Archive for December 29, 2016

Our Favorite YA books of 2016

Passenger / by Alexandra Bracken.



When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time period, a man who wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value.  Two worlds collide in this sweeping, romantic novel about a love that crosses centuries.

Revenge and the wild / Michelle Modesto.

Revenge and the wild

Seventeen-year-old foul-mouthed Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler, lives in the lawless western town of Rogue City where she sets out to prove the wealthy investors in a magical technology that will save her city are the cannibals that killed her family and took her arm when she was a child.

And I darken / Kiersten White.

and I darken

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435–at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

The leaving / Tara Altebrando.


Six kindergarteners were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been. No one remembers the sixth victim, Max. Avery, Max’s sister, needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

These shallow graves / Jennifer Donnelly.

these shallow graves

A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.

Madly / Amy Alward.


Samantha’s ability to mix potions is needed when her family is summoned to take part in an ancient quest to save Princess Evelyn from a potion gone awry, but will curing the princess doom Samantha’s chance at love?

A Shadow bright and burning/Jessica Cluess

shadow bright and burning

“When her unusual powers mark her as the one destined to lead the war against the seven Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries–though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed”—

The sun is also a star/Nicola Yoon

sun is also a star

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.


Holiday Books

Come to teenspace or visit the “winter” display on the first floor to check out a YA holiday book.


Dash and Lily's


My True Love Gave to Me Let it Snow ex-mas

Cricut holiday cards and gifts

Did you know that you can make holiday cards and gifts using our cricut cutting machine? Just bring in your own cardstock to use our Cricut and create your own holiday creations.

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Bone Gap

This Wednesday we recommend a ‘magical’ book set in small midwestern town.

This book won the prestigious 2016 Printz Award. “The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year”. (

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
 bone gap

‘Stranger’ Books

Looking for a ‘Strange’ winter book? Check out our stranger books display for an ‘illuminating’ read.

stranger things

True-Life Tuesday

This tuesday we recommend a true life science fiction story set in the Bronx.

More happy than not

After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

Mystery Monday

This monday we recommend a page turning mystery.

An exclusive thriller game at Cate’s isolated boarding school becomes dangerous, and she must find the culprit of the Killer Game before she becomes the next target.

Fantasy Friday

This week for fantasy friday we have a spellbinding read.

Forced to reveal her powers of spontaneous combustion in order to save a friend, Henrietta, a first female supernatural in centuries, is invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s secretive royal sorcerers in fulfillment of a prophecy that she comes to discover is part of a powerful deception.


Thriller Thursday

This thriller thursday we have a chilling book recommendation.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

When his father’s business takes the family to New York City, an Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

Wildcard Wednesday

For this week’s wildcard wednesday, we are recommending ‘The Reader,’ a science fiction novel by Traci Chee

Fleeing into the wilderness after her father’s brutal murder, Sefia learns how to hunt, track and steal in order to survive before embarking on a quest to rescue the beloved aunt who is her mentor, an effort that is shaped by a magnificent book that is unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society.