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Top Ten Winners 2014

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10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

“Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out”– – (Baker & Taylor)

9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Hiding her Sun Summoner identity from vengeful adversaries and haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina attempts to forge a new life with Mal in an unfamiliar land only to be confronted by an emerging Darkling power that threatens the boundaries of the natural world, a danger that tests Alina’s loyalties. – (Baker & Taylor)

8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A decade after a bizarre celestial event causes certain individuals to manifest extraordinary powers and a fierce desire to rule the world, young David, the son of a father who was killed by supernatural oppressors, uses inside knowledge to help a shadowy group of freedom fighter assassins. By the best-selling author of the Mistborn trilogy. – (Baker & Taylor)

7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. 100,000 first printing. – (Baker & Taylor)

6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

Abandoned on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of norms who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. – (Baker & Taylor)

5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

After repairing a school bus, the group of survivors split in two, with one group heading to the airport in hopes of reuniting with their parents and saving their dying friend and the other trying to rebuild the community they lost. – (Baker & Taylor)

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

A first entry in a new series by the award-winning author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp follows the experiences of two survivors of apocalyptic disasters that have decimated life on Earth and transformed nearly everyone into crazed killers. – (Baker & Taylor)

3. Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. – (Baker & Taylor)

2. Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 16-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother and predecessors until she discovers that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may be able to save her family from their age-old curse. – (Baker & Taylor)

And the Winner is :

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Click here to read an excerpt.

 A fun, quirky, 80’s love story! Rainbow Rowell has woven a story of heartache, humor, pain, beauty and most importantly the wonder of first love. First loves are plagued with the pain of a larger-than-life  existence, that can follow you with an ache into adulthood.  This one will pull you in and wrap you around it’s finger. But then again I’m a sucker for a good YA romance. I’m thrilled that all the voters saw this book as the gem that it is! Click the link above to read an excerpt or click the title to put a copy on hold  today!

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Willow announces the 2014 Top Ten

The Votes are in and the winners have been announced!  

Watch the video to see if your favorites made the top ten!

 

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Rosie nominee: October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard

October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

This one just arrived on my desk this week, and I was looking for a quick read. What a moving tribute. It is a collection of poetry (91 pgs), and took less than an hour to read. In this case, it clearly is a case of quality over quantity. Matthew Shepard was the victim of a horrible hate crime in the fall of 1998.  Five days after his murder, the author, Leslea Newman, was to arrive on the University of Wyoming campus to deliver a keynote speech for their Gay Awareness Week. Poems from the perspective of the fence he was tied to, from the truck who transported him, from  the deer that laid next to him, to the bartender who was perhaps the last person to show kindness to him.  Check out a copy and share it with your friends.  We can only stop hate crimes by education, and never forgetting  the story of Matthew Shepard. For more information please visit the website www.matthewshepard.org .

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We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

After finding this on a number of must-read lists this summer, I decided it would make a great weekend read. I didn’t read any reviews prior as I would rather jump in cold and not have any preconceived ideas about the book.  I was immediately drawn to the characters. Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from old east coast money and has a problem. She doesn’t remember. Throughout the course of the book, debilitating migraines and painkillers rule her world.  As the summer progresses you eventually gain the details to the event that so badly damaged her and her romance with Gat.  E. Lockhart does a fantastic job of giving you just enough information to make a guess as to the cause of the trauma, and I can tell you, I was way off base. The ending felt like a punch to the stomach.  Excellent read – 5 stars!

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Icons by Margaret Stohl

Are you a fan of Margaret Stohl’s other books? (Beautiful Creatures Series written with Kami Garcia) Then you are definitely going to want to check out her newest series  Icons. The next book in the series Idols comes out in July.

 

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New YA Non-Fiction April 2014

We’ve got some great new titles  in the YA Non-Fiction section. Here’s just a few:

 

Fourth Down and Inches

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment

By McClafferty, Carla Killough

“When the 1905 football season ended, nineteen players were dead and countless others were critically injured. The public was outraged. The game had reached a make-or-break moment—fourth down and inches. Coaches, players, fans, and even the president of the United States had one last chance: change football or leave the field.

