Reviews for 'Teens Summer Reading 2013'


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Title
Night
Author
Elie Wiesel
Review
This book was about the holocaust in the eyes of Elie Wiesel, a man who survived it. He showed all of his struggles in very good description. You should read this book if you like history or memoir/nonfiction books.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/10/2013
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Title
Oh. My. Gods.
Author
Tera Lynn Childs
Review
Phoebe's mom has a new boyfriend who is from Greece. He asked her to move there with her. Phoebe is having a horrible time already in the tiny house and no computer. she had to leave her town where she was the star of the track team and had a full scholarship to and amazing college. Her dad sends her to a school and Phoebe is not making friends except one girl. She tells her that everyone at the school is a descendant from the Greek gods and has a special power. Phoebe does not have one but goes there because her dad is the principal.

Phoebe joins the track team and goes against one boy who always try to be better than her. She is faster in the long run, but he uses his powers to trip her and make her slower. In the end, they actually fall in love and he doesn't try and beat her all the time anymore. The coach sees how fast she is and makes her captain. Phoebe then finds out she's a descendant of Nike, the god of running.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
Goddess Girls: Athena The Brain
Author
Joan Holub
Review
This book is about Athena, who is a really, really smart girl. She found out that her dad is Zeus and was brought to Mount Olympus Academy. She thought she would have a horrible time, but then she met the "Goddess Girls" and ended up having fun. This book has a lot of Greek mythology, which was why I liked it.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
Heartless
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
"A" continues to send them texts about Ali's disappearance. Emily travels to an Amish community where she learns about a past life someone close to her is trying to hide; Hannah's father sends her to psychiatric facility as he thinks she's suffering from PTSD. There she meets someone who may have known Ali. Spencer learns the secrets her parents have been hiding that may destroy their family. And Aria steals evidence from the woods that could assist the police. But when a suspect is arrested for not only Ali's murder, but also the murder of someone else (which I didn't see coming), the girls begin to wonder if the new A is really trying to help them or torture them.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
Killer
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
Moving back and forth between past and present and between the points of view of each of the girls, Killer revolves around the annual school tradition of the flag for the time capsule. Each year, a flag is cut apart, and pieces are hidden around the Rosewood community. Students must follow clues to find the flag pieces, and victors decorate their piece which will go in the time capsule, making them legends in Rosewood Day history.

Before Ali disappeared, she had captured part of the flag, but then her piece was stolen. Who stole it? Where is the piece now? How the heck will this reveal anything about the mystery of Ali and A?  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
Wicked
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
The Pretty Little Liars of Rosewood finally have Alison DiLaurentis's murderer behind bars. However, their daily lives have been disrupted, and "A" will stop at nothing to annihilate the girls' lives. Emily can only think about her own personal choice in life, Aria's mom's boyfriend is a little too close with Aria, Hanna's new stepsister is trying to ruin Hanna's life, and lastly, Spencer's grandmother dies, and only leaves her "natural born grandchildren" inheritance, but Spencer doesn't get any. She thinks she might be adopted. Their problem only gets worse when Ian Thomas is trying to prove that he wasn't Ali's murderer. Will they come to a conclusion to their problems? Read Wicked to find out!  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
The Cat Who Saw Red
Author
Lillian Jackson Braun
Review
The Cat Who Saw Red, by Lillian Jackson Braun is one of many books in the The Cat Who captivating mystery series.
In this bestseller, Jim Qwilleran; a “prize-winning reporter” and his two Siamese cats; KoKo; a cat with a “talent for solving mysteries” and Yum Yum; a sweet cat “adored by her male companions”, move into a new apartment complex (The Maus Haus). There, nothing is as it seems and Jim soon discovers that things are “amiss” at the house. The building is dedicated to different artists and cooks who all share a passion for “The Arts” but perhaps something more ….. MURDER. As Qwilleran works towards his new job as a gourmet food critic for his paper, puzzling happenings begin to occur at the Haus; A scream in the night, the disappearance of an old girl friend, a missing house boy, an unsolved suicide from the past and a bundle of lies that his neighbors seem to spat about cause a great deal of tension. Jim, KoKo and Yum Yum know that something must be done before this case turns even deadlier, so together they set out for the truth behind the mysteries at The Maus Haus - and to find a murderer!

