After four horsemen kidnap eighteen-year-old Lugh, his twin sister Saba and their nine-year-old sister Emmi track Lugh across the bleak Sandsea. Then Saba is taken captive to be a cage fighter--but her friends have an escape plan. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2011. Download Blood Red Road, DB73839.
The Lantern Bearers
Sutcliff, Rosemary. Read by Ray Childs. Reading time: 11 hours, 46 minutes.
When the Roman army withdraws its protection from Britain, young legionnaire Aquila stays behind to defend his homeland from the tides of invaders. Sequel to The Silver Branch (DB 73887). For junior and senior high and older readers. 1959. Download The Lantern Bearers, DB74506.
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
Savage, Dan; Miller, Terry. Read by Ray Hagen. Reading time: 10 hours, 29 minutes.
More than one hundred essays and testimonials from celebrities, politicians, and others inspired by the It Gets Better Project, which sex-advice columnist Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created to provide support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. For senior high and older readers. 2011. Download It Gets Better, DB73552.
In the near future BZRK, a hacker group determined to preserve free will, uses nanobots to fight against the powerful conjoined Armstrong twins, who strive to create their version of utopia. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2012. Download BZRK, DB74583.
Sports Fiction, Romance
Fourteen-year-old Hudson Avery lost a figure-skating championship because of her parents' impending split. Now three years later, Hudson bakes cupcakes at her mom's diner for emotional comfort but soon finds herself back on the ice--with interesting prospects. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2012. Download Bittersweet, DB74585.
Janis Joplin: Rising up Singing
Angel, Ann. Read by Kim Schraf. Reading time: 3 hours, 18 minutes.
Biography, Music Appreciation and History
Biography of Janis Joplin (1943-1970) chronicles her successful music career and provides insight into her personal life and emotional vulnerabilities. Discusses Joplin's drug and alcohol addictions and death of an overdose at age twenty-seven. For junior and senior high and older readers. YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction. 2010. Download Janis Joplin: Rising up Singing, DB73764.
In a dark, future America torn by unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the Drowned Cities. But soon their safety is threatened and Mahlia risks all to save Mouse. Companion to Ship Breaker (DB 71441). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2012. Download The Drowned Cities, DB74636.
Fitzpatrick, Huntley. Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 19 minutes.
When Samantha, the daughter of a wealthy, perfectionist politician, falls in love with the forbidden boy next door, she discovers a different way to live. Then tragedy strikes and everything in her life changes. Strong language and descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download My Life Next Door, DB75070.
Price, Lissa. Read by Jennifer Hubbard. Reading time: 10 hours, 44 minutes.
A virus kills everyone between twenty and sixty, orphaning sixteen-year-old Callie and her sick brother. To pay for medicine, Callie has a neurochip installed that allows elderly people to occupy her body and reexperience youth--for a price. But the neurochip malfunctions. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download Starters, DB75095.
Cricket hates change, but is forced to deal with attending her mother's upcoming wedding, moving from the house she grew up in, and picking a college. Meanwhile, her love for her boyfriend Janssen complicates matters. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download The Story of Us, DB75203. Bruiser
Read by Luke Daniels; Laura Hamilton; Nick Podehl.
When sixteen-year-old Brontë dates a guy nicknamed "Bruiser," her twin brother Tennyson tries to stop the relationship, but ends up liking Bruiser. Then the twins notice that their wounds heal unnaturally fast, and they wonder who Bruiser really is. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2010. Download Bruiser, DB75241.
Quick, Matthew. Read by Andy Pyle. Reading time: 6 hours, 30 minutes.
High school senior Finley uses basketball to escape from the mob violence and drugs that rule his small Pennsylvania town. When his coach asks Finley to mentor a troubled teammate, the boys find they are not so different. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2012. Download Boy 21, DB75260.
Destined: House of Night
Cast, P. C; Cast, Kristin. Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 10 hours, 45 minutes.
