The Halloween candy is being digested, the pumpkins are beginning to get a little bit moldy, and the leaf piles are growing ever larger on the ground. November has arrived, which means it’s time for the third edition of Monthly Book Horoscopes – book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign! These books have been hand-picked by us Teen Advisers from a variety of genres and reading levels. Take a look at your Zodiac sign to see what is recommended specially for you this month! And, as always, feel free to check out any of the books on this list, because they are all wonderful. Continue reading →
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.
Like scary stuff? Or maybe you think you want to try it out? Here’s a few books to get you started!
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch is the first I will recommend. It’s scary, but not too scary. Originally written in German, this book takes place in a small Bavarian town in the mid-1600s. A boy, near death, is pulled from a river by local hangman Jakob Kuisl and is found to have the symbol of Venus on his back. The panicked people of the town are convinced that the murderer must be practicing witchcraft and that the town’s midwife is obviously to blame. Kuisl is forced to arrest the midwife, whom he his sure is innocent, and only has a short amount of time before he will have to be the one to execute her unless proof of a different killer is found. As Kuisl, his daughter, and the local physician’s son race against the clock to solve a murder mystery, they find that the true killers may be bewitched by a different type of dark magic: greed.
Next is Mistress of the Art of Death by Diana Norman (pen name Ariana Franklin). This story is very similar to The Hangman’s Daughter but is much more suspenseful and violent (mature readers only, please!). Adelia Aguilar, an Italian educated doctor who specializes in autopsies, is hired by the King of England to join a Jewish knight and a Muslim assistant to prove that a series of child murders in Medieval-era Cambridge are not the acts of the Jewish residents of the town. Adelia faces challenge after challenge as a female doctor who must keep her tasks and theories under wraps. As Adelia and her companions investigate the killings, they find that the King has a deeper connection to the deaths than just a threatened economy and that the murderer is highly aware of the investigation against him.
Finally, American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett. This is completely and totally different from the other two books I have recommended as it is a thriller, but also definitely science fiction, and set in modern times. In the small town of Wink, New Mexico, something strange is happening. Having always been the perfect, suburban town just a little too far off the map, Wink does not draw much attention. But now that Texas native Mona Bright has inherited her mother’s home (who committed suicide when Mona was a child) she finds that not everything is as it seems in Wink. Using her detective skills, Mona starts to uncover the town’s secrets and realizes that something big is happening. Soon. And she is in the middle of it. Very well written and wonderfully suspenseful, American Elsewhere is a good read for any sci-fi fan who wants something just a little spookier.
Bonus title: If you’d like to take it a step further, another great sci-fi/thriller novel is The Taking by Dean Koontz.
Are you at a loss for what to read this month? Well, you’re in luck! This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign. All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one. Happy reading! 🙂
This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you! Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers. The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door. The first book of a series.
If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England. When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power. Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.
Your curiosity might get the best of you this month. The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.