Wednesday, July 23, 2014


In the future, love is considered a disease which impaired reason and posed a threat to society. A cure was created to protect citizens from the debilitating effects of the illness, but since it is an alteration to the brain, the procedure cannot be done until the age of 18. Lena Haloway counts down the days until her procedure, anxiously anticipating the moment she can join the other "cureds.” However, her procedure is interrupted by a gang of rebels, one of them a boy that Lena finds herself falling hopelessly in love with. She is entangled in a forbidden romance in a society that now views her as diseased.
I could not put this book down until I finished, and I will warn any students that I recommend it to that it will greatly inhibit your ability to accomplish tasks after you start. The romance of the book is beautiful and genuine, and the action is thrilling and intense. I love dystopian fiction, so it is a very appealing story to me. I think high school girls are the best fit for this book, but once the movie comes out, it will be a much more popular series. 

Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. New York: Harper, 2011.
Gr. 7-12, Speculative fiction, romance, science fiction

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Peanut: a graphic novel

Sadie moves to a new town for her sophomore year of high school. Overwhelmed in a environment where no one knows anything about her, she comes up with a lie to get some attention—faking a deadly peanut allergy. This instantly makes her unique and interesting to her classmates, but it proves to be more difficult than she anticipated for Sadie to keep up with this tiny lie.
Peanut is a clever, age appropriate graphic novel with some very important themes about being yourself and the adolescent desire to be accepted by peers. Beautiful illustrations with a unique color scheme and eye-catching jump out images sprinkled through the pages. Peanut would work well as part of a graphic novel unit in a language arts or reading class, and is a great book to offer to reluctant or unconfident readers, especially ESL students because of the inferences that can be made from the great illustrations. 

Halliday, Ayun, and Paul Hoppe. Peanut. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013.

The Scorpio Races

On a quiet island, each year in November, the town comes alive for the dangerous Scorpio Races, where men attempt and sometimes die riding the dangerous water horses across the beach. Puck Connelly is the first woman rider in the races and Sean Kendrick is the best rider out there, and together they train and ride in the treacherous race, while learning about what is really important in each other’s lives and in their own.
The Scorpio Races is a wonderful fantasy/adventure story that fuses folklore with romance between a strong heroine and a dignified hero. The setting is intriguing—a mysterious island in an unknown time period with a Celtic feel and the peculiar capaill uisce draw the reader in, while the real and sincere characters keep him or her absorbed until the last page. Fans of romance and speculative fiction will enjoy this book, as well teens who are looking for a great adventure.

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. New York: Scholastic Press, 2011.
Gr. 8-12 Speculative fiction, fantasy