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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Piddy Sanchez is a new sophomore at DJ High.  She didn’t want to change schools.  She liked her old school where her friends are a lot more than DJ which has a reputation for being rough.  Piddy tries to lay low, but apparently she didn’t lay low enough because one of the tough girls school tells Piddy that “Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass.”

The first thing that comes to Piddy’s mind is “Who is Yaqui Delgado.”  Turns out Yaqui was suspended twice for fighting last year and she doesn’t like the way Piddy acts stuck up like she’s all that when she’s new.  Yaqui even called her a skank for the way Piddy walks.
Now Piddy’s days are filled with fear that she’s doing something skanky or acting stuck up, when she’s just trying to get through school.  A group of girls stop by Piddy’s afterschool job at a hair salon and tell her that Yaqui wants to meet her at 4, and if she doesn’t show up then when the fight does come, which it will, it’s going to be a lot worse.  Piddy doesn’t show.

Girls like Yaqui don’t back down in real life and this story gets real when Piddy gets jumped.  One of Yaqui’s friends records the unfair fight and puts the video up for everyone to see.  Piddy gets messed up.  Bad.  The effects of the fight aren’t even close to over when the fight ends.

Piddy doesn’t want to tell her mom what happened, so she lies about the bruises, and she doesn’t want to go back to school since everyone saw what happened on the humiliating video.  The bullying has spiraled to consume every aspect of Piddy’s life.

This book is one of the most realistic books about high school I’ve read.  I remember girls I didn’t know threatening to beat me up for something I had no control over.  High school can be a really dark and scary place for a lot of girls.  Read this book to see how Piddy gets through it.

Reviewed by Annica, CLP-West End

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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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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

The story is written in narrative form about a young man, Leonard. He is 18 and a senior in high school. His birthday is the day we meet him in the beginning of the novel. It is also the self-proclaimed day that readers will say goodbye to him. Leonard has decided to use his grandfather’s antique gun and kill his one-time best friend, Asher Beal and then turn the gun on himself. He has four gifts for four people who have made an impact on his life. It is disturbing to go on this journey with Leonard. He’s seems to be a very troubled young man. He also comes across as extremely self-centered and snobbish when he refers to his classmates as ubermorons and yet vulnerable and lonely at the same time. His father left his mother and may have moved to Argentina. His father used to belong to a band and had one hit so his father decided to spend the rest of his life as a drunk and out of the picture. His mother, who he refers to as Linda rather than mother, has also abandoned him and moved to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a designer. Revelations are revealed, hurts are explained and your attitude or feelings for Leonard and his situation change with each chapter.

I don’t know what the feeling of utter hopelessness feels like. I don’t know what it’s like to not even hear happy birthday from your own mother or friends. I don’t know what it feels like to have been bullied and violated as a child, but I do know that Mathew Quick wrote a book worth reading and discussing about mental, physical and emotional abuse and the stigma/impact it has on teenagers during a very pivotal part of their lives, their journey into adulthood and whether they want to stay the course or make other plans.

Review by Andrea, CLP-Homewood.



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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Black Holly

Coldtown is a place in the future United States. There are cold towns on each coast and a few states in between. It is not because of the weather in these states that the term Coldtown is used. It is used because the inhabitants are cold. There are quarantined city states that are home to full-fledged flesh eating vampires, the newly turned and humans who have risked infection, but have not turned after 48 hours.

After a party, Seventeen year old Tana finds herself in the bathtub of a house where most of her friends and some who are not her friends are dead; bitten. The lone exceptions are her ex-boyfriend Aiden and a beaten vampire named Gavriel. Against her better judgment, Tana decides to help Aiden and Gavriel escape the vampires who have committed these horribly unspeakable acts against her classmates. Their only hope appears to be to get to a Coldtown, a place where vampires and humans coexist. But the closer they get, the more confused Tana is regarding the inner workings of the coldtowns. The vampires need lots of living people to supply them with blood willingly. If they had to go around attacking people, they’d risk spreading infection and losing food supply. You don’t know who to trust. You don’t know who is just using you to gain leverage with the vampires or humans who want to trade you for their slightly afflicted humans release.

