Category Archives: Year: 2010s

The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil

Page Count: 512

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Two girls, Agatha and Sophie, are the best of friends. In a small village of Gavaldon, two children will get selected to attend the school of good or the school of evil. Sophie, hoping to get selected for the school of good actually got put into the school of evil and her friend Agatha got put into the school of good. As they try to switch places, things happen to prove they were put into the right schools.

Everyone will enjoy this novel because it talks about the importance of friendship. Whether you are good or evil, true friendship conquers all.

– Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Soman Chainani, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 500-600, Year: 2010s

Half Upon a Time

Half Upon a Time

James Riley

Quick Stats:Half Upon a Time

Page Count: 416

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The main character, Jack, son of the infamous Jack and the Bean Stalk, lives in the fairy tale world. Trying to restore his family’s reputation, he embarks on an adventure with a princess name May. May, however isn’t a princess, she is from our world. Together with Jack, they both adventured on this crazy and wild fairy tale land.

This book is fun and hilarious, I know every one will enjoy it. For City of Lakes AmeriCorps members, it’ll bring back childhood memories and for middle school students, it’ll help them realized how fun it is to be young and full of energy.

– Ms. Nancy

 

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: James Riley, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 400-500, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

Letting Ana Go

Letting Ana GoLetting Ana Go

Anonymous

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 279

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Realistic

Letting Ana Go is the journal of a 16 year old girl who develops an eating disorder after her parents divorce. She is on the cross country team at school, and is one of their fastest runners. She starts restricting her calories and running extra miles to keep up with one of her best friends who is trying to lose weight for a ballet audition, and she believes that her boyfriend will dump her if she isn’t perfect. This book is an inside look at how an eating disorder can take hold and disrupt a person’s life, and it shows how quickly you can lose control.

Anorexia is a deadly disease, but because our culture idolizes rail-thin models, a lot of young girls don’t realize that they are harming themselves if they don’t eat enough, and they feel proud of themselves for having control over their bodies. I would recommend this book to young girls who are worried about their bodies or who feel like they need to be skinny to be happy and to have friends. I would also recommend it to people who know somebody who might have an eating disorder because this book might help you to understand what they are going though. By reading Ana’s journal, you get to see how hard it really is to get better once you have started. The book is tragic, but very honest.

– Miss Rachel

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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Author: Anonymous, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

Katie Sise

Quick Stats:The Boyfriend App

Page Count: 320

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2013

Genre: Mystery, Realistic, Romance

Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to graduate. The once popular girl who had lots of admirers and friends isn’t quite the same after her father’s death and the loss of her one time best friend Blake… the resident mean girl. A contest is announced that will provide the winner with 200k to use to attend the college of their choice. Audrey needs to win. And so… The Boyfriend App is created.

Readers who enjoy twists and turns (and stories about redemption!) will love The Boyfriend App. The story goes places you wouldn’t expect from a tech-savvy romance.

– Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Katie Sise, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Realistic, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s

Wildfire

Wildfire

Karsten Knight

Quick Stats:Wildfire

Page Count: 393

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2011

Genre:Fantasy

This book is the first in a series of three about a girl named Ashline Wilde who finds out that she is an ancient Polynesian goddess reincarnated in a super sarcastic, boy crazy, tennis champion, fiercely independent teenage body. Ashline gets into a fight at her school and gets transferred to a private school out of state, where she meets some other kids who notice the same things that Ashline notices — things that only gods and goddesses are aware of. Everybody else’s knows what their power is, but Ashline is still getting used to hers and doesn’t know how to use it. Meanwhile, she starts falling for this guy who has finished high school already, and her older sister starts messing with her new life, trying to convince Ashline to leave all the mortals behind.

This book is awesome! Girls might like it more just because the main character is female and her perspective is one that a lot of girls can probably relate to. This book is action-packed with dangerous humans, dangerous gods, jerk boys, jealous girls, a suspicious headmaster, phantoms, a blind siren with the voice of an angel, and a MASQUERADE BALL! What!?!? I repeat, this book is awesome.

Miss Rachel

 

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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

Christine Warren

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Page Count: 320

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, SciFi

You are used to reading about women dating/marrying vampires and werewolves, what about someone who promises herself to never marry anyone who isn’t fully human. On a job to investigate leprechaun, she meets someone who she can potentially fall in love with. But this person is a fae. Will she fall in love with this person? Will she change her mind about inter species dating?

Everyone who is interested in the twilight series or interested in reading about ʺINTER SPECIESʺ dating, you might be interested in this book. It’s an interesting twist on love and it’s fun.

Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: Christine Warren, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: SciFi, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2010s

Cinder

CinderCinder

Marissa Meyer

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 448

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2012

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Cinder, a cyborg, has a mysterious past. She has to uncover the secrets of her past to save her future. She is also torn between love, betrayal, and loyalty.

Everyone who is into fairy tales or re-written stories of Cinderella would enjoy this book. It is a good read and I could not put it down. It is also because I really enjoy reading fairy tales.

Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Marissa Meyer, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Romance, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 2010s