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Reviews by You!

the fault in our stars book coverThe 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

Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire book cover

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

The Lying Gamethe lying game book cover 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

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherdthe Madman's Daughter book cover

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

Enjoying the Olympics set in Sochi?

I love the Olympics!  I don’t know what it is, but I love watching top athletes compete in various sports that you usually can’t see on TV.  Another thing I like about the Olympics is that it usually introduces me to new information about the culture and customs of the host country.  While watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I have really enjoyed learning more about modern-day Russia.  Though there is a checkered past to the country, the special looks by NBC have been pretty awesome.  (One of my favorites was the look at Siberia today.)

All of this got me thinking: there have to be some pretty good books for teens about Russia or that are set in Russia.  Check out the list I came up with below. Some are fiction and some are nonfiction.  Some are set in modern day and some are set in what was considered the darker times of Russia’s history.  Just click on the covers to find them in the Library!

boyonthebridgeThe Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

YA STANDIFORD, N.

It is 1982 and nineteen-year-old Laura Reid is spending a semester in Leningrad studying Russian, but when she meets Alyosha she discovers the dissident Russia–a world of wild parties, underground books and music, love, and constant danger.

I want to liveI Want to Live: the Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin’s Russia by Nina Lugovskaya; translated by Andrew Bromfield

YA 947.0842 LUG

Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin’s secret police, this diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin’s Russia, when fear of arrest was a fact of life. Nina’s diary offers today’s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

fetchThe Fetch by Laura Whitcomb

YA WHITCOMB, L.

After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

LaikaLaika by Nick Abadzis

YA GRAPH ABADZIS, N.

This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. With the blending of fact and fiction, this story intertwines three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life.

shadow and bone book coverShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

out of lineOut of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg

YA 947.7708 GRI

Although the Iron Curtain is gone, the memory of the high drama, tragedy, and comedy that was life in the Soviet Union remains. Tina Grimberg brings color and perception to a life we think of as gray, impersonal, and foreboding.

Between shades of grayBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

YA SEPETYS, R.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Anastasias SecretAnastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

YA DUNLAP, S.

As world war and the looming Russian Revolution threaten all they hold dear, Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, and her family are being held in captivity, where she falls in love with one of their captors, a young man who has espoused the ideals of Lenin.

Celebrate African American History Month with Books!

February is African American History Month.  There are a ton of books, movies, and music that you can easily find to celebrate this month.  However, to help you with your search, here is a great list we put together of some teen titles that are perfect to read to celebrate African American History month.  They center on the African American experience both past and present and include books that are dramatic, sports-themed, realistic, have a touch of fantasy, and even moving nonfiction titles or memoirs.

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
YA GRIMES, N.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

47 by Walter Mosley
YA MOSLEY, W.
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.

The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
YA SITOMER, A.
Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager who loves to play basketball, is happy about his summer internship at a magazine, but his life is unexpectedly changed by a random act of violence.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
YA WOLFF, V.
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother of two. Written in 66 chapters, with text lines that break at natural speaking phrases.

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
YA 811.54 SHA
A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than one hundred poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Mandela.

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.

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
When a popular football ‘playa’ and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA HALSE, L.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
YA 305.8092 MCBRIDE
A young African American man describes growing up as one of twelve children of a white mother and Black father, and discusses his mother’s contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.

Mare’s War by Tanita 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.

A la Carte by Tanita Davis
YA DAVIS, T.
With such a shortage of cooking shows hosted by African-American female chefs, seventeen-year-old Lainey has high hopes that her dream will be fulfilled through her hard work and unique creations, but when her best friend and secret crush suddenly moves away, Lainey must find a way to deal with the painful loss in order to keep her focus.

Chameleon by Charles Smith
YA SMITH, C.
The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.

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Good Fortune by Noni Carter
YA CARTER, N.
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave, gradually rising from working in the fields to the master’s house, secretly learning to read and write, until, risking everything, she escapes to seek freedom in the North.

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
YA MAGOON, K.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Standing against the Wind by Traci Jones
YA JONES, T.
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
YA WOODSON, J.
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Reviews by You!

sky on fireSky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

This is a fast-paced, action adventure novel with lively characters. If you like action movies this is a book for you.

