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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: fairy tale retelling romance sci fi

Cinder coverIn New Beijing, cyborgs and humans live together, not peacefully, but still together. Cinder, a cyborg, is one of New Beijing's finest mechanics. However when her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai, her world turns upside-down. She must let Prince Kai think of her as a human or she will be punished. She is also the only person immune to the deadly disease that is spreading fast. Soon, New Beijing will count on her to save them from all dying out.

Cinder is similar to Cinderella, but with a new age twist. I like the similarity between both stories, but I also like the huge difference in them. I would recommend Cinder to anyone who needs a refreshing new story of one of the oldest tales in history.

Aleck, 14

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Queen of Hearts 

by Martha Brooks
04/26/2012 Categories: holocaust romance

Queen of Hearts coverSet during World War II, Marie-Claire is horrified to discover that she--and her two siblings--have caught the worst disease of them all: tuberculosis. As she struggles through her ups and downs, she meets a boy who shows her that there is hope.

Here starts your atypical tale of boy meets girl. It was interesting to see a love story enfold in, of all places, a sanatorium between two patients--for this originality, I gave the book three stars but was unable to wholly enjoy it because the main character (Marie-Claire) was, put simply, annoying. Although this just makes her more "normal", many of her actions throughout the book irritated me to no end.

If you like some history or unconventional (and subtle) romance, this book is for you. Anyone above 8th grade should find this an enjoyable read.

Erica, 16

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New Moon 

by Stephenie Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: high school drama romance vampires werewolves

New Moon coverBella Swan is living the dream with her boyfriend Edward Cullen and his whole family, when suddenly he leaves saying that he cannot be with her. Months later, awaking from her trance, Bella starts to come alive again with her best friend, Jacob Black. He starts to help her by piecing together her broken heart. She soon learns of his heritage and finds that there is more than one mystical creature in the universe.

New Moon is very heart breaking, however, I liked it. I liked how Bella's best friend was always there for her. You can always count on your best friend to be there for you.

If you can handle sad beginnings and happy endings, you would love New Moon. However, be warned that this book is an emotional rollercoaster.

Aleck, 14

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Night 

by Elie Wiesel
04/26/2012 Categories: holocaust survival stories

Night coverFollow Eliezer as he takes you on his frighteningly vivid journey as a victim of the Holocaust, through the thick and thin of one of the most notorious concentration camps, Auschwitz.

As it documents Elie's story (though some parts are inaccurate to his personal experience for several reasons), Night is obviously a sad book with a bittersweet ending. However, the story itself was portrayed so vividly and wonderfully that I can't help but give it full marks.

Anyone who has a taste for history and doesn't mind a sorrowful book will enjoy this, though high schoolers will get the most out of this text. Be warned that some of the horrible things that happened during the Holocaust will be described to a degree.

Erica, 16

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding

A band of boys get stranded on an island, away from society and everything they've ever believed in. As they stray further and further away from humanity's notion of "justice" and "law", what will save the boys in the end? If they ever get rescued, that is.

Lord of the Flies is a classic book that's pretty unconventional. It is chock-full of meaning and depth and because of that, I give it four stars. It lacks one star because I was pretty upset with the ending, but I believe that the ending makes the book THE BOOK.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to challenge themselves. Most kids read this as a required book in high school, which is where I suggest you start, but if you're younger and like to really read in between the lines, go for it! Be careful though, some aspects of the book are gory and the entire story is dark as a whole.

Erica, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
04/26/2012 Categories: dystopia identity romance suspense

Divergent coverIn a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Each year, every 16 year old must choose a faction to devote the rest of their lives to. For Beatrice Prior, her decision is between family and herself. She makes the choice to leave her family in Abnegation and be who she was really meant to be- Dauntless. First, she must compete with other initiates to stay in Dauntless and not become factionless. She endures many trials and finds out more about herself than she could have ever imagined. But, she must keep this information to herself... or she could be killed.

Divergent is the most amazing book that I have ever read. I like the moral lesson, to become what YOU want to become rather than follow the path everyone else wants you to choose.

If you can relate to having other people make choices for you, this book is meant for you. "One choice can transform you."-Veroncia Roth

Aleck, 14

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Switched 

by Amanda Hocking
04/26/2012 Categories: fantasy romance

Switched coverAt the age of six, her mother convinced herself that Wendy Everly was evil and tried to kill her. Now, Wendy is in high school, and she can't seem to fit in. She soon discovers that maybe her mother was right. She is not the person that she believed she was, and it all starts with one boy... Finn Holmes. He soon reveals the truth to her- she is a changeling and was switched at birth. He has also come to take her home. Wendy is then led into a world she never thought could have existed.

Switched was a well-written story and had many surprises every time I came to a new chapter. If you feel that you can never really find your place in the world, you can relate to Switched and find yourself in love with this story more and more as you read.

