Thursday, March 30, 2017

Coventry Library YA Novels in Verse Booklist!

Novels in Verse

All the Broken Pieces, by Ann E. Burg: Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.


House arrest / K.A. Holt: Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations


Girls like me / by Lola StVil.: Fifteen-year-old Shay is trying to cope with being overweight and getting bullied in school, but when she falls in love with mysterious Blake, insecure Shay needs the help of her two best friends to make love prevail
Wicked Girls, by Stephanie Hemphill: 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.
Exposed, by Kimberly Marcus: High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz's older brother of a terrible crime.
 
After the Kiss, by Terra Elan McVoy: In alternating chapters, two high school senior girls in Atlanta reveal their thoughts and frustrations as they go through their final semester of high school.
Street Love, by Walter Dean Myers: This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, by Sonya Sones: Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother's grave in Boston and flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.
What My girlfriend Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones:  Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for "loser," and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard.
Love & Leftovers, by Sarah Tregay: When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie's depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Idaho, where all of her relationships have become strained.
The Watch that Ends the Night, by Allan Wolf: Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain E.J. Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.
Ghosting,  by Edith Pattou: A high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry.  Alcohol, guns, and a dare. With tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors and we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.
Like Water on Stone, by Dana Walrath: Based on actual events, this novel in verse relates the tale of siblings Sosi, Shahen, and Mariam who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 by escaping from Turkey alone over the mountains.
The Kiss of Broken Glass, by Madeleine Kuderick:  A tale told through evocative verse chronicles a mandatory seventy-two-hour psychiatric evaluation of a teen who has been caught cutting herself in an effort to feel alive.
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling, Lucy Frank:  In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease.
The Weight of Water, Sarah Crossan: Twelve-year-old Kasienka and her mother have immigrated to Coventry, England from Poland, searching for Kasienka's father, but everyone is unfriendly except for an African neighbor and a boy Kasienka meets at the swimming pool, which is her only refuge from an alien society.
Audacity, Melodie Crowder: A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.


The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & random Boy, Marie Jaskulka. Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life—the breakup of her parents, and her mom’s resulting depression—when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an outcast and secretly writes poetry to deal with everything going on in his life.


Crank, Ellen Hopkins. This book chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank”.


Skyscraping,  Cordelia Jensen. Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly.


One, Sarah Crossan. Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters.


Song of the sparrow,  Lisa Ann Sandell. The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men.



Traffick, Ellen Hopkins. Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coventry Library YA Sci-fi booklist!

Science Fiction

Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth: Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners


Exo / Fonda Lee: For a century now, Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race, and Donovan Reyes is a loyal member of the security forces, while his father is the Prime Liaison--but when a routine search and seizure goes bad Donovan finds himself a captive of the human revolutionary group, Sapience, terrorists who seem to prefer war to alien rule, and killing Donovan just might be the incident they are looking for
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way thru comic misadventures throughout the Universe.


The Lunar Chronicles Series, by Marissa Meyer: As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.


The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner: Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret's out


Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury: In a future totalitarian state where books are banned and destroyed by the government, Guy Montag, a fireman in charge of burning books, meets a revolutionary schoolteacher who dares to read and a girl who tells him of a past when people did not live in fear.


Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card: Child-hero Ender Wiggin, must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive


Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline: This is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut-- part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.


After the Snow, by S.D. Crockett: Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.


Dangerous, by Shannon Hale: When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved.


The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson: In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.


These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.


Insignia, by S. J. Kinkaid: Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.


Across the Universe, by Beth Revis: Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.


Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.


Replica by Lauren Oliver:  Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed.


On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis: In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2034, a comet is due to hit the Earth within the hour. Denise, who's sixteen years old and autistic, must try to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother safely aboard a spaceship


Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin:  Longing to escape the town where his family grew up, Benji and his friends shoot down a flying saucer at the local quarry and confront old tensions when they decide to investigate the ship’s mysteries on their own.

Consider by Kristy Acevedo: As if 17-year-old Alexandra Lucas' anxiety disorder isn't enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with Earth. How's that for senior year stress?

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger: Rose wakes up one morning to find that there has been a fundamental change in her personality, and although she is now happy and outgoing, she senses that there is something wrong.

Bluescreen by Dan Wells: Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni--a smart device implanted right in a person's head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen--and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden

Gemina by Amie Kaufman: On board the Jump Station Heimdall, Hanna is the captain's pampered daughter; Nik a member of a notorious crime family. While they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron: Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to the Forgetting forever.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Looking for YA Books on Tough Issues?

The Coventry Library has loads of books for teens that explore tough issues. These range from stories involving abuse, stories about teens overcoming substance abuse to teens dealing with self harm or mental issues. You'll find it all here at the library. Interested in one of the books on the list? Just click on the link and place a hold from our library catalog.


Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher: When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing 13 cassette tapes recorded by his Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends the night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Goodbye days by Jeff Zentner: Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friend and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky: A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. It's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course into the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.
Hold Still, by Nina Lacour: Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.
Looking for Alaska, by John Green: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Somebody up There Hates You, by Hollis Seamon: Dying of cancer in a hospice, seventeen-year-old prankster Richard has big plans for his final day.
If You Find Me, by Emily Murdoch: Fifteen year-old Carey lives in a broken down camper hidden in woods and cares for her younger sister, Jenessa. Their mother comes and goes until she disappears and two strangers arrive taking the girls into a new world of high school, clothes and boys.
How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr: Told from their own viewpoints, 17-year-old Jill, grieving her father, and Mandy, nearly 19, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child.

What Can(t) Wait, by Ashely Hope Perez : Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.
Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King: Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, 15-year-old Lucky Linderman dreams of being with his grandfather, who went missing in the Vietnam War. A visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find new perspective.
Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen: When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for 10 years.  She learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to let  people  help her, and that she too has something to offer.
Stay With Me, by Paul Griffin: Mack is 15, a high school drop-out and a genius with dogs.  At the restaurant he works in, he meets and falls in love with Céce. But when Mack lands in prison he pushes Céce away and only a 1-eared pit-bull can keep them together.

What We Saw, by Aaron Hartzler:  The story of a town torn apart by the events surrounding the rape of drunk girl at a house party, from the perspective of the partygoers who witnessed it
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow: As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte "Charlie" Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.