Melinda Clark's Picks

I am the Manager of Viewpoint Books and have been with the store for 25 years.  I love to read science fiction, fantasy, and mystery books.  I also enjoy reading young adult and middle reader books so that I can help parents and kids find books they'll love to read.  I believe that anyone can become a person that enjoys books as soon as that find the right book that captures their imagination.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553499117
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

Illuminae is an exciting new science fiction novel that is written in a truly unique format. The book is written as report on a series of events. The report is compiled from messaging on net servers, voice recordings and video graphics. This sounds rather dry and static but it is actually relays the excitement of events in a unique way. The action begins with an aerial attack on Kady's planet of Kerenza by a group that should be part of their alliance. The people that escape soon fine that some have been infected with a biological weapon that is spreading fast. The main ship they've escaped on has an AI for battle and navigation that has been injured. Many fascinating plots and sub plots. I can't wait for the next book to come out in October 2016!


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Calamity (The Reckoners #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385743600
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 16th, 2016

The Reckoners series has been an exciting series from beginning to the very satisfying end in "Calamity".  The series is a dystopian  action series where earth has humans and humans called Epics with special super powers that manifested when a new comet appeared in the sky orbiting earth.  The battles between epics and humans culminates with the unraveling of the mystery of what Calamity is and how it caused the powers in humans.  Lots of action with the characters we've come to love.  


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The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545522250
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 9th, 2014

Best selling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up to write a new series called Magisterum.  I haven't had this much fun since Harry Potter.  Magic is back in a whole new world and whole new school.  The setting for The Iron Trial is current day America and the School is underground.  The authors have a unique way of introducing the characters and you come to love them all, even the ones that later end being the bad ones. I  Loved it and I think kids, teens and adults will love it too. 


The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399162428
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

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We Were Liars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

I devoured this wonderful book.  It's hard to classify and harder still to put into words a review that entices without spoiling the book.  It is a coming of age story centered around an elite New England with a life style few of us will ever know.  The family interaction and the characters are fascinating.  It captured me from the beginning but it's ending is so surprising.  It turns into a mystery that caught me completely by surprise and that rarely happens for me.  Just READ it!


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TodHunter Moon, Book One: PathFinder (World of Septimus Heap #1) Cover Image
By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062272454
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 14th, 2014

Angie Sage has added a new character to the Septimus Heap Saga. Perfect for both established fans of the Septimus Heap series and readers just beginninge the adventure. PathFinder is the first book in the Septimus Heap spin-off series, TodHunter Moon.Taking place seven years after the events of the original Septimus Heap series, PathFinder tells the story of Alice TodHunter Moon, a young PathFinder who leaves her seaside village in search of her friend Ferdie. Rumor has it that Ferdie has been taken by mysterious creatures called Garmin under orders from the malevolent Lady. PathFinder introduces a new cast of young characters and a new kind of Magyk. All the beloved characters from Septimus Heap are here, too--Tod receives help from ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap, Ex-Extraordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, and Alchemist Simon Heap. A fun addition to any fantasy reader's library.                                    


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ISBN: 9780547959207
Published: Clarion Books - January 7th, 2014

I simply Love this series.  I can't put it down when I start.  After the "The Testing" the competitors that survive have their memories altered and now must start their College studies.  To say the competition is fierce would be an understatement.  I'm ready for the next book!  Now please?!


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The Testing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547959108
Published: Clarion Books - June 4th, 2013

I hate the reference to other popular books. They get  compared even if there is no comparison.  So I will be breaking my own rule when I say, people that liked "The Hunger Games"  are going to love this book. I can't wait for the next installment.  It is suspenseful and action packed from beginning to end. You are going to LOVE it.


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Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345539786
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Published: Del Rey - January 28th, 2014

I just finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown.  It is due out 2/18/14.   I loved this book.  It's not often that I read a book and just can't pick up the next one because I can't walk away from it yet.  In many ways it's classic sci-fi which I love, but he has certainly made it exciting for a new generation of reader.  His landscapes are detailed and full of contrasts.  His characters will make you look at everyone with a little more understanding.  And while I hate to even use the word it has a little Hogwarts but on steroids.  I can't wait for his next in what I assume will be a series or trilogy.


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ISBN: 9781402284588
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 3rd, 2013

Scorched by Mari Mancusi is a wonderful new fantasy.  Ok I hate lizards, snakes, frogs etc. But for some reason I am fascinated by Dragons. I loved "Scorched" and can't wait for the next in the series. While readers of "Eragon" will like this book, it is actually not very similar. This is present day with time travelers from the future trying to both destroy and save the last Dragon. There is quite a bit of young love that you would expect from a young adult novel but plenty of action and intrigue to keep the book moving. It's not due out until Sept. 


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Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2013

I really enjoyed this action packed Fantasy.  The world has become dominated by mutants called "epics."   Epics are or would be super heroes if they were good.  But there are humans fighting back.  This one takes place in Chicago or Newcago.  Loved loved loved the imagination of the story.  If you like the "Heroes" TV show you'll love this book.

