Teen Book Club

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ship It by Britta Lundin

Katie, 15

'Ship It' is a fabulous YA novel about a girl obsessed with a TV show, who gets to live every fangirls dream- Meeting the actors of the show! Unfortunately, one of the lead actors is... Less than kind to her after she asks a question at a comicon panel about whether a ship between the two male leads will ever be canon. Throughout the story, it's really entertaining to watch as Claire, the main character, spends time with the leads, publicists, and showrunner. It's great to have a book that covers several generally ignored topics in fiction, such as queer baiting, lack of diversity, and, of course, coming out, both as something other than straight, and as a 'nerd'. We get a story with supportive parents and entertaining characters... The fandom references are amazing. Britta did an amazing job creating an immersive story that invokes a variety of emotions, from laughter and glee to sadness and shock. And I have to say, I wish 'DemonHeart' was a real show, because I really want to watch it now!



Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer
The Gauntlet
Disney Book Group 2016

This is the 'Iron man meets Artemis Fowl('s younger sister)' we've all been waiting for! When Tony Stark travels to Ireland to attend an environmental conference, things do not go as planed. "The Gauntlet' tells the well-loved story of harrowing escapes, a red-headed genius realizing her humanity, of the to-good-to-be-true superhero, and the over-powerful villain, but in a way that makes it seem brand new. Colfer does a brilliant job of maintaining his own, unique writing style, while keeping the well-known persona of Iron Man intact. I look forward to whatever Colfer has in store for us next.
Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

Sophie, 16
The Secrets of Hexbridge 
Gabrielle Kent
Scholastic Press 2016

Wonderful book! Very original. Kent's work with both female, male, and mythical, is masterful. They really leap off the page! The way Alfie Bloom (The Protagonist) is written, along with his two best friends, Madeleine and Robin, keeps the powerful puns and engaging dialogue coming. with a delightful cast of up-and-coming thespians, an inventive extended family, and one hell of a butler, 'the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle' is a well crafted must read for all fantasy fans.

While this book is most definitely aimed at younger readers, it is enjoyable for all ages. I would recommend this book to fans of Katherine Rundell's book 'Rooftoppers'

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bull by David Elliott (2 reviews)

Tim J., 16
David Elliott
HMH 2017

Dannnngg! What a book! Most definitely the best book I've read in a long time Most definitely would want a copy of this book! Will fight for it!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Levi, 16
David Elliott
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

This book is about the myth of the Minotaur, but instead of using normal story telling methods he uses poetry to describe the myth. I enjoyed the story a lot because of the way he spun the tale. Elliott used poetry and humor to keep the readers interested, something I thought I wouldn't hear in the same context. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something interesting and funny to read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Galina, 15
Garth Nix
Scholastic Press 2017

If you're looking for a funny and easy read, go for this book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Call by Peadar O'Gullan

Galina, 14
Peadar O'Gullan
The Call
David Fickling Books 2016

The "survival of the fittest" is not always accurate, as shown by Nessa in The Call. In a society where it is better to be dead than crippled, Nessa always has to try her hardest in everything to be seen as anything but the cripple she is, and even then, everyone is constantly underestimating her. Few survive "the call," and those who do are often hopelessly deformed, and everyone figures, "what chance does a cripple have against the call when the strongest of us perish in the attempt to survive?' Nessa must learn to be calculating and resourceful in every situation, and I love how the author shows this. I also loved how this story showed what it would be like to live in fear of three minutes of your life... 3 minutes to save it, or 3 minutes to lose it.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book