For fans of dystopian fiction, MATCHED is the most compelling teen novel since HUNGER GAMES. Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Cassia begins to doubt everything she's ever known and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
Our next holiday pick is SUGAR AND ICE by Kate Messner. It will make a perfect gift for any girl who likes skating, theatre, dance or other competitive athletic or artistic endeavors. For Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her family's farm. But all that changes when a charismatic Russian skating coach offers Claire a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake Placid. Tossed into a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything, Claire realizes that her sweet dream come true has sharper edges than she could have imagined. Can she find the strength to stand up to the people who want to see her fail and the courage to decide which dream she wants to follow?
Winter 2010-2011 Kids Indie Next List
Junior Library Guild Selection
Our next featured gift idea is PENNY DREADFUL , by one of our favorite new voices in children's lit, Laurel Snyder. What better book for the season of spending than one about how money isn't everything? When bored, lonely, Penelope Grey makes a wish that "something interesting would happen, just like in a book," her dad suddenly quits his job in The City and the family fortune melts away, leaving the Greys floundering. So Penelope's next wish is simply that something would happen to make things better. But that only lands them all in a ramshackle house in rural Tennessee, surrounded by a cast of oddball characters. This is a warm and whimsical treat for book lovers aged 8-12.