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In the Stacks: New young adult fiction

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 12:02am

New young adult fiction is on the adult new fiction shelves. Browse for yellow tape on the spines.

“Miles From Ordinary,” by Carol Lynch Williams.

Today is a day of new beginnings. Lacey has found her mother a job at Winn-Dixie because no matter how sad and strange Angela gets sometimes, they really need the money. And Lacey herself is fourteen and old enough for a job at her public library — yes, this summer is going to be different. But Lacey’s tentative joy turns to panic when she looks for her mom at the bus stop on way home — she’s not there. With her new friend Aaron’s help, Lacey canvasses neighborhoods, until she finally gives in and calls her Aunt Linda. Aunt Linda, who regularly visits the library where she used to work, but never comes to see Lacey, might not be willing to help now, but she is Lacey’s last hope. This heartwrenching story takes a nearly supernatural turn at the end, and is a hard look at life with a mentally ill parent.

“iDrakula,” by Bekka Black.

This is Dracula for the digital age: the whole story, told in texts, emails and screen captures. From the first text, where Jonathan tells his girlfriend, Mina, about his coworker Renfield’s psychotic break, to the last wink-wink invitation to lunch, this novel will pull you in. Sure, this is missing the archaic language that gave Dracula so much nobility, but it’s short, quick, and just as creepy and bloody as the original.

“Z,” by Michael Thomas Ford.

It’s 2032, fifteen years after the Zombie War, and the only zombies left are in the virtual reality game that Josh loves. He’s one of the best Torchers in the game, and he’s thrilled to be offered the chance to play a real-life version with mechazombies. Charlie, the girl who recruits him, also introduces Josh to the drug Z, which really gives them an edge in the game, making them more sensitive to the mechazombies around them. But something is definitely strange about the game and its creator, Clatter, who also makes and distributes Z, and Josh begins to worry that things are getting too real.

“I’ll Be There,” by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Ever since being wrenched from their mother 10 years ago, Sam and his little brother Riddle have been moving from place to place at the whim of their psychotic father. Sam, at 17, plays father to 12-year-old Riddle, protecting him from Clarence’s rages, making sure they scrounge enough to eat each day, and finding paper and pens for Riddle’s incessant drawings. And then Sam meets Emily, who can’t sing but gives it her best try in the church that Sam, who loves music, sneaks into one Sunday. There’s no way Emily can understand the danger that her friendship and love pose to Sam, that his father really is crazy. Or that when she gives him a cell phone, she’s changing his life and hers forever. This novel strongly reminds me of Louis Sachar’s “Holes,” and to get to the fairy tale happy ending, you have scary stuff to get through — well worth it!

“Spoiled,” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

Readers looking for a summer beach read with tons of snark and one-liners galore — this is your book! Sixteen year-olds Molly and Brooke have never met before — never even known the other existed — until Molly’s mom reveals on her deathbed that Molly’s father is Hollywood A-lister Brick Berlin. Brick is more than happy to move Molly into his palatial estate in LA, even if his expressions of affection run to a comparison of children and protein shakes. Brooke, however, was there first, and she sees Molly as a backwoods interloper — and worse, one who had the nerve to turn 16 first! Molly isn’t all that happy, either — she misses her best friends and isn’t sure she wants the limelight the way Brooke and Brick do. Still, she’s on her way to making friends and finding out who to trust when Hey! Magazine leaks a story that threatens to ruin her friendships both in Indiana and LA.

T-Rex is coming to the Downtown Library! Join us for a virtual visit to the Royal Tyrrell Paleontology Museum this Saturday, April 21. All ages welcome. Dino stories, snacks and crafts begin at 2:30 p.m. and the dinosaurs will be onscreen at 3 p.m.

For information about upcoming programs, or to place a hold, please visit www.juneau.org/library or call 586-5249.

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