It’s fair to say that I’m a sucker for Morgan Matson books.
I absolutely loveAmy and Roger’s Epic Detour andSecond Chance Summer really did
make me cry (The Fault In Our Stars, alas, did not). So, when I saw this book
on the shelf, I practically ripped the cover off, I tore it down so fast. And I
was not disappointed.
Matson’s third book revolves around the perpetually shy and
afraid-of-life Emily who has always hidden behind the shadow of her best
friend, Sloane. But when Sloane suddenly
disappears at the beginning of summer, Emily is left stranded with nothing to
do and no one to hang out with. Meanwhile, Emily’s parents begin work on a play
that absorbs their entire attention, leaving Emily and her brother to fend for
Emily can’t understand why Sloane left with no clues as to
why or where. The only thing she left was a random to-do list with things like,
“Apple pick at night” and “Kiss a stranger.” Some of the things are easy but
some are crazy—things Emily would never do. But maybe that’s the point.
For Emily, getting through the list means conquering a lot
of fears. It means finding out things about herself she may not have known. With the help of Frank Porter, a boy Emily
would have never talked to without Sloane present, Emily navigates through
summer as her own person.
Since You’ve Been Gone is the sort-of friendship book that
shows you how deep friendships run and how friends can be the most important people
in your life when you need them to be.
descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,
sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her
mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a
series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from
A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a
series of escalating disasters, has split in two--one group heading to
Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the
Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world
outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people
into bloodthirsty monsters.
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human
with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the
Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end
It’s October, which means that the days are getting chilly, pumpkins are appearing on every menu, and Halloween is fast approaching. If you’re in the mood for some spooky stories to get you ready for the chills and thrills of the season, Pretty Monsters is for you.
Made up of nine short stories, Pretty Monsters dabbles in fantasy, science fiction, and just plain creepiness. Kelly Link is a master of the unexpected twist--just when you think you know where a story is going, it takes a sharp left into something much weirder and more interesting than you could have imagined. My personal favorites: “The Wrong Grave,” in which a boy attempts to dig up the grave of his recently departed girlfriend to retrieve the poems he buried with her, and ends up with an undead companion for the evening; and “The Specialist’s Hat,” about twin girls who slowly learn about the dark side of the dilapidated mansion their father has moved them to after their mother’s death. All of Link’s stories will keep you thinking about them long after you’ve finished reading. Enjoy!
has spent her life in Hawaii, but she’s still considered an outsider by many
there because she’s half white and half Hawaiian.On top of that Lei is also epileptic. Lei
grew up on the big island of Hawaii, but she and her father are taking a trip
to O’ahu to see if a new treatment will work for her epilepsy.Soon
after they leave for their trip, a series of massive natural disasters hit, not
just Hawaii but the rest of the world.There
are massive tidal waves, the ocean becomes more treacherous and a loss of power
and way to get supplies to the islands puts everyone on edge.Lei and her father must rely on their
survival skills to attempt to make their way back to the big island.Their voyage is not an easy with challenging
and life threatening obstacles around every corner.Lei is bent on surviving their dauntless
journey, but she starts to realize she might have a role to play in the event
unfolding in the world around them.The
Islands at the End of World is a real nail biting survival story, filled with
pieces of Hawaiian culture and great start to new series.
Gummy bears and play-doh everywhere! Talk about a Makey-Makey explosion! If
you've never tried your hand at Makey-Makeys, you don't know what you're
missing. At last Saturday's FUSE, teens experimented with Makey-Makeys--a board
that uses alligator clips to connect to conductive objects in order to create
Teens created pianos from cinnamon gummy bears, blobs of play-doh and even a banana, as well
as controllers for games such as Dance-Dance-Revolution and Tetris. The first
step in figuring out Makey-Makeys is figuring out how to make a complete
circuit--finding "earth" and becoming "grounded." Once
you've got that down, the possibilities are endless.
We explored the Makey-Makey website that is full of tons of great links,
helpful tips, and games that can be played with the boards. But you can surf
the web to find plenty of games to try with Makey-Makeys.
Come and join us every Saturday from 12-2 at FUSE to try your hand with
Makey-Makeys or one of our other scientifically-based challenges such as 3D
printing or Lego robotics.
Nathan is the son of the most feared and wanted Black Witch,
Marcus .It’s something that makes him an
outcast in society, even with his own family at times and also makes him the
key to the Council’s plan to eliminate his father.The Council of White Witches is determined to
prove that while, his mother was a White Witch and his father a Black Witch,
Nathan is definitely becoming a Black Witch.
The book opens and Nathan has been living in a cage for
quite a while under the “care” of a White Witch. Through flashbacks the reader
finds out about everything that Nathan had to go through in order to avoid
being captured and how the Council finally trapped him.Half
Bad is a twisted witch story unlike any other.Nathan’s struggles and obstacles he must overcome
in order to become the witch he’s meant to be, keep you riveted in your
seat.There’s action, suspense, mind
games and a bit of romance. Sally Green has created a brilliant world of two
warring factions of witches and what lengths they’ll go to eliminate each other.
In this exciting sequel toPure, author Julianna Baggott continues the story
of a rag-tag group of detonation survivors struggling to find justice in a
destroyed world of misery and beauty. At the core of the group are Patridge and
Pressia, half-siblings from wholly different lives and with widely different
outlooks on how to change the future.
Pressia was seven when the world ignited and remembers little from the
"before" while Patridge is a Pure--a boy who has grown up in the
Dome, free of suffering and scars and death. Pressia believes the Dome to be a
place where the wretch's suffering can end but Patridge knows better. The dome
is not as peaceful and all-encompassing an Eden as it may seem--there are dark
truths lurking in the shadows.
The two were thrown together for a reason--set on a path years before by
people they'd never met--and now they alone hold the power to set the world
right again. Giving each other a short span of time to accomplish separate
goals, Pressia and Patridge part ways, hoping to reunite under more favorable
Risking friendships, a first love, and everything Patridge has gained on the
outside, Patridge returns to the Dome to face a terrifying enemy--his own
father. Pressia, along with El Capitan and Bradwell, risks her life to brave a
trip across worlds to retrieve a mysterious tool that promises an end to the
Dome. Along the way she discovers deeper feelings for the men she’s traveling
with, finding it harder and harder to dismiss them as friends.
The only way the Dome will fall is if Patridge’s father is no longer in
charge. But does Partidge have the courage to kill his only remaining
family?In a world already burned and stripped away to nothing, it’s hard to imagine
a hopeful populace but it’s here and it’s rising against the Dome, steadily
building a resentful and restless army—a Fuse
waiting to ignite. Baggott leaves readers aching for the conclusion and the
story picks up immediately in Burn,
the final book of the Pure trilogy.