Monthly Archives: May 2013

Winner of the 2013 CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award

The results are in! 927 votes were cast and the winner is :


Divergent by Veronica Roth! This action-packed dystopian novel received 206 (22%) of your votes!

Taking second place is the hilarious-and-heart-breaking The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Rounding out the top three is the creepy graphic novel Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.

The complete Top 10 list, ranked by number of votes received, is as follows:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – 206 votes
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 137 votes
  3. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – 123 votes
  4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 114 votes
  5. Blood Red Road by Moira Young – 93 votes
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – 73 votes
  7. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler – 62 votes
  8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis – 52 votes
  9. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – 62 votes
  10. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater31 votes

CCRSB Library Services would like to extend a huge thank you to all participating students for making this program a great success! It couldn’t have happened without you!

Tomorrow’s the Big Day

In less than 24 hours, the winner of the 2013 CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award will be announced! What book do you think will take home the crown? Check the award website tomorrow morning to find out!

This Dark Endeavor Read-Alikes

If you liked This Dark Endeavor, the obvioius read-alike is its source material – Mary Shelley’s classic  Frankenstein. If you’ve read it or want something that was published more recently, try one of these skin-crawling, spine-tingling novels.

GreatAndTerribleBeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (2003)

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls – and their foray into the spiritual world – lead to? (Source:

HauntingAlaizabelClayThe Haunting of Alaizabel Clay by Chris Wooding (2001)

Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline – his freind and mentor – track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quater of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed. Whatever dreadful entity has entered Alaizabel’s soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet – attracting evil and drawing horrors from the very depths of hell. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause, and thus begins a treacherous quest across London. At stake is all humanity. (Source:

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Sheperd (2013)

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London-working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward – both of whom she is deeply drawn to – Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius-and madness-in her own blood. (Source:

MonstrumologistThe Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy (2009)

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will’s world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus–a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest–and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world before it is too late. (Source:

RottersRotters by Daniel Kraus (2011)

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating. (Source:

The Scorpio Races Read-Alikes

Like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Scorpio Races has a unique concept; you’d be hard-pressed to find another book about racing deadly water horses on an imaginary Celtic island. However, there are many other fantasy novels inspired by legends of  mythical sea creatures and/or Celtic folklore. If you are a fan of The Scorpio Races, here are five titles that you may want to add to your to-read list:

BridesOfRollrockIslandThe Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (2012)

On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings-and to catch their wives.

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. (Source:

HushHush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli (2007)

Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland — but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country’s laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference. (Source:

FolkKeeperThe Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (1999)

Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even she doesn’t fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family’s seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna’s life changes forever… (Source:


SeachangeSea Change by Aimee Friedman (2009)

Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science–and not so great with boys. After a major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she is happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother’s estate. Then, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts that her logical, scientific mind can’t make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship…and reality. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she could”ve never imagined? (Source:

TitheTithe by Holly Black (2002)

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death. (Source:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Read-Alikes

Do you love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and need something to tide you over while you wait for the sequel? Then be sure to check out one of these mysterious, magical, and creepy novels.

BookOfDeadDaysThe Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick (2004)

The days between 27 December and New Year’s Eve are dead days – days when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. There is a man, Valerian, whose time is running out, who must pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago.

His servant is Boy, a child with no name and no past; a child Valerian treats with contempt, but who serves his master well and finds solace in the company of his only friend, Willow. Unknown to any of them, it is Boy who holds the key to their destiny.

Set in dark threatening cities and the frozen countryside in a distant time and place of the author’s making, The Book of Dead Days conjures a spell-binding story of sorcery and desperate magic as Valerian, Boy and Willow battle to stop time and cling to life. (Source:

BookOfLostThingsThe Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (2006)

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things. (Source:

MonsterCallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay (2011)

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. (Source:

NightCircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway – a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. (Source:

PrettyMonstersPretty Monsters by Kelly Link, illustrated by Shaun Tan (2008)

Through the lens of Kelly Link’s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award- winning “The Faery Handbag,” in which a teenager”s grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of “The Surfer,” whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, these ten stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. (Source:

The Future of Us Read-Alikes

Searching for another realistic romance along the lines of The Future of Us? Look no further than these great books:

DashAndLilysBookOfDaresDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (2010)

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? (Source:

EleanorAndParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

EveryDayEvery Day by David Levithan (2012)

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with-day in, day out, day after day. (Source:

GraffitiMoonGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (2012)

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere-spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night-and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes. (Source:

LolaBoyNextDoorLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (2011)

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket – a gifted inventor – steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. (Source: