Dying to Go Viral, by Sylvia McNicoll

Dying to Go ViralJade dies.  That’s not the end of the novel Dying to Go Viral; it’s the beginning.  Riding a skateboard without a helmet is not smart.  But doing that while hanging onto the back of a car so someone can film it and make a viral video?  That’s just stupid.   So, Jade dies.

But when Jade meets her mom on the other side, she realizes all of the grief that her decision and outcome have caused her father and brother.  She asks to come back for just one week. One week in which she can’t change anything, almost.   One week to make things better, somehow.   And she’s given the chance.

The moment she returns to her body, she see’s a friend about to do a skateboarding move that will break his wrist.   So, of course, she tries to stop it.  She does, but he injures himself worse just a few moments later.  With only a week on this Earth, Jade realizes that it’s not about the small stuff; it’s more about the Big Picture.  She discovers that she can only make little changes, like having the family eat together, talking to her brother about going to college after all.   But how can she set things on a better path with only days to go?

– from Michael

 

Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

From Joe Fox at Wayne Library:

Anya’s GhostAnya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
TEEN 741.5 BRO
2013-14 Young Hoosier Book Award

Anya is a teen growing up in a small community who accidentally falls into a hole and has to be rescued. During her time in the hole, she discovers a set of bones that reveals a ghost- a ghost of a girl who was supposedly murdered as a teenager. The ghost follows Anya out of the hole and into the modern world and Anya discovers that the ghost, whose name is Emily, has a dark secret she’s been hiding for almost a hundred years. Beautifully illustrated in sepia tones that give a sense of foreboding to the reader.

Invisibility, by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

InvisibilityLooking for a great read to start off this summer? We are, too. Here’s the first in what we hope are many excellent titles that you WON’T be finding on the shelf at your local Wally World.

First up is Invisibility. It comes out on May 7, 2013. Written by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, this title is written from both of the protagonists’ point of view and makes for some interesting reading. The title of the book is exactly what it is about. Except it isn’t. Yes, there is a Girl who wishes she was invisible. Who doesn’t? Just blend in, never be noticed, can’t be hurt if you aren’t seen, right? But check this out. There is also a Boy who was BORN invisible. Cursed from birth. Nobody can see him at all. Can you imagine? Never being seen for your entire life? Here’s the first twist, though. The Girl can see the Boy. And he wants her to see him, he’s been watching her for a while. Let the paranormal romance begin.

Did I mention the whole “she is a Spellseeker, kind of a witch-in-training” part of the story? And the ending! I very much hope that this is the first in a series.

Put your copy on hold today. If you are reading this blog post after May 7, 2013, pick up a copy and read it!

–Michael

The Bridge, By Jane Higgins

The Bridge“We rode to war in a taxi-cab.” That’s how this dystopian novel starts out and it just doesn’t stop. The title of the book refers to bridges that cross over the river down the center of the city. Split into Cityside (the haves) and Southside (the have-nots), the bridges are gated, keeping the two sides apart. Nik is a Cityside kid with a great future ahead of him with the security force of Cityside.

…..and then his school is bombed, the gated bridges are broken down and Nik’s world and everything he knows is turned upside-down. How could Nik have it so wrong? Or does he?

The Bridge deals with identity, racism, brainwashed masses and war. The situation described in the book is eerily (and maybe purposefully) similar to the Israel-Palestine situation that exists today. Read this and then have your friends read it. You’ll be talking about it for a while.

A great first book from a New Zealand author that will leave you breathless and begging for more. The author’s website is: http://www.janehiggins.co.nz/ and has the book trailer and more.

Enjoy it, we did.

–reviewed by Michael Perry

Fall from Grace, by Charles Benoit

Fall from GraceFall from Grace
Sawyer has his whole life planned out. Not by him, but by his parents and his girlfriend Zoë. He’s trying to figure out what he want to do, what he wants to be, and just who he really is. Grace, on the other hand, is spontaneous and a little cray. What Grace wants to do, Grace does. She has a plan to become famous. A plan to get rich. And a plan to have fun. When Grace walks into Sawyer’s life, he finds himself on a wild journey starting with stealing a mock UN treaty, then a math test until finally he’s planning an art theft from a museum! What? What’s happened to him? How did he get here? Told from Sawyer’s point of view, this fast-paced story will have you turning pages until you hit the ending from out of the blue.

–Posted by Michael Perry