There are new young adult books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Payback Time” by Carl Deuker. High school Journalist Mitch True is on the verge of uncovering his first big story. If only he can get football cornerback Angel Marichal to talk, or Coach McNulty to explain his strategy using Angel’s obvious talent. But Angel has a secret. Who profits from keeping the truth hidden?
“Leverage” by Joshua C. Cohen. There’s an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on and off the football field. It claims its victims without mercy, including the most innocent bystanders. A violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences.
“The Knife of Never Letting Go” and “The Ask and the Answer”, two titles by Patrick Ness. Todd Hewitt runs from his town in a settlement on a planet where war with the natives has infected the men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear, and has murdered the women. In the second title, the resistance to the new order grows, and Todd risks everything to stop the madness. These are the first and second titles in the Chaos Walking trilogy, an extraordinary series that examines the ways that we share ourselves with each other, especially in an extreme dystopian society.
“The Dead-Tossed Waves” by Carrie Ryan. This companion novel to “The Forest of Hands and Teeth”, shares the story of Gabry, a young girl living quietly behind the barrier. But now, in one reckless moment, half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must fact the forest of her mother’s past.
“The Berlin Boxing Club” by Robert Sharenow. Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin, it doesn’t matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue. When Max Schmeling, champion boxer offers to give Karl boxing lessons, Karl reinvents himself. But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new roll- protector of his family.
“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver. Lena Haloway lives in a society where love is forbidden, and treated as a disease, deliria. But then she meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man, and her heart forces her to question everything she has ever believed. Are those in power destroying the most important part of human existence?
“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland are slim. Even the very air she breathes could kill her...so she believes. Then Aria meets an outsider. He’s wild, a savage, and her only hope of staying alive.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.