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Review: The Summer My Life Began

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The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. Speak (Penguin USA). 2012. Reviewed from e-ARC via NetGalley. The Plot: Elizabeth Margaret’s life has been planned to the smallest detail. Do well in school, go to an Ivy League college, got to law school, marry well, get a good job. She’s done all that has been [...]

Review: Ripper

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Ripper by Stefan Petrucha. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: An action adventure steampunk Jack the Ripper mystery set in New York City! New York City, 1895. Carver Young, 14, is living in Ellis Orphanage. He loves mystery stories, and the biggest mystery of [...]

Review: Shelter

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Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2011. Library copy. An Edgar Nominee. The Plot: Mickey Bolitar is fifteen; his father is dead, his mother is in rehab, and he’s living with his Uncle Myron, someone he barely knows. Mickey is adjusting to his [...]

Review: Across The Universe

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Across the  Universe by Beth Revis. RazorBill, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Amy Martin, 17, is frozen and placed on a spaceship with her parents and others. Three hundred years from now, the settlers will be unfrozen to settle a planet. Amy’s parents are important to the mission. Amy [...]

Review: The Name of the Star

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Shades of London, Book One. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Personal copy. The Plot: Rory Deveaux is spending her senior year at Wexford, a boarding school in London. Meeting new people, figuring out a new school system, being in London instead of a small [...]

Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: 1941. Lithuania. Lina Vilkas is fifteen when the Soviet secret police come to her home, giving Lina, her mother, and her younger brother twenty minutes to pack their bags. Twenty minutes. They [...]

Review: The Returning

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The Returning by Christine Hinwood. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher from ALA conference. The Plot: A young man comes home from war, returning to the small village he left as a boy. At first it seems that only Cam Attling, missing an arm, has been changed by the [...]

Review: The Future of Us

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. RazorBill, a member of Penguin Group. 2011. Reviewed from review copy from publisher. The Plot: It’s 1996 and Emma Nelson, 16, just got a new computer. She takes an AOL CD-ROM and downloads the program using dial up; a few hours later, she is on-line looking [...]

Review: Imaginary Girls

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Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. Dutton Books, a member of Penguin. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Two years ago, Chloe and her older sister Ruby were at a party at the reservoir. Dares and drinking, one thing leads to another, and Chloe’s classmate London Hayes is dead and Chloe leaves town, leaves [...]

Review: Stay With Me

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Stay With Me by Paul Griffin. Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin. 2011. Review from ARC. The Plot: Cece and Mack are fifteen when fate — in the form of Cece’s older brother, Tony — brings them together. They have a hundred and two days, from meeting to falling in love to fate bringing it [...]