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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 teenager’s quest to find her biological family, a once-a-year performance of a fantasy game show, the brotherly bond between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh, a hundred-year old skeleton that reveals painful secrets from the past, a teenage coder who glitches herself into a high-stakes online tournament, a ghostly sixty-second elevator ride, and a mythic lost city. Each of these books is available in the library, so check one out today! #BestBooks2017! #SoManyGreatBooks! #GetReading!

  • Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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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!

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The Best of the Best are here! #SoManyGreatBooks!

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 2013″ lists are published! Newspapers, magazines, 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 have turned up on list after list. They really are the best of the best, and there’s something for everyone here: vampires, reality TV, first love, secrets, a murder mystery, rugby, Ravensbrück, and aliens. #SoManyGreatBooks!

  • All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Lucky for you, each of these books is available in the library! There’s no snow in the forecast yet, but if you check one of these books out today you’ll be ready when it arrives! Happy soon-to-be-holiday-season reading!