Football’s defenders managed to move the chains. Rule changes and reforms after 1905 saved the game and cleared the way for it to become America’s most popular sport. But they didn’t fix everything. “

Award-winning author Carla Killough McClafferty takes readers on a bone-crunching journey from football’s origins to the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport. Fourth Down and Inches features exclusive photography and interviews with scientists, players, and the families of athletes who have literally given everything to the game.  (Amazon)

YA 617.481044MCC and ebook

 

 

 

Imprisoned

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during WWII

By Sandler, Martin W.

While Americans fought for freedom and democracy abroad, fear and suspicion towards Japanese Americans swept the country after Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Culling information from extensive, previously unpublished interviews and oral histories with Japanese American survivors of internment camps, Martin W. Sandler gives an in-depth account of their lives before, during their imprisonment, and after their release. Bringing readers inside life in the internment camps and explaining how a country that is built on the ideals of freedom for all could have such a dark mark on its history, this in-depth look at a troubling period of American history sheds light on the prejudices in today’s world and provides the historical context we need to prevent similar abuses of power.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

YA 940.531773 SAN

courage has no color

Courage has no color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers

By Stone, Tanya Lee

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought against little-known attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II, and “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.” – (Baker & Taylor)

A 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

YA 920.928 STO

 

 

the president has been shot

The President has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

By Swanson, James

A dramatic account of the 35th president’s assassination is presented in the author’s signature “you are there” style and imparts the urgent pace and riveting details of key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photos. – (Baker & Taylor)

YA 973.922092 SWA

 

 

 

nazi hunters

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi

By Bascomb, Neal

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust. – (Baker & Taylor)

YA 364.151092 BAS

 

 

 

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Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life

By Dotson, Alison

Part memoir, part self-help for teens, Being Me with OCD tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom—and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life. Using anecdotes, self-reflection, guest essays, and thorough research, Dotson explains what OCD is and how readers with OCD can begin to get better. With humor, specific advice, and an inspiring, been-there-beat-that attitude, readers will find the book simultaneously touching and practical.

- (Free Spirit)

YA 616.8522700835 DOT & ebook

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Rosie Nominee: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Click the cover to link to a book trailer and the title to reserve a copy!

Lina is a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941 when the Soviets arrest her family. They
sentence her father to death and send Lina, her mother, and her 10-year-old brother,
Jonas, to prison camps in Siberia. Amid the brutal conditions in the camps, the only
thing that keeps Lina going is the love of her family and her art.

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Rosie Nominee: Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Have you had a chance to read the Eliot Rosewater nominees for 2013-2014?  The first on the list is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. 16-year-old Anna is not looking forward to spending her senior year at a French  boarding school in Paris. She has friends, a possible boyfriend, and a life, but her father won’t hear any of her protests, so off she goes. Once in Paris, Anna meets some of her  fellow students and begins to make friends. She also finds herself falling for Etienne, a French boy with a girlfriend, so Anna tells herself she is content to just be his friend.

Click the cover to view the book trailer and the title to request a copy today!

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*Teens’ Top Ten Nominees 2013*

 Albin, Gennifer. Crewel.  2012.


In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised at the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.

 

 

Banks, Anna. Of Poseidon. 2012.


Emma has never really questioned her ability to communicate with fish, her strange violet eyes, or her awkwardness on land, but when her best friend, Chloe, dies in a shark attack and the attractive, mysterious Galen keeps showing up in her life, Emma soon learns that she belongs in a different world one that is underwater. In the meantime, Galen, the prince of the Syrena, must learn why Emma seems to not quite fit in with either the humans or the Syrena while battling the strong attraction he feels towards her. As the relationship between the two develops, they are faced with difficult decisions between duty and desire that could lead to a huge change of Syrena history.

 

Cabot, Meg. Underworld.  2012.


