Surreal

F WES Westerfeld, Scott Peeps New York: Penguin, 2005.
Great night vision, avaoidance of daylight and superhuman strength. Cal can't understand what's happening, but soon finds he is carrying a parasite that he's been passing on to his girlfriends who then begin to exhibit vampire traits. Now he must go out and find the ex-girlfriends and capture them to be cured, or is there something else happening?

F CRE Crew, Linda . Brides of Eden. New York : HarperCollins, 2000..
In this story based on true events, sixteen-year-old Eva and her female friends become obsessed with a charismatic young man who comes to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1904, claiming to be a Christian prophet. He brainwashes them into defying all conventions and eventually exploits them.

F PRO Prose, Francine. After New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2003.
In the aftermath of a nearby school shooting, a grief and crisis counselor takes over Central High School and enacts increasingly harsh measures to control students, while those who do not comply disappear. This one has shades of politics, control and manipulation running through it.

921 KAY Kaysen, Susanna. Girl Interrupted. New York : Turtle Bay Books, 1993.
When reality got "too dense" for 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen, she was hospitalized. It was 1967, and reality was too dense for many people. This is a true story of her observations about hospital life, making this book of brief essays an exquisite challenge to conventional thinking about what is normal and what is deviant.

F HAD Haddox, Margaret Peterson. Among the Imposters. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2002.
Sequel to Among the Hidden with Luke finally out of hiding and going to boarding school under an assumed identity. Spotting a door open to the outdoors, he sneaks out, and soon discovers others slipping through the door to meet regularly in the woods. Unfortunately, there's a traitor in the group who's working for the Population Police to unmask and turn in the shadow children.

F TOL Tolan, Stephanie. Welcome to the Ark. New York: Morrow, 1996.
Miranda, lives in a brave new world set only three years in the future, yet frighteningly familiar to today's teens. Against a backdrop of terrorist attacks, high-school shoot-outs, and militia stand-offs, teens struggle to gain control of their personal worlds even as their families splinter. Considered a "baby genius," Miranda is committed to a mental hospital.

F MAH Mahy, Margaret. The Catalogue of the Universe. New York : Atheneum, 1986, c1985.
Just before her graduation from high school, Angela May acts out her burning desire to find and confront her father. . . . What Angela discovers is a hard, cold man who never cared for either her mother or herself . . . Immediate and well-paced, with a dramatic climax and a satisfying conclusion.

F SHU Shusterman, Neal. Downsiders. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c1999.
By accident, Lindsay discovers a boy named Talon who resides in a secret city beneath New York--a kind of underground Oz called the Downside. Fascinated by the differences in their dual worlds and soon grow equally fascinated with each other.

F VAN Van Velde, Vivian. Companions in the Night.. San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1995.
When sixteen-year-old Kerry Nowicki helps a young man escape from a group of men who claim he is a vampire, she finds herself faced with some bizarre and dangerous choices.

F MCD McDonald, Joyce. Shades of Simon Gray. New York : Delacorte Press, c2001.
Two hundred years ago a young man was hanged at an ancient oak after a hasty trial in Bellehaven. Now the tree marks the scene of another violent event. Simon Gray, 16, has crashed his '92 Honda Civic into the tree and is in a coma. Most people blame the frogs, the plague of peepers that made the road all slippery that night. None of the adults know that Simon hacked the school computer for three older kids who had bullied him into procuring advance copies of tests for them. As he lies in the coma, they worry about their secret. And in his mind, Simon is walking out of his body and out of time to meet the young murderer at the tree. (Review from Amazon.com)

F SEB Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones. Boston : Little, Brown, c2002.
On the best seller list for over 10 weeks, this is a novel of a young girl who is lured into an underground bunker by her neighbor. There she is raped and murdered. She looks down from heaven observing the lives of those she left behind. The humor and pathos in this novel makes it unforgettable!

J PET Peters, Julie Ann. Define Normal. Little, Brown and company, 2000.
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.

F GIL Giles, Gail. Shattering Glass. Brookfield, Ct. : Roaring Brook Press, 2002.
The first three lines from Shattering Glass: "Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him." 'Nuff said. If you don't break the door off it's hinges on the way to the library to check out this outstanding chiller thriller after reading that, then nothing else will be able to convince you! (review from Reading Rants website.)

F WEA Weaver,Will. Claws. New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
"It's not the big, tragic things in life that do you in-"
For Jed Berg, life is good: He's landed a major girlfriend, made number one singles in varsity tennis, and his father lets him drive his 1969 Camaro. Sweet. Then a punk chick with pink hair enters Jed's life. She calls herself Gertrude, but something about that doesn't sound quite right. She begins to tell Jed things -- things about himself, about his father -- that make him very uneasy. He tries to ignore her, but she won't go away. Neither will the thoughts she's put into his head. As Jed searches for the truth about Gertrude, he begins to question the reality of his own life. (from Amazon.com)

F KLA Klause, Annette Curtis. Silver Kiss. New York : Delacorte Press, 1990.
Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness? (from Amazon.com)

F SLE Sleator, William. House of Stairs. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1991.
Five teen orphans are unwittingly made part of a bizarre experiment in a building made only of stairs. When they finally find a food source, they realize that the only way to activate it is through violence. If you've ever had any doubts about Big Brother watching, this story will definitely convince you.

 

 

 

 

 

updated 3/2/2007