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Save the Enemy
by Arin Greenwood
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Katie I, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Save the Enemy is about a high school aged girl named Zoey whose mother dies before the story starts. She is living with her autistic brother and her father until her father is kidnapped. The kidnappers start texting Zoey from her father's phone right after he is taken saying they need the J-File, but Zoey has never heard of such a thing. She meets a boy at school named Pete who takes her on a journey to find her dad and figure out what is going on.

I ranked the book a three because although it was an interesting story and I liked the characters I found it to be slow moving. I thought the story was predictable, still it was fun to read. It was somewhat suspenseful and at times humorous. It's very different than any other book I've read. I would have preferred a more exciting ending.

Genre: mystery

review submitted on 2/26/2014
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Unhooking the Moon
by Gregory Hughes
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Clara R, grade 11, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Bob and Marie-Claire DeBillier are left alone in the world after the death of their father. Without anyone else to go to, they are forced to go in search of their long-lost uncle in New York City, miles from their home in Canada. Along the way, they make friends with a range of unlikely people, who help them on their strange adventure. You'll find yourself rooting for the brother-sister team as they struggle to track down their uncle armed only with the knowledge that he's the city's biggest drug dealer.

This book presents some of the quirkiest, funniest characters you'll encounter in a book, and they'll bring you along on their hilarious journey. The story is told from Bob DeBillier's point of view, and his sweetness and loyalty just about jumps off the pages as he follows his wacky but equally sweet little sister around New York City. Hughes expertly mixes joy and sadness together into an emotional roller coaster of a novel. You'll want to laugh and cry as you follow the pair's story. I wanted to read the whole book in one sitting, it was that enjoyable.

Genre: fiction

review submitted on 2/18/2014
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Love in the Time of Global Warming
by Francesca Lia Block
This book received a 1 star rating
***Submitted by Clara R, grade 11, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Penelope is a young girl living in a post-apocalyptic world full of danger and monsters. Her family and friends are all missing, and she must find a way to rescue them from a power-mad scientist. The only guide she has to accomplish this is an old copy of the Odyssey, which takes her on a journey through the wasteland that was once Los Angeles. On her journey, she discovers the truth about her past, and about herself.

The concept of the novel is an intriguing one, but I found it to be poorly executed, as there was simply too much happening at once. The author has tried to squeeze too many ideas into too few pages, and the overall result is a mess of jumbled imagery and unrealistic plot twists that happen one after the other. It is not clear who this story is meant for, as it is very mature in some parts and childish in others. The novel ended sharply, leaving me confused and irritated. What could have been an excellent novel ended up not working for me.

Genre: fantasy

Try this book if you liked:
The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

review submitted on 2/18/2014
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Gorgeous
by Paul Rudnick
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Lindsay J, grade 12, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Becky Randle lives in a trailer in Missouri, leading the most average life possible when her obese mother dies from a heart attack. She is then summoned to New York City to meet the world famous designer Tom Kelly, whom no one has heard from in over twenty years. Tom make Becky a seemingly impossible deal. He promises to make her three dresses that will make her undoubtedly the most beautiful woman in the world. In exchange she need only do what he demands and go where he tells her, and their arrangement would cease after a year's time. As Becky becomes Rebecca, the stunning beauty in the red dress and the gorgeous woman that no one knows anything about, we slowly see her transforming and gaining the confidence and personality she lacked at the beginning of the book. As Rebecca begins to fall in love though, Becky begins to wonder if she too is falling in love, and whether the world, and her prince, have fallen in love with Becky, or the face of Rebecca.

I gave Gorgeous three stars because of the confusing manner in which I found the story was told. Though I think that the author was doing this to make it seem like Becky was telling the story in the way she talked and spoke, I found the poor English, lack of commas and sometimes boring detail to be distracting and annoying. However, the idea behind the plot line I liked very much. Beauty is a coveted aspect in the world we live in and also a taboo subject in a way because there is really no way to change how "pretty" a person is. Though the ultimate message is a little cliche, I did like the way the author tried to show that it's inner beauty that counts more towards making a person who they are.

Genre: fantasy

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Choker by Elizabeth Woods
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

review submitted on 1/13/2014
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Nantucket Blue
by Leila Howard
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Lindsay J, grade 12, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Cricket is an average high school girl. She spends every waking second with her best friend Jules, whether it be at lacrosse practice, the coolest party, or a boring Friday night sleepover. Just as she has an invitation to spend the summer in Nantucket with Jules and her family, tragedy strikes. Unfortunately this tragedy drives a wedge between Jules and Cricket, and instead of laying on the beach all summer with her best friend, Cricket finds herself making beds and washing dishes to support herself. Cricket's summer quickly becomes much different than she imagined as a surprise and off limits love interest comes to the surface. At what cost will this love come to Cricket, and will she find a way to fix things with her best friend, her parents, and herself? Find out in Nantucket Blue.

I gave Nantucket Blue a 3 because, though the story was a cute love story of the trials and tribulations of a high school girl, I felt it was a little unrealistic. Cricket Thompson is almost too perfect and idealistic and I don't feel is a true representation of a 16 year old girl. Her innocence and purity is almost unbelievable. Also, from personal experience, a friendship as strong as hers and Jules wouldn't end the way it does in the book, with no explanation or climax. On the island her freedom and accessibility seem almost too good to be true. She all of a sudden falls in love with her best friends brother who she's known her life? A lot of factors seemed too convenient to me to be believable. That being said, I enjoyed the story and the book kept me interested most of the time.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Wide Awake by Hillary T. Smith
Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

review submitted on 1/13/2014
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Elantris
by Brandon Sanderson
This book received a 1 star rating
AWESOMESAUCE! Really good plot, characters and setting. ya. read it now
review submitted on 10/30/2013
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Dare You To
by Katie McGarry
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Lindsay J, grade 12, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Beth has grown up in a life where she was in charge of taking care of herself, and her mother, to keep them both alive. When her life is suddenly uprooted, and she's given the chance to escape the poverty and chaos she has grown up in, Beth fights every minute of it. She blames herself for something that haunts her past, and makes her feel like she owes her mother for the remainder of her future. As she is forced to adjust to the new life to save her mother, she meets Ryan. The star baseball athlete, secret writer, and the best looking guy at her new school. For reasons Beth can't figure out, Ryan won't leave her alone. Though the initial interest was piqued through a dare, Ryan has become intrigued by this mysterious girl who has experienced life outside of the small, suburban town he was brought up in. As Beth starts to settle into this new town, Ryan becomes a bigger part of her life than she ever originally intended. But when secrets from Beth's past threaten her future with Ryan, both of them must choose how far they are willing to go to protect the ones they love.

Dare You To always left me wanting more. I think that all the characters in the book were developed to the point where you could understand them and relate to them. We see how two different extremes, people who have grown up in radically different lifestyles, can be the perfect match for each other. Also, we see that sometimes the person that seems perfect for you, may not be able to give you everything you need. Though this seems like your classic love story, the backgrounds and lives that Beth and Ryan live are nothing you can imagine, and everything you could relate to at the same time. Though the first quarter of the book is a little slow, if you keep with it, the story will trap you into the need to find out what happens to the characters that will find a place in your heart.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

review submitted on 10/28/2013
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Tandem
by Anna Jarzab
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Lindsay J, grade 12, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Sasha is an ordinary girl living in present day Chicago. Her seemingly boring life is thrown into a spiral when the cutest guy at school asks her to her Junior Prom. Little does she know that what she believes to be her life-long crush is an Analog from the alternate universe Aurora, and that he plans to return to his home; and bring her along with him. When Sasha arrives in Aurora she is thrust into an alternate world, one where she has servants, bodyguards and tiaras; where she is expected to play her role perfectly, or she will never return home to her own world, family, or friends. Sasha soon realizes that it isn't so simple to play the part and stay disconnected from the person she is pretending to be. When love, loyalty, and danger threaten Sasha, not her analog, she must make choices between doing what's best for her or what's best for a whole country of people, in a universe she never even knew could exist.

I really loved the spontaneity, action and storyline of this book. Once I read page one, I was hooked; couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in three days. This book explores a realistic side of science fiction; using facts and real theories to expand into an intricate and intense story of mystery, love and strength. Sasha is a great main character, very comfortable in her own skin and content with who she is. Though she describes herself as inverted and shy, we see a strong-willed, and confident girl step in to fill the shoes of a cowardly, self-interested one. I think the plot-line was crafted in a very unique way as we see different characters' points of views and allows the reader privilege to more information than the characters. This is only the first in the series and I cannot wait to read the next one.

Genre: science fiction

Try this book if you liked:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

review submitted on 10/28/2013
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The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Zoe M, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

The Rithmatist is a book about a boy (Joel) who lives in a world where there are rithmatists who can make their chalk drawings come to life. Joel wants to be a rithmatist more than anything. He knows rithmatist history, rithmatist lines, and rithmatist strategies. He finally gets his chance to do something related to and involving rithmatists when Professor Fitch takes him on as a research assistant for a very important project. This project is to help solve a mystery that the cops think a rithmatist is behind. He goes on many adventures and he makes a good friend of Melody, a rithmatist who is being tutored by Professor Fitch. This is a book about a boy who overcomes a series of challenges and finds himself.

I ranked The Rithmatist as a 5 on a scale of 1-5 because it is an interesting book about a boy who feels out of place and works hard to get to the place he deserves. This is a sci-fi mystery book about a lost boy's path to greatness. It is a unique book with a fascinating plot that hooks the readers.

Genre: sci-fi mystery

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The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

review submitted on 10/18/2013
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Who Stole New Year's Eve?
by Martha Freeman
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Celia D, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

In this book a young boy Alex and his friend Yasmeen have a fight so Alex and his new friend Eve go to find the thief of the 38 ice sculptures. Eve and Yasmeen do NOT get along very well - they would probably die if they had to spend a day together, they just can't stop arguing, but in the end they become friends kinda. They look for the culprit... very, very sneaky so no one will know what they are up to. They are like junior detectives, with mad skills. These detectives need to work as a team or they might just get caught.

I gave this book a 4, because it had an awesome story, and there was always a lot going on. Like Yasmeen, and Alex having a fight. Alex and Eve trying to find the culprit. Yasmeen and Eve arguing. Why does every one have to argue? And I also liked this book because it was a fast read, and who doesn't love a fast read!

Genre: mystery

review submitted on 9/5/2013
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Bubble World
by Carol Snow
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Celia D, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Bubble World is a book about Freesia having the"dream life." She has everything a girl needs, she even has peacocks sing to her in the morning. It's like she's the princess, and everyone else is her servant. She doesn't really like school, she would rather be with her friends (well who wouldn't). But suddenly everything in her "bubble world" starts to "pop." Her friends disappear. Sudden blackouts. But she doesn't really like to think about that, so "POP" goes her bubble.

I gave this book a 3 because if you just read the back you get hooked like, OMG I have to read this book!!!!!! When you start reading (like most books) it has a really, like really, slow beginning. As you work your way through the book it gets a little more interesting, but SUPER DUPER CoNfUsInG. Like you have a little knowledge about what's going on, but not much. And I think when you read the back it's like well that made the actual book seem really boring.

Genre: realistic, fantasy

review submitted on 9/3/2013
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Lupus Rex
by John Carter Cash
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Declan H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Lupus Rex is about the crow king dying. The crows go wild, the king's three sons are fighting over who should be king. Everyone is retreating to the field guarded by vultures who will protect them. Asmond the last wolf tries to take over the field with a bunch of foxes, snakes, weasels, and other nasty creatures. It is a fight for the field.

I gave the book three stars because in the beginning it was hard to understand who was who. The wording was hard for me to understand. There was also some bad language. There was too much detail of violence and blood. Another reason was a lot of my favorite characters died.

Genre: fantasy

If you have read Wolves of the Beyond, you might like this. They are similar, though I liked Wolves of the Beyond better because it was easier to follow and I could understand what was happening.

review submitted on 9/3/2013
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The Originals
by Cat Patrick
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 11, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Seventeen-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets until they discovered a shocking family secret: they're actually clones. Hiding from people who could expose them, the Best family appears to be a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. The three girls take turns going to school and attending social engagements, and their arrangement has just become a normal part of life for them. Then Lizzie falls for her classmate, Sean Kelly. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she and her sisters should be able to live as individuals. Digging deeper into her past, Lizzie begins to see the flaws in her unusual family.

I gave the book 3.5 stars because I enjoyed this book. The story was very engaging and kept me hooked. The book was paced very fast and I finished it quickly because I couldn't put it down at points. Lizzie, the narrator, was very likeable and an interesting character. I also liked this book because it had some realistic fiction elements, which most science fiction novels don't have. What I didn't like about this book was that it was a bit slow in the beginning and some parts of the book seemed a little fabricated in order to make the "science" aspect of the book work. I would recommend this book to teens looking for a read that is a little bit out of the box. It is a great starter novel for anyone who wants to try the science fiction genre.

Genre: science fiction, realistic fiction

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Forgotten and Revived by Cat Patrick
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

review submitted on 9/3/2013
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Premeditated
by Josin L. McQuein
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Anne W, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Dinah's cousin, Claire, cuts her wrists in an attempted suicide, Dinah is enraged and doesn't understand why she did it. When she finds Claire's diary of the weeks leading up to her attempt, Dinah constructs a plan of revenge. She takes Claire's place in the intimidating Eleanor Lowry School, moving in with her wealthy aunt and uncle to do so, and is set on finding the boy that ruined Claire and breaking him like he broke her. She dyes her hair blonde from its black and takes out all her piercings to blend in, and her plan seems to be going perfect until some vital information that Dinah may have overlooked changes everything.

I rated this book five stars because it was very well written. It was very descriptive, but not in a boring way, and there were many plot twists without it being overwhelming. The characters were quite relatable and were easy to imagine throughout the novel. The plot was not a typical one of the YA genre, and there wasn't a single love triangle -- which was refreshing. There was a diverse cast of characters that made it seem very real.

Genre: realistic fiction
People might like this book if they enjoy any book by Sarah Dessen, but the themes in this book were quite mature so it's recommended for ages 12 and up.

review submitted on 9/3/2013
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The Peculiar
by Stefan Bachmann
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Megan F, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Bartholomew, his sister Hettie, and his mom all live together in the faery slums, a place where the poor have to live. One day, his neighbor is snatched away by a lady in a plum dress. Bartholomew becomes scared, knowing that the lady in plum saw him. one thing his mom said, don't get yourself noticed and you don't get yourself hanged. Meanwhile, Mr. Jelliby, a government official, was at a meeting; the topic - the killing of 9 changelings. Changelings are children who are part faery, part human. Bartholomew soon learns that one of those changelings was his neighbor. Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby soon meet by crazy events, and Bartholomew learns that the man behind the 9 changeling murders has Hettie, and is looking for Bartholomew... Bartholomew and Mr. Jelliby must work together to save Hettie... And the world too...

I rated this book 3 stars because it was very slow for me, and I just had to pull through. But it was interesting too, reading about all of the ironic things happening.

Genre: murder mystery/steampunk fantasy/faery tale/action adventure

review submitted on 9/3/2013
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Unbreakable
by Kami Garcia
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Anne W, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Sixteen year old Kennedy Waters' life changes after she encounters a ghost in the local cemetery. She finds her mother dead and two twin brothers save her life from a vengeful spirit in her bedroom. From then on, she skips town with the twins, Jared and Lukas Lockhart, instead of going to boarding school. With them she finds out about the mysterious Legion, a group that originated in the 1700s. There are five members, and four other people were all killed on the same day as Kennedy's mother, pointing to the mother being the fifth member. On a mission to find an instrument called the Shift, which will supposedly destroy the demon behind the killings, Kennedy is faced with challenges and questions her family and her roots and, most of all, herself.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because it was quite predictable. It was entertaining however, and did make me want to keep reading, but it was a lot like other supernatural YA books already published. There was, of course, a love triangle including Kennedy and two other male characters, which seems a pretty dominant theme in teen lit. The romance aspect of the book wasn't that important, but does play a part. The author's writing was quite choppy as well -- I assume it was to inspire suspense and drama, but it fell kind of flat. There wasn't a very dominant theme; the closest that came to it was Kennedy's quest of whether she was a real member of the Legion or not (which was not resolved in this novel) that hinted at the whole 'finding yourself as you mature' concept. This is the first novel in a series, a series which I think will gain fans in many age groups that appreciate a nice, action-filled, supernatural book. The plot shows that growth is possible, and hopefully the next book will be as interesting as the first.

