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impossible knife of memory
 

Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Hayley and her dad have spent the past few years on the road, running from her dad's memories of the war. But when they settle down in Belmont, Hayley learns to live again and accept the past.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

Twisted
Title: Twisted
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Book Category/Genre: Mystery
Summary: Twisted is the story about a high school senior named Tyler Miller. Tyler is going through typical teenage issues such as school, parents, grades, friends and girls. Tyler wanted to be known as a hero in his school, and he was but for all the wrong reasons. Tyler spray painted crude remarks about his principal on the walls of his school, which got him arrested, and he had to do six months of mandatory community service. Overall, Twisted is a great book and a must read for all high school age teenagers.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: A. D., student
go ask aliceTitle: Go Ask Alice
Author: Anonymous
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Go Ask Alice is a great book for teenagers. It provides a lifelike story of a teenage girl who struggles with drugs and fitting in with friends. In some way, almost every teenager can relate to this book.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: A. B., student
Rich Girls
Title:  Rich Girls : Confessions of a Teen Nanny
Author:  Victoria Ashton
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Humor, Relationships, Romance
Summary:  The story takes place in New York City, where Adrianne Lewis is a nanny for the Warner family, a rich family that is well known.  Adrianne is responsible to watch their 8 year old daughter, Emma; and also has problems with Emma's older sister, Cameron, who is the same age as Adrianne.  Adrianne"s best friend, Liz Parker is getting into a relationship with Parker Devlin, who is a rich and handsome friend of Cameron.  Conflicts tend to occur when Cameron tries to sweep Adrianne's own boyfriend off his feet while buying him over.  This story deals with the relationship problems with both the boys of the city and the friends.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  D. K., student
Crispin
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author: Avi
Book Category/Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: A thirteen-year-old boy is accused of a crime he didn't commit and is being pursued across medieval England. All he has to guide him is his dead mother"s lead cross and his heart.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read
Reviewer: P. B., student
forever Title:  Forever...
Author:  Judy Blume
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Romance
Summary:  The book Forever... is a novel of love and the first time. Two teenagers, Katherine and Michael, meet at a New Year's party and fall in love instanly. They live in different towns and meet each other every weekend. Their relationship grows, and they are faced with decisions about how far they should go.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  S. F., student
Life As It Comes

Title:  Life As It Comes

Author:  Anne-Laure Bondoux

Book Category/Genre:  Fiction

Summary:  This book shows the true sisterhood of two sisters, Mado and Patty, who are totally different. When a huge challenge is thrown their way, they have no choice to work together to solve it especially since they lost their parents.  While on vacation they have little challenges thrown at them.  Their biggest challenge arrives and help is not available when it is needed the most, and this is when their ability to work together is put to the test.

Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer:  L. C., student

Forever in Blue
Title: Forever in Blue:The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: The book describes the good and bad parts of the lives of 4 friends: Carmen, Briget, Lena,and Tibby. We follow the girls and their travels and triumphs over their first summer of college.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: S. M., student
A Great and Terrible BeautyTitle:  A Great And Terrible Beauty
Author:  Libba Bray
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure, Relationships, Mystery
Summary:  Gemma Doyle just suffered a tragedy, and now she is sent to a far away school where she encounters a plethora of problems. She meets new friends, and they form a powerful group called The Order. The more you read this book the more you will find it interesting.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  A. P., student
Rebel AngelsTitle:  Rebel Angels
Author:  Libba Bray
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure, Relationships, Mystery
Summary:  This is the sequel to the book A Great And Terrible Beauty. In this book Gemma is faced with many confusing decisions, and she encounters terrible beasts as she continues in her search for Circe. The more that she looks, the deeper she gets in finding what she is looking for. A spectacular book that will take your breath away when you find out what happens.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  A. P., student
The Sweet Far ThingTitle:  The Sweet Far Thing
Author:  Libba Bray
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure, Relationships, Romance, Mystery
Summary:  Gemma is back in Spence Academy, and she realizes that her nemesis has not died.  She must go back into the realms to defeat Circe, and a new mystery awaits her. She is torn between her loyalty to her friends and her new love Kartick. This is a thrilling tale about more mysteries and friendship. You will want to read it.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  A. P., student
Lucky TTitle: Lucky T
Author: Kate Brian
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Relationships
Summary: Carrie Fitzgerald is the luckiest girl in her school. Carrie is a sophomore and is on varsity basketball team, and Carrie has the cutest boyfriend in school. Carrie has this lucky T-shirt that gives her a lot of good luck, but the luck starts to run outwhen her mom gave it to India to help the poor. Carrie, being a teenager, she goes to India because she is determined to get her luck back. Read the book to find out what happens in India and about Carrie's journey.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: G. P., student
CandyTitle:  Candy
Author:  Kevin Brooks
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships
Summary:  A teenage boy named Joe falls in love with a girl named Candy. He later finds out the she is a drug addict prostitute, with a controlling pimp. They go through really hard times together.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  M. B., student
The Nature of Jade

Title: The Nature of Jade
Author: Deb Caletti
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: The Nature of Jade is a story about a teenage girl, Jade, who deals with anxiety. During her senior year in high school, Jade begins to volunteer at a local zoo to help take care of the elephants. During that time, she takes interest in a young man visiting the zoo often with a toddler. Upon meeting this boy, Sebastian, they immediately feel a connection, and he lets Jade into his life. Jade learns that Sebastian is a single dad raising his son Bo with his grandmother. As the story progresses, Jade begins to feel what unconditional love truly means through Sebastian and his family, Jade's family, and her friends from school. The Nature of Jade is a great book for anyone who enjoys reading about the complicated accessories of love.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: M. R., student

sleepaway girlsTitle: Sleepaway Girls
Author: Jen Calonita
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: This novel follows Sam Montgomery, a sixteen year old girl, who applies as a counselor-in-training at the Whispering Pines camp.  Sam, having never been at summer camp before, finds out that isn't all about making s'mores or singing songs by the campfire.  Ashley, the alpha of Whispering Pines, has it out for Sam and tries to make Sam's life as miserable as she can.  Ashley hates how Sam has effortlessly "taken" her "spotlight", since Sam was in a popular commercial and has already managed to capture the attention of Hunter, the camp heartthrob. However, Sam (although she likes to help others and get involved) doesn't like being the center of attention; she never had the intention of being enemies with Ashley. 
Sam becomes fast friends with 3 other girls; together, they form the "Sleepaway Girls".  She also forms a friendship with easygoing Cole, who constantly teases her.
This unforgettable summer story includes a lot of action and excitement, from Color War to camp pranks to food fights!
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: P. J., student
goddess inheritance
 

Title: Goddess Inheritance
Author: Aimee Carter
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Kate Winters has won immortality. She passed the seven tests, survived a few assassination attempts, and has been accepted by the council consisting of the Greek Gods. Now a goddess herself, Kate is busy preparing for the coronation that will make her Queen of the Underworld and the wife of Hades, known these days as Henry. But as Kate finds herself loving Henry more and more, he seems to drift further and further away, and Kate worries that he will never get over the loss of his only previous wife. But then old enemies resurface and while war is brewing, Henry is kidnapped. The Gods are facing a whole new threat: one capable of killing them regardless of their immortality. And the only one who can give them any chance of winning is the one person Kate resents the most: Henry's late wife. Persephone.

Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

goddess test
 Title: The Goddess Test
Author: Aimee Carter
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Kate Winter's life officially sucks. It was bad enough that an aggressive cancer in her mother had taken away any normal life for the two of them, but now her mother wants to move from their New York home to Eden, Michigan so she can die in her hometown. Kate's not at all ready for any of this: not ready to move, to start in a new school, and definitely not ready to say goodbye to her mother, her best friend. Kate's willing to do anything to keep her mother from dying, even willing to trust the handsome stranger who claims to be able to keep her alive for as long as Kate needs. The only catch? Kate has to try to pass seven tests. And if she passes, he claims that she will become a goddess, the Queen of the Underworld, and his wife. But if she fails, she's just like the eleven girls who failed before her. Hint: they're dead now.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

Cheating LessonsTitle: Cheating Lessons
Author: Nan Willard Cappo
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Bernadette and her friend Nadine of Wickham are two of the best debaters in Michigan. In order to reach the NCS Bowl (the superbowl for debaters), Wickham has to beat their best competitors, Pinehurst. They have never defeated Pinehurst in anything. Wickham ends up winning, and Bernadette wants to find out how they did.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: B. G., student
perks Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: This book is about what it's like to grow up in high school. The subjects that they mention and explain are very similar to what high school students study today. We go through things like sex, drugs, and making new friends through Charlie's experiences. Charlie writes these letters where he describes his life and his experiences. We don't exactly know who he's writing to or where Charlie lives but I think that Charlie is easily relatable.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: N. C., student
catching fire

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins

Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Building on the suspense of the first book, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have just won the 74th annual Hunger Games. Never before have there been two victors, but Katniss Everdeen, a poor rebellious teen from District 12, changes all that. In an act that embarrasses the Capital, Katniss has done more than just save her friend, Peeta. In Catching  Fire, as Peeta and Katniss are getting ready for the annual Victory Tour, exactly six months between the last hunger games and the next one, whispers of another rebellion are spreading, and all because of Katniss. This year's Hunger Games is a Quarter Quell, a special anniversary of the games that occur every twenty-five years, but with an extra twist. Now that Katniss is a victor, she is also a mentor for the next tributes from District 12. How will she do? Will she be punished by the capital for embarrassing them in front of all Panem? Can the Districts unite, to defeat the capital, and can they survive if they do. What about District 13, what happened to it? What happens to Katniss and Peeta?  Learn the answers to all of these questions in the amazing, suspense builder Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  AND MAY THE ODDS FOREVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR!!!
Warning, be advised: Read book one, The Hunger Games, first.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: S. S., student

children of the riverTitle: Children of the River
Author: Linda Crew
Book Category/Genre: Historical Fiction
Summary: A teenage girl, Sundara, escapes with her aunt and uncle from Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge begin to attack.  In her new American school, she feels isolated and very different until she meets Jonathan.  She desperately wants to be with him but knows that it is extremely risky.  If her aunt ever found out she was talking to an American boy alone, she might throw Sundara out of the house.  All the while, Sundara is plagued by nightmares about her parents and siblings who were left behind in Cambodia.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: S. B., student
tempest rising
 

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Tempest Maguire doesn't have much from her mother. Oh, except, you know, this weird name and these mermaid genes. And try as she might, Tempest seriously can't give those back. Her mom might've disappeared into the ocean years ago, but that doesn't mean Tempest is unhappy living on the beach with her brothers and internationally-famous surfer for a father. But then weird things start to happen. First Tempest wipes out while surfing - which never happens. Then strange voices from the ocean call to her. And as if that weren't weird enough, she starts to gain even weirder body parts... fishy body parts. Like, what's a land girl gonna do with a set of gills? And unfortunately, it looks like all of the answers Tempest wants are lying in the very place that her mother disappeared into: the Ocean.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

flock  

Title: Flock

Author: Wendy Delsol
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Katla LeBlanc just can't catch a break. You'd think that finding out you have the ability to place baby souls with mothers and saving your boyfriend from helping the Snow Queen bring about the end of the world was bad enough. Apparently not. Because somewhere along the way, Kat got help from the Water Queen and one of her merman subjects (yeah, mermen. I know.) and unknowingly sold her newborn baby sister to the Water Queen. I don't know how she managed that, but she did. So now the merman, along with the shaman-in-training that Kat met in Iceland, are exchange students in Norse Falls and ready to flip Kat's world upside down.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  I. C., student
frost  

Title: Frost
Author: Wendy Delsol
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: So maybe dinky, brutally cold Minnesota isn't that bad after all. I mean, Kat's got a baby sister on the way, and her boyfriend is the modern embodiment of Jack Frost. Kat might even get that white Christmas she's always dreamed of. But when that white Christmas turns into a snowstorm for the record books, it attracts the attention of environmental scientist Brigid Fonnkona, and Katla is not at all happy with Brigid's arrival. First of all, Brigid is drop-dead runway gorgeous, good at what seems like everything, and - Kat's least favorite - seems to have taken a particular interest in Kat's boyfriend, Jack. Jack and Kat's relationship is strained to the max as Jack spends more and more time in the lab with Brigid and eventually joins her on an expedition to Greenland. But when Jack goes missing on the journey, Kat knows that she's the one who must save him.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

stork  

Title: Stork
Author: Wendy Delsol
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: It sucks to have to move. But what sucks even more is moving from sunny, perfect California to dinky, brutally cold Minnesota. Ask Katla LeBlanc; she knows from personal experience. And as if it weren't bad enough, this crazy old Icelandic lady is convinced that Katla is the newest addition to her weird "Stork Society" thing. And let's not forget that Kat's parents are going through a recent divorce, her mom's new boyfriend is a total snore, and it seems like being the new fashion columnist for the school newspaper is the only light at the end of the tunnel. Too bad Jack, the editor-in-chief who seems to have a stick up his butt the size of east Texas, is determined to make her role on the newspaper committee as difficult as possible.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

Born ConfusedTitle: Born Confused
Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: An Indian girl struggles to find herself looking to what race she is, Indian, American or both. She is too little Indian to her parents but too little American for her friends and has a best friend that is very manipulative. Read about a girl who struggles to find her place in reality. Really good and will have you pulled in for more reading.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: A. P., student
along for the ride

Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: The story begins with Auden West, an incredibly gifted recent high school graduate who decides to leave her overbearing, divorcée mother to live with her college professor father.  Her father, Robert, his new wife, Heidi, and their even newer baby Thisbe are living in Colby, North Carolina.  Denied many childhood rites of passage because of her parents then-impending divorce, insomniac Auden searches for the typical teenage life, while resurrecting feelings about her parents separation.  Along the way, Auden meets Eli Stock, a fellow insomniac. The two explore Colby's nightlife while overcoming traumatic events that happened in their pasts.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer: M. F., student
just listen
Title: Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Annabelle Greene's life is far from perfect, although she portrays it very well in her modeling shoots. Her friendship with Sophie ended very badly, and her older sister's eating disorder is greatly affecting her family. Isolated and embarrassed at school, Annabelle goes into silent acceptance. Then she meets Owen. With his guidance, he teaches Annabelle to listen to herself, and she gains the courage to speak the truth about her life.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: A. E., student

lock and key

 

Title: Lock and Key

Author: Sarah Dessen
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel, Relationships, Romance
Summary: This novel, by Sarah Dessen is great for teenage girls. The main characters are Ruby, Cora (Ruby's sister), Jamie (Cora's husband), and Nate (their neighbor). Ruby used to live with her mother and was constantly moving and struggling to made ends meet. Then one day, her mother left her. A few weeks pass, and Ruby is found out and forced to live with her sister, Cora, who had moved away to go to college awhile ago and is married now. There, she meets Nate. Right off the bat, he is friendly but she acts nasty towards him. Ruby usually fends for herself, and so at Cora's, where everything is handed to her like its nothing, Ruby is determined to make it on her own. Being reluctant is an understatement. Throughout this novel, Ruby learns about accepting help and helping others, and she also learns lessons about romance and love. I highly recommend this novel.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.

Reviewer: J. B., student

this lullabyTitle: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: Remy Starr has never believed in true love, considering her mother has been married five times.  She has been from one boyfriend to the next, but this time it was different.  She was looking for a summer boyfriend who she could dump as soon as she went to college, but with this boyfriend she broke many of the rules on her "list."  She broke the rule of dating a musician.  Remy's mother also disregarded this rule when she married Remy's father, who died before Remy was born.  Her father also wrote a song for Remy which is woven throughout the book.  The new summer boyfriend finds out that he will be dumped, and they eventually break up.  Through the help of many friends, Remy's mom, and discovering that her own brother found true love, Remy makes a decision that she has never made before.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: J. M., student
The Truth about Forever

Title:  The Truth about Forever

Author:  Sarah Dessen

Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships

Summary:  The Truth About Forever is a wonderful book about Macy, a young girl who suffers from the loss of her father. She spends her summer writing emails to her boyfriend Jason who is away at camp, working at the library, and studying for school. This all changes when she starts working at the catering company "Wish". Here she meets so many people, makes great friends, and falls head over heels for Wes. He helps her recognize the truth about life and about herself. This is a great book that you just can't put down.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer:  B. M., student

on the devils courtTitle: On the Devil's Court
Author: Carl Deuker
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Sports, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Joe Faust Jr. has always been an average student. His father, Joe Faust Sr., is a genius. Joe Jr. has always been unable to live up to his father's expectations, but there is one area where he totally beats his father. Joe is amazing at basketball. He has always been a star at it. However, lately, Joe has seen his basketball skills diminish. He does everything he can to make the basketball team. But how far will he go for one perfect season of basketball?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. C., student
queens soprano

Title: The Queen's Soprano
Author: Carol Dines
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Summary: Following a life laid out by her mother, Angelica Voglia yearns to sing in other places, not just at her window. She is said to have the voice of an angel and has fallen in love with a young French painter. All her mother wants, however, is money and prosperity for her family, using Angelica as a way to gain a noble title within the family. The Queen's Soprano (true to its name) is a very well-written story of a teenage girl in 17th century Italy. It takes place when the pope did not allow women to sing in public, and the only place in Italy that they could was Queen Christina's court. Filled with romance, family tension, and beautiful voices, Carol Dines' The Queen's Soprano is truly great.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: M. F., student

where the stars still shine
 Title: Where the Stars Still Shine
Author: Trish Doller
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Callie has no idea what a normal life means. She's never had a home and never gone to school when she is stolen from her large, loving family for 10 years by her mom. Callie barely remembers her father, so she believes everything when her mom told her that running away was necessary for their life to be protected from the dad. But, her mom is arrested one day for kidnapping her when all the lies were revealed and she is taken in by reclaimed by her dad who she has not seen for 12 years. Callie is overwhelmed by she had lost and gained, but can she completely forget and let go of the memories of the past to create a future or will she drown herself in despair and continue living the life she shared with her mom?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student

Before I DieTitle:  Before I Die
Author:  Jenny Downham
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Problem Novel, Relationships
Summary:  Tessa is a typical sixteen-year-old girl, going to school and hanging out with friends, but there's one thing that's different about her. She only has a few months to live.  Frantic to live life to the fullest, she makes a list of things that she wants to do. After a while, she realizes that the things that she really wanted weren't achievable and simple like the list that she had originally made.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  M. J., student
Crunch TimeTitle:  Crunch Time
Author:  Mariah Fredericks
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction
Summary:  Four students, Leo, Jane, Daisy. and Max have decided to leave their SAT prep class and form their own study group. After the SATs, the school has announced that someone has cheated. Is it Jane, the daughter of a famous movie star who has lots of money, Max, who is always being pressured by his dad to do well, Leo, who wants a 2400 and will do almost anything to get it, or Daisy, a student who does not care about school, has very little money and thinks that the SATs are a joke?
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  R. L., student
TroyTitle:  Troy
Author:  Adele Geras
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Historical Fiction, Relationships, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  Just when you think men can't get any shallower, you are faced with the War of Troy--a war started over the beauty of a single, unmarried, woman. And just when you think it can"t get any worse, this war is riddled with betrayal, mistaken loyalties, and love affairs all coinciding with the beauty of Helen of Troy.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  P. B., student
emerald green  

Title: Emerald Green
Author: Kerstin Gier
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy
Summary:This book is the conclusion to The Ruby Red Trilogy. In the trilogy, the protagonist, Gwen, finds out that she is a time traveler and is part of a mysterious and very old society. She must come to terms with her new abilities and discover more about the mysterious founder of the society.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

emerald green
 

Title: Emerald Green
Author: Kerstin Gier
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance is the third book from the continuation of Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue

Summary:Emerald Green. Gwendolyn Shepherd has a destiny she must fulfill, but nobody can tell her what she needs to do and how she must do it. From the second book, Gwen learns that she is the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve and the mystery is still unsolved. She begins to suspect the founder of the circle, but nobody is there to help her uncover it all. The man, Gideon she has fallen in love with suspects her to be betraying the circle, but Gwen has already felt that Gideon has been using her all the time they have been together. Can she finally uncover the secrets to the whole time-traveling craze to find out what her fate is and sort out her romance with Gideon or will she be ruined by her fate?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student
ruby red
 

Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Ruby Red is a novel written by Kerstin Gier. Sixteen year old Gwendolyn Shepherd experiences two jumps through time when it was supposed to be her cousin, Charlotte Montrose who is destined to inherit the family's "time travel gene" passed down through the females of their family. Gwendolyn is really unprepared for time travel, not to mention all the riddles and deep secrets that need to be solved. Can she do what it takes to uncover these mysteries?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student

sapphire blue
 

Title: Sapphire Blue
Author: Kerstin Gier
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Sapphire Blue is the second book to Ruby Red written by Kerstin Gier. Gwendolyn Shepherd has discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret-time traveling Circle of Twelve. While traveling through time, she's trying to uncover the mysteries that surround the Circle. On this trip, she meets Xemerius, a dead gargoyle, who stays as her companion since she is the only who can see and communicate with him. As she continues her time traveling journey, she meets Gideon and falls in love with him. Gideon however cannot decide for himself as he can't resist Gwen, but at the same time, he is also hostile and suspicious of her. Can Gwen solve the mysteries surround the prophecy of the Circle and end up happily with Gideon or does she have to continue her time traveling journey until she is satisfied with what she uncovers?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student

abundance of katherines
 

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Humor, Relationships
Summary: Protagonist Colin Singleton has gotten his heart broken for the nineteenth time, but his best friend Hassan is determined to fix this child prodigy. This all takes place in Chicago but not for long; as you follow Colin and Hassan on their road-trip to forget about Katherine number 19, you meet multiple characters and get to really explore the personalities of these two boys. John Green is known for his humor and perfect wording that makes you want to quote every one of his books on a daily basis. So if you're not convinced that this book will be one of the best you'll ever read then you don't know what you're missing.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: T. W., student
 

it's not summer without you   

Title: It's Not Summer without You
Author: Jenny Han
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary: Summer. It's Belly's favorite word. Or at least, it was until last summer. The summer that changed everything. Susannah got sick again and Conrad is being a careless jerk - again. Now summer's back and Belly's dreading it. But then Jeremiah calls just as the summer is starting up, and it's not good news. Conrad's missing; whether he's just acting up or being the usual careless jerk-face that he is, it doesn't matter. Belly knows what she has to do. But this can only happen where it all began. Because if this really is the last summer - by Belly's definition of the word, aka on the beach with Conrad and Jeremiah - there's only one place where it can happen. Cousins.
Rating: OK book, but not great.

Reviewer: I. C., student
summer i turned pretty
 Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Belly lives in every girl's dream life. Every summer, Belly, her brother Steven, and their mother Laurel, drive to Cousins Beach. They spend their entire summer in the beach house belonging to Laurel's best friend Susannah. But that's not what matters. What matters is the fact that Susannah has two super cute sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. When they were younger, the four of them, Belly, Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah, were like siblings. But this summer is different. Belly's 16 now, and she's changed too much since last summer to be ignored. This summer is the one that changes everything, and it's a summer to be remembered.
Rating: OK book, but not great.
Reviewer: I. C., student

we'll always have summer
 Title: We'll Always Have Summer
Author: Jenny Han
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Belly Conklin somehow always knew that one day she would become Belly Fisher. The question had always been which Fisher she'd marry. And after dating Jeremiah happily for two years, she's more than eager to say yes when he gets down on one knee and pops the question. But as the wedding day looms closer and closer, Belly finds herself questioning the decision. The cause? The only thing capable of shaking anything Belly decides. The only person she loves more than Jeremiah. Conrad.
Rating: OK book, but not great.
Reviewer: I. C., student

breath of frost
 

Title: A Breath of Frost
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: For Emma Day and her cousin, Emma wants something interesting to happen in her life in London as she is tired with lavish balls, dashing suitors, and the polite conversation she must put up with. She and her two cousins must embrace their new powers when they discovers the secret family lineage of witchcraft and the bodies of debutantes that starts to appear in front of Emma one after another. The gates to the underworld have been accidentally opened when spirits of dark witches starts to murder other witches for power. Can Emma and her cousins close the gate to the underworld and bring peace back to modern day London or will they risk losing their new gifted talents?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student

solstice
 Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Summary: Piper lives in a world that is dying from heat. Global warming has become a reality, and on a good day the temperature is below 110. However the heat isn't all Piper has to worry about. When her overbearing mother leaves unexpectedly, Piper learns of a world kept hidden from her. One with gods, monsters, and the Underworld.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: B. H., student

ImpulseTitle: Impulse
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Problem Novel, Relationships, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Impulse is about three different people, all with different problems, trying to figure out how to get their lives back on track in a rehabilitation center.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: A. H., student
The Year of My Miraculous ReappearanceTitle:  The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance
Author:  Catherine Ryan Hyde
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships
Summary:  Cynnie is a teenage girl that was taking care of herself and her little brother, Billy, who had down-syndrome. There was nobody to turn to because she had no father, and her mother was an alcoholic. After Billy is taken away from her, Cynnie tries to get him back, not succeeding.  She then learns what's the best for her and slowly builds her life back.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  M. J., student
of beast and beauty
 

Title: Of Beast and Beauty
Author: Stacey Jay
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Princess Isla of Yuan can't see past the dome around her Smooth Skin city. Or at all, really. No, seriously, she literally can't see. She's blind. And lucky for her too, because otherwise she'd have to look at the Monstrous man she's taken prisoner, plus she'd have to look at herself, so tainted that her father has her locked away in a tower. But then, the Monstrous, a savage named Gem, claims he can grow and mix herbs in the royal garden - aka where the roses that keep Yuan alive are hanging out - that will stop any mutations in Yuan - including Isla's tainted skin. But spending time with Gem begins to open Isla's eyes, both figuratively and literally. Isla's prejudice against Gem's kind changes as she grows to care for her prisoner, and twelve years after losing her sight, it returns in what seems like a miracle. And suddenly, everything Isla has ever known is being challenged, and her feelings for this Monstrous man she was raised to hate are making the whole ride a lot scarier than she's used to.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

devilish
 

Title: Devilish
Author: Maureen Johnson
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Jane and Allison are quirky best friends that don't fit in at Saint Teresa's Preparatory School for Girls. One day, Allison has an embarrassing incident in front of the entire senior class, but she manages to find herself a little in the new girl, Lanalee. Jane is shocked to find Allison a completely different person the next day, and the world turns upside down as Jane investigates Allison's mysterious new "scholarship".
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: N. M., student

ask the passengers
 

Title: Ask the Passengers
Author: A.S. King
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships
Summary: Astrid likes give away her love. She lies in her backyard and sends love to the passengers in airplanes. She sends her love to strangers, so she can be free. Free from her absent father, controlling mother, brainwashed sister, and the girl she may be falling in love with.

Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: O. Y., student
please ignore vera dietz   

Title: Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Author: A.S. King
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Vera Dietz has been told to ignore situations that don't affect her entire life. But after her best friend Charlie dies, and she knows the truth about what happened, Vera Dietz must come out of her shell and clear Charlie's name.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

reality boy
 

Title: Reality Boy
Author: A.S. King
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. As a teen he's still angry. Due to his past, he has no friends, and no support. He thinks he has no future: stuck in a special ed. class, with anger that's bound to send him to prison one day.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

feros
 

Title: The Feros

Author: Wesley King
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure,Science Fiction
Summary: The five prodigies returned from their time with The Vindico ready to no join the League of Heroes. Unfortunately, months before they can join the group of friends is forced to face rogue heroes, the disappearance of the head hero Thunderbolt, and mysterious wraiths that have been watching them for months.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: B. H., student
The Call of the Wild

Title:  The Call of the Wild

Author:  Jack London

Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure

Summary:  The book is set during the Alaskan-Canadian Gold Rush where many gold miners needed dogs, and dogs were in high demand.  Buck, a dog living as a pet to a judge in California, is kidnapped by a gardener and sold away for money.  He begins by living with no survival skills.  He is taken care of by many people on the judge's manor. From here he gets beaten by dog trainers, miners, mail carriers, and more.  He needs to learn to adapt to living in the wild, from experiencing snow to hunting and killing.  The story is the emotional following of the life of Buck.  What will happen in an unexpected plot? It is a must-read for those interested in a classical story.

Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer:  P. X., student

prodigy
 

Title: Prodigy
Author: Marie Lu
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Prodigy is the second book out of the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. The story line continues from the first book and starts off with Day and June's mission to assassinate the Elector. Day and June are both wanted by the Republic of America (after numerous things they have done in Book 1) and the only people they can turn to are the Patriots, a group of protesters eager to take the Republic down and rejoin with the Colonies of America. Their only condition to get the Patriots to take them under their wing is to assassinate the Elector. Day has grown up believing that the Colonies of America was a dazzling place filled with sparkling skyscrapers and freedom. June has grown up as the Republic's Girl, a girl nourished with love and brought up wealthy since young. When they both meet and find out more secrets about the Republic than they've ever known, they're determined to assassinate the new Elector. However, as the time ticks by and the date to assassinate the Elector approaches, June can't bring herself to execute the plan. She's learned, within a few days, that the new Elector might not be such a bad person after all. Day, angry with her decision, follows her plan as well and is faced with a problem. What happens afterwards? As a love blooms between two prominent characters leading two different lives, how will they face certain obstacles that threaten to tear them apart?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: J. H., student

Big Slick

Title:  Big Slick
Author:  Eric Luper
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction
Summary:  Andrew Lang, a 16-year-old boy who works at the dry cleaners with his father, gets hooked on poker.  He ends up losing a lot of money, and he then steals from his father by taking money out of the cash register at work.  Andrew is losing his mind, and he also loses his best friend, Scott.  He has to get his life back, but he has to go through many obstacles.  While trying to fix his problem, he runs into to a girl, Jasmine, who he ends up going out with.  Jasmine helps Andrew with fixing what he had done.  They end up taking a lot of risks and decisions to do what they have to do.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  J. F., student

Boy ToyTitle:  Boy Toy
Author:  Barry Lyga
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary:  This is a story about a boy named Josh who is abused by a teacher, and he didn't even know it. Five years later a drastic thing happened that changed everything including his feelings. This book is filled with honesty and sensitivity. Barry Lyga has written a spectacular book that draws the mind into a deep vortex of the book.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  A. P., student
InexcusableTitle: Inexcusable
Author: Chris Lynch
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Humor, Relationships
Summary: Inexcusable is the story about a kid who has had a life long crush on the girl of his dreams. They had always been best friends until senior prom when their relationship was taken to the next level. When Keir finds out that his sisters (who were in college) can't come to his graduation ceremony, he decides to take Gigi with him to the college both his sisters attended. When they arrive, Keir was shocked and angry with what his sisters decided to do instead of attending his graduation. From there on is for you to read yourself. In conclusion, I recommend this book to all students that enjoy humorous fiction books.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: D. R., student
shatter me
 

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahera Mafi
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Juliette has spent her whole life thinking that she is a monster because of her deadly touch. She tries to be good, thinking that maybe people will accept her, but all she receives is hate. When Juliette is offered a position to torture people with her touch, to make her powerful and respected, will she take it?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  O. Y., student


She
Title:  She's A Witch Girl
Author:  Kelly McClymer
Book Category/Genre:   Fiction, Fantasy, Sports, Relationships, Romance
Summary:  This book is about a part mortal, part witch Pru Stewart 16, dealing with her life in Agatha's (a school for witches). It shows how her life changed and how she gets along dealing with new companions and the struggles living in Witch like world when she was basically raised in the Mortal world all her life. It basically shows Pru's problems, love interets, her ex-best friend Maddy before she moved, and problems with the cheeleading team and how she basically changes over time which was explained more in the last 2 books from the first Salem Witch tryouts.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  L. K., student
Breathless

Title: Breathless
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Euthanasia is still one of the most controversial topics in our society today. Would it be considered killing if the person wants to die? To what extent is a personal choice justification for something that goes against important morals and standards that are set in our society? Lurlene McDaniel explores these questions by creating a breathtaking story that will grab your heart and squeeze. The book begins with a kid who had it all, Travis Morrison. Blessed with talent as a diver, popularity, and important people in his life who care about him, he thought he knew what life was. But everything changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. With his dreams shattered and his life turned upside down, he begins the difficult journey toward recovery, except recovery never comes. Struggling with pain and hopelessness, Travis finally asks those who are closest to him to make a choice; kill him or let the cancer kill him. Travis has made his choice, but what will they choose?
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: L. Z., student

Hit and RunTitle:  Hit and Run
Author:  Lurlene McDaniel
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary:  Analise was a senior in high school who decided to ride back home on her new bike late at night from babysitting. Laurie is a freshmen on a date with Quin, one of the most popular seniors in school. They went to a party where Quin had a lot to drink.  Jeremy is Analise's devoted boyfriend. Life changed for all four of them that very night. Here is a book that teaches teenagers what life was really about and what was right and wrong.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  M. J., student
ZippedTitle:  Zipped
Author:  Lauren and Tom McNeal
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Humor, Romance
Summary:  The Book Zipped is about a boy named Mick who unfortunately discovers that this stepmother is having an affair. Along with this slight problem, Mick's crush, Lisa, is an amazing field hockey player, but they have yet to talk to each other. Eventually, Mick talks to the girl of his dreams and tracks down the man she is having an affair with.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  S. F., student
 fiery heart  

Title: The Fiery Heart
Author: Richelle Mead
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Humor, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: The long awaited addition to the Bloodlines series has finally arrived! And dang does it deliver a punch or two. Sydney and Adrian have given into the feelings they harbor for each other, but no one's going to let them have their happiness that easily. The Alchemists - namely Sydney's family - provide plenty of obstacles, but Sydney and Adrian won't let that stop them. In a world where the relationship between humans and Moroi are perhaps the most frowned upon relations, this won't be easy. Sexy, sassy, and enthralling, Mead has provided yet another unique vampire novel that will suck you in from literally the very first sentence. Shout out to you, Richelle. Like fer serious.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

