“Malice” by Christ Wooding. Everyone’s heard the rumors. If you gather the right things and say the right words, you’ll be taken to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. It’s a world that few kids know about-and even fewer survive.
“Chime” by Franny Billingsley. Briony has a secret; one that she believes threatens all he children in the Swampsea. She longs to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. But then Eldric arrives, and refuses to believe that Briony could be anything but good and kind. This is a haunting mystery and romance that was a National Book Award finalist.
“All These Things I’ve Done” by Gabrielle Zevin. In a futuristic world, Anya is the sixteen-year-old daughter of the New York City’s most notorious crime boss. Life for her is routine, until someone is a powerful circle ends up poisoned, and the police think she’s to blame. Now she is thrust into a very dangerous spotlight.
“All the Broken Pieces” by Ann E. Burg. Two years after being air-lifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted by bombs that fell, by the family, and by the terrible secret he left behind. Now inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to choose between silence and candor, and fear and freedom.
“The Great Death” by John Smelcer. In an isolated Arctic village, the white men bring an illness, and soon the sickness takes over the village. Two young sisters begin to realize that they will have to set out on their own to find a new home when all they love is gone. They will discover that their true strength lies in their love for each other, and their determination to survive.
“Lark” by Tracey Porter. When sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is kidnapped from her hometown and left to die in a snowy forest, she leaves behind two friends, stunned by her loss. Lark comes to them as a struggling ghost, trapped in limbo, asking for help to set her soul free.
“Mr. Sam” by Karen Blumenthal. This is the story of how Sam Walton built Walmart and became one of America’s richest men. He was a big dreamer, and a tough competitor, and became a billionaire because of hard work and ingenuity.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.