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Kelly Crisp, Grade 7, age 13See more
Forever,  or a Long,  Long Time
Caela Carter
Harper Collins Publishers
Out March 7, 2017

I was greatly entertained while reading this book.   It is filled with mystery,  sadness,  and excitement.  As great a book it is,  I was disturbed to find homosexuality spoken of frequently in an approving way.   That put a slight damper on the book.   But,  it was overall very interesting and enjoyable.   I was very fond of the book and was disappointed to reach the end

Becca Dugan Age 13See more
The Great Pursuit
Wendy Higgins 
HarperCollins
March 7th 2017

The great pursuit, the sequel to the great hunt follows the trilling tale or Airtity and her fight for her kingdom. This is a story of war, peace, lust, love and loss a story I simply couldn't put down. Every thing from details and pot finds a way to fit together seamlessly. I can't wait for this book to appear on the shelves and look forward to getting it when it does. 

Kelly Crisp, Grade 7, Age 12See more

Chester and Gus

Cammie McGovern

Harper Collins Publishers

Out April 4, 2017

 

This was a sad, but very exciting book.  I could not set the book down, because it had me on my toes multiple times.  Reading this book helped me realize that there are many kids with disabilities who are lonely and want friends.  I would recommend this book to everyone, because it is a great story.


Taylor Loghry 7th Grade, Age 12See more

The Uncommoners #1 The Crooked Sixpence

By Jennifer Bell

Karal James Mountford

January 31, 2017

 

 

I really enjoyed the Uncommoners. It was full of adventure and mystery.  The whole time I was reading it, I suspected a lot of different things. The book always kept me guessing and I like books that don't make it obvious who is the culprit or what it is exactly that happened.  If you like books that keep you guessing then I highly recommend the Uncommoners.


Marino Loghry, Age 12, Grade 7See more

The Extraordinary journeys of clockwork Charlie: The Kidnap Plot

Dave Butler

Random House Children Books

June 14, 2016

 

This book took me on an adventure that I could not get off of.  There was action, excitement, suspense, humor and even sadness.  It all meshed together perfectly to make a beautiful masterpiece.  I would get mad if I had to take a break to do my homework while reading this book, that's how much I loved it! Dave Miller did an amazing job.


Adam Gross, Grade 8, Age 13See more
Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
Random House
Was Released August 16

Knights of the Borrowed Dark was a brilliant fantasy book that I really enjoyed. This book was filled to the brim with action, adventure, suspense, and most importantly, creativity! In today's vast universe of young adult books, this one really stands out for transforming a somewhat cliche beginning into an original fantasy novel. In this book, nightmares are as real as you and I, and darkness is a home to many creatures.

Becca Dugan, Age 13See more
Transcendent
Katelyn Detweiler
Viking Books for Young Readers
October 2016

This book is a captivating, tear jerking adventure of a girl who's world fell apart. I fell in love with the characters and storyline finding myself I unable to put it down. 


The tale of a lost girl who manages to find herself though all of the mess. The story was sound and made sence to me. I found a handful of grammar errors and misspelled words but other than that this book is amazing. 

MacKayla Johnson, 7th Grade, Age 12See more

The Flame Never Dies
Rachel Vincent
Delacorte Press
August 16th 
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had trouble putting it down. I think the way that the author wrote this book was magnificent and it just kind of brings you into a while other world. Nina's experiences were very dramatic and the description was really good. I would recommend this book if you need something to read.


Kelly Crisp, Grade 7, Age 12See more
Jubilee
Patricia Reilly Giff
Wendy Lamb Books
Out Sept 13, 2016

Jubilee is a great book!   Not once did I find myself bored.   This book has excitement on every page.   I was disappointed to reach the end and wished that it continued.   I would recommend this book to everyone. 

Ava Selvig, 12th Grade, Age 17See more
Iceling
Sasha Stephenson
Razorbill books
Out Dec. 2016

This was an exciting and unusual story. The plotline alone was enough to keep me very interested, but Stephenson also writes so well that I was compelled to keep reading. He was somehow able to create a distinct personality for Callie and for those like her who couldn't speak or communicate. This ability to flawlessly convey the emotions and thoughts of his characters is why I will be looking out for any future writing by this author.

Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

The Girl In The Picture

Alexandra Monin

Delacorte Press

December 2016

I enjoyed this book very much. It had lots of mystery and suspense.  One minute I thought someone "did it" and next minute I thought someone else did!  I never knew who it was, the book kept me guessing. That is why I loved this book so much, it was such a great mystery!  A good  mystery should always keep you guessing!


Marino Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

The Unintentional Adventures of the bland sisters: The booty Myth

Kara LaReau

Amulet Books

January 2016

This is a very funny book.  I loved the drawings and how bland the bland sisters were!  This book takes you on a swashbuckling adventure.  I recommend this book to any person that has an inner pirate hidden inside!


Adam Gross, Grade 8, Age 13See more
The Memory Wall
Lev AC Rosen
Random House
Out September 13

The Memory Wall is an complex and powerful story about a twelve year old boy who believes his mother's diagnosis of early Alzheimer's is a mistake. This is a story that can be depressing at times, but moments of humor and light-heartened discussion keeps this book from being dark or depressing all the time. The ending was fitting, and tied up all lose ends that were previously being unraveled, while adding a sense of closure to the plot that I had been looking for. 

Alexis Mersino, Grade 12, Age 17See more

Kids of Appetite
David Arnold
Viking
Out September 2016
 

This was amazing!
 Kids of Appetite is now one of my favorite books of all time; I will forever recommend it to every person that I talk to. It was funny, cute, and an emotional ride that dealt with grief, romance, loss, mystery, and finding friendship. The characters are unforgettable and I enjoyed every moment with them. I also loved that Arnold touched on very real and serious topics such as abuse and death but still kept the tone of the book very light. This was the very first book that I read by Arnold and I most definitely was not dissapointed. If we rated these books by stars, I would give Kids of Appetite a million of them. This book was incredible and I will be reading it many more times.
 


Annjallene Bentley, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Summer of Supernovas
Darcy Woods
Crown Books for Young Readers
Out May 10, 2016

This book is filled with a great theme and a large vocabulary. The writing is very descriptive and very well written. However, this book is not recommended for realists, since Wilamena Carlisle depicts her future based off astronomy. As the reader sees through Wilamena's perspective, they comprehend as to why she struggles with romance. This is a splendid book for those who are idealists.

Annjallene Bentley, Grade 11, Age 17See more
A Totally Awkward Love Story
Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison 
Delacorte Press
Out May 3, 2016

Every second I was reading this book, I was laughing and filled with excitement, thinking "could it get any more awkward?" The title says it all, and went beyond my expectations. A great comedy for young adults about the "situations" teenagers face.

Annjallene Bentley, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Never Ever
Sara Saedi
Viking
Out June 21, 2016

Dive into this fantasy, well-written book. An alternate version to the fairy-tale Peter Pan, that combines mystery and fantasy. Not only did this book interest the reader, it opens the reader up to how their place in this world affects other people. The dialogue and the storyline keep the reader wanting to read more to figure out the mystery on the island. I was exceedingly appalled when I read the huge plot twist at the end. It was so intriguing that I couldn't put down the book. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

Annjallene Bentley, Grade 11, Age 17See more
The Flame Never Dies
Rachel Vincent
Delacorte Press
Out August 16. 2016

This book not only has an incredible storyline, but taught the reader that morality is sometimes even a sacrifice to save others. What made this book phenomenal, for me, was those small conversations that the main characters had with Eli about hope and that everything happens for a reason. This book is filled with adventure, love, and hope, which I believe creates a good book, from my perspective.
 

Kelly Crisp, Grade 7, Age 12See more
Every Falling Star
Sungju Lee & Susan McClelland
Amulet Books
September 2016

This book was very inspirational. It was full of action adventure,  sadness,  and suffering. The book progressively got better and more exciting, the more I read. Because the parts I disliked were few, this book was overall a good book. Reading "Every Falling Star" will help you realize how blessed you really are. 

