Teenzone's Booked

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

Pandora’s Legion By Harold Coyle And Barrett Tillman August 29, 2011

Teen Review By: Alana H.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

Forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, has to solve a mystery connecting seemingly unrelated deaths.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I liked the detail the author went into when describing the autopsies, and other forensic details.

Who would you recommend it to?

I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery

 

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegleman August 18, 2011

Teen Review By: Taylor W.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

Art decides to write a comic about hsi dad, a Holocaust survivor. This is his dad’s story.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I hate reading history stories, but I liked how this one is told in comic form. It really tells what it was like for those in the camps, something we don’t get nowadays. A great history read.

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone who wants to know more about WWII, but hates reading history books.

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* A note from YS staff member Tara: Did you know that Art Spiegleman won the Pulizter Prize Letters Award for Maus in 1992? Also, don’t forget to check out the equally awe-inspiring sequel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began.

 

Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes August 17, 2011

Teen Review By: Victoria D.

Rating: 3/5

What is the book about?

A falcon who is alone in his court, traveling to the city of falcons and discovering that he is the next heir.

What did you like/dislike about it?

It was very richly written

Who would you recommend it to?

It is a very good fantasy, so fantasy fans.

 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles August 15, 2011

Teen Review By: Abbey F.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

It all starts when “Miss Popular” Brittany is paired up with badboy Mexican Alex. Soon they fall for each other but it is hard to have a relationship when everyone else is against it.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I loved the storyline and how there is so much emotion in the pages of this book. The author really transports you.

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone who likes a good love story about forbidden love. It is a realistic read.

 

 

Beastly by Alex Flinn August 12, 2011

Teen Review By: Shayla M.

Rating: 4/5

What is the book about?

Kyle Kingsbury is a shallow guy who is rude and mean. One day he takes it too far with a girl in his class and she turns him into an ugly beast. Then he has 2 years to get someone to love him or he stays like that forever.

What did you like/dislike about it?

I liked how it was a modern version of “Beauty and the Beast” which is one of my favourite fairytales.

Who would you recommend it to?

Anyone who likes fantasy and fairytales.

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* A note from YS staff member Tara: For those who enjoy Twisted Fairytales such as Beastly, check out our Fractured & Grimm: Fairy Tales for Teens booklist.

 

Granny by Anthony Horowitz August 10, 2011

Teen Review By: Caitlin T.

Rating: 5/5

What is the book about?

Joe’s granny is evil and she is out to get him. Can he stop her?

What did you like/dislike about it?

I liked the unbelievable topic.

Who would you recommend it to?

Horror fans

 

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.

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* 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.