All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
Judith can’t speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick
Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
Alex and Tom’s future is uncertain as they continue the struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, and their lives are threatened by the Changed and other human survivors
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
Astrid Jones copes with her small town’s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she’s sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they’ll know what to do with it. Her mother doesn’t want it, her father’s always stoned, her perfect sister’s too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There’s no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she’s trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love–and asking the right questions–will affect the passengers’ lives, and her own, for the better
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi
Chasing Shadows is a searing look at the impact of one random act of violence. Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit– fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop. But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof. After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild– and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
In 1940, Jacob and his new friends escape from Miss Peregrine’s island and travel to London where they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
After spending an amazing day and night with a nameless girl in Paris, Willem embarks on his own transformative journey to find her once again.
Takedown by Allison Van Diepen
After years in “juvie,” Darren cooperates with the police to infiltrate a drug ring to settle a vendetta, but sweet, innocent Jessica is now in his life so when a deadly turf war erupts, Darren must protect not only his own life, but Jessica’s as well.
A few new books arrived in the mail during the holidays! Be sure to check them out.
Note: all descriptions are from Worldcat.org unless otherwise stated.
Contains thousands of records that span every field of human and non-human endeavors, including science and technology, animals, sports, geography, arts and entertainment, education, hobbies and pastimes, unusual rituals, and many others. Guinness World Records 2014 is crammed with new and updated records, and never-before-seen photography.
Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day–a famous criminal, and prodigy June–the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Prodigy by Marie Lu
June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic.
Champion by Marie Lu
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic–and each other–and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities.
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms– but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.
The first order of new books has arrived! If you want to borrow one (or more) for Christmas, see me today or Thursday.
Note: All descriptions are from Worldcat.org unless otherwise stated.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. But will she be prepared to face impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love?
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner’s life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Every Day by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father. (Description from Halifax Public Libraries)
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
The Final Four by Paul Volponi
Game by Barry Lyga
After solving a deadly case in the small town of Lobo’s Nod, seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial murderer, travels to New York City to help the police track down the Hat-Dog Killer.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie.
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2014
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Smoke by Ellen Hopkins
Happy Catching Fire Day! The sequel to The Hunger Games just one of many high-profile movie adaptations of teen books released this year, which include Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Ender’s Game, and The Book Thief. The books that inspired these films – and many others – are all available from the PDHS Library and currently on display, so be sure to check them out.
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- The Kite Runner by Kaled Hosseini
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
This October marks the 20th anniversary of Mi’kmaq History Month. As part of this celebration of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture, the following books will be on display in the PDHS library. Be sure to check them out!
- Cibou: A Novel by Susan Young de Biagi
- Honouring 400 Years edited by Jaime Youngmedicine Battiste
- The Mi’kmaq by Christine Webster
- The Mi’kmaq Anthology edited by Rita Joe and Lesley Choyce
- The Mi’kmaq: How Their Ancestors Lived Five Hundred Years Ago by Ruth Holmes Whitehead and Harold McGee, illustrations by Kathy Kaulbach
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor: The First Woman Settler of the Miramichi by Sally Armstrong
- Nine Micmac Legends by Alden Nowlan, illustrated by Shirley Bear
- Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’kmaq Poet by Rita Joe
Are you looking for a good “whodunit”? Do you love books that keep you guessing till the last page? Then check out one of these mystery novels currently on display in the library.
- Above the Falls by John Harris
- Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin
- Death in the Afternoon by Kate Chester
- Eyes of a Stalker by Valerie Sherrard
- Hiding in Plain Sight by Valerie Sherrard
- The Law of Three by Caroline Rennie Pattison
- Mystery House by Jean Booker
- The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier
- The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
- Run, Zan, Run by Catherine MacPhail
Do you love to play or watch sports? Looking for stories about athletes? Check out one of these fiction and nonfiction sports titles currently on display in the library.
- The 10 Best Underdog Stories in Sports by Michelle Shalton
- Black and White by Eric Walters
- Brad Richards: A Hockey Story by Paul Hollingsworth
- Heat by Mike Lupicia
- Hitmen Triumph by Sigmund Brouwer
- Juice by Eric Walters
- Lacrosse Warrior by Wendy A. Lewis
- Lance Armstrongs’s War by Daniel Coyle
- Paralyzed by Jeff Rud
- Playing Without the Ball by Rich Wallace
It can be difficult to find books that reflect what life is like in our tiny part of the world, as most teen fiction is written by American authors with American settings. While they are not as well-known as Suzanne Collins or Stephenie Meyer, there are a number of Nova Scotia writers who have penned realistic and historical fiction that reflects what life is like in our province. On display in the library this month is a selection of books written by Nova Scotian authors. I encourage you to check out one of these home-grown titles:
- The First Stone by Don Aker
- One on One by Don Aker
- Cibou by Susan Young de Biagi
- Tarcadia by Johnathan Campbell
- The Book of Michael by Lesley Choyce
- End of the World as We Know It by Lesley Choyce
- Smoke and Mirrors by Lesley Choyce
- Refuge Cove by Lesley Choyce
- Thunderbowl by Lesley Choyce
- Wave Warrior by Lesley Choyce
- Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant
- The Gravesavers by Sheree Fitch
- Kiss the Joy as it Flies by Sheree Fitch
- One More Step by Sheree Fitch
- The View from a Kite by Maureen Hull
- Lightning and Blackberries by Joanne K. Jefferson
- Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.
- The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas H. Raddall
- Haunted Harbours: Ghost Stories from Old Nova Scotia by Steve Vernon
- Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley
Thanks to some extra funding, I purchased over 30 new books for the library this week! In addition to the books listed here, I purchased additional copies of three Teen Reader’s Choice Award nominees: The Future of Us, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and This Dark Endeavor. Note: the books are listed alphabetically by author last name.
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments Book Five) by Cassandra Clare
- Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
- Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
- My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
- Iceman by Chris Lynch
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
- Requiem by Lauren Oliver
- Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
- Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
- The Gift (Witch & Wizard Book 2) by James Patterson
- The Fire (Witch & Wizard Book 3) by James Patterson
- The Kiss (Witch & Wizard Book 4) by James Patterson
- A Million Suns by Beth Revis
- Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Cracked by K. M. Walton
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Do you love exciting stories about people fighting to survive airplane crashes, shipwrecks, deadly weather, and the unforgiving wilderness? If your answer is yes, then you will want to check out one of these great survival stories on display in the library.
- Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
- The Contest by Gordon Korman
- The Darwin Expedition by Diane Tullson
- Death Mountain by Sherry Shahan
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Hurricane by Terry Trueman
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
- Julie’s Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
- Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay
- Peak by Roland Smith
- Peak Survival by Pam Withers
- Safe as Houses by Eric Walters
- Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
- Storm Runners by Roland Smith
- Storm Runners: The Surge by Roland Smith
- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
- The Wreck of the Ethie by Hilary Hyland
- The 10 Most Terrifying Experiences by Cameron Lindsey
- SOS: Stories of Survival by Ed Butts
- Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive by Les Stroud
- Wave of Destruction: The Stories of Four Families and History’s Deadliest Tsunami by Eric Krauss