October

The Curious Incident of the Dog i the Night-time by Mark Haddon
What a kerfluffle at school. Ordered for 7th grade classroom reading. Rated adult. Having read it I've seen "worse" in our collection. There is some strong swearing by adults. And the main story is about adultery/infidelity. But it's really all about a young man with autism who learns to see outside himself and cope. Certainly no worse than Part-time Indian.

Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson
This is supposed to be a lesson on bullying by name-calling, but I think if falls flat. The kids are supposed to be genius IQ, but do some knuckleheaded things beyond normal knuckleheadedness. meh. 3rd+

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
Kai's world is literally destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in March,2011. His American dad left when he was young and now all of his family has disappeared with thousands of others. Written in verse, this narrative moves on to a meeting with orphans of 9/11 in New York. The details of the flood and days following are expecially moving. Excellent. not sure why it's YA.(from Follett)

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson
This is a bit odd. It's supposedly about Jimmy who wants to start a book publishing company by kids for kids. Of course, Jimmy is James Patterson who is not a kid and may not even write these. They seem to be Chris Grabenstein's style. Anyway, this alludes to a multitude of kid book titles and all of Patterson's storylines. It's OK as a story but not my favorite. Third +

Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
So sweet-like more of How to Train Your Dragon. Poor, unrespected children who just want their father/mother's love and admiration. But witches are alive after not being seen forever. The wizards need to work with the Warriors of Iron, but how? I love the internal conflicts, along with the great plot line. And the side characters from giants to sprites--awesome. This may be an acquired taste. 4th+

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Oh, Shusterman. What a thinker! This rivals Unwind. Mankind has entered the era of perfect peace and eternal life. Except the population is growing a tad too fast which requires Scythes who glean souls. The peace is due to the Thunderhead (the internet cloud) having all the answers. Bodies heal by nanites in the blood even from accidental deathness. But the Scythes are allowed to kill. Of course man has more problems than illness--ie corruption. And the Scythes are human. Sequels to follow. YA for violence.

The Scourge by Jennifer Nielson
Bleh. I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was a bit stilted. But I think it was the writing, not the reading. I could predict lines. There is a country ruled by city folk who hate the river folk (and vice versa). Politics are the complication. Ani is the strong female lead who figures out how to get of any and every kind of trouble. She's thrown into the Scourge colony (isolation island) along with other "victims". I guess 4th+ may like it. Not sure.

The Silver Mask by Holly Black
Aaaggh. Not the last book. Of course, I should have known. Who ends with silver? Anyway, Cal our conflicted hero starts out in prison but ends up with Master Joseph and the promoters of chaos. The plot here is pretty good, outside of the general angst. Shades of Harry Potter. Fans of the series will be happy. 4th+

Alex Rider Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
I do love me some Horowitz. This one is not disappointing. Alex believes his nanny, Jack, is still alive and he has to rescue her without the help of MI6. The bad guys this time are evil twins raised by the Mafia. so so evil. Alex manages to save himself multiple times and aww, our little guy is growing up. This one is pretty darn violent. The bad guys like killing people and they do, in lots of awful ways. Maybe YA. I'll have to think about it.

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
So very good. Ada is back after having her foot fixed. The war continues along with all of its complications. Not the least of these is when Ruth shows up to live with Susan, Ada and her brother. She's a German--that's the enemy! Lots of feels in this book. I cried through most of it. 4th+ Excellent.