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Latest adult titles added for the holidays...add chocolate or wine if desired

"Not your mothers fiction"...recommended for older teens and adults

A great way to encourage older students to read is to have read the books that they are interested in. Here are some of the latest award winning and starred review titles in contemporary fiction that don't pull any punches...these books may make you think, long after you have turned the last page….

Kingdom of little wounds by Susann Cokal [Print & eBook]

Challenging, provocative and beautifully written...
A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut. On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem—and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.


Library comment "A beautifully written fairytale with layers of intrigue that need to be peeled away... Not for the faint hearted - Philippa Gregory this isn't!".


A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book.

More than this by Patrick Ness [eBook]

A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this...


Comment from Thomas Moffat (Junior School) "This book just gets bigger as you read it..."

Every day by David Levithan [Print & eBook]

A brilliant and unexpected love story from YA superstar David Levithan that asks can love conquer all?

Every day a different body.

Every day a different life.

Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

And then A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because A has found someone he wants to be with - day in, day out, day after day.

Can you love someone who is destined to change each day?

David Levithan brings all his trademark insight to a novel that is edgy, romantic and page-turning. Every Day has a touch of the paranormal and a grounding in the real world.


Library comment: "Thought provoking - you will be thinking about this romantic story long after you finish the last page"

A monster calls by Patrick Ness [Print & eBook]

An extraordinary and moving novel about coming to terms with loss.


The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa and Galaxy Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. This internationally best-selling novel is an extraordinarily moving tale of love, loss and hope, from a multi-award-winning writer.


Winner of both the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards in 2012.

All ebooks available in the Kristin Digital Collection via OverDrive

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