Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her new ally, Thorne, are on the run from the authorities in New Beijing. Having broken out of prison, they must escape the Eastern Commonwealth, or they will be doomed.

On the other side of the world, the French Scarlet Benoit searches for her missing grandmother, who the police have given up on. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t vanish without telling her where she was going, so she fears the worst – kidnapping or murder.

A street fighter named Wolf offers to help Scarlet find her grandmother, and she has no choice but to trust him. But as tensions between the Earth and Luna rise, things are growing more and more dangerous. Scarlet searches for her grandmother as Cinder looks for both of them, and if they can’t find each other, things will get even worse than they already are.

 

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Son by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Claire is a young woman in Jonas’s community who is chosen for the unexciting but vital job of birth mother at the age of twelve. She is to produce three children who can be adopted by families in the community and further its good.

But then Jonas disappears from the community, taking Claire’s first son, Gabe, with him. Claire, desperate to find her son, follows them, nearly drowning in a storm when the boat she is on sinks. She is saved by people in a community which is neither dystopian nor utopian – full of people who want to just live their lives in a quiet, rural place.

Claire has just allowed herself to think that she could be happy here when she decides that she still has to find her son. But it will take everything she has to get there.

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The Eastern Commonwealth of Earth is ravaged by a fearsome disease, letumosis, which kills you within days of its contraction. Cinder, a young cyborg who is the most gifted mechanic in New Beijing, does her best to stay healthy and stay out of the way of her stepmother, who blames her for most of the family’s problems.

But then Cinder’s stepsister, Peony, contracts letumosis. Cinder’s stepmother, frantic with worry, thrusts her into the palace laboratory, where she will be experimented on as the emperor’s scientists try to find a cure for the disease. Here she meets Kai, the emperor’s charming son, and learns of his possible impending engagement to the Lunar queen, Levana.

All is not as it seems and it is up to Cinder to figure it out.

 

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Messenger by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The village from Gathering Blue has begun the healing process, but it is another village somewhere far away through the Forest that also needs redemption.

This village is the one place where the disabled, the rebels, and everyone who is discontent with the dystopian system of every other place in their world can find safety. Mattie, a young boy who carries messages from village to village, is happy to live there, doing truly good things for the first time in his life.

But when the people of the Village grow selfish and wish to keep new people from coming in, the Forest turns on them, growing wild and evil like it never has before. Now it is up to Mattie, his little dog, and his old friend Kira to save the Village – and the world – from the menace lurking in the trees. They are aided by a blue-eyed young man who is known to some as Jonas…

 

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A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Èponine Thenardièr is born to a couple of thieves not long after the Battle of Waterloo. Her entire upbringing revolves around one philosophy: steal as much as you can. She helps out at her parents’ inn by picking pockets and swindling people out of their money. But when she is five, a mysterious woman named Fantine shows up at the inn, leaving behind her little daughter, Cosette, who is forced to work like a slave at the inn.

Èponine’s life will be completely changed by this girl. Years later, when they are grown, they both fall in love with the same man, Marius Pontmercy – but how far is Èponine willing to go for true love? And is it possible that Cosette will forgive her and want to be her friend?

Desperate to reform herself, Èponine turns to good deeds. But it may not be enough to win Marius’s heart.

 

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Also Known As by Robin Benway

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

This is Maggie Silver’s first spy mission on her own. She’s the daughter of two world-class spies, and they all work for a corporation that brings down villains to do good for the world. Her entire life has been spent breaking into secure facilities and performing her specialty – cracking safe codes and stealing their contents.

But now she has to attend a normal high school in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and the guy whose safe she’s supposed to crack is the dad of the coolest boy in school.

Suddenly, Maggie has issues with forming ordinary friendships, being fashionable, and guys who really like her. She’s faced tough stuff before, but nothing like this. What’s a girl who’s never had a social life to do?

 

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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

It was just a day like any other for Michael Vey when he discovered that he wasn’t the only one with strange electric powers. Taylor, the gorgeous cheerleader from school, has them too, and their genius friend Ostin is eager to help them learn to optimize these powers.

But when Michael’s mom takes them to a pizza place to celebrate Michael’s birthday, she is kidnapped by a mysterious man with a couple more kids with similar powers to Michael’s. Suddenly Taylor is missing too. It’s up to Michael, Ostin, and a couple of bullies from school, the only ones who will give them a ride, to investigate the kidnappings and save them – but it may be a trap.

Someone is after Michael and Taylor’s powers, and it will take everything they’ve got to escape.

 

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Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Doug’s family is a disaster. His oldest brother Lucas is in the army fighting the war in Vietnam, and they haven’t heard from him in almost a year. His parents do nothing but fight, and his dad seems to hate his three sons.

But Doug may have the opportunity for a new life when his family moves to a small town in Northern New York State. Here he meets a girl named Lil Spicer, who rides a pink bike and teaches him to drink a really cold Coke; an old man at the library who shows him how to draw; and Doug gets a job as a grocery delivery boy for Lil’s father. But just when he thinks he may be okay in this town, his brother Christopher is accused of stealing from multiple stores, and there is no way to convince the police that he is innocent.

Doug is capable of rising to the occasion, but will it be enough?

 

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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tiffany is nearly a woman now. She’s seventeen and ready to take on her own steading — or district — to which she provides poverty relief. The Nac Mac Feegle are behaving themselves, finally, and she has a wonderful boyfriend named Preston.

But then things start to fall apart. Granny Weatherwax is old now and will die very soon. None of the witches are quite certain what to do without her, and they don’t know if they are capable of protecting Discworld without her guidance. And the gate into the Fairy Kingdom that Tiffany entered at the age of 9 to rescue her brother is glowing again.

The elves want revenge.

 

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Poison Ivy by Amy Koss

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

For years, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates, led by Ann. Now she has finally brought her complaint to her social studies teacher – who thinks that it would be a great opportunity to practice what they’ve been learning about American court systems and sets up a mock trial.

Ivy and her painfully shy lawyer, Daria, are to present an accusation against Ann and her friends. Ann and her lawyer, Owen, know that they don’t have anything to worry about – but the jury may end up being in favor of Ivy. And there’s only a couple of witnesses who know the truth – but which side will they take?

 

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