Spotlight On: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up – the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.  — from the publisher

Find out more at the official Random House website.


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The author of the Uglies series has launched the first in a planned four-part series set in an alternate-history Europe of 1914. The steampunk adventure is enhanced by Keith Thompson’s black-and-white illustrations.

“Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.”
— from Westerfeld’s website

“Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s.” — read more at Wikipedia

Bookaholics Anonymous Book Club Selection Wins Teens Top Ten

paper townsPaper Towns by John Green won first place in the 2009 Teens Top Ten book competition sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The book came out ahead of other popular works such as Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Parkview’s own Bookaholics Anonymous Book Club chose Paper Towns as its September/October book. Discussion about the story grew heated at times as club members criticized or defended characters and their actions. Despite some dissatisfaction with the ending, the overall feeling was that Papers Towns is a book worth reading.

Book Club Reviews:
“Paper Towns is an extraordinary book. The plot and characters are well written and I feel that John Green is an excellent author.”  Kelsey R.

Paper Towns had an interesting plot, however so much more could have been done to make this book awesome. It’s still worth a read.” Daniel W.

2009 Teen Top Ten Book List:

  1. Paper Towns by John Green
  2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
  6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  7. Wake by Lisa McMann
  8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
  9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Webcast: John Green expresses his thanks for Paper Towns’ win.