Abe Lincoln Book Club Celebration 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Introducing the 22 new titles for 2014! Eat Cake!! Watch Trailers!!!
Abe Lincoln Award Nominees 2014
Across The Universe by Beth Revis - What does it take to survive aboard a spaceship fueled by lies? Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She left earth with her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship heading to a new planet, Centauri-Earth. But fifty years before landing, Amy’s chamber is mysteriously unplugged. Someone tried to murder her….
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick - Alex, who has a brain tumor, hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. While there an electromagnetic pulse strikes and everything electronic is destroyed and billions are killed. Alex meets up with two survivors Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie. Because of the EMP, many teenagers have been turned into flesh eating zombies. Why have some been spared? The action is swift, brutal and gruesome.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ( Lunar Chronicles Book 1) There’s a handsome prince, a lost shoe, a horrible stepmother, and a royal ball…Cinder is a gifted mechanic, Prince Kai wanders into her shop needing his Android repaired. They hit it off. She knows nothing will come of it because Prince Kai is a prince and he has his hands full…a deadly plague ravages the population and a ruthless lunar people may attack earth. Cinder has a secret, she is a cyborg, half human –half robot.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - Karou, a young art student in Prague, is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. She fills her sketchbooks with chimerae, mythological monsters that may or may not be real. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When a handsome stranger, Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Divergent by Veronica Roth - Society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. Tris makes her choice and struggles alongside her fellow initiates as they undergo physical tests of endurance and psychological simulations. But Tris has a secret, one she's kept hidden because she's been warned it can mean death. She also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves...
Every Day by David Levithan - Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the a different person. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. “A” has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
Everybody Sees The Ants by A. S. King - Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask for this dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far. But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. This is a novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John - The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits. The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf? Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown - Five months ago, Valerie's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, she saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets. Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr - Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from everyone who wants to support her. When her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it's like to grow up unwanted. So when she becomes pregnant, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy -- or as difficult -- as it seems.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga - Jazz is a likable teenager. A charmer, some might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, "Take Your Son to Work Day" was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminals' point of view. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod. Again. In an effort to prove murder doesn't run in the family, Jazz joins the police in the hunt for this new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?
Legend by Marie Lu - What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Marcelo In The Real Work by Francisco X. Stork - Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful co-worker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.
The Night Circus: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern - The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. A fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone hanging in the balance. A tale of greed, fate and love.
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez - The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines. It started as a school project…but turned into so much more. Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' expectations? This question sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how others would react. What she learned changed her life forever.
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick - When Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he's honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn't feel like a hero. There's a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can't quite put all the pieces together. Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be. Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt. Now the only way for Wade to survive is to win. But to do so, he may have to face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
ROOM by Emma Donoghue - To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach - I AM NOT STUPID FUNNY. I AM STUPID FAST. My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing! Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls-especially Aleah? So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah's house in the night. But deep down I know I can't run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.