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The Lab

by Jack Heath

The Lab coverAgent Six of Hearts is the best and youngest field agent in the vigilante force, The Deck, fighting against the evil government ChaoSonic that has corrupted the continent. The world is filled with an impenetrable fog, creating pollution and sickness--it's a miracle if one can live to 60. As an old enemy that was supposed to be crushed rises up once again, it's up to Six to stop them from creating a weapon of mass destruction that will allow ChaoSonic to gain complete control of not only their continent, but the world.

I loved this book for the action scenes. What's more exciting than a teenage spy in a dystopian world? Heath caught me by surprise in many of the twists and turns in this book, and every character is both memorable and likeable.

Anyone who likes the Alex Rider series (spies) or even the Hunger Games (dystopia) would enjoy this book.

Erica, 16


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True Grit

by Charles Portis

Image result for true grit by charles portisMattie Ross is a plucky 14 year old girl who goes out in search of Tom Chaney, the murderer of her father. She ventures out to the wild Choctow Nation with the help of two rangers to avenge her father's death.

True Grit is the story of a young girl's persistence, strength, and love for her father. This book was great because Mattie never lets her age stop her from avenging her father. The book was definitely enjoyable, but it can drag on towards the middle and be a bit difficult for younger readers to understand. 

I would recommend this book to older readers ages 13 and up. It's a great read for people who enjoy reading about adventure, the Wild West, and a spunky main character. 

Gillyn, 15


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