Grace was raped by Zac, the school’s most popular athlete. No one believes her. To everyone, she is trying to ruin Zac’s life. Her own friends turn against her. To everyone, she is a slut.
Grace could run (her mother wants her to study in Europe), but she will not let her life be dictated by others. She is going to dress in her dark clothes no matter how much attention she gets (against the wishes of her dad and stepmother). Grace knows the truth and even though the police will not do anything she will not let Zac and his followers win.
Ian, Zac’s best friend, liked Grace. In the world of unspoken guy rules: since Zac had Grace, she is off limits to Ian. Besides, she is accusing his best friend of rape. Grace must have wanted it – the way she was dressed at the party, the way she was drinking and dancing. She didn’t fight off Zac when they were off together in the dark. She let him take off her clothes.
Over spring break, Grace and Ian find themselves together all alone in the school cleaning lockers. Ian is there after suffering a concussion that may end his athletic career and scholarship hopes. Grace is being punished – more fallout from the rape. After all, it’s always her fault.
Grace and Ian’s story is a powerful one. He is torn between his growing faith in Grace and loyalty to his friend. She is forever facing the verbal assault of others while trying to out Zac for who he really is. Ian is confused and reasonable. Grace is strong and vulnerable. Lots of questions with no easy answers, but a story worth reading.
The Diviners follows a ragtag group of latent psychics in 1920s Manhattan. A killer is on the loose, committing brutal ritualistic murders that have the police and press scratching their heads. Can Evie O’Neill and the other Diviners stop this madman before time runs out?
Libba Bray’s historical fiction is incredibly well researched, allowing for a lush narrative, peopled with vibrant characters. Her 20s flapper, Evie O’Neill truly is “the berries.” She’ll keep you on your toes through the sinister Big Apple of The Diviners.
—Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch
In 2146, time travel is possible, but only for those with a specific gene. Bridger has the gene and is on training trip to the year 2076 to witness the assassination of the president. Bridger and his fellow cadets wear cloaking devices so as to not be seen while they record specific aspects of the event. It is most important to not disrupt the timeline.
In the chaos of the assassination, Bridger separates from his mission partner (and girlfriend) Vika. He sees his dad, a fellow time traveler who died months ago. His father’s only words, “Save Alora, son.” Bridger knows his father was never assigned to this time period. He also has no idea who Alora is and why she needs to be saved. If it involves time travel, Bridger’s father is asking him to break the law.
Alora lives in 2013 with her aunt in a small Georgia town. At the age of six, her father left her there and has not been seen since. Alora’s aunt refuses to tell her anything about her parents, so Alora must find any information she can even if it means breaking her aunt’s rules. She is just starting to uncover things (in her aunt’s room and the attic) when a guy named Bridger appears.
Bridger was never supposed to interact with Alora, but an injury upon his arrival makes that impossible. Why is Alora so important and can he save her without messing up the timeline? These are only two of the many questions that make the story so intriguing.
At Fremont High, sports rule. And football rules most of all. Due to unforeseen circumstances (and the school board’s obsession with sports), Head Football Coach Muhldinger is made principal and declares that all seniors must join an athletic team.
Jack Logan is one of the seniors who does not want to be on a team. He could be good at sports. His dad is the all-time football star ever at Fremont (and could have gone pro if he hadn’t injured his knee in college). Jack’s brothers also played. How can Jack defy the Logan family legacy?
Needless to say, Muhldinger (being a total maniac) is furious when Jack refuses to play football after demonstrating his quick speed. Instead, Jack and his friends decide to form a soccer team. A bunch of non-athletes who don’t care about winning turns out to be the worst soccer team ever. You might even call it anti-athletics. For Muhldinger, the very legacy of the school is at stake – although not the way he thinks.
In our world of social media and the internet, small actions can become big issues particularly when recorded and posted online. Things get crazy and messy for all concerned before the Losers (the team’s unofficial nickname) even play their second game. It’s an interesting and fun look at school sports and the role they play in the lives of students.
From the moment Phillip Digby first appears on Zoe’s porch, he will not leave her alone. Digby pops up at any moment and seems to know way too much about what is going on. It’s kind of creepy and yet Zoe is drawn into his schemes even when she is breaking the rules.
And breaking the rules will not get Zoe into Princeton. Her goal is to get into the exclusive Prentiss Academy in New York first. Since her parents are separated, she will move in with her father and his new wife in New York (which her mom is not thrilled about).
After the divorce, Zoe and her mother moved to River Heights, a small town still reeling from the abduction of a local teen. Digby’s mission is to find the girl or at least the person (or persons) who did it. It’s just possible that this kidnapping may be connected to the disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.
Digby drags Zoe and his friend Henry through a series of investigative adventures: stakeouts, break-ins, interrogations, vandalism – you know, general mayhem that eventually involves the police.
Zoe keeps following Digby because she has no other friends and he at least gives her something to do. Plus Digby is smart and has studied police methods and procedures. He is passionate about finding this missing girl. It’s suspenseful, a bit chaotic and fun.