Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

by Tom Angleberger

A field trip without origami? What the Hutt?

The Origami Rebel Alliance is off to Washington D.C.! After gloriously defeating the FunTime Menace, the seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School expect their hard-earned field trip to be totally stooky! But there’s a hitch. Principal Rabbski has banned origami. Without the Jedi-wise advice of Origami Yoda, how will Tommy and the gang navigate the serious drama of a class trip?

Luckily Dwight comes prepared with green Fruit Roll-Ups that he can whip into emergency Fruitgami Yodas. Unluckily, Harvey also comes prepared with a wrinkly, hateful pickle… Can Fruitgami Yoda figure out why Emperor Pickletine is acting so sour, before the Emperor pushes this field trip into the Dark Side?

The final battle between the forces of good and evil at McQuarrie has everything: Twists! Turns! Snacks! Secrets! But who is keeping the biggest secret of all? Origami Yoda himself, and it’s a shocker!

book 6 in the Origami Yoda series

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising

by Leigh Bardugo

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

book 3 in the Grisha series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said, “Excellent ending to a really good trilogy! I really enjoyed the ending; I think it was the perfect way to resolve that particular story line. The book really summed everything up nicely, and for me at least, it was a very satisfying read. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the fantasy/supernatural genres, and to those who like action and adventure mixed with some nice romance.”

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “What a great ending! Lots of peril and loss, but that’s how life works.”

The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass

The One

by Kiera Cass

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

book 3 in the Selection series

#6 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said, “Four stars for satisfying entertainment. The author obeyed all the rules she’d set up for her story, she stayed in charge of her script, there were sufficient twists and turns to keep me engaged through this third and final installment, and the fact that it was syrupy was fine with me. I liked that she avoided the trend of first person present tense narration — a writing style with which I have little patience (although she uses it in the epilogue). I liked that the chapters did not switch point of view, ever. Thank you. I liked that it was America’s story, not Aspen’s or Maxon’s or anyone else’s. I liked that she had a little fun renaming countries and toying with politics, but that she never meant for any of it to be taken seriously. She didn’t have any agenda (that I could see) other than entertaining. It’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t demand any ‘conversations’. I liked that her characters were consistent through the series. I liked all the strings being neatly tied up. Yes, I may have had a disappointment or two, but hey. I wouldn’t mind her following this up with spin-off series. For me this was as much fun as Pride and Prejudice.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars rounded up. Nothing great, but for the most part I enjoyed my time spent at the Palace and was satisfied with the way everything turned out.”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars—This was a good conclusion to the series. I still think the MC is a bit on the wishy washy side, but she has grown over the course of the books. I thought the ending was slightly contrived, but overall this was an enjoyable read.”

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Betsy rated it ★★★ and said, “Definitely kept me guessing until the end. There might have been a few too many plot twist though.”

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

The Rule of Thoughts

by James Dashner

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series comes The Rule of Thoughts, the exciting sequel to The Eye of Minds. Fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games will love the new Mortality Doctrine series.

Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.

He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.

Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.

The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body.

And the takeover has already begun.

book 2 of the Mortality Doctrine series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★ and said, “I feel like I have to think too hard with these. They are great for fans of things like The Matrix, but I don’t really enjoy having my mind pulled around like this repeatedly. Well written and put together, but not my favorite.”

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

The Princess Spy

by Melanie Dickerson

A new suitor. A shocking discovery.

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook’s men. She convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only does she tend to talk too much, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life–and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man’s wicked plot.

book 5 in the Fairy Tales series

#9 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Hunt for Jade Dragon

by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

book 4 in the Michael Vey series

#4 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

Thursdays with the Crown

by Jessica Day George

Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it’s no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids – along with Celie’s pet griffin Rufus – set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what’s happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle’s secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle Glower. Readers who’ve been enchanted by the Castle’s moving walls will be delighted by the Castle’s rich and magical history.

book 3 in the Castle Glower series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and the publisher for access to this title. This is a great follow up to Wednesdays and the horribly frustrating cliffhanger ending we were left with. This wraps it all together and brings the story to a great stopping point. I’m hoping for a book 4 and a great new adventure for the sisters. There has to be some use for those griffins.”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Children’s USA publishing for early access to this title. 3 1/2 stars—This was a great follow up to the previous installment in this series. However, I would have liked to have some reference back to that previous book, just to remind me of the pertinent points. These two books read together pretty much make up one whole book – its almost as if the author wrote a long book, and then broke it in half, publishing each as its own book. That being said, this is still a fun story that would appeal to a lot of kids, and grown-ups too! The griffons are great, the castle is great and I liked the problems that were solved. I hope there will be more in this series!”

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Dangerous by Shannon Hale


by Shannon Hale

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

#7 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books for early access to this title. I really enjoyed this read! It was suspenseful and interesting pretty much throughout. I think the characters were quite well done, and I love Maisie Danger Brown (her actual name)! The parents were good, and the villains were appropriately evil. The romance was great, and I liked the triangle which had me guessing for a while. This was a great, fast moving plot, and I would Recommend this to pretty much anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi adventure story with a great, strong female lead. A nice departure for Hale, who is so great with the re-told fairy tales! This is a new area for her to excel in.”

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books for allowing me access to this. 4.5 stars. I went into this completely blind. I had no idea what to expect. This is NOTHING like her other books, and yet the writing and story are still just as amazing. I thought the little jokes the father told were pretty funny and helped show the positive relationship she had with her parents. I could have done with a little less of the teenager-y angst, “he loves me, he hates me” stuff, but it mostly came together for me and worked in the end. And it was nice to have a love triangle appear and get squashed just as quickly. It gets really old when they drag out, and sometimes friends are just never more than friends. Overall, I think fans of Hale’s other works will enjoy this one. I would also recommend it for fans of Pittacus Lore as it has a similar feel.”

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale

The Unfairest of Them All

by Shannon Hale

It’s the aftermath of Legacy Day, the day when the students at Ever After High are supposed to pledge to follow in their fairytale parents’ footsteps, and everyone is in a huff and a puff! Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, has refused to sign the Storybook of Legends, rejecting her story–and putting everyone else’s in jeopardy.

The Royal Apple White doesn’t want to think Raven is being a rebellious pain, but Raven’s choice means Apple might never get the poisoned apple, Prince Charming, and a kingdom to rule. Behind Apple stands the Royals, those who want to play by the book and embrace their stories. The Rebels, supporters of Raven, believe in breaking free from destiny and writing their own stories.

But when the chaos and rivalry land wonderlandiful Madeline Hatter in trouble, Raven and Apple must bring the Royals and the Rebels together to shut the book on their feud before it threatens to end all of their Happily Ever Afters once and for all.

book 2 in the Ever After High series

#8 in MLD Teen Choice Awards 2015

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said, “4.5 stars. I must have been in a different frame of mind with this one than the first because instead of being annoyed at the funny quirks and twists of fairy tales, I found them hilarious and clever. Favorite line: ‘It’s about to get all nonfiction in here.’ I love where this is going and can’t wait to deal with the Jabberwocky in the next book. He’s always been deliciously chilling for me ever since the made-for-TV Alice in the 80’s.”

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