 Due out Sept 24, 2013  Order yours today! 


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The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345504982
Published: Ballantine Books - October 16th, 2012

"The Twelve" is the long awaited sequel to Justin Cronins's  "The Passage".  The Passage had so many characters and covered a large span of time.  I Loved it and could hardly wait to get started.  Imagine my dismay when shortly after the beginning we are flashing to a different time frame and even more characters.  However, Cronins characters are always detailed and he connects the time periods and people.  They are all important. Bring on book three.  I'll be waiting.


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Wool Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476733951
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2013

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. 
His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.Classic Science Fiction with today's issues.  Great characters and plenty of suspense.


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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

"The Fault in Our Stars " By John Green is a Young Adult novel that has been out for awhile and I frankly have been avoiding it. It's about cancer kids in Indianapolis. What a downer but my mistake. I was finally persuaded to read it because of the wide acclaim it has been receiving. It is a wonderfully moving love story. Romeo and Juliet, move over. John Green has given us a beautiful love story and inspiration for living every moment of our lives to the fullest. "The Fault in Our Stars" is the book I will be sharing with each of you this year when you come into Viewpoint.


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ISBN: 9780375843679
Published: Ember - August 9th, 2011

"Brain Jack" takes place in a not terribly distant future, teen Sam Wilson catches the eye of the Homeland Security Cyber Defense Division because of his preternatural hacking instincts; he is given the classic work-for-us-or-go-to-prison-forever nonchoice. The department is reluctant to use the newfangled neuro-headset technology (which lets users interface directly with their computers and the Net through brain waves), but the advantage they give to the bad guys is too much to discount. What they don’t fully consider, though, are the implications of such unfettered access to the human consciousness.


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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670022410
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Published: Viking - February 8th, 2011

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the "Twilight" series-with an extra serving of historical realism.


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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061969553
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Published: HarperCollins - August 3rd, 2010

I Am Number Four  By: Pittacus Lore

Nine aliens (The Garde) have come to Earth after their planet Lorien was destroyed by Mogadorians. They are being hunted by the Mogadorians, but a protetive charm was placed on the nine.  They must stay apart for the spell to work.  They can not be killed except if they are found and killed in order.  One was killed in Malasia, two was killed in England, and three was just killed in Kenya.  This book is about Number Four.  He is next.

The Movie is set to debut 2/18/11.  Read the book NOW!


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Dark Life: Book 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545178143
Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2010

Dark Life by:Kat Falls

The polar ice caps have melted and much of the earth is underwater.  People live on virtually every square inch of dry land in huge high rise complexes.  To support civilization and to obtain some freedom, people have started living in the oceans.  They farm and raise fish and other animals.  The water pressure has affected the young humans living underwater.  They are developing strange "powers." There are also pirates trying to live on the fringes of this underwater society and make a hard life even harder.  It's an imaginative action packed book for middle readers and young adults.


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Turn of Mind Cover Image
$24.00
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ISBN: 9780802119773
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 5th, 2011

In "Turn of Mind," Retired orthopedic surgeon Jennifer White is suffering from dementia. So she doesn't know whether she's responsible for the murder and mutilation of best friend Amanda. Her escalating frustration with the caretakers she no longer recognizes and with her condition itself and her own inability to know what has become of her long time friend. A fascinating read told in fragments mirroring the protagonist's confused state of mind


Left Neglected Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439164655
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Published: Gallery Books - July 26th, 2011

Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most. "Left Neglected "is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters.


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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, Book Two) (The Maze Runner Series #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385738750
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 12th, 2010

The Scorch Trials: by James Dashner 

At the end of "The Maze Runner" the gladders have excaped the maze and feel like safety is at hand.  In "The Scorch Trials" they quickly find that the tests are not over & are more difficlult than ever!  The book is exciting from beginning to end.  Get ready for another great adventure.


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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One): Book One (The Maze Runner Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385737951
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 24th, 2010

The Maze Runner by: James Dashner

This is an exciting new Science Fiction book that is a bit like Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies.  The plot is fast paced, suspenseful and full of surprises.  When Thomas arrives in the glade, he has no memory of who he was before that day.  He finds that all the other boys there have the same problem.  The glade is surrrounded by a wall and on the other side of the wall is the Maze.  They hope that by solving the Maze threy can exscape captivity.  However, the maze is filled with Grievers that come out at night with the purpose to kill the gladers.  You won't be able to put this one down!


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Pathfinder (Pathfinder Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416991762
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 23rd, 2010

Pathfinder by: Orson Scott Card 

From the internationally bestselling author of "Ender's Game" comes a brand-new series that draws readers into the world of Rigg, a teenager who possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of people's pasts,

but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.
 


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ISBN: 9780545166645
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 1st, 2010

Plain Kate  By: Erin Bow

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her "witch-blade" -- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate's father has died, leaving her alone in the world. Now Kate will have to find her inner strength to make her way in the world and stand up for what she feels is right regardless of tradition.


