Children - Young Adult

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

Slow to start, this haunting novel follows two friends bonded through the realities of war. Separated before one crash lands the plane she is piloting, "Verity," thought to be a British spy, is captured by the Gestapo and tortured for information. "Kittyhawk" lands in enemy territory, and must find a way to survive, as well as piece together Verity's disappearance and save her before it's too late.
Clever, dark, and filled with twists and turns as sharp as barbed wire, the bonds of friendship and loyalty are truly tested in this harrowing historical fiction. Endings rarely give me nightmares, but this one did. Totally worth the read. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062908025
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Published: HarperTeen - January 7th, 2020

A novel in verse about the self-inflicted shooting of a teenage boy and its consequences in a backwater Maine town. The realistic, unflinching, yet poetic and elegant narration by the victim's younger sister demonstrates that even the grimmest of tales cannot subvert the inherent promise of life. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

Sorcery of Thorns is a spellbinding novel filled with action, magic, and anthropomorphic books. It is so unique; unlike anything I've read before. Not only is the plot just incredible, but the characters are also very well written. I fell in love with the 6'3" heroine, Elizabeth, the 6'1' Magister, Nathaniel (who is also bisexual), and the little demon, Silas. A refreshing novel for sure. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524738358
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Published: Philomel Books - November 5th, 2019

Song of the Crimson Flower is a fast-paced fantasy romance with an engaging plot and lovable characters. It is Dao’s third novel set in the same world as her Rise of the Empress series. As someone who hasn’t read her other books, I can honestly say that everything was explained perfectly, so there was no confusion; you can enjoy this novel without knowing the events of the previous books. Besides the romance, my favorite thing about this book was the underlying moral that second chances are possible and there are many that deserve that chance. Everyone makes mistakes in life and I enjoyed seeing this represented in a YA fantasy novel. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

In a world where death has been eradicated, Citra and Rowan are enlisted to become apprentices to a Scythe. Since natural death no longer exists, Scythes are needed to keep the population in check. Through our two main protagonists’ perspectives, as well as through letters from older Scythes, Shusterman is about to build on his unique world. The plot itself is also very fast-paced and filled with strong, well-developed characters. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Frankly in Love by David Yoon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

It has been quite some time since a Young Adult novel has impacted me the way that Frankly In Love by David Yoon has. A coming of age story that addresses hard-hitting topics such as race, sexuality, and family dynamics; with excellent prose, a lovable narrator, and characters that will make you laugh, and cry. There truly is something for everyone in this novel. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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