He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy.When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat.
The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince.More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.Warcross by Marie Lu For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.All parents are informed of the range of books that are present in our classroom library so that students can choose something that speaks to them.Not all of these books are in my library but are books that the students have found and read independently.The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare.He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive–dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.It was interesting to see just how many of these books I myself had read and book-talked, as well as how many have been favorites two or more years in a row.There were also many of these books that were book-talked by more than one student such as Booked, Scythe, One of Us is Lying, and Amulet.Yet this also seemed to be the year where students really branched into more adult books as well as books that had not been mentioned as favorites before.Other things I noticed were: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place.