When Finnikin was nine years old, he was warned that he must take a blood oath to save his kingdom, Lumatere. He and his friends, the Prince, and Lucien of the Monts, shed blood and swore:
The Prince to die defending the Royal House;
Finnikin that he would be the protector and guide to the Royal Family;
and Lucien that he would be the light toward whom they would travel in times of need.
Then the unspeakable happened: the Royal Family was massacred and the people separated. Thousands of Lumaterans are now spread out across the neighbor kingdoms, starving and sick, unable to return to their homes. Those remaining inside Lumatere have not been heard from in ten years. Finnikin is travelling with his foster-father from refugee camp to refugee camp, when they are summoned by a rumor: the Prince may be alive. If Finniken can find the Prince, together they may be able to take his people home.
Finnikin of the Rock is a fantasy, an adventure and a really well written story. You'll love it.
Jack Perdu is a Classics geek, a ninth grader who spends his free time helping a Yale professor translate the Metamorphosis. After he’s hit by a car, he begins to see ghosts. When his worried Dad sends him to a doctor in New York, Jack gets led down into the New York underworld: the home of New York ghosts beneath the city. Remembering the Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempted to travel to the underworld to return his dead wife Eurydice to life, Jack begins to search for his mother, who died when he was a child. He is accompanied by Euri, a ghost who becomes his friend as the two work to find Jack’s mom and elude the Underworld guards.
There is a lot to The Night Tourist: Jack’s sadness over losing his mom and his hope that he may soon find her, his friendship with Euri, who has her own sadness, the mythology that colors the story, as Jack recalls the myths that have been his obsession. It’s a really good adventure, and a fun read. The audio version is also available, and is a really great listen! You can check out the sequel, The Twilight Prisoner as well.
Melinda is starting the first day of the ninth grade as an outcast. No one will speak to her, but more than a few people will talk about her behind her back, or just loudly enough for her to hear their laughing. Her former friends have all found new cliques, and when Melinda walks into the cafeteria she’s greeted by a wad of mashed potatoes launched at her shirt. It all started at the party, and there is nothing to do but endure it. Melinda’s parents are mostly absent: they communicate via fridge post-its and the occasional lecture. Her teachers have either maliciously written her off as a troublemaker, or are so weird that there’s no hope of getting through to them. Melinda stops speaking, but will anyone notice or care?
Speak is a story about pain and isolation. Melinda, whose thoughts and experiences the reader knows, is deeply hurt, but in her world, she feels like she has no support. Her friends, parents and teachers have failed her or ignore her, and in her state she is unable to reach out. Speak involves both descent into depression and recovery—there is hope in this story, but also terrible events.
Spirit White’s story begins with pain and depression: her entire family has been killed in a car accident, and Spirit herself is seriously injured. When her health insurance runs out and Oakhurst Academy begins to pay her medical bills, Spirit learns that her simple-living hippie parents had set up a guardianship for her with the prestigious orphanage/private school. Once she is released from the hospital, she learns that Oakhurst is more than it seems, more even than the luxurious-but-strict boarding school it seems to be. When kids start to go missing, Spirit fears that the teachers may know more than they are admitting to the police, and she begins to fear that she may not survive long enough to graduate.
Legacies is the first book in the Shadow Grail series, so while the plot resolves itself, there are lots of unanswered questions. Spirit is a good character and you will wonder about all the other characters: their motives and relationships, and who Spirit can really trust. This book is a mystery, a book about loss and growing up without parents, fantasy, and a boarding school drama. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that Harry Potter & Percy Jackson fans will like this new series.
Daniel X is not an ordinary kid. He has intelligence and physical skills far beyond any normal teenager, and his psychic powers allow him to will objects and people into existence. When Daniel was three, his parents were killed by an oversized insect called The Prayer, a creature who is #1 on the Most Wanted Aliens list. Soon after, Daniel found his parents’ final message. Now, he is Daniel X: Alien Hunter… and he is all alone in the world.
Daniel has a couple of problems: First, The Prayer is still after him; Second, he needs to kill #6 on the Most Wanted List before #6 manages to commit a genocide or something equally horrifying; Third, he needs to keep the truant officer off his back. With all that in mind, Daniel heads to California, #6’s home base, and enrolls in high school for the first time.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X has all the makings of a great series. It’s by James Patterson, the same author as Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard. It’s perfect for anyone who likes scifi and aliens—like a serious Men in Black, with an alien hero who works alone and takes no prisoners. The sequels, Daniel X: Watch the Skies and Daniel X: Demons and Druids are already out. The graphic novels are also coming out, which offer a different view of the stories.
Nora’s Bio partner has always been her BFF Vee, until the day their Bio teacher makes them switch seats. Enter darkly mysterious Patch: a bad boy if there ever was one. All of a sudden, Patch is everywhere in Nora’s life: her lab partner, at the arcade, her assigned tutee. Vee and the school counselor are warning her away… but the thing is that even while Nora is attracted to Patch’s good looks, she’s afraid of him. And when she starts feeling like she’s being followed and watched, Patch is her number one suspect. Nora knows there is more going on than meets the eye, she knows Patch might be dangerous, but somehow he’s so hard to resist…
All of a sudden, Nora doesn't know who, or what, to trust. Vee is acting weird and hanging around guys who seem really creepy. Patch shows up so often he may be following her. Her mom is always away on business...
hush, hush is an awesome book and a good Halloween read-- it's got supernatural forces, a mystery, and some romance. If you liked Shiver or Fallen, this is your next book. And it was voted as one of the Teen's Top Ten!
The Darien Teen Center (Depot) now has a book cart filled with books supplied by Darien Library. There is no need to check the books out! You can just pick up a book to read while you're at the Depot, take it home and return it, or not. The Library will supply a wide variety of teen books monthly to the Depot. The book cart will host a constant stash with your favorite books including "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner and "Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld. Now you have a good book to go with your delicious nachos!
Next time you're at the Depot- Check it out!
Will Grayson is surviving high school by following two cardinal rules: 1) Shut Up 2) Try Not To Care. His best friend is Tiny: “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay,” whose physical bulk and outgoing personality overshadow Will’s whole existence. When a fake-ID mess-up leads to Will hanging out alone on a cold Chicago night, he meets… Will Grayson. Other Will Grayson is a clinically depressed gay kid from Iowa, who has ended up alone in the city, and who is having one of the worst nights in a life that has included some pretty rotten nights. Tiny, who falls in and out of love constantly, immediately falls for this new Will… but this time it might mean something more for everyone involved.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about the two Wills, their relationships with Tiny, with their families, with their friends and girlfriends, and about how all those things can change, slowly or in an instant. It’s a sweet story and funny, but also an honest look at cruelty, selfishness, mental illness and also deep love.
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Watch School of Rock
Jack Black plays a musician who has been kicked out of his band, and is now unemployed. He weasels his way into a job as a music teacher at an elite elementary school. With no formal training, he recasts the music department to teach the fundamentals of rock n' roll... and if he manages to turn his students into a rockin' band that can beat his former bandmates in a battle of the bands, then he'll have achieved his goals.
The movie is rated PG-13.