Don’t forget, every teen program you attend qualifies you for the Grand Prize Drawing of a Google Nexus Tablet!
The parties will be held at all three branches: Tuesday, August 5
I hope you've kept up your summer reading, logging your books and earning prizes each week. Although I've been extra busy planning and presenting programs this summer, I've still managed to read a few good books.
Since the runaway bestseller, The Fault in our Stars, there seems to be a trend in young adult lit toward books about teens with disabilities or life-threatening diseases. These can be heart wrenching but powerful stories. Here are a few you will want to add to your reading list.
Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer
After a car accident leaves Jessica brain-dead, her organs and tissues are donated to help four other teens survive. What makes the story so unique is that Jessica’s spirit lingers, observing the people she saved as their lives become interconnected. The recipients become the main characters as their lives are forever changed and they each struggle with the meaning behind their salvation. For the teens, it’s an incredible gift to be given a second chance at life. They now have a chance at love and a future that they had never believed possible. Jessica also moves from anger to acceptance that her gift has made a difference. Pieces of Me is a powerful and emotional novel that will have you considering the issue of organ donation.
She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
British teen Laureth kidnaps her younger brother Benjamin and travels to New York to find their missing father, using clues from his notebook. Dad was supposed to be in Switzerland but a suspicious voice mail leads Laureth to believe he’s gone missing and she is determined to look for him. Not only does Lareth travel across the Atlantic to a strange city to investigate the mystery, but the fact that she’s blind makes her adventure even more amazing. That’s why she needs Benjamin (she didn't technically kidnap him) as sort of a human seeing-eye dog. The main story is interspersed with excerpts from their father’s notebook and his obsession with coincidences. Isn't it cool when you’re thinking about something and then suddenly that thing appears? It kind of makes you tingle. Coincidence happens often to Laureth and Ben as they get into and out of multiple predicaments. With the authorities bearing down and the bad guys closing in, only Laureth’s quick thinking can save them. This book will make you think about what it’s like to function in the world without eyesight.
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Guys-guy Arlo is not only a dirt-bike daredevil but he’s also a top-ranking video gamer. His skills at virtual drone warfare have caught the attention of the U.S. military – they want him to come work for them at a secret base in New Mexico. Fearless on his Yamaha 250 and in the Drone Zone, the 17-year-old is covering up his emotional scars. What’s left of his family is barely hanging on – he’s grieving the violent death of his mother, his father has lost his job and is wallowing in depression, and his little sister is suffering from a life-threatening disease and they can’t afford to get the necessary medical treatment she needs. So when the Air Force offers Arlo a substantial income to fly drones against insurgents in Pakistan, he is psyched. At first glance this novel seems made just for guys, all muscle bikes and warfare, but it’s also got emotional depth. There’s strong friendship, a love interest, a family coping with multiple tragedies and even a bit of humor.
Look for these books and more online here and don’t forget to drop in to any library branch to submit your (very short, no pressure) book reviews to be eligible for great weekly prizes!
Ann @ the Fauquier County Public Library