Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
For as long as anyone can remember, it has been the same. It is the duty of those living outside the wall to help support and serve those living within the wall, in the Enclave. For Gaia and her mother, the midwifes of Sector 3, that means each month handing over the first three babies they deliver to the inside, to be raised by adoptive parents within. Unlike life on the outside, these babies are promised all the comforts and education available.
Gaia’s world changes forever though when she comes home one night after a delivering a baby to find that her parents have been arrested and are being held prisoner on the inside. After a soldier questions her about the mother’s midwife practices, Gaia realizes that her parents are in grave danger and that sneaking into the Enclave to rescue them may be their only chance of survival.
In Birthmarked, O’Brien has done a wonderful job creating dystopian future where the only hope of survival lies within one girl who unknowingly holds the key to unlock the mysteries of science and genetics that are slowly destroying a society.
Luck and smart. That’s what you need.
In a post apocalyptic future, Nailer makes his way the only way he can along America’s Gulf Coast–by squeezing into the tiny ducts of shipwrecked oil tankers, salvaging any bits of copper wiring he can find. It’s dangerous work; and everyone is always looking for a Lucky Strike, something to earn them enough money to buy their way out to a better life.
After a “city killer” storm swipes though the region, Nailer and his friend Pima come across shipwrecked clipper ship. Filled with silver and other salvageable metals, they realize that if they can keep it a secret long enough, they may have just found their Lucky Strike. For Nailer, this could mean the chance to escape his violent, drug addicted father. Things get complicated though, when they find a girl, barely alive, still aboard the ship. Now they are faced with a choice…kill the girl and salvage their Lucky Strike or risk everything to help her hoping that she can lead them to a better life? Because to survive out here means you have to be lucky and smart.
The recent winner of the 2011 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, Bacigalupi has created a fast paced dystopian adventure that likely will appeal to readers who liked the Hunger Games and are looking for more futuristic survival stories.
The 7th-9th Grade Book Club will be meeting on December 8th from 3:30-4:15 p.m. to discuss The Declaration by Gemma Malley. Come enjoy activities, discussion and snacks. Books are available in advance at the Peace Dale Library; new members are always welcome.
I know many don’t want to think about it…but in just a few short weeks, summer will be over and it will be time to go back to school.
How’s the required summer reading going? Finished already? No? Haven’t started? Not a problem. We can help. If you have specific titles you need to read, stop in, we can order them for you. Need suggestions on mysteries, science fiction, autobiographies or short stories? Try some of these:
The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael Beil
Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago.
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.
Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed “Half Moon” because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Fourth World by Kate Thompson
Fifteen-year-old Christie and his older stepbrother, Danny, travel to the home and mysterious laboratory of the elder boy’s scientist mother, where they learn a shocking truth about the nature of her experiments.
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
When her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline is considered bad luck by her family, thus when her father’s new wife begins to treat her poorly while spoiling the others, Adeline can turn to no one for comfort and must endure the difficult times on her own, in a dramatic true story of bravery and triumph over adversity.
How Angel Peterson got his name : and other outrageous tales about extreme sports by Gary Paulsen
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.
The abracadabra kid: a writer’s life by Sid Fleischman
The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children’s author who set out from childhood to be a magician.
Sideshow: Ten original tales of freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical edited by Deborah Noyes
Ten original tales by modern-day masters of the bizarre. Meet mediums and mummies, spinsters and bearded ladies, circus freaks and monsters of every sort!
Geektastic: Stories from the nerd herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
From Trekkers to science geeks, Buffy fanatics to Dungeon Masters, nerds of all persuasions are sure to find themselves in the pages of this anthology.
Free? Stories celebrating human rights edited by Amnesty International
An anthology of fourteen stories by young adult authors from around the world, on such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith, compiled in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
These are just a few suggestions, be sure to check out other titles on the Teen Booklist Page of the South Kingstown Library website.
The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa
Two hundred fifty one souls. None of whom is over sixteen years old. They are mankind’s final hope for survival.
The very existence of all mankind is at stake after the tail of the comet Bhaktul contaminates Earth’s atmosphere, infecting everyone over the age of eighteen. When he and his colleagues are unable to develop a cure, renowned scientist Dr. Zimmer proposes a radical plan: select and 251 of the world’s brightest, strongest and bravest teens and train them to undertake the dangerous mission of traveling through space to Eon, a new earth.
Although his plan is met with much resistance, Dr. Zimmer, along with his associates Dr. Bauer and Dr. Armstead, begin the creation of Galahad, a ship that will support the selected teens for during their five year journey. Everyone aboard will be led by The Council, Captain Triana Martell, and Roc, their detailed and life-like systems computer.
All appears to go according to Dr. Zimmer’s plan, when shortly after takeoff, a crew member must dragged to the Sick House, frantically screaming that he has spotted a stowaway. At first the Council assumes that Peter is space sick and simply imagining things, a sickness that is common after the initial takeoff. However, when crops are vandalized and the words, “This is a death ship” are scrawled across a wall, Triana knows that this wasn’t just a hallucination, and the entire mission may be at stake.
This was a great start to a new science fiction series, one that deals more with the human aspect of the mission rather than the futuristic details of the teen’s world. I look forward to reading more of Testa’s Galahad series.
The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
Toni V knows that he should turn it over, that’s what the Rules and Regulations state. He doesn’t even want to think about the trouble he could get in for taking something from the Demo Site. But his curiosity gets the better of him, and he smuggles it back to his room in the block and hiding it under his pillow where no one else can see it. Reading snippets when no one else is looking.
The Diary of Pelly D
At first, Toni V thinks Pelly D seems a bit shallow and petty (but, he decides, most likely gorgeous). She’s more concerned with her popularity, dating the hot new guy and hanging out at the new Waterworld Park than with anything else going on in City Five.
Soon though, her diary entries begin to allude to a growing unrest between the cities. People are becoming obsessed with which gene pool others belong to, after all, everyone knows the Atsumisi have the all important epigene and Galrezi don’t.
Pelly D’s world takes a drastic turn when the Atsumisi government in City One pass a law declaring everyone must be tested and gene identifying hand stamps become mandatory. As Toni V reads more, he begins to connects events of the past with the current post-war state of City Five.
Adlington has created a post apocalyptic story of a futuristic Holocaust, intentionally reminiscent of events in World War 2. She causes the reader to wonder if mankind ever really changes, or if they are doomed to repeat the same mistakes, regardless of time and place.
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.