In the second book of the Abandon series, Pierce Oliviera has been, yet again, kidnapped by John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld. However, this time she can’t escape, and when she gets a video on her phone predicting her cousin, Alex’s, death, Pierce panics and begs John for help. She will do anything if only he will help her cousin out, including staying with him forever in the Underworld.

 

Cashore, Kristin.  Bitterblue. 2012.


When her evil father King Leck dies, Bitterblue is made queen of a kingdom she knows nothing about. As she struggles to come to terms with both who she is and the legacy her father left on the city, Bitterblue tries to discover the secrets of her father’s crimes by walking the streets of her own city in disguise. Filled with struggle, suspense and surprises, will she be able to turn her kingdom into a better place?

 

 

Cole, Kresley. Poison Princess. 2012.


What really happens at the end of the world? Cannibals, Baggers, people try to sell you—and in this world, sixteen year old Evie is one of the few healthy teen girls. Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all the while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks. She knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people. Luckily or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.

 

 

 

Cooner, Donna. Skinny. 2012.

 

Ever had always wanted to live in a fairy tale but with 302lbs weighing her down it’s difficult to achieve. It’s even harder with Skinny, her own private critic constantly belittling her. In this inspirational tale, Ever discovers the truth of learning how to overcome and accept the issues that plague her.

 

 

 

Cross, Sarah.  Kill Me Softly. 2012.


After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents had died at. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that this isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens that live here are fated to play out the Grimm’s fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.

 

 

 

Damico, Gina. Croak.  2012.


Lexington “Lex” Battleby is a juvenile delinquent who is sent to her uncle Mort’s after her latest stunt. Once there she discovers that she is a Grimm Reaper. She was born to have the ability to take the souls from dead bodies and send them to the afterlife. On the job, she feels the need for justice for the poor people, and as they aren’t allowed to do anything but transport the souls. As she deals with this struggle, her limits are tested as she discovers how far she will go to help the souls and herself.

 

 

Fukuda, Andrew.  The Hunt. 2012.


For as long as he can remember, Gene’s father has always taught him how to keep a low profile so no one can notice that he’s different. He can’t run as fast, he can go outside in the daytime, and he doesn’t have a lust for blood. Gene is human and each day is a battle to keep his secret locked away or be devoured by everyone around him. When he is chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last few remaining humans, he is thrust into the fight of his life and into the orbit of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Little does he know however, she has a few secrets of her own.

 

 

Harstad, Johan.  172 Hours on the Moon. 2012.

 

When NASA holds a world-wide contest for returning to the moon, no one – not even the three teenage participants – can fathom what is really in store for them up on the airless, empty gray mass. Or is it truly empty…? Unbeknownst to them, what they find up there will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on Earth.

 

 

 

Hartman, Rachel.  Seraphina. 2012.

 

Dragons and humans have finally achieved peace, and the anniversary celebration is fast approaching. For Seraphina Dombegh who is half dragon and half human, life is about blending in. However, a series of events will place her in the path of the Prince Lucian, Captain of the Queen’s Guard, and a hunt for a killer determined to start a war.

 

 

 

Hocking, Amanda. Wake. 2012.

 

Three mysterious girls have just blown into town and everyone has their eyes on them. Little does everyone know, they also have their eyes on the towns’ residences. Gemma in particular has caught their eyes and they want her. Little does Gemma know, she’s about to be thrown into a situation she might not be able to get out.

 

 

 

Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt. 2012.

 

Tilt tells the story of 3 teenagers, all wondering about who they are and how they fit into the world. One struggles with a teen pregnancy, another deals with AIDS while the last must overcome an abusive relationship. As things begin to change drastically, with them not in control, all they can do is hang on for the ride.

 

 

 

Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. 2012.

Sunday loves to write stories, the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true. So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things, to read a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him. When you kiss an enchanted animal, or in this case a frog, the enchanted will return to his true self. What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.

 

 

 

 

LaFevers, Robin.Grave Mercy. 2012.