Genre: supernatural, fantasy

Try this book if you liked:
The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

review submitted on 8/22/2013
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Gorgeous
by Paul Rudnick
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Megan S, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Rebecca "Becky" Randle's mother dies she is pulled away from her trailer park home to meet the world famous Tom Kelly who is considered one of the world's top fashion designers. He gives her an out-of-this-world offer. He will create three dresses that will make Becky into the world's most beautiful woman. Becky thinks Tom is crazy but she agrees and she is made into Rebecca. When Becky looks into the mirror she sees herself the way she was before. But when other people see Becky she is seen as the most beautiful woman that ever lived. Soon Becky is a movie star and dating celebrities and on the cover of Vogue. Then Rebecca aka Becky meets English Prince Gregory who is the heir to the throne. Putting Rebecca aside for a few minutes, Becky loves Gregory. But to have Gregory love her back he has to look past the amazing beautiful Rebecca to see the real Becky. Becky knows that is nearly impossible, but I did say nearly impossible. This book makes you see past what is on the outside and see that what is on the inside is what matters.

I ranked this book a 4.7 out of 5 for many reasons. One reason that I rated it a four point seven out of five is that the plot was twisting and some of the stuff that happened you would not expect. The romance between Becky and Prince Gregory I was very well written and was very interesting. I love the friendship between Becky and Rocher - you can just tell that those two are best friends and are inseparable and push each other to do what they need to do. I loved the character development of the characters in the book. The book was all around very well written and was a very good book to read. I recommend this book highly.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 8/21/2013
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An Army of Frogs
by Trevor Price & Joel Naftali
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Declan H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

An Army of Frogs is about Darel, a regular wood frog, who wants to be a Kulipari frog like his dad. A Kulipari frog can tap into a poison within themselves that makes them stronger, faster, and better able to fight. The Amphibilands where Darel lives are being attacked by the Scorpions and the Spiders because it is a better land. Gee, Darel's friend, gets captured and Darel has to rescue him from the Scorpion camp, and then they have to battle to save their land.

An Army of Frogs deserved 5 stars because it was a page turner of a book, I didn't want to put it down. I really liked Darel, and I felt I could relate to his character. This book had lots of suspense because a lot of characters came close to dying. There was lots of action and adventure throughout it. The last reason I rated this book five stars is when they made the character Darel become brave and stronger than a regular frog it made be know I can always become better.

Genre: fantasy

People will like this book if they like adventure, battles, fantasy, and the underdog coming out on top.

review submitted on 8/20/2013
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Nobody's Secret
by Michaela MacColl
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 9, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

In 1845 Emily Dickinson meets a man near her house. He doesn’t seem to know much about her town but he is well educated from world travel. She is intrigued by his mysterious nature, and she really starts to like him. When he is discovered dead in her pond she begins a search to find out his name. But once she finds out his name, she can’t help but uncover more secrets.

I ranked this book a 5 because it was so well written that I could not put it down. I read it all in one day, so I wouldn't have to wait to read the end. Even though the book is based in 1845, the characters are super relatable. I cried when I found out that "Mr. Nobody" died, even though I knew he was going to die. I just didn’t want to believe it. The only thing I disliked about the book was that there was not as much poetry in it as I would have liked.

Genre: historical fiction

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any and all Ann Rinaldi books

review submitted on 8/19/2013
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Whistle in the Dark
by Susan Hill Long
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Maddie R, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

It is the 1920's in Leadanna, Missouri and 13 year old Clem must become a man. Both his Pap, and Grampa worked in the mines so Clem will too. Clem does not want to leave school and his teacher. He doesn't want to leave his famiy for countless hours at a time either. Clem has always wanted a dog, but his Ma and Pap don't want one. One day a dog came to their front steps and Clem is happy as can be until he takes the dog for a walk and almost gets killed by Lindy's (a girl from school) father. Lindy and Clem soon become great friends and Clem discovers that a true friend is all he needed.

I ranked the book a 4 out of 5 because I thought that it was a great book and was very well writen. By the end of the book I felt like I knew the characters my whole life. I thought that it had a great plot and was easy to follow at most parts. I think this is one of the best historical fiction books there is. If this book had a sequel I would read it.

Genre: historical fiction

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review submitted on 8/19/2013
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Playing With Fire
by Bruce Hale
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Alexi H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

After supposedly burning down his foster family's house, Max is sent to an orphanage named Merry Sunshine. He is soon confused at why they were learning ciphers, lock picking, and martial arts. While receiving notes that confirm his father's survival, Max decides he must leave the orphanage and find his father. After failing to escape on a field trip he realizes what he must do - even though others tell him it's the impossible.

I ranked this book 5 stars because of its ability to leave you guessing on every page. It's full of twists, action, and mystery. It was also fun learning all the codes and ciphers that the S.P.I.E.S learned, such as the caesar cipher. This book also does a great job in teaching the lesson that family is where you find it. Blood isn't the only thing that counts.

Genre: action

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The Genius Files by Dan Gutman

review submitted on 8/19/2013
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Reboot
by Amy Tintera
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Cece A, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

5 years ago, Wren Connolly died. 178 minutes later she woke up, faster, more powerful, emotionless: the perfect Reboot. She is the best soldier HARC, or Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation has. Scratch that, she's HARC's best slave, along with the other Reboots in the company, sent out to capture diseased or "rebelling" humans, programmed to be an aggressive animal. Wren 178 is fine with this, and even enjoys the chase. She doesn't mind the tracker injected into her, or the cameras watching her everywhere she goes. She has a best friend, Ever 56, and they sleep together in their clear-walled room. One day a new Reboot arrives, Callum 22. He is slow, and doesn't want to hurt anyone. This makes for a terrible Reboot. 22 is failing at everything he does, so Wren is told to eliminate him. Can she bring herself to do it? Or is there another option?

I gave this book 5 stars. It was a really good mixed-genre tale, and I couldn't put it down once I picked it up and when I did put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. This is a disturbing other-worldly story that I found easy to believe, fully developed, and well written. The book is rather inappropriate, and I would recommend it for 7th grade and up. It was an altogether great read.

Genre: A mix of Romance, Adventure, and Fantasy

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

review submitted on 8/19/2013
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The Beautiful and the Cursed
by Page Morgan
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Megan S, grade 8, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Ingrid Waverly, after a weird accident, is forced to leave London with her family. Her brother is already there and her father will be coming later to go to the city of Paris. Grayson, her brother, was sent ahead of her, her mother, and her younger sister Gabby to find a house for them. The house is not a house that you normally think of. It is an abandoned abbey and its roof is full of stone gargoyles that Ingrid can swear are alive. When she gets to Paris she discovers that her brother is missing and no one seems worried about where he is except for Luc, the handsome servant at the abbey. But there is more to Luc than you think. The road to finding Grayson is full of secrets and truths that scare Ingrid more than she can ever know. Follow Ingrid in the path to find her twin Grayson who she is sure is not dead, and the growing romance between Ingrid and Luc that is greatly forbidden among Luc's kind.

I rated this book has a 4.5 for many reasons. First off the action scenes were very well described and I could easily picture them in my mind. Second off the character development was very well done for all the characters. The plot line of romance between Luc and Ingrid is exactly what I would define as forbidden love. The scenes with Luc and Ingrid had me crying because they love each other so much and they can not be together.

Genre: fantasy and romance

review submitted on 8/16/2013
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All The Truth That's In Me
by Julie Berry
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Cece A, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Judith can't talk. Who can blame her, when she's missing half of her tongue? Judith is simple, poor, and dumb in everyone's eyes, and she is an outcast in the village. But then, someone befriends Judith and teaches her to talk again. Soon the town starts having suspicions about what happened so many years ago when Judy disappeared, and everything turns upside down. Judith must decide whether to tell everyone her secrets, or keep her horrible past locked up inside her.

I gave this book 5 stars with no hesitation. It is a riveting love story, intertwined with mystery and a bit of adventure. The first three words had me captivated, and everything went uphill from there. The author, Julie Berry, has woven a fascinating tale complete with flashbacks, great writing, surprises, and possibly everything else you might want from a book. I think that this is a very advanced book, and it may not be appropriate for 5th grade and under, due to the plot, which has some inappropriate bits, and the language, which is advanced. At certain moments while I was reading I had a hard time understanding what was going on because it was written for older people, but still, this was a great book!

Genre: romance and mystery

review submitted on 8/15/2013
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The Time Fetch
by Amy Herrick
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by George S, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Edward innocently mistakes a sleeping Time Fetch for a ordinary rock, he wakes the creatures inside too early and they start to multiply and consume too much time. Classes end as soon as they begin and cars race down the streets too far behind schedule to stop at stoplights. To try and stop these creatures Edward must form an uneasy alliance with three of his classmates, Feenix, who seemingly exists to annoy Edward, Danton, an easy going athlete, and Brigit, the shy new girl who is mysteriously silent. All four have touched the Time Fetch, which has changed them in ways they don't quite understand and they must go on a strange mission to save the entire universe.

I rated The Time Fetch a five for many reasons. Firstly, the author did a good job portraying time speeding up and slowing down. Secondly, the main character as well as the other characters were well developed. Also, the author used foreshadowing a lot. Lastly, the plot was very intriguing.

Genre: science fiction

review submitted on 8/12/2013
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The Great Trouble
by Deborah Hopkinson
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Cece A, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about an orphaned boy named Eel, his best friend Florrie and the famous Dr. John Snow. It is 1854 in London, and an outbreak of Cholera has just swept through Broad Street. Everyone thinks that Cholera spreads through dirty air, but Dr. Snow knows better-Cholera is spread by contaminated water! Eel and Florrie team up with the Doctor to convince the committee that Dr. Snow's theory is indeed correct. So far, the information that the team has collected isn't quite enough. Can they find the last bit? Will Broad Street be cured of the Blue Death? It's all up to them...

I ranked this book as a 3. It was very well written, though the characters seemed like they were lacking about an inch on the "Fully-Developed scale." It was comical, yet just the right amount of tragic at the same time-not quite enough to make you cry, but at the same time, not easy enough to brush away the moment casually. Since the story is told in first person and the main character is rather poor, the grammar is not great. Hearing how they talked helped me relate a bit more to the time set. Unfortunately, the book did not make me laugh or cry, and it was neither slow-moving or a page-turner...very so-so.

Genre: historical fiction

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review submitted on 8/6/2013
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Counting By 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Celia D, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

In Counting By 7s a young girl Willow Chance loves to count by sevens, and she also loves to diagnose medical conditions. One day she comes home from school finding out that both her parents have just died in a car crash, and she thinks her whole world is over. She is devastated. She is so sad she doesn't go back to school, she doesn't diagnose medical conditions, and she doesn't even count by sevens. But with the help of her friends she finds that being sad isn't going to magically make her parents come back to life, so she decides to make the most of her life and move past the fact that her parents are never coming back.

I gave this book a 5 because this book was a page turner. You just didn't want to put it down because you always wanted to know: Will Willow be okay? What's wrong? Will she be okay? In this book Holly Goldberg Sloan does a great job with all the word choices and all of the description. Another reason I gave this book a 5 is because of the story line; it was sad, but that wasn't the point of the story. The point of the story was that just because Willow's parents die doesn't mean Willow has to be sad for the rest of her life. Next the book also had a great message about true and I mean true friendship, Willow really got to know her friends right before her parents died. So she had at least a few shoulders to lean on and she knew she could always count on them.

Genre: realistic fiction

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The Hidden Summer
by Gin Phillips
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Alexi H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Torn apart by their mothers, two best friends, Nell and Lydia have to find a secret place to hang out this summer. Nothing comes to mind but the old abandoned golf course across the street. With their mothers thinking they're at either summer camp or summer school they sneak off and discover a whole new world. Together they discover that even best friends disagree. Although it's hard, they learn to accept their mothers and themselves.

This book was spectacular! The relationship between the two girls is like any other friendship, which is easy to relate to. I loved how it showed how one of my favorite characters, Nell learns to accept herself whether she's the prettiest or the ugliest. The Hidden Summer is perfect for any age girl especially 11 years old. It flawlessly sums up all of their emotions.

Genre: adventure

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review submitted on 8/6/2013
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Premeditated
by Josin l. McQuein
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Alexi H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Dinah's cousin Claire cut her wrists. She ended up in the hospital because of her injuries. Dinah finds Claire's diary and discovers that a boy, Brooks Walden broke her. Dinah goes to his school and must make his life miserable. With the help of her friends they find out who Brooks Walden is and how to destroy him.

Dinah has a very strong personality and is quite the character. Although she is a gothic teenager, for her plan to work she must portray a peppy prep school girl. So while everyone thinks they know this girl they really have no idea. I also like the way the book ended, it completely twisted in a different direction. Although Dinah never leaves her home area it feels like you're on an adventure full of love, horror, and despise.

Genre: mystery/adventure

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Radio Girl
by Carol Brendler
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Maddie R, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Cecelia Maloney has always wanted to work with her dad at the radio station. She wants to become a radio actress, but her mom doesn't want her to, and her dad doesn't either. She then decides to get a job in New York City even though she lives in New Jersey. Cece then loses her best friend, finds out her dad is having an affair, and finds out a secret about her Aunt Mary that nobody else knows about. When she confronts her dad, her family just falls apart.

I ranked the book a four out of five because at some points it is hard to follow. Some of the language is hard to understand because it was set in the 1930's but overall it was a really great book. I thought that the plot was great and it got suspenseful in some parts. It was fun to see what trouble she would get herself into next. I think that if it had a sequel I would read it for sure.

Genre: historical fiction

review submitted on 8/2/2013
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Golden Boy
by Tara Sullivan
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Katie K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Habo has always been different-light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good chocolatey skin of his family, and the the pink skin of the tourists. Habo is albino. After his birth, his father takes off, unable to accept him. Habo's family can barely look at him, especially when they are forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame. Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family start to live with his aunt. After several very interesting plot twists, Habo finds himself living with a blind carver, and a man with a machete on his trail.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a unique, fascinating, and devastating Human Rights story of heartbreak and triumph. It isn't like anything on the market today and easily one of my all-time favorite books.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 8/1/2013
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Nantucket Blue
by Leila Howland
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Katie K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

For Cricket Thompson, this looks like the perfect summer. Her friend Jules Clayton has invited Cricket to come to Nantucket with her, and the incredible Clayton family. Cricket has big expectations for the summer like; lying on the beach working her perfect tan, make her dream guy, Jay Logan hers, go to huge parties on the beach! But when the Clayton's suffer from a devastating family tragedy, the perfect shade of Nantucket Blue slips from her grasp. Will Cricket ever be able to pull of the perfect summer after all?

I gave this book only 2 stars because it was one of those incredibly cheesy love stories where the people fall in love on the beach. It wasn't very interesting and the plot was predictable.

Genre: realistic fiction, romance, humor

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review submitted on 8/1/2013
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Projection
by Risa Green
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Katie K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

After Octavia Harris, President of the Oculus Society, was killed in her own home, things have never really been the same. With no leads on the case, her daughter Gretchen vows to find the murderer at any cost, even if it means risking her 2 best friends' lives in the process. When the 3 girls set out to find the truth, they unintentionally uncover a secret over 2,000 years old.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because it had an interesting plot. This book kept me guessing since chapter one. I could NOT put this book down and it was full of plot twists that kept making the book more interesting.