Eclipse
Title:  Eclipse
Author:  Stephenie Meyer
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  Someone's out to kill in Forks. Thousands of murders are happening, one after the other, and only Edward and his family have found out the connection. There is going to be a war of the elementals, a war of the strongest, a war of the enduring, but most of all, it's a war for true love.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  P. B., student
New MoonTitle:  New Moon
Author:  Stephenie Meyer
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  The secret's out about Edward Cullen and his family. There's nothing that Isabella or Edward can do about it. But when Isabella's life is put in danger because of the Cullens, something must be done, and it probably won't be pretty.
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  P. B., student
TwilightTitle:  Twilight
Author:  Stephenie Meyer
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Relationships, Romance, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  Forks, Washington. A city that resides on the north of the Olympic Peninsula of the state, it's supposedly the most boring city in the entire United States. In fact, Isabelle Swan thinks that nothing ever happens there. She is a high-school girl, looking for love, from both her family and someone special. She finds both of these things, albeit slowly, and then she finds that her love is more than someone special. Edward McCullen is too good to be true--the perfect someone, or is it...the perfect something?
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  P. B., student
parallel  Title: Parallel
Author: Lauren Miller
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance
Summary: Abby Barnes was a senior in high school, planning out her life so it was almost perfect for graduation. She would get into Northwestern University, become a journalist, and possibly land a job on a national newspaper. What could be better than that? However, when her guidance counselor tells her one of her electives during fifth period is cancelled, she has no choice but to take a drama class. As a result, on the eve of her 18th birthday, she finds herself in a Hollywood set filming for a movie. The next morning, she wakes up to find herself in a Yale dorm room, a student at the university. With the help of her science-friendly best friend Caitlin, they both reach a conclusion that Abby is living another version of her life, a result of a cosmic collision between parallel worlds. Even worse, every time Abby's parallel makes a decision, her whole life changes. Her parallel is still living out her senior year in high school and is falling in love with someone Abby doesn't even know. How will Abby be able to get out of this dilemma? Can she still make her own decisions and live out her life?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: J. H., student

fallen angels

Title: Fallen Angels
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Book Category/Genre: Historical Fiction
Summary: Perry is a young adult with no plans in life. In an attempt to do something new, he joins the military, and ends up in the swampy jungles of Vietnam. He manages to befriend the other men in his squad, but as time goes on, some men die and some men live. While in Vietnam, Perry realizes a lot about life, friends, and family, all the time waiting for the freedom bird to take them home to the USA.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: D. D., student

infinite moment of us
 

Title: The Infinite Moment of Us

Author: Lauren Myracle
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Romance
Summary: Wren Gray has spent herwhole life being the "perfect" girl for her parents. But it's timefor her to live her own life. Over the summer after she graduates high school,Wren learns who she really is. Charlie Parker has loved Wren Gray from themoment he laid eyes on her. But she seems so far away, so unreachable. Are theyas different as they seem? 
Rating:OK book, but not great.
Reviewer: O. Y., student
more than this  
Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Book Category/Genre: Fiction,Fantasy
Summary: After Seth dies, he wakes up in his home town, naked, and completely alone. He must learn to cope with his memories and learn that maybe, there was more to life than he had once thought.
Rating: OK book, but not great.
Reviewer:  O. Y., student
mystic   

Title: Mystic
Author: Alyson Noel
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Daire Santos’ life has changed ever since she arrived in Enchantment. When two new people move into Enchantment determined to destroy the world, she has come to embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker. Dace is Daire's beloved, but when his soul disappears for a number of days, it is Daire's responsibility to navigate between the world of the living and dead to bring back Dace's soul in time before he completely disappears. Can she do what it takes to bring back his soul and to stop complete world domination?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student

Eldest
Title: Eldest
Author: Christopher Paolini
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: A sequel to Eragon, we further follow the journey of the boy and his dragon. Trials and tribulations riddle the path which they follow and it seems that a single stroke will rid them of the enemy that follows them, forever.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: P. B., student
EragonTitle: Eragon
Author: Christopher Paolini
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: A young boy named Eragon stumbles upon what seemingly is an ordinary rock, but instead is a dragon egg and it is this object, seemingly nothing at first, that throws Eragon, a young teenager, into a world that he never knew existed and on a quest that he never thought he would get.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: P. B., student
Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment
Title: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Maximum Ride is a fourteen-year-old girl who is the result of some experiments at a secret lab to inject bird genes into human embryos. Max is the oldest of the six members of her family, or as they refer to themselves, the flock. The others are Fang (14), Iggy (14), Nudge (10), Gasman (8), and Angel (6). After they escaped from the lab, or the School, Erasers (wolf/human) have been chasing them down to test their might, then kill them. The flock's missions: rescue the kidnapped Angel, infiltrate the School to find the flock's missing parents, get revenge on a traitor, and save the world. If there's time. This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone that likes action and a whole lot of screw-ups! This book will keep you reading it until it's over.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: R. D., student
maximum ride saving the world

Title: Maximum Ride:Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Author: James Patterson
Book Category/Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: This book was about 6 kids running away from an evil group that is trying to destroy the world.  The catch is these kids have bird DNA along with human DNA which allows them to be agiile and fly. While these kids are running away, they must make important decisions that can mean saving their lives even if it means splitting up their group that has been together since the beginning of their lives.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: P. S., student

Keeping You a SecretTitle: Keeping You a Secret
Author: Julie Anne Peters
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel, Relationships, Romance
Summary: Holland thinks she has everything going for her - she's popular, has a great boyfriend, is on the swim team, and is class President - but everything changes when she meets a new student, Cece, and falls in love. A chilling rendition of love, hardships, and following your dreams, experienced in a homophobic school.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: A. C., student
fury of the phoenix
 Title: Fury of the Phoenix
Author: Cindy Pon
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Fury of the Phoenix is the second to the book Silver Phoenix. Ai Ling is haunted by her power day night, with the moon as her guide, she runs away from home going to Chen Yong's rescue when she dreams of the name of the trip he is traveling on and where he is going. Zhong Ye, a powerful sorcerer, Ai Ling's betrothed, someone who she believes has been vanquished in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams has come back to reunite with Silver Phoenix and to seek the key to immortality. Can Ai Ling do what it takes to balance the peace between two worlds or will she be the one vanquished in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams?
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: H. S., student

lost voices
 

Title: Lost Voices
Author: Sarah Porter
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Summary: Lost Voices is the first book of the Lost Voices triology written by Sarah Porter. Luce is one of the lost girls that miraculously becomes a mermaid when she is thrown in depths of despair. After her father drowns at sea, she is thrown to her alcoholic uncle in a gray fishing village. She jumps into the vast expecting death to envelop her, but she goes through a transformation that brings her to live with other mermaids. This brings her joy, and she is satisfied with her new life until she finds that mermaids use their enchanting voices to lure ships into the deepest part of the sea. Even worse she is seen as a rival to the tribe's queen, Catarina, when a new mermaid arrives threatening her leadership and the tribe's existence. Can Luce regain her humanity to save the ships at sea and the tribe or will she aid the other mermaids in the endless murder of humans?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: H. S., student 

