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Pickett’s Picks, Spring 2017 Edition: A Perfect Ten!

If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks bulletin board, Spring 2017 Edition! It features brand new books from favorite authors, intriguing debut novels, must-read crossover releases, and at least one jaw-dropping cover (can you guess which one?*). 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 semester. What are YOUR picks for the coming months?? Leave me a comment, or stop by the library to let me know. Happy Reading in 2017!

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (January, 2017)
A psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity and deception. The must-read thriller of the season? Yes, please!

*Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (June, 2017)
When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. This is a heartfelt story about spiraling into darkness … and emerging into the light again.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January, 2017)
Welcome to Caraval! It’s more than just a game or a performance; it’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world … And whatever you’ve heard, it doesn’t compare to the reality. Get caught up in this sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (January, 2017)
When their worlds collide, a Montana girl named Zoe and a bounty hunter called X grapple with the ultimate sacrifice in order to be together in this cinematic, star-crossed debut.

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (January, 2017)
Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins has penned a new novel in verse that poses an impossible question: How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie?

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (February, 2017)
When 17-year old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia (January, 2017)
Full of twists and turns, this mesmerizing crossover novel reconstructs a year in the life of a beguiling young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to mortal danger.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (March, 2017)
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. What more needs to be said?

A List of Cages by Robin Roe (January, 2017)
Adam Blake has landed the best elective ever: serving as an aide to the school psychologist. Until she asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her. Adam discovers that the boy is Julian – the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is determined to help Julian, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (April, 2017)
Renowned young adult author Sara Zarr returns with this deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home. This is an unforgettable story of breaking apart and of coming together again.

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Pickett’s Picks, Fall 2016 Edition!

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!

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Pickett’s Picks for 2016!

If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks 2016 bulletin board! It features lots of upcoming books from favorite authors and some incredible new series-starters, too. What are YOUR picks for 2016?? Leave me a comment, or stop by the library to let me know. 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 year. Happy New Year’s Reading!


Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame
From screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny  tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.

Front Lines by Michael Grant
Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

The Fireman by Joe Hill
From Ms. Pickett’s FAVORITE AUTHOR comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes, and a band of improbable heroes led by an enigmatic man known only as the Fireman.

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Templeton has lived her entire life in a farming commune in the Missouri Ozarks. She and her cousin Heather are closer than sisters and share everything with each other, or so Ivy believes. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her community are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

When We Collided by Emery Lord
An emotionally compelling romance featuring a girl, a boy, and the love that has the power to save or destroy them. Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?

Riders by Veronica Rossi
Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil.

Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online 24 hours a day, this connection presents plenty of opportunities for those who know how to manipulate it. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Marisa and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age novel perfect for readers of All The Bright Places! Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world—and the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection can bring us back into the light.

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Winter is a wonderful time of year for many reasons. Hot chocolate, the scent of pine trees, and holiday cookies, to name just a few. Another is that the “Best of 2014″ lists are published! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like select the best books of the year and publish their lists just in time for holiday shopping (and better yet, snow day reading!). Every list is different, but some of these young adult novels are turning up everywhere. They really are the best of the best, and there’s something for everyone here: lost love letters, petrified bats, twist endings, experiments gone awry, head transplants, and magical journals. #BestBooks2014!

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  • Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King*
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson*
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld*
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

* These books just happen to be Pickett’s Picks 2014! And The Young Elites absolutely should have been one!

Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! If you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready when the snow arrives. Happy soon-to-be-holiday-season reading!

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Pickett’s Picks 2014

If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the Pickett’s Picks 2014 bulletin board! It features lots of upcoming books from favorite authors and some incredible new series-starters, too. Here are just a few of the books that I can’t wait to read and share with students at Ridley High School:


Atlantia by Ally Condie: Rio has always dreamed of leaving the underwater city of Atlantia, but after she is unexpectedly stranded she must unlock the secrets of her siren voice to save Atlantia from destruction.


Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King: In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: A story of first love and family loss follows the estrangement between daredevil Jude and her loner twin brother, Noah, as a result of a mysterious event that is slowly brought to light.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!


The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars comes another series full of juicy secrets, nail-biting suspense, and beautiful girls who will do anything to hide the ugly truth.


Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: In alternating chapters, Darcy Patel navigates the publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into Afterworld to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both girls face challenges and love alike.

What are YOUR picks for 2014?? Leave me a comment, or stop by the library to let me know. Happy reading!