The Future of Us
by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Young adult fiction
What if your teenage self could have seen what your life would be like as an adult? What if the future you saw was unhappy … would you try to change your destiny?
Popular young adult authors Asher and Mackler team up to create a book almost irresistible in its premise: it’s 1995, and teens Emma and Josh are exploring the internet for the first time when they run into something they’ve never heard of … something that hasn’t even been created yet. It’s Facebook, and it’s showing them their lives 15 years in the future. Who they’re married to, how many children they have, where they vacation, whether they’re happy or unhappy.
Josh is thrilled by his future with the hottest girl at school, but Emma’s future doesn’t look so rosy. When the pair discover that every choice they make in the real world has the potential to change their futures, Emma tries to see if she can improve her future self’s chance at happiness.
But it’s not that easy, and it’s driving Josh away. Is Emma willing to pay that price?
It’s a busy time of year here at the library, but we’re still making time to read. Here’s a handful of our current favorites:
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morganstern. The Night Circus arrives unexpectedly and without warning, full of magic and all manner of imaginative delights… just like this book.
- Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Jacob always thought his grandfather’s tales of his childhood were nothing but stories. But the photographs he discovers began to suggest otherwise – could the dangers his grandfather told him about also be true?
- Maphead, by Ken Jennings. The former Jeopardy! champion takes a look at maps – why we love them, why some people can’t read them, why Kids These Days Aren’t Learning Geography Like They Used To, and the addictive world of geocashing.
Check out these and many more at the library!
The Water Wars
by Cameron Stracher
Young Adult Fiction
Warning: while reading, have a glass of water at your side. Reading The Water Wars may cause extreme thirst!
This futuristic thriller explores what life would be like if water became the world’s most precious – and rare – resource. Siblings Vera and Will live in the republic of Illinowa (formerly the midwestern USA), a land parched by lack of water. There is no vegetation, dust gets everywhere, and very last drop of water is treated as if it is gold.
And then they meet Kai: standing in the middle of a road, casually drinking water from a plastic cup and then shockingly, illegally, tipping out the last few drops onto the dirt. They befriend this strange boy, and when he disappears one day without warning, they set out to investigate. From then on it’s non-stop action … a fast-paced adventure full of twists and turns, pirates, terrorists, and a trio of very brave kids, out to save the world.
This great summer read will keep you on the edge of your seat!
You may have seen new stickers on the spines of some of our young adult and children’s books lately: “Sequoyah Masterlist 2012.” What’s that all about? Let us tell you!
The Sequoyah Book Awards are named after the Native American leader Sequoyah, who chose 85 symbols to represent the sounds in spoken Cherokee, allowing his people’s language to be written down and preserved.
There are three Sequoyah Awards – one each for children, intermediate and high school level books. Each year masterlists of outstanding books in these categories are created by Sequoyah Reading Teams (made up of Oklahoma Library Association members from across Oklahoma). Then Oklahoma students are invited to read or listen to books from the lists and vote on their favorite!
(Trivia: The very first Sequoyah Children’s Book Award was given in 1959 to the book Old Yeller.)
Voting doesn’t start until next February, but now is the time to start reading! Look for the display of Sequoyah nominees in the Young Adult and Children’s areas. You can find the lists of nominees for 2012 here.
And if you’re just looking for a really good book, why not check out one of the past winners?