Genre: mystery, adventure

review submitted on 8/1/2013
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Dare You To
by Katie McGarry
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Megan S, grade 8, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about Beth, who comes from a troubled home and would do anything to help protect her mother. Her uncle comes and takes her to his home and she goes to high school and lives with her uncle. This is where she meets Ryan. Ryan is a jock and all around good guy but under that cover he also has a bit of a troubled home life himself. He was dared by one of his friends to ask out "Skater Girl," which is Beth. Ryan does not think it will be hard, but boy is he wrong. During the course of the dare he slowly starts to fall in love with her. Will they end up together or is this dare over Ryan's head? Is Beth slowly falling for Ryan herself? You have to read the book to find out.

The book was very well written and it was a good book. The reason I did not give 5 stars is because it was a little bit of a slow read for me but it was an all around good book. The character development was very well done. I love how they show two sides to Beth, the strong side and the passionate side that comes to be shown when she is around Ryan. I love the way she does both points of view instead of just Beth or just Ryan. It shows two sides to the story. Again, an all around good book.

Genre: romance

review submitted on 8/1/2013
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Steelheart
by Brandon Sanderson
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Sabine S, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book, set in a dystopian future centers on David, a young man whose father was killed by an epic named Steelheart years ago. Ten years before this story, an explosion in the sky gave ordinary humans supernatural powers. Human called those beings Epics. Steelheart is one of the most powerful of those Epics and is ruling what is known as Newcago (Chicago in the future). David sets out to avenge his father's death and release Newcago of the hold Steelheart has on it.

This book was, in essence, a page turner. From the beginning, I was captivated by David's past and wanted to know more about his future. There was never a dull moment in Steelheart: I was always thoroughly entertained by this book. Just as I began to think I knew what was going to happen, Sanderson would throw a wrench into the plot and I would once again be hooked, trying to figure out what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone ages 12 and above. This book is great for anybody who likes a good, suspenseful, action story.

Genre: science fiction, action

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review submitted on 7/31/2013
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Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic
by Mark Tatulli
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by George S, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

One day he will be famous for his next level special effects, but for now Desmond must make it through sixth grade at Cloverfield Memorial Junior High. After testing his special effects on some unsuspecting “audiences” Desmond is put under the radar of one of the school's teachers, Mr. Needles. Now Desmond must be prank free for three weeks or he will not get to go on the class field trip to Crabshell Pier and go on the roller coaster he had been waiting for his whole life, The Mountain Full of Monsters. Now he must become a new person to go on the ride of his life.

I ranked this book a five for many reasons. First, Desmond Pucket was a very well developed character with well developed friends and enemies. Secondly, the story was a page turner with an intriguing plot. Also, the illustrations in the book were very well drawn and gave you a good idea of what the person would look like in real life. Lastly, Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic was just plain funny.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/30/2013
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What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World
by Henry Clark
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Stephen G, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

When 3 kids find a dark green sofa by their bus stop they look for loose change. They find 3 things that will help them save the world... and a gum wrapper. Could these things be connected to the seemingly perfect flashmobs? Or the gas leak that destroyed most of the town named Hellsboro. Or better yet the mysterious deaths that each of the kids family's had.

Henry Clark perfectly combines serious plot advances with outrageously funny not-needed snipits. One second they're saying the library is dangerous (one of the kids crossed Hellsboro to go there). The next, they are running for their lives from a axe-wielding granny. The characters have truly unique backgrounds I have never seen before. This book is truly 353 pages of true enjoyment. Also, I liked the giant flying toilet. This book is a riveting story and a hilarious comedy smashed together. I can't say I've read something quite like it. It is a refreshingly different book.

Genre: sci fi

review submitted on 7/29/2013
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The Time Fetch
by Amy Herrick
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Lleyton E, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Edward mistakenly awakens a time fetch, thinking it's a rock. Foragers, time gobbling creatures from another world, come out of the fetch. As they multiply, everything is in total chaos. Three other classmates have also touched the fetch, with which Edward has had no good interaction whatsoever. These four kids are the only ones who can save everything from being eaten out of existence. Can they succeed, or will the whole world collapse into a lifeless heap?

I gave this book five stars because the book was so exciting. I never wanted to put the book down. Also, I got to know the characters as if I knew them in real life. I felt like I was doing the mission with them. The Time Fetch was one of the best books I have ever read.

Genre: fantasy, adventure

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review submitted on 7/25/2013
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Gorgeous
by Paul Rudnick
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Evelyn C, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Becky is a small town girl. She's not very pretty, she wears baggy clothes, and recently her mom died. Becky has nowhere to go, but before her mom died she told Becky to go for everything that will happen next. She said that a lot of things in Becky's life would change. Becky accepted and indeed after her mom died things started to happen really abruptly. Gorgeous is a story about being beautiful inside and out, celebrities behind the scenes, it's about how one normal person can change the world. Read Gorgeous to find out how Becky changes the world and finds her inner beauty.

Gorgeous earns 5 stars easily because it is a unique story and is unlike any other book I've read. Sure there are books about celebrities behind the scenes and books about inner beauty. But none of the books I've read have ever had them combined. When they are combined it creates a great story and with Paul Rudnick's comedy it makes it even better. It was filled with drama and is one of the best books I've ever read.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 7/25/2013
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The Midnight Dress
by Karen Foxlee
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 9, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Rose and her dad move often from town to town in their camper so when they stop in Lenora she thought nothing of it. On her first day she meets popular and vivacious Pearl who tries to befriend Rose. Soon Rose and Pearl become inseparable best friends. In Lenora there is a Harvest parade where all the girls wear dresses and ride on a float. But Rose doesn't want to spend money on a dress if she is just going to move away so when a "magical" dress maker offers to make her a dress for free, what will she risk for the dress?

I ranked the book a 4 because it was very captivating and realistic. I loved how the story was consistent and pieces fell together in the end. I disliked the part in the beginning of the chapter that foreshadowed, it was confusing. By the end I felt like I was best friends with Rose and Pearl. I cried at the ending which was very well written.

Genre: realistic fiction/fantasy

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review submitted on 7/24/2013
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Nantucket Blue
by Leila Howland
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 11, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Seventeen year old Cricket Thomspon is so excited to spend the summer of a lifetime at Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the Clayton family. She thinks that this is the summer that will change everything. However, when Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy, the two girls are forced apart, making Jules feel like a stranger to Cricket. Instead lying on the beach all day, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself. However, the things Cricket hadn't counted on, like falling for someone who may be off-limits, turn out to make her dream summer into a reality.

I gave this book 4/5 stars because I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Cricket, was very relate-able. The supporting characters were very unique and kept the story interesting. The story is very similar to most young adult literature, but it has some interesting twists that keep the story engaging. While it was a little bit predictable, the plot still made for a fairly exciting read. The writing is easy to understand and I was able to finish it quickly. I would recommend this book to high school teens who are looking for a quick and easy read that is still enjoyable and worthwhile.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/23/2013
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Gorgeous
by Paul Rudnick
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 9, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Becky Randle is the average girl, she lives in a mobile home with her mom. When her mom dies of heart disease Becky is left alone with nothing except her best friend Rocher and a job at the local super market. While doing laundry she comes across a phone number, when she calls the number she is offered a trip to New York City. She decides to go. When she gets there she is met by a very famous and well known stylist who gives her an offer that will change her life and she can't refuse.

I ranked this book 4 out of 5 because I loved the sense of reality the characters had. I like how the author used some real life features but changed them slightly so it fit with his fantasy world. I really like how the author had a complete ending, and didn’t leave me hanging with no sequel and a surprise at the end of the book. The only part of the book I didn't like was some parts of the book seemed too detailed, like I could just skim over the section and I wouldn't miss anything. The plot was not predictable at all the reader must read to the very end to finish the whole story. This book is perfect for a mature audience over the age of 12 or 13 there was a little bit of bad language but nothing more.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/22/2013
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Will in Scarlet
by Matthew Cody
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Declan H, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a boy named Will Shackley. His father has gone on a crusade with King Richard. Will's family's castle was taken over by Sir Guy, and his men. Will and his mother fled to the wilderness. Will and his mother split up, but Will didn't make it to the check point. Will joins the merry men band, a group of bandits and thieves who are outlaws. They steal from the rich and give to the poor. It is a page turner, and everyone who reads the book will enjoy it.

I rated this book 5 stars because it was a page turning book of excitement. It had adventure, danger, and suspense throughout the book. Each chapter switched to a different person's view, which let you get to know the characters. I always have liked the Robin Hood stories and this was a different twist to the story. The twist of the story was that Robin Hood wasn't the main character, but his companion was.

Genre: adventure

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review submitted on 7/22/2013
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Ink
by Amanda Sun
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Maddie R, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Katie Green has moved to Japan because her mom has died and her dad wasn't able to take care of her. She is living with her Aunt Diane because her grandpa is sick and her grandma can't take care of the both of them. Katie made a couple friends and she can speak the language ok and then she sees Tomohiro. One day Katie found one of his drawings on the ground of a girl; it was almost as if her head moved to look at her, but her eyes seemed so realistic and her hair seemed to move in the breeze, but when she looked back at the picture the picture looked normal again. Was it in her head or was it real? Was there something about Yuu Tomohiro that no one knew about? This book is about the tales of Katie and Tomohiro and how they grow closer together and how Katie finds out what Yuu is really tied up in.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5 because it was a page turner and you see how the characters get closer together. The book has some Japanese words in it but they have a glossary that tells you what each word means and it was really helpful. There was some swearing in it but not a lot. The book was great for my reading level and I really enjoyed the plot. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

Genre: fantasy

review submitted on 7/22/2013
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Bubble World
by Carol Snow
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Megan K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a girl named Freesia and she lives on an island. She has a perfect life and gets almost everything that she wants. Her younger sister Angel wants to be exactly Freesia. Every once in a while something odd happens and catches her off guard. When her friend asks her "Have you ever felt like everyone around you is fake and you are the only one that is real?" then she starts to wonder.

I ranked this book with two stars because it did not have a ton of action, but it was entertaining. The author could have added more happening to the book. She was describing the setting way too much. Carol Snow used different words as if they only said it on the island. This book overall was kind of dull.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/22/2013
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Reboot
by Amy Tintera
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Stephen G, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a top reboot (a human with heightened senses) who is very happy working as a government slave. Her job? Catch criminals and purge the cities of Texas from evil. She is truly happy with her position until an inadequate is sent to be trained by her. This trainee starts to make her feel something, an urge for freedom.

I ranked this book a 5 because it is a page turner and and has a high reread value. You really start to feel for the characters in the book. It almost makes you feel their longing for freedom. The super human feats of strength make you feel exited to read on. The character's life hangs by a thread in every page. (Warning mature content not appropriate for young children)

Genre: futuristic fiction

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review submitted on 7/16/2013
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An Army of Frogs
by Trevor Pryce with Joel Naftali
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Lleyton E, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Darel the wood frog's dream is to become a kulipari, a frog that can tap into its poison and do amazing things, so he trains almost every day. Nobody thinks Darel can become a kulipari, because wood frogs don't have poison to tap into. But when his best friend is captured by the scorpions, who are making an alliance with the spiders to take over Darel's home, the amphibilands, he needs to be like a kulipari, to tap into his poison. But he doesn't have any poison. Can the frogs stop the scorpions and spiders, or will the amphibilands be lost forever?

I gave this book four stars because of all of the action and suspense. There was almost always something happening on every page. The chapters ended right when I was really getting excited, so I'd then read the next chapter, and then the next, until I'd read to the point where I was having trouble seeing straight. I also liked the book because it had pictures. There was a map of the different creature's encampments, pictures of the main characters in the book, and scenes throughout the book. The pictures will even be printed in full color!

Genre: fantasy

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Gregor the Overlander and the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

review submitted on 7/15/2013
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The Twistrose Key
by Tone Almhjell
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Megan F, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Lin Rosenquist is an eleven year old girl, ex-owner of a rodent named Rufus, and a master troll hunter... at least, in her imagination. One day, a parcel arrives in the mail, there was no name on it, but Lin felt it was for her. All that was in it, was a key with the word "Twistrose" inscribed on it. She then goes on an adventure through a cellar, she comes out in a place called Sylver, where dead pets can go to live an afterlife. Lin soon finds Rufus, where she learns that she is a Twistrose, a child who crosses dimensions into Sylver, to go on a quest, but Twistroses are only summoned when Sylver is in dire need. Lin must go on a quest to save Sylver from an unknown threat, and Lin learns that some games might just be real...

I ranked this book 4 stars because it was interesting, and it kept me flipping the pages. It was exciting and even suspenseful at some times, but, the characters can be hard to follow and understand. For somebody who likes fantasy, this book is just a treat! The book was very descriptive, and when it finished, it left me hungry for more. If this book was going to become a series, I would read any other books coming out.

Genre: magical fantasy

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Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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All the Truth That's in Me
by Julie Berry
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Evelyn C, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Judith is a normal girl. She just can't talk. One night she ran off and left her house but didn't come back for a long time. When she came back she came with her tongue cut off. Therefore she couldn't talk and she couldn't tell anyone what happened to her. As life goes on many other things happen. She can't write or read because she hasn't for so long. Read All the Truth That's in Me find out what happened to Judith, what took her so long, and how she gains her old life back.

This book easily earned 5 stars. It had great writing and each chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read the book in 2 nights. I couldn't put it down, and throughout the book I kept on asking myself one question, "What happened to Judith?" If you are a reader that loves to hang on the edge of their seat and enjoy a great book, you would love All the Truth That's in Me.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 7/8/2013
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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 11, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack, with a plan to kill his former best friend and then himself. However, he must first say goodbye to the four people that matter the most to him: Walt, his Humphrey-Bogart obsessed neighbor; Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, a homeschooled Christian girl who he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's Holocaust class. He gives each person a gift so they will have something to remember him by, so that they know that they aren't responsible for what he plans to do later. As he speaks to each of these people, he reveals his secrets for why he believes his life must end today.

I gave this book 2/5 stars because I did not think that it was a very good book. Much of the plot seemed very contrived and I didn't think that a lot of it was realistic. The book, although billed as a riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, was paced very slowly until the end of the book and it was rather boring. The book used footnotes as part of the narrative, which were distracting from the overall plot, and the information from them either should have been used directly in the story or left out entirely. I didn't really like the ending because it left a lot of loose ends. While certain parts of book (particularly some chapters towards the end) were fast-paced and kept me reading, the book overall was dull and disappointing.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/5/2013
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The Time Fetch
by Amy Henndrick
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Stephen G, grade 7, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about an eighth grader named Edward who confuses a mystical time fetch for a common rock. Edward shares the "rock" with his geology class. Unknown to Edward, the time foragers are inside awake and hungry for time. As soon as they are released by one of Edward's pesky classmates they begin to rip time from his world. Edward must join together with everyone who touched the fetch to stop the time foragers from destroying his world. The odd team is composed of Edward, a mute, a person who exists just to annoy Edward, and a easygoing athlete.

This book touches upon very deep concepts like what if there was no time, dimensions, and cooking. The book combines just enough humor, plot advances, and different views from each of the characters. This book is very advanced and sometimes made me read a page over again. This book has multiple things that seem weird at first but tie up in the end. The book over all gets four stars from me for being one that stuck in my mind for 3 weeks.

Genre: fantasy

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review submitted on 7/3/2013
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Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel
by Diana Lopez
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Megan K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a normal teenage girl who is having a fabulous summer, until she finds out that her mom has breast cancer and is also having surgery in 9 days. Erica is having a rough summer with her mom being sick and her younger sister pestering her. She goes to a shrine in a less populated part of Texas to Make a PROMESA, which is a promise that you will keep to God and in return he will do you a favor. Erica (Chia) made a big promise and she is willing to keep it, in return she wants God to help cure her mother. When Erica and her younger sister Carmen return to school, Erica is struggling in a subject. This makes it harder for her because her sister is VERY smart and is studying 8th grade when she is in 6th grade, but Erica is also in 8th grade. Her little brother Jimmy is also taking this situation seriously.

