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TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
I found that this book was just amazing. I loved all of the descriptions of Edward’s appearance and his emotions. My favorite part in the book was when Edward showed Bella the meadow and how he attracted animals to himself. 5 stars.
Review by Julia

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
For roughly 3 years, I’d been planning on reading The Maze Runner. People told me that it was an awful book. I have to disagree! I was impressed by Dashner’s ability to create such a complicated plot-line! The book felt like I was sprinting through the maze and discovering the mysteries “myself”, it was that good.
Review by Gabrielle

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
It was amazing! It was the perfect blend of romance and action, so that I was interested the whole time.
Review by Mary

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
I found it an interesting book! I love the mystery concept and the whole idea!
Review by Cora

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I absolutely loved this book! It was about these two teens, Hazel and Augustus, who both had cancer and how they helped each other through it and fell in love. This book is a MUST READ!
Review by Clarke

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
This is another great series by Alyson Noel. This is about Ever. She has powers that cause her head to hurt. But everything changes when she meets Damen. She doesn’t know what he is but she is drawn to him.
Review by Emily

saywhatyouwillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Amy has been dealing with cerebral palsy her whole life. She is tired of having a teacher helping her. Her mother comes up with a plan; peer helpers. That’s when she meets Matthew. From that point on, it’s a whirlwind of events. Surprises are on their way.
Review by Julia

Wednesday WarsThe Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
YA SCHMIDT, G.
An amazing book about a kid that spends Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. The student believes that his teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. He learns that both of them have things in common. They both soon enjoy each others company. I definitely recommend.
Review by Lester

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This is a very good book, but sad in some parts. It is the third book in the Divergent series. At the beginning, everybody is trying to figure out how to live in a factionless society. Then some members of a rebel group venture outside the city to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There they learn that their city is an experiment to correct bad genes. Can they convince everyone that even if your genes are “damaged”, you are still a whole and complete person without destroying life as they know it? Read Allegiant and find out! Secrets will be revealed, and lives will be changed.
Review by Theresa

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod. His mother is also kidnapped by Hades. He goes on a quest to rescue her. This series is great. Make sure you read the book before you watch the movie.
Review by Emily

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record

by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

permanent record event

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.  Click here to register for the program and find out more information.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 9, 2014 Categories: Award Winning, Bullying, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Issues, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

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ifigrowupIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
DeShawn is growing up in the poorest area of New York where there are two main careers: gang involvement or fast food. When the responsibility of caring for his grandma, sister, and twin niece and nephew, with a baby on the way, become too much, DeShawn joins the Disciples to help cope financially.
Review by Paige

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
This book was amazing! It had action and some problems with the Capitol which made it so much harder to put the book down. I would rate this book 11 out of 10! This book is by far in my top 10 favorite books.
Review by Gabby

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
This was one of the best books I ever read. It starts out with a girl named Chloe who fell asleep in study hall. When she wakes up, it is six months later and it is snowing. She finds out that her crush is now her boyfriend, she scored a really high SAT, but her best friend won’t talk to her. Chloe must figure out how it happened and do something to fix it before it’s too late.
Review by Theresa

ScorpiaScorpia by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
Full of twists and surprises, from one truth to the next, a real page turner and impossible to put down.
Review by Lia

dualedDualed by Elsie Chapman
YA CHAPMAN, E.
A girl named West Grayer lives in a place where they have twins (with the same DNA) from different parents. Now it’s West’s turn to try to kill her twin or she will be killed.
Review by Brigitte

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Allegiant was a great way to wrap up the Divergent trilogy. Although I was upset by the way Roth ended the book with an unexpected event, it is worth reading. I enjoyed Insurgent more than Allegiant due to the fact of Insurgent being more people-pleasing and ending happily.
Review by Kristen

