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The Time Fetch 

by Amy Herrick
04/24/2013 Categories: adventure fantasy sci fi

Edward picked up a rock. Simple, right? Wrong. That rock was a Time Fetch, a mysterious rock that is home to some Time Foragers, little beings that eat time. Normally, it only eats the little time that won't be missed, but now that they are awoken from their deep slumber and escaped, they unravel the very fabric of time and space. The whole world will be unraveled... or will it? 

This book has a really good sci-fi concept. Sci-fi lovers will love the action and suspense.

Hieu, 13

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If I Lie 

by Corinne Jackson

If I LieWhen a photo of Quinn kissing another boy surfaces while her boyfriend, Carey, was in Afghanistan, she is condemned and ostracized by her military town who accuses her of being a traitor. Quinn, however, has information that can clear her name, but was sworn to secrecy by Carey. Facing constant humiliation, she battles between keeping the secret and enduring the pain. 

If I Lie is a definite page turner. It causes the reader to sympathize for Quinn's situation, but also admire her for being a strong female character who endures pure chaos.

This book is worth checking out. It has a great female character and it draws the reader in quickly. Girls and boys can both enjoy this book. Many will be able to relate to the main character's situation of being the outsider.

CJ, 17

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

by Stieg Larsson

Girl with the Dragon TattooJournalist Mikhail Blomkvist is asked by a millionaire to investigate the 40 year old murder of his beloved niece. He gets help from the peculiar and frightening expert hacker Lisbeth Salander in solving the case. Set in snowy Sweden, they go off on a journey full of terror and surprises.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent novel. It is a very enticing story and one of the best murder mystery stories. The book definitely keeps the readers on their toes and guessing.

This book would be recommended for older teens who can handle violence and nudity. The characters and the story are very interesting and will be enjoyed by many who love a good murder mystery.

CJ, 17

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Les Miserables 

by Victor Hugo
04/23/2013 Categories: classic historical movie play romance

Les MiserablesJean Valjean is a convict who has experienced great despair while in jail for 20 years, causing him to be spiteful. However, when a single act of kindness is shown, he pledges to be a better human being, but is halted by many obstacles that cause great despair.

Les Miserables is an incredible book. It has multiple powerful themes that connect to many people. The characters are very endearing. The overall story is very influential and captivating. Victor Hugo's masterpiece is very touching and leaves people speechless and crying.

This book is recommended to people of all ages. Jean Valjean and the other characters' journey will surely captivate readers.

CJ, 17

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Me and My Invisible Guy 

by Sarah Jeffrey

Invisible guyMe and My Invisible Guy is about a girl named Mallory who makes up a pretend boyfriend, Todd, just to feel included at school. She is a cheerleader and the only virgin, so she figures that Todd is the only way out. But difficulties come when a cute new boy starts at the school she goes too. Not only is she overwhelmed with what to do, but her best friend is having major family problems at home.

This book really opens your eyes to the affects of peer pressure on teenagers. I personally enjoyed the book. I thought the whole story was interesting and an easy-read.

I would recommend this book to others because it shows the effects of peer pressure on teens. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a teenage story and an easy-read.

Chanel, 14

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird is set during the Great Depression and also revolves around racism in the South. Scout Finch is the narrator and the main character who grows up in the segregated South. Her brother, Jem, their friend, Dill, and she are all intrigued by story of Boo Radley, a young man who has been prisoner in his house for multiple years. When their father, a lawyer, takes on a court case defending a black man accused of raping a white woman, their world changes.  

The book follows their lives and proves the theme that you can't judge a person unless you have been in their shoes. I thought the book was interesting in the way of how segregated the community was. It was a good story with an underlying theme and multiple conflicts. Overall, Harper Lee did a fantastic job of portraying the South.

I would recommend it because it has a good message of not judging a person until you have experienced what they have been through. People of all ages would enjoy this novel.

Chanel, 14

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Gulliver's Travels 

by Jonathan Swift
04/23/2013 Categories: action classic fantasy suspense

Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's Travels is a fantasy book detailing the narration of Lemuel Gulliver. He travels across the sea and discovers interesting and vast countries very different from his own. Gulliver encounters a country where he is a giant, and another featuring a civilization of giants.

The book wasn't that bad. At face level, this story is a fantasy that explores random ideas of a country. There are some parts in the book where the ideas go over one's head, and/or parody something one wouldn't normally know about. One can get the best out of this elderly book once they know the background behind it, but otherwise it's an ok book nonetheless. I recommend this book, not only because it's a classic that everyone has to read, but it's very interesting and has ideas that are uncommon to hear about these days. Like most literary classics, it's a tad difficult to read, but don't let that be an excuse for not reading this classic.

Jakob, 15

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Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale
04/23/2013 Categories: family drama fantasy friendship romance

Princess AcademyIn Princess Academy, Miri, a young, weak Lowlander who so desperately wants to help the rest of town working in the quarry, is chosen to be one of the girls sent to the top of Mount Ekenl. Her job is to attend the Princess Academy, run by the harsh and sometimes cruel Olana, and train in order to compete for the Prince's heart. Throughout her training, Miri makes both friends and enemies and she becomes torn. Where does her heart lie: with the Prince who can offer her and her family a better future or in the village with Peder? Yet, what Miri does not realize is that she and the rest of girls are living on a deserted mountain top where they can easily be taken hostage without anyone realizing. Can Miri prove her strength to everyone and will her Prince save her?