I ranked this book worth 5 stars because it keeps you on your toes. The author really makes you feel like a character in her book. I am really picky about my books and this is a GREAT book with a ton of details. There is also some very tense parts in this book. This book takes you every where from teenage romance to a very risky health situation.

Genre: realistic fiction/teenage romance

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review submitted on 7/3/2013
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Winger
by Andrew Smith
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Sabine S, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

In Winger, by Andrew Smith, a 14 year old junior is at boarding school. At this school made up of children with wealthy parents, Ryan Dean West is 2 years younger than his classmates, making him feel like an outcast. Ryan Dean plays rugby, which causes him some injuries, both physical and emotional. Throughout the book, he must balance trying to improve his love life with his best friend Annie, surviving living in the worst dorm with the worst roommate, and, of course, friend drama.

This book is my new favorite out of the many, many books I've read. A real page turner filled with Ryan Dean's cartoons and firsthand thoughts, I was kept guessing until the end. With the ups and downs of Ryan Dean's life, I felt myself rooting for him and his friends throughout the book. With a surprise ending that shocked me to my core, this book earned 5 out of 5 stars, and if I could have given more, I certainly would have.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 7/3/2013
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Fallout
by Todd Strasser
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Lleyton E, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

In 1962, the possibility of World War III, between Russia and America, was the only thing on the news. But Scott's family were the only people in the neighborhood who prepared for war by building a bomb shelter. So when Russia does drop nuclear bombs on America, a few people manage to get into Scott's bomb shelter. Scott doesn't know what to think of the situation. How will ten people survive on resources meant for four people? I recommend this book to teenagers, because it might not be appropriate for younger kids.

I rated this book four out of five stars because it was suspenseful. There was always something different happening in every chapter. Also, there are some mysterious things that the reader really wants to find out about, but the author only tells the reader at the end of the book. The author did a great job creating a page turner book. It switches from after the bombing to before, when war was a possibility, which makes the reader want to keep reading to find out what happens at both times.

Genre: historical fiction

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review submitted on 6/28/2013
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The Testing
by Joelle Charbonneau
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Sabine S, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

The Testing is about a girl, Cia, who gets picked to participate in a competition called, quite simply, the testing. In this dystopian future, war had ravaged the land years before. The winners of the testing earn an opportunity to go to university and train to be a leader of the United Commonwealth (located in the US). Cia's father is a graduate of the University and warns her "trust no one." Throughout the book, Cia must decide whether to listen to her father, or her heart.

This book, overall, was great. It had everything I like in a book: action, suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance. However, the plotline bore a striking resemblance to that of The Hunger Games, almost to an alarming degree. It did, however, keep me engaged throughout the entire book. I was hanging on every word, and was forced to turn the page at each chapter. This first book in the The Testing series has set a great foundation for the next few. I'll definitely be reading the next one.

Genre: science fiction

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Rooftoppers
by Katherine Rundell
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Luke M, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Sophie was found on her first birthday floating in a cello case on the English Chanel that was just one surprise of her life. She was taken in by a quirky scholar who was on the same sinking boat. Charles, the man, gets a note when Sophie is 12 that she will be taken from his wardship. At the same time she finds a clue that may lead to her long last dream; to find her "dead" mother. Charles gives her some important advice, " Never ignore a possible".

They race to Paris...

One day when Sophie is practicing her cello on the roof [the hotel room was to small to fit both of them] she spots a boy. After several days Sophie eventually musters up the courage to ask him who is is, she soon learns that Matteo,the boy lives on the rooftops. He is part of a band of children called Rooftopppers. Matteo and some of his fellow orphans may know a thing or two about Sophie's dream. Will they work together and succeed the "impossible " or, is there more than meets the eye about these scraggly kids?

I think Katherine Rundell is a marvelous author. As a young lady this is just her third book, along with The Girl Savage and Zu Has Redet das gras. She included perfect descriptive words for the setting, and I could see all the characters clearly in my mind. I think this book would be suitable for kids aged 10-13 due to violent scenes and mild language. But is a would be a good read for adults too. At the end you are left at a cliff hanger so I think there may be more books in the series yet to be written.

Rundell made this book an magnet to my eyes. My favorite character was Gérard, I'm sure you'll love him too. This is a truly charming book with enhanced details and complex dialogue. [I needed Google translate a few times!]

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 6/26/2013
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What We Found in The Sofa and How it Saved the World
by Henry Clark
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Megan K, grade 6, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about 3 kids who sit on a sofa right in front of their bus stop. The 3 kids find many things under the sofa cushions, some may even be lucky! The kids find the owner of the sofa and discuss some very important information that no one else in their town knows about. The children find something in the sofa cushions that is very valuable. This book also has some imaginary characters and high-tech figures. There is some tension between 2 characters.

I rated this book 5 stars because I definitely was on the edge of my seat (or sofa) during many parts of the book. This book also keeps you moving around and letting you in the story as well. I also believe that this book has a lot of twists and cliffhangers throughout this story. The story was very interesting and kept me reading for a while. The book has a lot of descriptions to keep you interested and feeling that you could know the characters personally.

Genre: action/adventure

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review submitted on 6/26/2013
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comment submitted on 6/29/2013

I liked the way you were able to review the book without using any spoilers. Many grown-up reviewers don't know how to do this. And your line about being on the edge of your seat (or sofa) is very funny. Thanks for an excellent review, Megan!
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The Midnight Dress
by Karen Foxlee
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Anne W, grade 10, 2013 Teen Book Reviewer***

Rose Lovell has moved around the country with her father for most of her life. When they stop in sleepy Leonora, sullen Rose meets a cast of characters that change her life -- shiny Pearl, who wants to live a life of romance in Paris; kind Murray Falconer, who's enamored with Rose; creepy Paul Rendell, who sits behind the desk at the small book exchange in town; and mysterious Edie Baker, who teaches Rose a lot more than just sewing.

I ranked this book 4 stars because, in general, it was very good. This book was better written than most YA books out today, with a nice flow and a mystical air that added to the plot. You could really imagine the places the author described, the people that came to life with her words. I thought this book was going to be another typical, we-move-around-a-lot-and-land-in-a-quaint-beach-town novel where the main character "finds herself" and finally has a "home", but it was more than that. Sure, all of those things apply, but there's a certain magic to the writing that makes it more than a typical book. The plot was a bit predictable, but the writing surrounding it made it better.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 6/24/2013
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The Paladin Prophecy
by Mark Frost
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Number three on Will West’s list of rules is simple: Don’t draw attention to yourself. He gets average marks in school and stays in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. That is, until he accidentally scores off the charts on a school test. Now mysterious people are searching for him, his parents aren’t acting normal, and monsters from the alternate realm the “Never-Was” are out to kill him. Will knows of only one place he can hide, a school that boasts pristine faculty and student body, one that is trying to recruit Will after seeing his test scores. Will packs his bags and flees his home to arrive and register at the school. Only, things may not be as safe as he thought there, either.

What is this, an author that actually has some sort of hold on the noun/verb sentence structure? The writing was at least coherent, which is more than some other young adult novels can claim. The plot was generically exciting, a bit winding and heavy on the action, but it held my interest. Some of the action scenes were drawn out. The author was trying to make it as if we were watching a movie, with lavish descriptions of fight moves, including back flips and summersaults. Will wasn’t very well developed. A good guy from the start he stays true to himself until the end, nothing compelling about him. The first of a series that promises a substantial plot and blood-thirsty monsters galore.

Genre: science fiction/fantasy/adventure

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review submitted on 5/28/2013
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When We Wake
by Karen Healey
This book received a 1 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Tegan had everything going for her: a best friend that free runs and fights environmental destruction, a guitar playing brother, and a new boyfriend. She was living a life of a normal 2027 girl, until a bullet meant for someone else hits her instead and she dies. But she doesn’t die; instead she wakes up one-hundred years in the future. She is the result of a scientific study that aims to cryonically freeze people and bring them back to life. Now everyone she knew and loved is dead. As if trying to adapt to her new lifestyle wasn’t enough, she has to deal with a government that has a diabolical agenda, a dying planet, and secrets from the past that could result in the end of the human race.

Tegan was so stereotypical I could tell you what she was going to do before she did it. The author took every well practiced plotline and character and simply changed the names and places to fit the setting. Nothing was at all surprising or even moderately intriguing. The book attempts to take every environmental and humanitarian debate of today and twist it around to tell us exactly how our lifestyles are going to lead to death and destruction. It was loud and preachy and not realistic enough to make an impression. Some of the language and situations were inappropriate for children under high school age.

Genre: science fiction

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review submitted on 5/9/2013
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Shadow on the Mountain
by Margi Preus
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The year is 1940. Fourteen-year-old Espen lives in the middle of the Nazi invasion of Norway. He and his friends join the resistance movement, fighting against the Germans in any way they can. As the years pass things grow increasingly more dangerous. The stakes are raised when Espen’s family is endangered. He has only one choice, to remain with the resistance – endangering his own life and the lives of his loved ones – or risk the harrowing escape to Sweden. Escape would mean skiing across the snow covered mountains, where menacing shadows loom and the elements are just as bad as the German soldiers.

It was an interesting look into the Norwegian resistance. It spans a period of five years in only 262 pages, so not much is expounded upon. A lot happens but the author leaves us to take her word on changes and developments within the story which would have been interesting to read firsthand about. Aimed for younger audiences it was fast paced with little narrative or background. The author’s writing style was at times tedious. The action scenes moved too quickly and were confusing to follow. It did not receive much of an emotional response and there was little character development. After five years Espen is still fourteen-years-old, doing little to make me care much for his story or, ultimately, his survival.

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Betrayal
by Gregg Olsen
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Deceit is heavy in the air and betrayal lays thick on the streets in the town of Port Gamble. When foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is found stabbed to death Halloween night, Hayley and Taylor Ryan know everything is not as it seems. They vow to get to the bottom of the murder, especially when a close friend is suspected of the crime. Hayley and Taylor share a mysterious psychic connection with one another, being able to absorb information through visions and strange dreams. They may even discover surprising truths about themselves, hidden in the web of lies that surrounds the little town.

It seems every inhabitant of Port Gamble is maladjusted and mentally disturbed. Nowhere in sight is the run-of-the-mill Good Samaritan we encounter every day in our non-fictionalized existence. Many of the book’s dangerous situations had little to do with the murder of Olivia Grant. Taylor and Hayley get so swept up in side mysteries and subplots that at one point I practically forgot there had even been a murder. The ending was unsurprising. The author’s irony was lost in his loose ends – besides the ones purposely left unwound for further sequels. I haven’t read the first book in the series, Envy, and was confused with several references. Gregg Olsen, however, has made Hayley and Taylor’s past so plodding that if it takes a whole series to meticulously reveal, I’d much rather spend my time elsewhere. Based on a real-life murder, it was a little hard to stomach.

Genre: mystery

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Erebos: It's a game. It watches you.
by Ursula Poznanski
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Erebos is enthralling and frightening. The graphics are revolutionary and the software is like nothing ever seen. Nick Dunmore is quickly becoming obsessed with this epic role-playing computer game. The most fascinating thing about Erebos, however, is not the mutant monsters, labyrinths, or arena games– it is the fact that Erebos overlaps into the real world. Nick is being asks to complete tasks in real life London, where he lives, plays basketball, and goes to school, in order to gain levels inside the game. Soon, however, Nick is asked to do something so diabolical that he wonders whether or not he can continue. Things quickly become a matter of life and death – living, breathing, third dimension, life or death.

Erebos the book is everything to its readers that Erebos the game is to its players. It’s riveting, addicting, and very realistic. My eyes started to hurt after the hours on end I’d spent without blinking. The climax was a slight (very slight) letdown. The author revealed a big truth too soon in relation to the ending, partially ruining the Aha! moment and making things drag out a bit. Written in German originally, I don’t know whether something in the writing style was lost in the translating process, as the prose was a little weak. In the end it was the plot that carried it through. As for everyone worrying if this book is off-limits to anyone but gamers, don’t worry, the most explicit technology mentioned is an SD Card.

Genre: science fiction

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review submitted on 12/7/2012
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Article 5
by Kristen Simmons
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Things have changed in America. No longer the land of the free, the Bill of Rights has been replaced by the Moral Statutes. The Federal Bureau of Reformation (FBR) arrests anyone for anything, no matter how trivial, that goes against these new ‘moral’ laws. Ember Miller tries to follow the rules... mostly. That’s until the FBR show up at her doorstep, there to arrest Ember and her mother. Things complicate when Chase Jennings enters the picture: Ember’s absentee boyfriend, and now a soldier of the FBR. Ember believes Chase has betrayed her, but she finds she has to rely on him for protection as she escapes her captors. Ember wrestles with herself and her feelings for Chase, as she and him embark on a cross-country trip, aiming to reunite Ember with her mother.

Kristen Simmons, it seems, is merely using the dystopian genre as a setting for a romance novel. She never explains how the world has become that way, merely alluding to ‘the War’. It would have been nice if she’d included more background. The majority of the book revolves around the relationship of Ember and Chase. It drags a bit in the middle and the author tries to keep her plot alive by an endless stream of (theoretically) exciting situations. I thought the main characters were interesting, slightly stereotypical, but still interesting. The romance was intriguing, but sometimes melodramatic. The plot was predictable, and the supporting characters uneven. Overall, a mediocre book, the first in a series I will not be completing.

Genre: romance/dystopian

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review submitted on 11/30/2012
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The Tragedy Paper
by Elizabeth Laban
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Mary W, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The Tragedy Paper is about two boys: Tim and current senior Duncan. Tim is in love with Vanessa, girlfriend of Irving's top popular boy. But it doesn't stop Tim and Vanessa from getting close. Duncan is the boy who's discovering Tim and Vanessa's story - for this book is about two boys telling their stories from their point of view. The turning point in their story is a certain school project that turns things upside down.

I ranked it a 4 because I loved the detail but unfortunately, there were some parts (which shall remain unspoken) that weren't what I would have expected nor what I wanted to happen. The alternating point of view was something that I found interesting. You read someone's point of view and then read another's point of view. It gives you the full story and lets you know what's happening at different times but at the same time. But overall, it was a great book with some unexpected parts (you might like it, you might not). Either way, that's for you to decide.

Genre: fiction

review submitted on 11/27/2012
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Speechless
by Hannah Harrington
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Haley K, grade 7, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a girl named Chelsea who has it all. Popularity, Designer Clothes, and a Killer Best Friend. After Chelsea tells a secret that wasn't hers to tell, someone nearly gets killed. She tells her parents what happened and her popularity status drops from The It Girl's Best Friend, to Loser That Ratted Out Everybody. Chelsea finds herself making new friends, and trying to ignore the constant hatred from everybody else.

I ranked the book the way I did because it was a realistic book, with events that could actually take place. There's bullying, relationships, and popularity which makes it seem more realistic then other books with characters in high school. This book has humor and drama to make it a fun book to read. I think anybody could read this book and like it because most people can relate to it, even if its just relating it to another book. There is also a lot of depth to the characters which makes them more interesting to read about.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 11/19/2012
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Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Haley K, grade 7, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Eve and Adam stars a girl named Evening, who gets into a terrible accident and almost loses one of her legs. Her mother, Terra Spiker, owns Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, which is a multi-billion dollar company. She takes Eve to recover there, but Eve doesn't do so without uncovering a few secrets. During her recovery, Eve is tasked with using a program to create a human from scratch. She chooses to make a boy, and that's when everything turns upside-down.

I ranked the book the way I did because it had lots of detail, which sometimes confused me with what was going on. The book had lots of adventure, and never a dull or boring chapter. I liked how it alternated chapters, so you could get a different perspective once in a while. Eve and Adam is really a fun book to read with lots of humor and emotions.

