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Second Chance Summer (by Morgan Matson)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Lianna, Spencer TAB

The Edwards family has never been really close; everyone always seems to have their own separate things to do. Taylor’s younger sister, Gelsey, has ballet, Taylor’s older brother, Warren, has scholarly activities, and Taylor has an annoying knack for running away when things get tough. But that changes when Taylor’s dad receives tragic news about his health. The family packs up the car and heads to their old lake house for the summer. They have not been there in five years, having been too preoccupied—unintentionally or not—to return the past five summers.

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The Butterfly Clues (by Kate Ellison)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Sherri, Middendorf-Kredell Staff

Penelope ""Lo"" is OCD; a condition that has worsened since the death of her beloved older brother. It also leads her to the murder of a young woman from a seedy area of town. It puts her in grave danger, but she also finds a young man who can see past her problems.

The OCD aspect makes Penelope's character very interesting.  But the view of homeless young people is a little too glossy and the connection she finds between herself and the murder victim are a little to neatly woven.

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Prodigy (by Marie Lu)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Brooke, Spencer TAB

Let me tell you, Prodigy is an amazing book! I really liked to pace that it moved at and all of the characters were totally captivating, I couldn’t put it down. The plot of the book starts with Day and June making their way to the Patriots where they team up with them. The leader of the Patriots gives Day and June an assignment, which is the death of an important person. They almost go through with it until some unexpected information surfaces. The discovery compromises everything they’ve ever worked for. In this book all of the characters are tested and pushed to their limits.

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Of Poseidon (by Anna Banks)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Elizabeth, Corporate Parkway TAB

Emma thought that she was just a normal teenager until she met Galen. Galen is a Syrena, or a mermaid, as the humans call them. He is convinced that Emma is a Galen, even if she doesn't believe it herself! This book is fun, dramatic, and action-packed. The characters are so real, believable, and lovable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read! :)

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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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