Book Spotlight: Son by Lois Lowry

giver     Everyone remembers The Giver, that dystopian book by Lois Lowry that we all had to read in school? Children receive their lifetime assignments at the ceremony of 12 years.  When Jonas becomes the community's Receiver of memories, he discovers a terrible truth about the community he lives in.  20 years later, Lois Lowry has answered questions about what happened to Jonas and the baby he was protecting in a sequel called Son.

son   In Son by Lois Lowry, Claire has been assigned the job of Birthmother in her small community but unlike the other birthmothers, she becomes attached to her baby and feels a terrible loss when he is taken away.  When things don't go as planned for the child, Claire goes to extreme measures to find and rescue her son.  You can't go wrong with Lois Lowry and this book is well-written, unpredictable, and exciting!  Claire's life has such a roller-coaster of feelings, it is impossible to put the book down.  Read or re-read The Giver first if you can – to better understand Claire's community.

This book was nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books of 2013!

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Rohnert Park’s Teen Read Display

The Rohnert Park library has a Sneak Peek display set up for summer reading. Teens can scope out the newly designed game card and rules for Teen Read 2013 where a kindle is the grand prize!

Rohnert Park is also hosting their third Teen Challenge where teens can examine books that have been hacked up and placed in jars and try to guess which books they are.RPTeenread

The Hunt Series by Andrew Fukuda

hunt     1. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

     17-year-old Gene has lived alone since he was 10.  His family was killed by vampires who have taken over civilization.  It is only by his careful planning and following of society rules that he has managed to live among them, undetected.  Now he has been selected to participate in a hunt for the few remaining humans in captivity.  This exciting and fast-paced book kept me turning pages and sneaking every chance to read on.  I had to read the sequel, too!

prey     2. The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

     Now Gene finds himself running for his life along with the other humans from the hunt.  Is there anywhere safe from the vampires who have taken over civilization?  Gene and the others find a place that seems like the answer until more and more sinister things keep happening.  I rarely like sequels as much as the first book but this one was just as exciting with lots of plot twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat!

trap     3. The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

     This book comes out in November and I can't wait!  I will certainly be buying it for the library and, hopefully, among the first to put a hold on it!  If the first two books in this Trilogy were any indication, this one is bound to be a page-turner and full of surprises.

           

Teen Book Review: Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

welcomechloe Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelly Coriell is about a popular and bubbly girl that gets kicked to the curb from her supposedly best friends. Chloe, who’s had a golden ticket to high school the whole time she’s been there, now is forced to find some new friends– and fast. When her great idea for her Junior Independent Study Project gets shot down, she’s forced to help the school radio station. Chloe finds strength in herself and learns that not everything is picture perfect, but that you can still laugh in any situation.

            I thought I wouldn’t like this book, but it surprised me in a good way. On first glance it may seem like it’s just about some popular girl’s petty problems, but it turned out to be deeper and more significant. Chloe really grew and matured during the course of the book, and I liked her much better at the end than I did in the beginning. I would recommend this to girls who like books about the usual high school drama. If you’re looking for a high-suspense novel, this isn’t it.

 

Teen Book Review: The Kill Order

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The Kill Order by James Dashner

Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

 In this sequel to The Maze Runner series, the sun flares hit the earth and the world falls into chaos. Teenage neighbors Mark and Trina are right in the the middle of. The Kill Order relates their struggle for survival from the time the sun flares hit to the present, a year later when an air ship comes down and kills the people in their village.
Why I picked it up: I was a huge fan of The Maze Runner series and my friend and I were super excited about the prequel coming out.
Why I finished it: I had to see if Mark and Trina(who are great characters) would survive the harsh conditions.
I'd recommend it to: Anyone who liked The Maze Runner series or any dystopian fiction.