Genre: science fiction

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Skinny
by Donna Cooner
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madaleine K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

"You're such a freak!" These are the words of Skinny, the violent voice that constantly whispers everyone's thoughts into 15-year-old Ever Davies' head. Ever knows that at over 300 pounds, she is extremely overweight and extremely friendless. If her mother was still alive she would never be like this, but she is. After her mother died Ever tried to drown her sorrow through eating and began to rapidly gain weight. So Ever decides to go through a chancy surgery to start over and to save her own life. However, she also hides another voice, her singing voice. Now that she is quickly losing weight, maybe she will have the confidence to use it. However Skinny is still here and she won't leave... not yet.

I gave this book a five out of five because the characters were well described and very real. The story was both heartfelt and realistic because Donna Cooner herself is a former gastric-bypass patient. That experience inspired her to share her story through this novel. I really enjoyed how you could feel Ever's emotions throughout the book, because of that you really get to know her as a character. Last but not least, you realize that the message in the book is that if you are yourself, you can do anything.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 11/13/2012
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Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Laura P, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Dean is an average student, beginning an average day of school. Never could he guess the world as he knows is about to change – and drastically. The book begins with a bang, several bangs, as a hail storm of gargantuan size destroys Dean’s town and his school bus. He and several other school children find refuge in the superstore Greenway. It turns out a natural disaster has wiped out almost half the country, triggering more natural disasters and unnatural disasters besides (like a toxic chemical spill that turns some people into raving monsters). They are fourteen children, ages five to high school senior, trying to survive without adult supervision. No rules. No leaders. No way of getting back to the outside world. Anything that could possibly go wrong, does, and badly so.

Emmy Laybourne is putting up a…valiant effort. But she only ever achieves that: an effort. Her humor falls flat, as does her narrative. The action sequences were confused. Her characters were undeveloped and shallow. Once the bigger issues of survival had been solved the author begins to rely heavily on personal conflict and romantic intrigue. Neither satisfies. The initial plot was a good idea, but the whole book was drama for the sake of drama. No social issues were explored, nor commented on. It was simply action to no greater purpose. Some scenes were slightly disturbing and graphic, I recommend to no one younger than high school age.

Genre: science fiction/apocalyptic fiction

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review submitted on 11/13/2012
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Sacred
by Elana K. Arnold
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Mary W, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Scarlett has been living on an isolated island her whole life and on top of that, her brother dies. With that, she isolates from her friends, her boyfriend, and is becoming thinner everyday. Her only joy is riding her horse and on one certain ride she meets Will. Will's a newcomer on the island and while he may be strange, Scarlett can't deny the attraction she has towards him. But he's holding something back from her, something that could tear them apart and make Scarlett more isolated than ever.

The book is very detailed, exciting, suspenseful, and lovable. It's an easy book to read but a long one to finish. Not that that part matters. Either way, it's an entertaining book that you can't put down (if you can put it down though, you'll want to pick it up again and again). There will be some tears, but with a happy result.

Genre: fiction

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review submitted on 10/27/2012
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Peanut
by Ayun Halliday
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Clare C, grade 7, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Peanut is about a 15 year old girl who has just switched schools. She decides to fake a peanut allergy after talking to someone who has one. The book follows her trying to keep the secret of her pretend allergy. It is an interesting story to read. It does contain some language, so it shouldn't be read by anyone under probably 11.

This was a fairly good book. The graphic novel style is attractive, as the main character (Sadie) is the only one who is ever coloured, and even that is only a red shirt. The only thing I found annoying was the end, which was predictable, and had some loose ends. In some ways, this makes the story more realistic, but I found it unsatisfactory. Other than that, it is a good read, with believable characters.

Genre: graphic novel

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Interrupted, A Life Beyond Words
by Rachel Coker
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madaleine K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Allie Everly loved the beautiful Tennessee sunset, her kitten Daphne and most of all her mother. Soon her ill mother dies and Allie is forced to move to Maine to live with her adopted mother, Beatrice Lovell. Allie can't escape from her past and with World War II on its way, there will be more heart ache to come.You can imagine what it must have been like for her, everything she loved gone. Her life, interrupted.

Interrupted is an excellent book, filled with twists and turns and a cliffhanger ending, leaving you on the edge of your seat. When you read it, it is like you are really there, planting pansies in Allie's Tennessee garden and walking along the beaches of Maine. Rachel Coker describes Allie's emotions so clearly and the characters seem so real. Reading this book is a great way to travel back in time to the 1940's and experience everyday life. I would definitely recommend this book!

Genre: historical fiction

review submitted on 10/11/2012
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Quarantine
by Lex Thomas
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Justin C, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Quarantine is a chilling book about a high school that gets put under quarantine. When the entire school gets put under quarantine ex-high school football star David Thorpe the main character has to take care of his brother as the other gangs form. Then the government starts dropping food through the dome surrounding the school. These food drops get very violent as the superior gang, Varsity, has all of the powerful people. David and his brother barely get by as each gang builds power. David is a great hero to root for. This novel is often compared to the Hunger Games and is a great read for teens.

I ranked the book as a 4 because of the great action, captivating characters and the awesome plot. This book keeps you guessing and never lets you down. There were a few problems with this book though, there was a lot of sexual references and a little more violence then necessary. There were also a few characters, like David's brother that let me down by being obnoxious. Overall Quarantine was a great book with just a couple of disappointments. Another nice thing about this book is that there are two more to come after it.

Genre: sci-fi

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Forever
by Maggie Stiefvater
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Arianna Y, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The book is written in four different teenagers point of view: Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel. Grace is struggling to stay human long enough to get back to Sam, her boyfriend. Sam is trying to get Grace back as well as battling his own inner demons from his childhood. Isabel is helping Sam and Grace with their dilemma of Grace being a werewolf while at the same time trying to get her father to stop the all out annihilation of the wolves from the Mercy. Cole on the other hand, an ex-superstar, trying to find a cure for lycanism.

I gave this book a 5 because of how well written the plot was. It didn't make me lose my interest like other books of a trilogy. I liked how the author changed the point of view so that you got the whole story rather than it being one sided and biased. Also being the last book of the series it made it bittersweet to see it end on such an awesome note but sad at the same time since you didn't want to see the last of the characters. This was one of those books that you can't put down once you start it.

Genre: supernatural

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What's Left of Me
by Kat Zhang
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Addie and Eva are two souls born into one body. Eva was supposed to die out, but she didn’t. Addie is the dominant soul who controls the body, only she knows that Eva exists. They live in a country where people with two souls (hybrids) are illegal. Everyone has two souls but by the time they are ten the recessive soul dies out. Addie meets someone who can give Eva a voice but she has to take a big risk.

I rated What's Left of Me a three. In the beginning it is really slow but half way through it gets very exciting. At first the characters are a little confusing but after a while they become very real. It is hard to understand Addie at first but they explain it later in the book. The end is a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Genre: science fiction

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The Summer I Learned to Fly
by Dana Reinhardt
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Madeline R, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about 13 year old Drew who has a pet rat, her father is dead, an awful thing happens to her crush, and her mother owns a cheese shop. This was her basic life until one day she realizes that her rat is missing, so she goes back to the shop and finds Hum, her rat, but also a strange boy named Emmit Crane. Who he is, how he got there, she doesn't know, but she and him turn out to be great friends. Emmit knows a whole lot about rats, and he is living in an onion field, so he is very mysterious. But the adventures with Emmit just keep getting Drew in trouble with her mom.

I ranked the book a 4 because at some points it started to get less interesting, but it was still an excellent book. I thought it was so good and I could barely put it down! I hope that it has a sequel. The book is adventurous and I loved it! I hope that you like it too!

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 9/4/2012
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Oddfellow's Orphanage
by Emily Winfield Martin
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Stefan K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The book begins with a girl named Delia being dropped off at Oddfellow's Orphanage, a home for most unusual orphans, such as child with an onion for a head, a talking porcupine, and a girl covered in tattoos. Before each chapter begins, the story of a new character is told. The author then takes us on fantastic adventures with the characters at their very odd orphanage. As they attend strange classes together and learn about the strange things in life, their friendships grow.

Although this book is written for younger readers, I really enjoyed it. I ranked this book five stars because it was a very fast and engaging book. Each chapter is its own little story. Each story is full of adventure. The characters were funny and interesting. I never felt like this book dragged on and I was sad when it ended. I hope there is a sequel!

Genre: fiction

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The Peculiars
by Maureen McQuerry
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Maggie F, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Lena has just turned eighteen and receives a envelope from her father who left when she was young. It contains items she will use on her journey to find her father. She was cursed will her fathers goblin feet and hands. Long bony fingers and feet. She wants to find her father to find out if he is a peculiar or not. Peculiars are people who are different from others in physical deformational ways. She needs to know if she is one or not.

It sometimes was very slow and made me want to stop reading, but at other times I never wanted to stop. At times the wording was confusing. It was also very poetic. The author used good similes and metaphors. Overall a good book.

Genre: fantasy

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Ruby Red
by Kerstin Gier
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madaleine K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Sixteen-year-old Gwen Shepherd lives with her well, different, extended family in a huge old house in London. She has been living a pretty normal life and is quite happy - thank you very much - that her cousin, Charlotte, has the time traveling gene instead of her. However when Gwen becomes abnormally dizzy, she gets thrown back in time and everything changes. Gwen is the exact opposite of prepared for the elaborate clothes and the secret society, let alone time travel!

Ruby Red is the first book in the Ruby Red Trilogy. It's a humorous romance and a cliffhanger to the very end. I'm not sure how much longer I can wait until I can get my hands on the next two books, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green! Kerstin Gier describes the events so well, it's almost like you are traveling back in time with Gwen. It doesn't matter what genre you like because Ruby Red is a perfect mixture of everything with a sprinkle of mystery... just to top it off.

Genre: fantasy, historical fiction, romance

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The Mostly True Story of Jack
by Kelly Barnhill
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Amandeep B, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about a boy named Jack who arrives at his aunt and uncle's house and only three things happened to Jack. The first thing that happened is Jack made friends and never had any at his home town. The second thing is that Jack is beaten up buy the town bully. And the last thing is that the richest man there is making Jack's painful demise.

The reason why I ranked this book 4 is because good things that happens to Jack make more good things happen. But the reason why I do not like the book is that I think that Jack has too much bad things happening to him.

Genre: fantasy

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Ghost Knight
by Cornelia Funke
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Amandeep B, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The book is about an eleven year old boy named Jon going away to his father's boarding school. But he hated the idea of going and never thought he would make friends. And Jon never expected to be confronted by ghosts. Jon made a new friend named Ella and must work to find a murder that happened centuries ago while being haunted by a ghost. So Jon summons the ghost of the Knight Longspee for protection. But he was not trusted.

The reason why I ranked the book 3 stars is because there is so many details that never even mattered. Another reason is because Jon is always thinks in his head for almost half of the book. The last reason is a lot of predictions that were made were false.

Genre: fantasy mystery

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Fame, Fortune, and the Bran Muffins of DOOM
by Marty Kelly
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Sarah M, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Simon's school is having a talent show and there is supposedly a special prize. Right away Simon is hooked. He tries to think of a winning act and a ha! He has it. He is going to start a band and eventually become as famous as the Funkee Boyz. So he grabs his friends, Munch who will eat everything, and Ralph who is allergic to so many things and has almost every medical condition that there is. They start practicing and after 5 minutes, their next door neighbor starts throwing bran muffins at them every time they start to practice. Simon is determined on winning millions of dollars and becoming famous, but now he is not so sure.

I rated this book five starts because it had everything. It was my favorite out of all my books no doubt. Marty Kelly chose every single word correctly, made all of the characters right and I just loved this book to no end.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 8/30/2012
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The Price of Loyalty
by Mike Castan
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Bethany C, grade 11, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Manny is just beginning seventh grade, surrounded by some of the people he cares about most-- his friends. The year starts off great and he enjoys hanging out with the group. But when people begin calling their group a "gang" and his friends start pressuring him to act the part, Manny has to make the choice between staying loyal to his friends, or doing what he knows is right. Will he make the right choice?

I liked the concept of the book, but I felt like the supporting characters weren't really relate-able. It has a good message that will be easier to understand for younger readers. Manny, the main character, represents peer pressure, a problem that all young people deal with, in a way that is unexpected but realistic.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Halflings
by Heather Burch
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Samijo B, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

In this book Halflings, Nikki Youngblood is a 17-year-old girl who is targeted by evil. She meets three Halflings. Mace, Raven, and Vine are on a mission to protect Nikki. Though no one knows why Nikki Youngblood is increasingly in danger from not only human monsters but also non-human monsters. Can Mace, Raven, and Vine protect her from them and keep their secret? Can Nikki resist herself when she starts falling for two of her protectors?

I rated this book a five because Nikki Youngblood is a strong female character even when someone else is protecting her. It has excitement and action. While at the same time it has a little bit of romance and danger. It has a mystery of who Nikki is and why do people want to kill her. And it’s a constant mystery of who’s she’s going to end up with, if she is going to end up with any one of them at all. Also there is the constant mystery of who these boys are or what they are?

Genre: romantic fantasy

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The Fame Game
by Lauren Conrad
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Bethany C, grade 11, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Madison Parker gets an opportunity to join a new reality show series as the star, she's ready for the spotlight. But there are problems on the way to stardom. This book shows how Madison deals with coming in contact with her father for the first time in years, and sharing her fame with her two castmates: beautiful and clever Carmen and new girl Kate. Madison isn't one to give up easily, but will that serve her well or end up backfiring on her?

I thought the book was well written and fun to read. Because the author is younger it's easier to relate to the characters, which makes you want to keep reading. Even though I hadn't read the series before this that focuses on the main character, I was still able to understand the plot and all the characters really well. In short, I didn't want to stop reading it.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 8/28/2012
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Betrayal
by Gregg Olsen
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Bethany C, grade 11, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The murder of Olivia Grant at a party is shocking, especially for the small town of Port Gamble. And soon, accusations and suspicion are becoming commonplace. No one knows who to trust, and the town is in an uproar over who the real killer is. But when one of the suspect's friends goes to find the truth, she ends up uncovering a scandal that no one was expecting.

The book was definitely a page-turner, but there were some things that made it a little harder to enjoy. There was a lot of unnecessary detail that detracted from the plot line. However, the author incorporated pop culture such as Twitter into the book, which made it seem more realistic and easier to relate to. I haven't read the first book in this series, and because of that there were some parts that I didn't understand, and that made reading a little frustrating. Overall, the book was pretty good but could've been better.

Genre: mystery

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The Fame Game
by Lauren Conrad
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Lauren W, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

19 year old Madison Parker was a supporting actress on PopTV's L.A. Candy. But now she wants a turn in the spotlight. When Carmen Price, daughter of Hollywood legends, wants the lead role, who will get the part?

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars because I thought it could have had a little more detail in the beginning. But overall the book was great!

Genre: realistic fiction

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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Stefan K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Its the 1950s in a remote American town called Norvelt and 12 year old Jack Gantos is grounded for the summer. Still he finds adventure through his job helping his elderly neighbor write obituaries for the town paper. Elderly folks seem to be passing away quickly. Is the town under a curse? Jack's summer also has nosebleeds, a plane ride, and close encounters with the Hell's Angels.

I ranked this book a four and a half because it took me a while to get into it. However, after I got to about the middle I could not put it down. I liked that there were several mysteries in it. There were also some great characters. Since it was historical fiction, it was also interesting to learn about this time in our country's past.

Genre: historical fiction

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The Selection
by Kiera Cass
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madeline R, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

America Singer doesn't want to join the Selection, but Aspen, her former boyfriend persuades her into joining it. The Selection is where 35 girls at the ages of 16 through 20 were chosen at random to join the selection. All of the girls had a choice to be in the selection, but who wouldn't? America was suprised when she found out that she had been one of the selected because she was one of 35 girls in the whole country that could be a princess some day!