This book is a true mystery with an extraordinary detective team! Jackson Braun’s book is perfect for Cat Lovers who are looking for a thrill and to be wound up in a cold “Who Dun It” case. With advanced vocabulary and beautiful phrases delicately strung together by the skills of the author, The Cat Who Saw Red is a book that you will love just as much as I do!
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Date Posted
8/8/2013
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Title
Never Let Me Go
Author
Kazuo Ishiguro
Review
The protagonist of the story, Kathy, attended a boarding school as a child where the students were taught to believe that they were special and valuable to society. Now an adult, Kathy reflects back to her childhood. Her flashbacks reveal something dark and horrifying about the boarding school.
I've heard a lot of hype about the plot of this sci-fi, but when I read it, I felt that the book was written in a confusing manner. It was also disappointing that the plot was very subtle.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/7/2013
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Title
A Room with a View
Author
E.M. Forster
Review
This is the tale of Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl who wants to escape the constraints of Victorian high society yet still remain favorable in the eyes of her family, friends, and potential suitors. After her experiences in Italy with her tentative chaperone, cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith in the movie), Lucy returns home to England with a little better idea of what she wants for her life, although she won't get it without some complicated lying, tears, and of course, kisses. When you're done, the movie version is also great.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/4/2013
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Title
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
Author
Lucette Lagnado
Review
This book is similar to The Namesake in plot and format, but it is the author's own memoir of growing up in Cairo and then going through a tumultuous move to New York. Born to well to do Jewish parents in Cairo, Egypt, Lucette (Loulou) and her family were not prepared to face the hardships that they did first in France and then upon moving to New York when it was clear that it would not be possible for them to stay in their comfortable home in Egypt. Through creating this novel, which serves as both a family history and her own personal journey, Lucette Lagnado uncovers little known history and learns a lot about herself.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/4/2013
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Title
The Namesake
Author
Jhumpa Lahiri
Review
This novel follows the life of a Bengali couple who immigrated to Boston from India. The first few chapters recount the fictitious, yet very real stories of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli both upon their arrival in Boston and their prior experiences in India. They have two children, Gogol and Sonia, and most of the book follows Gogol as he grows up, struggling with his identity. For some, this novel may seem to move slowly, but has a poignant message that is delivered through beautiful, detailed descriptions.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/4/2013
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Title
Pygmalion
Author
George Bernard Shaw
Review
For kids who fear the classics, Pygmalion is a great place to start. Most of the book is in play format, except the "Sequel" at the end, which quickly explains the ending of the story. This makes it a relatively quick read that is not hard to understand. When you're done,watch the musical My Fair Lady, which was based on Shaw's book.   find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/4/2013
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Title
Smile
Author
Raina Telgemeier
Review
This is a short, quick read. It is a graphic novel about Rain, who falls and knocks her two front teeth out. She has to get braces a lot, and headgear. She even gets a retainer with fake teeth.She is very embarrassed and has to deal with all the laughter at school.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Unbelievable
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
In this book, Hannah finally figures out who "A" is. After getting a hold of all her friends to meet her so she can tell them who "A" is, she runs out in the middle of the street and gets hit by a car who we think is "A" since the car drives off without stop to make sure she is okay. The ambulance is called and there is a big scene. After getting out of her coma, her friends come to visit her to try to find out who "A" is. But since this accident happened, the memory of "A" left her mind. Emily gets sent to Iowa to live with her strict relatives since her parents don't trust or want her anymore. Spencer, at last minute, took her sisters previous report and turned it in to her teacher as her own. What she didn't know, is that the report was going to be selected as the "Golden Orchard" award winner. Aria finds out that her fathers girlfriend is pregnant and after her moms & dads divorce finalizes, he will soon be married to his girlfriend. R  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Perfect
