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The Option

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Brown, Herman(2014)Recently Added Review
The Option
Young Adult

Gary dreams of being the starting quarterback of his high school football team. The current quarterback, Shane, is better than him, so Gary tries to accept that. But it does not help that Shane taunts Gary and makes him feel second-best. Shane has his own problems with drinking and driving, and supposedly his next offense will have him taken off the football team. What happens when Gary catches Shane, on film, in a compromising situation with alcohol? Will this be his chance to move into the top spot? This book contains play-by-play action while including current event issues like the use of social media, HIV, and divorce.

Reviewed by Jeanenne R., Matthews Branch

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The Girl from the Well

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Chupeco, Rin(2014)Recently Added Review
The Girl from the Well
Young Adult

A dead girl is seeking vengeance for the wrongful death given to her; she only seeks child killers, like the man who harmed her so long ago. From her perch on the ceiling, she realizes an evil spirit is upon her when a strange tattooed boy named Tark moves into the neighborhood. What is that evil lurking around him? Tark has no idea, he just knows his mom keeps trying to kill him. From the suburbs of America to the ancient shrines in Japan, this book will have you captivated. Oddly, you will be cheering for Okiku as she harms dark and evil people. If you enjoy Japanese horror, or just a good spooky ghost story, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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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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Reality Boy

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King, A.S.(2013)Recently Added Review
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Reality Boy
Young Adult

Gerald Faust became a reality TV star at five-years-old. Now 16 and still dealing with the anger issues that made him infamous, Gerald struggles to adjust to high school. His classmates and teachers think they know Gerald, but they only know the edited and warped version of five-year-old Gerald that aired on television years ago. They also don`t know about the family secrets the television cameras didn`t reveal. Gerald narrates his story in fast-paced language, jumping back and forth between the present-day and the events that occurred during his reality show years. Despite his understandable cynicism, Gerald`s story is a tale of healing and ultimately about the path one takes to find a place in the world on your own terms.

Reviewed by Bobbie M., Independence 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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