My Library Card: Fiction for fall

My Library Card - Sandy Longo | October 3rd, 2016 3:38 pm

Teens: Check out some of the autumn picks from the young adult shelves of the Abington Community Library.

• “A World Without You” by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have ‘superpowers.’ At the Academy, Bo falls in love with Sofia, who helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. But Sofia, unable to overcome her depression, commits suicide, leaving Bo convinced that she’s not dead but is stuck somewhere in the past. Determined to save her, Bo comes to realize that his choice lies between facing his demons head-on or succumbing to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves. — adapted from book jacket.

• “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren

Willie Stark, a well-intentioned, idealistic, back-country lawyer is unable to resist greed for power and lust for politics during his rise and fall as an American demagogue.

• “Before We Go Extinct” by Karen Rivers

Three years ago JC (aka Sharkey) saw his best friend fall off a unfinished Manhattan skyscraper. Suicide, or accident? He’s spent the past years withdrawing from his friends, obsessively watching documentaries and texting his dead friend. This year Sharkey is forced to spend the summer processing his grief on an abandoned beach resort island in Canada, where his dad is the caretaker. There he meets Kelby, a girl who might help him recover his voice – and rediscover what it means to love.

• “Essential Maps For the Lost” by Deb Caletti

When Mads discovers a dead body while she’s swimming in the lake, she begins to obsess over who the woman was and what led her to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. But when she starts to fall for Billy, the woman’s troubled son, Mads isn’t sure how much longer she can keep her obsession a secret.

• “Even If the Sky Falls” by Mia García

When Julie takes a break from helping her youth group rebuild houses in New Orleans, she meets and falls in love with Miles and together they must survive a hurricane.

• “The Great American Whatever” by Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts’ only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was before the car accident that changed everything. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out – at least from hibernation. Geoff drags Quinn to a party where he meets a guy – okay, a hot guy – and falls, hard. And Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending, if he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

• “Harvest of empire: a history of Latinos in America” by Juan Gonzalez

Traces the history of Latinos in America, focusing on the contributions that Hispanic groups have made to national prosperity.

• “Heir to the Sky” by Amanda Sun

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known – a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

• “The Loose Ends List” by Carrie Firestone

The summer before she starts college, Maddie O’Neill Levine and her family are accompanying their terminally ill matriarch on her ‘death with dignity’ cruise. Aboard their cruise ship, The Wishwell, Maddie is determined to make every moment count. She falls in love, makes new friends, and struggles to find the strength to let go of her beloved Gram.

• “The Midnight Dress” by Karen Foxlee

Rose, nearly sixteen, is used to traveling around with her alcoholic father but connects with the people of a small, coastal Australian town, especially classmate Pearl and reclusive Edie, who teaches her to sew a magical dress for the Harvest Festival while a mystery unfolds around them.

• “Once Upon A Dream: A Twisted Tale” by Liz Braswell

In an alternate take on the classic fairy tale, the prince falls asleep and Aurora must escape the magical world created in her own dreams.

• “Places No One Knows” by Brenna Yovanoff

Waverly Camdenmar, an overachiever in every way, seems perfect, yet perfection is exhausting. She has not slept in days and then one night she falls asleep and walks into someone else’s life. She dream visits a boy she could never be with and is forced to decide what matters most to her.

• “Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies” by Lindsay Ribar

A paranormal suspense novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things – fears, memories, scars, even love – and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

• “UnWholly,” book two of the Unwind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa, and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens and, in the same stroke, providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but expand, allowing the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished. Cam is a teen who does not exist. He is made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds. Cam, a 21st century Frankenstein, struggles with a search for identity and meaning, as well as the concept of his own soul, if indeed a rewound being can have one. When a sadistic bounty hunter who takes “trophies” from the unwinds he captures starts to pursue Connor, Risa and Lev, Cam finds his fate inextricably bound with theirs.

• “We were never here” by Jennifer Gilmore

Did you know your entire life can change in an instant? For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses, out of the blue. The next thing she knows she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of. But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome, teenage volunteer. However, the more time she spends with him, and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own…and that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie forget about her illness, being with her might tear Connor apart.

• “Whisper To Me” by Nick Lake

Told through letter-writing flashbacks, Cassie is a New Jersey shore teen who over the course of one summer experiences the exhilarating highs of new love, the frightening free-falls of personal demons and family tragedy, and the bumps along the way to forgiveness, acceptance, and self-discovery.

• “Winning” by Lara Deloza

Who ever said being nice would get you to the top? Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She’s queen of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making them bend to her whim without noticing what they are doing. Alexandra’s first step to achieving total domination is to become Homecoming Queen. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action. With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she decides to introduce a third competitor into the mix: one no one saw coming, one whose meteoric rise and devastating fall will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

‘A World Without You’ by Beth Revis is one of the many fall finds teens can pick up at the Abington Community Library.‘A World Without You’ by Beth Revis is one of the many fall finds teens can pick up at the Abington Community Library. Submitted artwork

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