Teenzone's Booked

Reviews, book news, and all good things related to teen stuff at the Strathcona County Library.

The Odyssey By Gareth Hinds August 22, 2011

Teen Review By: Matthew J.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

This book is about Odysseus, sacker of Troy, who on his voyage home was cursed by the gods. Mutiny and misfortune plague him, delaying his journey 17 years.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I liked the well done art and the delivery of the story. I think that Homer’s epics should be shown to everyone.

Who would you recommend it to?

I would recommend it to anyone who likes a long graphic novel, around 250 pages, and who is a reasonable age (some gore).


Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn August 8, 2011

Teen Review By: Emily R.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

Jane is just an average girl, until one day when she accidentally takes a trip on the Titanic and her life is forever changed.

What did you like/dislike about it?

This book combines both non-fiction and fiction aspects of the Titanic to make an amazing story.

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone who likes book full of suspense or reading about historical events that changed the world.


* A note from YS staff member Tara: Skip on over to YouTube and check out this nifty book trailer put out by publisher Scholastic. It features author Suzanne Weyn, who talks about the real life events and places that inspired the story, and shares advice for young  historical fiction writers.


Mutiny February 17, 2010

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Mutiny: A Novel of the Bounty by John Boyne

When pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile is arrested for trying to steal a pocketwatch, he is given a choice to either rot in prison or venture on board a ship bound for South Asia.

He chooses to board the bounty, captained by the moody and brilliant Captain Bligh, who leads the crew on a doomed voyage to Tahiti. Bligh meets fierce resistance when he tries to get his crew to leave the idyllic island, and Turnstile finds himself caught between his loyalty to the captain, his intense dislike of the mutineers, and his intense longing for paradise and home.

Readalikes: Stowaway by Karen Hesse; Pirates by Celia Rees


The Hunger Games October 9, 2009

Filed under: Adventure — sclrobyn @ 1:28 am
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hungerIn a post-apocalyptic place once known as North America, the land has been divided into 12 districts which surround the glittering, powerful capital city of Panem which rises at the center. In order to keep the citizens subjugated, each district must select two young people each year to participate in the televised Hunger Games. It is a fight to the death, and all are forced to watch.

Katniss is thrust into the competition when – against all odds – her younger sister’s name is selected in the lottery and Katniss volunteers to take her place. She must use all her talents as an archer and hunter to stay alive.