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Teen SRC 2018 – A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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This story is a modern spinoff of Sherlock Holmes, based around the descendants of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes.

Meet Jamie Watson. A highschool student who never wanted a scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from the home of his late father. Who definitely did not want or expect to see Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who had inherited not only her ancestor’s brains, but also his temperament. They tried to avoid contact, but when a Sherringford student dies like a case straight out of one of the the Sherlock Holmes stories, with all the evidence suggesting that Jamie and Charlotte have killed her, the two must work together to clear their names and solve the murder.

I am a great fan to the Sherlock Holmes stories (and all mystery/ detective stories in general), and I was honestly so disappointed when I finished the book that there were no more short stories for me to enjoy. This series had some great “detective moments” that I will never get, and I think it was a great modern story of Holmes and Watson.


Teen SRC 2018 – Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Image result for monument 14 book Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

A freak hailstorm sends a bus containing six teenagers , two eighth graders, and several kids crashing into a superstore, and traps them inside. This is followed almost immediately by a series of natural and man-made disasters that proceeds to destroy the outside world as they knew it. Locked inside the store, the group of kids and teenagers must learn to put aside their differences and trust in each other if they want to survive.

This book is great if what you’re looking for is a shorter type of survival/ apocalyptic novel to read. I enjoyed reading it, even though it’s probably directed towards younger teens (12-13?). If you liked this series, I would also recommend “The Rule of Three,” which is slightly similar to this book.


Teen Review – On the Fence by Kasie West

It’s been a while since a good book has caught my eye enough to tear myself away from all the homework and all the rush of life, but this book is definitely amazing! Even though this wasn’t the paranormal novel I would prefer to read, I didn’t even miss the genre because there was enough of everything else to satisfy me. The novel was that well wrote!

Charlotte Reynolds, is known as Charlie, a sixteen-year old surrounded by a family of boys. Her challenges are seen when she struggles to just be feminine, when she begins working at a cute little boutique to be more responsible and pay for that speeding ticket she got! With something similar to a double life, she deals with it by having chats ON THE FENCE, with her neighbour and someone who is so close to their family that he practically lives at her house – Braden. This just leads to a lot of interesting events, which cannot be spoiled, but all I can do is urge you to give this book a chance!

On the Fence is a nice short read, that you will not be able to put down. Although it might seem a little stereotypical, the viewpoint and perspective of Charlie is so intriguing that it just keeps everything going. All the humor, the world of a girl struggling to be a girl, and all the drama that comes with three overprotective brothers is captivating. The storytelling sucks you in and has you cheering even harder for Charlie. It talks about regular themes in life that happen often that people can relate to, but makes it fun, romantic, and humorous! People who just want a short break and a beautiful story and plot with no sad ending will love this! It helps you keep up the optimism! Kasie West definitely deserves a huge round of applause for this book, and as a romantic who only wishes for happy endings, I enjoyed every second!

Teen Book Review- The Female Of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

Read this book. Just do it. It will be a long, hard, and uncomfortable journey but I am also telling you now that you will not be able to put this down. Also, do have a box of tissues handy, you’ll need it, BUT, If you are sensitive to rape and animal cruelty this is not the book for you. No matter how much pain this causes me, don’t read it if you can’t handle it, because this is a dark and disturbing book.

The Female Of The Species by Mindy McGinnis is told from the perspective of three different characters: Alex, whose sister was raped and murdered; Jack, the popular guy who desperately wants to get to know Alex; and Peekay, the preacher’s kid whose ex-boyfriend ditched her for the popular girl Branley, and who now works at the animal shelter with Alex.

Alex knows something is wrong with her. In her words she “feels too much” and ever since her sister was reported missing and later found dead, her symptoms have worsened. Describing herself as a wolf amongst a flock of sheep, Alex struggles to contain herself. When the three friends meet at a party, Alex reveals her dark side, well aware of the danger it brings her and everyone around her.

This book is definitely up there with The Hunger Games and there’s a reason it’s in the RPL ten. I would recommend this book to older kids because of the profanity and the content. It is a novel centralized around sexual assault and murder after all. I would rate this book a 5/5. It was a riveting and emotional novel with down to earth characters.



