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Reading History Through Graphic Novels

Try out some of these graphic novels from the Teen collection, for a different way to read about history.

marchMarch. Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LEW

A graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

silvenceofourfriendsThe Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos and art by Nate Powell

YA GRAPH 323.1196 LON

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1968 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

 

 

LewisClarkLewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 917.8042 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorers Lewis and Clark during their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.

ShackeltonShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

YA GRAPH 919.8904 BER

Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.

 

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics  edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

 

WWIWorld War One: 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars written by Alan Cowsill; illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma; inking by Jagdish Kumar; colorists, Pradeep Sherawat, Vijay Sharma

YA GRAPH 940.3 COW

It was the first major conflict of the 20th century, a war that devastated the whole of Europe and expanded across the entire globe, decimating a generation. From the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo to the armistice of 1918, World War One: 1914-1918 provides a complete overview of the war that shaped the modern world from the viewpoint of the servicemen who fought in it, creating a unique graphic novel history of one of the most destructive conflicts of all time.

 

BoxerThe Boxer by Reinhard Kleist

YA GRAPH 796.8309 HAFT, H.

Poland, 1941. Sixteen-year-old Harry Haft is sent to Auschwitz. When he is forced to fight against other inmates for the amusement of the SS officers, Haft shows extraordinary strength and courage, and a determination to survive. As the Soviet Army advances in April 1945, he makes a daring escape from the Nazis. After negotiating the turmoil of postwar Poland, Haft emigrates to the United States and establishes himself as a professional prizefighter, remaining undefeated until he faces heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. In The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist reveals another side to the steely Harry Haft: a man struggling to escape the memories of the fiancée he left behind in Poland. This is a powerful and moving graphic novel about love and the will to survive.

AuschwitzAuschwitz by Pascal Croci

YA GRAPH 940.5318 CRO

Using the fictional story of a couple named Kazik and Cessia who lose a daughter at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camp and barely survive themselves, Pascal Croci depicts the horror and brutality of the Holocaust in grim, searing, black-and-white illustrations.

MausIMausIIMaus I and Maus II by Art Spielgelman

YA GRAPH 940.5318 SPI

A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks; illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

bombingnazigermanyBombing Nazi Germany: the Graphic History of the Allied Air Campaign that Defeated Hitler in World War II by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 940.544 VAN

Bombing Nazi Germany tells the story of the first and second generations of airmen, soldiers, and politicians from both sides who sought to bomb the enemy into submission.

BigJimBig Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout by Rory McConville & Paddy Lynch

YA GRAPH 941.835 MCC

On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

47RoninThe 47 Ronin by Sean Michael Wilson; illustrated by Akiko Shimojima, with lettering by Ben Dickson

YA GRAPH 952.025 WIL

In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot that would take over two years to complete. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai–known as ronin –all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains the most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperative of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice.

Showa1Showa2Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 and Showa: a History of Japan, 1939-1944 by Shigeru Mizuki

YA GRAPH 952.033 MIZ

A look at the Showa period in Japanese history with events leading towards World War II. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizuki’s life, too.

GrantvLeeGrant vs. Lee by Wayne Vansant

YA GRAPH 973.73 VAN

Grant vs. Lee tells the dramatic story of the final year of the Civil War in Virginia – a bloody and unyielding fight for both sides – through the eyes of the two greatest Civil War generals: the North’s Ulysses S. Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee.

WarrenCommisionReportThe Warren Commission Report by Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colón, and Jerzy Drozd ; foreword by Richard Reeves

YA GRAPH 973.922 MIS

Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was “no credible evidence” conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation , teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission’s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques.

great american dust bowlThe Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

YA GRAPH 978.032 BRO

A speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence. On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up millions upon millions of these specks of dust to form a duster–a savage storm–on America’s high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow–people got lost in the gloom and suffocated. . . and that was just the beginning. Don Brown brings the Dirty Thirties to life with kinetic, highly saturated, and lively artwork in this graphic novel of one of America’s most catastrophic natural events: the Dust Bowl.

gandhiGandhi: My Life is My Message by Jason Quinn; illustrated by Sachin Nagar

YA GRAPH B GANDHI

In graphic novel format, introduces the life and accomplishments of the Indian political and spiritual leader who led his country to freedom from British rule through his policy of nonviolent resistance.

bestshotwestBest Shot in the West: the Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.; illustrated by Randy DuBurke

YA GRAPH B LOVE, N.

