Book Genre: Fiction

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S. E. Grove
lisab
4

What an interesting premise - a time disruption has caused the world to evolve into different eras and now Sophia, the niece of Shadrack a cartographer, has to save the world. And there are maps – lot’s of lovely different kinds of maps – water maps, glass maps, sand maps, ice maps all in...

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Pat McKissack
Josh
4

    Not many people know about the Gullah people of coastal South Carolina and fewer people know about their culture, myths and legends. For this reason I jumped at the chance to review this book. In it, we meet a young girl called Precious who must stay at home by herself and she...

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Raymond Chandler
Zac
5

I wake up dazed and disoriented after reading Raymond Chandler, feeling much like I do after a night of drinking. Consciousness creeps up on me before I can get out of the way. I feel a bit wicked, my body too heavy to move, my mouth too dry to speak. There’s always a dusty and empty thudding in...

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Greg Neri
Josh
4

There are few books that can combine cowboys, family drama, inner city life and still have an authentic feel. In Ghetto Cowboys, we meet Cole, a troubled boy who lives with his mother in Detroit. His shenanigans have pushed his mother to the edge and she decides to carry him to Philadelphia to...

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Isabel Quintero
Hope H
4

Gabi is a "Mexican fat girl". She loves her family, and food, and poetry, and maybe even Martin Espada. Also food. But no matter what she loves, she's pessimistic about her life. And why shouldn't she be? She's a virgin, she's poor, her father's a crackhead, her best friend is pregnant and her...

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Benjamin Whitmer
Zac
5

This one hits like a blow to the chest, knocking the wind right out and leaving you with a feeling of falling. As the pages turn and the story unfolds, you begin to realize that it’s the falling that is really getting to you, not so much that initial hit. Because when you’re falling, it’s easy...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
3

Georgie McCool is on the verge of making her dream a reality, but then other things get in the way, like Christmas and family. Throughout most of the story, Georgie is realizing that she has had it easy throughout her career and married life. And because she didn't realize this earlier, she may...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
4

I liked this book because I think the age of the main characters is very relatable to me. They are in their late twenties.  Each character is struggling with the realities of being an adult and how things don't always turn out they way you expect or want them to. One of the many reasons, I...

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Ian Culbard
Becker
4

Following 3 people in different parts of the world when everyone around them disappears, Celeste is an unusual, beautiful, and thought-provoking book. In L.A., a man finds himself alone on the highway after being cut off from a frantic call from his wife--and then he finds another man in the...

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Brennan Lee Mulligan
Becker
4

What does it really mean to be a hero? This is the central question of this fun and thought-provoking graphic novel, which started as a web comic and was funded as a print book through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Alison Green is one of many of her generation who got super powers--she...

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Barry Lyga
Kristen M
5

"I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga follows the life of 17 year old Jasper Dent, son of the infamous serial killer Billy Dent. As a child, Jasper was witness to his fathers violent serial killing lifestyle. When most children learned to tie their shoes and ride bikes, Jasper was learning how to...

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David Foster Wallace
Hana
5

One of my favorite books of all time and in my opinion the greatest comedic masterpiece in fiction, books in general, the world?! This is certainly Wallace’s greatest work and one that is touching, uncomfortable, and all consuming. Set at both a prestigious tennis academy and a halfway house,...

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David Levithan
ShellyB
4

A is a human without a body, who switches to a different body every day, experiencing for that one day what it is like to be that person, living that life, engaging with that person's friends, family, and girlfriend or boyfriend.  With each new day A's goal is to disrupt the new body's life...

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Isaiah Campbell
Josh
4

    Can a book designed for middle grade readers combine the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War and be funny, exciting and informative?  After reading this book I would have to say yes. Isaiah Campbell has crafted a novel that is hard to put down as he traces the adventures of...

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Zane
CoCo Supreme23
4

I enjoy books that entertain and give me something to sink my teeth into, this is why I thoroughly enjoyed reading Addicted by Zane.  Zoe Reynard has it all: a great marriage, three beautiful children, and a thriving company. But, Zoe has a dark secret…..she is addicted to sex.  Zoe...

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Jean Thompson
Liberty
4

Jean Thompson's mostly contemporary retellings of classic fairy tales brim with "grimm" and convey an undertone of Shirley Jackson-esque dread. Fabulous!

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Kazuaki Takano
Becker
3

Translated from the Japanese, this thriller spans the globe (The Congo, Japan, The United States) and tackles issues such as human evolution, whether war/genocide defines our species, and power. A 1975 report detailed the ways humans might become extinct, including nuclear war. Now, one of those...

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Gayle Forman
Angelita
4

This is the sequel to If I Stay, and I liked the book more than the predecessor. The first book was emotional, but the emotions in this book were even more intense and relatable to the reader. While, the first book deals with a great tragedy, not everyone can fully understand the...

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Gayle Forman
Angelita
3

I enjoyed the book, but I think sometimes I didn't like all the flashbacks. Although, they were very necessary because of the storyline of the book. The flashbacks did introduce characters and fleshed out some characters as well. At times, it felt like the flashback happened at an inopportune...

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Eugene Yelchin
Josh
4

Soccer is unquestionably the world's game and has legions of fans who experience the highs and lows of each game and discuss the team feverishly all week. Some of the biggest stars of today came from humble backgrounds but they have used their skill to create a better life for themselves and...

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Haruki Murakami
Hana
4

A lovely, little hopeless fairy tale, which reminded me that I prefer my fairy tales like this. The pictures are wonderful and as you could expect Murakami makes you very hungry with his beautiful descriptions of food. It doesn't hurt that it takes place in a library with a terrifying...

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Sister Souljah
Josh
4

       In college I  heard Sister Souljah speak at a forum held at my school and I remember her words were very powerful and  moving. Certain things she said had the auditorium in rapt attention.  This novel is no different. I went into it with low expectations...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Hope H
5

Willow Chance is a quirky 12 year old genius who loves plants and numbers and diagnosing people's medical conditions. Most people find her to be off-putting and just plain weird, so her biggest support in life are her adoptive parents. But when they die in a car accident, Willow is left in the...

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Veronica Roth
Angelita
4

I would consider Divergent my first dystopian novel and I mostly chose to read it because of the movie. Darn those movie execs! What I did find out, is that I enjoyed the book very much.  I believe the character of Tris is well-developed. She seemed realistic to me because today's teen...

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Michael Rex
Josh
4

    I saw this book on an ALA list of books for young readers and the premise- a kid barbarian from another dimension comes to Earth and settles in a third grade class- is so original that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Fangbone is witty and provides a tongue in...