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.
Vince Luca is your typical 17-year-old just trying to survive the ups and downs of high school. However, his family is a major problem. Vince is the son of a Mob boss, a less than reputable profession, running a “vending machine business.” The pressure is on Vince to do some of the family’s dirty work, but Vince wants no part of it, especially after he landed in jail due to his 16th birthday present, a Porsche, turning out to be “hot.” When Vince falls for Kendra, dating gets a bit tricky because Kendra’s father is an FBI agent trying to chase down the Luca family. This is a laugh-out-loud page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Jessica, a 16-years-old star on the school’s track team, lives to run and is hoping for a track scholarship for college. But when the team bus is involved in an accident, Jessica’s leg is crushed along with her plans for the future. Jessica struggles to deal with being an amputee, missed schoolwork, self-worth, and her prosthetic leg. While there is a special type of prosthetic leg made for running, she knows her family cannot afford the enormous expense, so she gives up dreams of running again and throws herself into catching up on her schoolwork with the help of Rosa, a student with her own problems.