Monthly Archives: December 2017

“Release” by Patrick Ness

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former TRCA nominee Patrick Ness comes a new novel described by author Andrew Smith as “beautiful, enchanting, and exquisitely written.” Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel tells the story of Adam Thorn a young man struggling with his family’s religious beliefs, an employer’s inappropriate advances, and his unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo.

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds

From Jason Reynolds, one of the co-authors of American Boys, comes a novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Told in free-verse poems, this story is about fifteen-year-old Will who sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, and sets out to do the expected: seek revenge for his brother’s death.

“The Pearl Thief” by Elizabeth Wein

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former 2015 TRCA nominee Elizabeth Wein comes an exquisitely woven novel. A prequel to Code Name Verity, Wein’s latest work tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart who wakes up in the hospital only later to realize her injury might not have been an accident. Strange things are happening at her family’s ancestral home in Perthshire. In addition to her “accident” a respected London archivist goes missing, presumed murdered, and her family’s treasure trove of pearls is missing. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery, not only to satisfy her own curiosity, but to keep her friends from being framed for the crime.

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

From the award-winning author of Wolf by Wolf, which you may remember as last year’s TRCA winner, comes a novel about trust, romance, and duty.

“Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far’s very existence defies the laws of nature. All he’s ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far’s life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.” –Amazon.