The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

July 1, 2015

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It’s been one year since it happened- when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a swimming accident. After shutting out everyone but her family and three best friends, Paige has decided to rejoin the world, and she’s armed with a plan. 1) Date a boy: her old crush Ryan Chase is a perfect choice; 2) Attend parties: with friends like hers, this should be easy; 3) Join a club: It’s high school, so this is easy; 4) Travel: hey, a girl can dream; and 5) Swim: terrifying, but possible, right? She has her plan mapped out, but Ryan’s nerdy cousin max moves to town and recruits her for Quiz Bowl. This throws her plans for a loop, and she has very little time to get back on track.

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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

June 29, 2015


Review by Jessica, grade 9

In The Dead and Buried, Jade and her family have just moved into their dream home. Their dream home may hold a dark side. Jade’s brother begins noticing that items are moving by themselves and there is an evil presence in the shadows. As the disturbances continue, she comes to realize that the girl who ruled the school that she now attends and died there is now seeking vengeance upon those who are responsible for her death. As Jade starts to put the pieces together, she realizes her own life is at risk.

This mystery/ horror book takes many different and unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book immediately grabs your attention with the tone and building action. This book is recommended for people 12-15 because of some mature situations that happen in the book.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

June 24, 2015

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a story about, well, a southern belle named Harper Price who thrives on being the most perfect girl in her town. On homecoming night, Harper is determined to win homecoming queen, but sadly forgets her lipgloss. As she applies it in the bathroom, she hears Mr. Hall, a middle aged janitor for the school, burst in, with a gash across is stomach. Harper, terrified, watches as he dies in her arms, and at the same moment, her history teacher, Mr. DuPont, marches in with a blade in his hand. Harper’s life is about to change in a big way.

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Book Review: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

June 24, 2015
bartimaeus   Review by Benjamin, grade 9
Nathaniel is a young, amateur magician trying to gain control of the magician government of Great Britain and take revenge against his adversary Simon Lovelace. Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus, a powerful, old, and sarcastic djinn to steal a powerful artifact from popular Simon Lovelace and unwittingly sets himself up for a wild adventure.

This book would appeal to Harry Potter fans. Although there are common elements in both books, the plot parallels only go so far. The witty author footnotes and a humorous, cantankerous demon will definitely make you laugh. This adventure is filled with elements of danger and betrayal as Nathaniel careens around the streets of London. The book is a very well-written fantasy that will compel you to read the sequels. Children from 12-15 would like this book. You can request the book from Wake County Libraries.

Eden West by Pete Hautman 

June 17, 2015

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Eden West follows the story of Jacob, a seventeen year old boy, living in the  isolated paradise of Nodd. Nodd is a world within a world, a secluded land that protects its members from the evils of the world. Jacob has grown up in Nodd his entire life, surrounded by green pastures and faith that the Angel, Zerachiel will come to save him and the people of Nodd. However in the year following Jacob’s seventeenth birthday, he is tempted by a beautiful girl, Lynna, from the outside world. As Jacob becomes further involved  with Lynna, things in Nodd begin to fall apart and so does Jacob’s faith and allegiance to his community.

HellHole by Gina Damico

June 10, 2015

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Max Kilgore’s name sounds like something out of the latest action blockbuster, but his personality is the total opposite. His passion for dinosaurs and crossword puzzles, along with a really bad haircut, put him at the bottom of the food chain, and with a squeaky clean record Max is the epitome of a “good kid”. So imagine his surprise when one day, after digging for fossils on his local hill, he opens up a hole straight into hell. Now he has to deal with Satan (who has a passion for Doritos and Call of Duty) while taking care of his terminally ill mother.

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

June 8, 2015

wrathandReview by Krista, grade 9:

With its romance, action, mystery, and magic, The Wrath and The Dawn is a book sure to capture the attention of many readers.

In the book, sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to become the wife of the Caliph (king) of Khorasan. This is a rather dangerous position to fill, seeing that the Caliph had his eighty or so previous wives killed after a single night at the palace. Shahrzad’s best friend was one of those wives killed. As the Caliph’s wife, Shahrzad hopes to survive long enough to find the Caliph’s weaknesses and vows to murder him when given an opportunity. For a while, her plan succeeds, but the closer Shahrzad comes to figuring out a way to kill the Caliph, the closer she comes to falling in love with him—the very monster who murdered her best friend. Revenge is complicated it seems, especially when involving love and secrets twisted with magic and curses that change everything Shahrzad thinks she knows about the Caliph. Read the rest of this entry »


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