Spooky Stories for Dark and Stormy Nights
Night Shift—Stephen King’s first collection of stories—is an early showcase of the depths that King’s wicked imagination could plumb. In these 20 tales, we see mutated rats gone bad (“Graveyard Shift”); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (“Night Surf,” the basis for The Stand); a smoker who will try anything to stop (“Quitters, Inc.”); a reclusive alcoholic who begins a gruesome transformation (“Gray Matter”); and many more. This is Stephen King at his horrifying best.
In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain
When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair--the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks--Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.
After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose--one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.
At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.
-From the Publisher
Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn’t quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.
When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. When she is brought back to life with a strange new hunger, the sisters will find out just how far they’ll go to keep their family together.
Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family's money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.
Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn't seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it's clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here.
Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the attic: the lost, final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn't budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery-on the pages and off-if she and her family are to survive…
When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie's not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.
Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.
And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she's able to carve out will be enough.
I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out.
That’s what ghosts do.
-From the publisher
Olivia and her twin sister, Viola, have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology.
Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they've ever seen. And suddenly, the sisters' world is ripped apart.
On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia's knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret bursts open - one that's as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding them.
The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this untouched colony world - and quickly start adapting. Olivia's going to have to adapt, too, if she's going to survive....
Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a unique and stunning biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.
Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night. By age nineteen, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby daughter just days after her birth. Mary poured her grief, pain, and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in Mary's Monster, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.
*** Other Notable Titles that we mentioned:
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Dry by Neal Shusterman
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Women in the Walls, The Nightingale and Devils Unto Daughters by Amy Lukavics
Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
There is only one problem: The planet that holds the only known supply has an indigenous population that distrusts human adults. When miners from Babel try to mine the element, they are murdered by the locals.
But Babel has found the solution. It recruits several teens who are in desperate need of being "set for life" and offers them a trip to space and onboard training to mine Nyxia and Emmett is one of those recruits.
Emmett is a Detriot teen with a ill mother and no resources, so when Babel makes him an offer he can't refuse, he takes them up on it. There are 10 recruits but not all of them will make it. Babel has set up a contest and only the best of the best will get the deal of a lifetime!
Set up a little like a Hunger Games crosssed with Ender's Game, Nyxia is a solid sci - fi that will keep readers turning pages. Emmett is a likable but flawed hero and Babel has just enough altruism to keep you guessing if they have something going on behind the scenes. It has a nice mystery and enough characters to make for a second level "who done it" as well.
If you like your sci fi with a side of mystery....give Nyxia a try.
P.S. See also Nyxia Unleased and Nyxia Rising to read the WHOLE series!
FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY MINDY MCGINNIS
Mindy McGinnis writes some excellent suspense and mysteries, but she tells readers right up front in “Female of the Species” that Alex is a killer.
What I loved about this story so much was that it dealt with something that is not often touched on in other revenge stories. How do you move on when you have done something awful but you don’t regret it?
Alex Craft’s older sister was murdered in her small town and the killer went free on a technicality, so Alex takes matters into her own hands. Once she has done the unthinkable by society's standards, Alex realizes that she no longer has a place among “normal’ people.
Like Alex, Jack (star athelete, second in his class) had a role to play in the events of that horrible murder and he is having a hard time living with the guilt. When he and Alex cross paths, he comes to realize that Alex’s strength could also be her downfall.
Pick this book up if you like strong characters with tragic flaws, books that explore the nature of retribution and forgiveness and what it takes to be a killer and to walk away.
So so so so so good!
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Mateo and Rufus could not have imagined that on their last day on Earth, they would meet and fall in love.
A New York Times Bestseller, 4 Star Reviewed Kirkus Book and School Library Journal Book of the Year, don't miss this beautiful story of living the life you want in the time you have left with the people you love.
A Little Something for Everyone!
As you all know, every year librarians and students from all over the state, come together to compile a list of some of the best books of the year.
There have been years of the list where it feels like there is a common thread (last year it seemed like the theme of social awareness was obvious), but his year the collection of nominees really does run the gambit.
