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Monday, November 23, 2015

Michael Vey : the prisoner of cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Reviewed By: Teen Librarian

Michael Vey is a teenage boy who hides his electrical super powers from his fellow high school students. Everything changes when he realizes the cheerleader he has a crush on has been concealing uncanny abilities, too. The pair realize they are unwitting pawns in a sinister conspiracy, and find themselves pursued by a secret agency that wants to control them and exploit their powers for mysterious purposes.

As a long-time fan of comic books, I felt very much in my element with this book. It's filled with superhero- and supervillain-like characters, and action-packed with lots of battle scenes where the characters use their powers to fight each other. The relationships and setting reminded me a lot of the X-Men.

Why I Picked it Up: We read this in our Roselle Middle School Book Discussion Group, Chat Pack.

Why I Finished It: Great characters. Compelling, fast-paced storytelling.

I’d Give this Book To: Younger teens who like action and/or comic books.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Charlie and the Chocloate Factory by Roald Dahl

Reviewed By: R.E.

Charlie is a poor boy living with his family on the edge of the town that holds Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! No one has ever seen Mr. Wonka until one fateful day, he begins a contest for the Golden Tickets. Children all around the world are tearing through Wonka chocolate at break-neck speed. Will Charlie be able to find one? And if he does, will he be prepared for the strange and wonderful things inside?

Why I Picked it Up: One of my favorite books.

Why I Finished It: Couldn't put it down.

I’d Give this Book To: All ages.

**Librarian Side Note** A much-loved classic and a personal favorite. Don't forget to read the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Inhuman by Kat Falls

Reviewed By: R.E.

This book is a mysterious book filled with excitement and adventure! All those who like mysteries, you won’t ever want to put down this book! This book tells about a young girl and choices she has made. One of the choices involves sacrificing three kids! All who read this book will want to read more and more! Be sure to read the whole series!

Why I Picked it Up: Because I read the first two books and I loved it!

Why I Finished It: Because it was very interesting and very mysterious!

I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who enjoys a very mysterious story! Anyone who enjoys adventures would love this book (and the whole series)!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Reviewed By: R.E.
Ember Hill is a normal teenage girl in Crescent Beach, California... or so you think. She actually is a dragon, and not like the cute fuzzy ones on "Dragon Tales", but a real 2-ton, scaly, winged, fire-breathing beast. She is a member of Talon, a secret organization of dragons that are able to look, and act, exactly like humans. Take a look at the person next to you. Who knows, they might be a dragon in disguise?
Why I Picked it Up: I've always been fascinated with dragons and stories about them. Also, the cover looked pretty cool!
Why I Finished It: I wasn't able to put it down!
I’d Give this Book To: If you like action, suspense, and a touch of romance, this is a book for you!

** Librarian Side Note** A great new series by the author of the Iron Fey, and Blood of Eden series, book 2 in the Talon series, Rogue, just came out in April.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Reviewed By: R.E.
Amy has to make the biggest decision of her life. Should she get cryogenically frozen along with her parents and sent into space, or stay on Earth alone? Fast forward 250 years into the future. The ship "Godspeed" is on its way to Centuri Earth to colonize the planet. Amy and her parents have been waiting, frozen, for the landing. Then Amy wakes up, 50 years before the ship is supposed to land. Who woke her up, and more importantly, why?
Why I Picked it Up: I was recommend to read it by a friend.
Why I Finished It: It made me think about the humaneness of space colonization and cryogenic freezing.
I’d Give this Book To: I recommend it to teens 13 and up.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed By: A.C.
meet feyre, a regular human girl who lives in constant fear of being eaten by a faerie, as does the rest of the human population who lives outside of the wall that separates their worlds. living alongside her disabled father, scathing sister, and another sister who prefers not to get her hands dirty, Feyre must hunt to feed all four of them and she is the youngest! As she starts hunting in the dead of winter, she kills a wolf, no biggie right? except this wolf just happened to be a shape shifting, you guessed it, faerie. now as ransom and in the name of an ancient treaty Feyre must live with the best friend of the faerie she murdered. Full of hunting, beautiful art supplies, and a masked faerie lord to die for, Feyre is not hating it as much as she thought. then another ancient faerie queen kidnaps the handsome lord and Feyre must complete three impossible tasks with will most definitely kill her. literally.
Why I Picked it Up: I love sarah j maas, her books have never disappointed and a friend recommended it to me.
Why I Finished It: the plot twists....I wanted to cry they were so good and so surprising.
I’d Give this Book To: if you want a cross between throne of glass and cruel beauty, please read this book it is amazing.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Reviewed By: A.T.
Georgia Bragg is back and her stories are better, or should I worse, than ever! Some of the famous people you will recognize, some you may not, but all the stories are about blunders and mistakes that these people made, and in some cases what made these people famous! Van Gogh, Amelia Earhart, and Isaac Newton are just a few of the famous people that you may not realize made some pretty big and pretty costly mistakes in their lives. So if you want to learn about some pretty big mistakes, and maybe feel better about a few small mistakes you have made, then I highly recommend you check out this book ASAP! Who knows, maybe not reading it might be the biggest mistake you ever make!
Why I Picked it Up: I loved her other book "How They Croaked" so I was hoping this one would be just as fascinating.
Why I Finished It: Had to know how each famous person failed!
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who likes to read about history. Especially the good stuff that they leave out of boring textbooks!

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