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Any book you haven't read yet is a new book! Here's what Mrs. Murrill has been reading recently (or not so recently):
Between the Lines
by Jodi Picout and Samantha van Leer
Girl falls in love with the handsome Prince in the fairy tale- sounds familiar, right? Suddenly they can talk to each other and he wants to escape from the book and be real so they figure out how to make it happen. Clever.
The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Steifvater
An orphaned girl enters the local horse races in order to win enough money to keep her family together, and is coached by the boy who has won the race four times. He also hopes to win so he can buy the horse he has raised and trained. But these are not your average horses: they are violent, bloodthirsty water horses. Super!
Never Fall Down
by Patricia McCormick
Tells the true story, in the form of a novel, about a boy's survival of the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in Cambodia during the late 1970s. Horrifying and gruesome and absolutley captivating.
by Lois Lowry
Conclusion of The Giver series. Ties up some of the loose ends, and was a very satisfying read.
by Marie Lu
A girl raised in privilege has exceptional talents. Quite unexpectedly she meets the boy who is accused of murding her brother, who has pretty much the same exceptional talents, but who has been raised in poverty. They discover that their society has lots of secrets and they are being used by the leaders. Naturally, it's the beginning of a series.
by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. First book in a trilogy- fabulous!
by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
by Ann Aguirre
The Huntress Duece is drawn to her new partner, Fade, a mysterious boy who is not afraid to break the rules of the elders, and as she learns of the elders' deceptions, she and Fade push the enclave to test their faith and protect themselves from unexpected dangers.
by Amy Kathleeen Ryan
Fifteen-year-old Waverly, part of the first generation of children born in deep space after her world was destroyed, questions her upcoming marriage to Kieran even though she knows she must marry and have children young in order to help populate New Earth, and, after she is taken hostage by the leaders of a sister ship who want to rule the planet and separated from Kieran, she finds herself at the helm of a dangerous mission.
The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered. Have tissues handy.
by Jodi Picoult
Estranged son is summoned home after his father and sister are in a car accident, so he can make medical decisions on behalf of his father. Brother and sister can't agree whether to "pull the plug". Very dramatic- family members pitted against one another. Makes you think about what makes a family, what you want for your end-of-life care and how you can or can't manipulate the justice system. Another good book by Jodi Picoult.
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters
by Natalie Standiford
Three girls are required to confess to their wealthy grandmother in order to be kept in her will. But they don't know what they did to annoy her, so they aren't sure what to confess. Surprises and secrets are revealed.
Die for Me
by Amy Plum
For a refreshing change from vampires and witches, read about revenants. A girl moves to Paris after her parents are killed and meets a handsome fellow who is more than he seems. Captivating. And makes me want to go back to Paris!
by Robin Wasserman
Four students try to get a student admitted to Harvard by nefarious means. Don't know what nefarious means? Underhanded, sneaky... a big clue is in the title.
by Marissa Meyer
The Cinderella story retold with Cinder starring as a cyborg (part human part machine). Yes, she has an evil stepmother, but she is also battling the evil queen who lives on the Moon who is planning to invade and conquer Earth. Guess what- it's the first of another trilogy.
by Kiera Cass
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her. Kinda like The Bachelor reality show, only more fun because it's a book.
Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler
The title pretty much sums it up. A girl writes a letter to explain to her former boyfriend why they broke up, and the significance of all the items she is returning to him and how each lead to the breakup.
City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
by Caragh O'Brien
Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, a midwife who dutifully delivers at least three babies a month and hands them over to the Enclave, a community within walls where the children are adopted and live with conveniences which are not available to the outside world, begins to question her loyalty to the group after her mother is brutally taken away from her by the people she serves. In the second book,
, Gaia is in the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her when she is captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where she must follow a strict social code or never see her sister again.
The Maze Runner
by James Dasher
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. First of a series. It seems like every 10 pages there is a new challenge for him that makes me wonder how much more he can take.
I am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien. First of a series. I couldn't put it down.
by Ally Condie
Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves. First of a series. In the second book,
, Cassia arrives in the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, where she learns he has escaped from the Society and she follows a series of clues he left, which result in rebellion, betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander.
The Tear Collector
by Patrick Jones
As one of an ancient line of creatures who gain energy from human tears, seventeen-year-old Cassandra offers sympathy to anyone at her school or the hospital where she works, but she yearns to be fully human for the boy she loves, even if it means letting her family down.
by Chris Crutcher
While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father. Another gem by Crutcher.
by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school. Both sides have leaders who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats. First of a series. Exciting.
by Anthony Horowitz
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. First of a series. James Bond at 14.
by Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Absolutely fabulous.
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, the victim of a sexual assault and murder, looks on from the afterlife as her family deals with their grief, and waits for her killer to be brought to some type of justice. Have a big box of tissues handy!
by P.J. Tracy
A new cops-and-crooks computer game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life. Now the game's designer, Grace, and her oddball programmers must rethink their game to deduce the killer's next target. Loved it.
by Scott Westerfeld
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn't like. First of four terrific books:
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death. First of three equally fabulous books,
. I don't know anyone who doesn't love them!
The Book of Shadows
by Cate Tiernan
A seemingly average teenage girl named Morgan begins to experience strange powers and feelings, making her crush, Cal, a Wiccan himself, wonder if she could be a blood witch, a member of one of the Seven Great Clans. I read the final four books of the Sweep series in one afternoon, they were that good!
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