Describes, in graphic novel format, the life of Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, who grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 21, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Inspirational, Issues, Multicultural, Nonfiction

Teen How To: Fashion for the Holidays

Need some fashion-spiration for the holidays this year? Check out some of these titles from the Library to help you dress your best for any occasion!

BookofStylingThe Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look by Somer Flaherty
YA 646.3083 FLA
Features information on style through the decades and tips for budget shopping in a guide that counsels readers on how to identify a personal image, tailor a look to a particular body type, and prepare for fashion emergencies.

17StyleGuideSeventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How to Find Your Perfect Look by Ann Shoket
YA 646.34 SHO
Provides details on six different looks–girly, edgy, boho, classic, glam, and indie–and how to customize them; offers advice on accessories; and discusses finding jeans, swimsuits, bras, and underwear to fit one’s body type.

HandmadeChicHandmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun by Laura Bennett
YA 646.48 BEN
In Handmade Chic, Laura shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory—small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items—Laura offers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a pre-purchased garment.

Learn to Speak FashionLearn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style by Laura deCarufel
YA 746.92 DEC
By starting with the most basic formula (clothes + art = fashion), Learn To Speak Fashion strips away the anxiety and artifice to get to the heart of what makes clothing so much more than what we put on our bodies. The lessons within these pages range from understanding how to dress every part of the body and how to make your own pair of pants, to learning how to harness your design ideas with an inspiration board, or hold a fashion show in your backyard.

FashionBookThe Fashion Book by Alexandra Black

YA 391.009 BLA

A sassy style guide for teenage girls shares insight into the fashion world and how to personalize one’s appearance for best results, chronicling fashion trends throughout history while sharing practical tips from top designers and models.

 

 

 

LookBookThe Look Book: 50 iconic beauties and how to achieve their signature styles by Erika Stadler with Christopher Fulton and Cameron Cohen

YA 646.72 STA

Presents instructions for recreating the iconic hairstyles and makeup of fifty beauty icons, from Audrey Hepburn’s eyes to Veronica Lake’s curls and Marilyn Monroe’s lips.

Fashion101Fashion 101: a crash course in clothing by Erika Stalder, illustrations by Ariel Krietzman

YA 646.34 STA

300+ illustrated wardrobe items. What they look like and how to wear them — The eras that inspired them — The designers who made them — The celebs who made them hot!

SecondTimeCoolSecond-Time Cool: the art of chopping up a sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson, Katarina Brieditis, Katarina Evans, translated by Maria Lundin

YA 646.408 LIN

Create unique fashion styles using old sweaters! Here’s a book for anyone interested in designing a wardrobe that expresses individuality in fun and creative ways. Second-Time Cool shows how easy it can be to recycle knitted sweaters and strike a dazzling look.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 19, 2014 Categories: Fashion, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Teen Reads for Veterans Day

warisWar is– : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

YA 810.8035 WAR

An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.

ThingsBrotherKnowsThings a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

IfYoureReadingThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

SoldiersHeartSoldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

PurpleHeartPurple Heart by Patricia McCormick

YA MCCORMICK, P.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

IPledgeAllegianceI Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

PersonalEffectsPersonal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.’s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

TornTorn by David Massey

YA MASSEY, D.

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hard-nosed bunk-mate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.

SoldierBoysSoldier Boys by Dean Hughes

YA HUGHES, D.

