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It’s a holiday tradition! Magazines, newspapers, and Web sites like select the best books of the year just in time for holiday shopping and New Year’s Resolution reading lists. Every list is unique, 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: a tree that feeds upon lies, a talented 16-year old artist who meets versions of herself at different ages, the Queen of Hearts when she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love, four teenagers vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a 17-year old named Cliff who’s living on the precipice, and the truth behind the sensational trial of Lizzie Borden. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2016! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
  • Character, Driven by David Lubar
  • Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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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!