You Can’t Stop the Awesome!

The Grey Havens YA Awesome Box is currently visiting Frederick High School and Mead High School. (How can it be in two places at one time? Well, timey-wimey.) We will share the results from these two schools with you soon but we still have a lot of recommendations from the students at schools the blue box visited in 2014. Here are some of the results from Westview Middle School. It’s almost like the box can travel in time or something.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio is recommended for “middle schoolers.” The book is certainly  a good read for grades 6 and up but Palacio’s story of prejudice and perseverance has proven to be one of the publishing sensations of 2014. It is a story that speaks to hearts of all ages.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm is recommended for 5th-8th grade. Turtle is the perfect heroine for this work of adventurous historical fiction. She is just the kind of spirited, tough character the Doctor might like to meet some day.


Continuing the theme of historical adventure, Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs is recommended for “teens and up.” Author, Jack London, is featured as a character in this thrilling book. Did you know that a fictionalized Jack London also made an appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Time’s Arrow?”

From history to a dystopian future, Among the Hidden Stars from the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix is recommended for “anyone who likes adventure/political books.”

If you just can’t get enough of imaginative stories of future political uprisings, you can check out Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, recommended for “anyone who enjoys dystopian fiction (Hunger GamesDivergent, etc.).” After that, you might want to turn your attention to the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. This dark tale of a society dominated by ideals of beauty is described as, not just awesome, but “super awesome.”

The Doctor definitely approves of books like these that make readers think! More awesome book recommendations will be coming your way from Westview Middle School and other libraries the Awesome Box has visited in its travels. Plus, you can park your TARDIS here for extra awesomeness from the Longmont Public Library. See you soon!

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