The Book Blog
From the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, about Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy:
America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy.
Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn't play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition
Next year's Green Mountain Book Award Nominees have been announced! Check them out, look for them in the CVU Library, and remember to vote for your favorite from this year's list by the end of May. Happy reading!
11th-grader Gwen is sprinting through the YA BINGO board. Here's a link to information about her progress and accompanying reviews.
12th-grader Sophie Hubbert-Severance has been BINGO-ing like crazy:
"Something Like Normal by Trish Doller is a great story of love and guilt, of honor and mistakes. It follows the life of Travis, a marine recently back form Afghanistan who is haunted by the death of his best friend. He meets Harper, a girl whose life he destroyed years ago. The turmoil that ensues kept me reading. I read this book in less than 7 hours, so it is a relatively quick read. Great book overall!"
"Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios is a beautifully woven story that captures you the minute you open the book. It stars a young girl with an amazing power, she is a jinni, a being from another world, longing for freedom from her master. She then meets Raif, her enemy in her homeland, who now needs her help. The story takes you on an epic journey of adventure, hope, and forever changing feelings. The book was so captivating I read the last half in 6 hours. I couldn't put the book down. I give this book two thumbs up."
"The Selection by Kiera Cass is a phenomenal read. It follows a girl who enters the competition for the prince's heart against her own wishes. But as the competition goes on she starts doing the one thing she never thought she would do, fall for the prince. But with 34 other women vying for the prince's heart, how will hers fair against jealousy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy."
From 12th-grader Sophie Hubbert-Severance:
"Like No Other [by Una LaMarche] is a book I didn't expect to like. I not only liked it, I loved it. The book was a quick read and the writing was easy to understand. It follows the story of two teenagers that meet in the most unlikely circumstances. Devorah had been raised as a Strict Hadith Jew and Jax is the complete opposite of everything that she was raised to believe. That is scary for her, and also exhilarating. What lengths will they go to, to be together? This book had me questioning what is right and wrong when it comes to your families expectation of you and what you would do to meet them.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, then check out this great collection of similar titles from 11th-grader Gwen.
Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
From the publisher:
At Maquoit High School, Tom Bouchard has it made: captain and star of the soccer team, boyfriend to one of the prettiest, most popular girls, and third in his class, likely to have his pick of any college, if he ever bothers filling out his applications. But life in his idyllic small Maine town quickly gets turned upside down after the events of 9/11.
Enniston has become a “secondary migration” location for Somali refugees, who are seeking a better life after their country was destroyed by war—they can no longer go home. Tom hasn’t thought much about his Somali classmates until four of them join the soccer team, including Saeed. He comes out of nowhere on the field to make impossible shots, and suddenly the team is winning, dominating even; but when Saeed’s eligibility is questioned and Tom screws up in a big way, he’s left to grapple with a culture he doesn’t understand and take responsibility for his actions. Saeed and his family came out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. And Tom may find himself going nowhere, too, if he doesn’t start trying to get somewhere.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is one of the '14-'15 Green Mountain Book Award Nominees.
From the publisher:
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune -- and remarkable power -- to whoever can unlock them.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?