July Book of the Month

This month’s pic is War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay.

Though fiction, it’s a vivid look at what actually happened and still happens in Gulu, Uganda. McKay based this book on interviews with child soldiers, abducted from schools and from their families, who were forced to kill or be killed. These children escaped and returned to their homeland. But while they attempt to lead a normal life, they continue to carry the horrific memories with them.

June Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, reviewed in recognition of LGBT month.

The topic, transgender, is just beginning to be openly discussed in society. If you are, or know someone who is transgender, this book not only described the various aspects of transgender but portrays it through authentic stories. In order to accept transgender teens, it’s important to understand who they are. This book definitely provides that information.

May Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari.

Please don’t judge this book by its cover! The story is set in London which offers a unique cast of characters, the main one being Mira, of course! This is what I call a Kleenex book, surprisingly sad but with a rich mix of teen emotions in a period of two months. The story is part of a journal assignment for writing group, giving an intimate peek into Mira’s private thoughts about herself, her friends, her family, and her first love. A great read!

April Book of the Month

This month’s pic is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Lilac is the daughter of a multi-millionaire and Tarver is a soldier. While traveling on the spacecraft Icarus, an accident in hyperspace results in the death of everyone on board except Lilac and Traver who escape in a pod and become stranded on what they think is on uninhabited planet. What begins as a test of survival soon turns into love. When they find the means to contact rescue ships they ask the questions: do they really want to leave?

This book will soon be made into a TV series!

March Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory.

Jenna is being pursued by twins Ian and Luke … or is she? What is their story? And what will become of all of them when the truth comes out? I didn’t see it coming and you won’t either!

February Book of the Month

This month’s pic is The impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Hayley Kincaid and her father, a war veteran, return to his childhood home and attempt to live a normal life. Unfortunately, he has PTSD and horrible memories of war that he tries to block out with drugs and alcohol. Hayley tries to be a normal teenager but the stress of her father’s illness makes it impossible. Enter Finn, with his own family drama, who offers support, understanding, and romance. What does “happily ever after” look like for them? Read and find out, just don’t forget the Kleenex.

January Book of the Month

It’s the New Year so why not learn something new? Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney is  written by a founding member of the elite, super-secret, counter-terrorist unit. It’s a detailed recollection of being chosen (with 162 other soldiers), to participate in nine months of strenuous specialized training. At the end of the nine months all that remained were 18 soldiers, and after the commander’s board evaluation, Haney was one of twelve soldiers to form the first Delta Force unit. This is an inside view of a unit “that doesn’t exist” but is in operation all over the world!

December Book of the Month

This month’s teen book pic is Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne. This book is the companion to Monument 14 which was November’s teen book of the month. It took a little longer to read Sky on Fire and it was exhausting, exciting, gruesome, and surprising! In the last book, 8 teens and 5 little kids were trapped in a superstore. In this book, part of the group leaves on a bustrip to Denver (is Denver an evacuation station?). The rest stay behind to wait to be rescued, for reasons explained in the book.

Who will survive? Who will die?

And the question remains, after you read these two books, do you have what it takes to survive?

 

November Book of the Month

Ready to read Emmy Laybourne’s new book Sky on Fire? Not so fast! You have to read the first book, which is this month’s teen pick.

November’s Teen book of the month is Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. This is another post-apocalyptic novel, except every detail could actually happen to you. Trapped in a superstore, 8 teens and 5 little kids struggle to survive while disasters reigns outside. Will they survive? Come to the library and get this book to find out!