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Noteable Genre Fiction

10 Jun

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk (Mystery/Humor)

Will Halpin is the new guy at Coaler High, but being a “round,” deaf kid doesn’t make him popular and when he starts hanging out with the only guy at Coaler less popular than he, forget about it!  Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he can read lips and is great at observing other people.  The “dork-namic duo” have the skills it takes to figure out who killed the most popular guy in school.  So, who “done it”? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the most popular girl in school ever notice him? (So, maybe Will’s interests go beyond fighting crime. . .)

Discordia:  The Eleventh Dimension by Dena K. Salmon (Science Fiction/Fantasy)

For Lance, life’s a battle and then you die. Then you “res” and start all over again. At least that’s how it is in Discordia, the online role-playing game where Lance spends all of his spare time. Lance is not fitting in at his new school, but in Discordia, he is leveling fast, learning new skills, and making friends. After TheGreatOne recruits Lance into his guild, Lance wishes he could live in the game.  But Lance will soon learn he should be careful what he wishes for . . .

Doom Machine by Mark Teague (Science Fiction)

When a spaceship lands in the small town of Vern Hollow in 1956, juvenile delinquent Jack Creedle and prim, studious Isadora Shumway form an unexpected alliance as they try to keep a group of extraterrestrials from stealing eccentric Uncle Bud’s space travel machine.

Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III (Mystery)
Thirteen-year old Mike and his new friend are searching for a lost treasure off the Alabama coast. As they work together to solve the mystery, they find themselves in danger not only from a hurricane threatening the island, but also from thieves who will stop at nothing to find the missing fortune!

Dragonfly by Julia Golding (Adventure/Fantasy)

When Tashi, the rigidly formal Fourth Crown Princess, is reluctantly arranged to wed roguish Prince Ramil, their religious, cultural, and personal differences threaten to end their political alliance and put both countries at the mercy of a fearsome warlord.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross (Science Fiction)
What do you do if you’re so strong, you could snap people’s bones without trying?  If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery, you try to keep that information to yourself.  But when he makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is, he realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes.
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines (Science Fiction)
Lyn has no desire to be a gladiator’s wife like her mother, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her stepfather may be to face him in the arena.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Fantasy)

Katsa’s eyes show the world that she is a Graceling.  She struggles to control her Grace, the Grace of Killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Fantasy)

Incarceron is a prison that is more than jail cells.  It is metal forests, cities, caves and wilderness.  It seems to have no beginning and no end. Finn has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from outside Incarceron, but most prisoners don’t believe there is an “outside,” which makes escape seem impossible. Then, Finn discovers a key that allows him to speak with a girl named Claudia. She says that she lives on the outside. Finn is resolved to escape the prison, and Claudia thinks she can help him.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Science Fiction)

Todd is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the men were infected with the Noise, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks.  Unfortunately, it is the same germ that has killed all the women in the town, including Todd’s mom. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but something strange is happening in the town.  Something the men are trying to hide. Something so awful Todd has to flee. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, Todd comes across a person who has no noise, someone who is completely silent.  A girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the others?

Lola:  A Ghost Story by J. Torres & Elbert Or (Graphic Novel)

Jesse sees dead people, monsters, demons, and lots of other things. Nobody else can see these things, except his ailing grandmother. When his grandmother passes away, Jesse has to fly from Canada to the Philippines for her funeral and face his demons and whatever else might be waiting for him.

Malice by Chris Wooding (Horror)

Everyone’s heard the rumors.  Call on Tall Jake and he’ll take you to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book.  A place most kids never leave.  Seth and Kady think it’s all a silly myth.  But then their friend disappears.

Maze Runner by James Dashner (Science Fiction)

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in the middle of a maze with no memory and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself in order to escape.

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone) by Rod Serling (Graphic Novel)

After seeing a meteor fall from the sky, citizens of a small town discover that they have no power or telephone service. They begin to panic and become increasingly violent as they await what they are sure is the arrival of monsters from outer space.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (Supernatural)

Lia and Alice are twins that have just become orphans and enemies. They have discovered their roles in a prophecy that has gone on for generations and the girls find themselves entrenched in a battle that could have consequences beyond their imaginations. Lia and Alice don’t know who to trust.  All they know is that they cannot trust each other.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Fantasy)
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: in winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl; in summer, a few precious months of being human.

Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill (Supernatural/Humor)

Eunice “Bug” Smoot is on her own at eighteen after all her family members have died. She is broke, about to lose her apartment and her job delivering pizza.  That’s nothing compared to what comes next.  When he was alive, her grandfather sold his soul for a car, but when he died he was able to escape collection. Now one of the Devil’s servants, Beales, wants the car AND her grandfather’s soul and expects Bug to collect them both.  If she can’t deliver, he’ll collect her soul instead.

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Posted by on June 10, 2010 in Booklists

 

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