Some end-of-summer ideas for your next best read.
BOOKS FOR THE JUVENILE CROWD
Suggestions compiled by Mike Sivcovich, Patron Services Supervisor, Nederland Community Library
Animorphs Graphic Novel
by KA Applegate
Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack — and were given the power to fight back.
Show Me a Sign
by Ann Clare Lezotte
It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a “scientist” determined to discover the origins of the islands’ widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect “live specimen”–and kidnapped her.
Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins
Revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.
Connect the Dots
by Keith Calabrese
Twelve-year-olds Oliver Beane and Frankie Figge are starting middle school in their suburban town of Lake Grove Glen, but from the beginning things seem a little weird, and somehow it all leads back to Preston Oglethorpe, a former student genius at their school who won the Nobel prize in Physics for his work in applied chaos theory at twenty-eight, and then mysteriously disappeared–and if the boys (and Matilda) can just connect the dots maybe they can figure out who or what is manipulating their lives, and why.
by Adam Gidwitz
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.
by Eoin Colfer
Eleven-year-old twins Myles and Beckett Fowl enjoy adventure and mayhem while helping a troll escape nefarious forces that want his magic.
Tumble and Blue
by Cassie Beasley
In order for Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that has followed them around for all of their lives, they must face Munch, the mysterious golden alligator who cast the curse centuries ago.
by Peter Brown
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home–until, one day the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch
by Joseph Delaney
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.”
by J.K. Rowling
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Dragon Masters (series)
by Tracey West
Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King’s soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo–and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.