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

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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

After the Snow, by S. D. Crockett

After the SnowLast week’s snow was something else, wasn’t it? 7.5 inches here in Indianapolis. And the whole city seemed to stop for a day. But then the sun comes out, the snow melts and spring comes back every year, doesn’t it?

But what if it doesn’t? Enter S.D. Crockett’s After the SnowSet in a dystopian future where the Earth is in a modern Ice Age, this is the story of Willo, the son of a survivor/trapper, who is pretty good at surviving and trapping on his own. WIllo and his family live far outside the city, living on the land and on their own. But all that changes when Willo returns from a solo trip out trapping and hunting only to find his family gone, taken by the government he was taught to mistrust and stay away from. For the first time, he finds himself alone. Willo sets off across the frozen snow and ice to search for them, listening to the voice of a dog in his head. (You’ll understand when you read the book, I promise.)
During the journey, he meets and falls for a young girl. He also has to dig into his own family’s history and secrets, including who he really is and where his future lies.
Told in a dialect that is different at first, this story quickly brings you into the adventure and keeps you connected through the book. You’ll be reading this coming-of-age novel in one sitting and wanting to know more.