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Starters Book Trailer

4 Apr

Starters by Lissa Price

To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.

Check out the Starters book trailer!


Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi wins 2011 Printz Award

10 Mar

Paolo Bacigalupi is also a 2010 National Book Award Finalist in Young People’s Literature

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown & Co.


In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .


Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing has appeared in High Country News,, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. His short fiction has been nominated for two Nebula Awards and four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story of the year. His short story collection PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His most recent novel, SHIP BREAKER, is his first for young adults and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The Horn Book.

Paolo lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son, where he is currently working on a new novel.

Review of Anthem by Ayn Rand

16 Sep

Anthem by Ayn Rand is a disturbing look at a terrifying future where no man is allowed to think with his own mind. It is as if every City Hall told every single person what their job should be, at what time they should wake up in the morning, what to eat, when to go outside, and many other commands. But it is not the only book like this. This story is strikingly similar to The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau and The Giver by Lois Lowry. In all of these books there is an unknown place that is forbidden, like the Uncharted Forest in Anthem, the Unknown Regions in The City of Ember, and where Jonas leaves to at the end in The Giver. Whenever a city tries to make a utopia, it always turns out to be a dystopia. Nothing is perfect when there is an attempt to make something just right.

Teen Reviews from 2009 Summer Reading Program

11 Dec

As part of our annual Summer Reading Program here at Newton Free Library, teens not only keep track of their reading with an online logbook, but they may choose to write brief reviews, complete with a rating/recommendation, to share with other readers.  In the genre of Science Fiction, here are three of the books that were read and recommended:

Firestorm by  David Klass

Rating: 4 – I really liked this book

Review: Jack is a kid who has ambitions, but he’s held back by his parents, who keep telling him not to stand out.  One day, he learns that he’s from the future; he possesses supernatural powers and is hunted by unknown people.  As he tries to escape from them, he meets up with an ESPer dog named Gisco, and a cold-hearted ninja girl, Eko.  Together, they try to recover Firestorm: an object said to prevent the destruction of the world.  This was the first book I had ever read by David Klass, and it was phenomenal.  I’ve been hooked on his other books as well, such as Danger Zone and Breakaway Run.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action and sci-fi novels!

The Declaration by Gemma Malley

Rating: 5 – Don’t miss this one!!

Review: It’s the year 2140, and it’s a crime to be born.  Anna is a surplus, who hates her parents for bringing her to this world.  With a new surplus, Peter, her world changes forever.  Twists and confessions make you turn the pages.

The Resistance by Gemma Malley

Rating: 5 – Don’t miss this one!!

Review: The sequel to the amazing “The Declaration”.  Surpluses are having more of a use than they ever thought, and Longevity is brainwashing many.  There are more characters involved and captured in this book.  I’m hoping that this will be a trilogy or a series!  A must read!

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