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

mares warMare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

Somebody PleaseSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction

It’s Teen Read Week!–Turn Dreams into Reality!

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This week is Teen Read Week!! It’s a nationally celebrated week where we celebrate all things teen and reading (click here to read more about Teen Read Week).  This year’s theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your Library!

So… how can you turn dreams into reality @ the Library?

Library programs and events

Attend some of our programs! We offer Open Creations where you can create almost anything you can think of and learn new skills for creating.  You can learn to knit or crochet at our Teen Knitting/Crocheting club.  Some upcoming programs include our Open Drawing Session in December and we will have the author Mike Mullin visiting the Library on November, 4.  Maybe one of your dreams is to meet a famous author!?

The MPPL Teen Advisory Board

If you dream is to make a difference in your community, be sure to check out our Teen Advisory Board.  Our TAB does volunteer projects that help our community, as well as make a difference with the teen community at our Library.  Our next meeting is October 27, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  If you interested, just stop by and try it out!

Online tools

Our Library’s extensive web resources can also help you achieve your dreams!

Tutor-com

Tutor.com is live homework help where you get one-on-one help from a tutor, 2 – 9 p.m., or you can use the Skills Center, 24/7.

lynda

Lynda.com helps you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills through video tutorials.

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Want to learn a new language? Mango helps you learn over 50 languages, including ESL.

How-to Books

You can also check out some of our nonfiction books to help you achieve whatever your dream may be right now:

Secrets of Top StudentsThe Secrets of Top Students by Stefanie Weisman

YA 371.3028 WEI

Offers strategies for studying, learning, and staying motivated in high school and college, featuring advice on managing time, writing essays, taking tests, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

RockinInTheNewWorldRockin’ In the New World by Bob Tulipan

YA 780.68 TUL
Part field guide, part artistic coaching session, this book explains the ins and outs of the music industry. Bob Tulipan shares his expertise to help musicians protect their art and their interests. Filled with anecdotes, interviews, sample templates for budgets and contracts, it addresses the hurdles every band faces.

YesYouCanYes You Can: Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake

YA 361.2083 DRA

Guides readers through nine steps to social change and discusses strategies on running an effective meeting, writing a petition, and lobbying governments.

ThisIsNotWritingManualThis is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors

YA 808.3 MAJ

Focuses on the skills and techniques necessary for good writing and combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block.

SoComicArtistSo You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara

YA 741.51 AMA

Presents a step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books, including developing compelling characters, approaching publishers, and adapting storylines for video games and movies.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 14, 2014 Categories: Events, High School, Nonfiction, Staff Pics, Trending

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.
Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer
YA SCHAEFER, L.
Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!
Review by Marissa

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.
Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
YA MASS, W.
This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.
Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA SHULMAN, P.
A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.
Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.
Review by Rachel

eleanor and parkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!
Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu
YA SF LU, M.
This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.
Review by Gabby

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.
Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.
Review by Cassidy

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
Thomas, a 16-year-old boy, finds himself in a box. He was surrounded by a bunch of boys outside the box. They’re trying to find a way out of what they call The Glade. They’ll do anything, even take their own lives, to get out of there.
Review by Brigitte

alispllAli’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Sibling rivalry. You would think is just hitting or spitting harsh words at each other…but when two twins, Alison and Courtney, fight, they really fight. Courtney practically chokes her sister. That’s when their parents decide to send Courtney away but Courtney doesn’t want to go so she switches their lives.
Review by Elizabeth

killyoulastKill You Last by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
Shelby thinks she is living in one of the safest towns, but then, three girls who all used her father’s photography go missing and are soon discovered dead. With the media all blaming her father, who Shelby believes is innocent, she is determined to find the person responsible and get the truth at all costs.
Review by Paige

GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
A great book. A story of a “perfect” town that’s not so perfect. So when Jonas discovers some big secrets about his town, he realizes that his town is a lot more than meets the eye.
Review by Kyra

warlockThe Warlock by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Part of an awesome series. For magic and adventure lovers. Full of excitement, twists and turns, betrayal, and alliances. An eternal battle between good and evil.
Review by Natalie