Ismae is the daughter of the God of Death. After a near escape from her arranged marriage to a convent, Ismae is trained in the arts of a handmaiden of Death- assassination. Sent to the household of a possible traitor, Gavriel, Ismae begins to see glimpses of faults within her convent, and honor in the man she is sent to spy on. Despite any feelings or doubts, she knows her first duty is to Death, but she has to wonder, what will her duty cost her and the man she is coming to love?

 

 

 

Lange, Erin Jade. Butter. 2012.

 

Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either. One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him. This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life. But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.

 

 

 

Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. 2012.

 

Monument 14 is a book filled with terror, fear, and love, all inside a supermarket where 14 kids are trapped inside. They are unable to leave as a monster hailstorm has hit leading to variety of other disasters like a chemical weapon spill. Now they must find a way to escape their town Monument and get to safety in Alaska.

 

 

 

Levithan, David. Every Day. 2012.

 

A wakes up in a different body every day. It has always been that way for A and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person’s life. Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body he is inhabiting. Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A has found himself falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…

 

 

 

Lowry, Lois. Son. 2012.

 

In this new branch of the dystopian story started by The Giver, we follow the life of Claire, a birthmother in Jonas’s community. When Claire gives birth and her baby is taken from her we see the first signs of emotion from someone besides Jonas in the community. In this riveting tale about the strength of a mother’s love, you’ll be whisked through an epic adventure of good vs. evil that explores the concepts of freedom, love, and sacrifice.

 

 

 

Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. 2012.

 

 

Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer and has witnessed crime scenes from the killer’s point of view. So when a body is discovered, Jazz wants to use the skills he knows to help find the killer. However, he’s not just trying to prove to other people that he’s not like his father; he’s also trying to prove it to himself despite what he already knows.

 

 

 

McGarry, Katie.Pushing the Limits. 2012.

 

Echo is a high school girl with “freaky” scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will prove to thems and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.

 

 

 

Nielsen, Jennifer.The False Prince. 2012.

 

In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdoms divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a swords point – he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. His rivals have their own agendas as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.

Picoult, Jodi. Between the Lines.  2012.

 

Delilah is a lonely, straight-A, freshman student who is shunned by nearly everyone at her school except for her punk best friend, Jules. Her mother pushes her to get out more by making her join the swim team even though she always gets last place. Her father left her for another family and never visits. So it’s no wonder she would rather spend her days reading. She finds a fairy tale that she can’t stop reading and falls in the love with the prince of the story. Too bad he’s not real… or is he?

 

 

Rhodes, Morgan.Falling Kingdoms. 2012.

 

 

War is brewing and unrest is wide spread. The breaking point is a single incident in the dying nation of Paelsia. While three kingdoms battle for power, four young people find themselves greatly affected by it as they experience things like betrayal and war.

 

 

 

Roth, Veronica. Insurgent.  2012.

 

 

In the sequel to Divergent, Tris Prior is safe housing at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors. With the whole city at war with its self and Jeannine looking for all the divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task.

 

 

 

Speer, Scott. Immortal City. 2012.

 

The Immortal City, where guardian angels only protect the richest people and it’s the hottest, trendiest thing to be an angel. Maddy doesn’t quite understand what all the hype on angels is about, but when the most desired angel, Jacks asks her for help, she finds out more about angels then she ever expected possible. Soon after, they immediately fall in love. But when someone threatens this love, what will they do about it?

 

 

 

 

Maggie, Stiefvater. The Raven Boys. 2012.

 

 

The Raven Boys is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, four complicated guys and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King.

 

 

 

 

Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. 2012.

 

 

Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943. She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage – hope – horror – and friendship that spans untold secrets!

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago at 3:23 pm.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I am  anxiously awaiting the new book in the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves, coming out in September!! I loved Raven Boys so much!  From the very beginning I was intrigued by the story and the characters, and felt like I wanted to  re-read it immediately (which is something I rarely do)! Check out the great fan-made tribute for the Raven Boys below and then check out a copy to read.

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