Supernatural and Horror Fiction
Sequel to Awakened (DB 73145). Zoey and Stark, safe at home, prepare to confront Neferet. Neferet is protected by handsome Aurox, but Zoey senses Aurox's humanity and believes he can be more than just a weapon. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2011. Download Destined: House of Night, DB75286.
Hautman, Pete. Read by Jason Griffith. Reading time: 4 hours, 9 minutes.
An enigmatic new student named Shayne appears from nowhere, befriends Mikey, and takes on drug dealer and bully Jon, all within a matter of days. Then Shayne turns himself over to police and confesses to a killing. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2010. Download Blank Confession, DB75381.
The Raven Boys
Stiefvater, Maggie. Read by Mare Trevathan. Reading time: 10 hours, 32 minutes.
Fantasy Fiction, Supernatural and Horror Fiction
Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in her family, is cursed with the knowledge that her kiss will cause her true love to die. But on Saint Mark's Eve, Blue's future becomes much more complicated. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download The Raven Boys, DB75404.
People of the Thunder
Gear, W. Michael; Gear, Kathleen O'Neal. Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 14 hours, 15 minutes.
After the events in People of the Weeping Eye (DB 67005), visionary Old White, shaman Two Petals, and Trader travel to Split Sky City to halt war chief Smoke Shield's suppression of the enslaved Albaamaha people. Violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008. Download People of the Thunder, DB75421.
Though seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless and lives with her unfit mother in a school bus, she remains a relentless optimist and spends her time helping others. But Amber experiences one burden too many and eventually slips into depression. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2010. Download Sorta Like a Rock Star, DB75470.
For Darkness Shows the Stars
Peterfreund, Diana. Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 8 hours, 46 minutes.
Science Fiction, Romance
A botched genetic experiment creates two classes--the poorer Post-Reductionists and the noble Luddites. Elliot North covertly tries to provide for the Posts on her family estate and falls for Kai, a forbidden boy. But her father stands in her way. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download For Darkness Shows the Stars, DB75483.
Khoury, Jessica. Read by J. Michael McCullough. Reading time: 12 hours, 54 minutes.
Genetically engineered to be immortal, seventeen-year-old Pia was raised in the Amazon by scientists working to create a new race. But when Pia meets Eio in a nearby village, she realizes there is more to life than living forever. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download Origin, DB75515.
Busby, Cylin. Read by Guy Williams. Reading time: 7 hours, 26 minutes.
When a bike accident leaves him paralyzed, high school senior West blinks to communicate. West connects with Olivia, a fellow hospital patient, who seems to understand his dreams and nightmares. But Olivia has a secret. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download Blink Once, DB75536.
Kacvinsky, Katie. Read by Carol Dines. Reading time: 10 hours, 35 minutes.
In 2060 citizens live online and in the seclusion of their homes. Things change when Justin woos seventeen-year-old Madeline Freeman, the daughter of the national digital school creator. Justin and his friends are trying to get people to "unplug." For senior high and older readers. 2011. Download Awaken, DB75635.
Mead, Richelle. Read by Mary Kane. Reading time: 11 hours, 17 minutes.
Supernatural and Horror Fiction
Lissa Dragomir, newly elected queen of the Moroi from the Vampire Academy series, is well-guarded--but her position endangers her younger sister Jill. Accompanied by teenaged alchemist Sydney, Jill goes into hiding at Amberwood Prep, a human boarding school. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2011. Download Bloodlines, DB75647.
Alice, Pamela, Liz, Yolanda, and Gwen embark on one last summer adventure together before they head off to different colleges. As new stewards aboard the cruise ship Seascape, the friends experience much more than they signed up for. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download Alice on Board, DB75730.
Micah, an eighteen-year-old methamphetamine addict, leaves home to play music and avoid his issues. Acting on an anonymous e-mail tip, Micah's younger sister Rachel and his friend Tyler drive to San Diego to try to find him. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2012. Download Out of Reach, DB75741.