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Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Lance Rubin
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Denton dies tomorrow. This has been a known fact since he was five. What he doesn't know is how he'll die. This book is about all the fun, and sometimes stupid, adventures Denton goes on to live life to the best of his ability.

This is one of my new favorite books ever. I absolutely loved Denton and his friend, Paolo. They had funny, sarcastic personalities that made me want to keep reading. There was also enough of a mystery that kept me wanting to know what was going on, and I'm glad I stuck with it to the very end, because I was completely blown away by the last page. The love...

Staff Review
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Susin Nielsen
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

The two narrators alternate chapters telling the story of the splinters of their individual families melding into a new one. Eighth-grader Stewart and Ninth-grader Ashley are on their way to becoming step-siblings, with Stewart and his widower dad moving in with Ashley and her divorced mom--though Ashley's recently out-of-the-closet dad is still living in their backyard laneway house. They are a complete contrast of personalities and styles. As Stewart describes:

Staff Review
Kat Falls
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015

The America that we know is gone - destroyed by war and a biological disaster.  The country is split in two. The dangerous East is full of human survivors riddled by mutation. Lane has always lived in the West, behind a giant wall meant to keep her safe from the feral, mutated creatures of the East. She soon learns that her father is a fetch -- hired to travel into the Feral Zone and retrieve valuable art. When he doesn't return she is forced to go into the feral zone to save him and also finish his mission -- retrieve something of value for a high-ranking official.

Staff Review
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Laura Ruby
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jul 20, 2015

The dedication:

For Steve, who sees.
And for Anne, who believes.

Staff Review
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015

Tish is writing journal entries as an assignment for her English teacher, Mrs. Dunphrey. She has promised not to read any entries marked "Don't read this" and that is exactly what Tish writes before almost every entry. As Tish struggles with her abusive father and neglectful mother, she writes about those struggles in the journal. Dunphrey comments positively about how much she is writing, asks her to write some entries she can actually read, and also scolds her for not turning her journal in on time and for not completing other homework assignments.

Staff Review
The title of the book is displayed in simple, large letters against a gold glitter background with a white star in the center.
David Levithan
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Jun 8, 2015

Tiny Cooper is a character in David Levithan's book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He is flamboyant and emotional, and he spends that novel writing and then performing a musical of his life. Hold Me Closer is that musical, written in theater script format.

Staff Review
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Carrie Mesrobian
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jun 1, 2015

While it certainly contains the titular activities, this book isn't nearly as sensationalistic as its title might imply. More than anything, Sex & Violence is a fantastically-voiced, layered character study. The description "layered" applies to narrator-protagonist Evan, the other characters in the book, and their relationships; and it applies to the meanings of, manifestations of, and connections between sex and violence that Evan gradually comes to grasp in unstated, embodied ways.

Staff Review
The cover is a close up picture of an orange poppy in sunlight with the title Jellicoe Road at the top of the page on an orange background.
Melina Marchetta
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Apr 13, 2015

I know this is a somewhat older title with a copyright of 2006, but I missed it back then and every year since. Why? Why did I wait SO long to read it? And why can I only give it five stars? I want to give it ten on scale of one to five!

Staff Review
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015

Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys is the home to Ariel and Max for the summer. Six weeks without technology, living in the Jupiter cabin (all the cabins are named for planets) they quickly realize they are different from everyone else at camp. Sent there not to overcome their addiction to technology (the advertise goal of the camp) Max and Ariel are there because their father works for Merrie-Seymour and camp tuition is free for employees. The only ones not obsessed with getting a sweet taste of the internet, the boys of Jupiter quickly begin to win the cabin competition.

Staff Review
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John Corey Whaley
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

There is no delicate way to tell a person that he is holding a container full of the incinerated remains of his own body.

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"Grow apart." So often, when two people are asked to explain why their relationship has changed and isn't working out, at least one of them will say that they have simply grown apart. They have grown in different ways so that they have less connection and less in common than they once did. Sometimes it's not so much a matter of growing in different directions as growing at different rates.

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