Review submitted by Abi.

 

 

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

Red Scarf Girl is a great book about standing up for what you believe in and being strong. The book focuses on the communism in China. Overall, it’s an excellent book.

Review submitted by Amanda.

 

 

Keeping FaithKeeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

After her parents’ divorce, Faith starts talking to imaginary friends and one call her “God” is helping her perform miracles and repeat Bible verses when she has no religious upbringing. When a reality TV show tries to debunk her claims, will they finally believe her?

Review submitted by Paige.

 

the red_pyramid book coverThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Riordan has yet again given readers a book that is a genuine page-turner. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of two ancient blood lines. Their lives are turned upside down when their father is trapped. This book is a mystifying tale that will please everyone.

Review submitted by Tania.

 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne and Otto Frank

This is the touching diary of a fourteen-year-old Jew in the Second World War. When her family goes into hiding in an attic, she records her brave life.

Review submitted by Lea.

 

 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium is set in a time when people in the USA believed that love was a disease. Thus they found a cure. Now, when anyone turns eighteen they have to get the cure. Lena always wanted the cure but when she meets a boy she finds true love. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.

Review submitted by Christina.

 

AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist draws deep emotions and sparks and thoughts about what is destiny. Learn about your personal legend and Santiago on his journey.

Review submitted by Ariel.

 

 

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard

Flawless was the sequel to Pretty Little Liars. The books are really different than the TV show. The end was also really surprising. I really liked this book.

Review submitted by Nicole.

 

 

Island of Blue DolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Karana’s tribe left her with her brother. Three were killed from a pack of wolves. Karana survives years on the island alone, until she finally gets found.

Review submitted by Sofia.

 

 

Insurgent book coverInsurgent by Veronica Roth

I love this book. Probably mostly because I loved Divergent and I was dying to know what happened next. And now I’m just waiting for the third book. (I hate cliffhangers) x(

Review submitted by Rhiannon.

 

Reviews by You!

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

The USA has been full of lies. Lies that love is a terrible disease that can lead to death. Wilds and Invalids from outside the borders will kill. Later on in the story, one group of kids makes it across to the Wilds.

Review submitted by Sofia.

 

 

Tenth CircleThe Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Trixie lives in a small town in New Hampshire, but when she gets date raped by the hockey star of her school, most people don’t believe her story, especially when big holes are found in it. So is Trixie telling the truth or lying to get back at her ex?

Review submitted by Paige.

 

Found

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found is this really great book that involves time travel and is kind of complicated with a spectacular cliff hanger of an ending. I think there is a whole series so read them all!

Review submitted by Lia.

 

 

Lions of Little RockThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristine Levine

The Lions of Little Rock was a great book. Many of the plots happened unexpectedly, making you want to keep reading. This is a book I would recommend to people who like historical fiction and realistic fiction.

Review submitted by Jenna.

 

 

Al Capone Shine ShoesAl Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

I really enjoyed the book Al Capone Shines My Shoes. It had a lot of action and suspense in the right places. It was also cool to see Alcatraz from the view of Moose who is my age. The ending had some twists I loved and I think you would enjoy, including a stolen baby.

Review submitted by Mia.

 

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Very good book.  It is interesting about how the point is getting to explain what happened.

Review submitted by Emma.

 

 

The Hunger Games book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It’s about 12 districts tht fight to the death for a final winner. Katniss gets inolved in a love triangle with Peeta and Gale.

Review submitted by Becca.

 

 

Breaking ThroughBreaking Through by Fransisco Jimenez

It is about a boy who is an immigrant and comes to America. He has many struggles but finds his way.

Review submitted by Samantha.

 

 

Pharohs secretThe Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss

Talibah and Adom accompany her father to Egypt. Someone has tried to erase King Hatchesput from history. Adom and Talibah go through an adventure to stop this person from taking King Hatchesput from history.

Review submitted by Sofia.

 

BehemothBehemoth by Scott Westerfeld

I think you should read this book and the book before this one because this book is action packed and suspenceful at every turn. I can’t wait to read the next book and hope you pick up this one.

Review submitted by Cameron.