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Passenger - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 30-Sep-16 10:55
Passenger is the first installment in a young adult fantasy duology-to-be by Alexandra Bracken. It’s a wonderfully refreshing twist on the old, popular genres it bravely takes on. It’s fast-paced and exciting, and at the same time, smooth and syrupy sweet. Bracken does a wonderful job of blending the many aspects of her novel—adventure, first love, historical, time travel—without anyone theme overshadowing the other.
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Prison Boy - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 14-Sep-16 09:25
“Why do governments torture their enemies and own citizens? asked Kia. It was too big a question, too complicated to ask now, but he asked it anyway. Torture has a long and involved history. I will say this: torture is used by governments and regimes when they become afraid of losing power, when they have lost their moral compass.”
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Name of the Star - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 17-Aug-16 10:05
London 1888, Whitechapel district, five women brutally mutilated and murdered and one unidentified serial killer on the loose. The Name of the Star is who you seek. [Discover Catalogue - The Name of The Star] Jack the Ripper is the infamous serial killer of the London Whitechapel murders of 1888 who, to this day, is still unidentified and therefore considered one of London’s greatest mysteries. Throughout the years of 1888 to 1891 Mr. Ripper had established his name through the inhumane methods used to attack his victims. His actions were greatly recognized throughout the city of London and several forms of media, most particularly the Star newspaper, which had taken an interest into finding out who Mr. Ripper was and the motives behind the diabolical killer. Nothing was found and now it may be too late to ever find out who was the face behind the name.
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Red Queen - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-Aug-16 10:48
“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” - Mare Barrow Mare Barrow lives in a world, where people are categorized by the colour of their blood. You either have a magical talent and bleed silver blood, or a misfortunate, cursed life because of the red blood that pumps through your veins. Silver bloods are the gods: the kings and queens, the princes and princesses, the royalty, elites and nobles. From the moment they were born they lived a luxurious life in the clouds. They are the gods and because of their blood they rule Mare Barrow’s world. Mare was born to red-blooded family; she lives in a poverty stricken village with all the other Reds. She is soon turning 18, and with the celebration of entering adulthood also comes conscription. The Silvers are at war with the Lakelanders; the Silvers use the red blood of innocent fallen soldiers to fuel this never ending war. As her birthday gets closer and her plans for escape fail, Mare loses hope and becomes miserable, accepting the fact that she will be taken from her family and forced to fight in the war like her three brothers.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 12-Jul-16 15:04
One of my absolute favourite summer reads is definitely Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, ever since I picked it up on a whim this time last year. It's certainly not one of my typical reads; it isn't packed with dramatic action scenes, evil villains, heroic main characters. Instead, it’s set in Texas, 1987, and follows two aging boys. This novel is a sweet, slow burn of a romantic coming-of-age story. A good comparison, perhaps, would be swimming in honey—sweet and heavy; some parts are light, some parts are dark. I'd imagine it quite difficult to claw your way out of a pool of honey, not unlike the difficulty of getting out of this book. Personally, I found Aristotle and Dante to be a refreshing change from the typical boy-meets-girl, insta-love story that frequents young adult contemporary fiction. Between the poetically beautiful writing, the honest and real characters, and the numerous issues they're faced with, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel to remember for years to come.
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13 Reasons Why - Review by Anonymous

