Book Reviews by Local Teens and Tweens

 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Book 1 of the Illuminae Files series.  In development for a motion picture release.

Genre:  Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction

# of teen/tween reviews: 3    Finished:  2                 Average MTPL rating:  4 of 5 stars   Goodreads rating:  4.5 of 5 stars

“Can’t get a copy of the last book in the series and it’s torture!”  “The ending was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed the action nonetheless”


Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Genre:  Fantasy

# of teen/tween reviews:  1  Finished:  0              Average MTPL rating:  5 of 5 stars   Goodreads rating:  4.5 of 5 stars

“If you like assassins and adventure this series is for you!”


  All the Answers by Kate Messner

Genre:  Fantasy

Staff review:  5

“I thought the idea of a magic pencil was a brilliant fantasy element, and Messner took the plot in a lot of interesting directions.  Would it be ethical to have a pencil that told you things you wouldn’t otherwise know?  Would this make you happy?  I would recommend this book to fans of Tuck Everlasting.   I plan to read this author’s backlog!” – Ms. Sharon

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Genre:  Historical Fiction/Action Adventure

# of teen/tween reviews:  1   Finished  1         Average MTPL rating:  5 of 5 stars   Goodreads rating  4.28 of 5 stars

Learn about “World War II!  Spies!  Secrets!  Hitler Youth!”  “intense novel filled with twists and turns that will keep readers hooked to the very end. I could not put it down!”


American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Genre:  Graphic Novel; Fantasy

Michael J. Printz Award; Will Eisner Award; National Book Award finalist

Has anyone told you that graphic novels aren’t ‘real books’?  Yang does a masterful job of taking three story lines (that appear random and unrelated) to merge in an entirely unexpected and satisfying way.  Over-the-top stereotypes are used deliberately, so the reader should be mature enough to understand the irony involved.  At the heart, the perfect message for teens:  accept yourself as you are! – Ms. Sharon


Nimona by Noelle Stephenson

Genre:  Graphic Novel; Fantasy

National Book Award nominee; Odyssey Award Nominee; Will Eisner Award; Slate Cartoonists Studio prize “A deadpan epic”

I read this story as an audio book, as it was in the running for an Odyssey award.  The audio book is wonderful, with a full cast production.  You start out thinking this is a broadly drawn ‘heroes and villains’ story, and then you realize that this is much deeper and darker than you imagined.  Filled with witty banter, epic action, science,  magic, plot twists, and characters you really care about.  – Ms. Sharon

Crazy House by James Patterson with Gabrielle Charbonnet

Genre:  Science Fiction/Dystopian

# of teen/tween reviews:  1   Finished:  1    Average MTPL rating:  4 of 5 stars.  Goodreads rating 3.68 stars

“This book was very well written, leaving me hooked on every sentence.  It was similar to the Hunger Games, filled with action-packed suspense and adventure.  Highly recommend!”


Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop

Genre:  Action Adventure

# of teen/tween reviews:  1   Finished:  0    Average MTPL rating:  3 of 5 stars.  Goodreads rating 3.63 stars

“Lost and stranded in the sea….with sharks!”


  Cinder by Marissa Meyer  (Lunar Chronicles #1)

Genre:  Fantasy

# of teen/tween reviews:  1.  # of staff reviews:  1.  Finished:  2.  Average MTPL rating:  5 of 5 stars.  Goodreads rating:  4.15 stars

“Robots and fairy tales, friends and adventures; this book is a real challenge to put down”.  “I’ve read so many versions of Cinderella, this is by far the coolest and most unique”


Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli

Genre:  Graphic Novel; Fantasy

# of teen/tween reviews:  1.  Finished:  1.  Average MTPL rating:  4.  Goodreads rating: 3.68.

“Fish Girl is a mermaid held captive by Neptune who finds a first friend for life.”



  Trouble according to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Genre:  Series; Realistic Fiction

# of tween reviews: 1   Finished:  0  Average MTPL rating:  3.  Reviewer:  Nathan B.

“Humphrey is a class pet in Mrs. Brisbane’s class.  He fixes some classmates’ problems without them even noticing it.  This is an OK book and I might recommend it.”




My Weird School by Dan Gutman

Genre:  Series; Humor

# of tween reviews: 1   Finished:  1  Average MTPL rating:  5.  Reviewer:  Nathan B.

“This series is great for school and comedy book lovers. The main character is A.J.  His friends are Ryan, Michael, Neil, and Alexia.  I would recommend this series to basically everyone who is reading this book/series review.  ‘Peace out’!”