We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our next meeting is October 13th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is paranormal, supernatural, or horror books. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479888
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (he/him)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)at Guerneville.
“The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.”
The Diviners by Libba Bray (she/her)
Recommended by Karen (she/her) at Petaluma.
“Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”
Sunshine by Robin McKinley (she/her)
Recommended by Alex (she/her) at Windsor.
“All hope for stopping the vampiric elite from controlling earth depends on human SOFs (Special Other Forces) and the success of their attempt to recruit Sunshine, the daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise.”
The Haunted by Danielle Vega (she/her)
Recommended by Sabine (she/her) at Sonoma Valley.
"To evade her manipulative ex-boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Hendricks' family moves to small-town New York, where she joins the popular crowd, but only her outcast neighbor, Eddie, can help chase vindictive ghosts from her new house…”
More Excellent Horror/Supernatural Reads
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve (xie/hir)
"Genderqueer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth has to adjust quickly to their new status as a zombie after waking from death from a car crash that killed their parents and sisters. Always a talented witch, Z now can barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with Mrs. Dunnigan, an elderly witch and befriends Aysel, a loud would-be-goth classmate who is, like Z, a loner. As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. “
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (she/her)
“Elizabeth Lavenza has been starved and beaten by her ‘caregiver’ until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything-- except a friend. To escape from misery, Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and soon she and Victor are inseparable. But as the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. She is determined to stay alive no matter the cost... as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.”
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (she/her)
“On the island of Sawkill Rock, gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. And girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight. Until now. They're the Sawkill Girls. Marion: awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Zoey: luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Val: gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Something dark is happening on the Rock. And they need to stop it.”
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
“From the multiple award- winning "The Faery Handbag," in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of "The Surfer," whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, these ten stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world.”
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (she/her)
“Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends, but after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.”
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (she/her)
“When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.”
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (she/her)
“In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.”