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Author: C.C. Payne

This book, about fifth grader Lulu Bell Bonner, is a great book. Lulu Bell wants to fit in with the mean popular girls and keeps ignoring her real friend, Alan. She tries hiding her brains and musical talent. When her Grandma Bernice dies, Lulu Bell realizes something important about friendship and "letting your light shine". This book would get four out of five stars.

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Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux

16-year-old Dan Crawford spends his summer at New Hampshire College Prep. The dormitory he is assigned to is none other than the infamous—converted and newly renovated--Brookline Sanitarium. Soon after his arrival at the college, Dan makes friends with Abby and Jordan, who soon find themselves exploring the abandoned, eerie hidden recesses of the Brookline. Soon after their first midnight escapade, the trio begins experiencing the supernatural. Dan receives mysterious notes and visions, Abby’s mood takes a turn for the disgruntled, and Jordan begins losing sleep over frightening nightmares. The events that unfold beg the question, did these teens choose Brookline, or did Brookline choose them?

Asylum is a great book for those that read and enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Roux employs some really creepy found-photographs to help the reader feel a part of the story. It is a bit of a scary read, but not too scary so fans of the thriller genre may like this one as well as the horror fans and adrenaline junkies.

My Reaction: I liked this book. Ever since Rigg’s book (referenced above), I have taken an interest in books that use “found photography.” I think it is a really neat way to get a better picture of what the characters are experiencing. I also enjoyed that this book was creepy without ever crossing the line which makes it appropriate for a range of audiences. On the negative side, I thought the characters were a little bit flat and could have been better developed and there were some loose ends (i.e. strange “coincidences”) that never get fully explained. Maybe you can chalk this up to it being the first in a series, but I doubt it. The overall plot was well-done and the setting was fabulous. I might re-read this one just in case I missed something. Grades 7 and up.

Themes: Ghosts, Haunted, Insane Asylum, Sanitarium, Summer School, Prep School, Mystery, History, Friends 

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Author: Nina LaCour

Colby has been best friends with Bev ever since they were young children. (They are now high school graduates.) Bev is in a band with two other young women, Meg and Alexa. The band has some end of the summer gigs before college begins. Colby is the driver for the band on this small tour. Through his eyes we discover his conflicts over who he is; how he behaves; how he misunderstands relationships around him. (I give the author a lot of credit for being able to write as a teen male protagonist.) The tour, and all of the events that the four experience during it (running Sunday to Saturday)both large and small, show how one intense week can change the course of lives. Colby finally gets both closer to Bev and, in my opinion, healthily dis-attached so that he can shape his own future. The teens witnessing of the adults in their lives and how they have coped with "life questions" gave a layer of richness to the story. This book also highlighted that no matter what stage you are in your life, there are struggles. However, art (in all its forms) is a powerful elixir.

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Author: Cecily von Ziegesar

Jenny Humphry gets booted from the prestigious Constance Billard only to be excepted by the elite Waverly Academy Boarding School. She is determined to be the 'New Jenny' by becoming the IT GIRL.

I know it is a short summary but the book has a lot of important details, and if they're said you won't need to read the book.

I recommend this book to all TEENS because it shows that everyone sees themselves different than everybody else. (If anyone understood that!)

Holes

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Title: Holes
Author: Louis Sachar

It's a story about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two boys bcome best friends in probably the worst place ever! Read and find out.

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Author: Sharon G. Flake

Begging for Change is the sequel to Money Hungry and again we find Raspberry Hill telling us the continuing story of her life. She tells us about her momma getting hurt, taking money from one of her girls, falling in love with Sato and about her dad. Her dad shows up when momma gets hurt and takes advantage of Raspberry's good heart. She is hurt when he steals from her, even though she has done the same thing. She wonders if maybe she is just like him. Throughout the story she has people who support her, love her and try to show her that she can do better, that even though she looks just like her dad she doesn't have to turn out like him.

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Author: Wendy Mass

Amanda can have a great birthday party without Leo, right? Amanda and Leo have shared the same birthday parties since they were 1. But then Amanda over hears Leo say things that she don't like. Now they are no longer friends and that means not having the same party. So Amandas 11th birthday is Halloween themed. It is gonna be awesome right? Wrong. Her dress is itchy, her shoes are to tight, and to make it worse, most of the kids go to Leos party! And to make things better, she has to live it the next day. And the day after that. Then Amanda figures out Leo is also reliving Friday! Now they have to work together to figure out what is going on. Will they ever see another Saterday? But most importantly, will they ever be friends? FInd out in this great read.

AMAZING!

Author: Melody Carlson

Caitlyn and her friends are finally going to Mexico for the mission trip!! Yay!! Then when they see the faimilies in the dump, she feels so bad! So when she gets back, she starts an organization. So now school started up again, and Jenny wants to be friends again!! So they are hanging out and then Beanie tells Caitlyn that she thinks Jenny is anorexic. Caitlyn is really shocked. Why would she think that? But then Caitlyn notices jenny only drinks diet soda. Now she is worried. So when Caitlyn tries to help, Jenny gets mad. Anonamusly, CAitlyn sends a letter to Jenny's mom. Big mistake! Now Jenny has to go to New Haven, kind of like a mental institution. Jenny now has to use feeding tubes down her throat! Then Jenny, Beanie, and Caitlyn become best friends. To find out if she gets better, read the book! And the series!!

AMAZING!

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Author: Melody Carlson

Caitlyn O'Conner is just a normal girl. She has 1 best friend-Beanie. But then when Caitlyn starts hanging with Jenny, the popular girl, Beanie has totally new friends. But then Caitlyn realizes being popular is just like an act. Acting to be perfect. When nobody is perfect. Then,Jenny's boyfriend Josh decides to kiss Caitlyn! How will she tell Jenny? Will she? And then she finds that her dad may be having an affair! Poor Mom? How will she tell her that? And will she be friends with Beanie again? Will it help Beanie may be pregnant? Find this out when you read this amazing book! Don't for get the rest of the series!

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Author: Lauren Myracle

Carly and Anna are sisters and are very close. Once Carly comes back from summer camp, she finds out that Anna is now "hot" and all the girls are jealous of her. In school, boys can't help but eye Anna and tell Carly how hot her sister is. Annoyed and angry, Carly turns to her best friend Peyton for help, but instead Peyton allies with Anna. Then there's the new boy, Cole. And Carly can't help but feel drawn to him. To get him to like her, Carly tries to do all the things that doesn't make her her, like cutting classes. When the girls parents go out of town,

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