I rated this book a five because the book was probably my most favorite book that I have read this year! I loved this book and I could not put it down! I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out! I really hope that America wins the selection! America definately deserves it.

Genre: fantasy

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Kissing Shakespeare
by Pamela Mingle
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

All high school student Miranda wants to be is a Shakespearean actor, just like her parents. After her disastrous performance in "The Taming of the Shrew", she skips out on the cast party because of her humiliation. Her fellow castmate, Stephen, has a different plan for her. Soon enough, he whisks Miranda back in time to sixteenth century England, the world that Stephen is really from. His plan is to have her seduce William Shakespeare of all people, because he is showing signs of turning to the religious life instead of becoming a great playwright. Miranda reluctantly agrees to help so she can return back to modern times. What she doesn't bargain for is finding true love in the process.

I gave this book 4/5 stars because it was a really entertaining read. The plot was very interesting and during the later chapters I had trouble putting the book down. The two main characters, Miranda and Stephen, were very well-developed. What I did not like about the book was some of the supporting characters were a little under-developed and in the beginning of the book felt rushed. However, as the book progressed it became a really exciting story. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a unique and captivating read.

Genre: romance, historical fiction

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Remarkable
by Lizzie K. Foley
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Sarah M, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The town of Remarkable is in fact the most remarkable place you will ever see. Everything and everyone is super talented. Except for Jane. She is the only one without a talent. And even worse, she is the only one in the whole town that is in public school because everyone else is in the school for the gifted. She can't seem to figure out why she doesn't have a talent or isn't super smart like everyone else.

I ranked the book a 4 because I really liked how the author made you see the book. The whole time I felt like I was watching a movie and not reading. Yet at some points in the book, I felt like all I was reading was a ton of words on a page. It was a little boring. But over all I was very happy with the book.

Genre: fiction

review submitted on 8/23/2012
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Never Fall Down
by Patricia McCormick
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Megan D, grade 12, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Using the voice of the main character, Arn, the author illustrates the life of a young boy in Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. At twelve, he is forced to leave his home and family to move to a work camp. Starvation, murder and deception are now part of his life . Faced with hardship at every turn he must fight for his survival alone. His passion for music will be the key to never falling down.

A book gets ranked a five when its impossible to put down. I was drawn into this story very quickly and each chapter held a new reason to empathize with the main character. The author's mix of heartwarming and horrific details made it ever so interesting and enjoyable. Because the tale was told with the character's voice, it set a somber and perfect mood for the tragic tale. Learning about what children in this era had to go through is important for all young readers.

Genre: fiction based on a true story

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Liar and Spy
by Rebecca Stead
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Jason H, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The main character, Georges, moves into a new apartment building. He meets an interesting family and becomes friends with a boy his age named Safer. Safer invites him to join the spy club. The spy mission is to find out about another apartment resident, who Safer thinks is suspicious. Is this Mr. X really a murderer?

I rated it a 5 because I love mystery books. This book kept me guessing and predicting what was going to happen next. I could not wait to find out what Mr. X was up to. Another mystery in this book was how Safer got his name. You had to read to the very end of the story to find out.

Genre: mystery

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False Memory
by Dan Krokos
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Emily S, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

17 year-old Miranda North wakes up with no memory. She has no clue that she releases an energy so strong that it affects the whole building around her. An unfamiliar boy named Peter seems to know her and he knows what is going on. With only one choice, Miranda goes home with Peter. She discovers she is a weapon, trained to be able to destroy a city. But when her powers are used against her, she realizes that there may not be a future, and she has to fight to stay alive.

I gave False Memory a 5 because it was one of my favorite books of all time. It had cliff hangers, some romance, a little mystery, and a ton of really exciting parts. I cannot think of anything bad about this book except for when it ended. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. All 327 pages were pure amazing!

Genre: fantasy

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Other Words for Love
by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Noelle M, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Ariadne (Ari) Mitchell always feels outshined by everyone. She is unnoticed at her Brooklyn high school, and her best friend Summer is drop-dead gorgeous, confident, and everything Ari feels she isn't. Her sister, Evelyn, had her first child when she was seventeen and has an extremely handsome firefighter husband who Ari can't help but have a crush on. Summer also goes to a Manhattan prep school which Ari's family cannot afford. Ari finally gets to go to Summer's school when her family inherits one hundred thousand dollars from their Uncle Eddie. Once there, Ari meets Leigh. Leigh is very wealthy and invites Ari to parties and other fancy events. Leigh also introduces Ari to her cousins, Del, an often drunk club owner, and Blake, who is handsome and very kind. Ari is pretty sure she would have no chance with Blake, but he asks her out and the two fall in love. But, after awhile, Blake and Ari are in such an intense relationship that Ari's family and friends wonder if they are actually in love, or if it is just an infatuation. Ari begins to pull away from her other friends and family and puts off other important things like studying for her upcoming SATs. And then, Blake's father becomes very ill and Blake breaks up with her. Ari struggles with the breakup and her world seems to fade. She must pull her life back together or suffer the consequences such as a bad score on the SATs.

I gave the book 2 stars out of 5 because while it held my attention, I really am not fond of books about people in consuming relationships like this book. Almost the entire book was Ari and Blake together, and when Blake broke up with Ari I didn't like how Ari seemed to lose her will to live. I did like the backstory about Evelyn and the development of the relationship between her and Ari. I also didn't like how there was some very detailed mature scenes. The book is meant for ages 14 and up, but I would say to wait until maybe 15 or 16 to read it, or ask your parents about it because those scenes were so detailed. I also know that a part of the book was about how Ari abandoned her friends for Blake, I thought that Summer and Leigh should have been in the book more because I really liked their characters, even more than I liked Ari sometimes. Overall, it felt like one of those books that was just ok. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't one of those fantastic books that you want to read over and over again because it was good. The author does have talent, and I liked her writing style, I just didn't like the storyline.

Genre: romance, realistic fiction

review submitted on 8/20/2012
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The Lost Girl
by Sangu Mandanna
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Noelle M, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Eva is an echo, a duplicate of Amarra, made by the Weavers on the Loom. If Amarra were to die, Eva would have to step in to convince everyone that Amarra is still alive. Eva must study what Amarra eats, who her friends are, and what her boyfriend is like. The problem is, Eva is her own person because echos only look like the person they are a duplicate of. That's why the echos must study their "other" and be careful to act just like them. Technically, Eva's name is also Amarra, but she names herself Eva to be defiant. She has loving guardians, Mina Ma, Erik and Sean, and a life that she loves. Until one day, when Amarra dies in a car crash, everything she loves is gone.

I LOVED this book so much. Everything is well thought out, and in the end, every loose end is tied up and only one thing leaves you wondering, but that is deliberate. The storyline was very intriguing, it had great depth, and the characters were very well developed. I loved Eva, she is a character that you will never forget. She is brave and defiant and kind. I also loved Sean, he is also a perfectly written character. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

Genre: fiction

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review submitted on 8/20/2012
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Deadweather and Sunrise
by Geoff Rodkey
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Jason R, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book was about a boy named Egbert who lives on Dead Weather island, with his dad, sister Venus and brother Adonis. One day Egbert and his family went to Sunrise Island at meet Roger Pembroke. Once they got there, Roger put them in a hot air balloon, but it wouldn't go off the ground so Adonis threw Egbert out of the hot air balloon. His family went up and up. Roger said something was wrong with the balloon. Will Egbert's family come back or was it planned for them to die?

I rated it a 4 because it had a lot of action and fighting. I also liked it because some parts were happy but others really sad. I did not give it a five because some parts really died down. It was like that for a little while and i got kind of bored. Also I disliked it because some parts were really sad like when Egbert almost died by being marooned.

Genre: fiction

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review submitted on 8/18/2012
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Insignia
by S. J. Kincaid
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Amandeep B, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

It is about a gamer kid named Tom Raines who lives with his father in a casino and does an online school which he is failing. Since his father does not care about his son's education the boy has two choices. One is to go to an orphanage, two is to go to a military academy. The boy chooses the military academy, but he is not good enough. So they make him into a superhuman war machine. They he goes to the army but one thing is still on his mind - is that what it will cost him to have friends or possibly a girlfriend?

The reason why I ranked the book 5 stars is because of the way it felt like Tom was telling me what happened there and then and telling me his thoughts. It's like I am having a little movie in my head while I am reading the book. Another reason is because the smallest details really matter. I also really liked how he started out a superzero and became a superhuman.

Genre: action

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Saving June
by Hannah Harrington
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Cassidy T, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Harper's older sister, June, commits suicide, she doesn't know what to do with herself. Her mom has rebounded to her old drinking habits, her aunt has moved in and thinks she understands what Harper's going through, and her dad hasn't shown affection to her or her family in years, even through this tragedy. Confused and hurt about what June did, Harper takes her ashes, her own best friend, Laney, and Jake, who is mysteriously connected to June, to California, where June dreamed of being. Along the way, the trio encounters some serious rough patches. But in the end, they all learn something about themselves, and more importantly, about June.

This book is emotional, romantic, and refreshing in all of the right places. It's not at all an over the top sad story like I thought it would be. It's very easy to develop a connection with the main character, Harper, and feel almost as though you're her best friend, or even her diary. You can easily relate to her even if you haven't experienced tragedy and heartbreak like she has, and also understand what she's going through. Saving June really triggers deep thinking about things that happen in this book.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Cherry Blossom Winter
by Jennifer Maruno
This book received a 2 star rating
***Submitted by Lauren W, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor all of the Japanese men are sent to build a road through the mountains.So the wives and children of the men are forced to move to a smaller, much more poor, community. The children's new teacher was a former Ashai baseball player. When the Japanese have to move for the second time,they can choose to go back to their home towns or move east of the mountains. Michiko's family chooses... NEITHER!

I gave this book two stars because it was kind of boring. Usually books are slow in the beginning, but this book was slow throughout pretty much the whole thing. It was very confusing because most of it was about Japanese culture or written in Japanese words.

Genre: historical fiction, realistic fiction

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Envy
by Gregg Olsen
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Juan C, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Envy begins with the last moments of Katelyn Berkley's life, then cuts to her mother finding the dead body. It is a mystery pursued throughout the novel about what happens in between these moments. We are introduced to the two main characters, Hayley and Taylor Ryan, twins who have vague psychic abilities and feel that there is something more to the case then the presumed suicide. They spend the rest of Envy sleuthing their way to the answer and crossing paths with various characters, intermittently clarifying the past, such as the reality behind a mysterious crash and the identity of someone who contacted Katelyn before she died, and present events that threaten disaster, such as nosy reporter Moira Windsor and abrasive ex-friend of Katelyn, Starla. Eventually, they find that the person who contacted Katelyn before her death is at the very core of the mystery.

Envy is a very good suspense book, with a suitably satisfying ending that explains everything rather well, but there are two elements of the book that I found to be especially good. The first is in the large array of different characters, all related to the murder in some way and all given realistic, fascinating portraits. One gets the feeling that they are reading about many people with different motivations and feelings, not just flat caricatures as a background to the twins. The second is in its depiction of modern-day life, which is both wry and realistic. There is constant texting, mentions of current fads such as the Twilight books, and convincing depictions of the way people react to local tragedies and pressures. Envy, however, does not ultimately utilize what it has created too well, failing to establish a strong and meaningful theme, but still remains respectable.

Genre: suspense, murder mystery, supernatural

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The Six Crowns: Fire Over Swallowhaven
by Allan Jones and Gary Chalk
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Jason H, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Trundle, Princess Esmeralda and Jack the Bard go to Swallowhaven. They are in search of the legendary Crown of Fire. Swallowhaven is a rich island. The Pirates follow Trundle to the island because they want the crown too. The residents of Swallowhaven have to help fight the pirates so Trundle and his friends and find the Crown of Fire.

I thought this was a good book. It is the 3rd book in the series. I would have liked to have read the first two books before I read this one. My favorite part was the fight for the crown on Swallowhaven Island. I'm glad in the end the good guys won the crown.

Genre: fantasy

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review submitted on 8/7/2012
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The Fame Game
by Lauren Conrad
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Madison Parker has worked hard to make a name for herself. When Carmen Price, the daughter of two very experienced Hollywood stars, is cast in the same reality show things get crazy. Kate Hays is a musician who has been discovered on YouTube, but she has an unfortunate case of stage fright. The last cast member Gaby Garcia is an average reality star, always on a diet. When part of Madison’s less than perfect childhood comes into the spotlight, can she keep it together?

The Fame Game is a page turner. The characters are unique, you think you know what they are going to do but then they do something completely different. The secrets and friendships seemed true, like I was there. The elements of real life and fake life were mixed well. It gave me a taste of what fame can be like. I'm hoping there is a sequel, with a new show.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Just to let you know, this book is in a series, so if you liked this, you'll definitely like the ones that came before this. Great review! :)
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The Other Countess
by Eve Edwards
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Noelle M, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The book takes place in England in the year 1582. The book centers around Lady Eleanor (Ellie) Rodriguez, the Countess of San Jamie and William Lacey (Will), Earl of Dorset in court. Ellie’s father is an alchemist, which is not well received to anyone in England. She and her father hardly have any money and must travel from place to place because he gets kicked out of every place they stay in. On the other hand, Will’s family is left penniless, so he needs to find a wealthy wife. Will falls for Ellie and cannot marry her because she is not wealthy.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was really slow and had little action, but still managed to be good. It reads similarly to The Hobbit, where it is slow and the action is understated. However, in this book, there is really no action. It felt like most of the book was just filling pages and not much was happening. I also felt that the ending is cliché. I know it sounds like a horrible book, but it is actually interesting and I actually did enjoy it. I would recommend this book.

Genre: historical fiction, romance

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My Book of Life by Angel
by Martine Leavitt
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Juan C, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Angel is a poor, sixteen-year old girl living with her brother Jeremy and her father who has a compulsive need to steal shoes. When she gets caught by a man Call, they develop a friendship, and she eventually runs away from home to be with him. It turns out that Call has bad intentions for the suitably named Angel, getting her addicted to what is only ever referred to as "candy" and shaming her into prostitution to support him. He also implies that if she ever tries to leave, he will harm Jeremy, thus forcing her to work day after day out in the streets. However, it is when Call brings home a young girl no older than eleven that Angel feels that she must finally do something.

The most obvious and immediate aspect of the book is its style. The whole book is presented like a free-form poem, and Leavitt uses it to great effect, allowing for a great emotional versatility and allowing the selective silences to speak louder than words. The book is also filled with allusions to John Milton's Paradise Lost, but goes beyond just allusions by using Paradise Lost as a tool to explore common themes. In fact, every section begins with a quote from it that the reader should keep in mind as they read. Such a masterful use of an important work adds meaning to the book and allows it to frame questions about the modern-day world in a greater context that speaks to universal themes.

Genre: tragic life stories

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Incarnate
by Jodi Meadows
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Samijo B, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Ana is a new soul. When she was born one of the souls that had been around for millions of years disappeared. Everyone thinks Ana is a bad omen for worse to come. So when she turns 18 she goes to Heart City to try and find out the mistake of her birth. But when Sam, an old soul, saves her from drowning and takes her to live with him in Heart City she meets more problems than she thought she would encounter. Can Sam protect her from what lies waiting when dragons attack?

I rated this book a five because it has a romantic story and a mystery all in one. It has a hidden plot and enemies that are human and other creatures. It was really good and the ending surprised me. And there’s always new questions she has to answer. Ana really steps up and shows Heart City she can be just as good as the other old souls.

Genre: romantic fantasy

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Kissing Shakespeare
by Pamela Mingle
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Samijo B, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Miranda's parents are Shakespearean actors she wants to be a Shakespearean actor too some day. Until one particularly bad "The Taming Of the Shrew" performance when after the show she skips out on the cast party. A fellow cast member Stephen Langford shows her who he really is: a 16th century English time traveler. And he wants Miranda to come back in time and help save Shakespeare from a path that will stop his great plays from ever being created.

