Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Everlost

 

Book #1 of the Skinjacker Trilogy

This book begins with a car crash. Allie is suddenly rushing down a tunnel when Nick slams into her and they both come tumbling out. They find themselves completely unscathed in the middle of a forest. They meet a boy and he tells them that they have been dead for nine months. They travel throughout the world of the “almost dead”. In this realm of the “Everlost”, objects that have been loved and cared for and have died tragically (such as a birthday cake that was lovingly prepared by a mother and has fallen off a table) earn a “share of eternity”. However the kids in this world remember themselves in life, that is how they appear in the Everlost. Nick and Allie have quarrels with bands of thugs made up of almost dead kids that try to harm them. They defeat a monster named “The McGill”, then they take a ride in the Hindenburg, and they even jump into random living people’s skins and control them (this is called being a Skinjacker). It sounds quite morbid, and the cover of the book looks scary, but it really is not. Are you looking for a quirky adventure? Everlost is the right book for you!

 

Bodhi (Teen Reviewer)

IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen

Since the birth of her twin brothers, twelve year-old Ivy feels increasingly invisible and things get only worse after a devastating tornado rips through her town, completely destroying her home. Not only does Ivy try to make sense her living situation, her distant family, and her love life, she desperately needs to find her misplaced journal filled with all of her secret poems and drawings, like the one where she is holding another girls hand. This lyrically told story of first love, community resilience, and finding ones voice is perfect for fans of Erin Entrada Kelly or Jason Reynolds.

-KC

Slay by Brittney Morris

Slay

SLAY is a virtual reality, role-playing fantasy game connecting and celebrating the black community but when the anonymous African-American teen developer learns of the death of a fellow player, she is suddenly consumed with guilt and fear, questioning all of her decisions. This debut novel showcases racial injustice in an unique and creative way while embracing true blackness in STEM and beyond. For fans of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or Warcross by Marie Lu.

-KC

Refugee by Alan Gratz

71TYwaGsuIL1930s Nazi Germany, Josef and his Jewish family must flee the country, to escape the madness of Hitler, and the horrors of WWII.
1994 Cuba, Isabel’s family and fellow residents encounter civil unrest, riots, and dictator Castro with hopes for a better future in America.
2015 Syria, the Middle East war rages on, destroying the country, leaving Mahmoud, his parents, and siblings on a dangerous journey to Europe.
This story does not shy away from the atrocities of war, the unconditional sacrifices or the treacherous travel conditions refugees must face. And although this is an immensely important and very current topic, I was unhappy with how the stories jump from one character to another, making it rather difficult to find cohesiveness.
– KC

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The lightning thief

Percy Jackson has gotten kicked out of many schools.  All these weird things keep happening to him.  It isn’t his fault.  But then it gets a little overwhelming.  A Minotaur is chasing him!  Eventually, he is guided to a camp called Camp Halfblood where he finds out that his dad is a Greek God.  At this camp, there are other children of Greek Gods. However, things go wrong when the King of the Gods, Zeus, accuses Percy of stealing his weapon. That sends Percy on a quest to find it. Will he come up short or will he be the hero?  Read the Lightning Thief.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Hoot

 

Another state another school. Roy Eberhhardt just moved from Montana to Florida. He thinks school will be normal but when looking out the school bus window he notices something strange. A boy running bare foot.  Later he decides to follow that boy. And little did he know he would be in over his head. He finds out the boy wants to vandalize a construction company to save the owls. Can only a couple kids stop a powerful company and save the owls?  Read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Welcome to the Night Vale

 

Based on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, this novel takes the reader to the fictional world of Night Vale, “a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.” The story alternates between the perspectives of Jackie Fierro, a pawnshop owner who has been nineteen for the past several decades, and Diane Crayton, a young mother struggling to connect with her teenage son. Despite Jackie and Diane’s best efforts to avoid one another, their fates seem fundamentally intertwined, taking them out of Night Vale to pursue a man in a tan jacket, a mysterious place called King City, and a piece of each of their pasts neither of them thought they would see again. Witty, fantastical, and utterly surreal, Welcome to Night Vale: a Novel is recommended for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Neil Gaiman, and the Welcome to Night Vale podcast.

-Kayleigh (Teen Reviewer)