Russell Freedman
- Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
- The Diabolic, by S. J. Kincaid
- Starflight, by Melissa Landers
- Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
- All We Have Left, by Wendy Mills
- This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
- If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (One of the best books ever. I cried. The audio version is also one of the best book recordings for YA.)
The best-selling book by Nicola Yoon is now a movie, due for release later this spring/early summer.
Maddie has lived a sheltered existence most of her life, which her mother explains is due to her life-threatening allergies. When Maddie befriends – and falls in love with – Oliver, the boy next door, she embarks on an adventure that not only risks her life, but forces her to reconsider her condition, her relation to her mother, and her love for Ollie.
Click here for more information on the movie, and more about author Nicola Yoon and the book. Come check it out!
The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jay Asher – has received rave reviews for its actors, its storyline, and the authenticity with which it presents every parent’s worst nightmare.
After committing suicide, Hannah Baker leaves behind seven cassette tapes that are delivered to various classmates and one adult. Clay Jenkins, with whom Hannah had a close friendship, is accused of being one of the thirteen reasons she chose to end her life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 24, and proportionally more boys than girls commit suicide: 81% in contrast to 19%. As of March 2015, approximately 4,600 young people have committed suicide. Read more about the CDC report here. The Nemours Foundation provides a comprehensive explanation on teen suicide here.
Click on the trailer above for a glimpse of the Netflix series, and click here for a short history its creation. Click here for a short featurette on the young actors who portray the main characters, and how they interpret the reasons that drove Hannah’s drastic decision to kill herself.