Posted by the Edwardsville Public Library Teen Advisory Board
What we're reading, and liking, right now:
Night by Elie Wiesel.
A terrifying account of
the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an
agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his
innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as
personal as The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens
the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the
unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen
Looking For Alaska by John Green.
Miles "Pudge" Halter's
whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous
last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François
Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy,
possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek
Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down
the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy,
self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who
is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him
into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas.
In a city that runs on a
dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry
and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's
pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to
focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery
finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the
provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has
little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping
Nevery discover who or what is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.
Ed Kennedy is an
underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing
cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly
devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of
peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something
extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That
extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple
novel became The Great Gatsby.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, this book is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth.