7. Breath and Bones

by Susann Cokal

This a quite a good book with a memorable anti-heroine. It is a comic picaresque about a young Danish woman, an artist’s model and muse, who travels across the western U.S. in the 1880s in search of the artist who is her first love. Although the plot details are hard to swallow, it’s a fun, compelling romp through the landscape of the American west and the sexuality of this odd woman.  The two - the setting and her sexuality - don’t mix well.

It is by no means a great novel, but I enjoyed the story.  It would make a very good movie if a vibrator wasn’t central to the latter third of the plot.

6. The Girl Who Owned a City

by O.T. Nelson

This little post-apocalypse novel was recommended by one of my 8th graders.  It is the best book she ever read.  And I can see why. It is a world where everyone over 13 years old dies and the kids are left to figure out how to survival by themselves. Ten-year-old Lisa Nelson, an unlikely hero, rises to the occasion and does remarkable things.

Nelson, the author, is clearly telling a kid's version of Ayn Rand's philosophy. It's a bit too obvious in the tale, and a distraction.  Maybe not to unknowing readers between 10 and 15, her targeted audience.

3,4, & 5. The Hunger Games trilogy

by Suzanne Collins

They were a fun read. A bit shy on detail, but Collins has created a compelling character in Katniss Everdeen (what's up with that name?).