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Boy's Life
4.32
really liked it
Cory lives for summers in his idyllic hometown of Zephyr, Alabama - the bike rides, carnivals, little league games, and camping trips are the rites of ...more
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Jul 14, 2011
 
The Passion of Dolssa
3.94
liked it
"The Passion of Dolssa" is a harrowing read set amongst the Inquisitions of medieval France, when innocent women were persecuted and murdered for 'her ...more
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Dec 29, 2016
 
Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
3.87
really liked it
I really enjoyed "Dumplin'," particularly because of Willowdean's very real voice, the body positivity (not addressed enough in YA fiction, IMO) and t ...more
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Mar 31, 2016
 
Naruto, Vol. 01: The Tests of the Ninja (Naruto, #1)
4.34
really liked it
I've never been a huge manga reader, so I recently took the plunge with the first three volumes of "Naruto" in a handy omnibus edition to try to disco ...more
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Oct 20, 2011
 
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
4.10
it was amazing
Jimmy Corrigan is a lonely guy: a jittery, unattractive middle-aged man trapped in a dead-end job. The days bleed into each other, his only escape bei ...more
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Jun 15, 2011
 
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
3.51
really liked it
Kirsten is a talented and gifted seventh grader attending an expensive private school in Northern California. While she has little trouble navigating ...more
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Oct 04, 2011
 
Jasper Jones
4.06
liked it
We've all made bad decisions at one point or another. Charlie, the narrator of this novel, makes a particularly bad one when he decides to help outcas ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2011
 
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
3.93
really liked it
Lumatere was a peaceful kingdom...until the dark days a decade ago, when the royal family was murdered, the heir to the throne fell in battle, and the ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2011
 
Little Brother
3.94
really liked it
Teenage hacker Marcus and his friends thought they were experts at computer subterfuge, having mastered their school's surveillance measures and writt ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
 
The Berlin Boxing Club
4.14
really liked it
Karl is growing up Jewish in Nazi Germany. When his father trades famous real-life boxing champion Max Schmeling a painting for lessons, the sport qui ...more
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Nov 05, 2011
 
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
3.95
really liked it
In 1994, Chicago gangbanger Robert "Yummy" Sandifer (nicknamed for his love of sweets) was gunning for a rival gang member in an effort to prove himse ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
Firegirl
3.75
really liked it
Tony Abbott’s Firegirl is a short, deceptively simple tale of middle school adversity. Tom is an awkward, slightly overweight, not particularly popula ...more
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Sep 30, 2011
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
3.98
liked it
achel Hartman's debut fantasy novel Seraphina has been receiving a lot of praise and buzz in the teen fiction world. Not only do I try to stay abreast ...more
not set
Dec 06, 2012
 
Silhouetted by the Blue
3.70
really liked it
Ever since their mother died in a car accident, Henry and Serena's life has been going downhill. It's not necessarily dealing with the grief, but more ...more
not set
Oct 06, 2011
 
Laika
3.96
really liked it
With the launch of Sputnik I in 1957, the Soviet Union officially caught space hysteria; Premier Kruschev vowed to rush another rocket in space within ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2011
 
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist
3.29
liked it
This was a strange book - and a tough one to summarize! Idea Deity (his actual name) has invented a fake band on the Internet named 'Youforia' that, u ...more
not set
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Steep & Thorny Way
3.87
really liked it
Cat Winters presents Oregon's checkered racial history through the eyes of Hannalee, a biracial teen coming of age in the 1920s in a rural part of the ...more
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Oct 26, 2016
 
Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)
3.85
really liked it
Shannon Hale's 2008 graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge is an alternate take ('Fractured Fairytale') on the classic Rapunzel story. Here, Rapunzel's 'mot ...more
not set
Oct 20, 2011
 
Fever 1793
3.89
really liked it
"Fever 1793" is historical fiction from Laurie Halse Anderson, who is undoubtedly one of the masters of the genre for youth. I was immediately wrapped ...more
not set
Oct 18, 2011
 
The Lie Tree
3.87
really liked it
Add this to your 'must read' list if you like dark, gothic mysteries with supernatural elements. Faith accompanies her archaeologist father to a dig o ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2016
 
Salt to the Sea
4.37
really liked it
I liked the other two books by Ruta Sepetys, "Out of the Easy" and "Between Shades of Gray," but this one is probably my favorite of hers so far. Once ...more
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Aug 12, 2016
 
Heroes of the Valley
3.43
really liked it
What makes a hero? Halli is certainly an unlikely candidate - stocky, unattractive, and decidedly non-altruistic, he spends his days fighting with his ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2011
 
Recovery Road
3.79
liked it
As the book opens, high school student 'Mad Dog' Maddy is in the middle of a stint in rehab to recover from a drug and alcohol problem that nearly kil ...more
not set
Sep 01, 2011
 
Rapture Practice
3.94
really liked it
Growing up in an extremely conservative Baptist family in Kansas, Aaron Hartzler was taught to believe that the Rapture was coming at any time, so he ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2013
 
Dead End in Norvelt
3.71
liked it
"Dead End In Norvelt" is a black comedy coming-of-age novel set in the small town of Norvelt, PA during one crazy summer in the youth of Jack Gantos. ...more
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Nov 22, 2011
 
Out of Shadows
3.79
liked it
This book has intriguing descriptions of the brutality and confusion of life in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s. The main character, Robert Jacklin, is fi ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2011
 
Highly Illogical Behavior
4.02
really liked it
Solomon is an agoraphobic teenager who hasn't left his house in over three years. His life changes when he meets Lisa, who has been determined to meet ...more
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Feb 11, 2017
 
The Big Book of Pop Culture: A How-To Guide for Young Artists
3.53
liked it
We spend our lives immersed in pop culture and the cult of celebrity to the degree that celebrity obsession has been identified as an actual clinical ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2011
 
Parasyte, Volume 1
4.26
really liked it
You've seen a million alien invasion / pod people stories, and this one is a bit similar - aliens arrive on Earth looking to colonize people's brains ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2011
 
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
4.04
really liked it
Here in the U.S. we often get the Disney-ized versions (no slight against classic animated films, of course) of the tales from the good Brothers Grimm ...more
not set
Apr 30, 2011
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