The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Liesel Meminger has no idea what home is. Her mother is giving her up, and on the train ride to meet her new family, her brother dies suddenly. In the snow by his grave, Liesel discovers a book, half-buried: The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her foster father teaches her to read, and suddenly all kinds of doors are opening wide to her.

In this book, told interestingly and narrated by Death, we see that even in Nazi Germany, some good still shines through, as a family who was supposed to be part of the Party and fight for Hitler hides a Jew, revolts against book burnings, and loves one another. Liesel and her friend Rudy do some questionable stuff, but all in all I think this is a good book that we can learn a lot from.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Zusak, M.

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Katie is Amish and lives in her community with little outside contact. She is coming close to her Rumspringa, a time when teens go out into the world and then come back to be baptized and join the community as adults. Katie was looking forward to experiencing the outside world and all the things it holds that the Amish don’t believe in.

But when a helicopter crashes into the cornfields and there is news of mass population disappearance, the Amish shut their doors to the world believing that God will take care of everything. To ensure their safety no one enters or leaves the community. But when Katie finds a young English man laying outside the fence at nature’s mercy she secretly breaks the Elders’ rule and brings him in to care for him. What comes next is for you to read.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Bickle, L.

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu

A book review by Madeline Soucie            

 

When they were little, Lexi and Ava made up a third twin -Alicia – to blame things on. Someone ate the last cookie or broke a vase? Alicia did it.

Now that they are seniors in high school the twins use Alicia to date boys they usually wouldn’t date and then break it off. It’s all fun and games and no one gets hurt.

That is until boys Alicia dates start showing up dead and Lexi wants Alicia gone. But evidence starts piling up and pointing towards Lexi. Now she must run and try to clear her name and figure out who did this. Figure out if her own twin is behind the murders or if Alicia is real….

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Omololu, C.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sal’s mom left a year ago, and Sal is desperate to see her again and bring her back. Her grandparents decide to take her from Ohio to Idaho for a visit, and along the way, as entertainment, Sal decides to tell them the story of her past year with her friend Phoebe. Phoebe’s mom left, too, but much more mysteriously, and Phoebe is convinced that her mother has been kidnapped by her next door neighbor. Nothing is as it seems, whether it be why Phoebe’s mom is kissing a “lunatic” or even why Sal’s own mother left her. Sprinkled with just the right amount of humor, and a few blackberry kisses, this is a sweet story that I think people should read.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Creech, S.

Bunker 10 by J.A. Henderson


A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

This book has a rather complex plot filled with a few dark turns.

Pinewood Military Installation was located in the middle of nowhere and no one knew about it except for the people working with it, including seven children. But of course there are secrets at Pinewood.

Secrets that led to its explosion on Dec. 24, 2007 for an unknown reason killing all 185 military personnel on the base and the seven children. This story tells their last day…

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Henderson, J.

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