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08/18/2016 - 10:16am
If you like The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story. (catalog summary)

 

If you liked The Lovely Bones, then you may like these titles and authors:


The Almost Moon
by Alice Sebold
For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. (catalog summary)

 



Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart. (catalog summary)
 


 

08/18/2016 - 9:42am
If you like Painting Acrylic

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Acrylic Innovation: Styles + Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists by Nancy Reyner
Acrylic is often used as a substitute for oil paint or watercolor, but the real gold mine is in allowing the medium freedom to do what it does best. This book shows how today's artists are doing exactly that. It's loaded with original artwork and valuable insight from 64 artists, incredibly diverse in styles and subjects, each using acrylic in unique ways to create expressive and personal art. (catalog summary)
 



Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-for Budding Artists of All Ages
by Susan Schwake
Presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. (catalog summary)

 



Complete Painting and Drawing Handbook

Aimed at the novice artist, the book is organized around simple guidelines, which help the reader to progress in a structured manner and achieve satisfying results. The book is structured into four sections - drawing, watercolor, acrylics and oils. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/17/2016 - 3:47pm
If you like Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Alienated by Melissa Landers
High school senior Cara Sweeney gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in earth's first intergalactic high school exchange program. (catalog summary)
Other books in the series: Invaded

If you like the out-of-this-world love in Alienated, try these book titles too:



Dangerous by Shannon Hale
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved. (catalog summary)
 


 

 

 

Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
Sixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. (catalog summary)
 

 


08/15/2016 - 12:33pm
If you like the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

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The Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan begins with The Vampire's Assistant:
After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.

We have other books in the Cirque du Freak series that you would probably enjoy. They are all written by Darren Shan. Here are some other titles you might like: 

Abarat by Clive Barker
 

Abarat by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.

 


 

 

 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

08/15/2016 - 11:51am
If you like Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Armed with her camera and a Magic 8-Ball and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. (catalog summary)

 

If you like the drama and romance of Made You Up, try these titles as well:

 

 

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

 

 

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)
 

 

08/15/2016 - 10:41am
If you like The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. (catalog summary)

If you like the fantastical adventure and romance in The Red Queen, try these titles:

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse or she will lose Tamlin forever. (catalog summary)



 

 

 

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Jane Yolen
Accident-prone, thirteen-year-old Gorse, the youngest fairy in her family, falls into a trap while on her way to the palace to bless the newborn princess, Talia, but arrives in time to give a gift which, although seemingly horrific, may prove to be a real blessing in this take-off on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. (catalog summary)

 

08/15/2016 - 2:11am
Cover to An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Scholars were once known for their prestigious universities and vast libraries—until the Martials conquered them five hundred years ago. The oppressed scholar people live in constant fear of starvation, raids, imprisonment, slavery and death, but that hasn’t stopped some from resisting and rising up.

08/08/2016 - 10:02am
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Parts 1 & 2) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter.

From living with the dreaded Dursleys to deadly encounters with monstrous beings (including The Dark Lord Voldermort), Harry Potter, "the Boy Who Lived,” has faced unpredictable and thrilling moments over his school years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

08/08/2016 - 3:50pm
If you like The Lockwood & Co. Series by Jonathan Stroud

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Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Book #1 in the series)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. (catalog summary)

If you like the first book in the Lockwood & Co. series, try the other two:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the Lockwood & Co. book series, try these other titles:

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
 

 

 

 

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

 

 

08/02/2016 - 9:18am

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer 
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love. (catalog summary)

If you like The Host, you might enjoy these other titles as well:

 

The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
Fifteen-year-old necromancer Chloe, having escaped from Lyle House with Derek, Simon, and Rae, finds herself imprisoned in a laboratory run by a sinister organization determined to control her and her supernatural friends. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

 

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia 
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

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