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.
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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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!
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!
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.
Do you love safari animals?!? If you do, this oversize coffee book is for you!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity on 9 CD's
Audio Book Review by Kathy, Library Branch Manager, Northwest Branch
Excellent historical fiction–ww2, two women's unlikely friendship but for the war; brought together–one a English "civilian" pilot for the war effort, the other an undercover agent/radio code operator, one of whom is captured by the nazis, the other finds herself working for the French resistance. Plausible, touching, with multiple plot twists conveyed via diary-like entries. Two strong female characters, who share laughter, tears and friendship.
I loved this book, the readers are excellent.
For those who liked "Between Shades of Gray" I'd recommend this.
Do you love dogs and puppies?!? Check out these two new books on dogs! They are super cute!
Puppies at six weeks! What could be cuter?
Dogs underwater! Crazy, funny photographs!
Recommended by Kathy D. at Central Recommended by Kathy D. at Central
Recommended by Genny & Kathy D. at Central Recommended by Geoffrey at Central
Recommended by Geoffrey & Kathy D. at Central Recommended by Kathy D. at Central
Recommended by Tiffany at Sebastopol Recommended by Rebecca at Central
& Charity at Healdsburg
Recommended by Rebecca at Central Recommended by Genny at Central
Recommended by Nancy at Northwest Recommended by Kim at Northwest
Recommended by Rebecca & Kathy D. at Central Recommended by Nancy at Northwest
& Tiffany at Sebastopol
Every day by David Levithan
Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Branch
Imagine not owning a body. Instead, you wake up every day in someone else’s body. You never know what town you will wake up in, if you will be male or female for the day or who your friends and family will be. That’s the only life that “A” has ever known. Now 16 years old, he has learned to deal with this by avoiding attachment to any one life. That is, until the day he wakes up as Justin. When “A” sees Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon, he falls in love with her and this changes everything.
Why I picked it up: The cover was what intrigued me at first. Once I read the inside cover, I knew I had to give it a try. I thought the book could go either way, really bad or really good. I wanted to see if he was able to execute the premise of the book well.
Why I’d finished it: It was very good. He did a good job of making the characters, especially “A”, seem real. I wanted to see if “A” could make a relationship work with Rhiannon.
Who I would recommend it to: Anyone looking for a good story with interesting, well-developed characters.
My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Review by Tiffany, Sebastopol Branch
Dicey, a jock, and Jack, a nerd, have to work together to keep an egg alive for a school project. In the middle of their project, they start to have feelings for each other and decide to go out on a first date. One their first date, a zombie apocalypse breaks out in their town (don’t you just hate it when that happens?!?). Will the two make it out of the city alive?
Why I picked it up: I’m in the middle of reading 25 out of the 80 “Best of the Best” YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) books. This book is listed as one of the top ten graphic novels for teens.
Why I’d finished it: I’m not normally into graphic novels, but this one was somewhat endearing. I really liked the two characters, Dicey and Jack. Plus it only took me about ½ hour to read.
Who I would recommend it to: Anyone who wants a quick, fast, fun read with zombies. I had fun reading something different than what I usually pick up.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Reviewed by: Phil, librarian, Cloverdale Branch
Synopsis: In the not-so-distant future the world flat-out sucks; life is hard for most, including teen Wade Watts, who spends most of his time plugged into the virtual reality multi-verse OASIS. Though most use OASIS to escape the harsh reality of 2044, Wade is an ardent Gunter – a term given to those trying to solve a seemingly unsolvable multi-part puzzle devised by one the creators of OASIS. Whoever solves the puzzle will inherit the entirety of OASIS and become one of the richest people in the world. Some Gunters are strict soloists, while others have banded together to form guilds. These competing factions have toiled for years to solve the puzzle to no avail – that is until Wade happens to solve the first part. Suddenly the quest to solve the puzzle reaches a fever pitch, and the game becomes deadly serious. When Gunters start dying in real life it becomes apparent that a sinister force is willing to go to extremes to reach the prize. Wade knows that he is in serious jeopardy. The question is: Will he solve the puzzle before they get to him?
Why I picked it up: Alex Award (best adult book for teens) winner, and very highly recommended.
Why I finished it: Without a doubt the most fun book that I have read in the past year. It was absolutely impossible to put down.
I'd recommend it to: Gamers, science fiction and adventure tale enthusiasts, as well as 1980’s pop culture fanatics. Even if you don’t generally read in those genres, this book is just plain fun!
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Review by Phil, Librarian, Cloverdale Branch
When Alex’s family travels out of town for the weekend he plans on ditching his trigonometry homework and playing World of Warcraft – that is until something crashes through the roof of his house. Then the explosions start and communications go down. Soon ash has blanketed the world in an oppressive grey, and with the ash comes marauding bands and chaos. Adrift and alone Alex decides to hightail it out of town to try and find his family. On the road he encounters escaped convicts and people full of distrust. He also finds companionship and hope, but the question is will he find his family? And what will the post ashfall world be like?
Why I picked it up:
Seemed like an engaging premise, and was recommended to me as a read-a-like to Hunger Games.
Why I finished it:
I had to see what happened. I enjoyed the characters and the pacing, and it was chock full of suspense.
I'd recommend it to:
People who enjoyed Hunger Games, or any other apocalyptic or dystopian fiction.