“The Unquiet” by Jeannine Garsee



Rinn Jacobs has bipolar disorder. Before she started taking medication to control her condition, her moods — and her life — swung wildly out of control. When her actions indirectly led to the death of her grandmother, she attempted suicide. Rinn and her mother left California to return to her mother’s hometown in Ohio. Now it’s Rinn’s job to get her disorder under control while her mother and stepfather are separated and dealing with the aftereffects of her step-grandmother’s death.

But it’s hard to be normal when you’re renting a house and sleeping in a room where a woman hanged herself. It’s hard to be normal when a creepy hallway and an abandoned swimming pool at school seem to be haunted by Annaliese, the ghost of the hanged woman’s granddaughter. And it’s especially hard to be normal when tragedy falls on everyone who experiences paranormal activity in the eerie corridor.

Rinn becomes convinced that Annaliese is haunting her and preying on her friends and her mother. But will people believe her, or just think it’s her bipolar disorder talking?Give this book to horror fans who are looking for a genuinely creepy, page-turning ghost story.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Amanda Coppedge Bosky


“How to Save a Life” by Sara Zarr


Seventeen-year-old Jill is still grieving over the death of her father when her mother decides to adopt a baby. To make things even worse, the pregnant teen mother, Mandy, is going to come live with them until she delivers the baby. Sara Zarr deftly paints a picture of the difficult, evolving relationships in this book: between Jill and Mandy, the two girls and Jill’s mother, Jill’s on again/off again boyfriend Dylan, and Jill’s new friend Ravi.

Told in alternating viewpoints between Jill and Mandy, this is a thought-provoking, emotional story about grieving, loss, friendship, family and love. This would make an excellent pick for a teen book discussion group.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

–Amanda Coppedge Bosky