Kelly Crisp, Grade 6, Age 12See more

The Gallery

Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Penguin Random House

Out June 14, 2016

 

This book was full of adventure and mystery. Though it took a few chapters to finally understand and enjoy it, it was overall a great book. Each chapter was more exciting than the one before! This was a good book, and I would encourage everyone to read it.


Kelly Crisp, Grade 6, Age 12See more
The Distance to Home 
By Jenn Bishop
Random House Children's Books
Out June 28, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book because it made me count my many blessings and appreciate what I have. It was very exciting and I never found myself bored. 

Andrea Deterala, Grade 11, Age 17See more

Summer of Supernovas

Darcy Woods

Crown Books for Young Readers

Out May 10, 2016

 

The book Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods is a perfect read for young adults. It undergoes what it’s like to live a life under a certain belief, even as simple as a theory. Through Wilamena, I felt as if I was literally in the middle of the book. The struggles and inner battles she went through were very realistic, making it relatable for most teens. I rate this book a close 4.5 out of 5 and would definitely recommend it to others.


Katherine Dion, Grade 12, Age 17See more
Glitter
Aprilynne Pike
Random House Children's Books
October 25th, 2016

Oh boy, so close yet so far-far away. This is what I thought to myself when I was finished reading this book. I love all the detail that's put in place to show what the main character is planning, how she's carrying that plan out and why. It's amazing to read it all and, to me at least, it looked pretty. But selling drugs is no easy thing and she's doing it along side men who've done it most of their lives as a living. I hope there's going to be a second book, I think there's more still to tell.

Katherine Dion, Grade 12, Age 17See more
Bound by Blood and Sand
Becky Allen
Random House Children's Books
October 2016

We all know of slavery, we've read about it in the history books. But imagine a type of slavery that when a slave is told to do something (and it can be ANYTHING) that slave has to do it with NO option or chance of resisting much less running away. I would say this system of slavery is beyond unfair but I have a notion that it'll end in the same way it was started.

Katherine Dion, Grade 12, Age 17See more
The Graces
Laure Eve
Amulet Books
September 2016

There are many things I would like to say about this book but I can't, not here. I can't because I don't want to ruin this book for any potential reader. But what I can say is that this book, the story it tells, left me writhing in kind of an awed amazement with some giddiness mixed in. It's an awesome book, well worth reading.

Katherine Dion, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Never Missing Never Found
Amanda Panitch
Random House Children's Books
June 28, 2016
This book is messed up (in a good way)! I kept on thinking about this book long after I closed it's pages for good. I just couldn't get over the major twist and climax that turned everything else I've read since the begining, upside down. On a different note my math teacher walked by my desk, saw the book and asked about it. There was little I could say, I didn't want to ruin the story. But I did say it was a book that would be well worth his time when it finally comes out!


Katherine Dion, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Lotus and Thorn
Sara Wilson Etienne
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Out June 7, 2016

Once I started to read this book I immediately had questions. As the book progressed not only were those questions answered, but more arose. That cycle continued till the end. It was fun reading this book to find those answers, it gets the reader curious and involved. This book also does an amazing job tying up all of those questions and answers by the end of the story but I think it leaves behind one more question, will there be a second book?

Becca Dugan, Age 13See more
When They Fade
Jeyn Roberts
Random House Children's Books
September 2016

"When they fade" is a captivating story that took me on a roller coaster ride of trills and chills
The grammar and punctuation in the book was great a few minor mistakes but other than that it  is amazing.
I appreciate the attention to detail and descriptions, the plot is sound and clear and the story is captivating and trilling.

I enjoyed this book

Becca Dugan, Age 13See more
The Safest Lies
Megan Miranda
Random House Children's Books
Out May 24, 2016


The Safest Lies has a good story plot and sound characters. I was pleased to find the spin on the usual kidnapping story, not many authors play it so that the mother is the one missing. The emotion in the book was excellently described and demonstrated. I enjoyed reading this book and rate it 4/5 stars. I think this book will sell best in adventure and mystery. The appeal will be best in teens and young adults, but not children. Well done. 


