The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler (Classic Kelpies) Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6.19MB | Retail Overview: Kathleen Fidler’s classic story is set in the ancient Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney. This is a fascinating and vividly portrayed story of life nearly 3,000 years ago.
Kali and Brockan are in trouble. They have been using their stone axes to chip limpets off the rocks, but they’ve gone too far out and find themselves trapped by the tides. Then, an unexpected rescuer appears, a strange boy in a strange boat, carrying a strangely sharp axe of a type they have never seen before.
Conflict arises as the village of Skara must decide what to do with the new ideas and practices that the boy brings. As a deadly storm threatens, the very survival of the village is in doubt.
Step back into the Stone Age and learn about the daily life and rituals of the ancient village of Skara Brae in this compelling, fictional account of the famous Orkney settlement. Vivid descriptions and accurate historical details bring the village to life and make this an ideal choice for those studying the Stone Age curriculum. Genre: Fiction > Children/Young Adult > Action & Adventure > Historical
Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3.8MB | Retail Overview: Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.
But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.
Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for. Genre: Fiction | Children/Young Adult
Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.22MB | Retail Overview: Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What.
When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. In order to save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia’s ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi’s duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.
For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he’s even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber’s vest, which still leaves him stumps where two of his fingers used to be and his brother near death. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Sangui City, Kenya, stealing what he can find to get by, sleeping nights in empty alleyways, wondering what’s become of the family that was stolen from him. But everything changes when Abdi’s picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he’s been trying to forget.
In this riveting, unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope, critically-acclaimed author Natalie C. Anderson delivers another tour-de-force that will leave readers at the edge of their seats. Genre: Fiction | Children/Young Adult
The Fourth Wish (The Art of Wishing #2) by Lindsay Ribar Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.33 MB Overview: Here’s what Margo McKenna knows about genies: She’s seen Aladdin more times than she can count; she’s found a magic genie ring and made her three allotted wishes; she’s even fallen head over heels in love with Oliver, the cute genie whose life she saved by fighting off another genie. But none of this prepared her for the shock of becoming a genie herself.
Everything Margo’s taken for granted–graduating high school, going to college, hating math, performing in the school musical, even being a girl–is in question. Just at a time when she’s trying to figure out who she wants to be, Margo is forced to become whomever her master wants. But Margo is also coming into a power she never imagined she’d have. How will she reconcile the two? And where will she and Oliver stand when she’s done?
Fans of Every Day and Anna and the French Kiss will love this romantic, magical, and surprising conclusion to The Art of Wishing. Genre: Fiction > Children/Young Adult > Fantasy > Romance
Opal by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4.5) Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.8 Mb Overview: An enchanting story from Maggie Stiefvater featuring Opal, Ronan, and Adam from her bestselling Raven Cycle, taking place after the events of The Raven King. Genre: Fiction > Children/Young Adult Fantasy
Finding Cassidy by Laura Langston Requirements: .ePUB Reader , 595 KB Overview: What’s worse: finding out your dad’s not your real dad or finding out your real dad’s an anonymous sperm donor? Sixteen-year-old Cassidy has just been told by her father that she was conceived "under exceptional circumstances." Struggling to understand that her biological father is an anonymous sperm donor, Cassidy can’t believe it. Not only has her father just been diagnosed with a fatal disease, he’s not really her father. Suddenly Cassidy’s worries about how to hold on to her boyfriend while not having sex, and her geeky interest in birds no longer seems important. Worse, she gets drunk and blurts out the news of her conception at a party and must face some shocking consequences. Like the turkey baster thrown through her front window. Or the fact that she may never know who she really is. Finding Cassidy is a terrific young adult novel that tackles a provocative subject with honesty and humour. Genre:Fiction > Young Adult | Teens
2 Novels by Terry Trueman Requirements: .ePUB reader , 2.6 mb Overview: Terry Trueman is the Printz honor-winning author of Stuck in Neutral, and numerous other Young Adult novels, as well as books of poetry and short stories for adults and children. Born in Birmingham, Alabama (Dec. 15, 1947), Trueman has lived in Spokane, Washington since 1974. He also has a home in Tucson, AZ. He has Masters degrees in applied psychology and creative writing Genre: Fiction > Teen & Young Adult ›> Mysteries & Thrillers
Inside Out In a busy coffee shop, a robbery goes wrong. Two gunmen hold seven hostages, including teenager Zach Wahhsted. What nobody realizes at first is that Zach is anything but ordinary and his troubled mind is more dangerous than any weapon. Terry Trueman has created a compelling character with the same shocking power and heartbreaking compassion as his Printz Honor Award debut novel, Stuck in Neutral.
Hurricane The powerful story of a boy’s fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine. Based on Hurricane Mitch’s devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman’s acclaimed Hurricane is a gripping, realistic story told from the perspective of a hurricane survivor. After hours of cowering in the dark with no lights, no warmth, and the terrible noises of the rain and wind pounding on the walls, José walks out his front door and steps into a nightmare. Everything is gone. Everything except for the desperate courage of those who survived that terrifying night. But his nightmare has only begun as he and the few who are left in his small village dig for survivors, search for food and water, and try to start pulling their lives back together.