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Behemoth (The Leviathan Trilogy) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416971757
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2010

Behemoth by: Scott Westerfeld 

In this sequel to "Leviathan," Alek and Deryn's mission to deliver a package to Constantinople goes awry. The only way to save themselves in a hostile, politically charged city is to offer up what matters most--their airship.


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Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781416971733
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2009

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is a very interesting alternate history book for Young Adult readers.  It's an action packed look at WWI.  In this alternate history Darwin also discover DNA and how to manipulatet the strands to make new creatures designed for specific functions.  This pits Darwinists (people that use darwins creatures)against the Clankers (people that use mechanized machines) Some Historical characters and events are maintained.  Like all good Science Fiction you look at many of todays moral questions. 


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The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345504968
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 8th, 2010

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Wow!! This is an epic novel that doesn't  have a dull moment in it.  It is one of the most exciting books I've read in a long time. Some people are going to call it a "vampire" book, but that description does it a disservice.  Some will call it horror, which is true but it's much more than that.  I did find it reminiscent of The Stand & World War Z, however this book stands alone. Try it and enjoy the thrill!


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ISBN: 9780152165628
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2010

Fire will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci

Is an action packed terroist mystery with teens as victims that take hold of their lives and fight back.

ShadowStrike poisoned the water of Trinity Falls two moths ago. Now the Trinity Four, the teens most affected by the poison, have been isolated in a remote mansion under 24-hour medical care while scientists rush to find a cure.


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ISBN: 9780439023511
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 24th, 2010

MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking "The Hunger Games" trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.


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Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Book Two) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023498
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2009

Catching Fire by the Suzanne Collins is the sequel to Hunger Games.  Wow!  My family loved this book!  We had arguments over who would get to read it first.  We of course loved Hunger Games and were looking forward to the release of this book.  We were not disappointed.  It is action packed from beginning to end with plenty of moral question to keep you thinking.  Read it as a family and get ready for some great discussions.


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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 1st, 2010

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

NOW IN PAPER BACK!                                               My whole family loved this book intended for young adults.  It's a hard book to describe because it is an action adventure, science fiction, suspense, philosophy, romance, and coming of age story ...all at once. 

There has been a revolution, and the 12 districts that lost are required to participate in the hunger games as punishment for rebellion.  The games are kill or be killed for the participants, but for the viewers, morbid entertainment (Survivor meets American Idol) What would you sacrifice to survive?


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ISBN: 9781439102817
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Published: Gallery Books - January 6th, 2009

Still Alice By: Lisa Genova

Still Alice is a fictional story of early onset Alzheimer's.  Alice is a Harvard professor of psychology.  When she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's she and her family are devastated.  This is the story of the effects of this debilitating disease on the whole family.  It affects everyone that it touches.  For many, Alzheimer's is their worst fear.  There is no magic pill, so what would you do after you find out your sentence... I mean diagnosis.


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ISBN: 9780399162411
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

The 5th wave is an action packed science fiction adventure.  The earth has been invaded by aliens and they look like us...They ARE us!  I loved it.  Can't wait for the next book.


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Can You Keep a Secret? Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440241904
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dell Publishing Company - December 27th, 2005

This is one of my favorite fun, light, beach read type of book.  It is laugh out loud funny.


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ISBN: 9780312304355
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 4th, 2004

Our book group read Moloka'i. It is a historical fiction about the leper colony on Moloka'i island.  It is a fascinating look at there lives.  They only get snippets of the changes in history because they were so isolated. Even more amazing is that while the specifics are fiction the place was real with similar people that had to live here.


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Uglies Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Rodrigo Corral (Designed by)
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ISBN: 9780689865381
Published: Simon Pulse - February 8th, 2005

The Uglies series is a bit like 1984 meets Brave New World but for today's youth.  I consider this some of the best science fiction I've read in a long while.  


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ISBN: 9780156033671
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Published: Mariner Books - June 2nd, 2008

The author takes a moving look at what makes people "normal" or not.  How normal is different from century to century and location.  The story also looks at women's rights over the years and how in times gone by people could be committed for little or no reason.  The characters are compelling and you will love them and hate them, but mostly you will care for them all.


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Let Me Hold You Longer, W/ CD Cover Image
By Karen Kingsbury, Mary Collier (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781414300559
Published: Tyndale House Publishers - September 1st, 2004

Let Me Hold You Longer is a beautiful kid's book to share with your family.  It celebrates all those last things they do like the last time they crawl in bed with you; if you'd known you would have cherished it more.  I slid it into my son's drawer in his dorm room.  Get the kleenex ready to read this one.


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Eve Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062048509
Published: HarperCollins - October 4th, 2011

"EVE" takes placeA generation after a plague wiped out 98% of humanity, orphaned girls like Eve are raised in secluded schools, conditioned to fear the outside, distrust men, and look forward to a comfortable life in the City of Sand. When Eve discovers what’s actually intended for her, she flees the school. Teaming up with another refugee classmate, Eve meets Caleb, a teenage boy who alternately attracts and repels her. Together and separately, the three struggle through numerous dangers in the post apocalyptic landscape, while Eve and Caleb fall for one another.