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The Guy's POV PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 March 2014 13:33

A list of books written from the guy's point-of-view. Sometimes he's the hero and sometimes he's the one being saved, but no matter what, these guys have what it takes to hold their own in a story.




Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz


Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.








Before My Eyes

by Caroline Bock


Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator's son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley teeter on the brink of destruction. 







 Red Rising 

by Pierce Brown


Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow--and Reds like him--are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies...even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. 


For more great reads told through the eyes of the boys, check out The Guy's POV


(Ashley, the Loft)



From Teens For Teens: Bird / Angela Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

titleBird by Angela Johnson

3/5 stars


Bird is a book revolving around a girl whose nickname is Bird. She ran away from home and is living behind a farmhouse in Alabama. She meets two boys who are going through the same kind of thing she is going through. I liked this book because it tells three different stories that come together at the end.


(Jessica W., Evanston teen)


What Are You Reading? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Here's what teens at Nichols Middle School are reading:


altThe Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.



altGraceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.



altHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Paper Valentine / Brenna Yovanoff PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

altHannah is haunted.  Literally. The ghost of her best friend Lillian has been hanging around since she died 6 months ago.  As Paper Valentine opens a teenage girl has been found murdered in Hannah’s small town and Lillian is positive it’s not just some random murder.  Lillian thinks it’s connected to one that happened a few years before. She needs Hannah to put the clues together to figure it out.  Hannah having a job at the local photo shop, where the crime scene photos are developed definitely helps.  At the same time as Hannah is trying to put the pieces together to solve the murders she’s also dealing with her supposed group of friends, whose dynamic has changed since Lillian died.  Hannah feels like she’s just going through the motions instead of being her real self. Then there’s her crush on Finny, who has a bad boy reputation, but seems to have a soft spot for her.  But with a murderer lurking around is Finny the guy she should be hanging out with? Or avoiding?  Paper Valentine, has suspense, mystery and a very human element as Hannah works through all the changes in her life, comes to terms with who she really is and finally addresses her feelings about Lillian’s death. 


(Renee, the Loft)

From Teens For Teens: Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie / Jordan Sonnenblick PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

titleDrums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

5/5 stars


The life of 13-year-old Steven Alpher, a gifted drummer, has turned upside-down after his 5-year-old brother Jeffrey was diagnosed with leukemia. Steven is now the center of attention at school and everyone starts to treat him nicer because of his younger brother's diagnosis. Steven now has to deal with his school life, love life, playing the drums, and supporting his family. Steven has liked a girl named Renee Albert since the third grade, but she doesn't notice Steven and doesn't like him in that way. Steven then falls in love with Annette Watson, a girl that had a secret crush on Steven for many years.


On the other hand the Alpher family is in hardship with all of Jeffrey's medical treatment bills. To help out, Steven's friend Renee and his girlfriend Annette come together to raise money for Jeffrey--they do sort of like a fundraiser. While at the hospital with Jeffrey, Steven meets a girl named Samantha who also suffers with leukemia. She gives Steven the advice of staying on Jeffrey's side through all of this.Steven listens to this advice and skips the band fundraising performance because Jeffrey was suffering an ear infection. Sadly, later in the story Sam dies and she had a sister that never cared about her at all. Thanks to Renee and Annette, Jeffrey survives, all his treatments go fine, and they are fully paid for just in time for Steven's graduation.


The part I enjoyed most was when Renee and Annette both came up with the idea of a fundraiser and that helped a lot. I enjoyed it because it shows that Renee is a good friend and Annette is a good girlfriend because she stayed by her boyfriend's side. It shows they both are caring and have good hearts. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it has a very good story and even though it is sad it is very realistic. You can't even tell it's fiction. I would recommend this book to children over 10 because younger kids might not understand about the situation in this book! Overall, this book is amazing and I truly loved it!


(Halima M., Evanston teen)

What Are You Reading? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:14

Here's what teens at Nichols Middle School have been reading:

altStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.





altThere Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz

This is the moving and powerful account of two  remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's  Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex  disfigured by crime and neglect.

This is the moving and powerful account of two  remarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago's  Henry Horner Homes, a public housing complex  disfigured by crime and neglect. - See more at:





altHow I Lost You  by Janet Gurtler

There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected

Black Helicopters / Blythe Wolston PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

alt“Suicide bombings shock me and confuse me. What triggers that decision? What makes a person become a weapon? It’s a terrible choice – a terrorist’s choice- but it also is the choice of a human being with a mind and a heart and a life before that moment.  Every suicide bomber is a human being just like me. When I understood that, I started writing Black Helicopters.” – Blythe Woolston

Valkyrie White is executing her plan today.  She’s going to make people see, she’s going to make them understand and set things in motion.  Valkyrie White has a bomb strapped to her. 

Valkyrie, her Da, Mabby and her brother Bo had been quietly living in Oklahoma. Then one day a helicopter flies over and they find Mabby dead in the garden.  After that moment things change. Bo and Valkyrie are trained by their father and they piece by piece they learn about the jobs their father does. They learn how to get message out, how to wait until the time is right, how to protect themselves.  They are prepared to go out into the world when Da leaves them.  Once they’re on their own it’s a constant battle between life, death and winning the game and Valkyrie is waiting to make her move.

Find Black Helicopters at EPL. 

(Renee, the Loft)


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