Tag Archives: Young Adult Friendly

Far Dark Fields by Gary Braunbeck

Title: Far Dark Fields

Author: Gary Braunbeck

Call #: BRA

Like most of Braunbeck novels, this takes place in the fictional town of Cedar Hills, Ohio. This novel has all the chills and horror fans crave by creating a creepy small town and populating it with troubled protagonists, dark secrets, and evil supernatural monsters. This is a smart, Midwest-flavored, gory story in which the reader is never quite sure whom they can trust. 

Recommended by: Becky

Stitches by David Small

StitchesTitle:  Stitches

Author:  David Small

Call #:  G SMA

David Small’s coming-of-age memoir in graphic format accomplishes much with few words and stark yet affecting drawings.  When he is 14, he has a procedure that he believes is routine, only to wake from surgery almost mute, having a vocal cord removed.  Not until much later does he find out that he had cancer and was expected to die.  His cold, angry and bitter parents believe they did what was best.  This book is heartbreaking and amazing – there are pictures that will stay with me for a very long time.

Recommended by:  Kathy

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessTitle:  A Discovery of Witches

Author:  Deborah Harkness

Call #:  FSY HAR

I can’t believe I’ve been completely enthralled by a paranormal romance.  But this novel has everything — witchcraft, love, vampires, demons, secret covens, lost spell-bound books – and it all works!  It’s book one of a trilogy.  Guess who’ll be looking for book two.

Recommended by:  Betty

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

Good Thief by Hannah TintiTitle:  The Good Thief

Author:  Hannah Tinti

Call #:  TIN

This is a refreshingly traditional, historical adventure. It is fast paced, the hero is resourceful and lucky (maybe unbelievable so, but go with it) and it has a happy ending. Tinti uses many of Dickens’ own tricks and themes to propel her story along, including a cast of eccentric secondary characters such as a dwarf who lives on the roof, a murderous giant and a hard-of-hearing landlady. The novel is appropriately funny, heart-warming, melodramatic and bittersweet all in the right places.

Recommended by:  Becky

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardTitle: Ender’s Game

Author: Orson Scott Card

Call #: SF CAR

Ender may only be six, but he is also Earth’s last hope to defeat and alien race set upon our destruction. Sent to a special military training school in space, Ender leaves his family behind and begins an intensive training involving team building and simulated war games. Ender’s Game marks the beginning of Card’s much beloved Ender series and is a great choice for Harry Potter fans.

Recommended by: Becky