Josh and Jordan
12 year-old twins
Their basketball skills
Would make a church-goer sin
Sound of leather on pine
It's their favourite song
Till Jordan meets a girl
Then it's gone baby gone
Their father's a star
Played professional ball
Their mother's a principal
Watchin' kids in the hall
Nothing but net
Their game can't be beat
Till pop's heart shows signs
Of leavin' the kitchen for the heat
The big game is looming
Second half's a life-changer
You're crazy if you miss
The Crossover by K. Alexander
Mana is having a rought night.
First of all, she's just consumed a little bit of coffee which everyone knows she shouldn't because she's either allergic or has some sort of other weird reaction to it that makes her act completely out of control.
Second, in the middle of her cheerleader routine at her high school, she sees Dakota, the boy she has a crush on, being kidnapped.
Terrified, she still manages to run into the locker room after Dakota to try and help.
This is when Mana's night becomes very, very strange.
Yes, Dakota is being kidnapped, but the person she once knew as Dakota is now an acid-spitting alien with an elongated tongue. Standing over her is a Man in Black who calls himself China. China claims that Dakota is evil and needs to be exterminated.
In shock, Mana runs away, desperate to find her mother and inject some reality into an ultra crazy day.
The problem is, Mana returns home to find it trashed, her mom gone and a creepy, lizard-like alien in the bathroom ready to devour her.
With the help of her friend Lyle and the strange yet protective China (whom she can't figure out if she can trust) Mana embarks on an epic mission to find her mom and figure out what the heck is actually going on.
Chalk-full of snarky commentary and high octane action scenes, Flying is a great adventure story that teens will love!
I recommend it to ages 15 and up!
Lizzie Summersall is gone.
Not just gone, she's dropped off the face of the earth. Vanished, poof. Nobody's seen hide nor hair of her for ages.
Aiden Kendrick has been spending a lot of time trying to forget about Lizzie, but what he can't forget is the day the police knock on his door and start asking him questions about her.
Scared to death, Aiden recruits the help of his friend Scobie to try and track down Lizzie. Rumours swirling around school say that she was meeting strangers through Facebook, that she might have run off with one of them.
To make matters worse, Lizzie's sister appears unfazed about her disappearance. The star of a reality tv show, she seems to be using Lizzie's disappearance as a way to further her career. However, as Aiden is about to find out, nothing is what it seems.
I really enjoyed Follow Me Back. It's got sharp dialogue that kicks you in the gut as you live through the Aiden's anxiety of being questioned by the police. On top of that, I genuinely had no idea what had actually happened to Lizzie right up until the very end.
If you're a fan of Gone Girl or GIrl on the Train you'll enjoy sinking your teeth into this one, I promise.
I recommend Follow Me Back to ages 15 and up!
Cancel that holiday to Carlsbad Caverns.
A cave system hidden from humans since the dawn of time is hiding a dark secret. A secret that sees us as seemingly endles buffet.
Watching footage of the unearthing of the cavern live on tv, Ally is transfixed and horrified by what she sees.
She, along with the rest of the planet soon realise that they are being hunted, and being silent is the only key to survival.
Deaf since a tragic accident when she was young, Ally and her family use sign language to traverse the uncertain and deadly waters in their terrifying new world.
This book will disturb you, and it's a really good thing. Lebbon creates a family that you as a reader feel an almost instant connection to. The descriptions of the unwraveling of society in these pages will make your toes curl.
Being from rural Canada and now living in the UK, my daily driving experience certainly feels like the world has ended and everyone is fleeing to one point or another. In The Silence, you find out what being desperate and those roads would really be like if a major disaster ocurred.
I put this in the hands of 6th-Former the other day and I can't wait to hear what they think. Do not miss this book if you enjoy horror, adventure or just a really good story about what it takes to keep your family alive when society melts down.
I'd recommend this book to Year 12 and up!
June's life is hell.
Her stepmother Kathleen is abusive, both physically and psychologially. Even worse, she can't convice her dad to see the truth. June's stepsister, Megan, is a pawn caught in Kathleen's twisted game and goes along with the abuse.
June finds no respite in school. Her classmates bully her, frame her and treat her like garabge. Her teachers don't trust her. She's utterly alone.
One day, after escaping to the woods she meets Blister. Blister's not like everyone else, he doesn't go to school. In fact, neither does his whole family. They live slightly off the grid in a series of trailers. They welcome June with open arms, they don't judge, they don't question.
In Blister, June finds a true friend that will give her a brief release from the torment she experiences at home.
As the years pass and her homelife worsens, June's nerves reach a breaking point that will change the lives of everyone around her.
Gut-wrenching, taught and divisive, Paper Butterflies can be hard to read at times but is always engaging. I know this will be a top pick for several of our students. I recommend it for ages 14 and up!
Cameron and his mum are on the run.
Cameron's dad is a maniac, an abuser and all around psycho. That is, at least, what Cameron's been told since he was young.
After five years of jumping around, they settle on an old farmhouse in a place called Wolf Hollow.
Right away Cameron senses something's not right. He feels he's being watched from the cornfield, from the old disused barn, from the road, everywhere. He tells himself it's just his imagination, but with his mum filling his head with horror stories about his dad, he can't really be sure.
Then there's the boys at school, and the stories about the farmhouse that he's just moved into. The former owner went nuts, murdered his family and was eventually torn to pieces by his own guard dogs. Cameron can't figure out if this is true or just small town gossip.
It's when the voices come that Cameron starts to feel the ground cracking under his feet. They come at night, and they whisper of dark tales in the night.
Is Cameron losing his mind? Or is he being sent a message from beyond? It all leads to a thrilling, Shining-esque finale.
I really enjoyed this book, I felt the walls closing in on Cameron and couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what was real and what was in his imagination. I know fans of horror and mystery at my school will absolutely love this book.
I recommend The Dogs to Years 8 and up!