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everlostTeenagers Allie and Nick are traveling in cars that collide head-on and are killed instantly. As they travel down the tunnel towards that proverbial light, they bump into each other, knocking one another into a kind of young adult purgatory  known  as “Everlost”. There are no adults in Everlost because, as one character explains, “even when adults are lost, they seem to believe they know where they are going.” Ha! Maybe they should say that no men are in Everlost? 🙂 Sorry, I digress…Right, there are no adults in Everlost. There are a whole set of rules and dangers in Everlost that they must learn if they are to survive. They must keep moving or they sink into the core of the Earth. No one can interact with the living unless they possess a special power called “skin jacking”. Certain beloved objects can be knocked into Everlost intact–like the World Trade Center–and the children can use them. A monster stalks Everlost known simply as “the McGill”. Nick and Allie traverse this parallel world in search of a way out, but where to? Can they get back to life? To death? This is a really great, fast paced adventure that begins a trilogy that both middle and upper schoolers will enjoy.

(The Skinjacker Trilogy: Everlost, Everwild, Everfound)

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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 Bruiser is not your typical story of the loser boy getting the normal girl. He is different. Brewster is the one kid in school who got voted “The Most Likely to get the Death Penalty”, so he is clearly not your typical happy teenage boy. He also has a secret, discovered when he begins to date Brontë. She and her brother, Tennyson, both discover that Brewster (nicknamed Bruiser) can take things away. There is a reason he always stays away from people, there is a reason he tries not to care too much. Because when he does care, he can take away their pain.

This is a story about how many people can affect one person. . . and also how that one person can affect many people.

Reviewed by Lexie K. ’15

 

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Divergent fans, hang on to your hats because you will not be disappointed with this second installment of the trilogy. *Disclaimer: as a librarian at an all girls’ school, I love a good story with a strong female hero. This one fits the bill.* The story picks up right where the first left off. This futuristic society is left reeling after the Erudite ( intellectual) faction has used a sort of mind control to use the Dauntless (fearless tattooed warriors) to essentially wipe out the selfless Abnegation who ruled their society’s government. Our hero, Tris, is shaken after seeing many of her friends and family killed in battle and she and her boyfriend Tobias have found temporary shelter with the peace-loving Amity. You will enjoy this roller coaster story as Roth does a great job helping you experience both the physical and psychological challenges that the characters endure. Can Tris and Tobias’ love overcome the conflict? Can murder in the name of survival be forgiven, even if it is your best friend who killed your loved one? Just how many Divergent are there among the factions and how have they come to be? I recommend this series for older readers who don’t mind a darker, sometimes violent story a la Hunger Games. It’s a page turner and I’m anxiously awaiting the final installment, coming sometime in 2013.

If you’re interested, a good fan site for the trilogy is here.

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

 

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It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Divergent by Veronica Roth!

One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions — Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) — each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses to become Dauntless but does she really have all the Dauntless characteristics and no others? After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” Is she Dauntless or is she Divergent and doomed to live outside society completely?

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano finally erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee on a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait–to heal or to die. Instead, he finds a friend in Darla and her mother. With Darla he fights to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

If you liked the dystopia of Hunger Games you will love Ashfall! This also sounds a lot like Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, another great read!

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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It is the year 241 and the city of Ember’s supplies are dwindling down to nothing. So far they have survived on everything that has been in their stock rooms but when the stock rooms run empty the people begin to panic. The lights that adorn the city begin to flicker making the peoples’ worries grow. These are just some of the worries for twelve-year olds Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow; others include getting a job as a messenger in Lina’s case and a worker in the sewers for Doon. Everything is going smoothly, despite the disappearing supplies, until Lina uncovers a mysterious box in her grandmother’s closet containing a secret coded message. Not finding trust in anyone except Doon who seems to share the same feelings as Lina about Ember, she and Doon try to decode the message and see if it has anything to do with how to save Ember. The book by Jeanne Duprau wraps mystery, friendship, and heart wrenching adventure into one great novel that will capture you from the very first page.

Reviewed by Lauren W. ’17

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