 

Becca Dugan, Age 13See more
Essential Maps for the Lost
Deb Caletti
Simon Pulse
Out April 5, 2016

I like this book because it has a defined storyline and although at times it is somewhat hard to follow it never made me want to stop reading. The usage of the characters is well done and I love the ways they grow and change over time. Another thing I love is the boldness to use cussing, not many authors are open to cussing but this book was not afraid at all. The way it was used was genius - not too much and not to little. It is used in such a way that it adds flavor and zest into the story. Detail in this book is wonderful. It has enough detail to give us a look at the characters but it also leaves a touch to the imagination. I think this book is a good one for teens and young adults as well, it is captivating, mysterious and unique to itself.  I approve of this book.

Becca Dugan, Age 13See more
The Great Hunt
Wendy Higgins
HarperCollins
Out March 8, 2016

The Great Hunt is one of the best books I have read In a long time. I love the way the characters grow and develop. I also fell in love with the descriptiveness of the places and people in the book. I think this book will appeal to almost any one because it has thrills, drama,romance, mystery and a touch of magic. I would suggest this book to all of the people I know. I rate this book 5/5 stars.

Annalee FirestoneSee more
Girl in Pieces had me reading it every chance I got. It is a very good book and it shows the struggle of a girl who is depressed and how she got better. I really enjoyed it.

Annalee FirestoneSee more
Klickitat
Peter Rock
Harry N. Abrams 
April 12, 2016

I really liked Klickitat. It is a very good book and it has a great flow of words. 

AnnaLee FirestoneSee more
The Safest Lies
Megan Miranda
Random House Children's Books
Out May 24, 2016

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda is a captivating book. It was hard to put down. I would recommend this book to people who like drama and suspense.
 

Kaja Gallegos, Grade 10, Age 15See more
A Season for Fireflies
Rebecca Maizel
HarperTeen
Out June 28th 2016

A Season for Fireflies is an inspiring story about finding yourself in a world where it seems everyone has already defined you by your mistakes. I loved this book because it gives me a sense of hope that somewhere out there, there are people can break the barriers that society has set for us. This book is a love story of all sorts. It is full of relationships, friendships, and family bonds and how one girl loses them all but finds them in the search for herself.

Kaja Gallegos,Grade 10, Age 15See more
Seven Ways We Lie
Riley Redgate
Amulet Books 
Out March 8, 2016

Seven Ways We Lie, by Riley Redgate, gives an insight to the lives of high school teens today. This book greatly depicts the struggles of teens (from different perspectives), including figuring out how to fit into the social ladder, hiding insecurities, having hopeless crushes, coming out, confessing, and being involved in the school's biggest scandal in the last century. I liked this book because I could really relate to the characters and situations. This being the author''s first book, I was impressed with her talent, and would like to read any books she writes in the future. Beware, innocent eyes and minds for there is a mild use of profanity and young adult content. 

Kaja Gallegos, Grade 10, Age 15See more
Lois Lane: Double Down
Gwenda Bond 
Capstone
Out May 1, 2016

Lois Lane: Double Down is a brilliant take on a teenage Lois Lane in our world today. I was in suspense throughout the book. There was a new challenge for our heroine and her friends around every corner, whether it be mobsters and mad scientists, navigating friendships and maybe-more-than-friend relationships, or mending family bonds. If you like action-packed books full of mystery, this book is for you. 

Neil Gragg, Grade 7, Age 13See more
Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World
Judd Winick
Random House Children's Books
Out May 17, 2016

I liked the book very much, especially the twist at the end. Something else I liked was the illustrations, especially how they show the lasers and how it makes it look like the laser is moving across the page. One thing I did not like very much is where the words were placed, because the color of the words against the background made them hard to see. 

 

Adam Gross, Grade 7, Age 13See more
Julia Vanishes
Catherine Egan
Random House
June 7th

"It is not in my nature to turn away. Not I-I look my nightmares in the eye.
And if my nightmares should look back, they see nothing but shadow.
I am not there." Powerful quotes like this is are common and one of many
you might find in Julia Vanishes, a very well written book I really liked.
The characters were well-developed and unique, and the fantasy and 
mystery in this book had me reading well past my bedtime. I would 
absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a little witchcraft,
fantasy, and mystery in a book.