Golden Compass
Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Philip Pullman tells us a tale of a young girl, who, with her demon, is fighting to find her true purpose. Searching far and wide, the teenage mischief-maker has met her match. The Dust. As soon as she's heard of the Dust she's thrust into a struggle where she finds great and terrible majesties, thrusting her into a world of stolen children, holes, and many more situations and challenges.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: P. B., student
How to Take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend
Title: How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend
Author: Janette Rallison
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships
Summary: Giovanna, a so-so girl in her high school, has the perfect boyfriend that any girl would have loved to have. Unfortunately, she also has a twin brother who decides to run for student body president which is something that he probably won't achieve.  Her boyfriend, Jesse, decided to be the campaign manager for the most popular guy in school, Wilson.  After breaking up with Jesse, Giovanna realized that life wasn't the way it was supposed to be.  Will she get Jesse back and not lose Dante's trust?
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: M. J., student
Under the Baseball Moon

Title: Under the Baseball Moon

Author: John H. Ritter

Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Sports, Relationships

Summary: Andy Ramos is a musician with ambition.  Andy has determined that this is his breakout summer, the summer to launch his musical career.  He has spent every minute he could on the rooftop, on the pier, and on his skateboard playing his trumpet. When his old friend Gloria returns with Olympic softball dreams of her own, his whole world is turned upside down.  When these two discover that their unique talents can help bring each other to the next level.  Over time they realize what effect they have on each other, and Gloria realizes she needs Andy's trumpet riffs at her games to pitch effectively. He needs her to be present at his performances for him to play better. When a strange man in black promises fame and fortune, you will find out if the two risk it all for what they think they want or will they stay true to themselves.

Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer: C. L., student

insurgent  

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure
Summary: In the second book of the Divergent Trilogy, Tris has to deal with the loss of her parents and the guilt of killing her friend. In a society of factions, she also fights to unveil a secret that caused one faction to turn on another.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

eleanor  

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships
Summary: Eleanor is definitely weird. Or at least, that's what Park thinks the moment she steps on the bus. But when she has no choice but to sit next to him and continue this every morning of the foreseeable future, a friendship begins to grow between them. Reinforced by Eleanor's interest in Park's music and comic books, love blooms between the two of them. But Eleanor's shifty background is enough to make her want to distance herself from Park. But the love between them is enough to make the two of them forget the rest of the world if only for a little while.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

fangirl
 

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Book Category/Genre: Fiction
Summary: Cath defines herself by her fandom. A dedicated fan of the Simon Snow Series, Cath has worked on borrowing deeper into fiction, instead of living in reality. She thinks she's going to room in college with her twin sister Wren, but Wren doesn't want to room with her. It's time for Cath to grow up and learn to let go of Simon Snow.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Title: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Book Category/Genre: Magic, Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Mystery
Summary: This book is about a boy named Hary Potter, and he is on a mission to find Horcrux's. In the previous book, Dumbledore helps him, but Snape kills him. So now Harry, Ron, and Hermione are off finding the Horcrux's, but on their way they must battle death eaters and wolfs. They find hidden secrets wherever they go and surrounding whomever they meet. Finally, Voldemort seeks upon Harry, and another battle has begun. See what will happen, who will die, how they die, and who kills them.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: M. M., student
The Dashwood SistersTitle: The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love
Author: Rosie Rushton
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Humor, Relationships, Romance
Summary: Ellie, Abby, and Georgie had everything they could have ever hoped for. They had loads of money, a huge house, and a great future ahead of them, but everything changed when a tragedy struck the family...and they were forced to move to a small, quite town named Norfolk. As much as they didn't want to be there, Norfolk taught them everything they needed to know about family, friends, and, of course, love.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: R. L., student
Rainbow BoysTitle: Rainbow Boys
Author: Alex Sanchez
Book Category/Genre: Life and controversial issues, Relationships, Romance
Summary: Three boys are on a journey throughout their lives in high school. What's different about them? They're gay. In this book we have an openly gay, flamboyant character along with his quieter counterpart and finally, the "closet" who doesn't know what's in store for his future.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: P. B., student
 steelheart  

Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Book Category/Genre: Fantasy
Summary: This book was about a post-apocalyptic worldthat is ruled by a group of extraordinary people that rule over the regularhumans. These people are extremely cruel and feel that they are better thaneverybody else. The book told the story of a boy named David who saw his dadmurdered by an extraordinary human Steelheart. In this book David hunts andtries to kill Steelheart.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: C. B., student

Pretty Little Liars
Title: Pretty Little Liars
Author: Sara Shepard
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Relationships
Summary: The book Pretty Little Liars is about 4 girls; Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna. They were all best friends in sixth grade, along with a girl named Alison. Since then they have all grown apart; now as juniors it seems as if Alison has returned to cause some trouble. They have all kept a secret for a long time, and now it seems like "A" may be the one that will spill it. Throughout the book all 4 girls battle the fear that their deepest darkest secret may get out.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: S. J., student
alice in zombieland
 

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Summary: Alice Bell isn't the biggest fan of her dad. He's a regular nut-job by her standards. And Ali's mom doesn't seem to want to leave him and his drunken self, so Ali and her little sister Emma are stuck with their father and his crazy "monster" theories. But in a single moment, Ali loses everything. A car crash leaves her fatherless, motherless, and more importantly, sisterless. And the worst part? It's all the fault of some monsters Ali never believed existed. Until now. And now Ali's hell-bent on revenge. But she's not going to get anywhere unless she enlists the help of resident bad-boy extraordinaire: Cole Holland.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

counting by 7s
 

Title: Counting by 7s
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel
Summary: After the loss of her parents, Willow Chance must learn to come to terms with the tragedy. As she recovers, she creates a new family with a few friends and a counselor.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

 winger  

Title: Winger
Author: Andrew Smith
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel
Summary: Ryan Dean West attends a boarding school and is part of the rugby team. Two years younger than his classmates, he struggles to fit in and gain respect.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: O. Y., student

The Afterlife
Title:  The Afterlife
Author:  Gary Soto
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure, Horror, Romance, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  The Afterlife is about a boy named Chuy who gets murdered at a club. His ghost leaves his body, and he begins life as a ghost. He goes around town and watch how it functions as he is dead. While he is a ghost, he also meets another girl that died, and they like each other. They go through problems together but in the end they die in peace together.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  A. S., student
 natural born angel  

Title:  Natural Born Angel
Author:  Scott Speer
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Relationships, Romance
Summary:  Maddy Montgomery is officially in. After discovering that she is half-Angel, half-human - the only one of her kind - she has been taken into the world of her boyfriend, Guardian prodigy Jackson Godspeed. Between rigorous training to become a Guardian, Maddy joins the glamorous life of an Angel in a city where Angels are the A-list celebrities. However, while she's trying to shift from a human to Angel lifestyle, anti-Angel campaigns are taking over the nation. It won't be long before Maddy must choose between her two lives: her Angel life with Jackson and her human life that's all she's known.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  I. C., student

