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Moulton, Erin. FLUTTER
New York : Puffin, 2012
IL 5-8, RL 4.5
Nine year old Maple and her sister Dawn are about to embark on an incredible journey. It begins when they learn that their new born sister is seriously ill and will need a miracle to pull through. But are there any miracles to be found? Maple and Dawn think there is. They have grown up on the legend of the Wise Woman of the woods who guards a pool of water that can grant miracles. The girls sneak off in search of the Wise Woman. But this is not an easy walk in the woods and the girls will find that they are in way over their heads as they try to survive.
Lu, Marie. CHAMPION
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2013
June and Day are back but they are not together. June is working with the Republic. She is now the Princeps Elect. Meanwhile, Day is working with the military and is stationed far from June. Day's brother Eden is with him and healing from the plague. When a new strain of plague breaks out, the Republic asks that Eden be turned over for testing to come up with a cure for the plague. Day will never agree to letting Eden be experimented on again. But June pleads with Day to help save the Republic. The Colonies are blaming the Republic for the outbreak and have threatened war unless a cure is found and given to the Colonies. Once again, June and Day must choose country over their own love.
New York : Random House, 2014
West Grayer has survived and is now a citizen. She has successfully defeated her Alternate and she is ready to move on. No longer will she have to work as a striker killing other people's alts. But just when things are starting to look up, she is dragged back into it. This time it is by the Board. She is told if she just does three more missions, they will ensure that any children she has will not have an alt. And her striker marks will be removed. She agrees. She is told that the targets are the alts of the children of Board members. She doesn't want to kill anymore but it is just too tempting a reward. When she finds her first target, her resolve may just falter. Will she be able to do this last assignment?
MacHale, D. J. STORM
New York : Razorbill, 2014
Tucker and his friends have been held prisoner on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine. A group of Navy military personnel, known as SYLO are holding the islanders captive. The teens have successfully escaped and are determined to tell the world what SYLO is doing. But things are not going to happen the way they plan. When the arrive in Portland, they find that a major battle has occurred few people are left. They meet up with a couple of survivors and hear a message on the radio that tells them to head for Nevada. The kids are not sure what to do now. Is there anything left of the eastern seaboard? Or even the world? They decide to head to Boston to see what is going on. What they find is that it is not always easy to figure out who the "good guys" are. The second book of the SYLO trilogy keeps us in suspense and unsure what is going on.
MacHale, D. J. SYLO
New York : Razorbill, 2013
It was just a typical night on Pemberwick Island off the coast of Maine. Tucker was occupying the bench at the football game as usual. It all began to change when the star player just keeled over and died. Just like that. How could a perfectly normal athlete just die? As Tucker and his friend Quinn try to figure it out, they witness an explosion in the sky. And military people parachuting onto the island. This can't be happening. Special forces from the Navy have now occupied the island and everyone is cut off from the rest of the world. When people try to leave, they are dealt with harshly -- and permanently. To make this all even harder to understand, Tucker learns that his parents are working for SYLO. Why would his parents be working for the enemy. The kids feel their only hope is to escape the island and let the rest of the world know what is going on.
Lewis, J. Patrick. POEM-MOBILES
New York : Schwartz Wade, 2014
Cars are always changing. Can you use your imagination to think about what cars will look like in the future? This book is full of way out cars. What is your favorite? The bathtub car? The eel-ectric car? I know my favorite is the giant bookmobile car!
Lerangis, Peter. THE COLOSSUS RISES
New York : Harper, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 4.1
When thirteen-year-old Jake McKinley is kidnapped and brought to a mysterious island, the fun begins. He and three other teens have a rare gene that is fatal. Only the scientists on this island can keep them alive. But what they find is that the gene also gives them superpowers. They are apparently descended from the inhabitants of the lost continent of Atlantis and now they set off to solve the mystery. This is an action packed page turner that will have you racing along with the teens.