Thursday, October 27, 2016

Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost twin by Sophie Cleverly (#1 in the Scarlet and Ivy Series)

"This is the story of how I became my sister..."  

Early in the 1920's Scarlet, sister of Ivy died in an unfortunate accident. Miss Fox of Rockwood girls boarding school just couldn't let the school be known to be unlucky. So she gets Scarlet's sister Ivy to pretend to be her dead sister.  That can't be too hard, right? Wrong! Ivy and Scarlet's personality were completely opposite and the diary that belonged to Scarlet has some unusual entries in them and Ivy has to solve the mystery while still acting like her sister...

Author: Sophie Cleverly
Publisher: HarperCollins (2015)
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A middle-aged man remembers his childhood as he sits on a rotting wooden bench sitting by Lettie's Ocean.

The opal miner lying in the back of his father's car. The orange day. The monster that called its self Ursula Monkton. The bathtub his father tried to drown him in. The hallway with the perfect view of the moon. The kitten with a white patch around its ear. He remembers it all.

Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: William Marrow and Company (2013)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Girl Who Could Fly By Veronica Forester

"She Can Fly!"

Piper McCloud is not your average girl - she has an extraordinary ability, one that the people in Lowland County just can't overlook . She can fly? Besides that, she is a down-to-earth girl who sees things for what they are, and always does what's right. Her parents, firm believers in the Good Book and the Lord, just don't understand why Piper can't be normal, like everyone else, "If the Lord wanted folks to fly he would've given' them wings. It Just ain't right."

Author: Veronica Forester
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan (2008)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Divergent by Veronica Roth (1st in the Divergent series)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness), and Erudite (intelligence). On a selected day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—Divergent...

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins (2011)

Double Cross by Malorie Blackman (4th book in the Noughts and Crosses Series)

"One simple choice. Lives are shattered"

Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend and Best friend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when Callie Rose has a near death experience that the horrible gangs may have something to do with, Toby Loses himself in the quest for revenge

The captivating conclusion/companion Novel of the Noughts and Crosses series.

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2008)

Check Mate by Malorie Blackman (3rd book in the Noughts and Crosses Series)

"Can the future ever erase the past?" 

Callie Rose has a Cross mother and a Nought father in a society where the fair-skinned noughts are treated as the lower people of society and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted discrimination. Sephy, her mother, has told Callie virtually nothing about her father, but as she grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her father and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the Nought population. And as Callie takes her first steps away from Sephy and into the world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner . . .

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2004)

Not Suitable For Young Readers

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman (2nd book in the Noughts and Crosses series)

Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the fair-skinned noughts as the lower part of society. But her baby daughter has a Nought father, Cullum. Jude is a Nought, Cullum's brother, Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered.

Now Jude's life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2003)

Not Suitable for young readers