Adam Gross, Grade 7, Age 13See more
Ruined
Amy Tintera
Harper Teen
May 3

Ruined is a great action romance novel that I really enjoyed. The female protagonist, 
Em is a fabulous character that I'm sure many teenage girls can relate to, despite the fact
that this novel takes place several hundred years ago! The dialogue moves along briskly and is 
surprisingly modern. I could hardly put this book down, and I would definitely recommend it to
any teens looking for an action packed book. I can't wait for the sequel!

Adam Gross, Grade 7, Age 13See more
Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Feiwel & Friends    
Out April 5, 2016

Flawed is a great dystopian novel with a powerful message about being yourself and upholding moral values, even to the ridicule of society. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because admirable writing and a great plot mixed together to form the epitome of a wonderful book. Flawed reminded me of popular books such as Divergent, or Matched, and I would recommend it to everyone. 

Adam Gross, Grade 7, Age 13   See more
Click Here to Start
Denis Markell
Delacorte Press
Out July 19, 2016
 
Denis Markell's debut novel, Click Here to Start, pleasantly surprised me with a tale woven masterfully of mystery, friendship, and danger. Click Here To Start is a novel centered around 12-year old Ted Gerson and his friends as they strive to uncover a war treasure from Ted's deceased grandfather. I really liked this book and would recommend it to elementary to early middle school students who enjoy mystery and suspense.
 

Adam Gross, Grade 7, Age 13See more
Crossing The Line   
Meghan Rogers
Philomel Books
Out April 12, 2016
 
I mostly enjoyed this teenage spy novel filled with mystery and plot twist always hiding just around the corner! Meghan Rogers delivers in an action-packed book full of suspense and conflict, especially emotionally. One down-side is that the book is also full of what I felt was excessive cussing, that detracts from the overall reading. I would probably recommend this book to an older reader, ages 14 and up.
 

MaKayla Johnson, Grade 6, Age 12See more
And I Darken
Kiersten White
Penguin Random House 
June 28th 2016

The book was ok. It was full of adventure and romance, which are both things that I like. The plot however was a little hard to follow. There were several times when I didn't know what was going on, but overall the book was a good book. I would recommend this book to family or friends.

MaKayla Johnson, Grade 6, Age 12See more
Rebel of the Sands
Alwyn Hamilton
Viking
Out March 8, 2016
 
This was a fantastic book. It was very descriptive and full of adventure. Very unlike anything I have read, it was filled with magic and romance. 
 

Marino Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

"Kid Artists; True tales of Childhood from creative legends"

David Stabler

Quirk Productions

August 9, 2016

 

Kid Artists is a very fun and interesting book.  It teaches you about amazing artists in a way that kids can understand and relate to.  It's also an inspiring story for any kid who is having hard times.  I would recommend this book to any artist or kid who's looking to be inspired. 


Marino Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more

Rising Above

Gregory Zuckerman

Philomel Books

May 2016

 

This book was very interesting and inspiring.  I loved learning how Steph Curry perfected his three pointer while overcoming his weaknesses, and how Jim Abbot pitched a no-hitter in the Major League without a right hand. This book is great for any sports fan!

 


Marino Loghry, Grade 6 , Age 12See more

Your Presidential Fantasy Dream Team

Daniel O'brien

Crown Books for Young Readers

July 12, 2016


This book was very funny and I learned a lot from it.  I mean, who knew Zachary Taylor died from eating too many cherries and drinking chilled milk on a hot day?  I loved this book and you will too!


Marino Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more

Click Here to Start

Dennis Markell

Delecorte Press

Out July 19, 2016


Click Here to Start was a great book filled with mystery, adventure and VIDEO GAMES! I loved how the whole story was set up as an escape the room game. I could relate to Ted always wanting to play video games. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants a good mystery novel and loves video games.

Marino Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
My Near-Death Adventures

Alison Decamp

Crown Books for Young Readers
Out June 7, 2016


My Near Death Experiences is a humorous tale with a great story line. This book had a lot of heart and was about family always being there for you. My favorite part was when Stan looks at Cuddy's scrapbook. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a funny, yet heart-filled book.

