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Beneath

Title: Beneath
Author: Roland Smith
Series: Beneath #1 
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 272 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION SMITH, R.

Synopsis: What waits Beneath? Pat O’Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop. He’s even helped Coop with some of his crazier plans — such as risking his life to help his big brother dig a tunnel underneath their neighborhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Coop is . . . different. He doesn’t talk on the phone, doesn’t use email, and doesn’t have friends. He’s never really cared for anything but the thrill of being underground and Pat. So it’s no surprise to anyone — even Pat — that after a huge fight with their parents, Coop runs away. Exactly one year later, Pat receives a package containing a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother. He follows the clues to New York City, and soon discovers that Coop has joined the Community, a self-sufficient society living beneath the streets. Now it’s up to Pat to find his brother — and bring him home.

This is a Rebecca Caudill nominee for 2018.  I think the premise is great, with the community living under the city of New York.  This is also a fast read. There is suspence around every corner. It is a little unbelievable with the technology that the secret community has installed.  I think that kids will definetly enjoy the book.  I am going to check out the next book in the series to see how it ends.

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Adventure, Teen

 

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Never Say Die

Title:Never Say Die
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Series: An Alex Rider Adventure
Recommended for: Grades 6-12
Pages: 349
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION HOROWITZ, A. 
Synopsis: Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email–just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down.
Yet SCORPIA knows Alex’s weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot–one that will play with Alex’s mind as he grasps the magnitude of what is at stake.
From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth.

Comments: This book starts off six months after the book Scorpia Rising, which was supose to be the last book.  Horowitz did a great job, especially since the book is coming out six years later.  I was going to reread the series, but Horowitz gave enough details that I didn’t feel lost when things were referenced from another book(I still might reread, just because I enjoyed them). This is a fast pace, action filled adventure. Looking forward to seeing the next book in summer 2018.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in Adventure, Teen

 

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Con Academy

Title: Con Academy
Author: Joe Schreiber
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Well-Grounded Kids Who Like A Good Caper
Pages: 236
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION SCHREIBER

Synopsis: “Con man Will Shea may have met his match in scammer Andrea Dufresne as they make a high-stakes deal that will determine who gets to stay at Connaughton Academy, one of the most elite and privileged preparatory schools in the country, and who must leave.”

My Thoughts:

This was a lot of fun! There were some moral issues (it was so fast-paced I’m still debating some of the ends-justify-the-means-of-theft stuff) but, for a mature and well-grounded young adult, it’s a fun Ferris Bueler-meets-Mission-Impossible-esque adventure, if Ferris Bueler had been the son of a con man. There were also some really good points about personal growth and forgiveness.

For teens who might be concerned with sexual content, there’s a generic reference to “canoodling” and some kissing, and references to public humiliation via inappropriate pictures (in the primary case, clearly wrong,) but that’s it.

Marshall Islands, you’re always in my heart.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2017 in Adventure, Teen, Uncategorized

 

The Hidden Twin

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Title: The Hidden Twin

Author: Adi Rule

Series: N / A

Recommended for: Grades 7-10 

Pages: 272

 

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Rule, A.

 

Synopsis: In Adi Rule’s stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

Thoughts: This was a very unusual book but interesting.  If you like fantasy, magic and intrigue this is the book for you.  The twin was born a Redwing and comes to know the power she posesses as the story unfolds.  I applauded for the twin throughout the book and felt her pain. A great book to keep a reader engaged.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Teen

 

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Spinning Starlight

SpinningStarlight-678x1024Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
Recommended for: Middle and High School
Pages: 327 
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION LEWIS, R 

 

 

Synopsis:  Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen must save her brothers in this outer-space retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans.

Review:  I picked this up because I loved the cover, but I wasn’t quite sure I would like something about an “heiress and paparazzi darling.”  Thankfully, I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially if there is something special about them.  This is a futuristic (and other-planetary) sci-fi that addresses the issues of genius, the supernatural, the meaning of life, the value of the written word, and specialization vs. generalization.  Mostly, however, it is a story about a girl who loves her brothers so deeply that she is willing to risk everything to save them.  The connections to The Wild Swan were well done, but did not interfere with the world building.  There is romance,  but I let my 8 year old read the book.  I don’t know if she will like it, but there is nothing objectionable in it.  Recommended for fans of Cinder.

 

The White Rose

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Title: The White Rose

Author: Amy Ewing

Series: Lone City Trilogy

Recommended for: Ages 14-17 

Pages: 358

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION EWING, A.

 

 

SynopsisThe compelling and gripping sequel to Amy Ewing’s debut, The Jewel, which BCCB said “Will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”

Violet is on the run—away from the Jewel, away from a lifetime of servitude, away from the Duchess of the Lake, who bought her at auction. With Ash and Raven traveling with her, Violet will need all of her powers to get her friends, and herself, out of the Jewel alive.

But no matter how far Violet runs, she can’t escape the rebellion brewing just beneath the Jewel’s glittering surface, and her role in it. Violet must decide if she is strong enough to rise against the Jewel and everything she has ever known.

My thoughts:  I loved this book so much after I read the first book that I read it in one day.  It is very entertaining and for The selection fans this is a must.  Girls, injustice, a higher ruling class with a bit of ancient mysterious magic.  The cliffhanger is too die for.  Can’t wait until the last book of this trilogy comes out next fall.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

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Title: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Author: Rick Yancey

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Recommended for: Teenagers 13-17 years old

Pages: 339

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION YANCEY


Synopsis
Alfred Kropp is the last person you’d think could save the world. But when this oversized underachiever gets roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme, his life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur–and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man.

With an ancient order of knights in hot cars, thugs on motorcycles, and a mysterious international organization following his every lumbering step, Alfred undertakes a modern-day quest to unravel a thousand-year-old mystery and return the sword to its rightful place.

My Thoughts: I loved this book because it was interesting and engaged the reader with twists and turns along the way. This would be a great book to recommend to fans of the Percy Jackson books because it involves magic in the English legends with an awkward teenager.  Kids would love this trilogy.

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens coverTitle:   Beauty Queens
Author:   Libba Bray
Series:   –
Recommended for:   teen girls, adults who like chick lit, people who like satires
Pages:   396 pages
Call Number/Link:   Teen Fiction Bray, L.

Rating:   ****

 

Synopsis:

What do you get when you cross America’s Next Top Model with Lost? A brilliantly funny novel by the queen of teen satire, Libba Bray.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane crashed on a desert island, leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan or learn to run wild? And what should they do when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

Comments:

I loved many parts of Beauty Queen.  It’s not often that I laugh out loud while reading or listening to a book, but I alarmed Natalie by laughing loudly several times while reading this book.  I would never have thought of combining a beauty pageant and “Survivor.”  Libba Bray is a genius!  However, that said, there were moments when I thought she was a bit over the top, to the point that it just wasn’t funny to me.  Overall, there were more positive moments.

Most of the beauty contestants were two-dimensional characters (or caricatures) at the beginning of the book.  By the end, the beauty contestants who were main characters were well fleshed out and I had a pretty good idea of what made the other beauty contestants tick.  (This was less true of the pirates, Corporation employees and other minor characters.)  Whereas the beauty contestants seemed like a mostly homogeneous group early on, with the exception of Idina and uber-competitor Taylor, they turned out to have definite differences – and secrets.  One character was a “wild girl.”  One presented herself as a traditional East Indian immigrant (with a vaguely British accent) but was really a valley girl.  One contestant was transgender, one was hearing impaired, one was an African-American girl whose mother wanted her to be lighter.  They also all had different talents and gifts that helped the group survive on a deserted island.  They created an irrigation system, built huts, crafted bows and arrows….

This book will be most appealing to readers who have a satirical bent and are not not too reverential of beauty pageants.  It mocks Big Business, reality t.v. (and the media), commercials, international relations, political campaigns, dictators, and many other things.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Adventure, Dystopian, Funny, Teen

 

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The 100

9780316234498_p0_v2_s260x420Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: First in The 100 Trilogy (also a TV Show on CW)
Recommended for: High schoolers who liked the romance in Hunger Games
Pages: 323
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Morgan, K. 

Synopsis:
When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

Review:
I saw the first episode of the TV on Netflix, and I decided to read the book when I heard that the TV show got great reviews. I was looking for something new to offer our dystopian fans. The book itself is pretty good.  It offers different viewpoints of things happening to the kids up on the space station as well as on the ground.  It delves into moral ambiguity, and it has some truly gut-wrenching decisions that need to be made.  All those things were great.  What I found less great, surprisingly, was the amount of romance in the book.  They took a book that should have been about so much more, and they overpowered it with hormones–and I like romance books!  If the romance had taken a backseat to the rest, I would have been more impressed.  As it is, I will still be recommending it, but only to those people who are Team Peeta or Team Gale.  🙂

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Adventure, Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, Teen

 

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men
The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Series: Tiffany Aching/Discworld
Recommended for: 5th through 12th grades
Pages: 375
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION PRATCHETT
Synopsis: A young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland by the Fairy Queen.
Review: Terry Pratchett is known for his various series set in the exotic land of Discworld. With The Wee Free Men, Pratchett gives us a new series and a new hero: Tiffany Aching. Continuing through A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight this story follows young Tiffany from adolescent cheesemaker to Witch: Protector of the Chalk.

The writing is sharp and the protagonist interesting, as she struggles to rescues her brother. Young Tiffany stands in the shadow of her departed grandmother, a powerful and somewhat mysterious woman, whom may have been a witch herself. She struggles against her own sense of doubt as she faces an intrusion into her world by the Fairy Queen and the quest to bring her brother home. Her mixture of grit and determination and use of wits as her weapon makes me both enjoy the book, and also recommend it. I would recommend this book for boys and girls 5th through 12th grades.

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Adventure, Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy, Funny, Funny, Juv, Teen

 

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