Christine Arnothy is 15 years old and living in Budapest. The world is engaged in a terrible war and Christine and her family are caught up in it. Their building has been shelled by the Germans and now all the residents are living in the basement among the coal bins. Food is scarce and water must be brought in from a distant faucet. There is danger everywhere. A neighboring building was bombed and all the residents were trapped in the basement and died. Christine worries that the same thing might happen to them. She feels selfish worrying about her self instead of others but she prays to live. After all, she is only fifteen. She doesn't want to die.
So you’re stuck in a bricked up tower for seven years with a complete milque-toast of a princess who, frankly, can get on your nerves a bit. I mean, would it be too much for her to haul a bucket of water up from the cellar on occasion or take a swipe at the rats with a broom from time to time? And why does she seem so apathetic toward her kahn, a wonderful man with a sense of humour who at least came to visit her at the tower for a few weeks. Never mind that he couldn’t be bothered to rescue her. But Dashti, Lady Saren’s servant girl, doesn’t generally complain. She’s a mucker – born to serve the gentry. She swore an oath to serve Seren even though it meant getting locked up in the tower after Saren refused to marry Lord Khasar, the cruel, evil man her father choose for her. Now it doesn’t seem like there’s much of a bright side here, but at least Dashti’s had more to eat lately than when she lived out on the steppes. And work, though hard, can be satisfying. And she’s got plenty of time to record her thoughts and draw in her journal. Plus she has a wonderful cat that helps with the rat issues. Now there’s a well in the cellar, the guards bring fresh milk occasionally, and the food and candles are supposed to last for the seven years of imprisonment. But Seren’s father, if he cared at all, didn’t count on the rats, or Saren’s voracious appetite, or the grain and meat spoiling, so after a couple of years things are looking the tiniest bit grim for the girls. Dashti is determined NOT to die in the tower, so she starts looking for ways to break out and live. But even if she can find a way out, there are still the guards to deal with – they’ve been ordered to shoot to kill if the girls escape. And if they get past the guards, where will they go and how will the two girls survive out in the world? Can Saren’skahn save them, or are they doomed to roam endlessly while trying to remain hidden from Lord Khasar, a man who is determined to get the girl he’s been promised.
Jimmy is one of the best basketball players in the country. Jimmy lives in Granham, Minnesota where some scouts see him playing some good ball. They decide to pick him for their 17 and under "Teen Dream Team". Jimmy is offered a position on the team that is getting ready to compete in a wide world competition in Rome. Jimmy is teammates with nine other players from America. When Jimmy Doyle is chosen as a member of a ten-man teen basketball team for an international competition, he is flattered. However, he knows he cannot go away for the summer, as his help is needed in running the family hardware store. His mother, though, convinces Jimmy to use his athletic talents, and he joins the team as they prepare for the tournament. Jimmy soon learns that he must earn the respect of his teammates, especially Augustus LeMay. As the games progress, despite the fact that Jimmy and Augustus discover they have much in common, each realizes there are some differences, which cannot be bridged.
Like most people, Daisy is afraid of death. She’s afraid because she knows exactly what death feels like. It hurts. And coming back from the dead makes her feel just awful for a few days – sleepy with a really bad headache. How does she know? Well, Daisy has been dead five times, starting with a freak bus accident that killed 21 people when she was only four. That bus accident is how Daisy and 13 of the other children killed that day became part of a top secret program to test the drug Revive.Each time Daisy dies, of course, she has to move and get a new name. This time, she’s Daisy West of Omaha, Nebraska. This time is different. Loner Daisy makes a friend and falls in love, and starts to notice that not everything is quite right inside the Revive program.
Look For Me By Moonlight By Mary Downing HahnCynda is sixteen years old, and her life is about to change completely. Ever since her parents divorced and each of them remarried, Cynda has been going back and forth living most of the time with her mom and Steve and the rest of the time with her dad and Susan. But then … she meets Vincent. He is older, sophisticated, handsome, intelligent, caring, sensitive – he’s everything she wants! Vincent listens to her. Vincent understands her. And there’s something about him that’s mysterious … almost magical. As Cynda falls in love with him, it becomes harder and harder for her to see Vincent for what he really is. Cynda is about to learn a hard lesson – that evil can only come into her life if she invites it first. But by the time she realizes this, it will be too late … because she’s already given the invitation.Companions of the Night by Vivian VandeVelde is another vampire novel. Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her. What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian VandeVelde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town.
Wolachii is a Navajo Indian teenager who kind of lies about his age and joins the Marines when he’s 16. He sees some of the bloodiest battles in World War II, including Iwo Jima, but he wasn’t your average Marine. He was recruited to translate important messages into the Navajo language on the battlefield and then send them over the radio to the command center. Now, the Japanese had broken every other code the Marines had used, but they never figured out Navajo. Wolachii’s job was so top secret that the other Marines thought he was some kind of scout, and he wasn’t allowed to talk about what happened to him for nearly 30 years. Although Wolachii is not a real person, the amazing stories he tells did happen to the real Navajo Code Talkers.
Alexandra Fox can see the future. Before you start thinking that her story is one of predicting winning lottery numbers and envisioning her future husband, though, be forewarned that the only thing Alexandra is able to see in the future is death. It all starts when, at the age of five, Alexandra knows, with utter certainty, that her playmate Clare will die. When her friend does die suddenly, and when Alexandra has ongoing visions of death and destruction --- visions that always prove accurate --- Alexandra's parents and brothers soon start to see her as a freak, refusing to acknowledge her gift. Or is it a curse? When World War I breaks out, 17-year-old Alexandra desperately wants to help. Her oldest brother Edgar enlists almost immediately, but her other brother Tom opposes the war and wants to be a doctor instead. Alexandra finally convinces her father to let her train as a nurse, but her premonitions of her patients' deaths become almost too much for her to handle. When family circumstances finally drive Tom to the front, Alexandra has a recurring vision of his death, a vision that compels her to follow him to France in a desperate attempt to avert his fate. On the way, she encounters a man, known only as Hoodoo Jack, who also sees terrible visions of the future. Is it possible that Alexandra is among the subjects of his premonitions?
