Young Adult Books

Traitor’s Gate by Kate Elliott

In Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate, Kate Elliott took readers to the fascinating world of the Hundred, a land teeming with an array of cultures, gods, and conflicts blighted by the shadow of chaos and destruction. Now, with the same intensity and dramatic sweep that has brought this epic to life, Elliott returns to the exquisitely crafted cities and landscapes of the Hundred, in a thunderous conclusion to the saga.

In the darkness of war and destruction, forces gather to reclaim the peace: Those immortal Guardians who still serve justice seek a means to end the devastating reign of one of their own; a hired outlander army struggles to halt the advance of the horde that has despoiled vast lands and slaughtered countless people in its murderous wake, while still guarding against a burgeoning threat from an aggressively expansionist empire; and the eagle reeves who have long been the only law enforcers of the Hundred struggle to reorganize after a devastating massacre has decimated their numbers. But even as these forces give hope to those who would live in peace, a terrible danger looms: a traitor with Imperial ambitions, the most dreaded, least anticipated threat of all…

In the unfolding drama of political upheaval and violent change, nothing is certain, as alliances dissolve and power shifts with the unpredictability of a desert sandstorm. A riotous epic with the vast breadth and excitement only masterful storyteller Kate Elliott can summon, Traitors’ Gate will leave her many readers begging for more.

The Summer Everything Changed by Holly Chambers

At Blueberry Bay Bed and breakfast in Maine, Louise Bessire and her daughter, Isobel, are both anticipating an exciting summer. Louise is hosting an important wedding that could make her business. Isobel is looking forward to writing her style and fashion blog and getting to know charming nineteen-year-old Jeff Otten. As the wedding draws closer, Louise has little time to focus on her daughter. Feeling isolated, especially when her father cancels a long-awaited visit, Isobel falls under Jeff’s dynamic spell, with dangerous results. And soon, mother and daughter must find the courage to overcome unexpected challenges through the strength of their shared bond.

Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

A Booklist review by Deborah Donovan: Smith, author of five thrillers starring FBI Special Agent Ana Grey, here offers a heartfelt glimpse into a little-known episode in U.S. history, the journey taken by mothers of U.S. soldiers fallen in WWI to visit their sons’ graves in Europe. Smith focuses on five mothers whose sons were buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France. Their unofficial leader is Cora Blake, a single mother from Maine. She’s joined by an Irish maid, the wife of an immigrant Russian chicken farmer, a woman who’s been in and out of mental institutions since her son was killed, and a wealthy Boston socialite. Smith deftly spotlights moments along their sojourn, from the giggling fits brought on by the French delicacies they are served on board ship to the tears they shed when confronted by the stark white lines of marble stones where their sons’ remains now lie. Side plots revolve around an American journalist, badly disfigured in the war, who befriends Cora and publishes her story in a French newspaper, and the practice of racially segregating these mothers, even in their grief. Smith’s foray into historical fiction is captivating and enlightening. –Deborah Donovan

Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott

A review from Publishers Weekly: Elliott’s elaborate first entry in a projected seven-book fantasy series introduces a once prosperous but now lawless land called the Hundred. Its godlike Guardians, who dispense justice, have disappeared; the eagle-riding Reeves, who have kept the peace, have lost authority; and a mysterious, ruthless new force preys on the towns and inhabitants of the Hundred and neighboring empires. But after years of dissolute behavior, a Reeve named Joss is regaining his will to defend his land. Meanwhile, Outlanders Captain Anji; his resourceful bride, Mai; and his well-trained band of Qin soldiers come to the Hundred by necessity. Elliott (Crown of Stars) crafts complex if not wholly original characters, including strong women who persevere in repressive, nonegalitarian societies. She is equally adept at outlining intricate religions and myths. This promises to be a truly epic fantasy.

Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott

Publishers Weekly review: In this many-layered second installment in the Crossroads fantasy series (after 2007′s Spirit Gate), Marit, an eagle-riding reeve, awakens as a spirit three years after her death and slowly realizes she’s become one of the nine Guardians, protectors of justice who wield god-given powers. Soon Marit discovers that some of her fellow Guardians lead forces plaguing the land, while others hide or resist. Meanwhile, among the living, war rewrites the social order, and those of different religions and homelands make common cause. Elliott follows Qin soldier Anji and his troubled, lonely wife, Mai; Marit’s former lover, reeve marshal Joss; and Kirya, a tribal warrior who sells herself into slavery to protect her brother. Each must balance cultural imperatives with a broader view of justice, and survival with mercy. The cosmology and politics may confuse newcomers, but the human dilemmas grip the reader right through to the abrupt final cliffhanger. (Apr.)
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I Am Malala The Girls Who Stood Up by Malala Yousafzai

The Full Title is “I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”

Washington Post review: “Riveting…. Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls…. It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one.”—Marie Arana,

At One: In a Place Called Maine by Lynn Plourde

At One, In a place called Maine is an almost hypnotic story about the great state of Maine. But it is more long poem than a story because there is no plot line. It speaks in short, simple verses about some of the wonders found in Maine such as its tall mountains, its pine forests, its wildlife, and many other interesting lines about nature in Maine. –Bangor Daily News

Allagash Tails by Tim Caverly

Amazon.com description:  A collection of tall tails for the whole family. Perfect to be read around the campfire or when tucking the little campers into bed.

Wilderness Wildlife by Tim Caverly

Amazon.com description: Ever since Henry David Thoreau visited the Allagash, thousands of people have flocked to Maine’s North Woods to enjoy, deer, moose and the call of the loon. But do we really know what goes on in the animal world? What if we could talk to the animals, what might they say? Find out by reading “Wilderness Wildlife.”

A Wilderness Ranger’s Journal by Tim Caverly

Amazon.com description:  In this mystery adventure paddle with a family as they canoe a northern Maine wilderness river. The three people have only been on the river for four days and already they have experienced enough to last a life time. Looking at a map of their travel route they find there is a bend in the river called “The Devil’s Elbow” in front of them. They wonder what could they possible encounter next as the current carries them down stream against their will.