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JF Shurtliff    •    Fairytale/Fantasy


Have you ever wondered how Rumpelstiltskin learned to spin straw into gold?  Or why he wanted the firstborn child of the miller’s daughter?

Rump retells the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin from Rumplestitlskin’s perspective.

This is a fun book to read.  Fairytale lovers will enjoy this modern reimagining of the classic tale.

Interest Level: grades 4-8  •  Lexile: 660L  •  AR: 4.4

Shurtliff, L. (2013). Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin.  New York, NY : Alfred A. Knoph.

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Thrones and Bones: Frostborn

JF Anders    •    Fantasy

Thrones and Bones Frostborn

Karn is destined to take over the family farm.  But Karn has no interest in farming.  He would rather play Thrones and Bones than learn how to manage the family estate.

Thianna’s father is a frost giant.  Her mother was a human.

Their fates intersect when both are forced to flee their homes and embark on an epic journey.

This is a fast-paced fantasy that readers won’t want to put down.

Interest Level: grades 4-8  •  Lexile: 660L  •  AR: 4.6

Anders, L. (2014). Thrones and Bones: Frostborn.  New York, NY : Crown.

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YA F Sanderson    •    Sci-fi

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad,” – Sir John Dalbert-Acton, British Historian


Epics, humans with superpowers, have seized control of what used to be the United States of America.  They are above the law.  They kill on a whim.  They cause destruction and chaos.  Regular people are powerless to stop them.

Steelheart is the among the most powerful  epics on earth.  He can transmute anything into solid steel.  He has super strength.  He is impervious to harm.   He is feared above all other epics, but David has seen him bleed.  David has seen him wounded.  David is determined to see him bleed again.

In Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson, author of the Alcatraz series, has created a though-provoking thrill ride, a supervillian distopia, and a science fiction adventure that readers won’t be able to put down.  Simply read the prologue and you will be hooked!

Steelheart‘s exceptional story is filled with enough action to keep pages turning with great rapidity and ideas that will keep readers thinking long after they have finished the book.

Interest Level: grades 8 and up  •  Lexile: HL680L  •  AR: 5.0

Sanderson, B. (2013). Steelheart.  New York, NY: Delacourt Press.

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Gathering Blue

YA F Lowry    •    Sci-Fi/Dystopia

Gathering Blue

In Kira’s village, only the strong are allowed to live.  By tradition Kira, born with a twisted leg and barely able to walk, should have been sent to the field at birth, but her mother would not allow it.  Her mother saved her, but now her mother is gone.  Who will save Kira now from the villagers who want to take her land and send her to the field?

Gathering Blue is the second book in The Giver series.  It does not resume Jonas’ story.  Rather it begins a new story in another community far from Jonas’ home.  It follows Kira’s journey to find her place in a cruel world.

As with The Giver, Gathering Blue is a quite, contemplative story.  It is not action driven.  It is driven by ideas.  Kira is learning how her world works.  She is figuring out how she can use her talents to change her life and shape a better future for her village.

If you have previously enjoyed The Giver , or are looking for a beautifully written coming of age story, than you should try Gathering Blue.

Interest Level: grades 6 and up  •  Lexile: 680L  •  AR: 5.0

Lowry, L. (2000). Gathering Blue. New York, NY: Laurel-leaf Books.

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The Selection

YA F Cass    •    Romance & Sci-Fi/Dystopia


Prince Maxon has come of age.  It is time for him to find a bride.  Tradition dictates that he choose his bride in the selection, a process were 35 young women are brought to the palace to vie for the affection of the the prince and a chance to win the crown.

When sixteen-year-old America Singer submitted her name for the selection, she never believed that she would be chosen, but she was.  Now she has become property of the royal family and must compete for the affection of a man she has never met.  Can she find happiness in her new life?

Set in a future where the United States of America has been destroyed by war and replaced with the monarchy of Illea, The Selection creates a world where people are divided into casts and have little chance to advance the lot they were born into.  For characters like America and Aspen, their lives are shaped by the low cast they were born into.  They live in poverty on the verge of starvation.  While these dystopian themes are presented in the book, they are not the focus of the book.

The focus is the love story. It is the love story that makes the reader keep turning pages.  The hard realities of poverty and violent rebels faced by the characters take a back seat to the romance and the fashion.

The Selection is a remarkably fast-paced page-turner.   It is a teen romance.  While it is rated for grades six and up, the gooey romance is better suited for older tweens and teens.  The Selection is a book for readers who enjoy a good love story,  adore beautiful ball gowns, or simply want a book that will keep them engrossed from page one.

Interest Level: grades 8 and up  •  HL680L  •  AR: 4.7

Cass, K. (2012). The Selection. New York, NY: HarperTeen.

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I Funny

JF Patterson    •    Humor    •    Graphic Hybrid

Jacket.aspxJamie loves comedy!  He has studied all the greats.  He knows all of their jokes, and he has even come up with several jokes of his own.

Now Jamie has the opportunity to prove to the world that he is funny.  In fact, Jamie has the opportunity to prove that he is the Funniest Kid on the Planet!  But are his jokes good enough?  Can he make an audience laugh?  Can he win the title of Funniest Kid on the Planet?

I Funny is a very funny book!  Jamie gives the reader joke after joke after joke.  You will laugh out loud more than once while reading this book.

But don’t think that humor is all that this book has to offer.  Jamie’s story has moments of insight that give this funny book unexpected depth and heart.

There is something in this book for just about every reader, but it is a must read if you are looking for a good laugh!

Interest Level: grades 4-8  •  Lexile: 610L  •  AR: 3.9

Patterson, J. & Grabenstein, C. (2012). I Funny: A middle school story. New York, NY: Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group USA.

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Closed for the Season

JF Hahn    •    Mystery

Jacket.aspx Logan’s family has just moved to a new town.  His parents bought a rundown cottage with overgrown grass and peeling paint, a real fixer-upper.  Little do they know that they have just bought “the murder house”.

According to Arthur (Logan’s new next-door neighbor), Mrs. Donaldson was murdered in Logan’s new home more than three years ago . . . and her murderer was never caught!

Throughout the course of this book Arthur and Logan must unravel the mysteries surrounding Mrs. Donaldson’s death.  Alone against a myriad of unknown foes, these two boys must learn the truth.

Closed for the Season is a short, fast-paced mystery that readers will not want to put down!

Interest Level: grades 4-8  •  Lexile: 670L  •  AR: 4.4

2010 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best Juvenile Mystery

Hahn, M.D. (2009). Closed for the Season. New York, NY: Clarion Books.

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