Reviews

Four Racketeers - The Big Bet - Booklist

…It’s pure entertainment with lots of appeal to readers at all levels…

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The One - Pop Mythology

…‘The One’ is a wonderfully imagined YA series that is every bit as engrossing as ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Divergent’ series. But it has an edge of sophistication over other series in its sci-fi conception and elements of conflict, and it explores more complex issues of power than the…

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Emergent Behavior - Bots - VOYA

Will there always be someone who is deemed less than someone else? Will humans always prey upon the vulnerable and less unfortunate? According to Edmond West, an MIT dropout, the answer is yes, humans will always look for someone to enslave or pick on. Believing this, Edmond decides to…

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Baltimore - Hoop City - Youth Services Book Review

Marcus excels in both football and basketball. A Division 1 scholarship should be in the bag but a physical confrontation with a white player just might ruin his chances for success. This is an excellent choice for reluctant readers, those reading below grade level and ESL students. Strong…

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Alex - Coming Out - Youth Services Book Review

This is just one book in a six book series about different teens facing difficult situations…. The reader travels the hard road with Alex, a likable, believable hero as she/he struggles to be who he needs to be. Recommend[ed] to anyone who needs to understand how it feels to be different.

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The Tunnel - Time of Death - Youth Services Book Review

Kyle is a believable, likable protagonist; he is truly suffering and thus, changing due to his horrendous action. Excellent choice for high schoolers who may not consider the consquences of their actions, for time-travel buffs and those just looking for a good story well-told.

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Emergent Behavior: "An exciting series"

In the first book of Taylor’s six-part series, Edmond West has discovered a way to rid the world of its darkest deeds: humanoid robots that will take the brunt of humanity’s abuse. Hart is his ideal creation, but things go awry when the robot proves just as unpredictable as its human…

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The Burning: "features plenty of action and suspense"

The first installment of a six-title series that is being published simultaneously as part of the publisher’s “binge reading” foray into YA. In a small town scarred by a deadly fire 50 earlier, high school junior Macy Pierce starts her first day of school since the sudden death of her older…

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The Tunnel: "I'm dying to read the next one"

I’ve always been a big fan of time travel books, all the way back since when Doc Brown told Marty McFly about gigawatts. (If you’re too young to get that reference, well, bless your heart and go watch Back to the Future.) So this story, given to me by the author in exchange for an honest…

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