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Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1473044036
Miriam Moss
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Friday, Jul 6, 2018

After spending the summer with her family, Anna boards a plane back to England to her boarding school. But an hour into the trip, her plane is hijacked by Palestinian rebels who divert the plane to an airstrip in Jordan. They switch off the engines and make their demands to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. If they are not met, they threaten to blow up the plane in three days. The heat is insufferable, and the passengers endure hunger and psychological abuse. Time is running out for Anna, she begins to think she might never see her family again.

This book was interesting to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1538981036
Patty Blount
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 2, 2018

Elijah Hamilton, the lead singer of his buddies' teen metal band Ride Out, has an image to uphold. But when he's dragged to a local musical, he meets Kristen Cartwright. He knows that she's the powerhouse who can simultaneously save his band and kill his hard rock reputation, so he promises the rest of the band to keep their relationship strictly professional, no matter how hard it is.

Kristen wants to be just like her grandmother Etta, an overly extravagant, extremely confident performer. Etta recommends that singing with Ride Out is the edge that will impress future colleges....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1259030036_to_be_perfectly_honest
Sonya Sones
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Jun 25, 2018

Colette is addicted to lying. Her friends can no longer trust her because she can not help but lie all the time. And when her movie star mother drags her to spend the entire summer on set in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor, he is older, funny, gorgeous, and totally into her. So what if she lied to him about her age, and who her mother is. But what she doesn't know is that Connor is keeping secrets of his own.

It's been a long time since I've read a novel in verse, but I have to say that I...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1556926036
Jay Asher
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Everyone knows the story of the pied piper right? How a mysterious man came into town and lured away all the rats by playing his pipe. But the townspeople refused to pay him, so he stole away all the children that night and they were never seen again. Right? But this book tells a different story. One you never expected.

This graphic novel had such beautiful artwork! I thought this was such a creative idea for a book. It was executed very well, and the story was so original. It was an incredibly quick read. Only took me about an hour to read, but I still enjoyed this short and sweet...

Staff Review
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Marcus Sedgwick
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

A powerful book about the tough and gritty existence on the edge of the border, where everyone dreams of better lives that are only available to a very few through even fewer routes.

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/508390036_cant_get_there_from_here
Todd Strasser
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Apr 6, 2018

Maybe lives on the streets with a tribe of homeless teens. These kids are runaways and throwaways, they have no place to go except cold city streets and have no family other than each other. They are abused, abandoned, and forgotten by society, every day they struggle to survive against the cold, hunger, and constant danger. But now there is a new girl, Tears, a 12 year old whose mother didn’t believe she had been abused by her stepfather. As the other kids start to disappear from violence, addiction, and exposure, Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets before it becomes too late....

Staff Review
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Jason Reynolds
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Will knows one way to grieve, dictated by the rules passed down for generations: no crying; no snitching; always get revenge. His uncle and father have already been victim to the cyclic system created by these rules, and last night his brother joined them. Will is desperately heartbroken, so he follows the one path given him by the rules: he grabs his brother's gun and heads for the elevator.

Staff Review
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E. K. Johnston
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 16, 2017

I despised cheerleaders when I was a teenager. They were the ones who bullied my outcast friends and me. They were so—well—cheery. Didn't they notice that the world all around us is falling apart? I’m much older and somewhat wiser now, so I understand that it’s dumb to assume that all members of a group of people are the same. I comprehend that just because the particular cheerleaders I knew in high school were mean doesn't mean that all cheerleaders are mean. I mean, I try to stay open-minded. Still, cheerleaders. Blech. How superficial, boring, and dumb.  

Staff Review
young woman sitting cross legged underwater
Julie Murphy
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey in the news raises the relevance of this novel to a category five. The fact that we're bringing Julie Murphy--one of the best contemporary realistic fiction authors in the country--to town for a Meet the Author visit means you must put this book on your radar. I listened to the audio version. It's fantastic. The narrator is a perfect fit for Ramona's voice.

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1188388036_aristotle_and_dante_discover_the_secrets_of_the_universe
Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

Aristotle is angry. And wondering. And confused. Dante is laid back. And smart. And confused. These two boys, opposites, with nothing in common, begin to spend more time together, becoming fast friends. The friendship that they discover is the kind that has the power to morph and change lives - and lasts a lifetime. And Aristotle becomes sad - then happy. And realizes things. And Dante gets angry - then hurt. And realizes things. This is a remarkable coming-of-age novel about two Mexican-American boys as they battle through the uncertain, calamitous front of life.

Aristotle and...

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