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Reviews by You!

the Running Dream book coverThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

The Scorch Trialsthe Scorch Trials book cover by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

Catching FireCatching Fire book cover by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

sherlock holmes Death Cloud book coverDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivanbiggie book cover
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

Small Steps: The Year I got Poliosmall steps: the year I got polio book cover by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsiders book coverDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

Reviews by You!

OneHandedCatchOne-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
YA AUCH, M.
I would read One-Handed Catch because it shows inspiration. No matter what you are going through there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Review submitted by Riley.

 

MilesFromNowhereMiles From Nowhere by Amy Clipston
YA CLIPSTON, A.
Miles from Nowhere is about a girl who gets too much into partying but has her
acting class assignment to sew costumes for the play. I liked this book because
I could not stop reading it.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

 

The Running Dream by Wendeling Van Draanenthe Running Dream book cover
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
I liked the book The Running Dream. I liked it because it was interesting.
I would recommend it to whoever likes sad and dramatic book.

Review submitted by Anna.

 

PlaguePlague by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
After all the adults have disappeared, the food runs out, and the
kids become deceived. The horrors of Perdido Beach continue
with the kids trying to survive a contagious illness. Plague is a good book
for readers who enjoy dystopian books.

Review submitted by Lizzy.

 

QuakeQuake by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.
It’s a very interesting book and I liked it because there’s a lot of action and the reader
never gets bored. If you like dystopian novels with psychic abilities, then this book is
for you. In fact, I recommend the entire series for you.

Review submitted by Emmanuel.

 

TwistedTwisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
This book is about a boy trying to get with the prettiest girl in the school but her dad is
the boss of his dad. Tyler’s dad becomes really mean from the pressure of his job.
I liked it because it was fast-paced and there was never a part I wanted to put the book down. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little romance and danger.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

the 5th Wave book coverThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.
The 5th Wave was such a good read, it was action filled and a very good read.

Review submitted by Steven.

 

false prince book coverThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
The False Prince is about a kid who has to pretend to be a prince. I liked it because
it had action, humor, and other topics that I like. I would recommend it to kids aged
10-16 but most ages can read it.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

LeviathanLeviathan book cover by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Leviathan is a fiction book that is an alternate version of the War of 1812. I like the book because of the concepts of animals vs. machinery. I would recommend it to people who like history and sci-fi.

Review submitted by Pax.

 

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.
Tempest Rising is a story about a girl whose mother is a mermaid and eventually she turns into one herself. I like it because it was exciting and filled with exciting twists and turns. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy and adventure.

Review submitted by Alexandra.

 

New Teen Reads Perfect for the Beach!

StitchingSnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

YA NEW SF LEWIS, R.

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

DeadToMeDead to Me by Mary McCoy

YA NEW MY MCCOY, M.

In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

ElenaVanishingElana Vanishing: a memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

NEW YA 362.1968 DUN

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

RockinTheBoatRockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries by Jeff Fleischer

YA NEW YA 920.02 FLE

We love to root for the underdog, and that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

GirlDefectiveGirl Defective by Simmone Howell

YA NEW HOWELL, S.

Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

redqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

YA NEW AVEYARD, V.

In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

No Parking at the End TimesNo Parking at the End Times book cover by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

UtopiaIowaUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

YA NEW YANSKY, B.

For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year – or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths — all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?

DaughterDeepSilenceDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

YA NEW RYAN, C.

At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

GothamAcademyGotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher ; art by Karl Kerschl

YA GRAPH CLOONAN, B.

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Nimona book coverNimona by Noelle Stevenson

YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Book Playlist for Lies by Michael Grant

LiesLies by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.

 

 

 

 

1. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
2. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon
3. “Know Yourself” by Drake
4. “Thousand Years” Christina Perri
5. “Titanium” by Sia
6. “Break the Rules” by Charli XCX
7. “Wait” by M83
8. “Sail” by AWOLNATION
9. “Geronimo” by Sheppard
10. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Listen to the playlist:

 

Playlist submitted by Lizzy.

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

The Impossible Knife of Memorythe impossible knife of memory book cover by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Eleanor and Park book coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Thirteen Reasons Why13 Reasons Why book cover by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

okay for now book coverOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

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.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Gripcurveball the year I lost my grip book cover by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly book cover by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Winger book coverWinger by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

13 Little Blue Envelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes book cover by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.