Marino Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal
Jeffrey Brown
Phoebe Yeh, Crown Books for Young Readers
Out  August 2, 2016

This book had me laughing every time I turned the page. I could also easily understand everyone's thoughts and feelings. I could also relate to Andy always wanting to go on adventures. While reading this book I never got bored even once, and didn't want to put it down.

Marino Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more

The Imagination Box

Mark Twain

Delacorte Press

Out August 2, 2016

 

The Imagination Box is an exciting, imaginative story filled with adventure. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to turn the next page. I love the humor in this book and I love the talking finger monkey. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense. I was laughing out loud throughout the entire book!


Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

Julia Vanishes

Catherine Egan

Random House Children's Books

June 7th 2016

 

I liked this book because there was a girl who could vanish and no one could see her, which helped her be a better thief.  My favorite part of this book is when Julia risks her life to save baby Theo and even when she gets beaten, refuses to tell where he is.  I couldn't put this book down because I never knew what was going to happen next!


Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

Brightwood

Tania Unsworth

Thomas Allen

September 27 2016

 

Brightwood was a good book because it was full of suspense.  It was about a little girl who has no friends, so she becomes friends with the animals, bushes, and paintings.  My favorite part of the book was when Daisy meets Frank.  I liked how Daisy never gave up and managed to get herself out of tight situations.


Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

The Best Worst Thing

Kathleen Lane

June 2016

 

I liked this book because is was suspenseful and funny.  I liked how Maggie said everything twice to make it even.  My favorite part was when Gordy and Maggie become friends.  It was cool how I could relate to Maggie because I just recently went through my first year of Middle School too.

   

Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

The Ungrateful Dead

Rose Cooper

September 2016

 

I liked this book a lot. It had suspense and definitely falls into the supernatural genre, which is one of my favorites.  The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it was a little confusing in the beginning. A lot of different characters were being introduced and I didn't always know who was who. I did like how Anna could speak to ghosts!


Taylor Loghry, Grade 7, Age 12See more

Horus and the Curse of ever lasting regret

Hannah Voskuil

Alfred A. Knopf

August 2016

 

I liked this book a lot.  The only thing that I didn't like was that it didn't really take off until the second half of the book, which is why it took a long time for me to read.  I put it down a lot and wasn't very excited to see what happened until the end.  I liked how Tunie was a tough girl who stands up for Peter, who gets bullied by his twin step brothers.  I also liked how Tunie had a helpful pet bat and takes care of her sick father. 


Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more

Sophie Quire

Jonathan Auxier

Harry Abrams

April 2016

 

Sophie Quire is one of my favorite books that I've ever read!  It's filled with suspense, fantasy and mystery.  I liked how Sophie had the same lover for books that I do.  My favorite part is when Sophie calls Peter a "blind baboon".  If you read this book I guarantee that you will love it!


 

Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more

School of the Dead

Avi

Harper Collins 

Out June 21, 2016
 

This book is filled with mystery and suspense. I liked how all of the sudden something unexpected would happen when I was least expecting it!  If you want a book that you cannot put down, then School of the Dead is for you!

Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
Not As We Know It

Tom Avery

Young Penguins Group

Out August 23, 2016


This was a great book! It kept me on the edge of my "bed!"  I liked how I could relate to Jamie's feelings since I am also a twin. I could understand and relate to him feeling upset when his twin got hurt. This book was full of adventure, fantasy and mystery. You will not regret reading this book!

Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
This is Not The Abby Show
Debbie Reed
Random House Children's Books
Out July 12, 2016

I couldn't stop laughing while reading this book. I liked that Abby was crazy and was the same age as me. One of my personal favorite parts in this book was when Abby does the magic show with Max.

Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
Furthermore
Tahereh Mafi
Dutton Children's Books
Out August 30, 2016

This was a great book because I couldn't put it down. I liked that I was the same age as Alice. This book was full of adventure and fantasy, which I love.

Taylor Loghry, Grade 6, Age 12See more
The Trouble with Babies
Claudia Mills
Alfred A. Knopf New York
Out August 2, 2016

I enjoyed this book because I thought it was funny. I liked that Nora was the complete opposite of Emma. I also liked the pictures throughout the book, they helped make it easier to understand what was happening.

