From Divya Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Melvin Burgess
Nicholas Dane by Melvin Burgess is a book about fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane, who seems like your typical popular boy (good looks, leader,etc.), getting everything whisked away from him when his mother dies after a heroin overdose. Nicholas goes to live with Jenny, his mother’s best friend but he is eventually relocated to Meadow Hill Assessment Center after he gets into a fight at school. This isn’t just any boarding school, it’s one for boys with violence issues and he soon realizes that after a couple of fights. There he befriends a boy named Oliver and both of them have to face the inhumane wrath of the home’s deputy head, Tony Creal. Read this book to find out if the boys get out alive and sane! I would give this book eight out of ten stars (ten being the highest) because it is very interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. However, this story takes place in Britain, so there are many English terms that you may not be familiar with!
From Elaine Pasquali
author: Silone, Ignazio
This novel, set in a poverty-stricken village in southern Italy under Mussolini’s regime, is a classic study of the human condition. The village is being legally robbed of a vital resource, water, that puts their already marginal exhistance at further jeapody. This novel is both heart wrenching and earthly humorous. It’s meaning can be applied to any people, at any period of history, who are rendered powerless by their socio-economic-political environment. Fontamara is truly a novel that transcends time.
From Erem, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Standiford, Natalie
How To Say Goodbye in Robot
This is a very creative novel about two people uncovering their identities through their friendship. “How to Say Goodbye in Robot”, is about Beatrice, a new girl moving to a new town. She experiences many obstacles and surprises when she meets Jonah Tate. As their friendship grows stronger, they uncover their identities as Ghost Boy and Robot Girl through the night show “The Night Light” show. They both have obstacles in their lives, which they fight or solve together. In the end, their friendship becomes a bond that is not breakable. Is their friendship about more than being friends? Read the book to find more about the story. I would recommend this book to teens who like reading about friendship novels. Overall, “How to Say Goodbye in Robot” creates a suspenseful mood that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
From Darci, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Prose, Francine
This is a very emotional book about a girl, Maisie, who is violated on the school bus by three of her best guy friends who she realizes later, aren’t her best friends at all. As things get tougher in school for Maisie, she realizes she could really use some support from them. Her step-mom wanting to proceed in a lawsuit aganist the three boys isn’t helping at all and makes Maisie relive the horrific experience over and over again. This book is ok for anyone ages 12 and above. The story is suspenseful, makes you wonder what really did happen, and warns of the effects that lying can have.
It leaves a mark on you long after your done reading the book. I thought it was very good and would recommend it to others.
From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pearson, Mary E.
The Miles Between
The Miles Between is a unique story about four unique people. The main character is Destiny Faraday, a student at Hedgebrook Academy who tends to separate herself from the other students. Destiny has secrets, but chooses not to share them with anyone. All she truly wants in life is just “one fair day” where the good guy wins and everything works out for the best. One day Destiny and three of her classmates, Seth, Mira and Aidan happen to find a running convertible conveniently located on school grounds, and for once they decide to break the monotonous routine that has consumed then since they came to Hedgebrook. Throughout that trip they find friendship and much more. The foursome was able to put to rest many of the difficult things they had each endured during their short lives. Destiny is the one who has suffered the most, and thanks to her newfound friends, she is able to find peace and a brighter tomorrow. The Miles Between is a story of fate, friendship, and accepting and confronting our past as a part of who we are as people. I would
recommend this for teenage readers, as the story provides an interesting perspective on life that will make a reader appreciate all that he or she has. It is an emotional story that I will not soon forget.
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Madigan, L.K.
The Mermaid’s Mirror
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan is a great book about sixteen-year-old Lena, who lives on the beach but has never surfed in her whole life. The reason for this is her father, a former surfer who almost drowned years ago and banned her from doing so. But one day she sees a mermaid staring at her from far out of the ocean when she is walking along the beach. This along with sleepwalking, fainting, and random bouts of amnesia is enough to drive anyone insane. But her constant attraction to the sea leads to her discoveries about herself and her family, including her biological mother who was “lost.” Lena finds out that she comes from two totally different worlds and must make a difficult choice between true love and her family. This half realistic fiction and fantasy book will keep you turning the pages for more. I would give this book eight out of ten stars because its a great read for everyone and it is very easy to relate to Lena. A word of caution is that this book doesnt exactly have a fairy-tale ending so if you are looking for that, this might not be the best book for you. Overall, this is a great read for anyone who loves realistic fiction but at the same time is captivated by magic and mystery. So go out and read The Mermaid’s Mirror!
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Keplinger, Kody
Bianca, from the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger, has problems in her life. Her mother, who is never home, might divorce her dad, who is a recovering alcoholic. She feels as though she is the “duff” in her group of friends, or the “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend,” the weak link. Her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart when she was fourteen, is visiting town from his college with his fiancee. The boy she has a massive crush on, Toby, doesn’t even know that she exists. Bianca wants a distraction, a way to let out all these emotions so she won’t go crazy. So she starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, her high school’s womanizer. She doesn’t like him at all, she actually despises him, but all she is looking for is a fling and that is exactly what Wesley can provide. But Bianca actually finds out they have more in common then she thought and realizes that she might actually care for him. And what will happen when all the problems she has been running away from catch up!
with her? Read the book to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl to a girl in middle or high school. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it truly is an excellent read for any girl as it explores important issues such as self-esteem, reputations, and many more that are easy to relate too. However, this book contains a lot of mature content so the reader should probably be over the age of 10. So go out and read The Duff!