Nine aliens from the Planet Lorien arrive as babies. They all have super powers. You would think life should be easy for them, but they have to split up and constantly move from place to place. They try not to be caught by the other alien race, the Mogadorians, in their quest for world domination. Will the kids protect Earth from the Mogadorians or fail and watch Earth be destroyed? Answer unveils when you read I am Number 4.
-Ben (Teen Reviewer)
In the fourth book of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, the war is finally over but there are wounds that are still open. As Feyre tries to rebuild what was once her home, her closest friend, now family, struggles to find their way back to who they used to be. This book focus on the aftermath of war and rebuilding oneself.
-Lucero (Teen Reviewer)
Author: Jen Calonita
Summary: Twelve-year old Gilly isn’t a bad kid, she’s just done some bad things. Or, at least the rest of the Enchantasia thinks Gilly’s thieving ways are signs of a tween heading in the wrong direction. What they don’t take into account is that Gilly steals to keep her siblings fed and provide them with the occasional extra treat or gift. Unfortunately for Gilly, since motives don’t matter, when she is caught stealing for the third time she is immediately sentenced to the latest development for transforming wayward kids into upstanding citizens- Fairy Tale Reform School (“FTRS”).
FTRS was founded by Flora, the fairly-recently reformed and formerly wicked step-mother of Cinderella, upon realizing the error of her ways and wishing to make amends by helping mischievous youth. And, FTRS doesn’t just offer troubled youths a second chance, it’s also staffed by former villains like the Sea Witch and Big Bad Wolf. But with Pegasus riding, big prepared meals, new friends, and only having to share a spacious tower room with one roommate, Gilly is finding reform school really isn’t much of a punishment. In fact, if she didn’t have a family to worry about it’s the kind of place a kid could get used to. Then mysterious and dangerous events start to occur, and Gilly and her friends are beginning to wonder if all of their teachers have truly left their villainous ways in the past.
Who will like this?: This light, quick read is a great selection for middle grade readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings.
If you like this, try reading: The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer, Ever After High series by Shannon Hale, and Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski.
Where can I find a copy?: Paper copy available at Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Digital copy downloadable from Overdrive through Fairfield Public Library, and audio copy downloadable from Hoopla through Fairfield Public Library.
Recommended by: Jen, Fairfield Woods Teen Librarian
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Summary: Kaz, a criminal prodigy with a mysterious past, has quickly risen to the top of the criminal underbelly in the international trading hub Ketterdam. If you need the impossible done, he is the one you contact. And, an impossible, deadly heist is just what someone offers to pay him an unbelievable amount of money to commit. Kaz is up for the challenge so long as he can assemble the perfect crew. A perfect crew consisting of:
The agile spy whose ability to sneak into just the right spot has earned her the nickname the Wraith;
The sharpshooter with a gambling problem;
A privileged runaway demolitionist;
A Heartrender who has the magical ability to damage a person’s internal organs- from slowing a pulse to snatching the very breath from their lungs;
A former witch hunter and convict torn between the need for revenge and redemption; and
The criminal mastermind who earned the nickname “Dirtyhands” because no job is too despicable or bloody for him.
Oh, and one more thing… if the six fail it could have deadly consequences for everyone in the world.
Who will like this book?: This smart cross between heist and fantasy will appeal to fans of both genres. Bardugo alternates telling the story using five of the six main characters’ points-of-view, so you get more of a chance to understand each character’s motivation. That means fans of character driven stories will be equally satisfied with this tale.
If you like this, try this: Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Recommended by: Jen, Teen Librarian