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Teen SRC 2017 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

As four kids are playing hide and sick on lovely summer evening Lucy the youngest of them all, hides in a wardrobe in one of the many rooms that were in the professors mysterious old house. In a few seconds Lucy finds herself transported in a snowy wonderland. As she meets new friends and new creatures she finds out there is and evil ice queen ruling the lands. At first none of her friends believed her but they to, soon got themselves transported into this wonderful land of mystery’s. Soon they find out about magic and lion (who can talk) Aslan. In a blink of an eye the four of there lives are changed forever.

Teen SRC 2017 – School of the Dead by Avi

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This book is really intriguing, especially when I read the first two sentences: ‘The first time Uncle Charlie came to live with us he was alive. The second time, he was dead’. That really freaked me out for a moment, because I would never want to be involved with ghosts, and when I say never, I mean it!

Even though I’m not a big fan of creepy stories, I decided to give this one a try. I mean, the title sounds interesting enough! Now that I look back, I realized that scary stories might just be my new favorite category of books!


Tony, the protagonist in the story, had never believed in ghosts, until his Uncle Charlie died, and that’s also when he started seeing him…or the ghost of Uncle Charlie. But there’s a lot more to the story. Before Uncle Charlie died, he transferred Tony to a school named Penda School. (At first I had thought it said Panda School). Anyways, then, Tony starts to notice strange going-on’s around the school. Most involving the supposedly dead son of the founder. But Tony keeps on seeing the dead boy, and a lot of dead people who seen more alive than ever, and when a girl named Jessica wants to be his friend, he’s not sure whether she was yet another dead soul-or worse.

I definitely say that this book is a must-read, but at the same time, I wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t a fan of creepy-horror stories. But for those like me who want to give something scary a shot, I would say, GO FOR IT! This is a great book and I would give it a 4 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

The first thought I had about this book after I finished was how in the world would someone get words literally tattooed on themselves when someone describes you?

Obviously, this is the case for Elyse. She has been diagnosed with a rare disease, where whenever a word is used to descriImage result for sticks and stones bookbe Elyse, it is instantly tattooed on her arms or legs. But when she goes to middle school, some people start teasing her and saying mean things, so her limbs have a million insults on it. Her doctor, Dr. Patel, is flustered, searching for a cure. More than that, Elyse is receiving strange notes on paper. All in which give her a small encouragement and Elyse is trying to find out the note sender. Or the senders.

If I had to have a word tattooed on me, it would be JOY! (Duh, That’s my name!)

I also felt kinda bad for Elyse when people called her loser and it started to itch like CRAY-CRAY.

All in all, I give this a thumbs up (wait. this isn’t youtube.). I rate it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

“Proof of Forever” is a summer time story about four girls traveling back in time to their days at a summer camp when they were 15. After being best friends for years, the girls drifted apart nearing the end of high school but found each other again during their time traveling experience.

When I read the back of this book, I was very intrigued to see how the story would go. I expected it to be innocent and magical with all of the time travel but ended up being very disappointed. I have liked nearly every book I have read in my life (and I’ve read a lot!!!) but this book was the first to ever truly disappoint me. The characters had way too many mood swings, and the last chapter had a huge plot twist that was extremely depressing and unexpected. Also, certain parts of the book made me feel uncomfortable and the style of writing was difficult to follow. Overall, I do not recommend this book! Although the cover and title may seem quite appealing, it is not the story you may expect by the synopsis.

Teen SRC 2017 – The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Image result for the war that saved my lifeWhen I think of this title, my first thoughts were, how could a war save someone’s life? It seems just so unpredictable! But little did I know that this story has so much more than meets the eye.

At first, the first chapter was really sorrowful and painful for the girl named Ada, with her mother torturing her at home. All because of that one clubfoot. Her mother feels like Ada is a disgrace to her and Ada’s dear brother, Jamie. When they get news that there will be bombs going off, Ada’s mother is informed to send her children away. But she refuses to send the horrible ‘disgrace’, Ada. Ada, however, has her own plans. She sneaks on board with Jamie, and they both go to foster homes, with a seemingly stony woman named Susan Smith. Though Susan seems ignorant at first, Ada starts to like her more and more every day, especially with the pony, Butter, in the backyard, and Susan’s offer to ‘fix’ her clubfoot. Ada is very excited to stay with Susan…until, her mother comes back unexpectedly.

This book has helped me understand not just war planes and ships, but the hardship of life in the war, and how hard it can be to suffer from a clubfoot. While reading this spectacular story, I couldn’t help but put myself in someone else’s shoes, or in other words, in Ada’s shoes.

