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.
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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
Start the New Year off with great reads! Click on any of the images above or on the title below to access a record and description for each book, and click on the book review organization (Kirkus, to read a short synopsis and review. Listed alphabetically by author.
Essential Maps for the Lost, by Deb Caletti. Kirkus review here. (Realistic Fiction)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird Trilogy, vol. 2), by Claudia Gray. My Thoughts, Literally! review here. (Science Fiction)
Spindle, by E. K. Johnston. Teenreads review here. (Fantasy)
The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner. Publishers Weekly review here. (Realistic Fiction)