Gentle Reads 2011

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Gentle Reads 2011

Gentle reads are books that are highly entertaining yet stay away from more explicit content such as extensive swearing or sex.

These are books I have personally read and have found to meet that criteria. -John Gillette


What if you could download superpowers from the Internet? Would you be a hero or a villain? This premise is explored in these companion series. If you want to be good read Hero.com. If you want to be bad read Villain.net. Or read both!
Kat was raised as a cat burglar. She is able to break into any place and steal anything, but she has given it up and gone straight. But her father is now accused of stealing from the most famous mobster ever. Kat reluctantly comes out of "retirement" to help clear her father's name. She'll just have to steal from the most secure museum in the world.
Aphra lives and works at her father's island resort hotel. She doesn't mind the beach life but she misses the mom who abandoned them. Things begin to look up when a cute boy shows up with his family for a vacation. But soon another hotel patron is found dead and Aphra suspects the boy. Can she solve the murder without being killed?
Alona is the alpha female at school. She is in charge of the popular crowd and everything revolves around her. That is until she is hit by a bus and dies. Now the popular girl is a ghost who can't move on. Her only hope is the young goth boy who just happens to be able to see ghosts. Can this mismatched pair get over their differences and help each other?
  • Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim
Nina's parents are very strict. She needs to get straight A's and dating is entirely off the table. Nina doesn't think any boy would be interested in her, especially because of her excess body hair. But then a young man catches her eye and she will do anything to be more attractive. This is a very funny book about learning to be yourself.
  • Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
Kyle volunteers to be hypnotized by his friend for the village's annual talent show. When he awakes everyone in town is frozen still. Phones, computers, or television won't work properly. Soon people start to move again, except they ignore Kyle and start to dismantle the town. Then they grow tendrils from their hands. Can Kyle figure out what happened to the town and find a way to reverse it?
  • The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Lena wants to learn to surf but her father won't let her. She knows the reason has to do with with how her mother abandoned them. Lena is drawn to the sea late one night, and she catches a glimpse of her mother in the ocean, or was it a mermaid?!
Four young friends are big fans of the new candy shop that just opened in town. Soon they are doing favors for the owner who supplies them with special candy. This candy gives them superpowers for a limited time. As the favors become more and more illegal they question if the special candy is worth it.
This is a story of two young friends Mugo and Matthew who are torn apart by the Mau Mau Rebellion in 1950's Kenya. Mugo and Matthew find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Is their friendship strong enough to endure racial violence?
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Sunny is an albino (she is devoid of all skin pigmentation) and is secretly going to magic school at night in her native Nigeria. Soon Sunny and her friends will have to face off against a deadly enemy who wants to summon an evil spirit.
An alternative history/steampunk adventure in which World War I is told through the eyes of a young girl named Deryn and a boy named Aleksander. They both come from opposite sides of the war but must work together to stop the violence.

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