This year's theme is "Matchbook: Finding a story that you love" and to go with that we are offering a QR code on each book that records your thoughts about what you loved or didn't love about that book.
Once you have read 3 titles, it automatically generates an invite to vote. Everyone who votes gets 2 things:
Ice cream in the library and Entered into a drawing for the Spring Break Basket (with tons of giftcards for fun things to do while you are not here!)
If you are having trouble picking out one, just stay tuned. Each week we will feature a different book from the list and tell you all about it (NO SPOILERS, of course!)
So participate in the Reader's Choice Voting this year in the CITGO IA!
Did you know that people who read fiction are smarter, more empathetic and have a greater grasp of current events than those who don’t read?
Also, people who read science fiction avidly tend to read at a higher vocabulary and more closely?
Whether you already love science fiction or don’t really pick it for your pleasure reading, you should consider “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Christoff as an opportunity to try something different. Here is the premise:
Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.
One of the things that really attracts readers to this particular book is the format. If you like to have the text broken up and the various style elements used throughout the story, then this is the book for you. Added bonus: It is a series and the third book has just hit the bookstore. No long waits to find out what happens to your favorite characters! :)
Stop by the CITGO Innovation Academy and check out “Illuminae” and improve your reading and mind!
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Small towns are complicated. No town proves that more completely than "Beartown". Fredrik Backman's 2016 novel is set in a small Swedish town that is on the decline. Industry and top jobs don't exist in Beartown, but what does is hockey! Every year the town puts all it's hopes in it's Junior Hockey League.
The book explores what it means to be part of the team, a community and an outsider. You might think at first glance that it is just another sports or hockey book, but once you get past that, you realize this is really about having courage in the face of the majority and standing up for what is right and decent.
Admittedly, it took a bit for this book to hook me, but once it did, I was complete lost in the story, on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen to the characters and community that Backman has so painstakingly created.
Whether you love sports or are indifferent, won't matter once you get into this book, do don't judge by the cover. This is a great story with memorable setting and character and a timely message!
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I got the idea for killing Simon while watching Dateline. I'd been thinking about it for awhile, obviously. That's not the kind of thing you pluck out of thin air. But the "how" of getting away with it always stopped me. I don't kid myself that I'm a criminal mastermind. And, I'm much too good looking for prison.... Let's face it; everyone at Bayview High School hated Simon. I was just the only one with enough guts to do something about it. You're welcome.
Someone has murdered Simon in a detention room with 4 other people in it. One of them knows the truth. One of them committed murder. The problem is, they were all there together and not one of them saw a thing.
Entertainment Weekly describes this New York Times Bestseller as "Pretty Little Liars" meets "The Breakfast Club". If your looking for a good realistic fiction, mystery, with a splash of romance thrown in, don't hesitate to check out "One of Us is Lying" on the #URtheChange display in the CITGO Innovation Academy. Along with the book, you will find information on Bullying Prevention and STOMP it Out Bullying Campaign in honor of October being National Bullying Awareness Month.
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This week #URtheChange Challenge Book is “All We Have Left” by author Wendy Mills.
It has been years since Jesse’s brother was killed on 9/11/01 in the Towers on that fateful day. Ever since, her family has been filled with anger and hate. When Jesse makes a terrible decision, she is forced to confront her anger and the past that has caused her family so much pain.
Jesse’s story is interwoven with flashbacks that tell the story of Alia, a proud Muslim girl who finds herself in the Towers on 9/11/01 trapped with a boy who would change everything.
Their stories are compelling and unforgettable! Just like many of the stories of that day
If you would like to read “All We Have Left”, please visit the #URtheChange display in the CITGO Innovation Center and pick up a copy. If you would like to participate in the Challenge, take a moment to ask a family member or someone close to you who lived through that day what they were doing and where they were when they heard the planes had hit. Take a moment to put your thoughts down in the comments section below.
Seeing the past through the eyes of those who were living it is a way we can change the future!
Dawn Scuderi has a Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. This is her 2nd year as Library Director at LHS. She has served for 4 years on the Illinois Teen Choice Committee.