In 2012 nearly 200 novels targeted at 9th to 12th graders received starred reviews marking them as some of the best written books available. Our librarians have worked their way through the list to narrow it down to some the best written, most appealing to teens, creating the annual Best of the Best list.
Teachers, parents, and interested teens are invited to attend the live presentation on some of the best novels for high school students from the past year at 3:45 p.m., Monday in the Central Library Auditorium.
This week's featured book is "I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga, and is just one of the books on the list.
Jasper Dent's father is one of the most notorious serial killers, but is luckily now behind bars. Struggling to make a normal life for himself, Jasper can't help but be drawn to a murder scene that the local police are investigating. Someone is killing again in his small town, and he wants to find them and stop them, and not let there be another monster like his father. This new series is excellent for fans of shows like Bones, CSI, and Dexter, or just teens looking for a good creepy murder mystery.
Select List of Brown County Library books for 9th-12th graders
"Carnival of Souls" by Melissa Marr
Mallory has been raised to protect herself from the daimons that will eventually come for her. Meanwhile Aya and Kaleb take part in a deadly contest to gain freedom and power in the world of the daimons, a world to which Mallory must someday return. 1st in a new series by bestselling author Melissa Marr.
"Chopsticks" by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
In a compelling love story told in photographs and drawings, Glory, a brilliant piano prodigy, is drawn to Frank, an artistic new boy, and the farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness until the only song she is able to play is "Chopsticks."
"Every Day" by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon, and all the rules change.
"Keeping the Castle" by Patrice Kindl
17 year old Althea has found that her family's fate rests on her, and the profitable marriage she must make to save them for the poor house and prevent the loss of the beloved family home. Luckily, a handsome and wealthy young man has just moved in to the next estate over, and Althea just knows she can capture his heart. In the style of Jane Austen, "Keeping the Castle" is a light, fizzy romance that readers old and young will enjoy.
"Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses" by Ron Koertge
Koertge retells 23 fairy tales in free verse; full of satirical humor and the dark edge of the originals, these aren't the stories Disney told you.
"Long Lankin" by Lindsey Barraclough
"Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss," says the old ballad. Long Lankin has long been the ghost story surrounding the small village of Byers Guerdon, even if his name is long forgotten. When Cora and Mimi are sent to stay with their aunt, their presence awakens the old spirit, and it is up to Cora to figure out how to stop him from taking Mimi, as he's taken so many other children over the years. A wonderfully creepy debut.
"Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
"Zoe Letting Go" by Nora Price
Zoe isn't sure why her mother has left her at a strange institution in the woods. Follow along with her journal entries and her letters to her best friend as she tries to piece together the past.
"Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone" by Kat Rosenfield
"Ask the Passengers" by A. S. King
"Assassin's Curse" by Cassandra Rose Clarke
"Black Boy/White School" by Brian F. Walker
"Burning Blue" by Paul Griffin
"Call the Shots" by Don Calame
"Cinder" by Marissa Meyer
"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein
"Confusion of Princes" by Garth Nix
"The Diviners" by Libba Bray
"The Drowned Cities" by Paolo Bacigalupi
"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
"For Darkness Shows the Stars" by Diane Peterfreund
"Girl Meets Boy: Because There are Two Sides to Every Story" edited by Kelly Milner Halls
"Grave Mercy" by Robin LaFevers
"I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga
"The Infects" by Sean Beaudoin
"Insignia" by S. J. Kincaid
"Kill Switch" by Chris Lynch
"The Little Woods" by McCormick Templeman
"The List" by Siobhan Vivan
"Monument 14" by Emmy Laybourne
"October Mourning" by Lesléa Newman
"Out of Reach" by Carrie Arcos
"Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater
"Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am" by Harry Mazer & Peter Lerangis
"Under the Never Sky" by Veronica Rossi
"Vessel" by Sarah Beth Durst
"What's Left of Me" by Kat Zhang