Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Faves of 2016: Carol's Top 5

From now til the end of the year we'll be sharing our fave books of the year! Our new librarian at Columbia Pike, Carol, shares five of her picks:

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The main character, Jerry Renault, does the unspeakable in this teen age set novel; he breaks a school tradition of selling chocolates and he stands up to school bullies. Jerry is also dealing with the loss of his mother. This is a great book for teens to read to help them gain their inner voice and be themselves.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Book 1 by Ransom Riggs
& Hollow City: Book 2 by Ransom Riggs

In book one, Jacob discovers a place where a group of children have peculiar abilities. He also discovers how he fits into their strange world. This is a great novel for people who have interests in solving mysteries about their families and themselves.

Book two is a continuation of the journey that Jacob and the peculiar children take to find and help their head mistress Miss Peregrine. The children have to trust and rely on each other as they journey outside of the only world they knew and felt safe in, while battling monsters that do not want them to live. They endure numerous obstacles and encounter other peculiars with spectacular powers.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (see our full review here)

Madeline Whittier cannot leave her home because it could be fatal. She begins to take chances with her life after meeting the new neighbor boy - who has his own problems with an abusive father. As she becomes more involved with the boy she also becomes more daring about herself and a life outside of her house.Everything, Everything is a story of love between a mother and daughter, a daughter and her caregiver, and two teenagers who should never have met.

by Alex Gino

This is the story of a fourth grader who wants to play the lead in the school’s production of Charlotte’s Web. George’s teacher tells her that she cannot play Charlotte because even though George identifies as a girl, her teacher can only see her as someone with the sex she was assigned at birth. Undeterred, her best friend tries to help George get her dream role in the play. A great book which depicts the struggles some children face to be accepted.

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