Shawn McDaniel series by Terry Trueman (#1-3) Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.1 MB Overview: Terry Trueman is the Printz honor-winning author of Stuck in Neutral, and numerous other Young Adult novels, as well as books of poetry and short stories for adults and children. Born in Birmingham, Alabama (Dec. 15, 1947), Trueman has lived in Spokane, Washington since 1974. He also has a home in Tucson, AZ. He has Masters degrees in applied psychology and creative writing Genre: Fiction > Young Adult
Stuck in Neutral (#1) Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining and whose story is unforgettable. My life is like one of those "good news-bad news" jokes. Like, "I’ve got some good news and some bad newswhich do you want first?" I could go on about my good news for hours, but you probably want to hear the punch line, my bad news, right? Well, there isn’t that much, really, but what’s here is pretty wild. First off, my parents got divorced ten years ago because of me. My being born changed everything for all of us, in every way. My dad didn’t divorce my mom, or my sister, Cindy, or my brother, Paulhe divorced me. He couldn’t handle my condition, so he had to leave. My condition? Well, that brings us to the guts of my bad news.
Cruise Control (#2) How sick is this: I’m the major jock-stud in high school, but my brother has the brain of a badminton birdie and a body to match. I’ve got everything and he’s got nothing. I’m a three-year, three-sport letterman and Shawn can’t even stand up! Like I said, sick, huh? It’s hard to be a brother to someone who doesn’t even know you’re there. How can you talk to him when he can’t understand a thing you say? How can you listen to him when he can’t speak a word? How can you love him when he’s so messed up, he can’t love you back? And how can you have a life of your own when your father bailed on the family, leaving you to be the "man of the house"? Fueled by rage at what has happened to his family, Paul is ready to explode. And he is haunted by something even worse—something he can never tell anyone. It is something he will have to face if he is to have any hope of a future at all. While Cruise Control is a companion to Terry Trueman’s Printz Honor book, Stuck in Neutral, it is the completely independent story of a family’s "other" son—the one who is healthy, gifted, normal. It is a courageously hopeful story told with power, compassion, and humor Life Happens Next (#3) Stuck in Neutral, a Printz Honor Book, introduced the world to Shawn McDaniel, a fourteen-year-old kid with cerebral palsy. But what happens next? Shawn’s got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue. That’s because they can see only his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don’t see? His brain, with perfect auditory memory. And his heart, which is in love with a girl. And his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there’s way more to him than his appearance. How do you connect with others when you can’t talk, walk, or even wave hello? In the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, which ALA Booklist called "an intense reading experience," Shawn McDaniel discovers a new definition of "normal" and finds that life happens next for everyone.
The Witch Collector by Loretta Nyhan (Part: I & II) Requirements: .ePUB Reader , 1.8 MB Overview: About Loretta Nyhan: I was a reader before I was a writer, devouring everything I could get my hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instructions booklet for building the Barbie dream house. Later, my obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, I wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction. Genre: Fiction >Young Adult Fantasy | Paranormal
The Witch Collector Part I The Witch Collector is a digital original novel that’s a suspenseful brew of magic, dark strangers, and witchcraft—perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments series. The day after her best friend’s funeral, Breeda’s parents pack her up, usher her into the car, and then drive out of Oregon without looking back. Breeda doesn’t know why they left so urgently or why they’re headed to Chicago—but she does know that it’s against the rules to leave without consulting your Coven Leader. . . . It’s a crime punishable by banishment. All her family has is each other now, in a city that feels strange, unfamiliar, and dark. But when Breeda comes home on her first night in Chicago to find their apartment ransacked and only a bloody handprint left behind, she realizes that you can’t outrun the craft. HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.
The Witch Collector Part II The Witch Collector Part II is the dramatic conclusion to Breeda’s story, which will prove irresistible to readers of the Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments series. Picking up from The Witch Collector Part I’s cliff-hanger ending, this digital original novel plunges Breeda into Chicago’s fantastical underworld, a world of deception, betrayal, and madness. Breeda is just coming into her budding powers as a powerful witch, alone. Her parents remain missing, and she doubts the intentions of her boyfriend, just arrived from Oregon. As the final battle approaches, who can Breeda trust? There is no one to turn to—except the new allies she has found in an infamous coven for disgraced witches in Chicago. Breeda can’t deny that she’s drawn to Miro, a darkly mysterious witch from the coven, but might he, too, be touched by the dark? HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month
Stagefright by Carole Wilkinson Requirements: epub Reader, 3.3MB Overview: Velvet S Pye used to have it all – private school, luxury holidays, loads of friends – but then her world fell apart, sending her crashing to grubby, sports-mad Yarrabank High. Could things get any worse? Sure they could. Velvet meets her cultural studies class. A musical version of a Shakespearian tragedy? They must be kidding.
Hailed as Summer Heights High meets Glee, Stagefright is internationally bestselling and award-winning Australian author Carole Wilkinson’s funniest novel. Genre: Young Adult > Fiction