Posted on 05-Jul-16 11:40
The snowball effect is one that gets larger and larger as a result of the actions of others and how you react to those reactions but most of all, this effect can be deadly. Hannah Baker understood just how well the snowball effect affected herself and everyone around her. With one conflict came another and then another and another, like a giant snowball, until the madness overwhelmed the person at the center of the conflict and they chose to put an end to their suffering. As one who could relate to how Hannah felt in the midst of all this drama, the novel hit a little too close to home. But, as a result, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher turned into a life-changing novel which inspired me to take a different path than the one Hannah Baker chose...
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Six of Crows - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 20-Jun-16 12:47
Imagine that you live in a world where magic is a part of everyday life. Where the people who use magic are called Grisha, and they can transform objects, physical appearances, and material properties. What if their Grisha powers become amplified when they are given a drug called Jurda Parem? And what if this drug will eventually kill them? What if a powerful merchant tells you to bring him the maker of the drug, Bo Yul-Bayur, for a reward of 30 million kruge? The only catch is that Yul-Bayur is being held prisoner in the Ice Court, capital of Fjerda--a nation of Grisha haters, and the most secure place in the world. Would you take the job? Kaz Brekker would. But then, Kaz is a master thief, and he’ll do anything for money. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows follows Kaz Brekker and his team as they begin their journey. But will they all live to see the end?
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After the Red Rain - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 09-Jun-16 16:22
It seems that every day there is a new book trying to explore the idea of dystopia. It is a genre that has had a massive boom in recent years, with a number of popular books published. If you like dystopias, then I can highly recommend After the Red Rain. It is an interesting and thought provoking story that is sure to please fans of the genre. The plot takes place after a bizarre apocalypse known as the red rain. What makes this setting unique is how the majority of people seem to believe that the red rain actually helped society and, in fact, that the world is much better since it took place. Of course, this point is expanded upon later in the novel and leads to some interesting places. The main story follows a young woman who meets a strange man named Rose, and together they discover dark secrets about the world in which they live.
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Uncaged - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 09-Jun-16 16:10
Despite the fact that most typical action novels do not interest me, I have enjoyed a few throughout my life. Uncaged is one that I am adding to that list. When I saw this book on the library eBook page (a place that I suggest all eBook owners take a look at) I thought it would be worth a try. Although I expected a regular run of the mill action novel, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The book follows the story of a girl who is searching for her brother, after he was involved in a crime gone wrong. She fights against a large corporation bent on the advancement of technology at any cost, and attempts to rescue her brother before he can come to harm. Uncaged is a book that uses the real fear of corporate and government corruption, combined with deeply personal character conflict, to create an incredibly engaging story. The characters within feel very real and dynamic, almost no one is left as a flat, meaningless plot tool - an issue with some novels in this genre. The story begins with a tense and powerful opening story arc, and manages to keep up the tension throughout the plot...
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Throne of Glass Series - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-May-16 10:42
The Throne of Glass series, written by Sarah. J Maas, is a high fantasy adventure series, composed of five books to date: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. They follow Celaena Sardothien, a rogue trainee of the infamous Arobynn Hamel, and now a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. That is, until she is given a choice: enter a deadly competition to become the personal assassin for the King of Adarlan, or never see the light of day again. The competition offered only to the most feared and ruthless of killers. Celaena agrees to compete, though she hates to serve the King who locked her away. Her training is overseen by Chaol Westphal, Captain of the Guard, and, from afar, by Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan— both of whom are taken with her fierce spirit and witty charm. Dorian rescues her from the mines, he is her sponsor. The other competitors also have sponsors, though many with reputations far less respected than the Crown Prince’s. Celaena must stay sharp and distrustful at every turn: of her fellow competitors, of the court, and even of her own mind. Because, even in a land where a whisper of magic is punishable by death, the other would-be champions and their sponsors are willing to risk using the outlawed taboo to win...
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 15:19
Everyone has their peculiarities, some more than others. So what are yours? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children should not even exist, so how is it that it does? How is it that anybody who ever stayed in the house permanently is still the same age as they were 50 years ago? How is it that these children, who are protected in the house of Miss Peregrine, have such strange peculiarities? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by Ransom Riggs, brings the nightmares of children to life through the use of sinister vintage photographs and a suspense level which never ceases to surprise the reader. Four phrases launch the adventure of our hero. Four phrases spoken through the last breaths of his beloved and supposedly deranged grandfather. Four phrases which lead our hero to a home of the most peculiar children in the world, monsters who are after the children and a quest to protect the children from the monsters.
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Six of Crows - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-May-16 15:14
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I think, is my favourite book I've read so far this year. It was simply incredible. It was action packed, suspenseful, and I'm well aware of the cliché of the phrase “keeps you on the edge of your seat,” but I'll say it anyway. Throughout this book, I was literally gasping aloud-something that admittedly can be problematic when you're trying to read in a public area. The plot was fast paced, the characters unique and well-developed, and the world setting intriguing—the recipe for a perfect adventure novel. In Six of Crows, we follow six main characters, Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenick, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey, and Wylan Van Eck. Though each known for different expertise, they' all bear the same name-criminal. And these six, they're the best of the best: the most brilliant lock picks, quietest spies, deadliest fighters. They're the cutthroats, blackhearts and convicts of the slums they live in, called the Barrel. So, when a job comes up offering them 30 million kruge, how could they resist? It's one impossible heist, into the most secure court ever built for the prize of a lifetime. All they need is a bit of luck and a ton of skill—and definitely a strong stomach...
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The Waters and The Wild by Francesca Lia Block – Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 30-Apr-16 13:27
The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block is about a girl named Bee who has always felt like an outcast. Many people experience this at some point or another, but Bee really is an outsider. She has no friends and has always had a deep longing for the earth, even fantasizing about eating it in handfuls. Bee’s story, told in poetry and prose, is both magical and starkly real. As an outcast, Bee rarely talks to anyone at school. But then she starts seeing an extra version of herself, a doppelganger as she comes to think of it. To unravel this mystery she ends up speaking to people she would never have conversed with usually. She speaks with her fellow outcasts: Haze, a boy who thinks he is an alien, and Sarah, a girl who has dreams about being a slave in the 1800s...
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Asylum by Madeleine Roux – Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 15-Apr-16 08:46
It is said that children pay for their parents’ actions and therefore no one is able to escape their past. Daniel Crawford and his newly made friends, Abby and Jordan, learn this the hard way as they are faced with their family’s darkest secrets at New Hampshire College Prep, a college which once used to be an asylum for the criminally and mentally insane. It is no coincidence how and where they meet. As terrifying secrets of their dark family past refuse to stay buried, the author creates a story which borders the fine line between genius and insanity...
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The Girl from the Well - Review by Tori, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Nov-15 11:34
"Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the earth for centuries, freeing the ghosts of the murdered-dead. Once a victim, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they're due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on."- from the publisher
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Review by Jennifer, Teen Blogger

