Heat by Mike Lupica

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Michael is twelve years old and has no birth certificate to prove it. He has the best pitching arm anybody in the Little League has ever seen – which is why the rival coaches suspect that he is lying about his age and is actually much older.

Michael’s coach, downstairs neighbor, best friends, and brother Carlos all know that he isn’t lying. But with his dad dead, Michael has no way to prove his age and that may take him out of the game. Unless they can get his birth certificate from Cuba in time for the championship game. And he and Carlos are ready to try.

 

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

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

A witch cannot be born on chalk. And yet, here is Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who has read the entire dictionary and is very skilled with a frying pan, who wants to be a witch when she grows up. Just like she suspects her Granny Aching was.

When Tiffany’s younger brother Wentworth is kidnapped by the evil Fairy Queen, Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, or pictsies — little blue men about six inches high who love to steal, fight, and drink — to get him back. She will have to battle nightmares, paintings, a jealous female pictsie, and an unwanted marriage, but in the end, success will depend on her common sense – and Granny Aching’s knowledge of sheep.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Pratchett, T.

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Bud knows he’s in trouble when he runs away from the foster family that was cruel to him. He’s out on his own in the streets of Great Depression, Michigan, an orphan whose only clue to finding his missing father is a poster his mother gave him before she died which advertises a famous band — Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud searches out the band in hopes that Herman is his dad. He will have to battle vampires, hunger, wasps, and not being able to leave the town he’s in — but even he could never have expected the biggest opposition to be Herman E. Calloway himself!

 

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The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ever since the 19 Days, when the entire world was destroyed by a series of natural disasters, Great Britain has been scraping out a living under the royal Windsor family. Princess Eliza knows something is wrong, but even she wasn’t expecting the family’s annual ball to be attacked by an insane murderer and usurper named Cornelius Hollister- the same man who murdered her mother.

Eliza finds herself alone, an orphan whose brother and big sister are being held hostage by Hollister. She goes undercover to try to save them and discovers both Hollister’s army and a secret Resistance. Desperate to save her family, Eliza is falling in love with a young man named Wesley and trying to keep away from Hollister. But how long will a sixteen-year-old girl last as the most wanted person in the world?

 

Find it in APL  TEEN Fiction YA FIC Craze, G.

Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Peter has always had a great life. His family is close, especially he and his grandfather. He’s learning photography, and he and his best friend AJ are the star pitchers of their baseball team. Nothing’s wrong for Pete!

But then a pitching accident takes away baseball — permanently. Pete has no choice but to join his school’s Advanced Photography club. Here he meets a girl named Angelika, who seems to understand him really well. But just when things are starting to get better, Pete begins to notice weird stuff going on with his grandfather.  And there’s nothing he can do about it.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Sonnenblick, J.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cheyenne was just going to stay in the back of the car while her stepmom ran into the drugstore to pick up a prescription for Cheyenne’s pneumonia. Cheyenne is blind and left her guide dog at home, which turns out to be a mistake — a big mistake.

Griffin is the son of a car thief and a criminal. When he sees a Cadillac sitting running in the parking lot with no one in it, he can’t resist. What he doesn’t realize is that the daughter of Nike’s president is in the back of the car.

Cheyenne finds herself being held prisoner, desperately sick and desperate to escape. And for the first time, Griffin is caring for someone other than himself. But will that be enough to get Cheyenne out before it’s too late?

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Henry, A.

The Leveler by Julia Durango

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In a world where the primary entertainment is a virtual reality called the MEEP, where you can go into the video game itself as an avatar, Nixy Bauer is a successful bounty hunter who returns kids to the real world if they go over the legal time limit of four hours. When she is called on her hardest case yet — returning the game developer’s son, Wyn, from the virtual world where he’s hiding — she accepts happily.

But this is not just a game, and Wyn is not hiding. Someone is holding him prisoner and is determined that no one will get him out. Nixy faces the biggest challenge of her career, but she was never prepared to fall head over heels for the guy who got her into this mess in the first place!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Durango, J.

The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam, book 2)

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Jennifer Strange thought her troubles were over when she killed the dragon and Big Magic showed up to fix it. But now she and her handful of insane wizards at Kazam are locked in a power-struggle with their rival magic company, iMagic, and preparing for a competition — rebuilding the bridge in the city entirely by magic.

When their most reliable sorcerers begin to be arrested and the Amazing Blix takes over the position of Court Mystician, Jennifer suspects foul play. It will take a Quarkbeast, a mysterious woman named the Once Powerful Boo, a missing ring, the Transient Moose, and Jennifer’s sort-of boyfriend Perkins to fix this mess — and the bridge.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Fforde, J.

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Samantha just wants to draw pictures in her own way and not get in trouble for being in love with her big sister, Lucy’s, boyfriend. But when Lucy is the most popular girl at school and her younger sister, Rebecca, is a nationally certified genius, Sam feels forgotten by everyone.

Things begin to look up when Sam skips art class and ends up saving the president from an assassin. But when Sam realizes that the president’s son, David, is in love with her and that she’s been named the Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, things get way more complicated.

 

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

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.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Kadohata, C.

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