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September Staff Picks -- Young Adult Book Edition

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back next month for a new list.

 

Bloody Jack : being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

 

 

 

Bloody Jack : being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

By L. A. Meyer

At the age of thirteen, a slimly built orphan child, Jacky Faber, leaves the troubled streets of London behind by securing a position as a ship’s boy on a British warship. In addition to learning the duties of a ship’s boy, Jacky is also challenged to conceal a secret that would end a budding nautical career. Jacky is a girl. Bloody Jack introduces us to this smart, quick-witted lass who engages in antics and escapades that are both entertaining and, I dare say it, educational. Join her on a ten book romp as her adventures take her around the world.

Recommended by Elisabeth M.

Beauty queens

 

 

Beauty queens 

By Libba Bray

When a planeload of teen beauty contestants crashes into a seemingly deserted island, the survivors use their awesome skills, plus any beauty products that they could find, to keep themselves alive until help comes. Even when more trouble comes instead of the expected rescue, they prove to be beautiful matches to all challenges that come their way. Hilarious and sassy satire. Also available as audiobook.

Recommended by Christian R.

Wildwood dancing

 

 

Wildwood dancing

By Juliet Marillier

A beautiful re-telling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses with a Transylvania twist! Also available as audiobook.

Recommended by Amy M.

Blood red road

 

 

Blood red road 

By Moira Young

Saba must leave home and strike out across the desert to rescue her kidnapped twin brother. Will she find him? What will she and her new friends do to survive in this inhospitable world? An exciting adventure set in a dystopian future.

Recommended by Elizabeth S.

Life as we knew it

 

 

Life as we knew it 

By Susan Beth Pfeffer

After a meteor knocks into the moon and pushes it closer to earth, Miranda and her family find that the aftermath makes living day to day challenging. Written entirely as journal entires, this dystopian novel is equal parts a story of survival and one of finding hope with all was throught to be lost.

Recommended by Samantha P.

Everybody sees the ants

 

 

Everybody sees the ants

By A.S. King

Lucky Linderman, 15, has a father who doesn't pay attention to his family, a mother who deals with her problems by swimming as many laps as possible each day, and has been assaulted repeatedly at school. In a quirky, funny, and poignant story of self-discovery, Lucky gains the insight and inner strength to face family issues at home and bullying at school.

Recommended by Ginny R.

Graceling

 

 

Graceling

By Kristin Cashore

In this fantasy story, Katsa is one of the Graced - people born with a unique skill. Her uncle, the king, puts her inate fighting skills to use as his enforcer. As the story progresses, though, she develops friendships and romances that help her move beyond her savage reputation and understand her Grace more fully. A wonderful story with a strong heroine. Also available as eBook and audiobook (CD).

Recommended by Rebecca L.

Library wars. 1, Love & war

 

 

Library wars. 1, Love & war

By Kiiro Yumi

Moritaka Mashiro likes to draw. His classmate Akito Takagi wants to write manga and drags Mashiro into the world of manga publishing under the pseudonym Ashirogi. Over the course of the series (now 20 volumes) we watch the boys' roller-coaster career as they compete, face defeat, and take chances. Will they reach the top and get an anime? Will Mashiro find love with Miho Azuki, his crush from middle school? If he does, will it ruin both their careers?

Recommended by Julie D.

 
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