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SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
"It's Kind Of A Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini

Rating: Good (4)

It's Kind Of A Funny Atory  by  Nedd Vizzini

Craig Gilner,a 15 year old teenage boy,experiences extreme depression. He has trouble with his schoolwork and coping with life and what's to come. One night he checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, during his time there he learns many new things about himself and how he perceives life. This book is excellent for young adults/teenagers looking for a suspenseful ,yet down to earth, quirky read.

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Categories: Books to MoviesCharacter DrivenFunny Reads

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
"Game Changer"

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Game Changer  by  Margaret Peterson Haddix

KT's Softball career is really getting going and she's only in eighth grade. At the game that could make or break her career, something terrible happens and she and her brother Max are zapped into an alternate world with school and sports switched. In this world they find another kid from school, Evangeline, who is struggling with having no friends, and after she sends an email to the teachers at school she is even more rejected. This book is an thrilling tale about being accepted for who you are, and learning how to deal with not be able to do what you love. I really enjoyed it.

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"Game Changer" by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Categories: Fantasy Suspenseful ReadsTeenZone

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
"Nevermore" by James Patterson

Rating: Good (4)

Nevermore  by  James Patterson

Nevermore was an exciting end to the popular Maximum Ride series, with an ending no one expected.
Max and the Flock are trying to live normally. Go to a school, go home, try not to mess up too badly, etc. But with the apocalypse, crazy scientists, and a lost flock member, things are not going to stay normal for long.
With humor, action, adventure, and a love triangle as complicated as the Hunger Games one, Nevermore is an exciting read. Iy recommend it!

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"Nevermore" by James Patterson

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Categories: Sci-FiAction & AdventureSuspenseful Reads

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
"Impulse" by Ellen Hopkins

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Impulse  by  Ellen Hopkins

Tony had a painful childhood that led him to the streets and pills. Vanessa has a secret that nobody knows. She cuts to stop the pain. Connor may seem to have a perfect life, but all the pressure plus his own secret leads him to pull the trigger. "Impulse" by Ellen Hopkins is an amazing book that deals with such difficult issues. Tony, Vanessa, and Connor meet in the Aspen Springs Psychological Hospital. Their journey there, sometimes together and sometimes painfully alone, is not one you will soon forget. They must learn to live after all they've gone through.
This is a great book that I would definitely reccomend. However it does deal with some really tough issues, so it isn't for anyone too young.

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Categories: Suspenseful ReadsAward winners Character Driven

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Hobbit  by  J.R.R. Tolkien

Before you see the movie, read the book!
Bilbo Baggins is an ordinary hobbit. But his comfy life changes forever when dwarves start lining up at his door! As it turns out, Gandalf, the legendary wizard has chosen him for a quest. They are going to the dragon Smaug's lair to steal back treasure taken from them. Bilbo at first is uneasy at the prospect, but a part of him longs for adventure. On the way, the group faces goblins, wolves, tough terrain, elves, and Bilbo finds the ring that started it all.
This fantasy book is an exciting prequel to The Lord of the Rings series, and any fan of the movies should check this book out.

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Categories: Fantasy Award winners Books to Movies

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
"Bitterblue" by Kristin Cashore

Rating: Good (4)

Bitterblue  by  Kristin Cashore

The third book of the Graceling trilogy follows the story of Queen Bitterblue, now age 18. Bitterblue feels like her advisors at the castle are overprotecting her, so she decides to sneak out of the castle and into her city, not just for adventure but also to learn more about her people and their needs. There, she stumbles upon a graceling (a person with a special talent) named Sapphire, nicknamed Saf. At first, they share an obvious distrust for one another, but eventually they grow closer. But Bitterblue hates every lie she has to tell him about her identity.
Back at the castle, Bitterblue is trying to make up for the crimes her father, Leck (a grace long who told lies people believed) committed. But with her advisors hiding information from her, and startling news from the city, the task seems impossible.
Along with that, Bitterblue must deal with the secrets kept from her, the secrets the castle itself keeps, young love, her growing loneliness, and come to terms with her mother's death-- and her father. I recommend this book o fantasy fans. It can seem sow at times, but it is worth the read.

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Categories: Fantasy Suspenseful ReadsAward winners

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
"The Crossroads" by Chris Grabenstein

Rating: Good (4)

The Crossroads  by  Chris Grabenstein

"Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?" This is the question that starts the chilling story of "The Crossroads." Zach Jennings and his family move to Connecticut. There some mysterious things start happening. They discover that the crossroads that their house s on is haunted by an evil ghost. Will they be able to defeat him?
This book was pretty good. The only problem I had with it was that it was a little too young for me. However, in middle school I probably would have loved this book.

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Categories: Mystery Suspenseful ReadsHorror

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
"The Life Of Glass" by Jillian Cantor

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Life Of Glass  by  Jillian Cantor

Melissa is a high school girl with ups and downs in her life. Her father has lung cancer and eventually dies. Ashley, her sister, barely acknowledges her at school. Also, after the passing of her father, her mother started to see someone else. At the same time, her best friend, Ryan, begins to fall in love with Courtney, the new girl at school. How will all these things come together in the end.

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Category: Realistic Fiction

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
"The Book Of Awesome" by Neil Pasricha

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Of Awesome  by  Neil Pasricha

This book talks about the AWESOME things in life; Laughing so hard no noise comes out, The person next to you in the movie theater falls a sleep and you get the popcorn all to your self, When all the socks from the dryer match up perfectly, and of course the days when you can sit back, relax, and do nothing. And how about 995 More!!!!!

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Category: Non Fiction

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
"Oh, Yuck" by Joy Masoff

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Oh, Yuck  by  Joy Masoff

What really surprised me about this book first was that this thing was written by a female. But, I guess she really likes to get down and dirty and it is dirty. This book talks about Lice, Eye Gunk, Maggots, and........ more. You may think that wouldn't give this book a good review based on what I said in the beginning, but I give this book a 5 because it does a very good job on why this stuff happens and how.

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Category: Non Fiction

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
"Modern History In Pictures" by Smithsonian

Rating: Good (4)

Modern History In Pictures  by  Smithsonian

From World War 2 and horrors of the Holocaust, to the San Fransisco earthquake and the moon landing. This book has it all. (Or at least almost all, still missing major events) but still a very good read when it is all said and done. I give this book a four because again still misses some key events in world and the timelines are hard to figure out. You'll have to look at it for a minute to figure out when each part of the event took place. Still, over all I would recommend it since it still gives an accurate time of parts and events.

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Category: Non Fiction

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