Long Way GoneA Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
YA 966.404 BEA
This book was really good. I really liked that there was so much detail involved. I didn’t like to believe that it was a true story because it is so sad. Overall I would recommend this book.
Review by Sam

hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen
YA PAULSEN, G.
Hatchet is an amazing book! It is about a boy who gets lost in the wild and has to survive. This realistic fiction book is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read on. So, for overall rating, I’d give this book a 9.5/10.
Review by Adam

savingtheworldSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
YA PATTERSON, J.
This is a really good book to read during the summer. Maximum Ride is a 14-year-old girl that has wings and can fly. She and her flock go on a mission to save the world and have to stop the crazy scientists from killing half the people in the world.
Review by Zoe

SomethingWickedSomething Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
YA BRADBURY, R.
I thought that this classic book was really interesting. It made me think a lot! It was pretty scary and creepy, but it would be a great sci-fi read for anyone!
Review by Abby

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pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
I really liked the idea and descripton mixed in with action and excitement. A must read series!
Review by Lia

SeaofMonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s another great action-packed book by Riordan. It is very detailed and definitely one of my favorite books. I love how the characters are well-developed and have a sense of humor. It’s full of all emotions and feelings.
Review by Jill

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
5 stars!! A tale about true love and fighting back. Rebels, peacemakers, lovers, fighters, all come together. I really liked this book and I’m sure others will too!
Review by Natalie

ShadeOfMoonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA SF PFEFFER, S.
This book was an amazing read. It was interesting and a quick read.
Review by Ammu

IdTellYouILoveYouI’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
YA CARTER, A.
I really liked this book. 5 stars. It was exciting, romantic, and full of action. If you are looking for romance, excitement, and action, then read this book.
Review by Alexandra

DareYouToDare You To by Katie McGarry
YA MCGARRY, K.
The story is about trusting yourself. It’s about Beth who struggles with figuring out who she is and Ryan who does not know what his future should look like. I highly recommend this book to teen girls everywhere.
Review by Olivia

DoesMyHeadDoes My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.
This was a very good book filled with laughter. Abdel-Fattah really does understand the life of a typical teenager. She wrote an amazing book! One of my favorites by far.
Review by Patricia

RunawayKingThe Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
I really liked this sequel to The False Prince. It was action-packed and you never get bored. There are twists and turns that keep you reading. I hope there is another book in the series.
Review by Mia

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Downsiders is a wonderful book. Lindsay discovers a hidden world underneath her city. When she goes to the secret city with her new friend, Talon, she unknowingly puts his world in jeopardy.
Review by Kyra

BeachBlondesBeach Blondes by Katherine Applegate
YA APPLEGATE, K.
Sun, sand, water– how nice did that sound? It sure did sound great to Summer Smith. She was on her way to Clam Claw Beach, Florida, when a tarot lady tells her she she will find love. The lady tells Summer that she would meet three guys: mysterious, dangerous, and the one.
Review by Elizabeth

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navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
YA VANDERPOOL, C.
This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.
Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.
Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain
YA MCCLAIN, L.
Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.
Review by Jacqueline

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.
Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, D.
I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.
Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker
YA SHOEMAKER, T.
5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.
Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).
Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
YA MILLER, K.
I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.
Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer
YA PLUMMER, L.
An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.
Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.
Review by Bennie

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daughters break the rulesThe Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
YA PHILBIN, J.
All in all, this book was a great summer read, and on my list of Top 15 books. I loved to read about the life of a famous person and Lizzie, Catrina, and Hudson’s journeys, and ability to stand up to their parents.
Review by Claire

if i ever get outIf I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
YA GANSWORTH, E.
This was a good book. At first, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be interesting. It shows how people even today can discriminate against somebody if he/she is different.
Review by Ravi

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I loved this book. It was really great. It was about Katniss and Peeta, and they had to go back to the arena because of the third quarter quell. At the end, Katniss gets taken back to district 13, but Peeta gets taken to the capitol because Katniss is the mockingjay.
Review by Zoe

AnimalFarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
This book is an excellent easy read and fast read for middle-schoolers. It describes how an animal farm goes against their owner and begins to operate without humankind but some problems become visible. Read on to find out if the animals will be able to solve them.
Review by Karolina

