"Legend" and "When We Wake" both belong to the Science Fiction genre because they are set in the future and involve futuristic technology (but no aliens!). Both books follow strong teenage characters who come into conflict with their authoritarian style governments. Sound familiar? Let's just say if you liked "The Hunger Games", you will probably enjoy these two dystopian novels. [Dystopia = a society or community where things couldn't get much worse, often due to poor environmental conditions and strict government control].
"The Amazing Spencer Gray" and "Survival" both belong to the Adventure / Survival genre. Spencer Grey is a 12 year old boy who survives a glider crash but his father is badly injured. Can Spencer find his way out of the bush and get help for his Dad in time? "Survival" follows a group of five teenagers who end up marooned on a desert island with only some basic survival gear. They not only have to build shelter, find water and food, but also face dangerous man-eating animals and modern-day pirates. How long will they be able to survive and will they ever be rescued?
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is a story about Arnold who lives on an American Indian reservation. His family is very poor and Arnold, who has some physical disabilities, is bullied at school. The future is not looking too bright for Arnold, but then he is urged by a teacher to leave the reservation and attend a school in a nearby town, a school where he will be the only Indian (aside from the school's mascot). This book is NOT a light hearted read like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"! It deals with serious issues like alcoholism, bullying, and some tragic and senseless deaths of people close to Arnold; so you will find it in the Young Adults Fiction section in the LRC.
So what did YOU read over the holidays? If you have read a book you think is worth recommending to other students, then let me know and I will add it to the LRC Blog :-)