By Allie Condie
In a future society in which government controls everything from a person’s daily caloric intake to the person’s death date (one’s 80th birthday), it is not surprising that the government also determines who would be the right person for each citizen to marry. Cassia has unquestionably followed what the government proclaimed was right, believing it was looking after the best interests of the citizens. Her chosen partner is exactly whom she hoped it would be, and her life seems to be on track for happiness. However, a sequence of events makes her question if the government has too much control over the citizens. Matched is the first book in a trilogy which traces Cassia’s journey from doubt to rebellion. Matched focuses on romance as Cassia struggles with her feelings for her government selected perfect match and a forbidden suitor. The second and third books in the series still have the romance aspect, but more and more action occurs as the rebellion becomes more of a focus. Readers who like dystopian society novels will find this book/series an interesting read.
The Night She Disappeared
By April Henry
The Night She Disappeared is a frightening book because it is so true to life. It is not unusual to see stories broadcasted on the news of people who have gone missing. This fiction book is much like one of those news stories.
A pizza delivery girl named Kayla goes missing on a routine delivery. Other than the captor, no one knows where she is or what has happened to her. Two of Kayla’s coworkers, Drew and Gabie, who feel they are inadvertently responsible for her disappearance begin to piece together clues. As the two grapple with fear and guilt, they race against time trying to figure out what has happened to Kayla and who is responsible for her disappearance. This book will not only grab your attention, it will keep it until the last page.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.