The Bees by Laline PaullFlora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.
But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.
Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.
Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai
"We lived under a sky so blue in Idaho right near the towns of Hunt and
Eden but we were not welcomed there." In early 1942, thirteen-year-old
Mina Masako Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are sent from their
home in Seattle to an internment camp in Idaho. What do you do when your
home country treats you like an enemy? This memorable and powerful
novel in verse, written by award-winning author Mariko Nagai, explores
the nature of fear, the value of acceptance, and the beauty of life. As
thought-provoking as it is uplifting, Dust of Eden is told with an
honesty that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational. View Weblink
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her
father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with
her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The
Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with
precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James,
who is—although he doesn't know it—one of the MC's programmed assassins.
Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or is it part of a terrifying
strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting
truth about her family? This is a dark and compelling debut novel that
will appeal to fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita
, and the movie Hanna
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Panic by Lauren Oliver
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve
thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and
there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in
panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors. She'd never
thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to
stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she
will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all
the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is
that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play
for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances,
unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of
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The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
Matt Beaulieu has loved Elle McClure since he was two years old. Now
married and expecting their first child, Elle suffers a fatal accident.
To keep the baby alive, Matt goes against his wife’s wishes and keeps
his wife on life support. But Matt’s mother thinks that Elle should be
euthanized, and she’s ready to fight for what she believes is the right
A stunning, compassionate examination of one of the most intricate ethical issues of our time, The Promise of Stardust
, will stay with you, long after the last page has been read
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
Geoffrey is a very tall, very clumsy giraffe. He tries to make friends
with the animals down on the ground, but he just trips, slips, and falls
. . . usually flat on his face. Poor old Geoffrey tries everything to
fit in, but it’s only when he realizes that his height can be an
advantage that he stretches out his long neck and finds a host of
friends in the trees. Soon he discovers he can find friends just by
being himself. View Weblink
Across a War-Tossed Sea by Laura Elliott
It's 1943, and World War II is raging. To escape the terror of the
Blitz, ten-year-old Wesley and fourteen-year-old Charles were evacuated
from England to America. After a few near misses with German U-boats and
a treacherous ocean crossing, the brothers arrived in Virginia. The
culture shock is intense as the London boys adjust to rural farm life
and have to learn new sports, customs, and spellings, plus contend with
racial segregation and bullying.
As time goes by, the brothers
begin to adapt to their new reality and blaze their own trails, writing
letters home, making new friends, and pitching in to the American war
effort. But just when Wes and Charles think they are safe from the
terror of the battles raging thousands of miles across the sea, they
encounter the very brand of soldiers they were trying to escape: Nazis,
from a POW camp right around the corner and U-boats torpedoing American
ships off the nearby Atlantic coastline. Suddenly, Charles, Wesley, and
their new Virginian family must face the dangers of a foreign war coming
too close to home.
Award-winning author L. M. Elliott brings a
rarely told story of World War II on U.S. soil to light in this gripping
and meticulously-researched novel, a companion to the beloved Under a War-Torn Sky View Weblink
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler The Forbidden Library kicks off a brand new classic fantasy series perfect for fans of Coraline, Inkheart, and The Books of Elsewhere Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy
When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with
her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about.
He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits
to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a
rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library
and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's
hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice
finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the
creature imprisoned within.
It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice. View Weblink
Even Monsters... by A. J. Smith
Everybody knows monsters can be...well, MONSTERS. But did you know
sometimes even monsters get scared? They can be sad, they can be kind,
they can miss their mommies. Sometimes, they're just plain silly. And
even monsters need to brush their teeth!
A funny and
family-friendly picture book by innovative author/illustrator A. J.
Smith, who combines traditional storytelling with exciting interactive
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend,
Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of
horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two
things. This is the truth. This is history.
It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
You know what I mean.
Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle
brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving
genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town
America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner. View Weblink
Night Diver: a novel by Elizabeth Lowell
The Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care by Jennifer CulkinA critical care and emergency flight nurse, Jennifer Culkin is no
stranger to death and its dramas, or the urgency that accompanies them.
Her memoir plunges us into the chaos of emergency medicine at all
altitudes, masterfully reflecting on the most pivotal moments of our
lives and the beautiful fragility of our mortality.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale View Weblink
The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard meets the cult-classic film Fargo in this gripping and darkly humorous murder mystery by debut author Kathleen Hale.
quiet town like Friendship, Wisconsin, keeps most of its secrets buried
. . . but when local teen Ruth Fried is found murdered in a cornfield,
her best friend, Kippy Bushman, decides to uncover the truth and catch
the killer. Since the police aren't much help, Kippy looks to her idol,
journalist Diane Sawyer, for tips on how to conduct her investigation.
But Kippy soon discovers, if you want to dig up the truth, your hands
have to get a little dirty, don'tcha know.
riveting young adult novel, Kathleen Hale creates an intricately plotted
murder mystery that will keep readers guessing, laughing, and cringing
until the surprising final pages.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
The truth. We Were Liars
is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times
bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. View Weblink