Aveyard, V. (2015). Red Queen. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
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Awards/Honors: #1 New York Times Bestseller
A young girl attempting to evade going to war ends up in a battle between the Reds and the Silvers.
Our blood runs red and makes us equal, but in Mare’s world having red blood makes her a second-class citizen. Those with silver blood are considered of noble blood, a gift from the gods. Silver bloods also special capabilities like mind control, super strength, and element manipulation. When Mare sneaks into their world hoping to pocket enough money to hide from being drafted into the war, a freak accident leaves her center stage and she is quickly swept into the political war between the classes. Did Mare spare her life from the frontlines only to be a soldier of another kind?
Salisbury, M. (2015). The Sin Eater’s Daughter. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
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Awards/Honors: 2015 North East Teenage Book Award Nominee
I feel like people think books are just for girls or nerds so when I see a guy reading I usually find him attractive. I didn’t used to tell people how much I liked to read, but now I don’t really care any more. I do feel like certain genres are still mostly directed to one gender or another, but I think that will change. –Raquel K., age 16
Twylla is given the chance of a lifetime by being betrothed to the Prince, but it comes with a price.
Families lay out spreads of food after a loved one’s death and each item represents one of their sins. The Sin Eater atones for their sins by filling her belly. Twylla’s mother is the Sin Eater and she was destined to replace her one day, until the Queen declares Twylla as Daunen Embodied. Twylla’s title makes her the Prince’s betrothed and the Queen’s Executioner. She is forced to drink poison and listen to the crimes of men that the Queen chooses to pass judgment upon. Twylla’s touch is an automatic death sentence and everyone fears her, except for her new guard. Would you be able live with the knowledge that your touch could kill somebody?
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Wallace, B. (2015). The Storyspinner. New York, NY: McElderberry Books.
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Tragedy strikes a Performer’s family and she winds up in a deadly game of political ambition.
Johanna von Arlo is part of a family of traveling performers. While they do acrobatics and other tricks, she picked up her father’s talent for spinning stories and singing songs. During a performance, tragedy strikes and the von Arlo’s are forced to take up work performing for the local lord. In the midst of everything, dead girls resembling Johanna keep turning up around the countryside. Tensions run high between Johanna and the young Lord Rafael, but her stories captivate the lord’s guests so the family offers their protection. Johanna finds herself in the middle of a dirty political game.
At the same time, a group of magically abled Keepers are in the middle of search for a long lost princess who can help restore the magical barrier between the mortal world and their own. Will they be able to find the princess and fix the wall before someone with more devious plans gets his hands on her?
Meyer, M. (2012). Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1). New York, NY: Feiwel & Friends.
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Awards/Honors: 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee; 2012 Goodreads Choice Nominee for YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
A teenage cyborg finds herself in an unlikely alliance while trying to help find a cure to a deadly plague that only impacts Earthlings.
This is Cinderella like you’ve never seen before. Cinder is a cyborg in New Beijing who gets stuck in the service of her self-entitled stepmother since cyborgs can’t be independent without approval. After being blamed for her sweet younger stepsister contracting a deadly plague, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her to be part of an experiment for testing plague vaccines. Cinder’s time in the palace hospital wing garners her attention from Prince Kai himself, but a power struggle with the Queen of Luna will test their bond. Will her past come back to haunt her or does the key to Earth’s safety lie within Cinder?
Cline, E. (2012). Ready Player One. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.
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Awards/Honors: 2012 Prometheus Award for Best Novel; 2012 ALA Alex Award; 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee; 2015 Green Mountain Book Award Nominee
Society chooses to live their lives in a virtual reality world. When the creator passes away, a competition decides the fate of the virtual world.
I would rather play video games than read, but my aunt told me this book was about video games and I ended up really liking it. I will probably still stick to my games though. -Nathan L., Age 13
What if the key to saving your own reality could only be found in a virtual one?
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Ready player one? For those of you who think your video-gaming skills will save the world one day, you may be right. In a futuristic world Wade Watts has determined that living in his virtual reality game is better than living in the real world. When the creator of the OASIS (a virtual utopia) dies and leaves the keys to his fortune hidden in the game, it is every gamer for himself. Gamers rely on skills from vintage games and there are plenty of easter eggs to be found, but can Wade find the keys before OASIS is lost to the enemy?