With cryptic messages, poems and sayings from famous writers and philosophers opening up each chapter, Holly Black has penned a tale that will leave readers ‘thirsty’ for more with each page read.

Review by Andrea, CLP-Homewood

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The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die by April Henry

April Henry is back with another nail biting suspense filled book.  Cady Scott doesn’t know where she is, why men are trying to kill her and where or who she can turn to for help.  She doesn’t even know who she is!  She only knows that the bad men chasing her are determined to find out what she knows or kill her trying.  Her parents are scientists who have harnessed the power of a chemical weapon that, if left in the wrong hands, could produce catastrophic results.  But, she doesn’t remember anything about them or her little brother or anything. She doesn’t’ remember anything beyond being tortured in a cabin by some pretty rough dudes.  The trauma of being abducted has rendered her in a state of amnesia. What would you do if you didn’t know who to trust, what to do or worst, who you were?  “The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry will cause you to have a sleepless night because when you  read this book, you won’t want to put it down before you  solve this exceptionally written mystery/adventure/thriller!

 Review by Andrea, CLP-Homewood
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Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

Only one day before sixteen-year-old Olivia Tithe is supposed to return to art school across the country, she kisses her childhood best friend, Lucan Stern, and realizes that she loves him. But Notes from Ghost Town isn’t a fairy tale. Before she can confess her love, Stern’s kiss turns artist Olivia’s world to shades of grey. The color is gone—almost as if her eyes can sense the shock she can’t see coming. Because only a week later, Stern is dead. Olivia’s schizophrenic mother is found cradling his body, his blood on her hands. She confesses to killing him and is sent to jail, awaiting sentencing.

Olivia is shattered by Stern’s death and her mother’s arrest. She’s kicked out of art school after she stops painting and acts out. She fears that her mother’s delusion, The Grey Space, has come to haunt her. And soon, she is haunted. Stern returns and speaks to her. He can’t remember his death, or most of his life, but he tells Olivia that her mother is innocent. Has Olivia inherited her mother’s disease? Is she going crazy, seeing Sterns ghost at every turn? Or is her mother innocent, and Stern’s ghost lingering here to help Olivia uncover the truth?

Olivia’s father and best friend are both concerned for her. They want her to go to therapy and deal with her trauma. Only Austin Morse, the filthy rich stepson of her father’s business partner and a reformed snob, seems to support her. But should she trust someone she used to hate? And will she be able to handle the truth she finds lingering in Ghost Town?

With an unreliable narrator and a ghost who may or may not exist, author Kate Ellison keeps readers guessing until the end. And beyond the mystery of Stern’s death lies a relatable struggle—how do you get over your first love? Olivia must answer this question if she wants to find happiness.

Review by Erin, CLP-Allegheny

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Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

In 1876, Abraham Lincoln, deceased for almost 11 years, would make an attempt to resurface! Not of his own doing, but rather by way of a little known heist. This sounds like the beginning of a crime thriller, that can only be fiction, but it is complete truth. This historical account is chronicled at an exciting and frantic pace, perfect for any reader.

Sheinkin provides a detailed account of Ben Boyd, who was a master civil war era counterfeiter and his eventual arrest. It is the arrest of Ben Boyd, which puts into motion the series of events, “which would fit perfectly into any modern day James Bond or Jason Bourne novel”, leading to the devious plan to steal President Lincoln’s corpse.

An ensuing cat and mouse game between the would-be grave robbers and the newly formed Secret Service ensues. Riveting action is present throughout the investigation. Did the Secret Service succeed, or did Ben Boyd’s band of counterfeiting fellows pull off the most daring body snatching ever conceived?

Review by Tim, CLP-Allegheny

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