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Teen Book Review

Realism

Pregnant Pause (by Han Nolan)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Fairen, Spencer TAB

"Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Crowe has a mind of her own, a husband, and a baby on the way; great combination, right? To make matters worse, Lam, her husband is a natural trouble maker with plenty of excuses and she has both her in-laws and her sister fighting to get her baby when she hasn’t even decided whether she wants it or not. Too stay married or not to stay married, to keep the baby or to give it away (and to whom), these are all the questions Eleanor has to answer before giving birth.

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Hide and Seek (by Katy Grant)

Rating 5

Reviewed by JJ, grade 7

Hide & Seek was a very good book.  It was intense at some moments, happy and sad at others.  Its Chase's first time Geocaching alone and finds some extraordinary notes in the Geocache.

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The Help (by Kathryn Stockett)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Rose, grade 11

In 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, Aibileen Clark works as a maid (commonly referred to as "the help") for a white woman.  Skeeter Phelan, a while college kid coming home, wants to write a book on the opinions of black women raising white women's children.  Will any maid talk to Skeeter and risk being caught if the book is published?  The Help is realistic novel about crossing racial lines and optimism for the future. 

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Breathless (by Jessica Warman)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Blue, grade 8

The main character goes away to boarding while her brother is in a mental hospital.  She tells everyone her brother is dead.  Then one day everything unravels.

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The Outsiders (by S.E. Hinton)

Rating 5

Reviewed by JT, grade 8

After running going to the movies, Ponyboy and Jonny are surrounded by the Socs.  When one tries to drown Ponyboy, Jonny stabs his friends.  When they run away to stay out of trouble.  They run into a church that is burning down to save the kids stuck inside.  Both Ponyboy and Jonny are hurt, will they live or die.

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Sorta Like a Rock Star (by Matthew Quick)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Lauren, grade 8

I liked this book Sorta LIke a Rock Star because it showed all of the challenges that went on in the characters life.  This book shows us to never give up even if the worst things happen.  The character Amber Appleton is the "princess of hopp" and thats what I like about her.

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Out of My Mind (by Sharon Draper)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Tiffany, grade 8

This book is about a 11 year old girl that can't talk or walk but is very smart.  The author did a great job tell the life struggles of the girl that it made me laugh and cray.  This is a great book.  This is a book for young and old to read.  It is very interesting and educating.

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After (by Amy Efaw)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Megan, grade 8

Devon Davenport made a decission that would change her life forever.  When IT happened That Night, Devon's whole world flipped upside down.  She went from a honor student with a whole career of soccer ahead of her, to someone to be frowned upon in the hallways of school.  But, Devon won't be going back to school anytime soon. 

What will happen to Devon AFTER her terrible decission, AFTER she was put into a place that she would never imagine going.  What will the consequences be?

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Abduction (by Peg Kehret)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Mikayla, grade 7

I like ABDUCTION! a lot because it was action packed and interesting.  It all started when Denny's (Matt's Father) sister bragged about her family.  Then Denny found out he had a son, this was his plans:  He would dognap the family dog, Pookie, and use Pookie as bait.  The plan was successful.  Then Bonnie (Matt's sister) found then but she knew too much Denny couldn't keep because she was ruining the plan.  So how would he get rid of her.

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Deadline (by Chris Crutcher)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Hannah, grade 10

The first thing I liked about this book was teh cover.  Unlike most books available to kids about high school seniors, this book doens't drop cuss bombs every few sentences.  Lastly, the main character, Ben, is sarcastic which makes the book more enjoyable.  Ben makes some tough decision that most teenagers couldn't make.  He falls in love with his long time crush, Dallas.  Ben also follows his brother on the football field and cecomes a star despite his height, weight, & fate.

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