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
It rips your heart out, slowly, then all at once. It proves the world is not a wish granting factory.
Review by Samantha

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent was an amazing book! It was action-packed, a book with murder and sabotage, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense it made me stay awake to the first hours of the morning. I can’t wait to read the sequel Allegiant.
Review by Antonios

WhenDadKilledWhen Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
YA LESTER, J.
This book is told from the children’s points of view. It is about how they cope with their mom gone and their dad in jail. The ending was pretty shocking. It is where they piece together why the dad did what he did.
Review by Emily

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
It is very addictive. When I stop reading, I am dying to know what is going to happen. It is heartbreaking.
Review by Nehak

EveAdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant
YA SF GRANT, M.
This book was exciting from the first page. There is never a boring moment and the characters are interesting and relate-able. I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend it.
Review by Cassidy

19841984 by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
4.9/5 After many years, I’ve read many classics. Many were dull and simply not worth reading. 1984 , however, is a true classic with a haunting message of epic social and political proportions. The only moment I felt bored was when the book was being read in the story. Otherwise, a scary world is masterfully designed that should warn the reader of any of the same happening now.
Review by Renzmark

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
A for Alison’s murderer? A for Alison? Or A for the Liars? Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. A knows all of the liars’ secrets and if they don’t do what A wants, their secrets will be out. The liars struggle to find out who killed Ali and who A is. A is closer than they think.
Review by Elizabeth

Book Trailer of the Week– Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber.  Perry is your normal teenage guy, he is a little bit on the geeky side, but deals with the normal pressures that a high school senior deals with– choosing the right college, working at his dad’s work, and dealing with the pressure his parents put on him to achieve the best.  However, there is one thing in Perry’s life that isn’t that normal, his family’s Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi.  A majority of this novel takes place on one night, a night that will change Perry’s life forever, the night that Perry takes Gobi to the prom and learns that Gobi is actually a 24-year-old trained assassin who has commandeered Perry to be her driver for the night while she hunts down those she has been assigned to kill.  Click here to find Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 25, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

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fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever picked up! Although, it was a little slow in the beginning, it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last word.
Review by Brayden

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
It was a great book. My favorite part is when they’re in the arena. The book had me reading while the rest of my family was asleep at night.
Review by Emmanuel

lyinggameThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
It might be a lie that I like this book or not, what do you think? It was unknown to Emma that she had a twin sister and now there was a video with her sister being murdered. Emma now has to be Sutton because nobody believes Sutton’s dead. Can Emma put the pieces together or not?
Review by Elizabeth

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
It’s a sort of autobiography about Jiang’s life during the cultural revolution in China. It was very interesting and well written. Highly recommend.
Review by Merrily

KidsofKabulKids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
YA 305.235 ELL
I found this book amazing. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews kids about how they live through a never ending war in Afghanistan. The kids’ stories are phenomenal.
Review by Paula

passionPassion by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
In this story, Luce decides to travel to her past lives to see what went wrong and if she can break the curse between herself and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Review by Neela

bombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
YA 623.4511 SHE
I loved this book so much! It was action packed, surprising, and a cliffhanger. The nonfiction book was packed with info about World War II, and it was written so well! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in World War II. I loved it!
Review by Adam

AnythingtoHaveYouAnything to Have You by Paige Harbison
YA HARBISON, P.
Natalie and Brooke are best friends and when Aiden comes to town, Natalie calls dibs, but Brooke ignores it and starts dating Aiden even though she knows how Natalie feels. Fast forward two years to a party with too much alcohol and Natalie wakes up next to Aiden and can’t remember anything, all she knows is she had sex, but with who?
Review by Paige

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.
A disturbing concept, yet fun to follow, with tons of romance. This book was thrilling, horror-filled, and just disturbing. With a twist at the end that I would have never imagined, this was a book that had me read it in one go. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

strangebeautifulsorrowsThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
YA WALTON, L.
This book certainly lives up to its title, being both strange and beautiful. With its lyrical writing and emotional twists and turns, this book is easily the best one I’ve read all year and a book I’d recommend to anyone.
Review by Caitlin

