You may have noticed a conspicuous absence of raving about books, reviews and musings from teens, and photos (funny or otherwise) in this space in the last week. That’s because in the midst of some chaos, the blog was on break for a bit. If you’ve stopped by the library this week, you have certainly noticed some changes to the second floor, in the form of a large construction zone and sometimes a bit of noise. This is because we’re doing construction to create more study rooms, a study lounge, and a soundproof media lab in the library. Which will be awesome. But in order to accommodate that, we’ve had to move the offices of adult department staff – like me – from our second floor to our third floor. Even moving up one floor in the same building was hard, and anyone who has moved further than that knows it can be scary, exciting, difficult, terrible, wonderful, or most often, some combination of all those things. So in honor of our very small move, I wanted to highlight a few books featuring some more large scale moves!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis – Amy is seventeen when she and her family decide to move to another planet. They are frozen in preparation for a 300 years voyage, but something goes wrong, and Amy is unfrozen fifty years early. She finds herself on a spaceship that might as well be another planet itself, populated by the descendants of the original crew. And once awake, she meets Elder, tapped as the next captain and to lead the ship to its final destination. Together, Elder and Amy start to uncover the secrets of the ship as they travel through the endless space.
Over You by Amy Reed – It is for her best friend Sadie that Max agrees to move to Nebraska for a summer on a commune. There they find themselves surrounded by yurts and hippie farmers, and expected to work hard to earn their keep. Max has always taken care of Sadie, but when Sadie gets sick and pushes her away, she is forced to spend more and more time alone in her new surroundings. And when Dylan is added to the mix, the friendship between Max and Sadie is put to the test, and Max is left wondering what she is – or should be – willing to give up for her friend.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – Mary Shelley Black (yes, named after the author) is forced to move to San Diego with her aunt when her father is arrested for treason in the paranoia of the fall of 1918. In this dark time, the war and a horrific epidemic are wreaking havoc on the American people. Preying on fearful and grieving population are “spiritualists,” who falsify pictures of ghosts and séances for those missing loved ones. But when Mary Shelley, a firm non-believer, starts seeing the spirit of her dead sweetheart, she must question everything she thought she knew about ghosts and the supernatural.
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson – In the wake of her father’s death in a coup, Laila, her mother, and her brother are moved by the CIA to a new life in the United States. Laila must cope with a new country, a new school, and new friends. But much worse, she must cope with the growing realization that everything she thought she knew might be false. That her father, instead of being a beloved king, might have been a dictator and a tyrant. Add to that the intrigue she sees her mother and a hovering CIA agent getting caught up in, and Laila has a lot to handle as she adjusts to her new home.