Recommendations 14 - 15

May 2015
The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy Book 1) by Jonathan Stoud
YA FIC STROUD
Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.  Recommended for grades 6+.


April 2015 
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
FIC FOLEY (Mature YA)
It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life- altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish.  Recommended for grades 8+
ALA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Chicago Weekly Best Books of 2014 A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner 2014 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 Finalist, William C. Morris Award


March 2015
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
FIC SAENZ (Mature YA)
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.  This book has an ending that you won’t see coming! Recommended for grades 9+.


Summaries taken from www.titlewave.com and www.amazon.com
Grade level recommendations are approximate. Please remember that each student is different. I would be happy to discuss any titles on a case by case basis. 

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