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Teen Corner Book Reviews

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The Fall

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Griffin, Bethany(2014)Recently Added Review
The Fall
Young Adult

Madeline Usher and her twin, Roderick are cursed--just like everyone else in their family. The Usher twins live in a house they cannot fully escape because of an evil curse put upon the family due to their ancestor’s terrible actions against others. Madeline is stuck in the house, day in and day out. She tries to escape, but can she? This dark and spooky tale is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher; it is not just for a young adult audience. It is also reminiscent of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s eerie tale, `The Yellow Wallpaper.` This reimagined tale will have you sleeping with the lights on!

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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Little Brother

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Doctorow, Cory(2008)Recently Added Review
Little Brother
Young Adult

When the Golden Gate Bridge is bombed, leaving scores dead and injured and chaos in the streets, the city comes under military siege in the name of Homeland Security. Marcus Yallow, a teen hacker who is targeted as a security threat by paranoid and/or power-mad shadow-figures, leads a movement to take back the city. This story is about the battle waged between the subversives and a corrupt power, with the battlefield occurring in the streets, the media and on the Web. The message is clear: we must take an active stand in our governance; otherwise, the power-hungry few will terrorize the majority and marginalize the powerless. Taut, suspenseful and completely plausible, Little Brother will appeal to the tech-savvy and the forward-thinking.

Reviewed by Sarah K., Morrison Regional

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Homeland

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Doctorow, Cory(2013)Recently Added Review
Homeland
Young Adult

Picking up where Little Brother leaves off, Marcus Yallow is now an unemployed college dropout, following the collapse of the US economy and his parents’ job loss. He’s trying to leave behind the brutality, but chance meetings at the Burning Man event leave Marcus with a lead on a job and with a USB drive chock full of documents that expose widespread government and corporate treachery. Doctorow takes the themes from Little Brother and adds the events that have arisen in the five years since: economic collapse, collusion between government and corporations, and damning documents that expose that collusion. For those who believe in watching their government with both eyes open, this powerful thriller will inspire action.

Reviewed by Sarah K., Morrison Regional

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The Woken Gods

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Bond, Gwenda(2013)Recently Added Review
The Woken Gods
Young Adult

Imagine if the entire world`s collection of gods and goddesses--Sumerian, Greek, Norse--who supposedly ruled the earth came back to life. They were awakened before the book opens, and humans are aware of them. The story is set in Washington, D.C., the seat of power for both the immortals and humans. Four teens--Kyra, Bree, Tam and Oz--are related to powerful adults within the human government. But, these four also become snarled in the business of the immortals. Kyra`s father has been accused of stealing an important, powerful relic. Since this relic has magical powers, he will be executed on the `Solstice` unless it is returned. The teens must prevent this from happening. The adventure has many twists and turns. Mysterious people, prophecies and misdirection abounds.

Reviewed by Thea J., South County Regional

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Evil Librarian

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Knudsen, Michelle(2014)Recently Added Review
Evil Librarian
Young Adult

Cynthia Rothschild just wants to hang out with her best friend Annie, work on the school’s production of Sweeney Todd and daydream about making out with the lead. That is, until Annie starts acting strange, almost zombie-like, and skipping class to spend way too much time in the library. As more students fall prey to the same symptoms, Cynthia tries to figure out what is wrong with Annie and uncovers that truth about the new librarian; he is a demon. Will the show go on? Can Cynthia save Annie? And what exactly is going on in the library? Mixing humor, horror and a bit of romance, Knudsen crafts a quick paced novel that is hard to put down.

Reviewed by Katie A., Mint Hill Branch

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