One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
If you like this book, you’ll want to read the next two:
All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.
At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?
Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.
“A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A powerful, in-your-face novel.” —Horn Book (starred review)
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does–or does not–say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
And don’t miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.
Talk about intense.
My wife tried to talk to me as I was approaching the climax. I shushed her.
This book has received rave reviews for good reason. It discusses very challenging topics and issues quite bluntly.
Do people of color get treated differently by the law?
Is it fair?
Is there a different standard for different people?
If someone has broken the law, is his life worth less?
Is it okay to move out of your crime-ridden neighborhood? Or does that mean you’re giving up on it and not being part of the solution?
Should we act different in front of different people?
See? Big stuff.
Someday when you’re a bit older (this is a pretty mature book), I hope you read this.
WINDOWS & MIRRORS!
I like what Ms. Thomas says here:
Writing books as a form of activism??? How cool is THAT?!
The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.
To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.
A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.
Ebo is alone.His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life–the same journey their sister set out on months ago.
But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.
This is a tale ripped right from the headlines.
It’s one thing to hear about refugees on the news. It feels very different to get involved in a story about a refugee. Jumping back in forth in time, experiencing the different legs of Ebo’s journey was a tragic rollercoaster. Which was worse: the long trek across the dry Sahara? Or the slow drift across the Mediterranean.
This is a close look at the struggles and decisions that many people in the world have to make.
I learn again that it’s easy as a cozy American to judge what others in the world do. It’s very different to imagine and wonder what I would do in their situations.
Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a mission.
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
Here’s a cool trailer for book IV that gives lots of background as well:
From Damico: In my opinion, the series Amulet was a very great series because it kept me so interested that I didn’t want to put it down. I like that you get to feel all kinds of emotions especially when they are in a serious situation. I really liked when I felt nervous and joyful at the same time. The only things that I would change about it would be that the stones don’t have a voice in it, and I wish that Emily met more Stonekeepers. The thing that I like about the author’s writing is that he has a lot of creativity.
The 8th book will come out on September 25, 2018.
The name of the book is Supernova.
If you’re interested in what it looks like to createAMULET, here’s a cool vid behind the scenes:
And a couple more:
I finished a few books as well, but I’ll save those for next week.