Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave 2012
Annotation:(Gr 4-8) "Selznick offers another visual narrative, one that feels even better suited to his inventive style. The beautifully crafted structure includes two stories set 50 years apart. The first, set in 1977, is told in text and follows Ben, who is grieving the loss of his mother when he stumbles upon clues to his father's identity. The second, told entirely in pencil drawings, opens in 1927 as a young girl, Rose, gazes at a newspaper clipping...Selznick plays with a plethora of interwoven themes, including deafness and silence, the ability to see and value the world, family, and the interconnectedness of life. " --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 7 Up) Mclean Sweet, 17, has moved four times in the last three years. After her parents' divorce, she chose to live with her father, who moves to a new project every few months. Her mother, remarried and with three-year-old twins, regularly tries to reconnect with her, but McLean will hardly have a conversation with her. In each town, she has taken on a different name and persona, and kept personal relationships at arm's length. But this time, McLean is making friends in spite of herself. Who will she become this time?
Annotation:(Gr 7-10) When Konrad Frankenstein, the beloved twin brother of headstrong, quick-tempered Victor, falls inexplicably and deathly ill, Victor embarks on a dark quest to find a cure...Victor's arrogant desire to overcome the power of illness and death makes him a slightly unlikable protagonist. But here's a sign of a good storyteller: readers may not like Victor, but they will certainly want to find out what happens to him." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 10 Up) "Cat, 16, has isolated herself over the past three years...after being violated by a boy she knew. But when a gay-bashing incident involving her former best friend leaves him in a coma...she is determined to investigate the crime to make up for all the years she abandoned him...It's a bleak story leavened...by the things Cat learns about herself...Myracle captures well the regret that many feel for things in their past about which they are ashamed." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 6-9) In this stand-alone companion to Newbery Honor Book "The Wednesday Wars" (2007), Schmidt focuses on Doug Swieteck, former jerk, who's hard-drinking dad has moved them a new town. Life is rocky until Doug finds a refuge in the library and the drawings of John James Audubon. Once again, Schmidt skillfully makes a reluctant boy's connection with classic art a plausible catalyst for strength and growth. Reproductions of Audubon plates introduce each chapter in this unexpectedly affirming story of discovering one's best self, in spite of one's family.
Annotation:(Gr 7 and up) "Johnson's trademark sense of humor serves to counterbalance some grisly murders in this page-turner, which opens [a new trilogy]. Rory Deveaux trades the sultry heat of Louisiana for the academic rigors of a London boarding school, only to arrive in the middle of a spate of murders [like those] committed by Jack the Ripper...With the sordidness of "Criminal Minds" and the goofiness of "Ghostbusters", it's a fresh paranormal story." --Publishers Weekly
Annotation:(Gr 7 & Up) "Conor O'Malley, 13, is having a difficult time. At school, he copes with bullying and loneliness. His father's [ absence], his mother's cancer, and the recurring nightmare that torments him every night. One night, he [hears] a voice calling his name. An ancient, treelike monster has come to tell him three stories. When he is done, he wishes Conor to tell him a fourth tale...the scariest thing of all-the truth...This is an extraordinarily moving story inspired by an idea from author Siobhan Dowd before she passed away." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 7 & Up) In a story that evokes Lowry's "The Giver" , George Orwell's "1984", and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", Condie introduces readers to the "perfect" Society. Cassia Reyes is a model student, daughter, and citizen. How could she not be when the Society has everything planned and functioning perfectly? All of her needs are met including selecting her future husband. But when she sees someone else's face on her viewscreen instead of the one chosen for her, the world begins to shift. Who is best for Cassie? First in a trilogy.
