Book Genre: Fiction

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Haruki Murakami
Hana
4

A lovely, little hopeless fairy tale, which reminded me that I prefer my fairy tales like this. The pictures are wonderful and as you could expect Murakami makes you very hungry with his beautiful descriptions of food. It doesn't hurt that it takes place in a library with a terrifying...

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Sister Souljah
Josh
4

       In college I  heard Sister Souljah speak at a forum held at my school and I remember her words were very powerful and  moving. Certain things she said had the auditorium in rapt attention.  This novel is no different. I went into it with low expectations...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
Hope H
5

Willow Chance is a quirky 12 year old genius who loves plants and numbers and diagnosing people's medical conditions. Most people find her to be off-putting and just plain weird, so her biggest support in life are her adoptive parents. But when they die in a car accident, Willow is left in the...

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Veronica Roth
Angelita
4

I would consider Divergent my first dystopian novel and I mostly chose to read it because of the movie. Darn those movie execs! What I did find out, is that I enjoyed the book very much.  I believe the character of Tris is well-developed. She seemed realistic to me because today's teen...

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Michael Rex
Josh
4

    I saw this book on an ALA list of books for young readers and the premise- a kid barbarian from another dimension comes to Earth and settles in a third grade class- is so original that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Fangbone is witty and provides a tongue in...

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Markus Zusak
Debbie
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings...

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Jon Scieszka
CoCo Supreme23
5

The wolf finally gets to tell his side of the story…after all there are two sides to every story! In this awesome, fast-paced, amusing tale the wolf shares his outlandish version of what “really” happened when he squared off with the three little pigs. The abstract illustrations compliment this...

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Ruth Reichl
Hope H
2

Billie Breslin fled her life in Southern California to work at New York's premier food magazine, Delicious. But just when she's become accustomed to her new life and new culinary friends, the owners of Delicious cease publication and lay off everyone except Billie, who stays on to honor the...

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Roberto Bola~no
Hana
4

A wonderful adventure throughout the world following two young writers, Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano (alter egos of Roberto Bolaño and Mario Santiago Papasquiaro), through the eyes of their acquaintances, friends, lovers, and enemies as they strive to establish the literary movement "...

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Chris Crowe
Josh
4

Those who do not learn from the events of History are doomed to repeat it. I always think of that saying whenever events transpire that give me a sense of deja vu. Those who lived long enough to see the fall out from the Vietnam War may have been saddened by the nation's involvement in two wars...

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Keith Donohue
Becker
4

Set on the isolated coast of Maine during winter, this book will creep you out whether you're reading it during a snowstorm or during the heat of summer. Jack Peter has always been a little different--he has Asperger's. But that difference got even more profound when he was 7, and he and his...

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Kekla Magoon
Josh
4

  Sometimes when an incident occurs eyewitnesses have a different take on what exactly occurred. What they see is often colored by their experiences and /or prejudices. That is the case in Kekla Magoon's fantastic book for teens called How It Went Down which deals with the fall out...

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Rainbow Rowell
Angelita
4

This book is amazing in so many ways. From the way it captures high school and life woes to the way it talks about music and comic books. Eleanor and Park don't exactly hit off right away, but something brings them together. I enjoyed the weird, awkward conversations and encounters between them...

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David Almond
Hope H
3

At first glance, The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon is a short and surreally silly story about a boy named Paul who does just that, aided by a colorful cast of characters who encourage him in his silliness. But Paul's idea that the moon is not the moon but rather a big hole in the...

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Sara Farizan
Becker
4

Iranian-American Leila has a lot to figure out. Pressure from her parents and their tight knit Persian community tell her to want to be a doctor--but she's horrible at science. She likes girls, but isn't ready to tell anyone yet--it's a good thing there's no one at school to crush on. That...

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Gail Simone
Becker
4

Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, this isn't your typical superhero book. Megalopolis used to be the safest city on earth, due to the presence of a great number of superheroes. A mysterious event has occurred, turning the former heroes into crazed killers. We see hints at the investigation...

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Nic Sheff
Laurie.
3

Miles is juggling high school, his first crush and an obsessive desire to find Teddy, his missing brother. But as the title suggests, Miles is also schizophrenic. He struggles with hallucinations, medications, and social interactions. The storyline and text is sometimes disjointed which mirrors...

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Richard Fariña
Hana
5

Richard Fariña helped pioneer what the perfect counterculture, psychedelic book should be. We follow young Gnossus Pappadopoulis in 1958 vagabonding through Cuba, the American West, and through the rebellious college experience at Cornell University. This book is incredibly sexy, witty...

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Pamela Moses
Angelita
4

I loved that the book was broken up into four different voices. Connecting with the title, food was a major theme in each girl's life, whether they indulged too much or the abstained too much. The food ties into their emotions, Fran and Ruth ate because they felt a void, from being stifled and...

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Roberto Bolaño
Hana
5

I feel incredibly lucky to have found an author as wonderful as Roberto Bolaño. Sometimes, though I know how popular he is, I feel like I have a wonderful secret because I get to read his books, and the excitement of starting a new one in never dulled, as I work my way through all his creations...

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Sharyn McCrumb
lisab
4

It seems like at some point all fiction authors write a holiday themed novella. This one is by Sharyn McCrumb who is known for her Ballad mysteries which are based in Appalachia.  This tale has two stories running concurrently– one about Nora Bonesteel who has the “Sight” and her neighbors...

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Chloe Aridjis
lisab
4

Marie is a security guard at the National Gallery in London. She has been in this post for 9 years, the same post that her great grandfather also held during the time of the Suffragettes.  This is a calm story; you are observing Marie observing life, the people who visit the museum, or her...

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M. L Stedman
Shanna
5

On a rocky island off the coast of Australia, a lone lighthouse stands between the ships and certain destruction in the difficult waters.  Tom retreats to the solitude there, after his service in the war.  Indeed, there is an abundance of solitude on Janus Rock-even the supply boat...

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Coe Booth
Josh
4

  I rarely see juvenile fiction booths with young African-American males on the cover so needless to say I was intrigued by this title. The main character Jarrett is a rising seventh grader from Newark, New Jersey who lives with his mom, a Guyanese immigrant who works with social services...

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Katy Towell
Hope H
3

For twelve days straight in the twelfth month of the year 1912, the small town of Widowsbury was ravaged by a storm which brought with it all manner of paranormal threats. Now, twelve years later, everyone in the town operates under the rule that, "Known is good! New is bad!" Unfortunately...