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Nightingale’s Nest

Nightingale’s Nest
Nikki Loftin
Razorbill, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Twelve-year-old John Fischer Jr., or "Little John" as he’s always been known, is spending his summer helping his father with his tree removal business, clearing brush for Mr. King, the wealthy owner of a chain of Texas dollar stores, when he hears a beautiful song that transfixes him. He follows the melody and finds, not a bird, but a young girl sitting in the branches of a tall sycamore tree.

There’s something magical about this girl, Gayle, especially her soaring singing voice, and Little John’s friendship with Gayle quickly becomes the one bright spot in his life, for his home is dominated by sorrow over his sister’s death and his parents’ ever-tightening financial difficulties.

But then Mr. King draws Little John into an impossible choice—forced to choose between his family’s survival and a betrayal of Gayle that puts her future in jeopardy.

Inspired by a Hans Christian Anders…

Dare Me

Dare Me
Megan Abbott
Reagan Arthur Books, 2012
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth b…

Atlantia

Atlantia
Ally Condie
Dutton Children’s, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.


I am so glad this book didn’t become a trilogy! Hooray for stand alones! The story was so much stronger because it was told in one book. The world and t…

Leaving Time

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
Ballantine Books, 2014
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together …

Okay for Now

Okay for Now
Gary D. Schmidt
Clarion Books, 2011
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Midwesterner Gary D. Schmidt won Newbery Honor awards forLizzie Bright and the Buckminster BoysandThe Wednesday Wars, two coming-of-age novels about unlikely friends finding a bond.Okay For Now, his latest novel, explores another seemingly improbable alliance, this one between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss. With her challenging assistance, Doug discovers new sides of himself. Along the way, he also readjusts his relationship with his abusive father, his school peers, and his older brother, a newly returned war victim of Vietnam.

This was an excellent read. It was a great way for teens to learn about the Vietnam War era. It was historical fiction, but it didn’t feel like a historical fiction book. It was about George Washington and they didn’t hit you over the head with a bunch of dates and facts. It did manage to c…

Thursdays with the Crown

Thursdays with the Crown
Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it’s no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids – along with Celie’s pet griffin Rufus – set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what’s happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle’s secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle Glower. Readers who’ve been enchanted by the Castle’s moving walls will be delighted by the Castle’s rich and magical history.


I am devastated to report that I skimmed this book. I know that I missed out on something awesome, because these books…

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles
Andrew Smith
Simon & Schuster, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.


So I loved Winger, but Grasshopper Jungle weirded me out a bit. I didn’t know what I was in for with this title. After rea…

Jessica Darling’s It List 2

Jessica Darling’s It List 2
Megan McCafferty
Poppy, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Teens

From Goodreads:
Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?

Megan McCafferty's It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who stays true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool.


Loved it!

I re-read the first book and I’m glad I did just because it was fun. It-List 2 recaps what happened in book 1, which I found super helpful. I love it when authors do that! This didn’t disappoint and had just as many crazy moments as book 1. I bet teens will love to read about Jessica Darling!