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The Demon King (by Cinda Williams Chima)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

Han Alister, former street gang leader, and Princess Raisa, future queen, have very little in common on the surface.  Except for the fact that they both seem to be battling the same magical family, the Bayars.  Brutal murders of street gang members and a kidnapping of the princess all ensue as Raisa and Han collide in this great high fantasy novel.

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Faking Faith (by Jossie Bloss)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Fairen, Spencer TAB

"After her big sexting incident, Dylan Mahoney has become public grounds for teasing in her suburban Chicago high school and has never felt more alone; it doesn’t help that her two best friends have abandoned her, too. Now utterly embarrassed and alone, Dylan discovers the blog world of “homeschooled fundamentalist Christian girls,” is instantly intrigued by their ever so structured world and decides to make a blog, herself, under the guise of Faith.

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Thou Shall Not Road Trip (by Antony John)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Christine, Spencer Road staff

I love this author, but the book took a little while for me to get into it and really like the characters.  Luke has just published a best selling book of teen parables.  Now, it's summer and he's going on a road trip/author tour along Route 66 with his brother.  What he doesn't know is that his brother is also bringing his girlfriend and Luke's ex-best friend, Fran.  I really enjoy the humor of this book.  Luke is a very honest character when he reacts to certain situations.  This book is a lighter read and will make you want to see some o

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The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Sydney, Middendorf-Kredell TAB

This book is soooo good! It's my favorite book. It's very touching and emotional in the last 20 pages. It's about a girl who has Stage IV thyroid cancer and she meets this boy at her support group who had osteosarcoma cancer but has no evidence of cancer in him and they fall in love. Then they go to Amsterdam together with her mom to meet this author and find out more about this book that she recommended to him and it's just a really good book and it's so touching!

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The Raven Boys (by Maggie Stiefvater)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer staff

Even though her entire family is filled with psychics, Blue has no special power. Well, she does, but her power is only in the ability to make her family's psychic powers stronger. So Blue's participation in the annual practice of hearing voices of those who will die in the upcoming year is purely supportive... Until this year when Blue is surprised to actually hear a name. "Gansey."

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Au Revoir Crazy European Chick (by Joe Schreiber)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Who can resist a book with this title?  A lot of humor, adventure and danger combined with a little bit of romance make this an intriguing read. Perry, a high school senior, is forced by his parents to take their quiet, unassuming, and plain looking foreign exchange student to the prom.  But in the course of one night, Perry's world is turned inside-out by this young woman who is not at all what she has appeared to be.

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Blank Confession (by Pete Hautman)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Shayne Blank walks into a police station and confesses to murder. Just who is Shayne Blank? He's the new kid at school. Quiet. Unassuming. But still, he seems to invite trouble which escalates when he stands up to those bullying his new friend Mikey. Is he a murderer? Or is there more here than meets the eye?

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The Running Dream (by Wendelin Van Draanen)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Jessica lives to run. But when a tragic car crash takes her leg, Jessica is sure her life is over. As she struggles with learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, Jessica meets Rosa. Rosa has cerebral palsy and it is difficult to understand her speech. But she is a math whiz...just what Jessica needs to help her get through Algebra. As she and Rosa become friends, Jessica learns that there are many kinds of disabilities and that, just maybe, she can run again.

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The False Prince (by Jennifer Nielsen)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Arely, Spencer TAB

The False Prince is a stunning start to a captivating trilogy. It stars Sage a witty individual who is one of four orphans taken by Connor, a nobleman. All the boys are taken to Connor’s home to train and become the perfect pawn in Connors plot. They learn everything from reading to sword fighting and table manners. Meanwhile Connor keeps a close eye on them and rates their every move. At the end only one of them will be selected for a grand mission—to pretend to be the king’s long lost son.

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Cinder (by Marissa Meyer)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maggie, Spencer Staff

Cinder, a talented mechanic, is approached by a handsome man to fix his broken down robot. She quickly realizes that it's not just any handsome man, it's the prince! With a plague ravaging earth and war with the evil queen and people of Lunar on the horizon, this futuristic science fiction retelling of Cinderella, the first in Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, is far from your standard fairy tale.

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