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)
Life is good for Susan Carol Anderson and Steve Thomas. They are famous all over for solving sports mysteries. But then the Super Bowl comes up and the both get their hands caught in one of the biggest sports scandals ever. Can two 14 year olds really figure this one out or will they run into a brick wall? Read Cover Up to find out.
-Ben (Teen Reviewer)
Donovan Curtis is a boy who gets into a lot of trouble. But one day he accidentally goes over the top. He winds up in the principal’s office again. But things get mixed up and he’s gets away scot-free. Then a letter comes in the mail. It’s something for gifted school. He goes, but he knows he doesn’t belong. But he does help the gifted kids in different ways. Will he stay hidden or will it turn into a mess? If you want a funny read- this is the the book.
– Ben (Teen Reviewer)
A high school football player who’s up for the challenge- all he wants is to get better. But he takes it too far…every practice he gives it his all. He used to be small and scrawny not able to bring power to the game. But next season it all changes and he’s big and strong. How did this happen so quickly? The coaches get suspicious. What will happen next? For an intense thriller read Gym Candy by Carl Dueker.
-Ben (Teen Reviewer)
Title: Code of Silence
Author: Tim Shoemaker
Summary: Gordy, Cooper, and Hiro, are a trio that are never apart. They were together the night of the attempted murder and robbery of Frank’n Steins Diner. In fact, they were together inside the diner. That robbery left the owner (Frank) in a coma. Cooper noticed that the guys were wearing cop pants, and one was wearing leather boots. Hiding behind that counter was one of the scariest moments of their lives. Somehow escaping and taking the surveillance hard drive, they ran for their lives. One of the men caught up to Cooper. The man took Cooper’s house keys, threatened him that if he told anyone anything he would find his house and kill his family. When people approached, the man convinced them that he was a police and sent Cooper home.
Now the trio had problems. They couldn’t go to the police because the guys were wearing cop pants, they had Cooper’s house keys. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent could kill an innocent man. Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous? The trio now has to make a choice. But both choices have their price. So right there, in Coopers backyard, they made a code of silence. They wouldn’t tell anyone about anything that happened that night. But living a lie, comes with a price.
Who Will like this book?: Teens who enjoy crime series or mystery, and also thrill seekers
If you like this, try reading?: Back Before Dark by Tim Shoemaker
Where can I find a copy?: Paper copy available at Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library. Digital copy downloadable from Hoopla through Fairfield Public Library.
Recommended by: Sophia, Middle School Teen Reader
Title: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
Author/Artists: Ta-Nehisi Coates/Brian Stelfreeze
Summary: Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Upon returning to Wakanda, King T’Challa faces a challenge that he had never anticipated: An uprising of the people. He is not sure if he has the ability to quell the unrest shaking the technologically advanced African nation, and neither are his team of advisors, who are still reeling from the death of T’Challa’s sister Shuri, assassinated while holding the throne on his behalf. With threats both intellectual and supernatural emerging from all corners, including by some disillusioned members of the Dora Milaje, his elite corps of female guards, can T’Challa redeem himself and bring his nation back to a place of peace, prosperity and understanding?
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a fantastic writer known mostly for his non-fiction and essays so it is thrilling to see him dive into the comic book form. This collection is not a reboot or a reintroduction with an origin story, but it is still a great place for new readers to jump into the Wakandan saga before the release of the Black Panther movie in 2018, as it includes a re-release of the first-ever appearance of T’Challa from 1966.
Who will like this book: Marvel fans, of course. Anyone intrigued by Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Captain America: Civil War.
If you like this, try this: The Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson. The Hawkeye series by Matt Fraction. The March collection by Rep. John Lewis.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian
Title: Boxers & Saints
Author/Illustrator: Gene Luen Yang
Summary: In this stunning masterwork, Gene Luen Yang tells an epic story across two books about young people facing the devastating consequences of war in 18th century China. Little Bao and Vibiana both live in the idyllic but impoverished rural countryside with families that are facing challenges. Soon, inspired and driven by the hidden magic surrounding them (Bao by the god-kings of Chinese mythology and Vibiana by the legend of Joan of Arc), they each embark on a journey through the rapidly-changing world around them, finding themselves as they endure the upheaval, war and devastation that comes when people with different points of view cannot coexist peacefully. When their paths finally cross, neither will be the same.
It probably doesn’t matter in which order you read these dual narratives, but I’d suggest you start with Boxers. You might not learn too much about this famous colonial-era Rebellion in your history classes, but this story will immerse you in the violent and bloody struggle between those who wished to reject foreign influence in China and others who welcomed it. You will be moved by both of these young people as they find themselves leading their people towards an unthinkable destiny, each believing they are right.
Who will like this book: Graphic n0vel readers. Fans of historical fiction and stories laced with magic and spirituality.
If you like this, try this: Yang’s Printz-winning work, American Born Chinese. Another fantastic graphic novel with a supernatural element, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol.For another era in Chinese history, take a look at Revolution is not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine. For more on the history of this era, read The Boxer Rebellion by Diana Preston.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian