Invisible Emmie

June 5, 2017

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Emmie is a 7th grader and despite her amazing art skills, she’s basically invisible to her peers. She’s not bullied or picked on, but she’s certainly not popular either. She has one good friend (Brianna), but they don’t have many classes together, so Emmie spends most of her school days feeling alone and somewhat anxious….

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Sun Is Also a Star

June 5, 2017

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Natasha, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica (now living in New York), is about to be deported thanks to her father who, after getting pulled over, announced to the police that he wasn’t even a citizen. This is her last day in the United States and her last opportunity to find a way…

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Vegan Virgin Valentine

May 13, 2017

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Mara Valentine is a model student and daughter and has her whole future mapped out for her when her “niece” V comes to live with her. V is almost the same age, and is wilder, freer, and more spontaneous than Mara could ever hope to be. And she’ll be attending the same high school. And…

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Scythe

May 13, 2017

Scythe by Neal Shusterman Dystopian Science Fiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) In the future, humans have given over the governing and control of society to an artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead (which evolved from the Cloud/data storage). “…[T]he Thunderhead was incorruptible. Not only that, but its algorithms were built on the full sum of human knowledge. All the time and money wasted on political posturing, the…

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Smell of Other People’s Houses

May 10, 2017

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Told from the points of view of four different teenagers growing up in Alaska in the 1970s, this takes a look at what it’s like for Ruth, who is unknowingly following in the footsteps of her ancestors (and ends up in a nunnery), Alyce, who desperately wants to become a professional…

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Nerve

April 1, 2017

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan Suspense Thriller * * * Stars (Pretty good) Vee is used to being overshadowed by her best friend who gets starring roles in theatrical productions while Vee works on makeup and costuming behind the scenes. But when the guy she likes dares her to shine by auditioning for the reality show, Nerve, Vee decides to take a chance.  All she has to do is get filmed…

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When We Wake

April 1, 2017

When We Wake by Karen Healey Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Tegan Oglietti’s life is just getting good when a sniper’s bullet accidentally finds her. She wakes up confused and disoriented 100 years later – the first successful revival in a cryogenics experiment.  As Tegan learns more about the world she now lives in she’s equal parts delighted and dismayed to discover what’s changed –…

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Memory of Light

April 1, 2017

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork Realistic Fiction (audio edition) * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Vicky Cruz is just going through the motions of her life when she decides to take it. Her suicide attempt fails, but it lands her at Lakeview Hospital where she meets Dr. Desai and several other troubled teens who she can relate to (and who understand her) much better than anyone…

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Ghosts – book review

October 11, 2016

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Cat and her family move to the coastal town of Bahia de la Luna to help with her little sister Maya’s health issues (she has cystic fibrosis). The whole town seems to be obsessed with spirits and Dia de los Muertos is coming up fast!  Maya, too, becomes interested in ghosts – she has questions…

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Silversix – book review

May 22, 2014

The Silversix by AJ Lieberman Artwork by Darren Rawlings Graphic Novel Science FictionTween Graphic Novel/Science Fiction/Dystopia Phoebe is able to avoid detection for a year after her parents die in a shuttle explosion orchestrated by the evil Mr. Craven of the Craven Mining Corporation (which has a monopoly on the world’s fuel source – Hydro-2), but then someone manages to track a file transfer from her parents’ ship to her…

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