I ranked this book a 4 because it was exciting but had a lot of religious prejudice. It has a small love triangle. Miranda doesn’t know if she will be able to get home. So there is a little suspense and drama. When the sheriff gets involved there is fear for their lives.

Genre: romance

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review submitted on 8/6/2012
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The Calling
by Kelley Armstrong
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Arianna Y, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book was the sequel to The Gathering. It is about a girl named Maya and her five other friends trying to evade these other people who have set fire to their town and are now trying to kill them or - so Maya thinks. Along the way she finds out some really interesting news about who she is and the people who are trying to catch them. She also is putting together what these people may be; all while facing dehydration and hypothermia in the middle of forest that is filled with all kinds of wild animals.

I gave this books a 5 because of the thrilling adventure that I experienced while reading it. It was a great sequel to The Gathering. It was a book that kept you guessing who was what kind of supernatural being. This book was a page turner for me because it had an excellent plot and had you get to know the characters a bit better and understand what dilemmas these young people were facing in order to escape danger.

Genre: supernatural

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review submitted on 8/2/2012
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Other Words for Love
by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Megan D, grade 12, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Brooklyn life for Ari Mitchell is rough. Her sister, Evelyn, is a teen mom looking for comfort in an emotional hurricane but her mom is shaping Ari to be the perfect daughter only to remediate her sister's mistakes. Her boastful best friend, Summer Simon, is high above her on the social ladder yet their crumbling friendship is all she has. Summer's many love affairs makes Ari desire a man of her own. When this dream finally becomes a reality will it finally be a happy ending for Ari Mitchell or another disappointment?

With its spider web of conflicts, this book was easy to keep reading. But if I had the choice of either finishing all 300 pages of this novel or rereading my favorite book ... I'd choose the prior. I couldn't relate to the character's personality in any way which made it impossible to desire her happy ending. The largest benefit for reading this book was there were so many interesting and realistic situations that could come across in an ordinary teenager's life. Many readers could applaud the author for how easily she enticed the reader with new drama.

Genre: realistic fiction

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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves
by Sarah Moon and James Lecesne (editors)
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Megan D, grade 12, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Teenagers who are LGBT are faced with hardship emotionally and socially, because they know that opening up about their sexuality will be tough yet it's their easiest route to happiness. This book collaborates illustrators' and authors' personal experiences with a unique twist. The writers are writing to their teenage selves! By telling themselves in each letter that happiness in their love life and career is in their future, readers gain inspiration and optimism for their own lives. Even readers that aren't gay or lesbian can enjoy this book (I did!) because of its abundance in quotes and insight.

This book did not address problems I'm facing, only teens around me, and even with this issue I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Not only did it allow me to see the world from a different perspective but it made me have a deeper acceptance for friends I have who are gay. To make the read more interesting I placed post-its on every page to mark my favorite quotes. I discovered a variety of writing styles which impressed me very much.

Genre: nonfiction, short stories, self-help

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Deadweather and Sunrise
by Geoff Rodkey
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Lauren W, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Egbert has never had a great life. And that is because his family pretty much hates him. They think he "killed" their mother, only because she died while giving birth to him. When Roger Pembroke invites Egbert and his family to leave their home on Deadweather to stay with him and his daughter, Millicent, on Sunrise the unexplainable happens: Egbert's family dissapears on a hot air balloon ride. Will Egg avenge his family?

This is the first book in the series. (The Chronicles of Egg). At first in the book it was a little confusing because the characters all speak like pirates. But then I REALLY got into it. Im definitely going to buy the whole series!

Genre: adventure

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The White Glove War
by Katie Crouch
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Cassidy T, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Hayes Anderson has always been the ideal granddaughter of the Magnolia League; never causing any problems or questioning the League's antics. As new problems erupt, and old secrets are revealed, Hayes slowly starts to rip away from the picture perfect image. She not only begins to realize everything wrong with the League, but also what she needs to fix within it. Hayes' Magnolia sister, Alex hasn't been acting normal since she cast a love spell on Hayes' brother but then broke his heart. Something's up, and she needs to figure out what it is before everyone close to the Magnolia League, including herself, gets hurt.

This book is extremely similar to it's prequel, The Magnolia League. Although there are new twists and details uncovered, much of the basic plot line is the same. You should most definitely read The Magnolia League before you attempt The White Glove War; in this book, major information from the previous book is mentioned and can easily confuse a reader. With all of that being said, it was still a fun and quick read that I didn't want to put down. New things happen that we haven't seen yet and are quite intriguing. This book has a good balance of mystery, fantasy, romance, and though it is a fantasy book, everyday situations.

Genre: fantasy

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Ruby Red
by Kerstin Gier
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madeline R, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Ruby Red is an excellent time-traveling tale, that keeps you on the edge of your seat, couch, or whatever you read on, the whole entire book! The ruby is the stone that represents Gwen, the main character. You see, Gwen has inherited a rare gene that allows her to travel back in time, but no one knows about it, or expects it until she alredy has traveled back in time. Gwen was not supposed to inherit the gene, her cousin Charlotte was, that is what made it so unexpected. Gwen has almost gotten killed in the times that she has traveled back to! Beware, the ending is an edge-of-your-seater!

I ranked the book a 5 because it was such an amazing book! I also ranked it a 5 because the language was at a great level reading for me, but I would not recommend this book to younger children, for there is some swearing in the book. Anyway, Ruby Red had an excellent plot, and was unpredictable throughout the book! I loved the book, and I hope that you do too!

Genre: fiction

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths
by Sara Pennypacker
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Madaleine K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Since Stella's mother is, well, restless and kind of unreliable, she must live with her Great Aunt Louise in her old house on Cape Cod. Stella enjoys staying with Louise mainly because she is so organized and loves routine almost as much as she does. While her mother travels across the country to find her true calling, Stella dreams that one day she and her mom could live with Louise and be a real family. The only bump in the road? Angel, the bristly foster kid that Louise takes in to keep Stella company. The two girls almost never speak to each other. However when unexpected tragedy strikes, they must rely on each other to survive. Surviving a summer with Angel (who couldn't be less like her name) seems like a huge obstacle to overcome, but they do find something in common; they both want to belong to a real family.

Summer of the Gypsy Moths is an excellent stand-alone book. It's a page turner and a pretty quick read, but that doesn't take away from the amazing story. Sara Pennypacker describes the characters' personalities very well, something every good book should have. The interactions between the characters and the way Angel and Stella handle their unexpected situation were very realistic and well written. The author also describes the scenery so well, it's almost like you can taste the salty Cape Cod air.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 7/30/2012
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Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Emily S, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Fifteen year old Tiger Lily was adopted into the Sky Eaters tribe when she was a baby. When Tiger Lily runs into forbidden territory, she is introduced to the most feared men on the entire island: the Lost Boys, and Peter Pan. Peter immediately falls for Tiger Lily's boyish personality, and soon she follows. The Lost Boys are really just very lonely. Before she knows it, Tiger Lily is risking almost everything - her whole life as a Sky Eater - to be with her "true love." All of a sudden, the shaman of the village, Tiger Lily's father, announces her to be married to an unpleasent man in her tribe. How will Tiger Lily survive?

I ranked this book a 4 because there was really was no climax in the center. The rising action was a little boring, but I have to say, this book was one of the most touching books that I have ever read! You really understand Tiger Lily's feelings, (Although, sometimes she can be very empty) and you look inside her life and you can see true loyalty and opinion. This is a book that you need to understand how the character is feeling in order to infer what is going to happen next. This book is very complex. There are many things to think about in this book. Please read this book. I promise you, it's great!!!

Genre: fantasy

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Tiger Lily is a book about feeling, love, courage, and telling the truth. Matched is based on almost the same exact things as Tiger Lily. That is why I think they are so similar. Matched is a science fiction book, but both of the stories' concepts are unfamiliar. There are many things in these books that you or anyone else may not understand, but it all works out in the end!

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Bluefish
by Pat Schmatz
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Maggie F, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Travis is an eighth grade boy, who had to move away from everything he loved and cared about to a new town full of new people. In Travis's old town everyone picked on him and called him a bluefish, because he wasn't as good a reader as everyone else, but now in this new town he can have a fresh start. Travis meets a friendly girl named Velveeta full of mystery and surprise. She may look like a postitive, funny, scarf-wearing girl on the outside, but on the inside she and Travis are both so much more. Travis and Velveeta become a strange couple of friends, but something about Velveeta's dead friend Calvin, and Travis's dead parents makes their relationship just click.

I gave the book a 4 out of 5 because it was a captivating book with twists and turns, but it didn't have much action. I liked the characters and think they are all very different but fit together perfectly. My favorite character is Velveeta, because she is so positive and has a very different personality. I loved the way the author worded things when Travis was angry. The words are puzzled together in a way makes the story more exciting.

Genre: realistic fiction

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review submitted on 7/23/2012
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Glimmer
by Phoebe Kitanidis
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Elyse Alton and Marshall King wake up tangled in each other's arms with no memory of who they are or how they got there. Through their shared amnesia, they promise to try to patch together their missing memories. They find out they are in the resort town of Summer Falls, where something sinister hides beneath the town's happy exterior. What they discover is that the town is haunted by ghosts and no one in Summer Falls retains any bad memories. As Marshall and Elyse try to solve the mystery of this strange town, they fall into a deep relationship. However, if they want to save Summer Falls, they may have to give up everything they've known to rescue the town and themselves.

I rated this book a 2.5/5 because while the book had many flaws, it was a somewhat enjoyable read. The blurb on the back of the book revealed much of the plot, which allowed the reader to know a lot more than the characters knew. This made the book annoying to read for the beginning chapters. I also felt that some of the fantasy aspects of the book were not well explained and rushed. As a result of this, I found myself confused sometimes while reading. I'm also not even really sure why the book is titled Glimmer. However, the main characters are well developed and were what kept me reading throughout the book. I would recommend this book to high school age teens because of some mature references.

Genre: romance, fantasy

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review submitted on 7/23/2012
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Glow
by Amy Kathleen Ryan
This book received a 5 star rating
Glow is about a society who is sent on a space shuttle, the Empyrean, to New Earth.The ship functions like a total ship with a captain, a crew, yet the ship is suppose to supply the people with everything (food, water). Fertility is emphasized to keep the human race in existence.A girl named Waverly (15 years old) wants to get married to Kieran, the soon to be captain and the perfect guy. Yet if she gets married she'll be somewhat expected to have children soon while she is most fertile. However, another ship is traveling to New Earth, the Horizon. The Horizon kidnaps all the girls from the Empyrean and kills many people in the process.The New Horizon has no fertility, so the girls are used to their benefit. Waverly is to take charge of the girl captives, with some help, and Kieran takes over the Empyrean. Waverly has to escape with the girls but another problem comes, her mom and other children's parents are board on the New Horizon kept as captives and trapped in a cage. Kieran only wants to be with Waverly, but he thinks she might be interested in another boy, Seth (mysterious and head strong). The story goes on with Waverly finding her way back and escaping.Also Kieran trying to deal with a half broken ship and little boys wanting to see their parents. There is a love triangle because Waverly knows she should be with Kieran but then second guesses herself about Seth.
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Planet Middle School
by Nikki Grimes
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Emily S, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

12 year old Joylin Johnson [Joy] is stressed. She is really worried about her friends, Keelee and Jake, growing up faster than she is. Keelee starts putting on makup, and Jake starts flirting with girls. Her clothes suddenly seem like they are totally out of fashion, [Jeans, a t-shirt, and a ponytail] and now she has mixed feelings about if she is still worthy to be on the girl's basketball team. While watching a game, this boy appears from nowhere... and his name is Santiago. Before she knows it, Joy is willing to risk everything to be his girl: her look, her style, and her personality. Can Joy survive Planet Middle School?

I ranked this book a 4 because it was a great concept, but it didn't have as much detail as I had hoped. This book was writen in poetic form, and it had some humor, but some of it was sad and didn't make sense. Those were the only reasons that I didn't give this book a 5. I really did like the topic. What I really loved was Joy's character: how she narrated and expressed her feelings through Nikki Grimes' words. I think that this book is distinctly unique. It had a hook on me from the very beginning. I just couldn't stop reading! I finished this book wanting more. In my opinion, there is no book out there that is quite like this one.

Genre: realistic fiction

review submitted on 7/19/2012
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Partials
by Dan Wells
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Shannon H, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

In a world of humans and Partials (humanly engineered beings) Kira Walker must save the rest of her people. Eleven years ago the Partials spread the virus RM killing 99.9% of the human population. The few survivors gathered on Long Island and the Partials retreated to the mainland. Since then no human babies have survived and the people of Long Island are on the brink of a civil war. Kira sets out to find a cure for RM learning things about more than just the disease. The twists and turns will have you on the edge of you seat and wanting more by the end.

This book had a facinating plot that was different from any book I've read. With the dystopian theme it takes a turn into the scientific with the description of the creation of Partials and the medical terms of the RM virus. I loved the refrences to Long Island's East Meadow and New York City, I could see everywhere they went just by looking up a map online. The only problem I found was with a few parts of the dialogue. I found Kira a bit dramatic and aggressive to the point where it wouldn't be socially acceptable. Other then that this book was truly amazing, the twists and turns kept my interest and I never wanted to put it down.

Genre: science fiction

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Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Jason H, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

This book is about Jack Gantos. Jack Gantos cut down all the corn crops and shot his Japanese gun. His mom gets mad and grounds Jack. After he got grounded, his neighbor Miss Volker needed help writing an obituary because her hands were bad. On Jack's birthday he got a card to get out of his room for a day.

I ranked the book 3.5 because it was boring in the beginning but got better in the middle. It was turning into a great book and had exciting parts to it. After Jack got grounded it became interesting. I liked that the author put his name in the book. I also liked that Jack and I both like baseball.

Genre: historical fiction

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review submitted on 7/19/2012
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Article 5
by Kristen Simmons
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Juan C, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

The story is set in the near future where after an unspecified war, the government has grown oppressive and instituted the sinister Federal Bureau of Reformation (FBR) to take away those that don't comply. Ember Miller is living a normal existence under these conditions, dealing with her mother and trying to keep her life afloat. One day, Ember comes home to find her mother being taken away by the FBR and recognizes one of the soldiers as Chase Jennings, the only boy she ever loved, far different now. She is then shipped off to reform school to be taught to behave like a lady. Ember is rebellious and begins to hatch a plan to escape with the help of her roommate to try to find her mother and along the way re-encounters Chase...

Article 5 is ultimately a promising book hampered by a predictable subplot and a focus on trivial matter. The relationship between Chase and Ember is somewhat melodramatic and plays out rather predictably for the greater part of the book. It also takes up a large amount of space that might be spent on other matters. The book teases us with some hints at what the War was like and the nature of the new government, but doesn't end up elaborating on theses intriguing matters. That said, for the most part it has a novel and interesting plot with a shocking twist at the end. Some of the books best moments are when it subverts expectations for something genuinely fresh and surprising.

Genre: dystopian

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review submitted on 7/19/2012
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Chomp
by Carl Hiaasen
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Stefan K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

A 13-year old boy named Wahoo and his father, Mickey are hired to help with the filming of an outdoor adventure show in the Everglades. They are joined by a run-away teenage girl named Tuna. They soon realize that the show is all faked and that the star is spoiled and incompetent. After being attacked by a bat, the star of the show deserts and gets lost in the swamp. Before they have a chance to begin looking for him, Tuna's father shows up and kidnaps Mickey. Teamwork, good luck, and a surprise lead to a happy ending for nearly all of the main characters.

