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Fang Girl by Helen Keeble

I believe the book Fang Girl by Helen Keeble is a great read for young adults.  It shows readers that the unexpected can always happen.  Fang Girl by Helen Keeble is a funny book about vampires.  It has a lot to offer besides being funny however.  It has a great plot that kept me entertained the whole book.  It is a wonderful book that young adults should read.

Jamee, CLP-Homewood Branch

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This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl

This Star Won’t Go Out tells the story of Esther Earl, a girl diagnosed with cancer who helped to inspire John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Esther passed away in 2010, but her friends and family gathered together to find some way to let her memory live on. This book is the result. Along with accounts by her parents, siblings, and friends, it also includes Esther’s journals and stories, fulfilling her dreams of becoming a writer.

This Star Won’t Go Out is beautiful, heartfelt, and deeply touching. I couldn’t put it down. Esther’s voice shines, and her talent as a writer is astounding. The book doesn’t sugar coat Esther’s struggles with cancer, or idolize her perfect human being. She can be angry at her illness, and sometimes she’s scared about what the future holds, but that is what makes her human. Esther is quirky, loving, creative, funny, and most of all, exceptional. Her thoughts on life will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. The book serves a beautiful tribute to someone who left too soon.

Overall, I highly recommend This Star Won’t Go Out . If you’re looking for a good book, go and get this now.

Reviewed by Veronica, CLP-Sheraden teen

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Alice in the Country of Hearts.

Alice In the Country of Hearts by is a cute but killer retelling of Alice in wonderland. In this version Alice Liddell, is kidnapped by Peter White (the white rabbit) and forced down a hole into Wonderland. Although this isn’t the Wonderland you would expect, here in the country of hearts, murder and death is expected and everyone is packing a weapon.

One of my favorite characters is Ace, he’s a knight from the heart castle. He has a terrible sense of direction, and often gets lost but is none the less a cheerful and happy character. Although as expected of a knight he is a deadly and skillful fighter, and wields a sword.

I Also like Boris, he lives in the Amusement Park with the owner Mary Gow-land (he’s also a guy). Boris is the Cheshire cat and In this version he is a neko guy, with the cat-ears and even a fluffy tail (purple and pink of course!) He is very curious about all sorts of things and especially about Alice’s world. Although he does tend to get mixed up in trouble and fights, he wields a pistol.

I really enjoy the general idea behind the book, and the way it flows. I also like how Alice is, just like us, clueless in this new world and slowly discover the wonders. The best part about this is the cute story line filled with action and murder, with plenty of plot twists!

I recommend this fun manga series to really anyone who is willing to try it. Although I suggest you don’t start it till it’s a weekend because once you finish the first volume you won’t be able to stop until you finish the entire series.

Reviewed by Delany, CLP-Carrick



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Rampart by Diana Peterfreund

A book about kick-butt girls devoting their lives to hunt giant killer unicorns definitely seems like a great read. But did Rampant by Diana Peterfreund really meet all the standards?

I’ll admit it, I took a gamble reading this book. The reviews were a mixed bag of devoted fans demanding a third book and people complaining that they had wasted their time. What did get me hooked was the promise of a main character who was a strong, independent heroine. Unfortunately, this was not that kind of book. Drop the idea of strong female leads living lives full of danger and replace it with a story about a whiny girl dating a “dreamy” boy she knows nothing about.

Meet Astrid, a girl with some serious romance issues and deep emotional turmoil. Most of the book was just Astrid running around complaining about her ancestor, Alexander the Great, (don’t worry, we’ll get to him) and secretly dating a “bad boy”. Giovanni, the boyfriend, had barely any development or interesting qualities. He just was there to occasionally offer advice or take Astrid out to dinner. Giovanni (and most of the other characters) were more plot devices than anything else. At least 80% of these characters were flat, cliché, and boring.

My biggest problem with this book was the history the author invented. Alexander the Great (long story short) had the goddess Diana show up at his birth. In order to avenge the deaths of her followers who were killed by unicorns, she blessed him with the ability to find and kill the giant killer unicorns. Great gift, right? Every one of his female ancestors would possess the gift as long as she reminded a virgin. Of course, Astrid and all of her friends at unicorn hunting school are somehow descended from this man, who had no heirs. Let’s not forget that Diana is also a Roman goddess in Alexander’s homeland of Macedonia, and ancient Greek kingdom. Whoops. Research, it matter.

