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Teen SRC 2018 – The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

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What would happen if all our modern technology are to fail one day? Most parts of our daily lives that we take for granted would not exist anymore. The masses would fall into chaos, and when the population have convinced themselves that it wasn’t a dream, fighting would break out for the limited resources in the world. The survivors would have to band together to try to extend their own time in this world, and most of civilization would be destroyed. Yep. That’s exactly what happens in this book. Sixteen year old Adam Daley’s life changed in one afternoon, when computers around the world shut down in a viral catastrophe. After the people got overthe initial shock, chaos descended, and fights break out over the dwindling supplies. That’s when Adam realized that having a police woman for a mother and a paranoid spy living next door may be the key to his, and his neighborhood’s survival.

I thought this series was really cool. Since most everything depends on computers and electricity in this modern age, we don’t really want to think about what will happen if they all just fail one day. Wait… I’m staring at a screen and making my eyes get more near-sighted right now…

 

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Image result for monument 14 book Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

A freak hailstorm sends a bus containing six teenagers , two eighth graders, and several kids crashing into a superstore, and traps them inside. This is followed almost immediately by a series of natural and man-made disasters that proceeds to destroy the outside world as they knew it. Locked inside the store, the group of kids and teenagers must learn to put aside their differences and trust in each other if they want to survive.

This book is great if what you’re looking for is a shorter type of survival/ apocalyptic novel to read. I enjoyed reading it, even though it’s probably directed towards younger teens (12-13?). If you liked this series, I would also recommend “The Rule of Three,” which is slightly similar to this book.

 

Teen SRC 2017 – The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

The Wolf WildImage result for the wolf wilderer takes place in Russia, and it talks about the fascinating life of a little girl, who trains wolves to become fighters. It seems so unbelievable, that wild wolves don’t know how to fend for themselves, but the author makes it seems so realistic and fun. I’ve learned that the author decided to write a book about wolves because of the time her friend, Simon Murphy, took her to see wolves for the first time.

Katherine Rundell‘s writing style is fun and straight-forwards. She talks about how wolves adapt to habitats, and how to get them to live in the wild. With so many facts, Katherine still manages to make the book gripping and charming.

As I have mentioned before, the protagonist of the story, a little girl named Feo, helps wolves learn to live the life of a real wolf with her mother in the Russian wilderness. They are called Wolf Wilders. They help wolves learn that they are to fend for themselves in the wild. Feo is a wolf wilder in-training, but she has become attached to the wolves. Especially the three who stick to her. But one normal day, a Russian Army comes and threatens to take everything Feo loves. She has no decision but to run away in this life-or-death situation.

This fantasy filled book deserves a 5 out of 5, especially because it felt so realistic, and obviously, the author took a very long time to find the perfect amount of magic and survival. Along with the Wolf Wilder, I’ve also read her outstanding book, Rooftoppers, about a girl who is searching for her mother after a fatal shipwreck. The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers are both books that are definitely worth reading.

Teen SRC 2017 – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen ( and the sequels)

This book of survival is one that will warm your heart.

This is about a Image result for hatchet book coverboy named Brian Robeson, who is flying on a prop plane to visit his dad, but disaster arrives. His pilot suffers from a heart attack, and he is lost, hurt, and stranded in a Canadian wilderness. He is expected to survive, with only a Hatchet and the ruined plane.

Slowly but painfully, Brian learns the ways of survival, fighting his way through the odds.

I felt that this book was really motivating, and if you’re interested in this book, you should also check out the sequels: Brian’s Winter ( about if Hatchet ended differently), The River, Brian’s Return, Brian’s Hunt.

Those are the books in order. I give this series a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner is a novel on an eleven year old girl named Parvana who’s father was sent to jail for getting educated in England rather then his own country Afghanistan. Without the father Parvans family of 5 her mother, older sister Nooria, little sister Maryam, little brother Ali, and of course her are in desperate need for money. Since the Taliban were ruling over Afghanistan women were not allowed to work. Parvanas family was also in great danger. At any time a bomb could go off which had happened many times to there family, causing them to gain many injuries and lose many things. Parvana and her family decide Parvana must dress up as a boy and read and write letters for illiterate people.

Teen SRC 2017 – Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis

Parvana’s Journey is the sequel to the The Breadwinner. Her family went to a town in Pakistan to get her older sister married which was then taken over by the taliban but she stayed behind in hopes that her father would be released. Eventually her father was released and they started the journey together to find their family but the story started with the funeral of her father. She continues the journey by herself and along the way she finds a baby named Hassan whose mother was killed in a village, a boy named Asif with one leg who she found in a cave, and a girl named Leila who lived in a hut with her dying grandmother. These kids went to refugee camps, villages, and anywhere they could stay for protection. No one could help them because no one could help themselves. People were trying to sell their babies to get some money. Eventually she is reunited with her family, the children she brought on the way with her on her journey became family.

Teen SRC 2017 – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday she realized that she had the power to control people’s minds. The government locked her away with all the other kids that have strange abilities. 6 years later, Ruby escapes and joins a group of kids that are searching for East River, a safe haven where Ruby can finally learn to control her ability. But things aren’t always what they seem and soon Ruby will have to make a choice: her friends or her ability.

Teen SRC 2017 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Related imageA truly brilliant read, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a riveting and unique novel revolving around the Second World War. The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a girl who stole a book from a cemetery but knows not how to read or write. Orphaned by the loss of her brother and mother, she is adopted by foster parents, the father of which teaches Liesel how to read. As the war continues, her life changes as she finds more books and a Jewish man hides in her basement. These events, whilst being small, were crucial for the way the story played out. Narrated from the peculiar yet surprisingly amusing view of Death, The Book Thief is an absolutely recommended read that will give new perspectives to anyone.

Teen SRC 2017 – Sounder by William H. Armstrong

How would you imagine a life with barely any food enough to feed the family? It would seem like a very hard life to live in.

 

This book talks about an African-American boy in the 19th century South. His father is a sharecropper, and their family rarely gets a proper meal. Whenever the boy and his dog, Sounder go out in search of food, they come back empty-handed. But, miraculously, there was this one morning where he wakes up to sweet-smelling ham being cooked in his kitchen. Little did he know that that exact night, angry deputies and a sheriff come, to take his father away.

 

This book is full of sorrow, and while you’re reading, everything starts to make a movie in your head, of how hard it was to live back then. I highly recommend the book to everyone big and small, young and old. It is an award-winning must-read.

 

Teen SRC 2017 – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner join their writing skills to provide a novel that covers many genres to appeal to many readers! These Broken Stars stars two teenagers, that makes it seem like your everyday ordinary romance novel. Well, in simple terms, it’s not. This has Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen, two opposites who would never be deemed to be anywhere near each other due to their status in this galactic universe. They are aboard their spaceliner when a crash occurs leaving them with only each other for companionship and comfort in this unspeakable hardship on a newfound planet.

This book is amazing! It is literally out of this world! The chemistry between the two characters add to the complex relationship they have. It also often portrays relationships that can be found in real life, making you feel connected to the novel. It shows the very different and unique struggles each protagonist face and there is a constant switch between the narration and the story of the book which adds a certain foreshadowing effect. The raw reactions to this unknown world takes readers on a thriller ride! These Broken Stars take the title to a different meaning as you make connections! This book is amazing, and I highly recommend it to everyone! It is a great way to start off that summer reading!