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The Flip Side

27206534Title: The Flip Side
Author: Shawn Johnson
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 6th grade and up
Pages: 320
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Johnson, S.

Synopsis: Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

Review:  Okay, I think this book is going to be hot with the Olympics coming up, especially since it’s written by a gymnast. It was kind of fun that the book wasn’t just about gymnastics though. Honestly, the book was more about how Charlie was trying to have her dream, but still be normal. Yes, it mean she gave up things, but what happens when she really wanted it all? Public School, Olympic Dream, and a cute boyfriend? Okay, so it seems like a lot, but when you’re a teenager the crazy seems possible. And I think even though teens haven’t dealt with going after a dream as big as the Olympics, they’ll relate to not be able to do it all/being focused story line.

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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Realistic, Teen

 

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Golden Boy

16099325Title: Golden Boy
Author: Tara Sullivan
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 6th Grade and Up
Pages: 384
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Sullivan, T

Synopsis: Habo has always been different from everyone he knows. Light eyes, yellow hair, and white skin. Many in his African village call him a zeruzeru, a ghost boy, a nothing. It’s not until his family goes to live with his aunt in Mwanza that Habo learns zeruzeru has another meaning, albino. Of course, even in this new town, he finds out being a zeruzeru is bad. Here he won’t be ignored, instead he’ll be hunted because albino body parts are thought to bring new luck.  And one hunter, Alasira, has gotten way too close and has already made one attempt on Habo’s life.

On the run, Habo finds himself in Dar es Salaam where albinos are supposed to be safe. The only problem is the city is HUGE and Habo doesn’t know where to go next. When hunger takes over, he tries to exchange an old man’s meal for money, but Kweli, a blind carver has other plans. Instead, he offers Habo a place to stay and food in exchange for helping him around the house. As Habo settles in, for the first time in his life, he finally feels at home! He even learns he has a talent for carver. But when a demon from his past returns, he realizes his running days may not be done after all.

Review: This is one of those “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” books. Even I was like, eh, when I had to read this one, but OMG it’s easily one of my favorites on the Caudill list. It was one I didn’t want to put down and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The beautiful thing about it is that while the situation is unique, there are emotions that everyone can relate to. Those feeling of belonging somewhere are universal.

The sad thing, is that albinos are truly hunted in Africa, so while it is fiction there is a spark of truth behind it. All in all a very good book that I recommend to all.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Realistic, Teen

 

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Ignite

22323658Title: Ignite
Author: Sara B. Lawson
Series: Defy #2
Recommended for: 6th grade & up
Pages: 304
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Lawson, S

Synopsis: Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?

This is book two in the series and does not disappoint. Not a lot of time has passed between book 1 and 2; maybe about 6 months at max. Alexa is known by all as being a girl now (hidden as a boy in book 1) and she’s getting a lot of gruff about if from the newbies. Well, that is until she proves how good she is and kicks their butts. Alexa has made it to King’s Guard for a reason. The girl is good. I enjoyed getting to know her even more in this book. We’re should how tough and smart she is, but we get to see more of her softer side as well. There’s still a lot of trouble in the romance area, but all love triangleness is gone. Damian is the only one who holds her heart; she just doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him/would be a good queen for the kingdom. The new threat is quite believable, especially when it’s all untied. I look forward to what book 3 will bring!

Read-a-likes: Alanna, Graceling, & False Prince are perfect pairings with this book.

 

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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