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A review of Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Based on the largest slave auction in American history, Day of Tears is steeled in the realities of slavery. Through the quiet reflections of the slaves sold and unsold, the masters and mistresses encountered, and the bystanders who watch and react, Julius Lester spins a heart-wrenching tale of families torn and the urge to find solace in a world shattered by one simple word: "sold." Written in the format of a play, this book is easy to read but also conveys emotion that draws upon the ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 23, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

I quite liked this book. A lot of it, I think, has to do with how the author does things in the book, rather than what she does. This book uses plenty of classic fantasy tropes -- the long-lost prince, the plucky orphan thief, evil scheming noblemen -- but uses them creatively and pulls them off with style. I guessed the main plot twist early on, but rather than annoy me, I think it added to the fun to look for supporting evidence as I read along. The smaller schemes and plots ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
August 2, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

This book is alien sci-fi meets teenage drama meets explosive action, and that's what seems to make it so interesting. Science fiction fans would like the thorough background, which is detailed multiple times throughout the book, and fans of teenage romance and drama would enjoy much of the conflicts that arise in the high school scene. As for fans of explosive action, they would be the most lucky, because explosive action is just what they will get. As for the book overall, I was hooked from ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
October 21, 2011 | 0 comments