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Book Talk Tuesday - The Fever

Something strange is happening in the town of Dryden. It all started the day that Deenie’s best friend Lise had a seizure during class. Soon, Lise’s symptoms have spread to other girls at school. One by one, the girls begin experiencing seizures and hallucinations. Doctors are mystified by the causes of these symptoms. Is it toxins from the contaminated lake water, bad reactions to a vaccine, or something else all together? As more girls fall ill, the town begins to panic, and Deenie’s investigation into what is causing the outbreak will reveal some very ugly secrets.

The Fever is recommended for mature teen readers.

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New teen books being added to the Indian Trails Library high school collection this week!


How to FallSixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town. Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

♦ If You’re Reading ThisMike was seven when his father was killed in mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan. Eight years later, the family still hasn’t recovered. Then, out of the blue, Mike receives a letter from his father — the first of a series Dad wrote in Afghanistan, just in case he didn’t come home, meant to share some wisdom with his son on the eve of Mike’s 16th birthday. As the letters come in, Mike revels in spending time with his dad again, and takes his encouragement to try new things — to go out for the football team, and ask out the beautiful Isma. But who’s been keeping the letters all these years? And how did Dad actually die? As the answers to these mysteries are revealed, Mike and his family find a way to heal and move forward at last.

♦ Taken - The trip of a lifetime turns into a fight to the death when six extreme athletes are taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Africa. Six crew members are toughing it out, trying to come together as a team to sail around the world on a grueling challenge for charity. Four are teen military veterans disabled in combat: They’re used to being pushed to the limit. But nothing could have prepared them for being kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Suddenly, the trip of a lifetime turns into a dark journey into the African jungle. Taken hostage by a notorious warlord and his band of child soldiers, how will Rio, Ash, Marcus, Jen, Charis, and Izzy survive?

♦ AmityConnor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break. But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her? Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again. 

Book Talk Tuesday - The Winner’s Curse

Ten years ago, the Valorian army conquered the Herrani lands and took the Herrani people as slaves. Seventeen-year-old Kestrel is the only daughter of the Valorian general who led the invading armies, a rare music-lover in a society that celebrates only military victory. While out at the market one day, Kestrel happens upon a slave auction and, impressed by his defiant nature, impulsively purchases a young Herrani slave. After Arin enters Kestrel’s household, they are surprised to find that they have more in common than they ever would have thought. But Arin is hiding a dangerous secret, and a Valorian mistress and her Herrani slave can never truly be friends. Kestrel just might find that winning the auction was actually a curse.

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Favorite Books: Grave Mercy R.L. LaFevers

“Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?”

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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