Alexis Mersino, Age 17, Grade 11See more

Beware That Girl 
Teresa Toten 
Delacorte Press
Out May 2016


I was very excited for this book, but ended up feeling a little bit dissapointed by it. The plot was uneventful in certain places which made me start to feel bored. The build-up was done very well and was suspenseful, though I did find parts of the plot to be predictable. Another negative about this book, was it's lack of action. In my opinion, action is an asset to books that are thrillers and this book's lack of action didn't quite live up to my expectations. Something that I really liked about this book was the fact that it is told from two different point of views. One of which is first person, and the other, third person. This was something that I am not used to but enjoyed very much. It gave the book a little extra twist. I loved some parts of this book completely, but other parts not so much. The story had a shiver inducing ending and many qualities of a good psychological thriller. If you like the genre, you will most likely love this read.


Alexis Mersino, Age 17, Grade 11See more
The Crowns Game
Evelyn Skye 
Balzer + Bray
Out May 17, 2016

I would rate this book a 2.5 out of 5. I was very excited to begin reading it and was intrigued by the plot and setting. A magical alternate Russia set in the 1800's sounded pretty cool to me. I was also very curious about the "Crown's Game" - a competition that takes place between two Magical Enchanters to determine the better of the two. The winner becomes Royal Imperial Enchanter who has the job of protecting the kingdom and the Tsar. The loser must die. Though the entire idea of this book excited me greatly, I did not feel like it was executed as well as it could have been. The plot was very slow moving while I was expecting it to be action packed, fast paced, and exciting. There is attraction between the two Enchanters, yet they don't pursue it in the way that I hoped they would. I wasn't extremely dissapointed with this story, it was just not what I was expecting. However, Skye's world-building was awesome! Set in 1825 Russia, it is clear that she did her research, yet also took an imaginative approach. The setting is detailed and written very beautifully. The characters are strong and likeable. The story is written switching between multiple point of views which I also enjoyed. Despite the faults I felt this book had, I still read it in a short amount of time and was impressed by the unique and exceptional plot.

Alexis Mersino, Grade 11, Age 17See more
The Great Hunt
Wendy Higgins
HarperTeen
Out March 8, 2016

I was very pleased with this book, despite its crushing ending! The thing keeping me together is the fact that it is book one of two and I am very hopeful that Higgins will not let me down when it comes to some certain relationships in the story. However, I am confident in Higgins and am crossing my fingers that her continuation of the story in book two will satisfy me. So putting aside the ending that broke my heart, this book was SO good! To begin with, I am a sucker for books about fictitious royal families and also ones with a sort of love-to-hate romance. This book both contained and executed both of these aspects which is the first reason why I loved it. The kingdom in which this book takes place is fictional and Higgins did an amazing job in her building of this world. Reading it, I was on an adventure from start to finish! It had a true hook, beginning in a sort of horrifying and attention-grabbing way. The characters are also great. I loved reading about Princess Aerity's strength and how loving and protective she is of her family. Her character shows true selflessness and sacrifice for those that you care for. Paxton, Aerity's love interest, is a mysterious, grumpy, and intriguing character whom I fell in love with from the very start. There are also more amazing and entertaining characters as well, such as Aerity's younger sister, Vixie. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fairytale-like books packed with adventure and romance. The Great Hunt is the perfect start to a new series - definitely one that you don't want to miss!

Alexis Mersino, Grade 11, Age 17See more
The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Amulet Books
Out April 19, 2016

I enjoyed this book so much! With a very creative, unique, and interesting plot, I didn't want to put this book down. Hardinge's writing style contributed to my liking for this story. Her vivid descriptions and choice of words kept me very engaged. I adored the main protagonist, Faith. She is an insightful, clever, young lady who made me giggle at times. She fights for the things that she believes in and I love a character that's on a quest to find the truth. She is very mature for her age and is more of a mother figure to her younger brother Howard than their actual mother is. I liked reading about Faith's interaction with other characters, such as Howard, throughout the book. I liked the way that all of the characters grew and developed as well. The only negative thought I had about this story was the ending, which seemed a bit abrupt to me and left me feeling a little bit disappointed. However, that doesn't change the fact that I would recommend this book.