Milkweed

Title:  Milkweed
Author:  Jerry Spinelli
Book Category/Genre:  Historical Fiction
Summary:  Milkweed is a story about an orphan boy during the Holocaust. He doesn't know his past, and all he does is steal food. He meets all different kind of people, some to befriend and others to stay away from. Soon he goes to the ghetto and learns that it isn't all fun and games. Someone could get hurt.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer:  E. Z., student

taker

Title: The Taker
Author: J.M. Steele
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel
Summary: Carly Biels is the average teenager who has a great future ahead of her. Her boyfriend is captain of the lacrosse team. She is smart, and she is set to go to Princeton University because her family has a history there. When Carly gets her SAT scores back, everything changes. She has never been a great test taker, but she really does not do well. She receives a message from "The Taker" saying that the test could be taken for her guaranteeing a higher score, if she agrees to it. This is exactly what Carly needs. Will she carry on with "The Taker" while also having to deal with all her other problems?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: A. G., student

Knights of the Hill CountryTitle: Knights of the Hill Country
Author: Tim Tharp
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Sports
Summary: Hampton, the star football quarterback, goes through life with his friends and the sport. Throughout the book, it tells about Hampton's relationship with his best friend, Blaine, who introduced him to football when he was younger. After his father abandoned him, he currently resides in a rental building with his mom. His teammates always tell him to focus on the game, but Hampton always ends up conflicting with girls or other kind of unnecessary activity, in the eyes of his teammates.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: A. H., student
homecoming
Title: Homecoming
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Problem Novel, Relationships
Summary: Dicey has three siblings and she's the oldest. Abandoned by their mother in a parking lot, she takes it upon herself to keep her younger siblings safe. Traveling by day and sometimes by night without any money or food, Dicey tries to find the missing piece of the puzzle--a place to call home.
Rating: Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer: P. B., student
Tempted

Title:  Tempted

Author:  Cecily Von Ziegesar

Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Humor, Relationships, Romance

Summary:  In the beginning of this novel, Callie tries to win Easy, her ex-boyfriend, at the Halloween Ball. The only thing in her way is the fact that Easy doesn't want anything to do with her. Still determined, she dresses up in her finest costume convinced that Easy will surely take her back, since he is her prince charming after all. But when Easy found about Callie and her friend, Tinsley, trying to get Jenny expelled from their exclusive boarding school, Easy doesn't come running back into Callie's arms...

 

Meanwhile, Jenny has become a legend - NO ONE in Waverly has ever escaped being expelled. So there has to be someone who saved her, right? Someone who spent thousands of dollars to make sure that she stayed right where she was, at Waverly? But who could it be...?

 

Tinsley, feels out of place - something unusual for the former It-Girl.  Upset that her plan to get rid of Jenny didn't work, perhaps she'll find a new way to bring little Jenny down? Or will Tinsley be completely off the social radar in her process?

 

Brett, the class perfect, may seem perfect on the outside with her killer grades, but everyone knows that the most well-behaved girls are the least outside of public... Too bad for Brett...her juicy secret gets out.

 

Overall, this book was a good read. It was easy to relate to and has loads of twists and turns.  If you are a fan of any of the IT GIRL books, this book will not disappoint you!!

Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer:  E. C., student

QuadTitle:  Quad
Author:  C. G. Watson
Book Category/Genre:  Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Summary:  Muir High seems to be a typical high school. But it isn't. Six students, all from different cliques, end up together one day, hiding away from a shooter who's one of them. What caused this tragedy from happening?  Are school cliques that bad?
Rating:  Super book, one of the best books I've read.
Reviewer:  M. J., student
prettiesTitle: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance
Summary: We continue to see the rebel uglies in this book--living on their own in what they call The Smoke. The romance between Tally and David blossoms as time wears on. But when Tally forgets the booby trap that she carries with her, she may have just destroyed her entire, newfound world.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: P. B., student
uglies
Title: Uglies
Author: Scott Westerfeld

Book Category/Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller
Summary: Ugly people. Who wouldn't want them around? But in this book, the ugly, called "uglies" are taken to the extreme--maimed and contorted until their faces are no longer recognizable, they await eagerly their sixteenth birthday until they can once again become "pretty." But when a sixteen-year-old is denied this chance, what happens?
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: P. B., student
imposter
 

 

Title: Impostor
Author: Suzanne Winnacker
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance
Summary: Tessa's a normal girl, I swear. I mean, she's just a tad different. But only a little! She's got the "girl" part down. But does being a Variant - with the ability to shapeshift into anyone she touches - who works for the FEA, a secret branch of the FBI, count as "normal"? No? Damn. So maybe she's not so normal. But that's gonna change with this new mission she's been assigned. There's a serial killer running around loose in a small Oregon Town, and Tessa's been given the task of pretending to be Madison, a local teen, in order to try and stop the killer from striking again. As Madison, Tessa gets the "normal" life she's always wanted, going to school, going to parties, and coming home to a loving family - something Tessa's really never known. But it's not Tessa's life. It's Madison's. And Tessa's having some trouble remembering this. Well, they never said this was going to be easy.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer: I. C., student

 

 

 all the things  Title: All These Things I've Done
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Romance
Summary: You can't help what family you're born into. But if Anya Balanchine could help it, she definitely wouldn’t have picked to be the daughter of the late Leonyd Balanchine aka the most notorious crime boss in New York. The Balanchines manufacture and deal high-quality - and highly illegal - chocolate, and when Balanchine chocolate poisons someone close to Anya, she and her family are put on the radar for the first time since her father was murdered. Anya's life is sent reeling; as if her plate wasn't full enough: taking care of her dying grandma, avoiding her deplorable newly ex-boyfriend, and avoiding the charms of the new assistant DA's son is a full-time job. All Anya's got to tackle these new problems is a handful of wisdom from her father, and she's going to need a lot more than that to make it through this storm.
Rating:  Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student
because it is my blood
 Title: Because It Is My Blood
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Romance
Summary: After spending an entire summer within the hellish Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to lead a reformed life. But it seems like her time at Liberty gave the people in her life a reason to move on: her little sister is a genius who skipped two grades without Anya's consent, her best friend and sleazy ex-boyfriend are way too close for comfort, and her even-more-recent ex-boyfriend has a new girlfriend... and it's not Anya. Then a friend calls in an old favor and Anya is thrown into the heart of the contraband chocolate industry, thrusting her right back into the crime world she fought so hard to escape.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.
Reviewer: I. C., student

in the age of love and chocolate
 

Title: In The Age of Love And Chocolate
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Category/Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Romance
Summary: Anya Balanchine has some mixed reviews about life right now. Sure, she's working with her former enemy to establish night clubs that serve medicinal cacao and is on the path to helping make chocolate legal again, but her boyfriend broke up with her when he found out that her super-fab business partner is his father. She's sure her life is finally looking up, but then in an instant of terrible decision-making, Anya is shoved right back in the rut she's spent most of the last few years in. Buckle up for the last installment of the Birthright trilogy because it's a bumpy ride up ahead.
Rating: Good book, I enjoyed reading it.

Reviewer: I. C., student
 
 
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