Friday, July 1, 2011

Top 5 in 2011, so far: Katherine's Top Five will get your Emotions Going

Katherine, our youth services librarian at Westover, is a voracious reader. If you're visiting Westover, you should ask her for a recommendation or two because she will know what's great on the shelves! Her picks this summer are ones that will get your emotions going, check em out and get ready to get sucked in to their plots.

Shine by Lauren Myracle
Usually I don't like to read mysteries, but Lauren Myracle really outdid herself with this book. Hooked from the beginning by the horrifying description of a hate crime committed against a gay teen in a small town, I had to find out who did it and how justice would be served.

Orchards by Holly Thompson
Another tough topic dealt with in a really intriguing way, this book is about a teen recovering after a fellow student commits suicide. Half-Jewish, half-Japanese Kana leaves her home to spend the summer in the countryside of Japan with her mother's relatives. Told entirely in poetry, the first person perspective will pull you in and you'll be there with Kana under the mikan orange trees.

Trapped by Michael Northrop (see our full review here)
Rather than take a Lord of the Flies or Murphy's law approach, this book actually gives a fairly realistic take on what could happen when a group of high school students become stuck in their school when a snow storm turns out to be much, much worse than expected. The realism actually kept me reading because I had to know how, or if, they would survive this ordeal.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
What would you do if you lost half of your leg in an accident and couldn't walk anymore? What if you were the star of your high school track team and running was your life? Would you just give up, or would you do all you could to get back to life as usual? These are the decisions Jessica has to make in The Running Dream.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (see our full review here)
Amy is frozen, along with her parents and other "specialists," in preparation for a 300 year journey across space to a planet they *hope* is inhabitable…. But when she wakes up, she's not on a new planet, in fact she's no where near it.

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