Teen Book Spotlight--Tales From the Dark!!!

Teen Book Spotlight--Tales From the Dark!!!

Our teen book spotlight this week is all about Tales From the Dark!!!  We are exploring books that will keep you on the edge of your seat with some amazing thrillers, suspense filled, mysterious, and supernatural titles that will keep you turning page after page and staying up way past your bedtime.  Some are darker than others so there is something for everyone, no matter the level of “dark” it needs to be.  We have some amazing stand alone titles as well as some first in a series; realistic, dystopian, historical, and even some folklore can be found in this collection of titles.  These books and more can be found by searching the catalog using the search tag #yaedgeofyourseat as well as on Libby and Hoopla.  

The 2021 Summer Reading Program takes place from June 5th-August 11th with a new theme and badge activities every week.  Make sure to watch the Teen Book Spotlight book talk video for this week as it counts towards your badge activities for the week; if you read one of the titles featured or on the tagged list, that counts as another activity as well!!!  Earn the weekly themed badges to get your virtual tickets which can be turned into opportunities to win prizes!  For more information--such as to sign up or to sign in to your account in order to track your books and activities--visit our Summer Reading page and click “LOG IN NOW”.  

Check back next week for a new teen book spotlight and if you have any book suggestions, please let us know!!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis--Sasha Stone is the first-chair clarinet, at the top of her class, and loves being by the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend, all in the pursuit of entering the Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician. But then the smell of smoke, beer, and trouble in the form of Isaac Harver, a boy she has certainly never even touched, but for whom she feels an irresistible draw, turns her life upside down. When she learns that she had a twin sister in the womb whom she absorbed before birth, questions about who she really is and whether or not her twin's spirit still lives in her put her future plans in serious doubt.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson--After being singled out by legendary R&B artist Korey Fields, Enchanted Jones believes her life is made. Soon she realizes that Korey has a dark and controlling side and when he turns up murdered, Enchanted is the obvious suspect.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters--Mary Shelley Black is fascinated by science and is curious about almost everything, but life in America in 1918 is confusing and troubling—people turn to the occult for answers, the influenza epidemic forces men and women to walk the streets in gauze masks, and those who are not in gauze masks are either dead or fighting on the front lines in Europe. When Mary learns her childhood crush, Stephen, has died overseas, she runs out of her house in grief and is struck dead by lightning—only for a few minutes, though. In that time, she develops the ability to see ghosts, including Stephen.

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil--WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.  When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

The Diviners by Libba Bray--Set in the roaring twenties, 17-year-old Evie O'Neill is shipped off to live with her Uncle Will in New York -- the same uncle who runs the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. Evie couldn't be happier living in the Big Apple, drinking gin and hanging out with her new friends, but when she learns the Pentacle Killer is on the loose, Evie must use her supernatural ability to see people's pasts to stop the horror. 

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco--The spirit of Okiku, a teenaged murder victim whose body was thrown in a well centuries ago, wanders the world killing the murderers and torturers of children so that those children can find peace and be released from their ethereal tethers. Yet none of this brings Okiku peace. When she meets Tark, a boy with evil tattooed onto his skin but with no monster in his soul, Okiku tries to help the boy by taking on the demon surrounding Tark.