Winter by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her allies have reached Luna, the one place where Levana’s reign holds full sway and their only shot at stopping her. Her iron fist reaches to the farthest parts of the moon. It will take all of Cinder and the others’ cunning to stop her.

Enter Winter, Levana’s crazy niece. She’s always been the most beautiful girl in Luna, and she achieves it without magic. Levana is threatened by her — and thus wants her dead.

When Levana tells Jacin, Winter’s lover, to kill her to prove his loyalty, Cinder’s path will be set on a crash course with Winter’s. There’s no telling who will walk away from this with benefits, but one thing is certain:

For everyone, there will be a cost.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Meyer, M.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Conor’s mother’s illness isn’t getting better, no matter what kind of medications the doctors are giving her. At 12:07 PM, unable to sleep, he gets up and looks out the window – and sees a monster. The monster that looks just like the yew tree in the backyard.

The tree-monster makes a deal with Conor – it will tell him three stories. In return, he must tell it his story, the one with the terrifying truth. And it’s possible, Conor believes, that the monster will be able to save his mother.

During the day, Conor struggles to take care of his mom, whose chemo is making her constantly sick. He attends school and is bullied. His grandmother is staying with them, making things even more difficult for him.

But every night at 12:07, the monster returns. And things begin to change.

 

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Son by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Claire is a young woman in Jonas’s community who is chosen for the unexciting but vital job of birth mother at the age of twelve. She is to produce three children who can be adopted by families in the community and further its good.

But then Jonas disappears from the community, taking Claire’s first son, Gabe, with him. Claire, desperate to find her son, follows them, nearly drowning in a storm when the boat she is on sinks. She is saved by people in a community which is neither dystopian nor utopian – full of people who want to just live their lives in a quiet, rural place.

Claire has just allowed herself to think that she could be happy here when she decides that she still has to find her son. But it will take everything she has to get there.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Lowry, L

Author Maria Padian to visit for Teen Life Skills Series

In our Teen Life Skills series during the month of February, each week we will focus on Dating Violence Awareness Month — turning our attention and discussions toward Healthy Relationships.  To further bring awareness to and continue the conversation on this topic, on Thursday, February 23, we will welcome Maine author Maria Padian back to the Auburn Public Library.  She will join us to read an excerpt from her newest book, Wrecked, and lead a discussion about issues of consent in relationships.

Also joining us for this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish from Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

Copies of this book will be available for sale and there will be a signing session immediately following the discussion.

This program, which runs from 3-4 p.m., is open to teens and new adults, ages 12-21, and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

For more information or questions, please contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 2009, or via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

 

Messenger by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The village from Gathering Blue has begun the healing process, but it is another village somewhere far away through the Forest that also needs redemption.

This village is the one place where the disabled, the rebels, and everyone who is discontent with the dystopian system of every other place in their world can find safety. Mattie, a young boy who carries messages from village to village, is happy to live there, doing truly good things for the first time in his life.

But when the people of the Village grow selfish and wish to keep new people from coming in, the Forest turns on them, growing wild and evil like it never has before. Now it is up to Mattie, his little dog, and his old friend Kira to save the Village – and the world – from the menace lurking in the trees. They are aided by a blue-eyed young man who is known to some as Jonas…

 

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Also Known As by Robin Benway

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

This is Maggie Silver’s first spy mission on her own. She’s the daughter of two world-class spies, and they all work for a corporation that brings down villains to do good for the world. Her entire life has been spent breaking into secure facilities and performing her specialty – cracking safe codes and stealing their contents.

But now she has to attend a normal high school in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and the guy whose safe she’s supposed to crack is the dad of the coolest boy in school.

Suddenly, Maggie has issues with forming ordinary friendships, being fashionable, and guys who really like her. She’s faced tough stuff before, but nothing like this. What’s a girl who’s never had a social life to do?

 

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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

It was just a day like any other for Michael Vey when he discovered that he wasn’t the only one with strange electric powers. Taylor, the gorgeous cheerleader from school, has them too, and their genius friend Ostin is eager to help them learn to optimize these powers.

But when Michael’s mom takes them to a pizza place to celebrate Michael’s birthday, she is kidnapped by a mysterious man with a couple more kids with similar powers to Michael’s. Suddenly Taylor is missing too. It’s up to Michael, Ostin, and a couple of bullies from school, the only ones who will give them a ride, to investigate the kidnappings and save them – but it may be a trap.

Someone is after Michael and Taylor’s powers, and it will take everything they’ve got to escape.

 

Find in in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Evans, R.

 

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tiffany is nearly a woman now. She’s seventeen and ready to take on her own steading — or district — to which she provides poverty relief. The Nac Mac Feegle are behaving themselves, finally, and she has a wonderful boyfriend named Preston.

But then things start to fall apart. Granny Weatherwax is old now and will die very soon. None of the witches are quite certain what to do without her, and they don’t know if they are capable of protecting Discworld without her guidance. And the gate into the Fairy Kingdom that Tiffany entered at the age of 9 to rescue her brother is glowing again.

The elves want revenge.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Pratchett, T.

Poison Ivy by Amy Koss

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

For years, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates, led by Ann. Now she has finally brought her complaint to her social studies teacher – who thinks that it would be a great opportunity to practice what they’ve been learning about American court systems and sets up a mock trial.

Ivy and her painfully shy lawyer, Daria, are to present an accusation against Ann and her friends. Ann and her lawyer, Owen, know that they don’t have anything to worry about – but the jury may end up being in favor of Ivy. And there’s only a couple of witnesses who know the truth – but which side will they take?

 

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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (The Tiffany Aching Adventures, book 3)

A book review by Faith Thompson
Tiffany thought her problems were over when she rescued her little brother Wentworth from the Fairy Queen. Now she’s thirteen and living away from home in order to train to become a real witch when she grows up. But then she makes a horrible mistake – in a crucial dance for the changing of the seasons.

Now the Wintersmith, Lord of Winter, thinks that she is the Summer Lady and is in love with her. People are dying when they crash into icebergs shaped like her on the ocean, and the world is covered in snowflakes shaped like Tiffany.

With the help of her friend Roland, some eccentric witches, and the Wee Free Men, Tiffany will have to try to fulfill her new role as the Summer Lady and make it to spring – and stay away from the Wintersmith. Because now he wants to marry her. And he is still not quite a man.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Pratchett, T.

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