Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

July 22, 2015

Anya’s Ghost is a graphic novel about a Russian girl that goes by Anya Brozakovskaya. One day while wallowing in self pity, she falls down an abandoned well and falls upon a ghost named Sarah. Later, after getting out of the well, Anya is constantly being stalked by this ghost who is seemingly innocent, but looks can be deceiving.

I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the art work. The storyline was also really fun (but not scary, even though it’s a ghost story). It was interesting to watch Anya change during the book because of all the things Sarah does. Overall, I found this book really fun and a good summer read. I’d recommend Anya’s Ghost to a teen audience. It does have some mature things in it, but nothing too bad.

~Shakori

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Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk

July 15, 2015

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There’s one thing Guy Langman does really well- nothing. And he likes it that way. His friend Anoop then asks him to join forensics club, and he thinks, “why not?” But when he and Anoop show up at a fake crime scene, they find a real dead body and freak out. Guy and Anoop then are trying to solve the murder along with diving into Guy’s deceased father’s past and trying to get back a sunken treasure that was stolen.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

July 8, 2015

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Code Name Verity is a historical fiction novel about two allied pilots in World War II, Verity and Maddie. While flying over enemy territory, their planes are shot down. Throughout half the book, you listen to Verity confess to the enemy about her past. In the second part of the book, you read about Maddie and what she goes through as she fights to free Verity.

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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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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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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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