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Read Something Stranger!

I have a bad case of Stranger Things withdrawal, and I know I’m not the only one! To fill the Stranger Things-shaped void in your life (until Season 2, anyway), check out one of these spooky read-alikes!

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires and her whole family vanishes into thin air. The only way to get her family back is to travel Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Wax by Gina Damico
A teenage girl stumbles into a secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory. There, beneath the suffocating scent, she discovers a collection of wax sculptures that seem just a little too life-like…

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
Developing agoraphobia after a near-drowning incident, a 10-year-old boy draws increasingly disturbing pictures of monsters while his parents search for answers about strange noises coming from the nearby ocean at night.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, this novel relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

As I Descended by Robin Talley
A feud between three girls over an elite prize turns to fatalities and madness, and blurs the distinction between what’s real and what’s imagined.

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
After a series of suicide-murders and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the five witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

Not familiar with Stranger Things? Check out the Netflix series’ trailer here, then pick up something stranger to read!

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Calling All Read-Alike Fans!


The Library’s Read-Alike page has been freshly updated with brand new and forthcoming titles to keep students reading at Ridley High School! Scroll through the list of popular books to find one of your favorites, then follow the link to find a bounty of books with a similar topic, theme, or format. Some new additions to the Read-Alike list include:

Look for your next read (alike) today!

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Bookshelf to Big Screen: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Out this month: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks by aliens have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Like The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta
  • Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Positive by David Wellington
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (sequel to The 5th Wave)

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Bookshelf to Big Screen: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Out this month: The Big Short by Michael Lewis


Four outsiders in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of 2008, and then decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Like The Big Short? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Debunk It: How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation by John Grant
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
  • Election by Tom Perrotta

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Bookshelf to Big Screen: ROOM by Emma Donoghue

Out this month: Room by Emma Donoghue


After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the eleven-by-eleven foot Room that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world.

Like Room? Give these read-alikes a try:

  • Precious Thing by Collette McBeth
  • Descent by Tim Johnston
  • Above by Isla Morley

Visit the Library’s Web site for more read-alike suggestions!

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Read and Read-Alike!

Have you ever finished a book and thought, “I want to read another one just like that!” Well, a new resource on the Library’s web site will point you in the right direction. We’ve taken some of the most popular books here at Ridley High School and created lists of “Read-Alike” books with a similar topic, theme, or format. We’ve got lists for The Blind Side, Reality Check, Rot and Ruin, and Thirteen Reasons Why (among many others). For example, did you read The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson?


If so, you might be interested in some other novels that feature biotechnology, clones, designer humans, and viral outbreaks. Check out the list of The Adoration of Jenna Fox Read-Alikes, which includes:

  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
    West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.
  • Beta by Rachel Cohn
    On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a sixteen-yearold clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom.
  • The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
    Quarantined along with her neighbors when a deadly virus sweeps through their island community, 16-year-old Kaelyn finds herself struggling for survival in the face of dwindling supplies and infected loved ones.
  • Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
    After being injured in a car accident, a patient recovering in her mother’s research facility is given the task of creating the perfect boy using detailed simulation technologies.
  • Partials by Dan Wells
    In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the only chance for a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a 16 year-old medic in training.


The Read-Alike lists feature a quick summary of each recommended book to help you decide which one to read next. And if you have a favorite book that isn’t featured with its Read-Alikes, please mention it so that we can help you find your next favorite book!