great books for teens

Divergent Movie

So many great teen books are being made into movies. One of my favorites, Divergent by Veronica Roth, is getting the big screen treatment in March 2014.

Check out the trailer:

 

 

Student Guest Reviewer--Adam

book coverCheck out Adam's review of the first book in the Unwanteds series:

Unwanteds
By: Adam

Can you imagine a world where everything is assigned, there are no choices, everything is colorless and creativity can get you killed? This is the everyday life for, Quill, the closed in city where order and fear is what keeps people moving.

In this thriller, two twins have totally different lives. Alex, the creative one, knows he will be announced as an Unwanted, which will get him killed, because he has been caught more than twice coloring and being creative. Aaron however, has never been caught and is going to be a Wanted, which means he is important in the community. But when Alex is to be Eliminated, he is brought into a world where creativity is the point in life. But when he is found by his highly honored brother Aaron, Aaron wages war on the mysterious world, Artime. But can Alex convince the power hungry Aaron to live in peace and realize family is forever, no matter what, or is it too late?

In this completely captivating book, so many twists and turns show up that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. I would recommend this book to boys and girls ages 10 and up because of some choices and plots that characters make. So, can Alex keep the Aaron under control or will he grow as wild as the creatures and spells in Artime?

Great Teen Read Suggestions from Students

 

Students at Mapleview Intermediate School in Kimberly have been working on book reviews, and I will be featuring their work over the next few weeks. Here is our first guest reviewer, Katelyn, with a review of The Running Dream.

 

 

The Running Dream

By: Katelyn

For the young runner, Jessica, breaking a running record at a school  track meet  was everything until the ride home. When the tragic car accident,  that included Jessica’s bus, cleared up it  left one dead and one without a leg. As Jessica struggles to even get up the stairs she constantly wonders if she will ever run again.


After the accident Jessica hasn’t been the same. Without running her life is boring. Then finally one day her best friend talks her into going back to school. She is invited to a track meet where  her coach talks to her about a fake leg that will allow her to run, the only problem is the cost of the fake leg. As her school track team tries to raise money to get their fastest runner back  on the track Jessica never gives up.


I recommend this amazing story full of hope and dreams to young adults because of the mature topics. Readers should be mature and not looking for a humorous book.  Will Jessica get back on the track or give up on her dreams? Will the students on the track team pull through and get the money? Will Jessica ever  run again? Read The Running Dream to take a look at Jessica’s thoughts on the possibilities on her running dream coming true.

 

2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults Announced

Looking for a good recently published book? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2013 Best Fiction list containing 102 books considered to be the best in a variety of genres for readers ages 12-18. The top ten picks are marked with an asterisk.

If you find a book you particularly enjoyed, be sure to recommend it to other teens by writing up a quick review in The Book Blog found on the Infosoup page. The blog is a great place to look for good teen reads and to let your opinion be heard.

A few favorites from the list that I have read include Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl and The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen. Also,the audiobook of Code Name Verity is a great World War II listen that gets more intriguing as the story progresses.

There are so many great teen novels being published, so be sure to check out the list for some gems just in time for your summer reading pleasure.