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.

 

Find it in Auburn PL Teen Fiction YA FIC Ness, P.

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.

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ann Putnam is tired of being outshone by everyone around her — ready to be different. Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant with a troubled past — ready to put it behind her. And Margaret Walcott is madly in love and jealous of Mercy — ready to follow Ann. When the three of them, along with three others, Abigail, Elizabeth, and Betty, begin to accuse women and men in their town of being witches, they are opening up something huge.

They wanted to be celebrities — but is this the way?

 

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

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is going to a summer program for gifted students at New Hampshire College Prep. Here Dan doesn’t have to worry about standing out and can show his weird fascination with history and psychology without being thought weird.

When Dan arrives he finds that the normal dorms are closed and students are being housed in Brookline- a former psychiatric hospital bought by the school. As Dan and his two new friends Jordan and Abby explore the  dorm they find hidden secrets connecting them to the dorm and uncover that Brookline wasn’t any ordinary psych ward.

Including creepy and odd pictures this book is about three friends discovering the dark past of an asylum. So if you want a horror that’s not too scary but different, try Asylum and its sequel Sanctum.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Roux, M.

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Cynthia’s school has a new librarian and her best friend, Annie, has fallen in love with him. Understandable given his good looks and how he is youngish and very friendly. Plus he’s making Annie a library monitor.

But Cynthia can tell from the beginning something isn’t right about Mr. Gabriel. Could it be his literally memorizing black eyes (creepy), the bad feeling she has about him, or maybe those horns and wings he was sporting when no one was looking. Yeah the new librarian is definitely a demon.

Now on top of being the tech director of the school musical, Sweeney Todd, and not being a fool in front of her crush (who is by the way the  only other person who knows Mr. Gabriel is a demon), Cyn must find a way to step up and destroy Mr. Gabriel and save her best friend before he can suck the life out of the entire school.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Knudsen, M.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

A book review by Madeline Soucie        

 

Tana lives in a world where vampires and humans alike are quarantined in cities surrounded by walls called Coldtowns. Once you get into a Coldtown — whether or not you want to be there — there is no getting out.  Good luck surviving  on the inside!

After going to a party one night Tana wakes up in a house full of dead bodies with no idea what happened. Upon exploration she finds her friend/ex-boyfriend tied to a bed and infected and a mysterious new boy chained in the corner. Tana takes it upon herself to free her friend and the mysterious boy and together the three of them make the journey to the nearest Coldtown to admit themselves before they get into serious trouble.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Black, H.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Katie is Amish and lives in her community with little outside contact. She is coming close to her Rumspringa, a time when teens go out into the world and then come back to be baptized and join the community as adults. Katie was looking forward to experiencing the outside world and all the things it holds that the Amish don’t believe in.

But when a helicopter crashes into the cornfields and there is news of mass population disappearance, the Amish shut their doors to the world believing that God will take care of everything. To ensure their safety no one enters or leaves the community. But when Katie finds a young English man laying outside the fence at nature’s mercy she secretly breaks the Elders’ rule and brings him in to care for him. What comes next is for you to read.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Bickle, L.