Posted on 18-Sep-14 13:48
Have you ever liked something so much, that you feel the need to share it with people but, at the same time, you don’t want anyone to know about it, because it’s your special thing that you feel so protective about? This is how I feel about the book I will be discussing in this blog post! It’s called Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I love it so much that it’s my go to present for all my friends when they have birthdays, but I’ll let you in on a little secret! You don’t have to wait for your birthday; you can borrow it from the library today!
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Being a Global Citizen - Article by Angela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 15-Apr-14 12:43
It is approaching that time of the year again: when the sun arrives and the greens start to grow. The blizzards and frosts have disappeared, and it makes you want to take a walk outside and embrace nature. You can feel the sun softly warming your smile, while the breeze rustles your hair. If you wake up early in the morning, you can see the golden sunrise and hear the sparrows sing. After the sun colours the evening sky with its grand departure, under a cloudless sky, you can see countless stars bidding you goodnight. But what if you couldn’t enjoy being outside anymore? What if we ran out of supplies and resources and our world fell apart?
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The Beginning of Everything - Review by Kathleen, Teen Blogger

Posted on 07-Apr-14 10:02
Thought-provoking novels that feature smart kids who like to wax philosophical are all the rage these days. Unfortunately, some authors who attempt this type of the coming-of-age tale don’t do it altogether well. Fortunately, Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything, is not one of those authors.
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Dickens, Dash and Lily - Reviews by Anna, Teen Blogger

Posted on 23-Dec-13 12:44
REPOST - Looking for something different to read over the holidays? Try this classic; then I dare you to read the other one...
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Nancy Drew and Rainy/Snowy Days - Article by Havana, Teen Blogger

