The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Fox knows that she was in a terrible accident, one that put her in a coma for weeks. When she awakens, she finds that her family has moved from Boston, to a remote area across the county in order to “facilitate her recovery.” Despite watching countless DVD recordings of her life, the people she calls mother and father feel like complete strangers.
However, while Jenna finds that she can’t remember anything about the accident, her childhood, even her family and friends; she is able to randomly quote pages of Walden by Henry David Theroux and recall minute details of historical events. As bits and flashes of images begin to appear in her mind, she starts to feel that those closest to her are hiding something…something big.
Mary Pearson’s book causes the reader to contemplate one of life’s great questions—“What makes us human?” Is it our body? Our memories? Our knowledge? Or it is something more? This is a chilling and thoughtful book, perfect for teens who think they don’t like science fiction.
The library has several upcoming teen programs, be sure to mark your calendar! To register for any of these programs, stop in at the Peace Dale Library or call us at 789-1555!
Thursday, January 29th, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Do you love the Wimpy Kid series? Think you are just as funny? Students in grades 6-8 are invited to join the fun and create their own Wimpy Kid style journal and comics. We will send participants’ comics to “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Contest” sponsored by the publisher of the Wimpy Kid series; and perhaps one will win—a visit by Jeff Kinney, an original comic or an autographed Wimpy Kid book. Snacks will be served; registration is required for this event.
Friday, January 30th, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Aspiring writers in grades 7 and up are welcome to join our new young adult creative writing group, Final Fridays. This group will meet monthly to brainstorm, write and receive feedback on their ideas. Writers of all skill levels are welcome. Snacks will be served, registration preferred but not required.
Thursday, February 5th, 4:00-4:45 p.m.
Students in grades 7-9 will be meeting to discuss Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney. Copies of the book will be available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Snacks will be served, no registration is required. New members always welcome.
Thursday, February 12th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Want to show someone you care? Students in grades 7 and up are invited to make rubber stamping Valentines Day cards. Come show off your creativity and make one for a friend or family member. Snacks will be served. Registration is required for this event.
It’s that time of year when romance is in the air…check out First Loves and Crushes: Romance Books For Guys & Girls.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Greene
Colin tends to fall for girls named Katherine. He goes on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, realize his true genius, and win him the girl.
The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
When Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
Check out the whole list on the SKPL Teen Booklist Page.
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
Child of Dandelions follows part of the life of Sabine, a fifteen year old Indian girl living in Uganda in 1972. The book begins on the day that President Idi Amin declares that all foreign born Indians have 90 days to leave the country. Sabine is not worried though; while her family is Indian, they were all born in Uganda, making them citizens of the country. However, as racial tensions rise in the country, Sabine’s world slowly begins to unravel.
First, she loses her best friend Zena, an African girl who feels the injustice exerted by the Indians. Zena is a proud supporter of Amin, and this causes a rift between the girls, neither one being able to understand where the other is coming from. The final straw comes when Zena accuses Sabine’s father of being a loan shark, forcing his African workers into allegiance by loaning money that he knows they cannot pay back.
Then Sabine’s family begins to fall apart, some disappearing, while others are forced to hide. Slowly, Sabine gains a better since of awareness about the world around her, realizing that things in Uganda are not the same for everyone. She sees that the prejudices that she had thought only other Indians had also existed within her own life. As Amin’s countdown continues, Sabine realizes that it does not matter that she is Ugandan; all that matters currently is that she is Indian.
The author, Shenaaz Nanji, does an excellent job of exploring the personal side of this event in history. The political events and the resulting effects on the racial climate force Sabine to examine her behaviors and identity as a girl who is both African and Indian. Readers will be able to draw comparisons to Hitler and his persecution of Jews during World War 2 as well as to events currently occurring in Africa.
Peeled by Joan Bauer
Which is more important…the truth or printing stories that sell? That is one of the key questions facing high school student Hildy Biddle.
“Danger to all ye who enter”
“You didn’t think it was safe, did you?”
When signs start appearing on the old Ludlow house, the location quickly becomes an addition to the “Top Ten Spookiest Places in Upstate New York” list. Reported ghost sightings start to rise, a break-in is reported and when a man dies in front of the house it seems certain that the town of Banesville is haunted.
At least that is how it is being reported in the local paper, The Bee. Hildy though, is not so sure. Is it really news if there are no hard facts or evidence? The more questions she asks, the less things make sense. What is really happening at the old Ludlow house? Could it actually be haunted? Or are there human forces at work, creating fear among the people in town?
This was an interesting and timely story about the world of journalism, the importance of finding the truth in a story and standing up for what you think is right.
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Phoebe Castro’s life plan is going great. She just finished cross country camp, is about to start her senior year with her two best friends, and-if she can keep her grades up-is set to have a full running scholarship to USC, the college of her dreams. At least, that’s what her plan was. Her mom has a different plan. While on vacation, she fell in love and got engaged…to a man who lives on a small remote island in Greece. Phoebe and her mother will be moving there in two weeks, where Phoebe will attend The Academy, a very exclusive private school.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, it turns out the Greek Gods are very real. Everyone on the island is a descendant of the Greek Gods. Everyone possesses extraordinary powers, including Phoebe’s new wicked stepsister, Stella.
Thank god (or, more accurately, “gods”) she still has her running to keep her sane. However, after a run in at the cross country team tryouts with gorgeous classmate, Griffin Blake, (using powers to zap her shoelaces together is not cool!) Phoebe now needs to medal at the first meet in order to stay on the team. In a school full of descendants who don’t seem to like her, Phoebe’s not sure how she’s going to survive high school life as a nothos…a normal person.
Combining sports, mythology and romance, this was a fun read, appealing to girls who like the Percy Jackson series.
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
The story is told through the alternative views of Agnes and Honey, who live in the religious commune in Connecticut named Mount Blessing. The “True Believers” life a very strict life following the religious teachings of Emmanuel (the commune’s father) and Veronica (the commune’s mother). Kids are separated from their parents when they are 6 months old until they are 7, during which time they live in a separate nursery. Everyone must where blue robes, pray several times a day and never eat red or orange food (it is the symbol of the devil). With no technology or outside contact with the rest of the world, everyone strives to live a life of sainthood. If you commit a sin, or do not follow the rules, Emmanuel takes you to a place noone speaks of, the Regulation Room, where you can be retrained from your evil ways.
Not everyone though is happy with this life. While Agnes is accepting and loyal (even creating self imposed penances for her perceived sins and shortcomings), Honey longs to escape and see what life is really like. When a tragedy strikes and a discovery is made during an unexpected visit from Agnes’s grandmother (Nana Pete), questions arise about the commune’s practices and the safety of the children living there. Honey and Nana Pete are forced to make a decision that will change the lives of everyone involved.
I think that teens will truly enjoy this story. It gives a view of a world that many of them may have heard about in the past few years in the news. As the story unfold and more is learned about the commune, the reader feels equal parts shock, bewilderment and concern about the True Believer’s lives. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, anxiously holding my breath waiting to see what would happen to the girls and their family.