Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac – Gabrielle Zevin


After high-school junior Naomi conks her head, she can’t remember anything that happened since sixth grade.  She is by turns mystified and startled by evidence of her present life, from the birth-control pills in her bedside table to her parents’ astonishing, rancorous split.  Eventually, the memories return, leaving Naomi questioning the basis of a new, intense romance, and wondering which of her two lives, present or former, represents her most authentic self.


Very interesting read.  I kept asking myself things like, if I had no recollection of my past, would I continue to be the same person, or would I reinvent my life?  Food for thought!    – Jessica, Teen Librarian


Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin


Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?

Welcome to Elsewhere.  It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous.  It’s quiet and peaceful.  You can’t get sick or any older.  Curious to see new paintings by Picasso?  Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums.  Need to talk to someone about your problems?  Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died.  It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different.  Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth.  But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again.  She wants to get her driver’s license.  She wants  to graduate from high school and go to college.  And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met.  And it is not going well.  How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one?  Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?


What a new way to think about what happens after death.  What if you did live again…but in reverse?  Liz can’t quite wrap her head around it (surprise, could you?!) and has to deal with all new concepts of the ever after and her place in the universe.  Very good and thought provoking.  Recommended.    -Jessica, Teen Librarian.

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison – Lara Zeises


When Stella Madison’s food-loving parents help her land a summer job at the local newspaper, there’s only one catch: she’s expected to write about food.  Luckily, Stella has Jeremy, the hot new intern at her mom’s restaurant, who’s more than happy to help.  But where does that leave Stella’s boyfriend, Max, who recently dropped the L-word?  And could her separated parents be cooking up romances of their own?


All I can say is YUM.  This book is great if you like to eat…which I do!  Seriously, though, it’s also a great story about family, dealing with family relationships as you grow up, and romance.  It’s a fun summer story…   -Jessica, Teen Librarian

STORM: The Infinity Code – E.L. Young


STORM is a gadget-packed, high-adrenaline adventure-a middlegrade spy novel sure to leave readers white-knuckled and breathless.  It’s also the name of the ambitious organization formed by the story’s three brainiac kids: Will, the loner, inventive genius, and creator of cutting-edge gadgets.  Andrew, the software whiz-kid, millionaire, and fashion disaster.  Gaia, the brilliant and mysterious teen chemist, fluent in French, Italian, Mandarin, and blowing stuff up.  Will first scoffs at STORM’s grand plans to combat global strife.  But when the group uncovers a plot to create a deadly revolutionary weapon, the three race from England to Russia, determined not only to find and dismantle the weapon, but to confront the psychopathic scientist behind it all.


At first I had a tough time getting into this book, but then I really ended up liking it.  The gadgets are really cool and I think Gaia rocks.  She gets to blow all kinds of stuff up.  This is a fun adventure/spy series.    -Jessica, Teen Librarian.

STORM: The Ghost Machine – E.L. Young


Get swept into the second, even more explosive STORM!  Will, Andrew, and Gaia are a trio of teen geniuses, and they’re taking Venice by STORM.  All over Italy, mysterious burglaries are making headlines — news footage shows a strange, spectral form at the crime scenes.  The thefts are dubbed the work of ll Fantasma: the Ghost.  Through a series of exhilarating twists, Will, Andrew, and Gaia discover that the Ghost is part of a larger and more sinister plot than they could have imagined, one involving a decrepit Venetian castle, a dangerous cult, microscopic self-organizing robots, and quantum computers with a vile purpose and horrific consequences.  Armed with high-speed boats, sonar helmets, and tons of cool gear, STORM must face all manner of obstacles – even cyborg sharks! – to find and stop the mind behind the mayhem.  Little do they know, the enemy just might be a dear old friend.


I still love Gaia in this series – she just kicks butt.  This book takes place in Venice, which made for some really interesting scene descriptions.  I love the gadgets and excitement of this book.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian.