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.

 

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Doug’s family is a disaster. His oldest brother Lucas is in the army fighting the war in Vietnam, and they haven’t heard from him in almost a year. His parents do nothing but fight, and his dad seems to hate his three sons.

But Doug may have the opportunity for a new life when his family moves to a small town in Northern New York State. Here he meets a girl named Lil Spicer, who rides a pink bike and teaches him to drink a really cold Coke; an old man at the library who shows him how to draw; and Doug gets a job as a grocery delivery boy for Lil’s father. But just when he thinks he may be okay in this town, his brother Christopher is accused of stealing from multiple stores, and there is no way to convince the police that he is innocent.

Doug is capable of rising to the occasion, but will it be enough?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Schmidt, G.

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Two sisters share a dream — their own house one day. Lynn truly wants to live in her own home, whether it’s in Georgia or California, and Katie wants whatever Lynn wants.

As the girls grow up, they find themselves growing distant because of their age difference. But then Lynn is diagnosed with a horrible disease.  At that point, Katie finds herself back in her sister’s life, and she and her parents work to make Lynn’s dream come true — her own house.

 

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A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sam and Jules have been best friends and fellow ballet dancers for years. They’re beginning their senior year of high school when Jules is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer. Everything changes.

Sam tries to cope with her mom’s love life and her own first boyfriend. Jules is constantly at the hospital, getting chemo, near death many times. Even as they’re drifting apart, Sam and Jules hang on to their friendship, desperate for what little time they have left.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hurwin, D.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tab, Em, and Bridge have been best friends since fourth grade. Now they’re in middle school, and things are starting to change.

For one thing, Patrick is interested in Em — and he wants a picture from her. And Bridge has met Sherm and is having friend dates for cinnamon toast at the local diner. An anonymous teenager is struggling with the fact that she betrayed her best friend to get in with the popular girl on Valentine’s Day. Through it all, Bridge, Em, and Tab stick to their best friendship, which has only one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through this craziness?

 

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sal’s mom left a year ago, and Sal is desperate to see her again and bring her back. Her grandparents decide to take her from Ohio to Idaho for a visit, and along the way, as entertainment, Sal decides to tell them the story of her past year with her friend Phoebe. Phoebe’s mom left, too, but much more mysteriously, and Phoebe is convinced that her mother has been kidnapped by her next door neighbor. Nothing is as it seems, whether it be why Phoebe’s mom is kissing a “lunatic” or even why Sal’s own mother left her. Sprinkled with just the right amount of humor, and a few blackberry kisses, this is a sweet story that I think people should read.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Creech, S.