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
Perfect by Sara Shepard is about 5 friends and one if them (Ali) recently died. The girls are all still thinking about Ali's murder and who it is. They are also trying to figure out who A is. A keeps sending them texts that have clues on who Ali's murder was. Spencer stole her sisters paper and she is getting a golden apple award. She also finds out something big about herself that makes her think some crazy thoughts. Emily doesn't do something A says to and a big secret of hers get found out. Her parents threaten to send her off to her aunts house on a farm. Hanna's friendship with Mona is getting worse and Mona dis-invites her to her huge birthday party. Hanna is also starting to gain the weight she lost again. Lastly, Aria, is getting back with Ezra and one night when they are hanging out the police come and arrest Ezra for "dating" his student. Her and Sean are "back together." Everything gets pretty crazy at the end of the book.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Flawless
Author
Sara Shepard
Review
In flawless the girls,Hanna,Emily,Aria,and spencer attend to Ali's funeral. None of them can believe that there friends body was found.The police decided to reopen the case and question the 4 friends first. the girls admit that they have been receiving texts and emails from "A". Spencer feels like she is in a constant competition with her sister. Hanna is dealing with finding out that her dad is engaged and his fiances daughter is her enemy. Emily doesn't know what she feels towards her new friend maya so she decides to avoid maya and soon enough ends up on a date with someone she never would of even considered. Aria tries to get over her feelings for her teacher while realizing her parents problem isn't going away as she thought it would. Even though they have these problems "A" continues to send them texts and emails, and now "A" has been leaving a few notes in the girls lockers and textbooks.   find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Vanishing Act
Author
John Feinstein
Review
Vanishing Act by John Feinstein is the sequel to last shot. It was a great book. The whole time I wanted to just keep reading it. It is about two young writers, Stevie and Susan Carol, who had previously won a writing contest to see and write about the final four basketball tournament. Now they are in New York to write about the U.S. Open tennis tournament. At one of the early matches they were about to watch, an announcer came on the P.A. system and said that one of the players in the match, Nadia, had vanished. They find out she was kidnapped, and try to solve the mystery of who kidnapped her. You should read this book if you like sports, suspense, or mystery.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
5,000 Awesome Facts
Author
National Geographic Kids
Review
This book is a giant book filled with 5,000 facts. It looks like a kids book on the cover, but it is actually more for people my age. There are cool facts about countries, languages, music, tv, animals, and electronics. This book makes you want to keep reading so you can learn more amazing facts!  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Last Shot
Author
John Feinstein
Review
this book is about 2 kids who get chosen to be reporters at the final four. they are so excited and get to meet famous college basketball players and coaches. before the first final four game, they overhear a guy talking to MSU's best player. he said that they have to win the first game and lose the championship or else he will ruin his career and will not be able to play in the NBA. he blackmailed him. the 2 reporters try and stop the blackmail and save the basketball player. read the book and see if they save him and MSU!  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
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Date Posted
8/3/2013
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Title
Chomp
Author
Carl Hiaasen
Review
Wahoo's dad, Mickey, is an animal wrangler, and the backyard of their Everglades home is crawling with gators, snakes, monkeys, and other wild creatures. Unfortunately, Mickey hasn't been able to work since he was injured in a freak accident (a dead iguana fell on his head), and money has been a little tight. So, despite his injuries, Mickey decides to take a job with a reality TV show called Expedition Survival, but he's going to need Wahoo's help. Dealing with deadly animals like a 12-foot-long alligator is hard enough. Throw in an out-of-control host and a crazed gunman, and Wahoo's not sure anyone will survive this survival show!You should read this book if you have read another Carl Hiassen books because it is just as funny and suspenseful as the others.  find this in Greenwich Library Catalog
Rating
Date Posted
8/1/2013
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