Local librarian weighs in on holiday books that target teen audience

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If you’re looking for a special gift for the teen in your life, this is your local teen services librarian checking in. I always recommend fun reads around the holidays as a break from finals. Following are some of my top picks.


‘Dark Star’ (Hyperion, 2012) by Bethany Frenette

Audrey’s mother is a real-life superhero, fighting crime in the shadows of the Twin Cities. Audrey’s own developing powers bring her into a fight against something supernatural and much deadlier than crime.

Recommended for readers seventh grade and up.

‘The Diviners’ (Little, Brown, 2012)

By Libba Bray

The scene: New York City, 1926. Prohibition and the Jazz Age are in full swing as Evie O’Neill arrives to live with her uncle in The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a string of brutal murders shocks the city, Evie’s special talents put her in direct conflict with the murderer.

Recommended for readers ninth grade and up.

‘The Darkest Minds’ (Hyperion, 2012)

By Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby awakens on her 10th birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

Recommended for readers seventh grade and up.

‘Confessions of a Murder Suspect’ (Little, Brown, 2012) By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Fans disappointed by the end of the “Maximum Ride” series should check out a new series from Patterson, the start of a mystery/thriller series for teens.

Recommended for readers seventh grade and up. A particularly good selection for boys.


‘Elemental’ (Dial, 2012)

By Antony John

Everyone on the island of Roanoke has an elemental power that allows them to listen to and control one element – everyone, that is, except Thomas. When the colony’s adults vanish, the remaining teens have to solve the mystery of their disappearance. Can Thomas finally prove himself, even without powers?

Recommended for readers seventh grade and up. A particularly good selection for boys.


‘Colin Fischer’ (Razorbill, 2012)

By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stenz

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only one for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school.

Recommended for readers seventh grade and up. A particularly good selection for boys.

You can preview these titles by checking them out at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, and the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.


Sarah Neeri is teen services librarian at the Los Altos Library. For more information, call 948-7683.

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