Posted on 13-Dec-13 14:20
For most people a rainy/snowy day can be a drag, especially on a weekend. But, sometimes, it's good to have a stay-at-home day to relax. Relaxing doesn't always mean doing nothing though. There are lots of great things to do on a rainy/snowy day. Here are my top choices of things to do (all on a Nancy Drew mystery theme):
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S.J. Kincaid - Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 05-Dec-13 15:54
My new obsession and favourite book series is S.J. Kincaid’s, The Insignia Series! I only picked up Insignia because it was on my Battle of the Books list but, of course, I had to just fall deeply and madly in love with it. I ended up fangirling to my friends every lunch hour, and sometimes during class, for a week. I made fan art, jewelry, and goofy little writing projects. I really loved this book because of how much it reminded me of the Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. But Insignia sings it’s own unique song. It plays on the sweet genre on sci-fi and fantasy and it has over 300 sweet measures (pages) of pure awesomeness. Today, I feel very lucky to be able to share an interview that I did with S.J. Kincaid...
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Diana Renn - Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 30-Sep-13 10:28
Gosh I loved doing this author interview!!! Diana’s book was so fun to read and it always had me on the edge on my seat thinking: “Wait! What’s going to happen next?!” Plus the characters made me go “awwweee” and “Oh no you didn’t!!!” it got me so pumped up I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster. Up, down, up, down, up, down. Talk about making me dizzy haha.
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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the movie - Review by Havana, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-Sep-13 13:20
Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments series. I absolutely love it! Which is why, of course, I was so excited when I heard the movie was coming out and also why I was so excited when I finally got to go see it. One could even say I was giddy! In fact that's what I will say. I was giddy during the whole thing; I was completely fangirling; I was even squealing! (Only in my head though).
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – Review by Kathleen, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-Sep-13 09:14
We’ve all googled ourselves (yes, even you in the corner, with your modest face and your denial.) It doesn’t take much to come up with somebody who has the same first and last name as you. For example, if I were to google myself, I would come up with an Irish poet. This is not particularly exciting, given that I am neither Irish nor much of a poet and am unlikely to have anything in common with this person. You don’t often find a person with the same name as you living in just a town over, and it’s even less likely that you would actually, you know, meet this person. But reality isn’t truly applicable to literature, in my opinion, because this is the scenario in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan.
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Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel – reviewed by Tarah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 20-Sep-13 09:22
Some things in life seem totally unfair. When you get yourself into one of these situations, all you have to do is find the bright side of the situation, and just maybe you’ll find that it isn’t as bad as you’d originally thought.
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Switch by Tish Cohen – Teaser by Havana, Teen Blogger

Posted on 19-Sep-13 10:47
Do you ever wish you were someone else? Andrea Birch definitely does. Not that you can really blame her. Who wouldn't get fed up? ...
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Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingstone – Review by Cecilia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 10-Sep-13 09:37
Canadian author, Lesley Livingston, knows how to spin a tale. In Wondrous Strange, her debut novel, she gives us a story of a young girl and her struggle to discover her heritage and identity.
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Kelley Armstrong Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 10-Sep-13 08:09
Kelley has always been an inspiration ever since my best friend sent me a link to Kelley’s Darkest Powers Trilogy when I was begging for an amazing series to read. From book one, chapter one, I’ve been madly in love with her books....
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Partials by Dan Wells - Review by Havana, Teen Blogger

Posted on 06-Sep-13 11:30
'" When our ancestors were Attacked at Pearl Harbour, They called it a day that would live in infamy. The day the Partials attacked us with the RM virus will not live in anything, because there will be none of us left to remember it.'"...
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The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller- Review by Havana, Teen Blogger

Posted on 27-Aug-13 09:59
I really liked this book. I'm not usually into historical fiction but this story was really well written. "The Lost Crown" takes place during World War I and is set in Russia. The whole book is ...
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Sue MacLeod - Author Interview by Tarah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 15-Aug-13 08:28
REPOST-After I attended Sue MacLeod’s book launch for her new book , Namesake, I wanted to learn more about her experiences with writing the novel and being a writer in general. I was extremely happy to learn that she was willing to be interviewed.
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Heather Dixon-Author Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 09-Aug-13 10:21
REPOST-I’m so happy that I could do this author interview with Heather Dixon and I had quite a good time doing it too! I first came across Heather’s work last year when I joined my school’s Battle of the Books team. Her book, Entwined, was on our 2013 Reading List and the book’s cover art and story was so enchanting that I googled her book,Entwined, and found her images on deviantART.
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The Outsiders by Margaret, Teen Blogger