I feel that this book has had the most emotion, and it reached a great climax of anger, both sad and plain angry, while it had also a lot of joy and happiness in between the lines. While reading, I learned that everyone needs to be like Ada, courageous and all.

Teen SRC 2017 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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First off, this book is creepy, so maybe don’t read it at night unless you have a very strong mind. By itself, the text is creepy, that wouldn’t have been a problem for me, but the author somehow managed to find pictures of all the creepy children and those just scared me half to death… with that out there, these are my thoughts on the book:

The book is about a different kind of people, people who are peculiar, as in they have strange and paranormal powers. These powers help them at times, but they also endanger them, for society does not cope well with originality and uniqueness. Apart from all this, they are also wanted by a group of monsters called hollows, who hope to eat their flesh and drink their blood for their own selfish reasons. Jacob, the protagonist of this story, is a peculiar, just like his grandfather, but because he spent sixteen years as a normal kid, he is very shocked when he meets his grandfather’s old peculiar friends. And weirder still, they are still children, as time has not caught up with them in their safe little time loop (a special place created so they live the same day over and over again) created by their headmistress, Miss Peregrine. I think it’s a very well thought out plot, and the pictures help in creating the specific mood for each part of the story. Kind of a mixture of fantasy, adventure and horror, but still a little bit of unexpected romance. Enjoy!! 🙂


Teen SRC 2017 – The Door in the Lake by Nancy Butts

Image result for the door in the lakeWho would’ve ever thought that lakes could deliver you to another galaxy? Well, this author definitely thought so. I had heard of this book when my friends had been telling me about it throughout the summer. Or more specifically, one particular friend has been nagging me to read it.

I obviously gave in, and what do you know? It transported me right into the world of mystery and aliens! The first page, however, made no sense to me whatsoever, but when I read the next few, the details stayed in my mind rather than using it as a tunnel to go through.

The praises for the book caught my attention right at the start. After reading the blurb, I read the praises for it. (I know. I’m weird, reading the comments of the book and all). And what a surprise it was! I didn’t quite agree on every comment. Such as the one where School Library Journal said how the book was ‘Quick and Exciting’. It was definitely exciting, but I had to read the book over and over again to get all the details, so I wouldn’t exactly say it was ‘quick’.

Now that I’m done with the chit-chat, I will talk about what this whole book is generally about!

Technically, a boy named Joey was on a camping trip with his family, but he suddenly disappears in the real world. And re-appears two years later.

He hasn’t aged at all — at least, doesn’t seem like he has aged at all. But Joey keeps on having a runny nose, and memories of a light by the lake, so he goes to the lake where he disappeared, and encounters strange sightings.

I loved this sci-fi book, and I give it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – The Guardian Herd: Stormbound by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Image result for the guardian herdMy first thought about this book was that it was very similar to the Warriors series by Erin Hunter because, at the start of the book, it mentioned 5 herds: River Herd, Mountain Herd, Snow Herd, Desert Herd, and Jungle Herd. Whereas in the Warriors series, there are five clans: Riverclan, Thunderclan, Skyclan, Windclan, and Shadowclan.

The only obvious difference between the two was that The Guardian Herd is about horses, and Warriors is about cats. While reading this, though, I felt as if I were the one soaring around the sky and battling with my herd-mates.

What was really exciting was that the horses seemed like part of my life, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on the emotions that swirled through my head.

But the best part is what the book is about! A pegasus named Star just received his wings and a STARFIRE! He is the most powerful pegasus in Anok! But ever since he brought a betrayer Pegasus to their herd, the whole herd has started to think of him as a loser.

But that’s not all. Rockwing from Mountain Herd is planning to kidnap a Pegasus from Star’s herd, River Herd. And the destroyer named Nightwing is still alive, and he plans to destroy everyone.

I was really happy with this book, and it was better than I had thought it would be.

I rate it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Bailey’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Image result for bailey's storyThis book was very heartbreaking and emotional. The cover, especially, seems sad and cute, with a dog and all. If I haven’t taken this book out, I would have never learned as much as I learned today.

Whenever I think of dogs now, I know that they feel neglected when abandoned in an empty house — especially when there is a cat taunting them maliciously.

More than that, at the end of the book, there is a list of facts about dogs that can help you learn more about them. When I was reading this, I felt many emotions swirling around my head, and my main thought was, wow. Who knew dogs have so many feelings? I feel that all humans treat dogs as merely a ‘pet’ than a living creature with feelings.

This book is about a dog named Bailey who talks about his life with a boy named Ethan. In his chapter of his life, he encounters hardship, friendship, neglect, and most of all, love.

I rate this a 5 out of 5!