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Teen Book Review

Cloaked (by Alex Flinn)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Alex Flinn is a master of retelling fairy tales and Cloaked is like a fairy tale "mash up"!  The Frog Prince, The Six Swans and The Elves and the Shoemaker, just to name a few. Johnny is just an average guy working at a hotel shoe repair counter when a famous party princess comes to town. Add a talking fox, hungry giants, six enchanted swans and a magical best friend that has loved him forever and you have a  fun "once upon a time" novel.

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Small Damages (by Beth Kephart)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Debbie, McClay Staff

Kenzie and her friends are seniors, all with plans of doing big and wonderful things and having fun for the summer.  Kenzie has recently lost her father, she's fighting with her mother, trying to deal with her losses and  she discovers that she is pregnant. Kenzie's boyfriend, Kevin who has been supportive and loving since her father's death, suddenly becomes distant and doesn't want to deal with the problem. Her mom decides to send her off to Spain to live with a family that has found a couple to adopt her baby.

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The Name of the Star (by Maureen Johnson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Ty, Corporate Parkway TAB

"When Louisiana-born Rory moves miles away to a London Boarding school, she's prepared for the homesickness, the uniforms, the mandatory sports, and the loads of homework. What she's not prepared for are the brutal Jack the Ripper style killings that rock the city upon her arrival. The new victims match descriptions of the originals and are killed on the same day at the same time. Since the crimes can be predicted, the entirety of London waits in suspense for the next death.

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Dark Unwinding (by Sharon Cameron)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Ty, Corporate Parkway TAB

"""Dark Unwinding"" is like a steampunked version of ""Jane Eyre"". Katharine, the protagonist, shares similar characteristics with Jane, and also struggles to balance duty and happiness. Katharine is a smart girl who has lived her whole life under the thumb of her overbearing aunt. She has no money, no marriage prospects, and few skills. Katharine balances the books and knows if she can protect the family fortune, she can live on as her spoiled cousin's bookkeeper.

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Get Well Soon (by Julie Halpern)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Courtney, Spencer TAB

What does a girl do when her parents abandon her at a teen mental hospital with only a few clothes and the lack of her beloved music? Well, she falls in love of course! Told through the eyes of a confused teen, readers get a glimpse into the world of mental health with the fantastic addition of teenage sarcasm. Anna Bloom, the main character of Get Well Soon is very lovable despite the times where her characterization can be a bit flimsy and immature. Readers will laugh at the humorous hospital staff. This book is sure to make readers see mental health in a new light.

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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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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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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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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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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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