Aleck, 14

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Eon 

by Alison Goodman
04/26/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy inspirational

Eon coverThis book was about a girl in China who pretended to be a boy. All she wanted was to be chosen by one of the mighty dragons. She risks her and her master's lives just to get away from living like a peasant.

All in all, Eon was an amazing book. It makes you think of how anyone can become something truly great. Whether a girl or boy, you can do anything if you just set your heart on it.

If you love great fiction stories or magical dragons, you would love Eon by Alison Goodman. She makes the words come off the page and into your minds to really connect with the book.

Aleck, 14

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Can You Keep a Secret? 

by Sophie Kinsella
04/09/2012

coverOne plane ride has thrown Emma Corigain's life into complete chaos. Her fear of flying makes a stream of secrets slip out, from her annoying co-worker to her boyfriend's idiosyncrasies, to the stranger next to her. When that stranger shows up at her work, Emma Corigain's secret-spilling just might destroy her career.

I personally enjoyed the book and laughed non-stop although the book can be complicated to understand with the British terms such as the word faff. I would say mainly girls would like this book for all ages, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of ten.

Emily, 14

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The Dark Portal 

by Robin Jarvis
04/09/2012 Categories: adventure

Dark Portal coverThe Dark Portal is the first book in The Deptford Mice trilogy. In this book all mice have human-like qualities. Naturally, their mortal enemy are the vicious sewer rats. When a group of small mice get stuck in the sewers and the evil Rat God is after them, things get interesting. 

I really enjoyed reading this book! It starts out a bit slow but once you get into it, its amazing. Things you didn't expect to happen, happen. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a good book about the lives of creatures instead of humans. It really brings out your imagination.

Sydney, 15

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie suspense

Hunger Games coverTalented and resourceful Katniss Everdeen is the breadwinner of the family--except there hasn't been much bread to go around for her impoverished family. Set in a dystopian society far into the future, The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she is forced to venture into a deadly, gladiator-like battle, solely for the elite's entertainment.

The Hunger Games was one of those books that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I felt like it was very depressing, so I couldn't make it on to the next book. Although I can't deny that the plot, characters, and setting were both enthralling and imaginative, I just couldn't find the motivation to pull myself through another bittersweet book.

Honestly, I think that everyone should at least give this book a try, but 7th graders and up would understand it better than younger kids. Also, this book is not for the squeamish! If you're afraid of some gory (but not too elaborate) details, feel free to revisit this book when you're a little older.

Erica, 16

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Identical 

by Ellen Hopkins

Identical coverIf you've ever read any of Ellen Hopkins books, this one has just as much impact, if not more. Identical follows the life of two twin girls. One suffers from bulimia and the memories of a horrible past, and the other struggles with drug abuse and neglect from her father. The book tells the story from the point of view of both twins.

This is probably one of the best books I've ever read! It was amazing! I never wanted to put it down and the ending really shocked me. It had me on edge the whole time. I loved how the point of view switched from sister to sister so you really got to know each of them. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books about the emotional roller coaster we call life. Identical really has a way of hitting home.

Sydney, 15

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
04/05/2012 Categories: dystopia suspense

Divergent coverDivergent is set in a post apocalyptic future. Everyone is split up into 5 groups called factions. At 16, you have to choose which faction to initiate into. Finding out she's divergent, which means she's meant for all the factions and can't be affected by any mind control devices, Beatrice leaves her faction and when one faction tries to take over, it's her job to save the world.

Divergent is one of the best books I've read. It makes you think about your own feelings toward life but still makes you want to read about Beatrice's.

People who really enjoy reading books like The Hunger Games or the Uglies series would really love this book.

Sydney, 15

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Shugo Chara 

by Peach Pit
04/02/2012 Categories: manga

Image result for shugo chara bookA young girl has many insecurities that she hides behind her cool and popular exterior. She soon sets out on a quest to show people who she really is. 

Shugo Chara is a great book for children who have insecurities because the characters deal with many types of problems that kids have today. 

The book is very relatable because Amu Hinamori is a very shy girl who wants to be more outgoing. I recommend it for people who are dealing with personal issues.

Brittany, 16

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Name of the Star 

by Maureen Johnson
03/27/2012 Categories: boarding school murder paranormal

Name of the Star coverRory Deveaux, a Louisiana senior in high school, arrives at her new London boarding school to a chilling series of events: someone has been imitating Jack the Ripper, a historical villain who was famous for his gruesome murders of young women. The police have gotten nowhere; security camera footage shows only the victim...or so they think. Separated from everything she knows as home, Rory sees what no one else sees--the invisible criminal, and the secret side of London.

I really liked this book! It was a little scary because of the murders and the general spookiness (this is a supernatural, slightly gory book) but the plot caught me immediately. I wasn't able to put this book down!

Both guys and girls can read this, though I think that girls who like darker books would enjoy this the most.

Erica, 16

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