Open Book: March 4, 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

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Farrar Straus Giroux. 2011. 306 pages.

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

Sherlock Holmes returns in this first teen series to be granted official endorsement from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary estate.

See excerpt or listen to audio excerpt or watch book trailer here

Historical Fiction

Airman by Eoin Colfer

2008. Hyperion Books for Children. 412 pages.

In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

A unique historical fiction, historical fantasy read, swashbuckling adventure sort of read

See excerpt

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The Foundling by D.M. Cornish (Monster Blood Tattoo: Book 1)

G. P. Putnam’s Sons. 2006. 434 pages.

Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.

See excerpt

Romance

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

See excerpt

Buzz: What’s Hot in Middle School

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Wendy Lamb Books. 199 pages. Wendy Lamb Books.

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

See excerpt

Buzz: What’s Hot in High School

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Wendy Lamb Books. 199 pages. Wendy Lamb Books.

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

See excerpt

Buzz: What’s Hot in High School

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Tor. 2008. 382 pages.

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

See excerpt

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