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Teen Corner Book Reviews

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The Crossover

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Alexander, Kwame(2014)Recently Added Review
The Crossover
Young Adult

Josh Bell, aka Filthy McNasty, is twelve years old and the star of his middle school basketball team. He loves to rap, listen to Lil Wayne, and play basketball. He is proud of his dread-locked hair and of his basketball skills. Josh tells his story about growing up off and on the court, with his mom, who is the school principal, and his dad, who is a retired European basketball legend. His twin brother, Jordan, is amazing at basketball too, but gets a little side-tracked when he gets his first girlfriend. Josh experiences first crushes, family problems, jealousy, and everything else we go through when we are in middle school. This is a very quick, but entertaining read; perfect for boys, reluctant readers, and sports fans alike.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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Seven Second Delay

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Easton, Tom(2014)Recently Added Review
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Seven Second Delay
Young Adult

In the future, societies have collapsed. A utopia has arisen. A place where all the essentials - food, clothing, housing - are free. The cellular device they implant into your head is free. This phone enables you to see all, hear all, and do all. On the outside of this utopia is crippling poverty, violence, and sickness. Mila’s goal is to get inside, get a phone, and live free. When her plan goes awry and she finds herself a fugitive, Mila has all the odds against her, except for one thing. The feed on her phone has a seven second delay. That’s all the time she needs, just as long as she can outsmart, outrun, and stay alive.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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Curtsies & Conspiracies

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Carriger, Gail(2013)Recently Added Review
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Curtsies & Conspiracies
Young Adult

Mademoiselle Geraldine`s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is housed on a dirigible; it`s really a school for spies. Sophronia is our main character, and this is her first year at school. She`s very adventurous, climbing around the outside of the balloon and spying on everyone. She has a mechanical dog and is friends with the `sooties` who keep the boilers working high above England. Vampires and werewolves also populate this Steampunk landscape. Sophronia stumbles across a conspiracy that has implications for the whole world, supernaturals included. This is the premise and it is told with lots of humor. She and her friends stage a rescue while everyone else is at a Coming Out ball. Great fun!

Reviewed by Thea J., South County Regional

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Zac and Mia

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Betts, A.J.(2012)Recently Added Review
Zac and Mia
Young Adult

Zac knows all about the odds. He knows that after this latest cancer treatment, there’s a 55% chance that his leukemia will return. He also knows that the numbers for falling in love without even seeing the person aren’t good. So when the girl next door begins tapping on the wall separating them, Zac can’t help but wonder why he knocked back. This small exchange of communication sets off a chain of events that, although rocky at first, bring Zac and Mia closer than they ever thought possible. While this tender often heartrending story of two teenagers battling cancer and the fight to find normal lives again will remind readers of The Fault in Our Stars, this novel possesses something that is entirely its own.

Reviewed by Kaitlyn M., Morrison Regional

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