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Young adult fiction’s dystopian themes continue to dominate, though this week there is a dose of reality mixed in from a story set in the real World War II.
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 485 pages, fiction
THE second novel in a trilogy centring around the fiercely defiant heroine, Rachel Adams, picks up after Baalboden has been ravaged. With the commander’s whereabouts unknown, it is up to Rachel’s love interest, Logan, to lead the ragged group of survivors as they escape from the rival city of Carrington’s army.
And as the group takes its chances in the wasteland, the chaos puts an unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and they soon begin to question whether the price of freedom may be too great.
Author: Paula Morris
Publisher: Point, 304 pages, fiction
IN the second book featuring Rebecca Brown, we find our heroine returning to the New Orleans cemetery where she once escaped death. She is looking for Anton Grey, the boy who may, or may not, have her heart. However, what she finds instead, is a ghost – a blue eyed boy who pleads her to help him find something lest he be destined to haunt the area for eternity. But can Rebecca trust him?
Soon, she finds herself embroiled in a century-old murder mystery. And the more she tries to right past wrongs, the more questions she finds, not answers. It isn’t long before Rebecca realizes that she may have stumbled into something far more serious than she originally anticipated.
Author: Bill Konigsberg
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, 336 pages, fiction
RAFE loves soccer, hates tofu, wins skiing prizes, and is gay. And he’s open about it too, and doesn’t get teased. He “came out of the closet” back in eighth grade, and goes to schools to give talks and stuff, which is important. But sometimes, he just wishes he could be seen as a regular guy, not the gay guy.
So when he moves from his home in Boulder, Colorado to a boarding school in England, he decides to start over, and become “openly straight”. Soon, he’s hanging out with a group of guys who just see Rafe as Rafe. Things start to get complicated however, when he falls in love with one of his new friends....
Author: Alan Gratz, Ruth Gruener, Jack Gruener
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 272 pages, historical fiction
BASED on a true story as told by Ruth and Jack Gruener, this tale of life in the Nazi camps of World War II is told through the eyes of ten-year old Yanek Gruener, a young Polish boy tattooed with the prisoner number B-3087. Everything and everyone Yanek loves has been brutally snatched away from him as he is shuffled through 10 different concentration camps.
But Yanek finds the will to survive, finds hope where the is none, and ultimately, finds a way of holding onto that sense of who he really is inside. The book is suitable for young teenagers.
Author: Tom Watson
Publisher: HarperCollins, 192 pages, fiction
INTRODUCING Stick Dog, so-called not because he’s made of sticks, but more for narrator Tom Watson’s self-proclaimed lack of sophisticated drawing skills (he clears this up with his readers in chapter 1). The adventures start when Stick Dog, and his motley crew of pals – Poo Poo, Karen, Mutt and Stripes, all strays living in a suburban park – detect the irresistible scent of grilled hamburgers wafting in the wind. As they set out to identify the source of this “pleasant aroma” , distracted briefly by a squirrel in a tree, the dogs come up with a ludicrous plan of attack.
The book is full of simple, hilarious illustrations and generously sized text, printed on what is made to look like an exercise book, and is meant for children aged between seven and 12.
Angel Fever (The Angel Trilogy #3)
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publisher: Usborne Publishing, 576 pages, fiction
THE final instalment of L.A. Weather’s bestselling trilogy, as Angel killers Willow and Alex train a new team of fighters to defend mankind against the energy-devouring creatures.
The world is in ruins, and the angels have been enslaving humanity, moving survivors into camps where they will suck the life out of them, leading to a slow but inevitable death. In their ongoing battles, however, Willow senses there has been a terrifying shift in the angels’ powers, and is left to hold them off with Seb, as Alex embarks on a deadly solo mission.
That Time I Joined the Circus
Author: J.J. Howard
Publisher: Point, 272 pages, fiction
LEXI Ryan, a slightly snarky, music obsessed city girl from New York is in search of her long-absent mother, rumoured to be in a travelling circus, somewhere in Florida.
During her search, which she has been compelled to pursue due to a series of tragic occurrences, she falls asleep in an empty field, and wakes up at the circus.
Her mum isn’t there, but there are plenty of tigers, and elephants and trapeze artists, oh my! Soon, she finds herself reading tarot cards and making predictions as the resident fortune teller. But when Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up one day, it is her own future that is thrown into question.
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