Black Out by Robison Wells

A book review by Clarissa Estrada

 

Having superpowers would be cool, right?

Wrong.

Not when the government wants to make use of them — hunt them down and catch them all, with intent to find out just how far their powers can go. Until a new group rises up.

A group of teens use their abilities to crush government sites, and spell out ‘danger’ in everyone’s mind.

Suddenly, experimenting with their powers doesn’t seem as important anymore. Now, they need to use them to their advantage. So they give them a choice: work for us, or die.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Wells, R.

 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A book review by Clarissa Estrada

 

‘Everyone has secrets. Right?’ The characters of One Of Us Is Lying certainly do, and they are not too willing to let them get out, especially when the consequences could ruin their reputations. But when Simon, the school’s source of gossip, dies from a peanut allergy, it leaves everyone confused and four suspects.

One. Bronwyn, the nerd. She’s a straight A student, and previously wasn’t doing too well in chemistry, but miraculously brought her grades back up due to ‘hard work’ and ‘studying’.

Two. Nate, the criminal. He’s currently on probation for dealing drugs, and is still dealing behind their backs.

Three. Cooper, the jock. He’s known all around the school for being the best on his team. However, there is one little detail about his life that could change other’s views about him forever: he’s gay.

Four. Addy, the princess. She ran for homecoming queen, but won princess instead. She has a boyfriend, and a good life. Other than the fact that she cheated on her boyfriend. Oops.

All four of them have secrets. The question is: would they kill to keep them quiet?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN New Books YA FIC McManus, K.

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.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne have all found each other. They’re hiding in space right now, busy trying to recover from devastating attacks on the earth – when they are paged by a girl trapped on a satellite, desperate to escape. Her name is Cress, and she’s hopeful that Cinder and Company are the chance she needs to get away from her cruel mistress.

But when the rescue attempt goes awry, Cinder’s party is separated. Cress and Thorne are stranded in the middle of a desert, while the others are all lost somewhere in space.

Can they find each other again and save Kai from marrying Levana?

 

The Lunar Chronicles, book 3

 

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

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Katniss Everdeen is just a girl trying to help her family survive in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. She illegally hunts in the woods with her best friend, Gale, and tries to protect her sister Prim.

But every year there is a reaping, in which a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised competition from which only one kid can return alive. Katniss has taken steps to keep herself and Prim from being chosen, but on Reaping Day, her sister is selected.

Desperate to save Prim, Katniss volunteers to take her place. But as she continues down the road to the Hunger Games, she realizes that it will take everything she has to survive this game – and to retain her humanity.

 

The Hunger Games, book 1

 

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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.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her new ally, Thorne, are on the run from the authorities in New Beijing. Having broken out of prison, they must escape the Eastern Commonwealth, or they will be doomed.

On the other side of the world, the French Scarlet Benoit searches for her missing grandmother, who the police have given up on. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t vanish without telling her where she was going, so she fears the worst – kidnapping or murder.

A street fighter named Wolf offers to help Scarlet find her grandmother, and she has no choice but to trust him. But as tensions between the Earth and Luna rise, things are growing more and more dangerous. Scarlet searches for her grandmother as Cinder looks for both of them, and if they can’t find each other, things will get even worse than they already are.

 

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

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

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The Eastern Commonwealth of Earth is ravaged by a fearsome disease, letumosis, which kills you within days of its contraction. Cinder, a young cyborg who is the most gifted mechanic in New Beijing, does her best to stay healthy and stay out of the way of her stepmother, who blames her for most of the family’s problems.

But then Cinder’s stepsister, Peony, contracts letumosis. Cinder’s stepmother, frantic with worry, thrusts her into the palace laboratory, where she will be experimented on as the emperor’s scientists try to find a cure for the disease. Here she meets Kai, the emperor’s charming son, and learns of his possible impending engagement to the Lunar queen, Levana.

All is not as it seems and it is up to Cinder to figure it out.

 

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

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

 

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