Other than the weird historical side plots, the book was generally bland and boring plot. The writer did an OK job piecing this mess together, but I found the pacing made some parts hard to read over. Most of the book was just Astrid sitting with her cousin Philippa complaining about unicorn hunting while she could be spending her days exploring Rome. Did I mention unicorn school is located next to the Coliseum? And that’s she’s basically allowed to do whatever she wants when she’s not training?

Overall, I would not recommend this book. If you are looking for a teen romance novel with the slightest dash of fantasy, be my guest and try it. But if you are like me, and expecting a book about girls that are more interested in adventure than finding their man, I don’t recommend it.


Happy reading,

Laurel, CLP-Sheraden teen



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Fake ID by Lamar Giles

     When Nick Pearson shows up in the tiny town of Stephon, Virginia, not of his own accord, a chain of events that coincide with his family’s arrival began to happen.  It started out pretty normal, Boy eyes Jock’s girlfriend and promptly receives his welcome to the New High School in the form of a beat down.  Eli rescues Nick from a pretty terrible start by befriending him.  As it turns out Zak the jock’s girlfriend is Eli’s sister, Reya.  Nick finds his new best buddy of a week dead in the journalism room with his wrists cut; an apparent suicide. But even though he hasn’t known Eli long, he knows there is more to the story than his friend’s “suicide”.  Eli was working on a project that he called Whispertown.

Eli was going to let Nick in on the secrets. It is hard to tell secrets when you’re dead, but, not impossible.  Eli left evidence and Nick seemingly is the only one who can put the puzzle pieces together.  He doesn’t know who to trust and, no one in the town trusts anyone.  The dead boy is hiding secrets, the town mayor is a crook and Nick’s father is up to his ears in trouble.  Nick is not even Nick. In fact, his name is Tony Bordeaux. He and his family are in the WitSec program.  WitSec is similar to Witness Protection Program.  Tony’s father has blown it so much that this is their last placement.  It happens to be their fourth location and his federal agent, Bertram, has assured him, the Feds will no longer assist them if there is any more trouble. ‘Nick’ has a dead student; a flash drive full of evidence and a father who can’t seem to stay out of trouble and that’s not even the half of it.  Read FAKE ID by Lamar Giles if you want an adrenaline rushed Read.


Reviewed by Andrea, CLP-Homewood

Azumanga Daioh by  Kiyohiko Azuma

This manga is about the life of 5 girls as they make their way through high school.  I always liked Tomo Takino for her happy-go-lucky personality.  I loved the stories because they always make you laugh and feel happy.

I recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh.

Review by Dakoda CLP-Carrick

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Flowers of Evil by Shuzo Oshimi

 This manga is about a young boy who reads to escape the real world. One day, a classmate of his catches him stealing another’s gym clothes; then his world turns upside down.

Sawa Makamura is a very interesting character. I liked how she hated her town and wanted to leave it. Trying to take the main male character, Takao Kasuga, with her.

I liked how the book took a real life setting.  I would recommend this to anyone who wanted a strange, twisted, love story. I enjoyed this manga and will definitely be looking for more from this author!

Review by Dakoda, CLP-Carrick

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Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato

This manga is about a boy who lives a normal life until he finds out he’s the son of Satan and his brother is an exorcist. After killing his caretaker, he goes to school to become an exorcist and to protect his friends.

My favorite character is Yukio Okumura because finding out that he was actually an exorcist was a good twist.

 I really enjoyed the artwork in the Blue Exorcist and the many twists. I recommend this work to anyone who likes action manga.

Review by Dakoda, CLP-Carrick

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Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura 

This manga is about a merchant named Lawrence who is traveling. He finds a girl named Holo with wolf ears and a tail in his wagon and finds out that she wants to go home, so she joins him on his travels.

I liked Holo because she’s a wolf and is very different type of character from other anime. I also enjoyed that the book had a nice slice of life feel to it.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something where people go on an adventure.

Review by Dakoda, CLP-Carrick

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Sankarea by Mitsuru Hattori

This book is about a boy who is trying to resurrect his dead cat.  When a girl finds out what he’s doing, she helps.  She secretly takes the poison and tries it and after a scuffle with her father she came back to life from dying.

I liked the kitty because it was extremely adorable.  I also enjoyed the creepiness of the story.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes horror, you really need to read it!

Review by Dakoda.

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