Youth Advisory Council Recommendations


Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward

Eliza knows the legends about the swamp near her house -- that people have fallen into sinkholes, never to be seen again, maybe even falling to the center of the earth. As an aspiring geologist, she knows the last part is impossible. But when her best friends drag her onto the uneven ground anyway, Eliza knows to be worried. And when the earth opens under her feet, there isn't even time to say I told you so. As she scrambles through one cave, which leads to another, and another, Eliza finds herself in an impossible world -- where a small group of people survive underground, running from vicious creatures, eating giant bugs, and creating their own subterranean society. Eliza is grateful to be alive, but this isn't home. Is she willing to risk everything to get back to the surface?

“This book has amazing description, and reading it literally makes a movie in your head. I would say this book is sci-fi, suspense, and adventure. Recommended for ages 12 and up.”

–Rossonya, age 13

The Prince Problem by Vivian Vende Velde

Telmund is a prince who loves fables. But when a hasty witch mistakes him for bully in need of paranormal punishment, he's cursed to transform into a new animal every time he falls asleep. Amelia is a practical princess with a wide range of skills, none of which is helpful for escaping the ball her parents have thrown to select her future husband. But then Amelia is kidnapped, setting off a plot that will throw the realm into chaos. As their stories become intertwined, the dreamer prince and no-nonsense princess must work together to rescue each other.

“I liked this book because it had adventure, and I liked how the prince turned into different animals every time he slept. It was fun to see what animal he turned into next. Recommended for ages 8 and up.”

–Charlotte, age 9