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Raised to take the place of her dead brother, Carlota de Zubaran can do anything that Carlos could have done. She races her stallion through the California lowlands, dives into shark-infested waters searching for gold, and fights in the battles that rage between the Mexicans and the Americans. At sixteen, she is fearless--and that pleases her father very much. Yet while Carlota throughly enjoys her freedom, she wants to be more than her father's "son." She wants to be herself, brave and courageous but free to show feelings of tenderness and compassion as well. Her father thinks such feelings are shameful, so Carlota must defy him. That will be the most difficult battle of all
They’re all around you.The trendsetters like me, Hunter Braque. We participate on product focus groups, or “cool tastings” as my boss Mandy calls them. We tell clients whether their products and commercials are cool or uncool. Most people think they can spot cool but they really can’t. Most people are just consumers. What consumers think is cool is generally “so yesterday.” That is why I like being a trendsetter. Consumers depend on trendsetters to guide them to what is cool. Most people don’t see us. We don’t wear signs around our necks. Rather we work our magic from the shadows through the messages we help craft. Trendsetters are number two on the cool pyramid. On top are the innovators. Every new product has a beginning and an innovator. What every trendsetter wants to find is an innovator with the next big idea. But innovators can be hard to spot. There is often just one thing that sets them apart, one little thing that is revolutionary. I knew Jen was an innovator when I saw the shoelaces on her black runners. Are you an innovator, a trendsetter, or a consumer? Maybe you are not on the cool pyramid at all. Maybe you are one of the others. People who want to destroy this system. Most people think such groups don’t exist. But I know they do. They are called the Jammers, and they are all around you too. Their agenda is to make trendsetting obsolete. They want the cool system to become so yesterday. Jen and I have met them. This is that story.
The story opens in highlands of Scotland as a local boy, Alfie is sneaking onto the new laird's reserve to fish. There is something strange and very unpleasant about the new laird, and Alfie knows he better not get caught. While fishing he falls into the water and is overwhelmed, and then pulled under by large, very aggressive eels. The story then moves to a prestigious boy’s school and one of its newest students, a young James Bond. He is soon picked out for some vicious harassment by another new student, George Hellebore and his followers, but finds ways to deal with it. After all, he IS the young James Bond. Home for the holidays with his Scottish aunt, who of course lives near the nasty laird with the fishing pond full of eels, James befriends a boy who has come home to look for his young cousin, Alfie, who went fishing one day, and never came back. The story rumbles to an edgy climax as James and his friend Red tackle the nasty laird who is none other than the father of James’ school nemesis. Full of action and intrigue with a few surprises thrown in, this is a sure hit for your male readers.
The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic.Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.
What if James Bond were a girl?The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school teaches advanced martial arts in PE, chemistry always consists of the latest in chemical warfare, and everyone breaks CIA codes for extra credit in computer class. So in truth, while the Gallagher Academy might say it’s a school for geniuses what they really mean is spies. But what happens when a Gallagher Girl falls for a boy who doesn’t have a code name?Cammie Morgan may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti), but the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without him ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she’s doing something riskier than ever—she’s falling in love.
I call this book a mix of Hunger Games and Starship Troopers.Aliens called Buggers have been attacking earth and have come close to destroying the human race. So to save earth, the world government starts creating military geniuses and training them in the art of war. Early training is in the form of computer war games.Six year old Ender Wiggins is one of the children chosen for this task. He's unbeatable at these games. But when he finds out that due to his amazing talent, he needs to leave his family for 10 years to attend Battle School, he's devastated that he won't see his sister Valentine anymore, whom he adores. It's not as hard to leave his older brother Peter, though, who hates Ender. At Battle School Ender proves to be a genius among geniuses, and is looked at as a future military leader. But having the fate of the human race on your shoulders is a lot of pressure for such a young guy. Simulated war games are one thing, but how will he do in real combat situations? Worst of all, Ender finds out that there's something HUGE the Battle School hasn't been telling him about his training . . .
1. SUMMER READINGBOOKTALKSIncoming 8th Grade Students
2. PopBy: Gordon Korman
3. I am Fifteen….and I Don’t Want toDieBy: Christine Arnothy
4. Book of a Thousand DaysBy: Shannon Hale
5. Under the Never SkyBy: Veronica Rossi
6. Danger ZoneBy: Davis Klass
7. RevivedBy: Cat Patrick
8. Look for Me By Moonlight By: Mary D. HahnCompanions of the Night By: Vivian VandeVelde
9. Code TalkerBy: Joseph Bruchac
10. Treasure IslandBy: Robert Lewis Stevenson
11. The ForeshadowingBy: Marcus Sedgwick
12. DivergentBy: Victoria Roth
13. CarlotaBy: Scott O’Dell
14. So YesterdayBy: Scott Westerfeld
15. GoneBy: Michael Grant
16. Silverfin: Young James Bond Book1By: Charlie Higson
17. Cryer’s CrossBy: Lisa McMann
18. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have toKill YouBy: Ally Carter
19. UnravelingBy: Elizabeth Norris
20. Ender’s GameBy: Orson Scott Card
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