Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Two teens in a “perfect” world must become scythe apprentices – a group of individuals outside of the law who kill people at random in order to keep optimum world population. This book handles the forming of a cult like group and the corruption of power within the cult. Got conflicting emotions? This book has that too with the two teens stuck between duty and desire and a teacher stuck with some tough decisions.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Peer through the eyes of Madeline Whittier, a teen girl who has a rare disease that locks her up in her house – no visitors allowed. Well except for her nurse and mother of course. But young Madeline has a big imagination and an even bigger sense of curiosity, especially when new neighbors move in with a boy her age. Go through this adventure of love, loneliness, hope, and betrayal with me! I guarantee you will be hugging this book!
Gone by Michael Grant- 14 year old Sam is just a normal, California boy who loves to surf. That is, until in an instant all the grown-ups disappear. Not to mention the strange powers kids suddenly have and the mysterious, spherical force field that goes all the way up and all the way down. Walk through this heart-racing adventure as children turn into adults way too fast and as the hysteria turns into a bloody war! This book and the rest of the series is thrilling and exciting with something new on every page! You will be starving for the next book every time!!
The Gender Game by Bella Forrest- in a future world, the nation is divided by a river, and by gender. On one side of the river, we have Matrus, where women rule and men are the dirt of the earth. On the other side, we have Patrus, where men rule, and women are treated as nothing more than pets. In this book and series, we follow Violet Bates, a Matrus girl who gets herself in trouble with her temper. But when her country calls on her to act as a spy in Patrus, Violet finds herself discovering secrets about both countries that are deadly. This is such a great series that deals with love, pride, and the need for equality in our nation, regardless of our gender.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau– “The City of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, supplies are running low and terrifying blackouts are sweeping through the streets. It’s only a matter of time before the lights go out and never come back on again. When Lina finds part of a secret message, she’s sure it holds a clue that will save Ember. She enlists her friends Doon, and together they explore long-forgotten parts of their dying city as they race to solve the mystery. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever” This book is HIGHLY recommended and also happens to be a popular required reading for 4th graders!
Glow by Megan E. Bryant- Meet Lydia, a young woman who is excited to get her first real job at the factory with the working girls! Here they paint luminous watches to help soldiers in WW1. But there is something deadly in this factory. Something deadly in the very paint they’re using. Something that will change America as they knew it.
Meet Julie, who once she graduates high school finds herself stuck, not knowing what to do. Until one day she finds paintings at an antique store that intrigues her. Especially when she finds out that in the dark, they glow, with horrifying images.
In this story that takes place in both the past and present, learn about the Radium Girls, what they experienced, what they did, and how their gruesome deaths helped to bring light to the horrible conditions girls worked through in factories.