If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks bulletin board, Fall 2016 Edition! It features upcoming books from favorite authors, can’t-miss sequels, and some incredible new series-starters, too. Here are just a few of the books that I’m looking forward to reading and sharing with students at Ridley High School during the upcoming school year. What are YOUR picks for Fall?? Leave me a comment, or stop by the library to let me know.
What Light by Jay Asher
The author of the beloved Thirteen Reasons Why returns with a romance that will make you believe in love! Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, and every year they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas, and leaving one always means missing the other. Until Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other…
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate through a world in which every action is potentially public: postable, shareable, indelible. This captivating debut novel unleashes an unforgettable cast of characters into a realm known for its cruelty and peril: the American high school.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. Everyone knows Jack Masselin, too. He may not be the most popular guy in school, but he’s got swagger. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret. And then, Jack meets Libby. Jennifer Niven, author of the student favorite All the Bright Places, delivers another exhilarating, heart-wrenching love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are, and seeing them right back.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a “currentgift,” a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? This new series from the author of Divergent is sure to be a runaway hit!
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly “gleaned” by professional reapers known as scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and only one of them will be chosen as a scythe. When it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives. I cannot wait to read another novel in the vein of Unwind from Neal Shusterman!
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
This sequel to An Ember in the Ashes takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treachery of their own hearts. Yes, please!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
- the aftermath of a war between gods and men
- a mysterious city stripped of its name
- a mythic hero with blood on his hands
- a young librarian with a singular dream
- a girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger
- alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage
All of which sounds amazing, but honestly I was hooked the moment I saw that beautiful cover!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Be among the first to read the dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything!