Crazy Messy Beautiful, by Carrie Arcos. Falling repeatedly in love but unable to succeed in the style of the poet who inspired his name, 16-year-old Neruda Diaz is partnered on a school assignment with a girl unlike anyone he typically falls for and discovers the magic and mess of a romance born from friendship. Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.
Alex & Eliza, by Melissa de la Cruz. “Hamilton” for the YA set. The New York Times best-selling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants series brings to life the romance between young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Read the Historical Novel Society here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal. The author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different presents an accessible, carefully researched portrait of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state that traces her unconventional upbringing, political achievements and devotion to activist causes. Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.
Nightstruck (Nightstruck Series, vol. 1), by Jenna Black. Struggling with her parents’ divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community. Read Tor 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.
Click on the book cover image or the title below to access the book record in our catalog!
School of Laughs (I Funny, vol. 5), Dog’s Best Friend and Escape to Australia (Middle School, vols.8 and 9), all by James Patterson.
The End of Oz and Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, vols. 3 and 4), by Danielle Page.
New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.
Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review