Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
Spy School Goes South by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School Goes South

By Stuart Gibbs
5
Rated by
Mia M.
Feb 3, 2023

Spy School Goes South is about a boy named Ben Ripely. He is asked to trail one of his
former friends who agrees to lead him and his friends to SPYDER, the group of terrorists that
Ben continuously thwarts. When things go sideways and Ben ends up in a crocodile infested
river, he must rely on his friends to track down his enemies and save the day. I really liked this
book because it had things I didn’t expect and the characters had good senses of humor. My

Teen Review
A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

A Lite Too Bright

By Samuel Miller
2
Rated by
Iqra N.
Feb 2, 2023

A Lite Too Bright features Arthur Pullman the third, who is known for his famous grandfather,
the author of a bestselling classic, A World Away. However, Arthur’s grandfather had died after a
long time faced with Alzheimers disease. After Arthur had faced a trial in court for allegedly
attempting to hit his girlfriend, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle. Not long after, he sees a
hidden note in an old book of his grandfather and quickly leaves in order to figure out what his

Teen Review
Fieldhouse by Scott Novosel

Fieldhouse

By Scott Novosel
5
Rated by
Leena D.
Feb 2, 2023

Scott Novosell is eager to play on the Kansas University basketball team. He repeatedly emails
the team’s head coach, and eventually scores an interview with him. The interview didn’t go
well, but the coach advised him to participate in the walk-on tryouts. On the first day, he played
outstandingly, but all of a sudden, he broke his leg and is unable to try out for this season. Will
Scott bounce back and try out next season, or leave basketball behind and focus on other
things?

Teen Review
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins
5
Rated by
Abigail M.
Feb 2, 2023

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a science fiction novel. Set in the dystopian
nation of Panem, Katniss Everdeen volunteers herself as a tribute for the 74th annual Hunger
Games. The games pit teenagers against one another in a fight to the death for the Capitol’s
enjoyment and to instill fear into the citizens. Katniss joins forces with Peeta Mellark, the
baker’s boy, and if they are to win they have to discern how to survive and not fall into the
Capitol’s trap.

Teen Review
Charlie Thorne and the Lost City by Stuart Gibbs

Charlie Thorne and the Lost City

By Stuart Gibbs
5
Rated by
Mia M.
Feb 2, 2023

Charlie Thorne and the Lost City is about a girl named Charlie Thorne who is on the run
because she has dangerous information memorized. When she sets off on an adventure to find
Darwin’s secret discovery, she never imagined the adventures that she faces. I enjoyed this
book because it has a really smart main character and lots of unexpected challenges. My
favorite part is when Charlie gets taught how to paint her nails. I would recommend this book to
6th or 7th graders.

 

Teen Review
The Line Tender by Kate Allen

The Line Tender

By Kate Allen
5
Rated by
The Quiet Starling
Feb 2, 2023

Lucy Everhart serves as the main character. On a bright day, Lucy and Fred discover a huge
white shark that the tide had brought in. They both come upon Helen's (Lucy's mother)
research papers while looking for explanations for why great white sharks show up on the
tides. Fred and Lucy are interested in learning more about the research article. Unexpectedly,
though, something happens, leaving Lucy and her father alone. She chooses to get in touch
with Helen's tutor Vernon Devine while keeping her parents, Fred, and everyone else she knew

Teen Review
Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Evil Spy School

By Stuart Gibbs
5
Rated by
Mia M.
Feb 2, 2023

Evil Spy School is about a boy named Ben Ripley whom currently attends the CIA’s
Academy for Espionage. When he is asked to enroll as a student at the training base for enemy
agents, Ben must stay focused on his goal of busting the criminals despite becoming friends
with one of his fellow students. I enjoyed this book because it has interesting characters such as
a angry gymnast and a nonsocial gamer. My favorite part is when Ben drives a bulldozer. I

Teen Review
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins
4
Rated by
Abigail M.
Jan 28, 2023

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a science fiction book. In the aftermath of the 74th
annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark think they have finally found some
sort of peace. However, due to the fact that they won by defying certain rules, they are forced to
compete again in the Quarter Quells. As they make allies with the other tributes, they soon
become a full-fledged rebellion after hearing the Capitol’s true intent. Will they be victors once
again?

Teen Review
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd
4
Rated by
Jun L.
Jan 28, 2023

The Secret Life of Bees is a domestic fiction novel set in 1964. Here we follow Lilly Owens and
her life in an unstable environment. Secrets kept from her since an early age has led Lilly
through life changing events that bring her farm from home. She starts on a path of growth and
healing that leads her to find family and hope in a world full of fear and prejudice.

Teen Review
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees

By Barbara Kingsolver
4
Rated by
Leilani G.
Jan 28, 2023

Taylor Greer has spent her entire life in her small town in rural Kentucky. Wanting
desperately to get out of her repetitive, lonely life, she leaves her mother to make a trek across
the country. As she searches for a place to call home, she comes into possession of a little girl
named Turtle. The two form an unlikely bond as they find themselves in Tucson, Arizona. While
meeting new people, such as single mother Lou Ann and her disaster prone son, Dwayne Ray,
or immigrant couple Estevan and Esperanza, who find a place in Taylor’s heart, Taylor and

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