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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 

by Grace Lin
02/01/2014 Categories: folktales
 

​Minli is a young girl who lives in a poor village on Fruitless Mountain. Her father always tells stories while her mother wishes to be rich. One day, Minli meets a goldfish who tells her about a mysterious old man known as the Old Man on the Moon who knows everything and will answer her questions (as Minli wants to find out how to change her family's fortune.) She sets out on a quest to find him, encountering many friends and stories along the way. But the Old Man on the Moon can only answer one question, and Minli has several, along with a friend's one question. What question will she ask?


It was good book, in a cultural sort of way. There wasn't really a lot of action in the story, but plenty of folktales. It didn't grab my attention as other books did.

Hieu, 14

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Okay for Now 

by Gary Schmidt
02/01/2014 Categories: realistic fiction

Okay for Now14-year-old Doug Swieteck's life isn't all that great. He just moved to a new town, has no friends, all the adults in the new town think of him as a 'skinny thug', his father doesn't care about his family, and his brother is a delinquent. How worse can life get? Things start looking up when he meets a pretty girl named Lil Spicer and experiences the wonderful world of the local library.

This book was really good, especially as it's about turning your life around and being a better person than what people see you as. Okay for Now is perfect for people who like books that make you think and have a little attitude in it.

Hieu, 14

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Beyond Lucky 

by Sarah Aronson
02/01/2014 Categories: sports

Beyond LuckyAri Fish is a middle-school soccer goalie who is really superstitious about luck. He is envious of his friend Mac MacDonald, who seems to have all the luck in the world. But all of that changes when he finds a super-rare Wayne Timcoe soccer card. Now, he is the one who has all the luck in the world while Mac messes up time and time again. But the question is: will his luck last?

This book kept me up all day and night. Sarah Aronson's writing style made me believe that I was actually in the book, a spectator watching all of the events unfold as if it were real. This book is perfect for soccer fans, superstitious people, and people who enjoy a good read.

Hieu, 14

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Bittersweet 

by Sarah Ockler
12/07/2013 Categories: love triangles romance

BittersweetHudson lives in a small town in New York, waitressing at her mom's cafe. Before, she was an up-and-coming ice skater, but now she's known as the Cupcake Queen of her small town. One day, she literally runs into a cute guy from the hockey team, who asks her for ice skating lessons. Can she whip the bad boy hockey team in shape as well as revive her long dead dream of figure skating?

There's a bit too much going in this book. First, Hudson's an ex figure skater,
as well as being a Cake Boss-worthy baker. Then, apparently, she's still reeling from her parents' divorce as well as split from her ex-best friend. Then, she's also caught in between two different guys from the hockey team. So much little stuff is happening, that Hudson seems a bit too fictional. Also, the romance is okay, but slightly forgettable.

I recommend this to girls who are looking for clichéd, light romance novels. Be
warned, however, this book contains cupcake descriptions that will create
saliva waterfalls in your mouth.

Kristine, 15

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Stolen 

by Lucy Christoper
12/07/2013 Categories: kidnapping

Stolen

A girl gets stolen by a cute guy with seemingly good intentions and taken to the Australian outback. Much of the novel is written as a letter to the girl's captor after she escapes, and how she subsequently copes with form of Stockholm Syndrome.

Obviously, because of its subject matter, Stolen was a very gripping story to read (Christopher's an amazing author). However, since the book is essentially just a flashback, the beginning is a bit hard to get through since it takes a bit of exposition to get to the really dramatic scenes.

I think most people will enjoy this book. I found Stolen very interesting to read, especially the parts related to Stockholm Syndrome. It may be a bit hard to really get into at first, but in the end, I think it was a good read.

Kristine, 15

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Eleanor and Park 

by Rainbow Rowell
12/07/2013 Categories: romance

Eleanor and Park

A cute indie book about first love. Eleanor and Park are two somewhat star-crossed lovers trying to navigate through their relationship.

Everybody seems to love this book. I can see why, but I think the hype is way too large. Nevertheless, it is a very charming book about first love, and a lot of the writing seems really genuine..

I think teen girls will definitely like this book, since it has a lot of "squee!!" moments. Plus, Park, the main guy, seems so cute and nice.

Kristine, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
12/07/2013 Categories: movie romance terminal illness

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace is a girl who has stage four thyroid cancer. Hazel finds that she is battling herself and has a hard time living. Once Hazel meets Augustus Waters, everything changes for her.

I really liked it because once you get to know Hazel and Augustus, you begin to love these characters. Right from the beginning, you can tell they are made for each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading about a little romance and a bit of a tragedy. The Fault In Our Stars is life changing and will change the way about how you see the world.

Jacki, 17

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I am Number Four  

by Pittacus Lore
12/07/2013 Categories: movie sci fi

I am Number Four

People from the planet Lorien get invaded by the Mogadorians and desperately try to escape to Earth. Nine of the saviors of the planet are being hunted down by Mogadorians and can't see each other for fear of breaking a charm that keeps them alive. Three are killed, and now Number Four is next.