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

Me and EarlMe and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
YA ANDREWS, J.
This book was funny and entertaining from page one. It was impossible to put down and made the grim reality of life and death a little more bearable, all the while portraying it extremely accurately.
Review by Cassidy

eastEast by Edith Pattou
YA PATTOU, E.
This was a five star book! I love the way that the author, Edith Pattou, describes the feelings and weather in this book. I would recommend this book to any middle school student who enjoys reading books about never giving up. I loved this book!
Review by Julia

nowandzenNow and Zen by Linda C. Gerber
YA GERBER, L.
Nori Tanaka travels to Japan where everyone thinks she is native there, even though she isn’t. Overall, this book is 3.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Review by Marissa

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
This is an autobiography. Kehret tells us about her journey against polio. The whole time you’re reading this you are just rooting for her to get better. I won’t spoil it but you should read it to find out what eventually happens to her.
Review by Emily

Book Trailer of the Week– The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming.  This work of nonfiction chronicles the downfall of the Romanov family, Russia’s last royal family.  Fleming uses primary sources like photographs, letters, and diaries to tell the family’s story.  It is one of drama and mystery.  This book will also give you a look at the Russian Revolution and what led the peasants and working class of Russia to revolt.  Click here to find The Family Romanov in the Library!

By MPPL on August 29, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Mystery, Nonfiction

Reviews by You!

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

Reviews by You!

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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invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
YA CREMER, A.
When I got this book, I only looked at the cover and assumed it was going to be about an invisible boy falling in love with a visible girl. Then I actually started reading it… this book had me reading! Stephen is an invisible boy who is cursed by his curse-caster grandfather. Maxwell Arbus is the wicked curse-caster who is invisible as well but when he is around, it gets crazy. Elizabeth is an ordinary visible girl who can see curses but hasn’t really figured that out YET.
Review by Elizabeth

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
Speak is about a girl named Melinda who is entering high school with a bad reputation. She was at a summer party and got raped and didn’t know what to do so she called the cops. At school now Melinda has no friends but throughout her year she finds herself with the help of a tree.
Review by Valerie

DJ RisingDJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.
This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read and truly didn’t want someone to tell me how it ends. It started a little slow, but after that it took off! After reading DJ Rising, my love of music has grown even more than before! Definitely recommend this book!
Review by Susanna

TessaTessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom is about a girl who is lesbian and gos to prom with another girl in a tux. Prom is cancelled and there is some major controversy.
Review by Bianca

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very first word. I kept wondering what would happen to Thomas. He is thrown into this world and no one is giving him answers. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!
Review by Emily

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
940.548 WIE
Night was a sad book about Elie’s experience in the concentration camps. I would tell everyone I know to read this sad but moving story.
Review by Olivia

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
YA SF SANDERSON, B.
It was a great read. The book is good for kids just entering their teen years. It was so intense. I like David for his determination. I like this book because the author made it seem so real.
Review by Emmanuel

RithmatistThe Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
YA SANDERSON, B.
The Rithmatist is an amazing book about a non-rithmatist (Joel) discovers a crime happening in Armedius. His dream is to become a rithmatist but he is not meant to be one. Instead, he works with his rithmatist friend (Melody). This book has a great unexpected ending. This is now my favorite book.
Review by Sofia

ThingsFallApartThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
YA ACHEBE, C.
Good book relating to Ibo culture and language. It talked about his life falling apart due to his attachment to the clan. I would recommend this bok to 6th-12th graders.
Review by Sara

clockwork scarabThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.
This book is about two girls (both having famous families that deal with investigation) discovering why girls have been murdered. The murders are related to an Egyptian statue. Along the way of their investigation, they meet a boy (Dylan) from 2016. Miss Holmes, Miss Stoker, and Dylan help discover the reason for the killings.
Review by Sofia