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January 2021

None Shall Sleep

by Ellie Marney

After narrowly escaping a vicious serial killer, Emma is desperately trying to find normalcy in her life. That normalcy is pushed aside when Agent Cooper from the FBI approaches her to join a new task force of teens assigned to interview teen serial killers in hopes of getting insight adults are not privy to. Emma teams up with Travis Bell, the son of a US Marshall killed by a suspect who hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the FBI. Their assignments begin as busy work, but soon the duo is right in the middle of an ongoing investigation regarding a spree of murders. There is a surprise asset to this case. The serial killer that killed Travis’s dad has inside information and it’s up to Emma to get him to share what he knows before someone else dies. This book may seem a bit unbelievable at times, but it is a thrilling and exciting story. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


December 2020

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei

George Takei of Star Trek fame tells the story of how his Japanese/American family was forced into internment camps during World War II. The story begins when the author is a young boy and continues up to the present day.  This title is also available on OverDrive and Hoopla.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Admission

by Julie Buxbaum

Straight from current headlines, this novel centers on the college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe Berringer is excited about getting into her dream college until the FBI show up at her door. Then she becomes entangled in her parents’ deceit, her possible own involvement, and the impact of learning that others don’t believe you can be successful without their help. Emotions run high between family and friends as they try to come to terms with the legal, ethical, and emotional issues the scandal has triggered.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


November 2020

City of Ghosts

by Victoria Schwab

Cassidy has the ability to ‘lift’ the veil between the living and the dead. When her parents take her to Edinbugh to research ghosts, she and her best friend, Jacob, find out how dangerous it is to slip back and forth between the veil. This title is also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Truly Devious

by Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell is obsessed with solving crimes and the 80-year-old unsolved Ellingham murders/kidnapping are on the top of her list. Millionaire Albert Ellingham left behind a school for gifted students high up in the mountains of Vermont and Stevie was accepted. Knowing that this could be her only chance to solve the Ellingham murders, Stevie gets right to work collecting any information she can. When danger comes back to the Ellingham estate, Stevie now has two mysteries to solve. Johnson reveals details from Ellingham’s story with flashbacks to his life and police interviews after the Ellingham kidnapping. Truly Devious is the first book in this teen mystery series and is available in hardcover and on OverDrive as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Ravens (The Ravens, #1)

by Kass Morgan

If you think Kappa Rho Nu is just your average sorority, think again. The sisters of Kappa Rho Nu all share a secret, they are a coven of witches. The newest pledge Scarlett Winters has a lot to live up to seeing her mother was the president of Kappa Rho Nu when she was in school. But when initiation comes and Scarlet is paired up with a girl named Vivi the girls find themselves entering a sinister world of blood oaths and betrayal.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Girl Who Wasn’t There

by Penny Joelson

Kasia spends much of her time looking out her bedroom window as she tries to recover her strength from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is so certain that she has seen another young girl in the window in the house across the street, but the couple who live there say there is not. Is it a ghost? Or is something more sinister going on in the house, and can Kasia and her new friend, Nav, discover the truth before it is too late for any of them? This is a crime-thriller that keeps the pages turning.

Recommended by Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian 1

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Kingdom of the Wicked

by Kerri Maniscalco

Emilia and her twin sister are streghe, witches that live secretly among humans. But after her sister’s brutal murder Emilia is on a quest for revenge that will unleash hell itself. And in order to get the justice her sister deserves she will have to join forces with Wrath, one of the seven princes of hell. Emilia does not trust him remembering the tales her grandmother used to tell her as a child. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems. If you enjoyed Kerri Maniscalco’s other series Stalking Jack the Ripper I would highly recommend this book that kicks off her newest series.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


October 2020

Magic Dark and Strange

by Kelly Powell

Sherlock Holmes meets The Bone Witch in this historical fantasy thriller. Catherine Daly has a strange talent. By day she works as a painter but at night she can raise the dead. And now she had to use her power to delve into the city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


We Were Restless Things

by Cole Nagamatsu

Last summer, the police rule Link Miller’s death as a strange accident. He had somehow drowned on dry land in the woods, miles away from the nearest body of water. However, Link’s closest friend Noemi knows the truth, that he drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find. And there is even someone claiming to be Link who keeps contacting her. The strange and fascinating debut shows three teens coming of age in the wake of a mysterious death. And with the multiple points of view and the use of entries from dream journals, this novel explores how society shapes our reality, how we can learn to love ourselves and the power of our own desires.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


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