In Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton, Adam, now 16, has suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations for years. Only recently has he finally been diagnosed as schizophrenic. This diagnosis makes sense to Adam, who is accustomed to mobsters bursting into classrooms and firing machine guns at will and the naked man who follows him around and keeps him company sometimes—of course, these are things only he sees hears and experiences.
As well as finally receiving a diagnosis, Adam has also found himself in a clinical trial for a new drug to help with his symptoms. As part of the trial, Adam must be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is only having positive effects on him. The book is written as Adam’s diary entries to his therapist. His therapy sessions are a required part of the clinical trial, but Adam refuses to speak to the man. Instead, he pens answers to the various questions for the therapist to read later.
In The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston, we meet Wilson and Bridget, a young pair who seem meant to be together.
Bridge and Wil have always been together. First, they grew up together. They became inseparable friends soon after and then, even more so, as a couple. Until Bridge broke Wil’s heart, that is. Then, suddenly, the pair that always was just isn’t anymore.
In the suspenseful mystery Liars, Inc., by Paula Stokes, one young man learns that, despite how little or easy they may seem, lies can become very dangerous.
Max Cantrell and his best friends Parvati and Preston, three people who are known for their ability to scheme, decide to start a little operation together called Liars, Inc. This endeavour is all about profiting off of their classmates’ deceitful needs. Whether you need a signature forged or the answers to an upcoming test, Liars, Inc. will make it happen. For a price. Because in a town where everybody’s parents are rich and famous, money never seems to be an issue.
What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.
Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova, is a graphic novel that delves into the world of middle school and all of the ups and downs that come with it.
For Penelope, who also goes by Peppi, surviving school means following a set of very simple and very straightforward rules. Some of these rules, such as “seek out groups with similar interests and join them,” are not so hard to follow. As an artist, she found her niche within the art club. Some of her rules, particularly “don’t get noticed by the mean kids,” are turning out to be much more difficult to follow—even on the very first day!
In Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson’s gripping and haunting debut novel, Mary was tried and convicted of murdering the three-month-old she was helping her mother babysit. The catch? She was only nine years old at the time of the alleged, as she often reminds us, incident. The baby was beaten and strangled, and her mother, who was present, was the individual who was actually supposed to be watching the baby. Mary didn’t stand up for herself and her role in the matter afterwards. In fact, she never uttered a sound.
Meet Nimona, the girl who desperately wants to be sidekick to the evil villain Sir Ballister Blackheart.
Meet Sir Ballister Blackheart, who really does not want a kid as a sidekick.
After an awkward beginning, settled when Sir Ballister learns of Nimona’s shapeshifting abilities, a team is born!
In Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, this unlikely duo join forces to take on The Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. The Agency, whose frontman, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, is the archnemesis of Sir Ballister, is an organization of heroes out to rid the world of evil . . . or are they? When Nimona and Sir Ballister uncover an evil plot led by the Institution, they set out to thwart it. But, will anybody believe that an evil villain and his dubious sidekick could be out to do good?
David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing is a collection of stories about a variety of young gay men and their partners. There are two sides to these stories. There are the omniscient gay men of the past, who have struggled with their identities and coming out already. Then there are the gay teens of today who are attempting to come out and live their lives as they wish.
The main character in Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything, Madeline, lives in a bubble. Literally. Her house has an airlock and the very rare individuals allowed to enter must go through a decontamination process. Direct contact with anything can be potentially life-threatening, and Madeline has lived this way as long as she can remember. It’s all she knows. She has been comfortable with and understood this life. Until now. Because, when a cute boy named Olly moves in next door, she finds herself wanting more.
The Salem Church Branch offers OurSpace, a teen social space for playing games, doing homework, and getting creative. It is for middle and high schoolers in grades 6-12, Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:30, except May 28.
Within OurSpace, teens have access to laptops, board games, art and school supplies, and more!