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Suffering from Hunger Games Withdrawal?

I've been getting a lot of requests for series that are similar to The Hunger Games. Here are some of my favorites, all available in the IMC (click on the call number for availability):

The Maze Runner | PZ7.D2587 Maz 2009
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Life As We Knew It | PZ7.P44855 Lif 2006
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Trilogy) | PZ7.N43843 Kni 2008
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too.

With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Matched | PZ7.C744 M38 2010
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Wither | PZ7.D47 Wi 2011
By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

Uglies | PZ7.W5197 Ugl 2005
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

The Best First Chapter You've Ever Read

That's what Publisher's Weekly is calling the first chapter of the forthcoming Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Read and see for yourself here.

Then come to the IMC for these and other strong voices in young adult literature:

Fire, by Kristen Cashore | PZ7.C26823 Fi 2009
Liar, by Justine Larbalestier | PZ7.L32073 Li 2009
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness | PZ7.N43843 Kni 2008
Love is the Higher Law, by David Levithan | PZ7.L5798 Lov 2009
Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer | PZ7.P44855 Lif 2006

Free Holiday Movies

Finals got you down? Get into the holiday spirit with one of these movies from the IMC:

Christmas with the Kranks
Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip the holidays altogether, but can they deal with the fallout?

A Christmas Carol: The Musical
A musical version of Dickens' classic, starring Kelsey Grammer.

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
When a small-town, extremely disgruntled guy, Davey Stone, faces another holiday season in his New England hometown, he does what he always has - he messes up big time and lands in jail.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This much loved holiday classic gets an update with Jim Carrey in the title role.

Surviving Christmas
Drew (Ben Affleck) wants to recapture the magic of the being home for the holidays, but he must convince the people that live in his childhood home to play along.

Happy holidays and have a great break!

Girl refuses to give up seat - and wins the National Book Award

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by historian Phillip Hoose, tells the story of a courageous African-American teen who refused to give up her seat on a bus in March 1955 -- a full 9 months before Rosa Parks' same act came to symbolize the growing Civil Rights movement.

Colvin's story recently received the 2009 National Book Award in the category of Young People’s Literature. Read the story behind the book here.

Get Colvin's WHOLE story in the IMC: F334.M753 C6554 2009