May 2014

We're getting more and more requests from customers who have finished Veronica Roth's Divergent series, already seen the first movie, and are now wanting to know what to read next. The staff members at Eight Cousins have put together this list to help everyone going through Divergent withdrawal. 

Are there other books you think we should have included? Send us your suggestions:

Staff Review: Divergent falls into the subcategory of science fiction known as "dystopia"  -- or dystopian lit, dystopian fiction. Similar to famous dystopian classics that came before it (think 1984, Farenheit 451, Brave New World, and more recently, The Hunger Games ), Divergent takes place in a future world that is far from ideal. In post-apocolyptic Chicago where the book is set, society is split into five factions. All sixteen-year-olds must take an aptitude test that tells them which faction they are best suited for. Each teen is then free to choose a faction--though this choice, of course, has consequences. The book's protagonist, Beatrice "Tris" Prior, is "divergent": she tests equally into three factions. Needless to say this makes her dangerous. Tris makes her choice and so begins her adventures fraught with danger, violence, and a good deal of romance. ~Stephanie
The Fault in Our Stars
Coming up next for YA in theaters is John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. So you've read the book (a couple of times) watched the trailer (at least twice), what to read while you're desperately waiting for June 6th? Definitely read the rest of Green's books, if you haven't already. Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, The Abundance of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are all fantastic. For everyone thinking, "yes, yes, of course, but what next?!?!," we've put together this reading list just for you! 
The Great Greene Heist

From the Blog: Jackson Greene has worked diligently for the past four months to rehabilitate his reputation after the Kelsey Job - or the Mid Day PDA as everyone else at Maplewood Middle School likes to call it. Getting caught kissing Katie Accord outside Principal Kelsey's office was never part of the plan and Jackson is usually an excellent planner (Rule #1: No matter how simple a job looks, always plan before you act). That particular job was supposed to go differently. It wasn't supposed to alienate his best friend Gaby de la Cruz. And it definitely wasn't supposed to end with him losing cell phone privileges and having weekly meetings interrogations with the principal. Jackson, understandably, isn't keen to plan any more cons. He's retired.


Then Jackson discovers that Keith Sinclair is running against Gaby for student council president. Keith's idea of student governing is to funnel the budget according to his own interests, effectively shutting down Botany Club, Tech Club, Chess Team, Art Geeks, the school newspaper. Besides, the deadline for applicants has passed, so why exactly is Dr. Kelsey willing to bend the rules on Keith's behalf? Jackson - Botany Club member and basketball player - starts to gather a crew: Charlie (Gaby's twin brother and editor of the Maplewood Herald), Hashemi Larijani (member of the Tech Club and Star Trek fan), Bradley Boardman (Art Geek member and guidance office helper), Victor Cho (Chess Team member, with a surplus of cash), and Megan Feldman (Tech Club President, science whiz, Cheerleader, and Klingon speaker). With Jackson, always in his trademark red tie - skewed slightly to the left - at the helm, the crew has three weeks to pull off the greatest heist Maplewood Middle School has ever witnessed in order to ensure that the student council elections stay fair and honorable.


Teachers and Librarians, make sure to add Varian Johnson's fantastic new book to your libraries. It is a fast-paced adventure, perfect for middle-grade readers who like school stories, mysteries, and appreciate a touch of style. Jackson is smart, classy, and a fantastic new character. Here's hoping that The Great Greene Heist is just the beginning of Jackson's stories.


I was recently DELIGHTED to read Kate Messner's post about The Great Greene Heist last week entitled More Than Words: A Challenge for everyone who's been asking for more diversity in kids' books.  She issues this call to action, "Speaking up is one great way to ask for change. But buying books may be an even better way." Her suggestion? Pre-order a copy of The Great Greene Heist from your local independent bookstore.


The Great Greene Heist is such a fantastic book that I couldn't be more excited to support this book and this cause. In the meantime, Eight Cousins has issued a friendly challenge to Odyssey Books in South Hadley, MA to see which store can sell the most copies of The Great Greene Heist before June 27. The call is out to other bookstores (Thanks, Shannon Hale!) to participate in this challenge.See Varian Johnson's response to the challenge here. I hope you will purchase a copy of The Great Green Heist at whatever your local bookstore happens to be because it's awesome and because diversity in kids' books matters. But I also hope you will consider pre-ordering it at Eight Cousins to help us kick Odyssey Books in the pants win the challenge. 
Divergent Cover Image
Call for price: 508-548-5548
ISBN: 9780062024039
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 28th, 2012

Insurgent (Divergent Series #2) Cover Image
Call for price: 508-548-5548
ISBN: 9780062024046
Availability: Backordered. Please call 508.548.5548 for more information.
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 1st, 2012

Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062024060
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 22nd, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: On Our Shelves. Online inventory updates every 24 hours. Call 508.548.5548 to verify.
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

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The Great Greene Heist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545525527
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 27th, 2014