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ttylTtyl by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
This book is a wonderful story about three best friends and their ups and downs through high school. Told in the form of instant messaging, this book is very modern and fun.
Review by Jenefer

scarboysThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
YA VLAHOS, L.
This was an awesome book about a new band getting more well-known through every gig and adversity they go through. The book is written through the guitarist’s, Harry, point of view.
Review by Emma

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
This was a good book. It was about a civilization under the streets of New York and what unfolded when a girl from the Topside found that place. Overall, I would give this book an eight out of ten.
Review by Ravi

nilNil by Lenne Matson
YA SF MATSON, L.
I really enjoyed this book because it was new and brought a different perspective to the table. The story felt real because the author used actual facts from history.
Review by Abi

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Although a little depressing at times, an overall good finish to an incredible series.
Review by Lia

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
This book was amazing. It showed the emotion and thoughts that went through kids’ heads with cancers.  Not only that, it showed a cute love story with of course some comedy. I would recommend this book to all teens. This was one of the best books I’ve read.
Review by Mary

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
YA CLINE, E.
Overall, a really in depth book which includes references to the 80’s along with a twisting plot that keeps readers on edge for the duration of the entire plot. I recommend this book for anyone possessing some knowledge of the 80’s video game era.
Review by Michael

Carrie DiariesThe Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
YA BUSHNELL, C.
The Carrie Diaries was a very good book. Told from the point of view of Carrie Bradshaw, a high school senior, The Carrie Diaries is a story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. The Carrie Diaries is a must read.
Review by KeAndrea

yotsuba9Yotsuba&!, Volume 9 by Kiyohiko Azuma
YA GRAPH AZUMA, K.
In this funny book, Yotsuba once again has fun with her neighbors, dad, and uncle. Yotsuba is a light, funny story and I recommend it for anyone who wants a quick funny read.
Review by Abby

stayingfatsarahbynresStaying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is a great book. It teaches you what true friends do for each other. Lastly, it is a great lesson for friends and family.
Review by Anthony

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 15, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Issues, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

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DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Divergent is an amazing book about a girl that learns about what she truly believes in. This book teaches a lot about beliefs and the preservation of these beliefs. She learns ways to fight her fears and cope with reality and the danger surrounding her.
Review by Lisa

HootHoot by Carl Hiaasen
YA HIAASEN, C.
I think that this book had a lot of adventure and cool ideas and exciting characters.  It has two story lines together. I loved the settings Coconut Cove and Mother Paula’s. The ending is awesome. I loved everything about this book.
Review by Gavin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
This was the 2nd book in The Selection and a very fast paced plot. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Morgan

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
The story is about seventeen year old Luce Price who is sent to a reform school where she meets new friends and falls in love. She also discovers her past love life with Daniel.
Review by Neela

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
Sixteen year old Jessica is a runner, but when a tragic accident takes her leg, Jessica is simply shattered with no hope. But can she overcome it to run once more?
Review by Max

bestfriendsneverBest Friends for Never by Lisi Harrison
YA HARRISON, L.
A really good book on friendship and being accepted. I love it and want to read the rest of the series.
Review by Beetal

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
I read this book like five times and it never gets boring! I always get to learn something new. I love this book as much as I love the other books, like The Lost Hero. It is humorous and adventurous!
Review by Jill

outsidersThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
YA HINTON, S.
The Outsiders was a really good book. It was a little violent and sad, though. Ponyboy (yes that’s his real name) is a likeable character. I really enjoyed reading The Outsiders and recommend it to anyone who can handle some tough things.
Review by Abby

sonofneptuneThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
This book is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I liked this book a lot because it was adventurous. I could not stop reading it!
Review by Megan

rulesforbreakingThe Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston
YA ELSTON, A.
This sequel to The Rules for Disappearing shows the relationship that Anna and Ethan have built after the crazy events that had taken place, but little do they know it’s not over yet.
Review by Emma