In my opinion, this book deserves the highest rank. Readers who like adventure and realistic fiction will enjoy the fast pace from beginning to end. The characters are likeable and have interesting stories. There are many funny moments in Chomp and an exciting climax. It was interesting to learn about the Everglades and how an "adventure" show is created. The main character was a kid around my age which made this book interesting for me, but my mother read Chomp and enjoyed it too.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Hoot, Scat, and Flush by Carl Hiaasen
The Invention of Hugo Cabret and by Brian Selznick
review submitted on 7/16/2012
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Saving June
by Hannah Harrington
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Charlotte R, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Harper Scott's life is not ordinary. Nine days before her sister June would have graduated she committed suicide, leaving everyone in grief. Now all Harper has are her friends and a mysterious boy named Jake. Harper's parent had divorced soon before June died. But Harper isn't happy with the ending of her sister's life, so she embarks on a journey to fulfill some of June's dreams.

This book was written well and had a good plot. The ending was a little predicable but good. I was suprised throughout the whole book and loved all the characters. I had fun reading it, I hate and like when the books keep you guessing so I hope there is a sequel. The road trip in the middle was my favorite part and I can't imagine this book without each and every one of the characters.

Genre: realistic fiction

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The Juliet Club by Suzane Harper
Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry
review submitted on 7/16/2012
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I loveddddddd this book!!
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The Alchemy of Forever
by Avery Williams
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Noelle M, grade 8, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Seraphina Ames has lived over 600 years, surviving by taking other people's bodies. Now the guilt of killing so many people is starting to catch up with her, so she plans to escape from Cyrus, her controlling boyfriend. When she finally does, she sees Kailey Morgan get into a horrible car crash right next to her. Sera, while trying to give Kailey CPR, accidentally takes her body. After, Sera wakes up in the hospital with no way to run, so she decides to live as Kailey and plan her escape. To her surprise, she loves Kailey's life and even falls in love. Then, one day Cyrus shows up at her school pretending to be a substitute teacher and Sera knows that he is looking for her. Cyrus is so controlling that he would never let her live as Kailey in peace, and Sera does NOT want to return to him or her old life of killing.

I gave the book a 3.5 rating because I liked some parts of it, but other parts were really boring, and even the cliffhanger ending did not make me anxious for the second book coming out next year. Also, so that I could write the review better, I read the book twice. On the second time through, it was almost all boring and I realized that the book is really predictable and Sera was not really that smart and doesn't think before she acts. If she had thought it out a bit, all of her trouble could have been avoided very easily. I also thought that it was not very complex and maybe it could have been a bit too easy for me. I also thought that it was a LOT like Twilight, which is good for some people but not for me. A lot of the characters seemed to resemble Twilight characters, such as Cyrus being a lot like Edward. Overall, I did actually like a lot of it, but a lot of it I didn't like also.

Genre: paranomal romance

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer or other paranormal romance

review submitted on 7/16/2012
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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
by Lutricia Clifton
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Sarah M, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Frankie Joe is enjoying his life in Laredo, Texas. But one day his mom ends up in jail, sending him to live with his dad, stepmom, and four half brothers. He doesn't know how to make this work. And also, he has to be put two grades behind because of his learning status. How is he going to make it in Illinois?

I ranked this five stars because right from the beggining it was a page turner. I would never want to put the book down. I could also hear the voice in every character, and I could relate to them. I loved this book so much because it felt so real. I felt like I was Frankie Joe and everything bad was happening to me.

Genre: realistic fiction

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
review submitted on 7/9/2012
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Never Fall Down
by Patricia McCormick
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Juan C, grade 9, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Arn Chorn is a child living a normal life in Cambodia with his aunt and siblings when the Khmer Rouge, a brutal regime, takes over. Arn and his family are forced to walk for days to a large camp where they are separated and sent to work in the rice fields in brutal conditions under the vigilant eyes of soldiers. In his time there he sees constant violence and death. Eventually, he gains himself some stature and fame as a musician who performs before Khmer Rouge officials and to cover the sound of the killings that take place everyday. He is able to dig out a life in the camp with some friends due to his importance, and is almost happy. Unfortunately, a gun is soon placed in his hand and he is forced to kill to live.

Never Fall Down is a fictional book based on the true events of the life of Arn Chorn Pond, written in his own heartfelt voice. The whole book tracks the course of his life communicated in Arn's own words that is able to effectively describe the effects of living under the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge is present in every page of the book, ingraining itself inside Arn's mind and forcing him to do everything he can to survive. One can see how this innocent child is turned into a soldier haunted by the death that is everywhere in his life. However, the book moves at such a swift pace that there is no time for reflection or introspection, so that the reader might be overwhelmed by the constant violence and slaughter. Still, Never Fall Down is ultimately a passionate book that is a fascinating portrait of Arn's life, and the ending is immensely gratifying.

Genre: historical fiction

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Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan [if you are interested in similar descriptions of oppressive and violent areas]
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden [if you enjoyed Arn's personal reflections in his own words and the enlightening perspective on an exotic place]
review submitted on 7/9/2012
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Misfit
by Jon Skovron
This book received a 4 star rating
***Submitted by Arianna Y, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Fitting into high school was not all Jael Thompson did not fit into, she did not fit in with humans either. On her sixteenth birthday she finds out why. She begins her self discovery. Jael finds out about what she is destined to be in life, and more about her mother who died when she was a baby. The more she finds out, the more danger she, her family, and friends are in.

I gave this book four stars because of the slow start but once the story picked up it was a page turner. I couldn't put it down - I wanted to find out more about what Jael would do next. I liked that it was told from third person point of view so that you got the whole picture rather than just one person's point of view. Also, when the author wrote about events in the past they were in their very own chapter, which gave the book more depth because you got the see why things turned out the way they did in the present.

Genre: supernatural

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Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Ruined by Paula Morris
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
review submitted on 7/5/2012
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The Selection
by Kiera Cass
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Madaleine K, grade 6, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Seventeen-year-old America Singer has no interest in entering in the "Selection," let alone participating in it! America shudders at the thought of possibly spending her life with someone who, in her opinion, is incredibly shallow. She just wants a life with Aspen, a boy she is forbidden to be with. But when she's selected, she can't turn back. She must step forward and compete for the Prince's heart... and the crown. However when she gets to the palace things turn out a lot differently than she could have ever expected.

This book is the first in the series. The huge cliffhanger ending leaves me anxiously waiting for the next chapter in America's life. The characters seem so real and you can easily relate to them if you've read The Hunger Games because of the fact that most of the people are overworked, underpaid, and starving. Kiera Cass paints a clear picture in my mind of what's happening in the book, even though some parts were a little slow. In the beginning I was confused about the number "caste" but I did get it after I read more. Overall it was a well-written story about a new country in need of a new princess.

Genre: dystopian, romance

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
review submitted on 7/5/2012
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Other Words for Love
by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
This book received a 5 star rating
***Submitted by Kara H, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

Set in 1985, this book tells the story of Ari Mitchell, a high school girl growing up in Brooklyn. When she gets the opportunity to switch from public school to her best friend Summer's Manhattan prep school, she jumps at the chance. She meets a wealthy new friend, Leigh, who introduces Ari to her cousin, Blake. Soon, she gets involved in an all-consuming relationship with him. After they break up, Ari struggles with how to move on.

I ranked this book 4.5/5 because I really enjoyed reading this book. At first I thought it was going to be a fluffy teen novel, but it was filled with depth and emotion.The characters were real and believable, especially Ari, the main character. As the book moved forward, I was able to see how each character grew and changed. I also thought the storyline was very interesting and it kept me hooked throughout the book. The one thing I did not like about this book was that it was a bit slow in the beginning, but other than that it was a great read. I would recommend this book to high school age and up because there are some mature themes.

Genre: realistic fiction, historical fiction

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington
review submitted on 7/5/2012
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The Fame Game
by Lauren Conrad
This book received a 3 star rating
***Submitted by Cassidy T, grade 10, 2012 Teen Book Reviewer***

When Madison Parker is selected to star on the new reality TV show, The Fame Game, that's exactly what she's expecting to be - the star. Little does she know, up and coming actress and co-star of Fame Game, Carmen Curtis, can withstand the roller coasters accompanying the rise to fame better than she did. As she gets used to the new show, along with the new cast mates, will Madison do whatever it takes to own the spotlight? Or will she be in the background forever?

This book was a fun, quick read just like the first three of the series. Although a few minor details from the previous books were mentioned in The Fame Game, reading the other books before this one is not a must. I did find the book predictable, slightly boring, and maybe even "empty." It moves so fast that you don't get a chance to develop a relationship with the characters. With that being said, it was entertaining to read about these girls luxurious lives. The author of these books has created a perfect balance of drama, humor, friendship, romance, and ordinary life situations.

Genre: realistic fiction

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L.A. Candy series (#1,2,3) by Lauren Conrad
Reel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald
Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita
The Daughters series by Joanna Philbin
Reality Chick by Lauren Barnholdt
review submitted on 7/5/2012
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The Hunger Games
by Suzane Collins
This book received a 5 star rating
The book is about a girl named Katniss who ends up fighting to the death with all the other teens from other districs. This romantic yet action packed book is very interesting and I reccamend it to all teens. Enjoy!
review submitted on 4/1/2012
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Solitary: Escape From Furnace
by Alexander Gordon Smith
This book received a 4 star rating
The sequel to lockdown, this book follows Alex as he tries to escape from Furnace, the underground prison he has been sentenced to. The prison is hell, and the author does a great job creeping you out! Alex also must fight off mutants that were once prisoners and could be his fate after being sent to solitary confinement after his first escape attempt failed.
review submitted on 11/22/2011
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adXkjG Looking forward to then
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this book is really cool
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Feed
by M.T. Anderson
This book received a 3 star rating
It's about a future where the Internet is implanted into people's brain with a chip. People sitting next to each other text each other with their brains and get a lot of ads all the time. It's about this guy who meets this girl while on the moon, and a love story sorta blooms. Maybe I missed something, but this was not quite as good as I thought it'd be.
review submitted on 11/2/2011
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Monster
by Walter Dean Myers
This book received a 5 star rating
Intense! I really felt like I was Steve, on trial for murder. Loved the screenplay style the story was told in too. You gotta read this!
review submitted on 10/19/2011
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Rage
by Jackie Morse Kessler
This book received a 4 star rating
Melissa Miller is a cutter - someone who slices her body with razor blades trying to ease her emotional pain. After being humiliated in front of the whole school by her ex-boyfriend, she becoms War, one of the four horesmen of the apocalypse. The rest of the book details her struggle to come to comes with her rage and her cutting. Missy, as she's referred to in the book, is a great character that readers will feel empathy for.
review submitted on 10/5/2011
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American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang
This book received a 5 star rating
We've all been misunderstood, but would we want to become someone else? Imagine trying to fit into one culture at school and another one at home. That's Danny's life. He's from a Chinese family, but he is desperately trying to become a white American. This story, which is told from three separate storylines, is both warm and funny, with great artwork. You don't have to be Asian to enjoy the story or relate to the characters.
review submitted on 10/5/2011
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I really loved this, too!
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Marcello in the Real World
by Francisco X Stork
This book received a 5 star rating
While working at his father's powerful Boston law firm one summer, 17-year-old Marcello, who has high-functioning Aspergers Syndrome, learns about love, jealousy, and how doing what is right may not always be in the best interests of someone. Marcello is a wonderful, memorable character who has lived a sheltered life, and he encounters all sorts of people who influence the course of his life. The characters are well-drawn. A must-read if you like realistic fiction.
review submitted on 9/28/2011
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What a great description of this book. It was *so* good.
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Angry Young Man
by Chris Lynch
This book received a 4 star rating
If you don't like books where the author describes everything, even the clouds, this is the book for you. This is a very lean story about two brothers, Robert and Xan. Robert teases Xan a lot, hoping to get him to straighten his life out. But Xan falls under the spell of a charismatic vandal, a decision that forces Robert to confront his own anger and try to keep his brother from getting into too much trouble. A very fast read.
review submitted on 9/27/2011
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Heist Society
by Ally Carter
This book received a 5 star rating
Kat gets kicked out of her prestigious boarding school and finds her way back into the "family" business. This time she and her friends must re-steal some pretty important paintings to save her father. Before reading this book, make sure you read book one - Uncommon Criminals.
review submitted on 9/20/2011
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I love this book! I thought that this one is the first book, though and Google agrees with me!
comment submitted on 9/27/2011

this book is a nice quick read. I love Alex! In the next book...there's more romance!! YEA!!
comment submitted on 7/19/2012

this book was a qiuck read yet i still couln't put it down...i love Alex and there is more romance in the second book but the third book doesnt look too promising...oh well we'll see how it goes
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Eragon
by Christopher Paolini
This book received a 5 star rating
Eragon was walking in a forest when he saw a blue stone. It was really a dragon egg! He is now a legendary Rider. Follow his adventures to overcome Galbatorix, previously another Rider whose dragon was killed, making him evil. Can he do it, and get the attention of Arya, an elf woman, learn a new language, learn to ride a dragon AND kill Urgals in a few months? A thrilling story. Highly recommended!
review submitted on 6/9/2011
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The next book in the series is coming out next month!
comment submitted on 10/13/2011

An amazing and innovative book that pushed my standards of a good book way over to a new level. I find its Desendants, Eldest and Brisingr to even top this book and would highly recommend all of them. Go Alegasia( I can't pronounce it)!!
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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book received a 5 star rating
This trilogy is simply amazing.I could read them over and over, and in fact I have. She is an amazing author and I hope she comes out with more series. I don't normally enjoy books like this but her talent outshines the genere!
review submitted on 4/25/2011
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Great series! I hope the movie does it justice.
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Hunger
by Jackie Morse Kessler
This book received a 5 star rating
Lisabeth Lewis is struggling with an eating disorder, and if that weren’t bad enough now she’s been approached by Death. Yes, Death. And he has a job for her. Lisabeth becomes Famine- one of the four horsemen of the Apocolypse. And it’s her job to ride her black horse and bring hunger wherever she goes…
review submitted on 2/5/2011
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TYVM you've sleovd all my problems
comment submitted on 4/24/2011

I couldn't get into the book, im not really a big fan of fantasy so that probably why. But the idea is a great story line
comment submitted on 4/25/2011

Her newest book Rage just came out. I can't wait to read it!!!
comment submitted on 4/27/2011

i'm going to get this!!!
comment submitted on 7/22/2011

Interesting. Now I have to read Rage, book 2.
comment submitted on 8/24/2011

I well, HATED this book. I thought it was sick (and not in a good way) and the way it was written was terrible. I thought it was AWFUL!
comment submitted on 9/27/2011

Well I LIKED the book and the way it was written!
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riodan
This book received a 5 star rating
It was great! Lots of compromising! It was a good read!
review submitted on 12/30/2010
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The 2nd book of the Percy Jackson series is filled with as much adventure and suspense as the Lightning Thief. On top of this Camp Half-blood is no longer safe for demigods. Read this series in order then check out book 1 in the new series The Heroes of Olympus.
comment submitted on 12/30/2010

good book
comment submitted on 1/16/2011

I really love this book and the entire series!
comment submitted on 6/9/2011

I LOVE THIS BOOK
comment submitted on 6/12/2011

this is a good book
comment submitted on 7/22/2011

I love the series!
comment submitted on 12/5/2011

Not as good as book 1, in my opinion
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The Slave Dancer
by Paula Fox
This book received a 5 star rating
It was a sad but good book
review submitted on 12/30/2010
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I LOVE THIS BOOK
comment submitted on 6/12/2011

sounds good!
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Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison
by Brandon Mull
This book received a 5 star rating
One character who you think is good, turns evil. Another evil character turns good. Most shocking, someone who you think has been dead since Book 1, is still alive! A stunning conclusion to the Fablehaven series!
review submitted on 12/30/2010
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The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
by Ann Brashares
This book received a 4 star rating
It was not as good as the first book in the series.
review submitted on 12/30/2010
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I LOVE THIS BOOK
comment submitted on 6/12/2011

Sometimes a book just isn't meant to be continued.
comment submitted on 7/13/2011

I don't see why they keep on making more books to the series. The first book will always be the best. :)
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