Alexis Mersino, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Ruined
Amy Tintera
Harper Collins 
Out May 3, 2016

This book was one of those that resulted in me abandoning my entire life because I could not put it down. I completed the book in one sitting! With a riveting plot packed with action and romance, I tore through every page. This story was fast-paced and thrilling through its entirety. From the opening scene I was hooked, and never once got bored. Tintera's crisp and articulate writing made following the story line simple and enjoyable and I easily grew attached to the characters. Em, the main protagonist, is a fascinating heroine who is a positive role model. I feel that she is a character who teenage girls could easily relate to. She represents a strong female lead who does not give up when it comes to what she wants. I cheered her on throughout the whole story. This is definitely a book that I will be re-reading.

Alexis Mersino, Grade 11, Age 17See more
Places No One Knows
Brenna Yovanoff
Delacorte Press
Out May 17, 2016

This was a very good story that was packed with romance. I enjoyed it so much! In addition to the love story, there were many topics explored such as gender roles, bullies, and family dysfunction, all of which are subjects that I feel young adults who are reading this book could easily connect with. That being said, I think that this is a story that teenagers like me could learn from. There are good themes about judging others before giving them a chance and getting to know them in a way that you never have before. I had an easy time connecting with the characters as well, and also the way that the social aspect of high school is portrayed. I think teens who read this book could relate to Waverly and her struggles with trying to fit in, and going to extremes to do so. She is seemingly perfect on the outside, but in reality is miserable with the life she leads. Another thing I really liked is how beautifully this book was written. Yovanoff's writing is just awesome! It's richly detailed, poetic, and captivating. I seriously loved her unique plot. I found it so creative that Waverly and Marshall were able to spend time together in Waverly's sort of "dream world". However, I was a bit confused on how she was able to achieve this, and I wish the concept of dreaming yourself into someone's life was explored more.

Sarah Sanchez, 11th Grade, Age 17See more

Highly Illogical Behavior

John Corey Whaley

Dial Books, Penguin Random House LLC

Out May 10, 2016
 

This book was as thought-provoking as it was heart-wrenching. Whaley portrays the complexities of panic disorders in such an unflinching way that the reader has no choice but to face the reality of it head-on. Even though this book is primarily about agoraphobia, a disorder not many people have, there was something very relatable about the disorder; about wanting to just shut the world out. After following the story of three teens and their evolution of friendship, I realized that it is not just a book about agoraphobia. It is a book about truth, its importance in relationships, and its beautiful, destructive, and paradoxically restorative nature. All in all, this book is wonderful, and I applaud Whaley for handling this sensitive topic with such grace.

Ava Selvig, Grade 12 , Age 17See more
Still Life with Tornado
A. S. King
Dutton Books
October 2016

If you liked J. D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, you will love A. S. King's Still Life with Tornado. Though somber and existential, its ultimate message is hopeful, leaving the reader with a sense of optimism. The premise of the story is unusual; past, present, and future are blurred as the main character, Sarah, copes with a tornado of suppressed memories brought forth by recent events. Still Life with Tornado is definitely a page-turner, and A. S. King's profound talent as a writer comes through with the story's complexity. This is the story of Sarah figuring out who she is, was, and will be, which many people, young adults especially, can identify with. 

Ava Selvig, Grade 11, Age 16See more
Dreamers Often Lie
Jacqueline West
Dial Books, Penguin Random House LLC
Out April 5, 2016

I very much enjoyed this novel. The characters were very likable and relatable. Most were round, changing as the novel progressed rather than remaining stagnant. In addition, the plot was intriguing, and I found myself relating deeply to the strong emotions experienced by the main character. Overall, an engaging, exciting book.

Ava Selvig, Grade 11, Age 16See more
Never Ever
Sara Saedi
Viking, Penguin Random House LLC
Out June 21, 2016

Overall, my feelings about this novel are conflicting. I did not care for the way that the story was written, and the characters were awkwardly brash. A younger reader may find the phrasing more agreeable. I was, however, kept very interested by the frequent plot twists and general sense of mystery. Altogether, I enjoyed the story and will be keeping an eye out for the sequel.