The Boxer and the Spy
Edgar Award-winning author Robert B. Parker is most widely known for his best-selling suspense-filled mysteries for adults, including his very popular Spenser detective novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second novel for young adults, following 2007’s Edenville Owls. In addition to tightly plotted mystery and suspense, both of these novels also have a very strong sports component and should appeal to teenage boys. While Edenville Owls featured basketball and was set in the 1950s, The Boxer and the Spy is a contemporary novel and features boxing. This thriller of a novel tells the story of fifteen-year old boxer Terry Novak who is unconvinced that a classmate’s death was a steroid-related suicide. Terry and his friend Abby begin investigating, only to find out that there is far more going on than meets the eye, and in the dangerous situation they find themselves in, Terry’s boxing skills might be all that can save them. Read more...
The Time Paradox
Book 6 of the NY Times bestselling Artemis Fowl series is here! This time, Artemis must find a cure for a terrible brain disease which is killing his mother. Unfortunately, the cure lies with an extinct species of African lemur—which he caused to go extinct years earlier. He must get the help of the supernatural members of LEPrecon to help him travel back in time where he faces his greatest adversary yet—himself. Recommended similar reads: Rick Yancey’s Alfred Kropp series; D.J. Machale’s Pendragon series; Tobias Druitt’s Corydon series; Timothy Zahn’s Dragonback series; Obert Skye’s Leven Thumps series; Anne Ursu’s Cronus Chronicles series; Mark Walden’s H.I.V.E. series; and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Read more...
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
James Patterson, author of the Maximum Ride series, is back with teen novel—The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Daniel has super-powers, including the ability to alter thoughts with his mind, and change his shape, and he will need to use all of these powers to their fullest if he is to survive after his parents are brutally murdered. And even more, he’s going to need them if he’s to track down their killer and take revenge. The novel is a taught, suspense-filled thriller, as one would expect from Patterson, filled with assassins, super-powers, aliens, murders, action, adventure and vengeance. This is just the first in a series of novels to follow, along with a graphic novel, and the movie rights have already been optioned. Read more...
The Battle of the Labyrinth
Book four of the NY Times bestselling series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians has arrived. Fans of the series will be demanding this one, and new readers will be looking for the rest of the series which involves Greek myths and legends being part of modern society. Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, and in an interesting realistic twist, a young adult with ADHD. The series is very well-written and super action-packed. This new installment finds demonic cheerleaders invading Percy’s school as he enters 9th grade, and the cataclysmic battle between the Olympians and Kronos, the Titan, drawing closer. Read more...
Sequel to The Luxe, this novel continues the story of a group of young wealthy Manhattan socialites in the early 20th century. Filled with intrigue, social infighting, romance, and, of course, lavish parties, The Luxe series is like Gossip Girl, only a hundred or so years earlier. Read more...
A NY Times bestseller, Doctorow’s Little Brother is a chillingly contemporary science fiction thriller. Following a terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old computer hacker Marcus, known by his online handle “w1n5t0n,” is arrested and viciously interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security. After being released, he finds the world a vastly changed place as a government sponsored police state has been enacted and personal freedoms are increasingly being revoked. Realistic, riveting, and wholly worrying, Little Brother is a fascinating work of social critique steeped in current concerns and headlines which portrays a very possible America. Read more...
If Christopher Paolini became a sensation for writing Eragon as a teenager, Isamu Fukui should become a rockstar. Written while he was just fifteen, Truancy is another amazing piece of social criticism and sci-fi adventure writing. Set in a dark city enthralled to the Mayor who regulates his police state via a harsh education system, Truancy explores many of the same concepts as classic works like 1984 and Brave New World while adding a fresh voice, fantastic story, and real young adult thoughts and emotions.Fifteen-year-old Tack is just trying to survive in this world, living day-to-day and following orders, until he gets caught up in the battle between the Educators and a rogue revolutionary group
known as Truants. What results is an action-packed, yet thought-provoking, story that questions the nature of our society and where it could possibly head.Add a Comment
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