Why hello there, teenage (and non-teenage) blog readers! This is the second issue of Greenwood TAB’s monthly book horoscopes – which are, to recap, book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign. Included in this list are books of diverse genres and reading levels. ALL of them are great, so if the book recommended for your sign isn’t working out for you, make sure to check out some of the others! Happy reading 🙂
Annemarie is a ten-year-old Danish girl who loves her family and likes to run footraces with the other children at lunchtime. Life has gone on more or less as usual since the German soldiers have taken over control of her city, until one day they come knocking at her door to take her best friend Ellen away. Though this is a simple, easy-level read, it’s a great story about what it really means to be brave.
This book is narrated by an old dog named Enzo who has decided it is his time to die and is preparing to say goodbye to his master and head on to the next life – in which, he suspects, he will be reincarnated as a human being. Enzo tells a beautiful story of the love, loyalty, and history that lies between him and his master. You will learn more about being human from this dog than you might think.
If you are looking for some laughs this October along with some kick-butt ladies, this is the book for you. A plane full of beauty pageant contestants crash-lands on a deserted island, where they must figure out how to survive. Surprisingly enough, it seems their careers as pageant queens have prepared them quite well for this situation. These ladies are not to be underestimated.
Cancer Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton
Dark and emotional, this book is a drama about a girl who can see emotions as people. Eighteen-year-old Alexandra is struggling to recover from grief and trauma after the accident that killed her family. When the drunk driver who caused the accident is released from prison, she has to fight between the attractions of two opposite emotions: Revenge and Forgiveness.
Leo Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
This mystery novel revolves around Cody, a struggling high school student whose only talent is football from a small town in Montana. His knee injury at sixteen has ruined his prospects of going to college. Things change, however, when his wealthy ex-girlfriend gets sent to a boarding school and she suddenly disappears. Cody decides to drives across the country to solve the mystery of her disappearance.
Virgo Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Pattyn has all the hopes, dreams and… feelings… of a normal seventeen-year-old girl. The only problem is, she isn’t allowed to act like one. Pattyn has virtually no freedom in her strictly conservative and abusive household, until she is sent away to spend the summer in rural Nevada with her Aunt Jeanette. Written entirely in verse, this book tells a beautiful, sometimes painful story about independence, self-discovery, and love’s sacrifices.
Libra Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon
This is an adventure book about a girl named Catherine Hunter who is the daughter of a powerful government executive living on the futuristic island of Anglya. She is one of the lucky ones – she is well fed, clothed, and safe with her rich family. But when her father arranges for her to be married to a boy she doesn’t love, she decides to stow away on a skyship called the Stormdancer for the adventure of her life.
Scorpio No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Hey Scorpio, how about a nice little emotionally intense murder mystery to start getting you in the mood for Halloween? This book is set in a small town called Friendship, Wisconsin. It tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl who takes the investigation of her best friend’s murder into her own hands after reading her dead friend’s diary. This little town’s big secrets are slowly revealed in this quirky, slightly creepy book.
Sagittarius Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is no ordinary seventeen-year-old art student. Unbeknownst to her friends, she has no knowledge of her true identity and has been raised by a group of chimaera, fantastical creatures with the powers to grant wishes – at a price. She leads a double life between the two worlds, until one day black handprints appear on the portals to her magical family’s world. This is not your ordinary YA “angels and demons” book! It’s full of humor and wit, its characters are realistic, and its mythology is cool and original. Read it!
Capricorn Shine by Lauren Myracle
This book takes place in a small southern town where everything seems normal, but the embedded prejudices and struggles of everyone in the community soon become apparent throughout the story. Cat is sixteen when her best friend falls victim to a hate crime, and when the police don’t do anything about it, she decides to find the culprits herself. While this is a bit of a serious read, it’s a great portrait of what reality in a poor, small town is really like.
Aquarius Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
This mystery tells the story of a missing Queen. The Queen has been unhappy at the palace, so she decides to go on a trip by herself, which causes problems back at the palace because the staff are afraid that her absence will cause bad press. An unlikely band of people must come together to try and track her down before anybody else notices that she’s missing.
Pisces Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
While Midnight’s Children is a bit of a longer read and may take some patience to get through, it’s worth it. It’s about a boy named Saleem Sinai, who was born at midnight on the eve of India’s independence and has thus been inescapably “handcuffed to history” for the rest of his life. He isn’t alone – Saleem is one of 1,001 other children born at the same time as him, who all have some special talent or other. This book is about these people, but it’s also about India, its culture, and its precarious national identity.
P.S. That was awesome, right? We thought you’d like it. Make sure to check back next month for our November issue!