Princess Academy is a beautifully written book filled with both adventure and romance. Miri is a character that all girls can relate to in one way or another, and her story forms a lesson to all: true strength comes from within and true love is stronger than any storm. Hale does an amazing job of portraying a beautiful and unique tale and connecting with the reader.

This book is perfect for all female readers, especially preteens. Every girl who reads this will come away with a very important lesson whether it be about true love, friendship, strength, or family. This story was written to show every girl what it means to be a princess and how every girl is a princess inside.

Jana, 17

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A Clash of Kings 

by George R.R. Martin
04/01/2013 Categories: action battles fantasy war

Clash of KingsClash of Kings is a continuation of the novel Game of Thrones. In this book, the houses of Westros gears up for war as the king in the North attempts to win independence from King Joffrey. Meanwhile, Stannis Bartetheon asserts his rule from the island fortress of Dragonstone and tries to wrench the loyalty of the lords of storm's end from his brother Renly. Across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen guides her people and her dragons with hopes of reclaiming her families throne.

This is an incredible book because it is full to the brim with vivid descriptions of battles, events, and plots from the point of view of the characters across the world. It is full of plot twists and realistic characters that have their own histories and secrets.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy or war stories. Or if you want something that will keep you up all night turning the pages, then look no further.

Liam, 15

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Unspoken 

by Sarah Rees Brennam
04/01/2013 Categories: magic paranormal suspense

UnspokenKami has fallen in love with her imaginary friend, a boy who has talked in her head ever since she can remember. Then suddenly, a boy with the same name and personality appears before her. At the same time, brutal animal killings are beginning to surface in her small town, and it's up to Kami and her cohorts to straighten things out.

I liked it! It's like a modern Gothic novel that was both excruciatingly good and sort of disappointing (but I can't tell you why). The characters were well-developed and the surprisingly dark, fantastical story behind the town (Sorry-in-the-Vale) was rather intriguing. I await the sequel with bated breath!

Girls will probably prefer this more due to the romance involved, but due to the surprising twists and turns as well as the darkish flavor of the story, guys may enjoy this book as well. If you get spooked easily, you might want to read this one in the daytime.

Erica, 17

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The Old Man and the Sea 

by Ernest Hemingway
04/01/2013 Categories: action classic suspense

The Old Man and the Sea details an elderly Cuban fisherman's adventure at sea. Almost out of luck, he encounters a marlin of gargantuan proportions and engages a fierce battle with it.

I thought this book was solid, but not the best. It has a simple premise, but this works well with its deep, thoughtful ideas. Its writing is simple, but the words flow very naturally and professionally. It does feel unexciting and drawn-out at times, but mostly it depends on the reader.

I'd recommend The Old Man and the Sea to anyone who wants to read a good classic. It's a short read compared to most books, but it makes quite an impact.

Jakob, 15

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Diary of a Young Girl 

by Anne Frank
04/01/2013 Categories: history holocaust true stories war

Anne Frank is a thirteen year old Jewish girl who hides in an attic called "the Secret Annexe" for two years with multiple other families. She writes about all of her experiences in a journal, which is this book. Anne details her relationships, conflicts, and thoughts about her, the people she's with, and the troubles of 1942.

This book is an amazing look into life during the Holocaust. Anne has a very wide vocabulary for her age, and has very deep opinions about the world around her. Her interesting personality makes it very entertaining to read, and it is very easy to relate to her (more so if the reader is female).

If you'd like a book detailing what life was like during the Holocaust, The Diary of a Young Girl is definitely a story you should consider reading. I recommend it. It's simple to read, but lasts long enough to produce an evident impact.

Jakob, 15

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The Secret Prophecy 

by Herbie Brennan
04/01/2013 Categories: action detective stories murder spies

Secret ProphecyImagine if your dad died and some really strange people showed up at his funeral with guns hidden in their jackets. That's what happened to Edward Michael Goverton. Call him Em. When Em stumbles on a Nostradamus "secret prophecy" he is in for the adventure of a lifetime. Aided by a Secret Service (Section 7) agent named Victor and a good friend, Em discovers what kind of mess he is really in and along the way, finds out the truth about his dad.

 I loved this book because of all the action. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes action and spy stuff.

Hieu, 13

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Wild Things 

by Clay Carmichael
04/01/2013 Categories: action animals friendship survival stories

Wild ThingsImagine that your mom was mental and left you to your own devices to survive. Then she died. That's what happened to Zoe, a nearly 12 year old girl. Taken in by her uncle Henry, a blacksmith, she quickly warms up to him and befriends a wild cat and her wild half-brother along the way.

This book was really awesome! It was also nominated for an award!

Yes, I liked this book because Zoe showed a lot of maturity and trust. This is definitely a story for all to read.

5 stars

Hieu, 13

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Storm of Swords 

by George R.R. Martin
04/01/2013 Categories: battles fantasy knights older teens

Storm of SwordsIn the third installment of the Game of Thrones series, Storm of Swords heats up the tension between the warring kingdoms of Westros. As King Joffery tries to maintain his hold on the iron throne, an army of Wildlings masses in the north beyond the wall. As the Nights Watch pleads for assistance, the war only heats up as lords become more anxious about the war and how it might end.

I loved this book because it was action packed and kept me guessing until the very last page!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy or historical fiction and does not want to be spared the gory details.

Liam, 15

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