Category Archives: 8/13 Staff Dev

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town – Holly Black

Gone are the days when vampires were mere rumors or legends.  Vampires have gone public thanks to a rogue vampire that went on a biting spree.  Now vampires are corralled into large fortress type cities.  Those infected and expected to … Continue reading

Posted in 8/13 Staff Dev, adventure, highly recommend, horror, paranormal, suspense

Frozen – Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Extreme pollution depicted by trashbergs, think icebergs but made of garbage,  in the ocean coupled with the ice age environment and harsh society lead the daring to seek a rumored Blue somewhere in the ocean.  Nat escapes from prison using … Continue reading

Posted in 8/13 Staff Dev, adventure, dystopian, highly recommend, science fiction

Scarlet – A.C. Gaughen

This is a rousing tale of Robin Hood featuring one of his merry “men”, Will Scarlet, who disguises herself as male and keeps her painful past hidden.  Complete with the traditional cast of characters in Robin Hood tales, Scarlet stands … Continue reading

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Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

Cas leads a difficult life.  He is the son of a ghost killer; ghosts that refuse to go quietly into the night but keep on killing.  When his father is killed at the hand of a particularly nasty evil entity, … Continue reading

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

How many ways can the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme be retold and embellished?  A lot!  The mice take over this story and teach literary devices such as point of view, cause and effect, and ambiguity.  It doesn’t seem like … Continue reading

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a kind, highly intelligent, high school junior.  So why does he wake up on his birthday, intent on taking a gun to school to kill a former friend and then take his own life?  Told in Leonard’s … Continue reading

Posted in 8/13 Staff Dev, highly recommend, realistic fiction

The Unfortunate Son – Constance Leeds

A powerful and cruel nobleman throws out his newborn son because he was born with only one ear.  The nursemaid raises the child as her own and calls him Luc.  Hated by the man Luc thinks is his father, he … Continue reading

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