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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Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Radley went to Haiti to do volunteer work and to get away from the impending threat of the American People’s Party, who are likely to take over in the next election. When she gets home, she discovers that they have, and that the country is in an uproar.

Her parents have vanished and it’s not safe for her to stay at home. So Radley starts walking down the roads of Vermont, heading for Canada, where she may be safe. On the way there she meets another young woman named Celia, who is obviously hiding something. But what is it? Will there be safety in Canada? Will Radley ever find her parents again? You will have to read the book to find out!

 

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Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (The Tiffany Aching Adventures, book 3)

A book review by Faith Thompson
Tiffany thought her problems were over when she rescued her little brother Wentworth from the Fairy Queen. Now she’s thirteen and living away from home in order to train to become a real witch when she grows up. But then she makes a horrible mistake – in a crucial dance for the changing of the seasons.

Now the Wintersmith, Lord of Winter, thinks that she is the Summer Lady and is in love with her. People are dying when they crash into icebergs shaped like her on the ocean, and the world is covered in snowflakes shaped like Tiffany.

With the help of her friend Roland, some eccentric witches, and the Wee Free Men, Tiffany will have to try to fulfill her new role as the Summer Lady and make it to spring – and stay away from the Wintersmith. Because now he wants to marry her. And he is still not quite a man.

 

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Maurice is a cat. He has a group of rats — talking, intelligent rats — that do his bidding because he pays them. They make money by doing a fake Pied Piper act, complete with a stupid-looking kid named Keith to play the pipe. The rats are tired of the act, so the town called Bad Blintz will be the last one.

But Bad Blintz is no ordinary town. There is something evil lurking in the tunnels under the town — something that talks into your head, something that is stealing all of the food from the people who live there. It’s up to Maurice, the rats (especially Peaches, Darktan, and Dangerous Beans), the kid named Keith, and the mayor’s daughter Malicia to solve the mystery and save Bad Blintz from crippling famine.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ender is only six when he is discovered by the Battle School to be a brilliant leader. Taken from his family, including his beloved older sister, Valentine, Ender is isolated in space, where he must learn all he can, as quickly as he can. There is a war going on – a war against the buggers, creatures from deep space who want to destroy the humans on earth so that they can colonize the planet.

Ender finds himself excelling at everything, even while he is loathed by the other children in the school. He plays game after game of simulation, but in the end – is this a game? What are they training them for?  Or is he training himself?

 

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