Open Book: February 18, 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 smatathia@minlib.net 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

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

G.P. Putnam’s Sons.  2007.  118 pages.

When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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Historical Fiction

Wicked Girls : A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

Balzer + Bray.  2010.  408 pages.

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692–Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The Angel Experiment (Book 1 of the Maximum Ride series) by James Patterson

Warner Vision Books.  2006.  440 pages.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

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Romance

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Little Brown.  2010.  503 pages.

In a small southern town with a secret world hidden in plain sight, sixteen-year-old Lena, who possesses supernatural powers and faces a life-altering decision, draws away from her true love, Ethan, a mortal with frightening visions.

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Buzz: What’s Hot in Middle School

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins
Greenwillow Books.  2010.  352 pages.

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

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Buzz:  What’s Hot in High School

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Alfred A. Knopf.  2010.  260 pages.

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

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