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Welcome to the book blog, featuring reviews for teens from InfoSoup librarians and users!

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Author: rodman philbrick

The last book in the universe is a book of many mistories it tels of a boys journy to the union. It talks of a boy who has to leave his adoptive family because his adoptive father thought that he was gettin to close to sister who had cancer. The boy ends up havin to run from his sector, to see what else there is out there in the near by areas. Before he leaves his area he meets one of the oldest man left alive and the man had the last book left on the earth. Before the boy left his area the man went with him on a journey that brought the boy to savin his sister and figuring out who his real father and mother are. overall i would rate this book at a seven out of ten.

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Author: E.D. Baker

Quite sadly, I hardly have time to review these days. Heck, I hardly have time to READ these days! But when I came across 'The Wide Awake Princess' by E.D. Baker, I knew I had time enough to read it.

The story is simple enough: Princess Gwendolyn (aka Sleeping Beauty) has a younger sister, Annabell (or Annie), who is completely unaffected by magic of any kind, due to the one spell placed on her. In fact, she reverses any magic in the area where she is. Her family stays away from her so that their magically enhanced beauty, charm, and grace do not fade. Annie is just herself. Even though she is a little lonely at times, she doesn't want to be someone she's not, due to magic. At any rate, when Annie's sister's curse comes true, Annie feels the need to break it. The whole kingdom is at stake while the castle sleeps! So she sets out on a quest to find Gwendolyn's true love: a prince of any kind. And she runs into all kinds of princes...

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Author: Lisi Harrison

I had to read this to see why teens love it so much. I have to say that now I get it! The five main characters are so wealthy, self-absorbed and spoiled that it is laughable. However,they are really friends with one another and they are maturing so they are interesting to read about. The writing is very clever. For example, in this book the Tiffany's jewelry box takes on a whole new meaning and life for itself at school. I don't want to be a spoiler so I won't say anymore. For sure, if I was a teen I would be picking up the others in the series. They are fast reads and chock full of the texting terms and circumstances that teens are dealing with.

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Yes, I judged this book by its cover and I knew I had to read it. Even though fictional,I learned so much about the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, and I ended up being so proud of Amal for wearing it. With humor and poignancy, the author does a marvelous job of portraying young adulthood and what it is like for young people to stand up for their religion. I was given an attitude adjustment, also, as I have had a terrible aversion to the hijab (thinking that it oppresses women) without taking the time to learn more about it. This book shows how the clash of the "old world" and the "modern world" happens to all of us. Also, Amal's growing friendship with a grumpy Greek woman reflects very well how everyone fights hard to assimilate and everyone prizes family life.

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Author: Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman. I never thought you could capture the teenage voice the same way you did in Godless, but I'm happy to say that I was wrong, wrong, wrong! Kalleigh lives in the suburbs with her father who is a lawyer, and her mother who is a housewife. On the surface, they are a typical middle class family, with the strangest thing about them being that Kalleigh's wardrobe mainly consists of black and gray clothing. I almost didn't pick up this book because I'm not a huge fan of plot driven stories, and I figured it would mostly be action-related. But, I was wrong. The story has you focusing on the whys. Why doesn't Kalleigh's "boyfriend" have noticeable feelings toward her? Why does her father continue to defend a client who is clearly guilty of assault? Why is her dad driving around in the middle of the day when he is supposed to be at work? Why does Kalleigh's mom drink too much at book club? And most importantly, Why does Kalleigh feel so inclined to steal cars? This book will have you thinking about appearances, and the inner turmoil we all go through, doing our best to cope and feel alive.

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Author: Julius Lester

Wow! This book just blew me away. The content is mind blowing. Two seemingly content and adjusted adults, Rachel/mom/artist and Eric/dad/psychologist have a marriage that is disintegrating until the horrible fateful day when Eric kills Rachel by two bullets to the head in front of a coffee shop in broad daylight. The story is told in turns by their two children Jenna and Jeremy who are about at the age of adolescence. Subsequently, Jenna and Jeremy have to make some very adult decisions. Among them, will they testify in favor of their dad in court? Who will they choose to live with out of relatives and friends? Where will they live? You read the headlines in the paper about such acts of violence but it is only after having read this book that I realize how many complicated (& sad) layers there are to such a story. There are distinct sexual threads in this book and some language. I would recommend this book to mature Young Adults. It is definitely haunting.

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Author: Wendy Mass

Welcome to the Moon Shadow Campground where thousand of star gazers have gathered with their family and friends to watch the solar eclipse.  Meet three teens: Ally, Bree and Jack.  All very different, all in a difficult situation.  Told in alternating voices, we discover that each character has layers of personality and Wendy Mass does a great job in blending them to each other throughout the book.  I learned a lot about astronomy, too.  If you liked Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl you'll love Every Soul a Star.  Oh, and this book made me want to go camping....

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Author: Elizabeth Partridge

John Lennon is most famous for being one of the Beatles. He and Paul McCartney have written so many songs that will outlast most of our lifetimes. But the Beatles were only together for a small fraction of John Lennon's life. And yet, he never really got away from being identified as a Beatle. Partridge's book does a good job of portraying Lennon's life before, during and after the Beatles. The photos in the book are so interesting and many I had not seen before. You learn about his life with his first wife and his complex relationship with his second wife, Yoko Ono. Lennon was complicated and many times lived a life of contradiction. You find out he wasn't always very nice, as a matter of fact he behaved very badly on and off throughout his life.

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