Annotation:(Gr 7 & Up) "This compelling first book in a medieval fantasy trilogy features Elisa, a 16-year-old princess, as she grows from an inexperienced girl forced to marry a weak king for political reasons into a confident and capable young woman, destined to be a respected leader in her own right. Shortly after her birth, Elisa received a magical Godstone in her navel, a sign bestowed every 100 years on a chosen one. Despite this, she feels inadequate. She's also very clever, particularly in the strategies of war, but all that most people see is her ample size...This fast-moving and exciting novel is rife with political conspiracies and machinations." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 6-9) "This well-researched global survey introduces readers to slavery practices, customs, suffering, uprisings, and revolts as well as antislavery efforts from ancient Greece and Rome to today's world...Personal accounts are woven into the text...The authors promote global awareness and issue a call to action. Descriptions of Chinese mui-tsai, the legal sale of daughters into slavery, and the activist martyrdom in 1995 of 12-year-old Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child laborer, are heartrending...This groundbreaking title brings the disturbing subject into historical and contemporary focus." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 9 & up) 'Since childhood, Lucky has been visiting (and attempting to rescue) his POW granddad in his dreams at night -- and always wakes holding an object from the dream. In addition, Lucky begins seeing "the ants," a group of cheerful little ants that weigh in on events like a tiny, sarcastic Greek chorus. King's themes of torture, physical and emotional imprisonment, and bullying connect in satisfying ways in this improbably witty and heartwarming story. Realistically complex portrayals of characters reinforce Lucky's dawning comprehension that people are a complicated mix of both good and bad." --Horn Book
Annotation:(Gr 9 & Up) In future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice should have discovered which of her society's five factions--Candor, Abnegation, "Dauntless, Amity, Erudite--she belongs to after taking a sorting test. However, her results are inconclusive, which could get her killed; or she might just save the world. The story's fast-paced action; romance; and strong, intelligent characters facing difficult choices will appeal to Hunger Games fans." --Horn Book
Annotation:(Gr 5-8) "Looks like a bummer of a summer for 11-year-old Jack. After discharging his father's WWII-souvenir Japanese rifle and cutting down his mom's fledgling cornfield, he gets grounded for life or the rest of the summer of 1962, whichever comes first. Jack gets brief reprieves to help an old neighbor write obituaries for the falling-like-flies original residents of Norvelt, a dwindling coal-mining town. Jack makes a tremendously entertaining tour guide and foil for the town's eccentric citizens, and his warmhearted but lightly antagonistic relationship with his folks makes for some memorable one-upmanship. Gantos, as always, deliver bushels of food for thought and plenty of outright guffaws..." --Booklist
Annotation:(Gr 9 & Up) "An art student in Prague who was raised by demons, 17-year-old Karou has many questions about her past. The appearance of Akiva, a gorgeous male angel to whom she feels connected, adds to her confusion and propels her on a quest to find answers about her heritage, rescue her demon family, and understand where she belongs. A romantic, action-filled fantasy." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 9 & Up) "Prim, bookish sixteen-year-old Tessa discovers she can shape-change. Only the demon-fighting Shadowhunters, kindhearted Jem, and cruel, handsome Will, can protect her from the supernatural underworld. Steampunk elements and the gritty Victorian London setting distinguish this prequel from the Mortal Instruments series...Fans will enjoy this page-turning urban fantasy." --Horn Book
Annotation:(Gr 8 & Up) "When teenager Lina and her family are ripped from their home in 1940s Lithuania, it's only the beginning of a terrible journey that will take her to a labor camp in Siberia as part of Stalin's forced relocation program. Moving, edifying, and quietly beautiful, Sepetys's well-researched novel is an exquisite look at a devastating atrocity. " --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 7 & Up) This powerful and thought-provoking novel set in Berlin from 1934 to 1938 dramatically chronicles the impact of Hitler's rise to power through the eyes of Karl Stern. After a beating by some pro-Nazi bullies, the 13-year-old Karl accepts the chance to be coached by Max Schmeling, the champion boxer...Prior to his beating at school, drawing cartoons was his passion and they are cleverly interspersed in the book. He and his family are nonobservant Jews...but eventually politics and economics begin to overshadow everything in the boy's life...This is an unusual story with well-drawn, complex characters, gripping history, and intense emotion." --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 9 & Up) Whip-smart social commentary, surreal plot elements, and feminist themes come together in this bizarre and brilliant story about a group of beauty pageant contestants stranded on a remote island after a plane crash. Undaunted by disaster, the teens hone their survival skills as they practice dance routines and pageant interviews, while a ruthless corporation secretly plans to use them as pawns in an arms deal with an insane dictator. Beneath an entertaining veneer of witty dialogue and comic absurdity lies a thought-provoking exploration of society's expectations for how young women should look, feel, think, and act. " --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 7 & Up) Anya is a Russian girl who wants to fit in with her American classmates. She falls down a well and meets a ghost named Emily, who was murdered. They become friends and promise to help one another. Emily helps Anya get closer Sean, a boy she likes. In return, Anya promises to help solve Emily's 90-year-old murder...[but all is not as it seems!]...The mix of mystery, horror, and the coming-of-age theme combined with the appealing graphic style will make Anya's Ghost an ideal choice [for many teen readers]. " --School Library Journal
Annotation:(Gr 6 & Up) "This contemporary fantasy features Sunny, 12, Nigerian by blood but born in New York City and now living in Nigeria. She has West African features but has yellow hair, white skin, and hazel eyes. This mixture confuses people, and she is teased and bullied by most classmates. One day, while looking into a candle flame, she sees a vision of the end of the world...She must use her ability to try to defeat a serial killer trying to awaken a monster from the spirit world. This vividly imagined fantasy shows life in today's Nigeria, while it explores an alternate magical reality." --School Library Journal
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Each year, the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), a division of the Oregon Library Association, publishes an annual list of recommended books for teens. The OYAN Book Rave is a list of high interest reads for teens to help teens, parents, librarians and teachers enjoy great new Young Adult books for recreational reading.