Spy Stories & Murder Mysteries

In honor of our summer Teen Thrills Book Club, which comes to an end in August, here are a few of our favorite spy and mystery series from the Young Adult section.

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  • The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

A delightfully funny take on teenage spies, this steampunk series starts with Etiquette & Espionage and follows fearless Sophronia to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (a.k.a. a school for spies and assassins). There is plenty of delicately silly dialogue and rolling action – along with a werewolf in a top hat, a robotic dog that leaves ashes all over the room (bad dog!), and a budding love triangle. Continues through Book 4.

  • The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

This series has been around since 2000, and Horowitz is currently working on volumes 11 and 12 (Never Say Die will be out in the US in October). In the first book, Stormbreaker, British teen Alex is recruited by the M16 after his uncle dies under mysterious circumstances. Lots of undercover assignments, criminal organizations (or “organisations” if you want to get British about it), computer hacks, and car chases. An oldie but still going strong.

  • The Embassy Row series by Ally Carter

If you’re a fan of Carter’s Gallagher Girls spy novels, then the Embassy Row series should be next on your To Read list. In All Fall Down, Grace moves to live with her grandfather, the ambassador of the (fictional) country of Adria. There she meets other embassy kids and falls deeper into the mystery of her mother’s death – or what she thinks is her mother’s murder. Read this one if you like thrilling twists and turns.

  • The Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro

In this edgy new series, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson attend a Connecticut boarding school and join forces to solve a spree of disturbing campus crimes. Charlotte Holmes is troubled and mean and beautiful, of course, and James Watson, our narrator, is a great unwilling-but-kind-of-willing accomplice. Start with A Study in Charlotte. Knowledge of the original Sherlock Holmes stories is helpful, but you’ll get by just fine having seen the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Teen Read Week Activities

trw-color-logoHere’s what we’ve got going on at the Staunton Public Library for Teen Read Week:

  • Crafternoon – Sunday, 10/9 – any time between 1:30 and 4:30pm in the YA area – we’ll be making and playing with brushbots!
  • Fright Club – Monday, 10/10 – from 4:00-5:00pm in the YA area (the Book Sale will be in the 2nd Floor Board Room that day)
  • Tiny Kitchen – Monday, 10/10 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area
  • Book Cover Scavenger Hunt – Tuesday, 10/11 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00 in the YA area
  • Anime Club – Wednesday, 10/12 – from 4:00-5:00pm in the downstairs Program Room (the Book Sale will be in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room that day)
  • Lego Challenge – Wednesday, 10/12 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area
  • Post-It Note Art – Thursday, 10/13 – any time between 7:00 and 8:00pm in the YA area

Teens’ Top Ten voting will end on Saturday the 15th, so be sure to get your votes in at http://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2016-teens-top-reads. Results will be announced the week of October 17.

If you’re interested in the Book Sale next week, just a reminder that books are free to students on Saturday, October 15 after 1:00pm and all day Sunday the 16th. Don’t forget your student ID!

Vote for the Teens’ Top Ten

teens' top tenEvery year, YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) gathers reader nominations for its Top Ten list. Teens vote for their top three favorites between August 15 and October 15, and then the winning list will be announced at the end of Teen Read Week on October 17.

Vote HERE for Your Favorites!                          YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Site

This year they’ve got 26 nominations, and I haven’t read a single one. Yikes!

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  4. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  5. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  6. Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
  7. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  8. You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison
  9. The Summer After You & Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  10. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  11. Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
  12. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  13. When by Victoria Laurie
  14. The Novice: Summoner by Taran Matharu
  15. A Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  16. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  17. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  18. Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  19. Con Academy by Joe Schrieber
  20. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  21. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmmons
  22. Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
  23. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  24. Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti
  25. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
  26. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Today at TAB we looked at some of the nominated titles that we currently have in our collection. Which ones looked interesting? Illuminae, a giant book “written” in documents and emails and text messages. The Witch Hunter, about a witch assassin in 16th century England who is framed for being a witch herself. The Game of Love and Death, about an interracial couple in the 1920s who are pawns in a giant game played by Love and Death. And I really want to read Six of Crows, but it’s been checked out so often that it’s never on the shelf. A good problem to have. STAY GOLD – Lizzy