Posted by Sam (YA Librarian) on November 21, 2013

Here are the titles that Lisa (La Grange), Kat (Brookfield), and I booktalked yesterday and today.

Also Known As

Also Known As – Robin Benway  (Sam)


As the active-duty daughter of international spies, sixteen-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver never attended high school so when she and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, Maggie is introduced to cliques, school lunches, and maybe even a boyfriend.



Burning Blue – Paul Griffin (Lisa)


When beautiful, smart Nicole, disfigured by acid thrown in her face, and computer hacker Jay meet in the school psychologist’s office, they become friends and Jay resolves to find her attacker.



fangirl Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell (Kat)


Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.



Feed – M.T. Anderson (Lisa)


In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.



seal I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier - Howard E. Wasdin (Lisa)


Discusses an elite group that is trained to do very difficult missions.




find  If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch (Lisa)


There are some things you can’t leave behind… A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival.  Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.


one  Just One DayGayle Forman (Kat)


Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.



pants  Pantalones, TX: Don’t Chicken Out – Yehudi Mercado (Sam)


Welcome to Pantalones, Texas, where children still play outdoors, skin knees, and raise hell. Chico Bustamante’s favorite pastime is givin’ chase to Sheriff Cornwallis. That is, until Chico meets the Sheriff’s Giant Chicken and aims to ride it – or die tryin’! He’ll have to man up and not chicken out!


president  The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy – James L. Swanson (Kat)

Recounts the 35th president’s assassination and details key events while sharing informative back matter and archival photographs.




prisoner  Prisoner B-3087 – Alan Gratz (Kat)

While the story of Jack Gruener is true–and remarkable–this book is a work of fiction. As an author I’ve taken some liberties with time and events to paint a fuller and more representative picture of the Holocaust as a whole.




The Program – Suzanne Young (Sam)


When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.


ten  Ten – Gretchen McNeil (Lisa)

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to picked off by a killer one by one.





Trapped – Michael Northrop (Sam)


Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.