Open Book: January 21, 2011

Open Book is an email newsletter of book recommendations for teens. It is sent twice a month and includes book excerpts in six teen fiction categories (realistic fiction, historical fiction, action/ adventure/fantasy/science fiction, romance, the buzz: middle school, and the buzz: high school). If you wish to subscribe to Open Book, please email or sign up in person at the Youth Services desk at the Library. Open Book email newsletters are also archived here on our blog.

Here are the picks for this week…

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Realistic Fiction

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Balzer + Bray. 2009. 198 pages.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

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Historical Fiction

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Atheneum. 2008. 320 pages.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

A New York Times Bestseller, a National Book Award finalist, winner of the Scott O’Dell award for Historical Fiction, an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults 2008 and MORE…If you like this book, be sure to check out the sequel Forge.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Razorbill. 2011. 400 pages.

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

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The Big Crunch by Peter Hautman

Scholastic Press. 2011. 280 pages.

June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.

From the National Book Award winning author

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Buzz: What’s Hot in Middle School

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Harper. 2010. 440 pages.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Published in August 2010, this book comes out as a movie in February

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Buzz: What’s Hot in High School

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Roaring Brook Press. 2010. 204 pages.

Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family’s cabin and to find his father’s corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig’s sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar’s body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar’s stolen gold.

From a multi-award winning author, Revolver was just named a Printz (literary excellence award in young adult literature) honor book for 2011

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