Imagine waking up 100 years from now; the boy you loved has had an entire life without you and has died, your parents are long gone, the house you grew up in probably doesn't even exist anymore, the language and slang of your youth has become old school, and everything you do feels unfamiliar. That's the existence Tegan Oglietti starts to live when she is brought back to life in 2027, 100 years after she died. She finds out that she has signed away any rights she thought she had, and she is the property of the government. Worse then that, they clearly have a plan for her, and it is not something she wants for herself. Tegan finds friends and romance where she doesn't expect it, but also finds out that what she was told was her purpose is not really the truth. Tegan is one of those take no prisoner kind of girls, and you'll be cheering for her throughout the entire tale.
The Way Back From Broken captures the pain, bewilderment and betrayal felt when a younger sibling dies. Two children, each of whom has experienced the death of a sibling, end up taking a canoe trip with one of their moms. She injures herself, and the two children must make the four day trip back to civilization to get help for the injured adult they were forced to leave behind. Although the content deals with the heartbreaking topic of death of young children, the tale is not depressing and contains what feels like authentic descriptions of the feelings of the surviving children. Much of their canoe journey is metaphoric for having the courage to continue on. I was able to read this through an advance digital copy provided by Net Gallery. One warning is that early on in the story there is reference to a friend who wants to get laid, so it is probably best read by those who are older.
You just can't help but like Willow Chance and the whole time you're rooting for things to work out for her.
Humorous and heartbreaking at the same time, it's a book about oddballs, friendship and the everyday miracles that happen when strangers connect.
I liked the cover, and I liked the fact that the story was told in verse and prose.
By 2054 in India, things have turned around due to gender selection, and the ratio of boys to girls is 5 to 1. When the Prime Minister does nothing to stop this decline, women take control of the problem and create their own country called Koyanagar (protected by a wall, and guarded by boys and men) where a series of tests determines which boy gets to wed the very valuable girls who become available at 17. Sudasa has come of age and is asked to watch the trials and pick her match. Once she recognizes that one of the contestants is her second cousin and realizes that the supposedly fair trial is fixed, she is determined not to go along with what her grandmother wants. Ironically one of the contestants, Kiran, who Sudasa starts to help just so her cousin won't win, is determined NOT to win the trial because he doesn't wish to marry. He and his father have other plans. Interesting idea.
Callum Hunt has been warned by his father that succeeding at the Iron Trial and being accepted to the Magisterium would be the worst thing that could possibly happen to him. Despite Callum's best intentions to NOT succeed, he does and he is welcomed into the school even though he doesn't want to be there. There's a great twist near the end of the book which would spoil things if you knew, so I'm not mentioning it, but does it EVER make you want to read book two!
Some have suggested that this is just a Harry Potter clone. While there are some similarities (such as a perfectionist friend, Tamara, and a second male friend, Aaron), it definitely stands on its own with settings like the Magisterium, with its caves and tunnels and creatures such as Havoc, the Chaos-ridden wolf and Warren the lizard. Can't wait to read book two! Definitely recommend this for Harry Potter fans.
While exploring their mansion one day, twins Victor and Konrad stumble upon a place known as the dark library where they find some interesting reading, and subsequently get warned by their father to stay away from that room. When Konrad falls ill, Victor, their beautiful cousin Elizabeth and their friend Henry become involved in a search for three ingredients needed to make the Elixir of Life to save Konrad. Suspense, interesting characters, romance, and peril all combine to make this a thrilling read.
This is much more light-hearted content than what I'm accustomed to reading from Eric Walters, but I'm certain that it will be gobbled up by middle school grade eight girls, especially those who don't usually read much.
The main character, Sam, is super smart but socially very awkward. He has two best friends, Ian and Brooke, who help him navigate the complicated waters of high school. When the three of them witness the first of a couple "promposals" Sam decides that this is something he needs to do. He keeps his intended target a secret, but Brooke and Ian are pretty sure that it's Taylor, a very popular, attractive but surprisingly friendly girl whom Sam has recently gotten to know. Will Sam be able to carry off the promposal, and will the girl he has set his heart on taking to the prom say yes? You'll find out when you read, "Say You Will". A great addition to the shelves for those social "I don't like to read" girls who are already thinking about dating and high school. There is nothing offensive or too mature in this tale.
I've read lots of books involving changing bodies; Freaky Friday, Freaky Monday, Switch, Airhead and some I just can't remember. Swap stacks up favorably against all of these because Schull does a great job of developing the characters enough that the reader really feels the angst of living the life of someone else.
In Swap, a seventh grade girl, Ellie, is the brunt of some mean girl, ex best friend bullying, and she swaps with eighth grade Jack, whose home life since his mom died is anything but easy. An enjoyable read, which I predict, will be enjoyed by many middle school students wondering what it's like to be the other gender.
This is a very enjoyable read due to the conflicting voices of Stewart and Ashley, two teens forced to share a household when Stewart's dad moves in with Ashley's mom. Stewart is still grieving for his mom, who died from ovarian cancer, and Ashley is embarrassed by her father, who has recently come out of the closet and moved out but only to the guest house behind Ashley's current house. Stewart and Ashley are about as different as two teens could possibly be; which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book, and the other reason is the honest but humorous observations made by Stewart. A few times I did have to question whether Ashley could possibly be as naive and clueless as she appeared but other than that, this book had me smiling and nodding at the honest depictions of the angst, sacrifices and joyful moments that make up life.
This is the fabulous true story of Jack Andraka, a boy who, at the age of fifteen, came up with an early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. His method is much more effective than what doctors used previously and cost only three cents a test!
His story however, is much more than just that of a young successful innovator. It details Jack's path of creative inventiveness, the close connection he had with a dear family friend whom Jack called "Uncle Ted" and how Ted's death inspired Jack to help others suffering from the same disease. It also does a great job of explaining when and how Jack realized he was gay, and how he handled the initial repulsion of his brother, and the homophobic bullying at school and elsewhere that he faced regularly. It is an inspiring read for a variety of reasons and one that all young adults should read.
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.