By Jan Pease
I love how new books smell and feel, are all shiny and exciting and are just waiting to be opened and shared. Here are some new books in the juvenile and young adult areas of Litchfield Public Library.
First I’ll tell you about two books that are silly and whacky, and then we’ll get down to some more serious young adult reading. “Just My Rotten Luck,” by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, is the seventh “Middle School” novel. Yes, he’s THAT James Patterson. The “Middle School” series would be perfect for people who loved “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” but with a bit more substance. In this book, several important questions are answered, but the most important question of all is “Why can’t Rafe ever stay out of trouble?”
Don’t you just hate it when we have books one and three of a trilogy but not book two? “Unhinged,” by A.G. Howard, the second book in the“Splintered” trilogy finally arrived. Book one of the trilogy is “Splintered,” and book three is “Ensnared.” The three books tell the story of a descendent of the inspiration for “Alice in Wonderland” as she tries to survive the craziness and chaos of Wonderland and her own insanity. This is one of those trilogies that librarians tended to ignore, but fans seem to adore.
We’ve been purchasing novels by author Ilsa J. Bick that push the envelope a bit. “The Dickens Mirror” is the second book of “The Dark Passages” series, following “White Space.” I think her perceived audience is “new adults,” at the upper end of the young adult continuum. She lives in Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery, and sounds like an interesting person. She says of herself, “I’m peripatetic, easily bored … and I write books.” I passed these by at first, but later ordered them because of positive reviews. Read them and let me know what you think.
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Summer is the perfect time to read longer books or series. The “Splintered” series alone promises you 1200 pages of enjoyment. See you at the library!