We have just received four new Young Adult fiction books, all nominees for the 2013-2014 Isinglass Teen Read award. Great Barrington Public Library began this award in 2001, and it is the upper-grade equivalent to the Great Stone Face award. Each year, New Hampshire students in grades 7 and 8 vote for the winner in April. Last year’s winner (soon to be a motion picture) was Divergent by Veronica Roth, and other past winners include The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and I am Number Four.
There are fifteen books on this year’s list. Here are the four titles we’ve recently acquired:
Auracle by Gina Rosati – A suspenseful debut novel by a New Hampshire author, Auracle is a supernatural tale about seventeen year-old Anna, who can astrally project our of her body. After a tragic accident, the spirit of Anna’s vicious classmate Taylor is drawn to Anna’s body and takes over. Anna’s astral projection, once an exhilarating distraction from a repressive life, threatens to become a permanent state unless Anna can stop Taylor.
Losing It by Erin Fry – Bennett, an overweight teen, moves in with his aunt, a health freak, after his dad suffers a stroke. He finds he likes being outside to walk and run, and joins the cross country team. Yet Bennett worries about losing his former identity as his health gradually improves. Written by an actual cross country coach, finally here’s a “sports book” that moves beyond football, baseball and basketball.
Origin by Jessica Khoury – Deep in the Amazon, a group of scientists have created an immortal human being. Their creation, Pia, has been raised in isolation by these scientists, her “uncles.” When a storm breaks the compound’s electrical fence, Pia venture into the jungle, where she meets Eio, a boy from a nearby tribe who somehow speaks English and knows all about the compound. Now Pia must learn the truth about the action that led to her immortality. This debut novel is a startling mystery with the might Amazon Rain Forest as its backdrop.
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley – Ryder is the eldest son of a Witchlander family. His mother was a witch – a magical person who keeps their country safe – but has succumbed to addiction and disturbing visions since his father’s death. Across the border, Falapian is trying to please his father – the king- after his twin’s death. When these two young men encounter each other, they seem to have a spiritual connection and, despite their radically different backgrounds, can communicate through dreams and songs. In this novel, Coakley creates a world of differing cultures and religions, and explores all the connotations of “witch.”
Stop in to check these books out! Curious about another Isinglass book that we don’t have yet? Remember our helpful Inter-library Loan service! You’ll be reading it in no time!
For more information on these titles and all the other Isinglass books, click here!
And, go HERE for general information about the Isinglass Teen Read award, including lists of pasts winners, and even full lists of all nominees since the award’s inception in 2001.