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“Double Identity” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

As Bethany approaches her thirteenth birthday, her parents begin acting more oddly than usual: her mother cries constantly, and her father barely lets Bethany out of his sight. Then one morning, he drops Bethany off – over several state lines —with an aunt she never knew existed. Bethany is worried that her mom and dad are running from some kind of trouble, but she can't find them because they won't tell her where they are going.

Bethany's only clue is a few words she overheard her father tell her aunt Myrlie: "She doesn't know anything about Elizabeth." But her aunt will not tell who Elizabeth is, and she won't explain why people in her small town react to Bethany as if they have seen a ghost.

"Double Identity" was awesome and definitely kept me hooked. I strongly recommend it!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Downriver” by Will Hobbs

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

I liked "Downriver" because it was full of excitement and adventure. You feel like you are in the book yourself, riding down the Colorado River in a raft. I think this book is good for both boys and girls. The book is very suspenseful, which makes you want to keep on reading. It was one of my favorite books that I have ever read.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

I loved "The City of Ember." Since the book was eventful and interesting, I wanted to continue reading. The book is about an underground city and the people that live in it. Even if you do not care for science fiction, I would still recommend this book.

I'd also recommend the sequel, "The People of Sparks."

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Nory Ryan’s Song” by Patricia Reilly Giff

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

I did not care for this book because I thought it was boring. It is not exciting. The story is about Nory and her family's life in Ireland. When times get bad, Nory meets a new friend. The end was not what I expected either.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Am I Blue? Coming Out From the Silence”

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

This book is 16 short stories compressed into one novel. It is based upon gay and lesbian stories and is very different. Each story gives you a different viewpoint on the gay people around us, and all are very touching. My personal favorite story out of this collection was “Am I Blue?” This story made you realize how uncomfortable some people were with themselves and that a little confidence goes a long way.

As a reader I did not love this book, but it was definitely something worth reading because it gives various viewpoints on gays and lesbians.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Abarat” by Clive Barker

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

"Abarat" is a great fantasy book that takes the reader into a world never before imagined.

Summary: 14 year-old Candy Quackenbush leaves school and runs into two mysterious creatures before escaping with one of them to Abarat. In Abarat, Candy runs into trouble far worse than just getting lost.

I would also recommend "Days of Magic, Nights of War" (the second book in this series).

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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“Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis

FROM A KINNELON LIBRARY TEEN REVIEWER:

This book is the story of a boy in the Great Depression (Bud) who escapes from his mean foster family. Bud goes on a search for his father, with the only clues being some old posters his mother gave him before he died. Very good and funny.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

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