“Shooter”

A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys’ washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they’ve heard over the years. Stuck here with them–could anything be worse?

NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school!
Suddenly, the bathroom doesn’t seem so safe anymore. Especially when they learn that one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…

 

This is an awesome book.  Sooo incredibly relevant to life.  We all hear the sayings telling us to never judge a book by its cover, to not judge people by what we hear about them or what we know about their families.  This book makes one see exactly how true those sayings are.  This story places four students who would never be friends together during a lockdown.  They soon find out that they do have things in common and that even though they may never be “real-real” friends deep down they are really very similar.  They also realize that what they believed about the others because of appearances was not necessarily how that person really was.  I think everyone should read this book it was just that good.

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“Red Rising”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Surprisingly I found this to be a very good read.  I’m not usually into futuristic books but did enjoy this one.  Think along the lines of The Hunger Games.

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“Laughing at My Nightmare”

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

This is a fantastic read.  Following Shane through his day to day life and the complications he encounters leaves one wondering just how he does it.  Shane is a great role model for all, young and old.  If you read this book you will be hooked on him.  If you google him you will find links for his non-profit organization, his twitter account, his blog, his facebook account, numerous videos on youtube, etc.  Follow him and see what is happening in his life.

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“Exposed”

Raven is cunning, aggressive and whip-smart—she’s had to be to survive. She was taken in at a young age by the boss of a car-theft ring, who rescued her from a life of hell. For too long she’s believed she owes him everything and used her uncanny urban climbing skills to train young recruits for what she believes are victimless crimes. Until Raven discovers that his compassion for the kids he wrangles into the ring is just a front, and they are all merely tools of his trade, nothing more. When he’s responsible for the death of Raven’s young “apprentice,” she finally sees him for what he really is—and sets out to bring him down.

Check out this great trailer for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy7q7UIdpCY  This was a good, action packed, easy to read book which I think everyone can enjoy.  Plus it is a Canadian book featuring a Canadian city.

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“Everything, Everything”

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

This was a great book dealing with the power of love.  I recently had a student tell me that it was her favorite book of all time, I know she will be excited to hear there is a movie coming out.  You can watch a trailer for the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPK0lMwRuH0 and keep abreast of information regarding the movie here: http://www.nicolayoon.com/everything-everything-movie.

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“Zeroboxer”

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

I found this book to be a pleasant surprise.  I didn’t think I would enjoy it because it is based on Mars and it is a sports book but it actually is a good book.  I was drawn in by the characters.  So my recommendation is to take a chance on this book.

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“Denton Little’s Deathdate”

Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.   Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters….Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

This is a book that offers a unique twist on life.  It makes one think what would I do if I knew the actual date on which I was going to die.  But at the same time it is a comedy as one follows Denton through his last day and the bizarre things that happen to him.  Read this book, it is very entertaining.  Here is the link for the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtY6dGoE75o

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“The Outside Circle”

Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

As this book is a graphic novel it is an easy read.  It provides some good explanations of Aboriginal customs and ceremonies and it is great to see how the main character turns his life around.

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“Under the Udala Trees”

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope — a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.

This is a good story in that it provides a glimpse into a different culture with different beliefs.  When reading this book one is able to see how drastically people’s lives are affected because of the society in which they live.

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“Six of Crows”

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

This is a great book.  I wasn’t too sure about it in the beginning because it isn’t the type of book that I would normally pick.  The whole fantasy thing is just not me; or so I thought.  But as it turns out I was very quickly drawn into the story and the characters.  I’m now very much looking forward to reading the sequel to find out exactly what happens.  Check out this great trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSC39371rMg.

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