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The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann; reviewed by Cecily B.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann; reviewed by Cecily B.

"The Peculiar is a book about a changeling boy named Bartholomew and a human man named Mr. Jelliby. This book takes place after the faeries and changelings have left their home-world and resettled in London and Bath . One day, they receive the shocking news that nine changelings have been found dead. Soon after, Bartholomew finds out that his sister, Hettie, has been taken captive by the killers of those nine changelings. He joins up with Mr. Jelliby to try to save his sister, and the world.  This is a very interesting and well-written  book. I would recommend The Peculiar to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure." - Cecily B.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here. This book will be available in September of this year. This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

Nerve by Jeanne Ross; reviewed by Hannie R.

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan; reviewed by Hannie R.

"Nerve. The game seems innocent enough, just a couple of kids doing dares on a TV show to win prizes. That's all an illusion. The makers of Nerve are willing to go to any lengths to get the humor, entertainment, and drama they need for the show to make money. They are evil and slightly insane, but will Vee realize it before it's too late? And if the Vee does realize it will she be able to stop what's planned, and convince the game's other players that Nerve is evil? Nerve is an creepy yet amazing book that shows just how much people are willing to do for money and prizes. I couldn't stop reading, Jeanne Ryan is a great writer and Nerve is a great book, I just HAD to see how it ended." - Hannie R.

This book is available in September, and you can find out more here in the meantime. This book is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant; reviewed by Alleana A.

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant; reviewed by Alleana A.

"Evening Spiker (E.V. or Eve for short), is thinking about an apple when she crosses the street and is hit by a car. The next thing she knows, she’s in the hospital with a broken leg, a “flattened” arm, and some bumps and bruises listening to her mother argue with a doctor. Her mother, Terra Spiker, known to her employees as “Terror” Spiker, wants to take her out of the hospital, and the doctor insists that if she does, she’ll die. However, wielding superior money and power, her mother wins the argument. The doctor insists that, “If she dies, it’s on you,” and Solo, a boy about her age who works for her mother, gets her out of the hospital and into an ambulance outside. When Eve arrives at Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, she receives an fourteen hour operation. Bored in recovery, her mom gives her a project – use her technology to design the perfect boy. But when Eve begins to design Adam, she has no idea what she’s getting into. There are secrets she doesn’t know about piling up around her ears." - Alleana A.

This book doesn't hit shelves until October, but you can find out more here. This book is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird; reviewed by Sydney M.

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird; reviewed by Sydney M.

"The story of the disappearing relationship between Cam and
Aubrey is told from two sides: Cam, the overprotective mother and Aubrey, the
freedom seeking teenager. As Aubrey begins to change her style and persona she
grows close to Tyler, the school’s star football player. Aubrey’s changes in
social status and friends also distance her from her mother. She would just
like some space but feels Cam is overbearing and too protective. Cam sees these
changes in Aubrey as a turn for the worse and the more she pushes to rekindle
her relationship with her daughter the more Aubrey pulls away. Will Cam’s
pushing be enough to drive Aubrey away for good? Find out in Sarah Bird’s The
Gap Year.
" - Sydney M.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here! This book is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti; reviewed by Sydney M.

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti; reviewed by Sydney M.

"Cricket’s life is in chaos. Her long term relationship with
Janssen is on the rocks and her mother is about to wed yet another man she has become engaged with. As Cricket tries to decide the fate of her relationship with
Janssen she also needs to help out with her mom’s wedding and make sure she
doesn’t get cold feet, yet again.  In Deb
Caletti’s The Story of Us, Cricket’s beliefs are tested with the strain
of family and relationships. Also, as she gets to know Ash, the boy living in
the house she is staying in, will she be loyal to Janssen or start a new
relationship altogether?  Read to find
out the fate of Cricket’s relationships and family." - Sydney M.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here! This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig; reviewed by Sydney M.

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig; reviewed by Sydney M.

