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APRIL 22, 2014
"The Book Thief " by Markus Zusak

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Thief   by  Markus Zusak

"Here's an interesting fact: You are going to die."
It's when Death is collecting her brother, he sees the Book Thief for the first time. Being busy (as you can imagine), he would've normally just dismissed the girl and moved onto his work. But Liesel Meminger does something that demands his attention. At least for a moment. She steals a book, even though she is unable to read or write.
Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief spins a story that made me cry on a populated bus. If you haven't read it, it's time to hit the library. If you have, it's time to pick it up and read it again!

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy

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APRIL 9, 2014
"Torn" by David Massey

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Torn  by  David Massey

Elinor, a British medic, is overwhelmed by her first week in Afghanistan. She's already seen too many deaths to last a lifetime, but she must stay and find out why American SEALS have joined their mission, why a mysterious girl always appears before death occurs, and why she can't seem to calm her racing heart whenever she sees Lieutenant Jackson.
A great book that I couldn't put down!

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"Torn" by David Massey

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Categories: TeenZoneCharacter DrivenRealistic Fiction

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Stolen" by Lucy Christopher

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Stolen  by  Lucy Christopher

Gemma, a teenage girl living in London, is abducted in an airport in Thailand. Her kidnapper takes her to the middle of a desert in Australia, where she begins to have feelings for him.
An interesting idea for a book, but it didn't keep my interest.

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Categories: TeenZoneSuspenseful Reads

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel" by Original Story By Eoin Colfer

Rating: Just Okay (3)

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel  by  Original Story By Eoin Colfer

While the story is intriguing and well-written, for some the art can be rather painful to look at. Even though the original book is superior, however, the graphic novel version deserves a look.
Artemis Fowl is a child prodigy and a criminal mastermind. He also happens to have a dysfunctional family, a need for funds, and a firm belief in fairies. As it turns out, fairies are real and very technologically advanced. To acquire gold, Artemis kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the fairy police and holds her ransom. Yet, the fairies won't go down without a fight. Artemis knows this and is sure to stay one step ahead of his adversaries.
What will happen? And how different is the GN from the book anyway? And what happened to Mr. Butler's neck? The thought process of whomever designed these characters eludes me.
I recommend fans of the series take a peek at the adaptation, and non-fans to read the original first.

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Categories: TeenZoneSuspenseful Reads

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MARCH 31, 2014
"The House Of Hades" by Rick Riordan

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The House Of Hades  by  Rick Riordan

The penultimate book of the Heroes of Olympus series delivers readers an exciting story that combines Greek and Roman mythology into a modern lifestyle. Now our seven heroes are hard pressed to make it the the Doors of Death, to stop the constant reincarnation of monsters. However, to do so one group must travel through the Ancient Lands, dangerous and forbidden to demigods. The other two demigods have to travel through Tartarus, the place no demigod has ever explored and survived.
Their missions require wit, skill, courage, and trust. If the groups fall apart or fail, then the world is doomed.
Action, suspense, humor, and adventure are plentiful in Riordan's tale of modern heroes.

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Categories: TeenZonemythology Fantasy

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MARCH 31, 2014
"Scorpia Rising" by Anthony Horowitz

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Scorpia Rising  by  Anthony Horowitz

The final book in the Alex Rider series is an exciting conclusion to the story of a teen spy.
Alex Rider was recruited for his first mission years ago, and now the higher-ups of M16, the British Intelligence Service, are (almost) unwilling to use him again. But Scorpia, a nearly defeated terrorist organization wants revenge for the shame forced upon them by our protagonist. Now, in an elaborate plan to return something back to its original country and put an end to British power, Scorpia creates a scenario where the only agent M16 can use in a certain mission is Alex Rider.
And so, Alex is again thrust into a world of spies, treachery, and danger.

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Categories: Teen Zone Suspenseful Reads

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MARCH 12, 2014
"Eleanor And Park" by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Eleanor And Park  by  Rainbow Rowell

Park sits on the bus, trying to stay out of the way of the school bullies, when a new girl steps on the bus, looking for a place to sit. He grudgingly shares his seat, wondering why he let the weird girl sit down.
Eleanor has just been allowed back into her alcoholic stepdad's house after being kicked out for a year. She dreads going to school and all the bullying that comes with. By then she meets Park, who begins to see her for her intelligence and humor, not for her Goodwill clothes.
Will Park ever give Eleanor the chance she deserves? Will Eleanor ever escape her rough home life?

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Categories: TeenZoneAward winners Realistic Fiction

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MARCH 12, 2014
"Paper Towns" by John Green

Rating: Good (4)

Paper Towns  by  John Green

Q has been fascinated by Margo and her mysterious ways ever since they were young. Years later, Margo surprisingly invites Q on a middle-of-the-night adventure that will change his life forever. But when Q arrives at school the next day and finds out that Margo has run away, he believes it's his job to find her.

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Goddess Test  by  Aimee Carter

Kate just moved to a new town, and her mother is dying. Worse than that, she has to go to a new school. After Ava, a girl she met at school, plays a trick on her, Ava cracks her head. Kate faces her biggest fears to save Ava, but it is to late. Then a stranger comes and makes a promise, but now Kate doesn't want to keep it.

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"The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy mythology

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Warriors: Thunder Rising" by Erin Hunter

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Warriors: Thunder Rising  by  Erin Hunter

Young Thunder was raised by his uncle, Gray Wing, after being rejected by his father. He has dreams of his father coming back and claiming him. When Thunder acts extraordinarily in a natural disaster, his father wants him back. But as Thunder realizes how evil his father's clan is, he questions if he made the right choice.

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy animals

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Looking For Alaska" by John Green

Rating: Good (4)

Looking For Alaska  by  John Green

Miles ("Pudge") transfers schools in hopes of finding the "Great Perhaps." He soon meets the Colonel and Alaska, who give him the adventure he craves. When Alaska is found dead one day, Colonel and Pudge pledge to find out what happened. Will the boys figure out the mystery of Alaska's death? If so, will they be able to handle the truth?

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"Looking For Alaska" by John Green

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Categories: Teen Zone Realistic Fiction Character Driven

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Warriors: The Sun Trail" by Erin Hunter

Rating: Good (4)

Warriors: The Sun Trail  by  Erin Hunter

The time of the clans begins. The mountain cats may have to leave their beloved home behind, all because of starvation. Even elders are found fighting with kits for a small bone, and rivalries break up between families. Will the tribe have to seperate, or will they just die out?

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Categories: TeenZoneFantasy animals

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014
"Lily B. On The Brink Of Cool" by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Rating: Good (4)

Lily B. On The Brink Of Cool  by  Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Lily B. is a boring girl, with a boring life, and boring parents. Her best friend is at a summer camp, and she is utterly bored. But when she goes to her (boring) aunt.'s wedding, she finally meets someone interesting. Then the "cool" people do something unforgivable, and Lily believes her life will never be the same.


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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Book Thief  by  Markus Zusak

Narrated by Death himself, this book tells a heart-wrenching story of a girl in Germany during World War II. She learns what it means to keep a secret from Hitler and his followers during the Holocaust, and she realizes that love is the greatest gift, and hardship, of all. One of my favorite books; it literally had me it tears!

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Categories: TeenZoneBooks to MoviesAward winners

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014
"Summer And The City" by Candace Bushnell

Rating: Good (4)

Summer And The City  by  Candace Bushnell

In this second book of The Carrie Diaries series, Carrie arrives in New York City for her writing program. Things don't go as planned, however, because Carrie get robbed on her first day, forcing her to call a stranger for help. As the story unfolds, more and more unfortunate events happen to Carrie, causing her to become stressed and self-absorbed. Throughout the book, Carrie learns more about boys, writing, and overcoming loss in every shape and form.

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"Summer And The City" by Candace Bushnell

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014
"The Carrie Diaries" by Candace Bushnell

Rating: Good (4)

The Carrie Diaries  by  Candace Bushnell

Carrie Bradshaw, a senior in high school, vows to stand out and make things happen for her last year at home. However, her emotion-driven self often makes quick decisions that lead to negative consequences. This story entertained me because of Carrie's witty, selfish personality that every teenage girl can relate to!

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"The Carrie Diaries" by Candace Bushnell

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Categories: TeenZoneRealistic Fiction Character Driven

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FEBRUARY 1, 2014
"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Allegiant  by  Veronica Roth

This is the shocking conclusion to the Divergent series! As Evelyn tries to develop the new factionless system of government, a new rebel group named Allegiant forms in hopes of bringing back the factions and discovering what's outside the city. Tris and Four are two of a group chosen to find out what, if anything, is outside the city. What will they find? How will they react to the sites they discover?

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"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

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Categories: TeenZoneDystopian NovelsSci-Fi

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JANUARY 16, 2014
"Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Grimm's Fairy Tales  by  Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

If you think you know fairy tales, think again! The original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm will shock you with how different they are from what you've seen in the movies. You occasional catch a happily ever after, but more often than not you just get a hard to swallow lesson about how to be a better person. This book is wonderful; containing some old favorites but also some lesser known stories that are just as wonderful. So, if you're looking for an easy and interesting read, this book is for you!

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"Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm

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Categories: TeenZoneFairytale Classics

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JANUARY 16, 2014
"Tangerine" by Edward Bloor

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Tangerine  by  Edward Bloor

Paul Fisher seems like just your average teenage boy, and he is except for his mysterious eye injury. After damaging his eyes as a child, Paul is partially blind. His parents say that he stared into the sun as a child, but after moving to a strange town in Florida, Paul begins to doubt this story and is forced to confront his past and memories that he would rather forget. Despite his injuries Paul manages to excel at soccer though he is constantly overshadowed by his football playing brother. Will Paul find his way and discover the truth in his new hometown?

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"Tangerine" by Edward Bloor

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Categories: TeenZoneMystery Suspenseful Reads

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JANUARY 15, 2014
"Alliance" by Mark Frost

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Alliance  by  Mark Frost

The second book in the Paladin Prophecy series. It starts off months after the first book. Each one of the team, except Brooke, is working on strengthening their powers. At the end of the school year, Will finds a clue about the past and future. In the end, he is forced to make one of the most important decisions of his life. What side will he choose?

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"Alliance" by Mark Frost

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Categories: TeenZoneAction & Adventure

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JANUARY 14, 2014
"Where Were You When?" by Ian Harrison

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Where you when the tsunami of 2004 happened or when WWII began and ended? Or when hijacked jets crashed in the world trade center? From the coronation of the queen to the quake in Haiti this book covers it all, giving you view of what happened and timeline during the events and other events just like it.

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"Where Were You When?" by Ian Harrison

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Categories: TeenZoneNon Fiction

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