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Bone – Start with the conclusion and end at the beginning.

n130605Title: Bone

Author:  Fae Myenne Ng

This book was a little hard for me to get into, due to the fact that it goes backwards.  It starts with the conclusion and ends with the beginning , if that makes any sense.  It took me 5 chapters to get into the book and it was great to read.  I thought that the book was moving, sweet, and nicely written.

This book follows three sisters Leila, Ona, and Nina.  Leila is narrating the story.   This book is basically about figuring out why Ona, the middle sister, decided to commit suicide by jumping off a building.  It reveals in the first chapter that Ona has committed suicide and as each chapter goes by, we get closer and closer to figuring out why she did.  It’s kind of like playing a puzzle game, each piece gets you closer and closer to figuring out what the picture is going to look like and that’s how the book is kind of interpreted with Ona’s death.  This book also features the relationship problems of Mah and Leon.  Leon is Leila and Ona’s stepfather and Nina’s real dad.  Mah and Leon have a lot of complications going on in their relationship that affect the lives of the three sisters.

I thought that the book was good and it gave me more insight on the Chinatown in San Francisco.  I really liked how some the of the writing in the book would always go back to the title.  This book was interesting and I recommend people to read it.

–Friyad, Columbia, Teen Blogger

Teen Review: Legend

LegendTitle:  Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Summary: The western United States is home to the Republic, a nation that is always at war with other nations. Fifteen-year-old June was born in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts and she is a prodigy of the Republic’s highest military training. Another 15-year-old, Day, is now the nation’s most wanted criminal, but his actions don’t seem that serious. They have no reason to cross paths, but one day June’s brother – Metias – was murdered and Day became the suspect. After that, Day races to help his family survive while June searches for revenge for Metias’s death. After a while, the two of them find out the truth of all of this that has brought them to together and shock the country forever.
I started reading it because… a lot of my friends recommended this book to me. They said there is a lot of action and romance. It sounded interesting, so I was motivated to read this book.
I kept reading because… this book is really interesting. There are so many secret waiting to be revealed and you just have to read it to find out.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted most Likely To Be: The sneakiest teenagers the world has seen.
Six Word Recap: Day and June’s path of secrets!
This book reminded me of how two people that have nothing to do with each other somehow cross paths. It’s like the universe has decided your fate and there is nothing you can do to stop it!
Website of Interest: Marie Lu
Khoa, Delridge Teen Blogger

Teen Review: The Lying Game

Lying GameTitle:  The Lying Game

Author:  Sara Shepard

Summary:  Emma Paxton believes she has a twin sister and sends the girl, Sutton Mercer, a Facebook message. She gets a reply that they need to meet. When Emma arrives to the meeting place, Sutton isn’t there. Instead, Sutton’s friends show up, thinking she is Sutton, as a prank, attack her. Emma is now stuck in Sutton’s life and Sutton is nowhere to be found. This is because she was actually murdered and is watching over her life being taken over. Emma must now unravel the mysteries of Sutton’s disappearance and keep the secret or her life could be in danger.

I started reading it because… I have been watching the television series and got interested in it so I decided I would try reading the books.

I kept reading because… It was very interesting reading from a point of view of someone who was dead and having a different type of perspective.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To Be:  Most Clueless and Queen Bee

Six Word Recap:  One twin takes the other’s life.

This book reminded me of the Pretty Little Liars series. This is probably because this book series is by the same author, but the mysteries and twin plots are very similar. In Pretty Little Liars, there are twins named Alison and Courtney. Courtney was sent off to a mental institute when the two were young, and a couple of years later, breaks out and steals Alison’s place. These two plots reminded me of each other and both fascinate me because I love untying mysteries.

Emma, Northeast Teen Adviser

Revolutionary Reads

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore:  In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.



Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.



Summer PrinceThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson: In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.



Little Brother

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow:  After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.



OrleansOrleans by Sherrie L. Smith:  Set in a futuristic, hostile Orleans landscape, Fen de la Guerre must deliver her tribe leader’s baby over the Wall into the Outer States before her blood becomes tainted with Delta Fever.




Fire in the StreetsFire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon: In the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Chicago fourteen-year-old Maxie longs to join the Black Panthers, whether or not her brother Raheem, ex-boyfriend Sam, or her friends like it, and is soon caught up in the violence of anti-war and civil rights demonstrations.



Five 4ths of JulyFive 4th of Julys by Pat Raccio Hughes:  On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation’s independence, but over the next four years Jake finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances as he battles British forces, barely survives captivity on a prison ship, and finally returns home, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for America’s future.


Aristotle and Dante DiscoverAristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz:  Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.



Poetry Speaks Who I AmPoetry Speaks Who I Am:  Poems about you, who you are, and who you are becoming. Find the poem you love, the one that makes you angry, the one that makes you laugh, the one that knocks the wind out of you and becomes a part of you. Poetry can be life-altering, gritty and difficult. It can be hilarious or heart-breaking.  This  is a collection that is dynamic, accessible, challenging, classic, edgy, and ultimately not quite perfect. Just like you.

Four on a Theme: Loss of a Sibling

The passing of a loved one is always difficult, and in the following four books characters must face the loss of a sibling. Each chooses to grieve in a different way: from embarking on road trips to composing a journal filled with famous (and not so famous) last words. No matter what, by dealing with death, these characters ultimately learn how to live.
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Book Shorts: Poison


Title:  Poison

Author:  Chris Wooding

Summary:  When Poison leaves her home in the marshes of Gull to retrieve the infant sister who was snatched by the fairies, she and a group of unusual friends survive encounters with the inhabitants of various Realms, and Poison herself confronts a surprising destiny.

I started reading it because… It magically turned up in my holds list!  (This happens to me a lot.  Someone tells me about a good book, I put it on hold using the mobile app, and forget all about it by the time it comes.  Surprise!)

I kept reading because… It’s a dark story, set in a forbidding land, with a teenage heroine named Poison who is as gritty as she is likeable.  It is also a fairy tale in the old-fashioned sense, with monsters and riddles and a significant lack of fainting damsels or tousel-haired princes.  It’s a story of survival, and a reflection on the power of myth.  And there’s a cat!

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Make the teacher cry.

Six Word Recap:  Elves stole sister.  Getting her back!

This book reminded me of Labyrinth because the heroine of each tale grows stronger with every battle she faces.

Websites of interest:  Chris Wooding’s official blog

Anne C. @ Central

Book Shorts: Irises


 Title:  Irises

Author:  Francisco X. Stork

Summary:  Kate (18) and Mary (16) must make some adult decisions about the course their lives should take when their loving but old-fashioned father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistant vegetative state since an accident four years earlier.

I started reading it because…  Well known author of Marcelo in the Real World about a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I kept reading because… The suspense of what would happen to these two sisters that were losing their parents and how would they live on with their own dreams.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: 
Kate: to succeed as a doctor
Mary: to succeed as a famous artist

Six Word Recap:  Two sisters figure out life alone.

This book reminded me of… any book reminding you of personal loss.

Website of interest:  www.franciscostork.com/