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De la Cruz, Melissa. FROZEN
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2013
It has been over a century since everything changed. The earth is now a frozen planet with a few pockets of civilization. Life is New Vegas is still centered around gambling and hedonism. The casinos are alive 24 hours a day. Natasha Kestal is a blackjack dealer who desparately wants out of this town. She hears a voice in her head that tells her she needs to find the Blue. Most people don't believe the Blue even exists. The Blue is supposed to be a place where the sun shines and the waters are blue. Nat hires a crew of mercenaries to take her out of the city. She has a locket that supposedly shows the way to the Blue and she is determined to get there. But she can't tell the crew where she is really going. The trip is long and filled with danger. What awaits Nat on her journey?
Dahl, Michael. ZOMBIE IN THE LIBRARY
New York : Stone Arch Books, 2011
IL 5-8, RL 2.9
Adam is looking forward to the town library's book sale. But the weather is not cooperating. The lightning storm is so intense, Adam's mother decides they can't go. Adam is so disappointed. You see, he had seen a book in the library sale that was just right for his mother and he was going to buy it for her. Adam decides to ride his bike to the library but things are not going to turn out the way he thinks they will.
Cronin, Doreen. CLICK, CLACK, BOO! : A TRICKY TREAT
New York : Athneneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
IL K-3, RL 2.3
Farmer Brown just doesn't like Halloween. He wants nothing to do with it. So on Halloween night, he puts out a bowl of candy, turns off the light and gets ready for bed. When he hears a strange noise outside the house, he jumps under the covers. What is it? Is someone coming in to his house? What is going on?
Charbonneau, Joelle. INDEPENDENT STUDY
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Having survived the Testing, Cia and Tomas are now ready to enter the University and find out what lies ahead of them. Not all the students survived and some have been redirected. When the assignments come down, Cia finds herself studying for government leadership. This is certainly nothing she would ever choose. And Tomas is assigned elsewhere. The Induction test is not an easy one and more students fail and are redirected. Cia learns that things are not as they seem and she is determined to uncover what is really going on at the University.
Charbonneau, Joelle. THE TESTING
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2013
Sixteen year old Malencia Vale is looking forward to what lies ahead. She is hoping to be chosen for the Testing but no Five Lakes Colony student has been chosen in many years. The Testing is the only way to get into the University and work to revitalize the post-war world. He own father was chosen years ago but he doesn't remember much about what it was like. It seems that those who go through the Testing are given something to suppress their memories of what goes on. Against the odds, there are several students from Five Lakes that are chosen and Cia is one of them. Cia's father is not happy and he shares his vague memories with her in the hope that it will keep her safe. You see, the Testing is not anything like you will do to get into college. In addition to rigorous pencil and paper test, the children will have to survive the grueling physical tests. How many will survive?
Chapman, Elsie. DUALED
New York : Random House, 2013
In this futuristic take on society, the inhabitants of the gated community have to become killers. Every child in the city has an alt -- a clone who is raised by another family in a different part of town. Sometime between the age of 10 and 20, every child is notified that it is time to kill or be killed. Only one of the alts will survive to become a citizen. Some of the wealthier families can hire strikers. These are paid assassins who will kill the alt. This is totally illegal but it still happens. West Grayer is 15 years old and the only one of her family left. She hires herself out as a striker to gain experience hoping that when her time comes, she will be the one who survives. When her time finally arrives, she begins to wonder if she is the one to survive, or should her alt be the one who deserves a life.
Busby, Cylin. BLINK ONCE
West had it all. He was popular, had a great girlfriend and his whole life ahead of him. Until the accident. Now he is strapped in a hospital bed unable to move. He slips in and out of consciousness and is very confused about what is happening to him. His mom visits him everyday but his friends don't tend to come to see him much. They only person who really talks to him is Olivia. She is also a patient and is in the room next door. She is the one who explains to him what is going on. She sneaks into his room after hours and she talks for hours. Well, West can't talk. His is totally paralyzed. Olivia tells him to blink once for yes and twice for no. It's hard to carry on a conversation like this but there is something about Olivia that makes West just want to be with her. As the days turn into weeks, West finds himself falling in love with Olivia. Not much of romance when you can't move and your only way to talk to the girl is to blink. Can they make this work?
Bland, Nick. THE RUNAWAY HUG
New York : Random House, 2013
IL K-3, RL 2.0
Lucy is getting ready for bed and she asks her mother for a hug. Told that it is her mother's very last hug, she promises to return it. She lends the hug to other people in her family and gets it back from everyone but one. Can she find the runaway hug to return it to her mother?
Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri. THE KIDS' GUIDE TO CLASSIC GAMES
New York : Captone, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
Do you get bored playing the same video games all the time? Or maybe watching the same television shows? Ever wonder what games kids used to play before computers or television were so popular? Well, they played marbles, card games and even some fun outdoor games. Pick up this book and find new games. You may just find yourself yelling "Red Rover"
Barnhill, Kelly Regen.
ANIMALS WITH NO EYES : CAVE ADAPTATION
New York : Capstone, 2008
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
Imagine yourself in a dark room. It is so dark that you can't even see your hand in front of your face. You don't know where the doors are. You cannot find food or water. Do you think you could survive? Odds are, you can't. But there are creatures that live in the complete blackness of caves and survive quite well. They have no need for eyes. They don't even have any color. Learn about these amazing creatures.
Armistead, Cal. BEING HENRY DAVID
New York : Albert Whitman, 2013
He wakes up in Penn Station not knowing who he is or how he got there. All he knows is that he is carrying a copy of Thoreau's Walden. He decides that he can't tell anyone that he is lost. After all, he doesn't know what is going on. When asked his name, he looks at the book and adopts the name Henry David. Now he is running from drug dealers and the police. The only place he thinks he may be safe is Walden Pond in Massachusetts. So off he goes to try to discover who he is and why he is alone in a strange city.
Zhang, Kat. WHAT'S LEFT OF ME
New York : Harper, 2012
In a world where everyone is born with two souls, Addie and Eva are different. As a child grows, the dominant soul takes over and the weaker soul fades away into nothing. Despite being weaker, Eva is still hanging on. While she can no longer move or communicate with anyone but Addie, she's still alive. But in America, keeping both souls, being a hybrid is illegal. When the girls find a possible way to let Eva reemerge, they risk imprisonment or worse. But to speak, move, smile again, Eva is willing to do whatever it takes...
(Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)
Everything is ending for Red O'Sullivan. His brother is dead, his town is dying, and his class will be the last to graduate from their school before it's closed down. The only thing that keeps him and the remaining residents going is the high school football team, the Muckers. They haven't won state since Red's brother was quarterback and with more people leaving and fewer resources available, it would take a miracle to repeat that title. But the entire town is counting on them, and the Muckers won't go down without a fight. (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)
Breakups can be messy. That's why Quentin's break-up service is so popular. For a small fee, Quentin will inform your significant other that they are now an "ex". For a little more, he'll even soften the blow with flowers or chocolates. Quentin is doing well (despite the occasional violent responses to his messages) and happy to help his mother, who seems like she could use the money. But when his best friend is the next on his list of soon-to-be exes, Quentin realizes there's more to his heartbreak business than he thought. (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)
The KDH virus is fatal to all, but the young and strong can come back as Reboots -- strong, deadly and not quite human. Wren 178 was dead for a record 178 minutes making her the strongest of the Reboots and giving her first pick of the new Reboots she trains. Something draws her to Callum 22, despite his near-human nature. But when his kindness results in an execution order for him, will Wren risk it all to save him? (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)