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This month, we were at McNair Secondary and Burnett Secondary talking to teen about the latest and great YA books. We love coming to the schools, talking about great books and getting to hear from the teens in Richmond.

This was our first time at Burnett and we had a blast! If you’d like us to come to your high school, please email us at



Teen SRC 2017 – Bifocal by Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters

Bifocal is a novel on terrorism in a high school. The story is told from two different points of view. Haroon who is a brown skinned boy accused of being a terrorist. His family were immigrants from Afghanistan hoping to find a new and safer life. He and the rest of the brown students in his school are laughed at and bullied. Unlike his sister Zana, Haroon doesn’t stand up for himself thinking things will automatically get better, instead things keep getting. Jay is a white boy and a football superstar at his school. He hangs out with Kevin the captain of the football team who is a bad influence on Jay. after listening to everything Kevin has to say about brown people and Muslims having to do with terrorism, Jay picks up on this false information and grows a strong hate towards brown people and Muslims. Eventually Jay realizes Kevin is a bad influence and apologises to Haroon for any harm he caused him.

Teen SRC 2017 – Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched by Amanda Hocking is a book that I read a few years ago and I fell in love with the author and tried to read all of her novels. Additionally, yes, I am into the fantasy and paranormal genre of books which might explain why this book is about trolls. Although, they are not the weird villain trolls in fairy tales or that one really mean troll that lives under the bridge and confronts the three mountain goats. They aren’t even those trolls with really tall and colourful hair who featured in a kids movie, although no offense to any of them. These trolls are way more sophisticated which is why they are called Trylle. They are honestly, basically humans who like to walk barefoot and don’t fit into society. Some of them also have magical powers but in the first book that is a moot point. Oh, did I mention that they are all described as beautiful? In some way. I know, weird right? Trolls aren’t pretty. Well, these ones are!

Well, this stars Wendy. Not the one that fights with Tinkerbell, but just regular old Wendy who does not get along with people very well. She just doesn’t connect to them. When she meets Finn at her new school, Wendy basically finds out that everyone – especially her mother – around her was right when they said that she did not belong.


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Teen SRC 2017 – Big and Little Questions by Julie Bowe

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This fabulous book is about a girl named Wren Jo Byrd, whose parents divorced during the summer. Ever since then, she has been wondering a million of questions. Now big things, like going to meet her new teacher and finding new friends seem little, while little things, such as the empty seat where her dad used to sit, seem big. When Wren finds out that nobody knows about the divorce, she decides to keep it a secret, until a new girl named Marianna moves to their town. She wants to be best friends with Wren’s best friend and asks a lot of nosy questions.



I really enjoyed this book, and I couldn’t put it down until I read every last word of it. It is definitely a 5 out of 5 book!

Teen SRC 2017 – Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Image result for don't get caught bookThe cover was the first thing that caught my eye when I saw this book at the library, but little did I know that the cover had nothing to do with the topic in the book.

Don’t Get Caught is a book about five kids who receive a note from the CHAOS CLUB, a club that is known for breaking the rules at their school. The funny thing is, they have never been caught. The note tells them to meet at their water tower. While they were waiting, someone finds another note that tells them to climb up. When all of them get there, the school security ‘finds’ them. They are all positive that it was all a setup. After that unlucky day, they seek revenge against the CHAOS CLUB

This book is recommended for those who like books with adventure, surprises, pranks, humor, and a pinch of boy-girl mixes.

A definite must-read!


Teen SRC 2017 – Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

I literally could not put this book down until I read every last word of it! The book has a really good lesson that everyone could learn.

It is about aImage result for fish in a tree girl who has dyslexia, a sickness that makes her brain process information differently from other students. She struggles to read and write and tends to end up in the office pretty often. When she hears that his teacher will be having a baby and there will be a new teacher subbing for her, her heart drops, and she knows that she will be humiliated in class every day. Little does she know how wrong she was! The new teacher helps her and supports her in every way he can.

This book is a must read with suspense in every turn of a page. Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a spectacular and outstanding author!