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Teen Book Review

Cinder (by Marissa Meyer)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

Cinder, a talented mechanic, is approached by a handsome man to fix his broken down robot. She quickly realizes that it's not just any handsome man, it's the prince! With a plague ravaging earth and war with the evil queen and people of Lunar on the horizon, this futuristic science fiction retelling of Cinderella, the first in Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, is far from your standard fairy tale.

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Invisible (by Pete Hautman)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Jenna, Middendorf-Kreddel TAB

This book is awesome! When I was a teen, it was one of my favorites. I would suggest this book to anyone! Although it is a young adult book, I think that adults would enjoy this book as well.

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Mark of Athena (by Rick Riordan)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Graceson, Spencer TAB

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan is a Adventure filled story about Percy and friends Anabeth, Piper, Jason, Leo, and Nico.
In this story Percy and his friends have to save Nico and the world while Anabeth has to find the Mark of Athena.
You can read this book at your library any time, just remember its the third book in the series The Heroes of Olympus.

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The Testing (by Joelle Charbonneau)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

In another dystopian American future, Cia Vale lives in a society that selects certain students from different districts to participate in ""The Testing"" - a gruesome and deadly set of trials that decides what 20 teenagers across the country can attend university.  Cia's father survived The Testing when he was a teenager and has been haunted by vague but horrifying nightmares ever since and he sends her off with one warning: Trust no one.

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Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets (by Evan Roskos)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Scarlette, Corporate Parkway TAB

In this book James is a sad and sensative person, whos sister was expelled from school and disowned.  He finds his sister and tires to get her to move back.  And while in the process he becomes depressed and thinks of suicide.  He starts to talk to a therapist and he tells her about his plan to get his sister to start school again and move back in.  in the end he ends up happy enough to yawp.

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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elisa, Spencer TAB

Taylor Edwards is known for running away when things get hard. Her first thought when she finds out her dad is struggling with cancer is get away. This time, however, running away will not make it go away. If only for her father, Taylor agrees to go back to the family’s old lake house for her father's last summer, not knowing she will also be confronting the past she abruptly left five years ago. These new cramped living quarters force Taylor to quit ignoring her two exceptional siblings.

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Beautiful Creatures (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sydney, Middendorf-Kredell TAB

Beautiful Creatures is a very good book. It is the kind of book where you're anxious for the end, but enjoy the whole thing. Lena is new in town and is staying with her Uncle Macon, the town shut-in. Lena and her boyfriend, Ethan, have been sharing the same dream before they even met for months. They also can talk to each other, in their minds. Ethan soon finds out that Lena is a Caster, technically another word for witch, wizard, sorcerer, sorceress. On Lena's 16th birthday, she will find out if she's Dark or Light, bad or good.

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Pretty Face (by Mary Hogan)

Rating 2

Reviewed by Fairen, Spencer TAB

Hayley is a teenager living in Santa Monica, California. She's close to the beach, has excellent weather, and has a good best friend; what could be wrong? Well, Hayley happens to be fat in body image- obsessed, Southern Californian girls who have plastic surgeons numbers in their back pocket. So you can bet that the only complements Hayley hears is that she's smart, funny, and (the dreaded) has a pretty face.

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5 Centimeters Per Second (by Makoto Shinkai)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

5 Centimeters Per Second was actually first released as a Japanese animated feature film, with the manga novel being released at a later date. There is no science fiction or fantasy element in this novel, instead it gives a realistic view of the struggles many face in their life: time, space, people, and love. The two main characters become close friends in elementary school and then have to move away from each other. They remain close at first, even making a trip to visit each other in middle school, but soon realize that they have begun to drift their separate ways.

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The Probability of Miracles (by Wendy Wunder)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Grab the tissue box! This is one of those teen books where you have already guessed the ending, but you keep hoping for a "miracle".  When a book starts with "She hoped this is what it would  feel like in heaven", you know it can't end well. Cam is a sixteen year old that has spent the last seven years in and out of hospitals. She is crossing things off her "flamingo list" and the last thing she wants to do is move 1600 miles away to a town called Promise, Maine, a place known for miraculous events.

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