Death’s Daughter – Amber Benson

Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss…

But when her father—who happens to be Death himself—is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle— only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.

This book is not worth your time.  The idea is cool…but it’s just awful!  The worst book I’ve read in the last year or so.     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch.

Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.

Clay is one of them.

If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

 

This was a very, very good book.  It gave me chills, it made me cry, and I told everyone I know about it afterwards!  What a creepy concept – to hear the voice of someone you know in your head, explaining WHY.  Wow.  For older readers.  Recommended!   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong

Darkest Powers: Book 1

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

 

This was a good, easy read and a fun start to a new series. I like Chloe.  The setting in Lyle House was both creepy, but somewhat ordinary, which just made it creepier somehow.  I like the boys that she meets, and am very curious to see what happens in book 2.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Trouble with Tea – Jeanette Alsheimer

It is the summer of 1773 and political tensions in Boston run high. While visiting her best friend, Anne, Patience Burgess, a minister’s daughter from the provincial town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is swept up into the whirlwind of the impending revolution.

Patience, however, must keep her role in the escalating rebellion a secret. Anne, against the will of her parents, has fallen in love with a young English nobleman who is devoted to the Loyalist cause. Patience, awakened to the ideals of colonial independence, is forced to come to terms with the confusion of divided loyalties. In the midst of it all, she too discovers that she is not immune to the thrill of young romance. But for her, a choice must be made between a familiar law student and a mysterious school teacher.

 

An exciting, romantic foray into the American Revolution.  Try this if you enjoy historical fiction or romances.    – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Jo’s Boys – Louisa May Alcott

This sequel to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Little Men continues the heartwarming story of the careers and marriages of the March sisters’ children and their schoolmates.  In welcoming back former students to Plumfield, a school for boys, Jo and her husband Professor Bhaer learn that Nat, the orphaned street musician, has become a music student in nearby Boston; business-minded Tommy is studying medicine; Dan, a troubled but good-hearted boy, is still restless, having tried sheep ranching in Australia and gold mining in California.  Now grown up and widely scattered, the original “little men” still remain “Jo’s boys”.

This is such a classic and good ending to the stories begun in Little Women and Little Men.  I loved getting to meet these boys in Little Men, but I really enjoyed getting to see them mature into adults.  -Jessica, Teen Librarian.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler

Sophomore Virginia Shreves lives in Manhattan and attends a prestigious private school. She lives by her Fat Girl Code of Conduct. She has a budding romance with Froggy the Fourth, but she doesn’t want his wandering hands to feel her fat. Her baggy clothing helps her to “hide.” Her mother, Dr. Phyllis Shreves, is an adolescent psychologist obsessed with her imperfect daughter’s weight, and her father is rarely around. Her older sister joined the Peace Corps to escape mom, and brother, Byron is big man on the Columbia campus-until he’s suspended for date rape. Finally, Virginia stands up to her mother and takes charge of her life. Strong points in the novel are the issue of date rape and its consequences and, however glossed over, eating disorders.

Virginia is a typical teenage girl that has not so typical issues that happen to her in her life.  It touches on some sensitive but important life issues.  The story has a little bit for everyone’s interest.  This book was hard to put down and highly recommended!  -Jennifer, Teen Clerk.