First Posted: 8/28/2014
Teens: Looking for a good read? Grab your library card and check out some of these fall picks from the young adult section.
“Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver
After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
“Princess of the Silver Woods” by Jessica Day George
When Princess Petunia is accidentally kidnapped by the band of thieves known as the Wolves of the Westfalian Woods, their leader must make things right by confessing to the king and delivering her to the estate of Prince Grigori’s grandmother, Grand Duchess Volenskaya. But sometimes the wolf is the hero and it’s the grandmother you have to watch out for. After being cursed as a child to dance endlessly at a midnight ball with her 11 sisters, Petunia is now haunted by troubling dreams of the ball, which may not be merely nightmares. When she and her sisters fall into a carefully laid trap, who but a handsome woodsman can save the day?
“The Fallout” series by S. A. Bodeen
A sequel to “The Compound” finds Eli and his family struggling to acclimate to the outside world after escaping the compound where his father imprisoned them for six years, an effort complicated by an intrusive media and disturbing revelations about his father’s company.
“Hurt” by Travis Thasher
When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then, he gave up trying to find them. But now, Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle — and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand. The fourth and final book in the “Solitary Tales.”
“Alice in the Country of Clover,” Volume 1, Cheshire Cat waltz, Story by QuinRose; Art by Mamenosuke Fujimaru (a graphic novel series)
His name is Boris, and despite his human form and piercings and tattoos, he is not a typical punk teenager. For he is the Cheshire Cat with a penchant for riddles. Boris is in madly love with Alice, and Alice is vulnerable and lonely. But will she fall for the Cheshire Cat?
“Speechless” by Hannah Harrington
After her behavior causes her to lose her popular friends and results in one person being hospitalized, Chelsea takes a vow of silence. Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret. Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast — and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence to learn to keep her mouth shut and stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse. But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way - people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.