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Friday, January 8, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Reviewed By: D.T.

Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels delicate. The after-effects of treatment has taken Jeffrey's ability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents worry about him. Jeffrey begins to do a little soul searching, which begins with his escalating anger at his brother, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he's cute.

Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it's a classic.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to see how the girls end up.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves to read American classics.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reviewed By: D.T.

Cinder is a modern science fiction of Cinderella with a little action. Cinder is a mechanic who lives in the Eastern Commonwealth, part of earth in a corrupted future. She lives with a step-mother that treats her like a servant and doesn't let her do what she wants. Cinder has two friends, an android named Iko, and her little sister Peony. Cinder's life is filled with ups and downs, but all she wants is a normal life--well, that and to escape from her step-mother. Her dream, though, leads her into trouble. Big time.

Why I Picked It Up: It looked interesting.

Why I Finished It: I needed to know what happened to Cinder.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves dystopian novels.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Reviewed By: D.T.

Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March are four sisters living with their mother in New England. Their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The sisters struggle to support themselves and keep their household running despite the fact that the family recently lost its fortune. The girls learn to work together and to love each other. Along the way, they make new friends, meet new people, and fall in love.

Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it's a classic.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to see how the girls end up.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves to read American classics.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

Reviewed By: D.T.

In this book, Maya Angelou is talking to the daughter she never had, but sees all around her. This book tells Maya's story in poems and short stories. Maya uses her life to teach lessons to women all over the world. Maya tells women that we shouldn't be looking at how empty the glass is, but how full it is. There is always something positive in every situation.

Why I Picked it Up: It was recommended to me by my mom.

Why I Finished It: I learned great lessons.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves poetry or autobiographies.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed By: Teen Librarian

This work of non-fiction recounts the history of two strangely compelling and intertwined crimes: counterfeiting and grave robbing. Apparently during the 19th Century, counterfeit money was a huge problem for the American economy, at one time accounting for half of the currency in circulation. The book begins by introducing some of the more successful counterfeiters, including Benjamin Boyd, a master engraver whose "coney" (counterfeit money) is so convincing that it is in high demand from the many "pushers" who profit by passing it along undetected to legitimate businesses.

The book veers into truly odd territory after Benjamin Boyd is arrested by U.S. Secret Service agents. Fearing for their livelihood without a supply of quality counterfeit money, the pushers hatch a ghoulish scheme to free Boyd: steal the body of Abraham Lincoln and ransom it in exchange for Boyd's freedom. The story of the scheme and the schemers is a lot of fun, with plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages.

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

Why I Finished It: This book explores some truly odd and fascinating corners of American History.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who might enjoy true crime with a historical focus.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Reviewed By: Teen Librarian

When sixth-grader Mo was a baby, she was tragically separated from her mother during a hurricane and came to live with her rescuer from the flood waters, "the Colonel," and his girlfriend, Miss Lana. Together the makeshift family run a popular diner frequented by the eccentric residents of the tiny Southern town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina.

When one of their neighbors is murdered under mysterious circumstances, bringing the police to town to investigate, Mo and her best friend Dale form the Desperado Detective Agency to solve the crime. As they follow the trail of clues, the junior sleuths begin to realize that not everyone in their quaint little town is who they seem to be. Along the way, perhaps Mo will also solve the mystery of her missing mother...

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

Why I Finished It: The book is filled with fun characters and truly hilarious dialogue.

I’d Give This Book to: This book would be a good read for anyone who likes mysteries with kid detectives.

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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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