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JULY 27, 2011
Dystopian teen reads, home repair mysteries, and more
Teen Librarian Rene always has an armload of books and audiobooks she's trying to keep up with. Check out her picks below!

Just Read:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
This is a teen dystopian novel. Saba, the female heroine, is a strong character whose problem solving skills are of great benefit. When her twin brother is captured, Saba decides to follow the captors and get her twin back. Along her journey she learns to trust some new friends to help her find a solution.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
This is another teen dystopian novel that was a real page turner! In the futuristic Chicago society in which Beatrice lives, she much chose one of five factions in which to spend the rest of her life. There are differences among the factions – each has its strengths and weaknesses. Once Beatrice chooses her faction she discovers a dark plan and works to find a solution to the problem, at great danger to herself, before there is too much bloodshed. I really enjoyed this book and would suggest it for anyone wanting to try a popular teen read.

A Face at the Window by Sarah Graves
This is a “Home Repair is Homicide" mystery. I have enjoyed keeping up with this series for a while and recently found myself a bit behind. I enjoyed the audio version of this mystery in which the man who murdered Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree's mother over 30 years earlier is about to stand trial when he disappears. Where will Ozzie Campbell turn up? Jake thinks she knows and she is right. Jake has to keep her cool to save herself and someone she loves.


The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan is the latest in the Ranger’s Apprentice Series (children’s fiction). I have enjoyed following the adventures of Will and his cohorts in every installment of this series.

The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is an adult novel to that I am currently listening to. So far, it has plenty of suspense and mystery plus a plucky heroine.

French Pressed by Cleo Coyle is one of the books in a series of coffee house mysteries that provide a fun light read.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison is a fun teen read in which a fourteen-year-old girl, Tallulah, spends the summer at a drama camp for girls.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich is familiar to many of you. Yes, I have fallen behind in this series and I am striving to catch up! I love the humor in the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter series.

And I can’t even tell you how many more I have checked out that I am not reading, yet…

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