"After many years of moving, Willa’s mother finally makes it
as an artist so they begin their lives afresh in the rich suburbs of Arizona.
When Willa begins to attend the fancy private school in their new neighborhood,
she is instantly accepted by the Glitterati, the school’s popular crowd. While
Willa’s star is rising at her new school she decides to use her new-found power
for the benefit of those less fortunate, by spreading the wealth. When the cops
begin to take notice of the thefts happing to the richer kids and the
mysterious gifts being sent to the scholarship kids, will Willa get caught?
Elisa Ludwig’s novel Pretty Crooked tells Willa’s story of how good
intentions aren’t always right." - Sydney M.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here! This is another review of a book that isn't out until February, but we're excited for it to hit the shelves. This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom; reviewed by Hannah M.

Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom; reviewed by Hannah M.


"Rebel McKenzie is a great book about a 12 year old girl who's running away, gets caught and is forced to spend the summer babysitting her 26 year old's wacky son. But things take an unexpected turn when they find out that if Rebel enters a beauty pageant she can have 200 dollars and a chance to beat her snooty, self-centered neighbor Bambi Loverling. If you like blueberry slushies, junk food, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid I think you'll like this book." - Hannah M.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here. This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson; reviewed by Frances D.

The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson; reviewed by Frances D.

"This was also a good book, but not in the same way as The Turning. It was about a 15 year old girl trying to overcome the death of her best friend. It was a nice read, but it didn't really stay in my mind afterwards, like The Turning. But, I still enjoyed reading it. The characters were interesting and relatable, and as well as sad, emotional parts there were also many really funny and happy parts. The Theory of Everything is a great read, not suspenseful and exciting, but emotional and romantic." - Frances D.

If this book sounds good to you, find out more here! FYI, this is another review of an advanced edition. The book will not be available until October.

This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

The Turning by Francine Prose; reviewed by Frances D.

The Turning by Francine Prose; reviewed by Frances D.

"This was a very good book, and I really enjoyed reading it. It was suspenseful and full of plot twists. The book was narrated in a series of letters, mainly from the main character, Jack (who was working on a tiny, isolated island), to his father and his girlfriend, Sophie. There were also letters to Jack, from those two. This way of narration was interesting and creative, and made you feel like someone was really there, telling the story to you personally. It was a really nice, new way of hearing a story. The ending of The Turning was really well done and kept you thinking about what's real and what's not." - Frances D.

If this book sounds good to you, find out more here! FYI, this book isn't available until September, but we're all eagerly awaiting its release.

This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

Breathe by Sarah Crossan; reviewed by Gabby R.

Breathe by Sarah Crossan; reviewed by Gabby R.

"The book Breathe by Sarah Crossan describes a world where oxygen levels in the atmosphere have fallen to dangerously low levels. Breathing is no longer a right, but a privilege that has to be paid for. In this dystopian society all the people live inside of a large glass dome, where the company Breathe sells air to the citizens. The book, Breathe, follows the story of three different characters, Alina, Quinn and Bea. Alina is working with the “resistance.” The resistance is an organization trying to bring up the oxygen levels in the atmosphere to once again to make it livable outside of the dome. Quinn is one of the wealthy residents in the dome, and Quinn’s father is the head of Breathe. Quinn has the unlikely friendship of Bea. Because Bea is a much more of a lower class citizen it is rare and unlikely for someone like Quinn to want to be around her. Bea’s family does not have much money and she is always struggling to stay healthy and in shape. Exercise is illegal for her because of the excess air required. Bea and Quinn decide to go on a camping trip outside of the dome, which requires oxygen tanks and masks, but at the last minute Alina shows up and Bea and Quinn decide to help her escape from the persecution by the dome’s government. Bea and Quinn want to help her reach her destination with many twists and turns along the way.
I found this book interesting and exciting. I had a really hard time putting this book down; I’d tell myself that I would stop at the end of the chapter, but by the end of the chapter a new turn would have been introduced and I just had to read more. This book really made me think about how much trees are related to each individual person’s right to breathe. In Breathe the low levels of oxygen are caused by humans cutting down forests. The average person breathes about 6,286,920 times a year. And with about 7.019 billion people in the world, humans really do use a lot of oxygen. Breathe is a thrilling dystopian novel that I think all young adults would enjoy. I would give this book about four out of five stars. Breathe is a great read." - Gabby R.

If this book sounds good to you, read more here! FYI, this book doesn't actually come out until October 2012, but we're all eagerly awaiting its release!

This review is part of our Summer Reading Challenge.

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