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Charbonneau, Joelle. INDEPENDENT STUDY
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Having survived the Testing, Cia and Tomas are now ready to enter the University and find out what lies ahead of them. Not all the students survived and some have been redirected. When the assignments come down, Cia finds herself studying for government leadership. This is certainly nothing she would ever choose. And Tomas is assigned elsewhere. The Induction test is not an easy one and more students fail and are redirected. Cia learns that things are not as they seem and she is determined to uncover what is really going on at the University.
Charbonneau, Joelle. THE TESTING
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2013
Sixteen year old Malencia Vale is looking forward to what lies ahead. She is hoping to be chosen for the Testing but no Five Lakes Colony student has been chosen in many years. The Testing is the only way to get into the University and work to revitalize the post-war world. He own father was chosen years ago but he doesn't remember much about what it was like. It seems that those who go through the Testing are given something to suppress their memories of what goes on. Against the odds, there are several students from Five Lakes that are chosen and Cia is one of them. Cia's father is not happy and he shares his vague memories with her in the hope that it will keep her safe. You see, the Testing is not anything like you will do to get into college. In addition to rigorous pencil and paper test, the children will have to survive the grueling physical tests. How many will survive?
Chapman, Elsie. DUALED
New York : Random House, 2013
In this futuristic take on society, the inhabitants of the gated community have to become killers. Every child in the city has an alt -- a clone who is raised by another family in a different part of town. Sometime between the age of 10 and 20, every child is notified that it is time to kill or be killed. Only one of the alts will survive to become a citizen. Some of the wealthier families can hire strikers. These are paid assassins who will kill the alt. This is totally illegal but it still happens. West Grayer is 15 years old and the only one of her family left. She hires herself out as a striker to gain experience hoping that when her time comes, she will be the one who survives. When her time finally arrives, she begins to wonder if she is the one to survive, or should her alt be the one who deserves a life.
Busby, Cylin. BLINK ONCE
West had it all. He was popular, had a great girlfriend and his whole life ahead of him. Until the accident. Now he is strapped in a hospital bed unable to move. He slips in and out of consciousness and is very confused about what is happening to him. His mom visits him everyday but his friends don't tend to come to see him much. They only person who really talks to him is Olivia. She is also a patient and is in the room next door. She is the one who explains to him what is going on. She sneaks into his room after hours and she talks for hours. Well, West can't talk. His is totally paralyzed. Olivia tells him to blink once for yes and twice for no. It's hard to carry on a conversation like this but there is something about Olivia that makes West just want to be with her. As the days turn into weeks, West finds himself falling in love with Olivia. Not much of romance when you can't move and your only way to talk to the girl is to blink. Can they make this work?
Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri. THE KIDS' GUIDE TO CLASSIC GAMES
New York : Captone, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
Do you get bored playing the same video games all the time? Or maybe watching the same television shows? Ever wonder what games kids used to play before computers or television were so popular? Well, they played marbles, card games and even some fun outdoor games. Pick up this book and find new games. You may just find yourself yelling "Red Rover"
Everything is ending for Red O'Sullivan. His brother is dead, his town is dying, and his class will be the last to graduate from their school before it's closed down. The only thing that keeps him and the remaining residents going is the high school football team, the Muckers. They haven't won state since Red's brother was quarterback and with more people leaving and fewer resources available, it would take a miracle to repeat that title. But the entire town is counting on them, and the Muckers won't go down without a fight. (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)
Breakups can be messy. That's why Quentin's break-up service is so popular. For a small fee, Quentin will inform your significant other that they are now an "ex". For a little more, he'll even soften the blow with flowers or chocolates. Quentin is doing well (despite the occasional violent responses to his messages) and happy to help his mother, who seems like she could use the money. But when his best friend is the next on his list of soon-to-be exes, Quentin realizes there's more to his heartbreak business than he thought. (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)
The KDH virus is fatal to all, but the young and strong can come back as Reboots -- strong, deadly and not quite human. Wren 178 was dead for a record 178 minutes making her the strongest of the Reboots and giving her first pick of the new Reboots she trains. Something draws her to Callum 22, despite his near-human nature. But when his kindness results in an execution order for him, will Wren risk it all to save him? (Isinglass Teen Award Committee, 2015)