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October 2015

Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 21-Oct-15 10:00
One of the funniest books I have ever read would definitely be Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret by Vicki Grant. It’s about a popular girl named Betsy who has just finished high school but has also lost her boyfriend and most of her friends. Betsy thinks she’s going to have a terrible summer but then she meets Dolores, who is very quirky and not like her old friends. During the summer they begin a cleaning business and through a lot of funny events, Betsy grows as a person...
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The People of Sparks - Review by Ben, Teen Blogger

Posted on 16-Oct-15 16:53
The People of Ember have made their way to the surface of Earth after living underground for over 200 years. After walking for days, they stumble upon a village known as the village of Sparks. After some negotiations, the Sparks people decide to take the Ember people in as refugees. As months wear on, hardships form. Conflict arises between the Sparks and Ember people.
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Speak of the Devil - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 16-Oct-15 10:02
The Word on the Street festival this year led to many great book finds for me, but among my favourites was Shawna Romkey’s Speak of the Devil. I was even fortunate enough to meet Shawna herself, which only added to my excitement about reading her book. This young adult novel is set in modern day United States. The main character, Lily, is a high school junior in Missouri. One night she is in a car accident along with her best friends, Mike and Julie. Lily is the only one who survives, sort of. In fact, she dies in the accident but only briefly, to be pulled back from heaven at the last minute...
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The Secret Sky - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-Oct-15 12:18
“[The Secret Sky is] a tale of the indomitable Afghan spirit of hope and love. Among the many novels set in Afghanistan for young people or for adults, The Secret Sky stands alone. Unputdownable. Unforgettable.” –Trent Reedy, author of Words in the Dust The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi is a story of love, beliefs, culture and betrayal. First thing I want to make clear is that this book is not a happily ever after swoony romantic story with no significant purpose. It explores in-depth the corrupt society of Afghanistan at that time.
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-Oct-15 11:04
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy, paranormal romance novel, written by Lani Taylor. It is the first book in a recently finished trilogy. Lani Taylor is the winner of The Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction (Middle Grade), and a finalist for the National Book Award. She also received the Oregon Spirit Award, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award, and the Children’s Choice Teen Book of the Year Award, among many other awards and acknowledgements.
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Scrawl by Mark Shulman - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 01-Oct-15 16:31
The story of an anti-hero is one of the more difficult things a writer can do. Trying to get the reader to empathize with a character who is evil is the main problem with this type of writing. Scrawl is a book that takes this idea to a familiar setting for many people, specifically a high school. The main protagonist is an unpopular, poor boy named Tod Munn, or Pops as he is known to his friends, and he is a bully, a thief, a fighter, and a constant problem for his school. We have all seen bullies; many readers may be victims of such people. Yet with just a few chapters Shulman manages to create a character who is clearly more than he seems.
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