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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: Harper Teen - March 6th, 2018

First Generation, Dominican/American, Catholic. Words that define her. Words with meanings changing as years pass. Daughter, twin, friend... poet. Xiomara is pushing against obligations of family and religion, navigating expectations that don't apply to her generation. Poetry is her release, a safety valve to avoid confrontation over rules that she knows will never change. No dating. No backtalk. Go to church. Existence isn't really life, and X is ready to live, to speak, to throw her verse to the world. Does that mean leaving family and faith behind? A novel in verse, The Poet X will take you on a wild ride, slam into you like a subway train, and you will love every line! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Twin sisters stolen, away as children to live in the Fairy Realm are now teens, facing the choice to fit in with the fae or try to lead a human life again. Both paths have dangers, both have rewards, neither guarantees a long life... Great read, full of intrigue and backstabbing (literal and figurative)! It hit all the notes I expect from a Faerie Court adventure! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

Truly Devious: A Mystery by Maureen Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062338051
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 16th, 2018

Stevie Bell is a junior at a elite boarding school built by a 1920s railroad baron. She got in because of her essay, she wanted in because of the murders… She wants to solve them. But cold cases are hard to break, and in the meantime there are new friends to make, classes to attend, secret tunnels to explore... Intriguing and funny, this is a faster read than it looks, and Stevie is a great sarcastic main character!
14+ for drugs/drinking and frank teen conversations ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

Until I Find Julian by Patricia Reilly Giff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385744850
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Published: Yearling Books - September 13th, 2016

What would you do if your big brother disappeared? For Matteo the only choice is to try to find him, even though it means swimming a huge river and sneaking into a country that speaks a different language, were he could be arrested at any time. Was that what happened to his brother? Why did the letters stop coming to their family home in Mexico? Will he ever be able to find Julian?
Wonderful, vivid and an important book for discussion. Patricia Reilly Giff writes another great novel! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780763691103
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2018

Nor's family tree is thorny and full of secrets...
Descendant of a witch, cursed by her use of black magic, doomed to enchanted, obsessed love, the Blackburn women have paid for the crime for 8 generations.
But Nor is different, the 9th generation - her magic is stronger.
And she knows she will need all of that power when her estranged mother begins making headlines with public displays of magic. Because magic come with a price, and it's not counted in dollars... Gripping and dark, this bewitching family drama will have you reading to midnight! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore


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