I really liked it because the main character showed himself as someone who could kick butt. John Smith also had incredible powers that allowed him to protect his loved ones and himself. John's meeting with Number Six was the best part, because he was reminded of his planet and regained hope.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes aliens and people who have special gifts. This is a story about love and also the power of a group of people can prevail over evil.

Jacki, 17

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Neferet's Curse: A House of Night novella 

by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
12/07/2013 Categories: paranormal vampires
                       

Nefaret's Curse

After the tragedy of her mother's death, Emily must be the lady of the house but has to worry about her father's drunkenness at all times. Emily wants to get away from her home using a boy.

I like it because through the book you can see Emily change from a timid little girl into a strong, independent woman. Emily becomes totally assertive and doesn't let anyone boss her around. The bad thing about that is that it doesn't always work in her favor.

I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates reading about confident, powerful women. Also there's a little bit of love, but the plot is mostly concerns the main character, Emily.

Jacki, 17

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The Final Warning 

by James Patterson
09/30/2013 Categories: action adventure natural disasters

The Final WarningIn the fourth book of the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock head to Antarctica to help scientists research global warming.
While they are there, one of the scientists is revealed to be a spy to the Uber-director. Then the Flock is captured and the Uber-director almost sells them as weapons, but a huge hurricane sweeps everything away. At the end, Max speaks to Congress about the effect of global warming on the Earth.

I liked this book very much because it was very jam-packed with action. It also warned us about the effects of global warming. I would recommend The Final Warning to those who have kept up with the series, or those who enjoy a great story filled with adventure.

Chanel, 14

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Nevermore 

by James Patterson
09/30/2013 Categories: action adventure

Nevermore

In the final book of the Maximum Ride Series, Max and the Flock go to public school, but leave on a days notice due to some information received about Angel's disappearance. Not only do they have a mission to find Angel, but they also learn about a group called the 99 Percenters. They head home after the rescue, and Dr. Martinez visits and explains that she was brainwashed and that she has a special place ready for them. They follow her and discover a paradise where they fit in with other mutant kids.

I enjoyed the end of the series very much. It tied all of the loose strings together and ended in a magnificent way.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the entire series. I would also recommend this book to anyone interested in a life lesson dealing with the fate of the world.

Chanel, 14

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
09/30/2013 Categories: love triangles

City of AshesIn the second installment to The Mortal Instruments, Clary's mother is in a coma and her father has threatened war against the Shadowhunters. The teen must find a way to save the family she has known, and the new family she has made with the Shadowhunters. Clary is also caught in a love triangle which includes her brother, Simon, and her newly discovered brother, Jace.

City of Ashes is an exceptional sequel to City of Bones. The new characters introduced in City of Ashes brought fresh questions that remained unanswered at novel's end, leaving readers with a cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have read the first installment of The Mortal Instruments and are debating whether or not to continue with the series. I believe that if you enjoy reading books set in supernatural worlds, you will love City of Ashes.

Maria, 15

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Eve & Adam 

by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate
09/30/2013 Categories: romance sci fi

Eve & AdamAfter Evening Spiker's leg was torn off in a car accident - and subsequently re-attached - she's been bored out of her mind while recovering at her family's high-tech pharmaceutical company. To ease her boredom, Evening's mother assigns her the task of designing the perfect boy, using a simulator the company made. But "Adam" isn't just a simple computer simulation, especially when he comes to life. Suddenly, questions about the company's shady background, and even about Evening herself come to light in this thrilling YA novel.

Eve & Adam is very engaging, with many thrilling chase scenes that make it impossible to put down. The main characters are likable enough, though a bit two-dimensional. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit far-fetched, and the background and setting weren't completely solid. There are a few real-life connections, like Apple Inc., and the band, The Pixies, but it still felt as if the book was set in the future.

I think that many people would enjoy Eve & Adam. The book itself is barely 300 pages, and anyone who likes reading romance with a dash of sci-fi would love it.

Kristine, 15

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Angel 

by James Patterson
09/30/2013 Categories: action adventure romance

Angel

In the seventh book in the Maximum Ride Series, Fang starts her own group, called the "Fang's Gang" while Max and the others are at Dr. Martinez's house. Then, without realizing that the other is doing the same, both groups start a mission based on the Doomsday Group, a group of people who alter people's minds and convince them that they need to kill humans to help the planet.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was suspenseful, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the series. Angel would suit anyone who likes action served with a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense!

Chanel, 14

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Max 

by James Patterson
09/30/2013 Categories: action adventure

MaxIn the exciting fifth novel in the Maximum Ride series, Max and the Flock are at it again, but this time they are performing in
flying acts to help save the Earth with an organization called CSM (Coalition to Stop the Madness). When shooters start messing with with their performances, the Flock decides to stop because of safety issues. Max then meets Mr. Chu, who threatens her because she's working with CSM. Making matters worse, Max's mother is kidnapped. After many adventures, they finally save her, and Max is truly happy that the Flock is all together again. 

I liked reading Max very much. It was an excellent addition to the series, and I would recommend it to those who read the previous books, or anyone who enjoys action-packed stories.

Chanel, 14

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