Noah and Jude are artistic, fraternal twins, both hoping to gain acceptance into an elite art school. But at age 13, they begin to grow apart. Told in alternating chapters, Noah’s take place when the twins are 13. Jude’s take place three years later, after a tragic family accident, when they are 16. Noah is dealing with the need for parent approval, bullies and being gay. Jude is dealing with artistic rivalry with her brother and guilt. Both are feeling responsible for the tragedy. Love, loss, betrayal, acceptance and forgiveness all play a role in this emotional rollercoaster.
Kamran Smith has a hero – his older brother, Darius. In many ways, Kamran is following in his hero’s footsteps. He is a star football player, popular with his classmates, and is planning on attending West Point, just like Darius. Unfortunately, Kamran returns home from a school dance to discover Darius, who was serving in Afghanistan, has been identified in al qaeda videos as the spokesman for the group. Kamran can’t believe Darius has willingly joined the terrorist group and begins to see hidden messages in the videos. While Kamran and his parents are held in a government detention facility, Kamran tries to get the government agents investigating the family to believe the messages he claims Darius is sending. Kamran finally takes it upon himself to escape from the facility to go find and rescue Darius. Just like Alan Gratz’s other novels, this one will have you on the edge of your seat as you read to find out if Kamran is right about his brother. And great news just in - Alan Gratz will visit our middle school students in October 2019!
Fabiola Toussaint was born in the US and raised by her mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Now, as a teenager, Fabiola and her mother are moving to Detroit for a better life. But when Fabiola’s mother is detained in New York City for lack of proper documents, Fabiola must finish the journey alone. She is shocked by the grittiness of urban Detroit and the loud, rambunctious behavior of her three female cousins. Her aunt is sick and must conserve her energy – hence, her tough daughters have learned to take care of themselves. When Fabiola is offered a way to get her mother released in exchange for information about one of the cousin’s drug-dealing boyfriends, Fabiola finds herself in a dangerous situation. What she has learned from observing her cousins just might help her out.
Thanks to e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie and co-founder of Never Counted Out, an organization that seeks to empower at-risk youth through writing and the arts, 48 new teen novels have been donated to the MMS/FHS library. Diverse characters and situations are a part of these added titles as it is important for all teens to be able to see themselves in the books they read. Stop by the library and check out our display, or better yet – a book!
Sachiko Yasui was six years old when an atomic bomb was dropped on her city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. It wasn’t until 50 years later that she could begin to share the “unspeakable seconds” of the bombing, the struggle to survive, the deaths of her siblings from radiation sickness, her own thyroid cancer and her survivor’s guilt. Complete with plenty of photos and historical information, anyone with an interest in WWII will find this a fascinating memoir.
It’s 2575 and Kady Grant has just broken up with her boyfriend, Ezra, when their planet, Kerenza, is attacked by BeiTech Industries in a attempt to control the planet’s secret mining operation. Kady, her mother and Ezra all escape on three different spaceships. Only one, the Alexander, is equipped to do battle with the pursuing BeiTech warship, the Lincoln. As the ships flee, a deadly virus breaks out on one ship, AIDAN, the artificial intelligence controller is malfunctioning, and the enemy is closing in. Ezra is forced into military service to do battle with the Lincoln and Kady is set to work in the computer programming department where she learns to hack into the systems to try and find out what is really going on. First in a trilogy, Illuminae is told through hacked emails, files, maps, IMs, medical reports, interviews and AIDAN, the AI.
The setting: New Beijing, sometime in the distant future.
The characters: Lihn Cinder, a gifted cyborg mechanic with a mysterious past, and Prince Kai, handsome son of Earth’s emperor.
The plot: With her father dead, Cinder is despised by her stepmother, blamed for her stepsister’s illness, and forced to work as a mechanic in the marketplace where she meets with great success. It is here that she meets Prince Kai when he brings his favorite robot to Cinder for repair. The Prince is struggling to maintain order on Earth while his father is dying from the plague gripping the population. Earth is also under attack from the Lunar people who want to take over. It isn’t long before the two are attracted to each other. Then it is on to the ball, the glass slipper and other Cinderella story elements. This is the first in The Lunar Chronicles, a fun, fantasy series of four books, each based off of a traditional fairy tale.