Posted on 09-Aug-13 08:44
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is an incredibly honest and achingly intense story about the rivalry between two gangs in the 1950’s. The story is so honest because it was produced from the mind of a teenage girl....
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Switched by Cecilia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 23-Jul-13 14:20
When most people think of trolls, they’re imagining little Yoda creatures with warts and ugly faces. Amanda Hocking’s idea of trolls is completely new and refreshing in her new book Switched.
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Marissa Meyer Author Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 19-Jul-13 14:59
REPOST-I was extremely happy when Marissa responded back to my tweet about doing an interview with her. I'm quite excited considering this is my first author interview! Marissa has been a huge inspiration for me ever since I saw the cover of Cinder. It captivated me and I couldn't help but pick it up and read a couple of pages. I loved her writing immediately. Later on I found ...
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Summer Camp Reads by Alison, Teen Blogger

Posted on 11-Jul-12 09:18
In a lot of ways summer camp is a great setting for a fun young adult novel. You have kids exploring their first glimpse of independence, the classic summer flings and s’mores. And let’s face it anything with s’mores is a good thing!
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Summer...What to do? By Talia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Jul-12 14:35
Let's have three cheers because it's summer time!!! Hip hip HOORAY! Hip hip HOORAY! Hip hip HOORAAAY!So it's finally here. The best time of the year. Summer! No school, you can sleep in, stay up late, go swimming at the beach, have bonfires.... the list is endless! So what are your summer plans? If you don't know yet, never fear, I have some awesome ideas all lined up for you!
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Hot Off the Press! New Books in a Bundle by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 21-Jun-12 10:23
These new books have just arrived at the library and are waiting to have their covers cracked open!
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Hunger Games Movie Review by Talia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 29-Mar-12 08:20
Now before I begin my movie review you should know that I am a HUGE Hunger Games Fan. I was so excited to see the movie as everyone I talked to told me how amazing it was. Now I feel a little differently about it.
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Vampire Diaries by Talia, Teen Blogger

Posted on 19-Mar-12 13:12
What do you get when you have two vampire brothers who both love the same human girl?...
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Winter Wonderland by Sasha, Teen Blogger

Posted on 16-Jan-12 15:50
Hey everybody. My blog is going to be all about winter books and believe me I have some great ones ready for you to read.
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What to Read After the Hunger Games by Emily, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Jan-12 16:08
If you’re anything like me, you loved “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, and once the trilogy was over, you wanted more like it. A little late for some, perhaps, but here is a list of reading materials I’d suggest to you based on different aspects of “The Hunger Games”. Without further ado, here it is:
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After Alex Rider by Danielle, Staff Blogger

Posted on 27-Jul-11 13:37
Scorpia Rising may be the end of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, but it need not be the end of you reading fast-paced thrillers about spies, high-tech gadgetry and death-defying adventures....
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Keep Troying, Wonderland and What's Cooking? by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 26-Jul-11 15:02
Like most people, I've often imagined myself in situations where I might be able to use my skills and talents...or discover new ones. How would I cope? What would I learn? Could I survive? A lot of questions, but maybe some answers are in these pages...
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Robot Reality, Dragon Danger and Strange Trips

Posted on 26-Jul-11 14:56
A strange set of book bundles to be sure, so I ask you: Is the unique world of robots reality or fantasy? Why are dragons always in danger of extinction if they never existed? Are these fictional trips stranger than fiction, or what? See what you think...
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Survival, Zombies and Hidden Rooms by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 26-Jul-11 14:55
What if there was this story.... Zara gasped for breath! She had been running, like... forever, but the Zombies were still after her. How would she survive this night? A dark shape appeared in the woods....
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Steampunk, Smartypants and Kissing Covers by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 23-Jun-11 12:05
Ever get steampunked? Ever claim to be a smartypants? Ever caught kissing on a cover? Well, some people have according to these books, anyway...
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Bold, Beastly,Beautiful and Strange by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 23-Jun-11 10:28
Ever wish your life was not quite so boring? Ever wish to go on an adventure or meet different people? Try these book bundles for something strange and exciting.
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Vampires, Cults and Chips

Posted on 22-Jun-11 14:07
Want read-a-likes that are easy to find? Try these titles bundled in bunches of three.
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Michael L. Printz Award by Cindy, Staff Blogger

Posted on 12-Jan-11 14:32
Sometimes I like to read the best of the best. Award winners are a good place to start....
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  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking