We have a lot of new books in the teen collection. Here’s some of the ones that stand out from the rest:

  • Mississippi Jack : Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and the Lily of the West, by L. A. Meyer (611 pages) – It is 1806 and Jacky Faber’s adventures continue as she sails down the Mississippi, avoiding capture by the British and having a right old lark.
  • Back and Beyond : NZ Painting for the Young and Curious, by Gregory O’Brien (111 pages) – This beautiful book looks at the history and significance of New Zealand art, and is full of illustrations. A great introduction to art history.
  • Airhead, by Meg Cabot (340 pages) – A girl receives a ‘full-body transplant’, and becomes the world’s most famous teen supermodel. Drama ensues!
  • Lock and Key : A Novel, by Sarah Dessen (422 pages) – This sounds lovely. Abandoned by her alcoholic mother, Ruby is taken in by her sister who she hasn’t seen for ten years. She learns, “what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.”
  • Unwind, by Neal Shusterman (335 pages) – If that last book wasn’t your cup of tea, you may like this: “In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would ‘unwind’ them.”
  • Shakespeare’s Apprentice, by Veronica Bennett (239 pages) – An apprentice actor in Shakespeare’s theatre company falls in love for Lord Essex’s niece. Will their forbidden romance end tragically? No.
  • Frostbite : A Vampire Academy Novel, by Richelle Mead (327 pages) – This is the second in a planned series of books. Apparently it stands out from other vampire novels, and after reading the first paragraph I have to admit to wanting to keep reading. Though frankly I would think twice about any school named ‘St Vladimir’s’.