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Teen Book Review

Fat Angie (by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Fat Angie has never felt pretty. Between her dysfunctional home life and her missing military sister in Iraq, Angie does not have much to look forward to in life. Then, mysterious new girl KC Romance comes to school and Angie's world is thrown upside-down. Fat Angie is a good book about a coming of age, overcoming pain, making new friends, and falling in love. I would recommend this basketball, LGBT novel to all young adults. 

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Unwholly (by Neal Shusterman)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Christine, Spencer staff

This is the second book in the Unwind Trilogy by Neal Shusterman.  It has been at least 4 years since I read the first book the in series, but I was able to pick up with Conner, Lev & Risa fairly quickly.  I love these characters.  Dystopian fiction at it's best!  Society has decided that the answer to the war on abortion is to allow parents to have their children "unwound" between the ages of 13 and 17.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory (by Laurie Halse Anderson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell staff

Hayley has her hands full. Her father is an Iraq vet with severe PTSD. After several years on the road as a truck driver, with his teen age daughter in tow, Andy has decided to return to his childhood home so Hayley can attend a real high school for her senior year. As her father has struggled to suppress memories of battle and death, Hayley suppressed her own memories of good times before his illness overtook everything. She is suddenly being confronted by some of those memories.

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Pawn (by Aimee Carter)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

Pawn is a great book! When I started to read it I was thinking it would be too much like The Hunger Games, but it really wasn’t.

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The Diviners (by Libba Bray)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

The Diviners takes place in 1920's New York City with flapper Evie O'Neill, a young girl with a taste for excitement. She is living with her uncle as punishment for things that she did back in her hometown of Ohio. Her unusual uncle gets wrapped up in a serial killer case, and Evie and her friends all pitch in to help and solve the crime and stop the murderer. I give this book a 4; it's a long read, but worth your time!

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Dancer Daughter Triator Spy (by Elizabeth Kiem)

Rating 2

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

I’d give the book, Dancer Daughter Traitor Spy, two stars because I didn’t know what was going on half the time. It’s about this Russian ballet dancer, Marya. She and her mother have a special gift. She gets random visions of the future while her mom gets them from the past. One day her mom gets secret information from one of her visions. The KGB “put her away” and it forces Marya and her dad and uncle to the United States to hide.

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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Lianna, Spencer TAB

The Edwards family has never been really close; everyone always seems to have their own separate things to do. Taylor’s younger sister, Gelsey, has ballet, Taylor’s older brother, Warren, has scholarly activities, and Taylor has an annoying knack for running away when things get tough. But that changes when Taylor’s dad receives tragic news about his health. The family packs up the car and heads to their old lake house for the summer. They have not been there in five years, having been too preoccupied—unintentionally or not—to return the past five summers.

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The Butterfly Clues (by Kate Ellison)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Penelope ""Lo"" is OCD; a condition that has worsened since the death of her beloved older brother. It also leads her to the murder of a young woman from a seedy area of town. It puts her in grave danger, but she also finds a young man who can see past her problems.

The OCD aspect makes Penelope's character very interesting.  But the view of homeless young people is a little too glossy and the connection she finds between herself and the murder victim are a little to neatly woven.

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Prodigy (by Marie Lu)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

Let me tell you, Prodigy is an amazing book! I really liked to pace that it moved at and all of the characters were totally captivating, I couldn’t put it down. The plot of the book starts with Day and June making their way to the Patriots where they team up with them. The leader of the Patriots gives Day and June an assignment, which is the death of an important person. They almost go through with it until some unexpected information surfaces. The discovery compromises everything they’ve ever worked for. In this book all of the characters are tested and pushed to their limits.

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Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma thought that she was just a normal teenager until she met Galen. Galen is a Syrena, or a mermaid, as the humans call them. He is convinced that Emma is a Galen, even if she doesn't believe it herself! This book is fun, dramatic, and action-packed. The characters are so real, believable, and lovable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read! :)

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