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The Darkest Minds / Alexandra Bracken PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

altRuby lives in a world where most of the teenagers have been killed off by a disease and the survivors have begun to develop unusual powers ranging from mind control (considered especially dangerous), to moving objects with their mind to conducting electricity with their hands. Each power has been associated with a color – orange for mind control, blue for moving objects etc. Instead of supporting the teens with powers the government fears them and begins hauling the teens off to “camps” to “cure” them.  Ruby is hauled off to camp at age 10 and she doesn’t escape until 16.  She doesn’t want anyone to know her secret, what her powers really can do.  So far she’s been able to hide them and lets people believe she’s a green, who excels at figuring out patterns and solving codes.  When she finally breaks out of the camp she ends up hitching a ride with some kids who are also on the run.  She doesn’t want them to get too close or they might figure out her secret and abandon her.  The group’s final goal is the reach East River where there’s a safe hideout for kids with powers and the leader, the mysterious, Slip Kid, can help you reconnect with your family.  Once the group arrives at the camp things are definitely not what they seem and Ruby isn’t sure it’s the safe haven they were all hoping for.  The Darkest Minds is an action packed dystopian tale, filled with twists and turns, dark secrets, a bit of romance and true friendship.  The first in a series, you’ll be dashing off to get the sequel after you’ve taken in the Darkest Minds. 


(Renee, the Loft)

From Teens For Teens: Graphic Novelizations: City of Ember / Jeanne DuPrau and Twilight / Stephenie Meyer PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00

The City of Ember

Middaugh, Dallas

City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau, adapted by Dallas Middaugh

4/5 stars


I have read City of Ember (the book) and it was one of the best books I have read. The graphic novel version was pretty good but there were some details that I would add. For example, how the box got lost. I only knew that the grandma was looking for that because I had read the real book. I recommend this book to anyone but if I were you, I would read the real book first.


(Megan B., Evanston teen)






Twilight: The Graphic Novel V. 1 by Stephenie Meyer, adapted by Kim Young

3/5 stars


Bella is a normal girl in high school. But when Edward, a vampire, comes along, everything changes and they fall in love.


(Maya H., Evanston teen)


The Silver Six / AJ Lieberman & Darren Rawlings PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

titleThe future has arrived and it seems to be ruled by Craven Industries, a ruthless Hydro-2 mining company. Craven has been destroying communities, parks and every each of green space in order to mine for Hydro-2 which is 87% more efficient than oil, but 372% harder to refine and produce.  In this same future Phoebe has been trying to make a go of it on her own, after her parents were mysteriously killed in a ship explosion.  Phoebe and her robot friend Max have been avoiding getting picked up by child welfare services just fine until one day a man tracks her down at school and he doesn’t seem like someone who just wants to talk. After Phoebe and Max narrowly escape capture by the man, they’re picked up by child welfare.  Phoebe thinks her life is over, but she ends up meeting unique friends at child welfare, who she has a lot more in common with than she ever imagined.  The group discovers that not only are they all orphans, but their parents were all killed in the same explosion.  On top of that they all received moon registries as gifts.  As Phoebe and the gang put the pieces together they begin an adventure of a life time traveling through space battling robots, gun wielding Craven goons and trying to uncover their parent’s secrets.  The Silver Six is a great sci-fi adventure graphic novel that includes quite a bit of hilarity too.  I’m definitely hoping the authors/illustrators come up with more adventures for The Silver Six!


(Renee, the Loft)

From Teens For Teens: Cardboard / Doug TenNapel and The Mysterious Howling / Maryrose Wood PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

TenNapel, Doug

TenNapel, Doug

Cardboard Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

5/5 stars


A boy and his father are poor. The father, Mike, is a carpenter and can't find any work for money. He needs the money for his son's b-day. He finds some magic cardboard that makes things alive. His neighbor steals it and it goes out of control!


(Izzy C., Evanston teen)





The Mysterious HowlingThe Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

5/5 stars


This Incorrigible Children Of Ashton Place book is a story about a young woman (Penelope Lumley) who lands a job as a governess at Ashton place. The children she is supposed to be caring for turn out to be raised as wolves (or at least act like it). I liked the story because it made me feel like I was actually in the story! Maryrose Wood described the events that happened in a lot of detail.


(Jessica W., Evanston teen)


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

altEzra Faulkner was at the top of his game—star of the varsity tennis team, dating the most popular girl in school, set to become homecoming king in his senior year—that is until a crazy freak accident lands him at the table of misfits.


After a humiliating summer of rehabilitation, Ezra returns to school to find his top spot no longer waiting for him and his former friends surprisingly oblivious to his fall from grace. Confused by everyone’s lack of concern and/or guilt, Ezra finds himself on the outside of everything he used to know, ashamed and embarrassed to admit that he no longer fits in.


It’s only after he meets Cassify Thorpe—another fellow outsider who is comfortable in her own skin—that Ezra begins to find a new place that he belongs. 


Moving past the depression of his accident, Ezra learns that not every tragic moment leads to further misfortune and pain—that sometimes, tragedies spark new beginnings that would never have happened otherwise.


(Ashley, the Loft)

From Teens For Teens: The Pearl / John Steinbeck and Because It is My Blood / Gabrielle Zevin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00

The Pearl The Pearl by John Steinbeck

5/5 stars


The book is about a Mexican pearl diver named Kino who lives in poverty with his wife Juana and baby Coyotito. He finds the "pearl of the world" and thinks that they can now live their lives in happiness. However, the pearl just causes Kino's life to change for the worst. What I enjoyed about the book was the main plot itself and what the story teaches us about life. This was enjoyable to me because I got a lesson from the book, while reading about it in a good plot. I would definitely recommend this book! It is advanced, but has a great message in it. Definitely worth reading!


(Halima M., Evanston teen)



Because It Is My Blood Because It is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

5/5 stars


I really liked this book--it kept me hooked and I could not put it down. If you like dystopian books than you NEED to read this book. Because It is My Blood is the second book in the Birthright series. The first book is All These Thing I've Done. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. A must-read!


(Sabine G., Evanston teen)

Book Spine Poetry / Teen Advisory Board PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

 altIf I tell

Freaks like us

The haunted



Out of the pocket

Of beast


Teach me

The joys of love


The Cure


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