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A review of A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen tells the story of Shana, an aspiring photographer, who is thrust into the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster forces Shana to address her priorities: her family, which is slowly falling apart, and a boy who is turning her idea of love upside-down.    Shana meets this boy, Quattro, while trying to take a life-changing photograph—an image that could get her into the college of her choice. He bumps into Shana and ruins her perfect ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
April 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a celebrated book by Lois Lowery. It melds dystopian fiction with action and drama to make a great combination. In fact, The Giver paved the way for the entire genre with help from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; together, these texts started a movement for this once unrecognized and even unpopular part of science fiction writing. The Giver tells the story of a post-apocalyptic, gated community, where a boy named Jonas is thrust into a job he had not even ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 1, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins

Reviewed by Ali Khan of The Simpson Street Free Press When confronting problems regarding race and ethnicity, many attempt to challenge stereotypes with protests, heated discussions, and even aggression. While these options may be effective, Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, edited by Mitali Perkins, uses a different tactic against racial prejudices—humor.Open Mic is not the average teen novel. Rather than share the perspective of just one author, it ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
February 24, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a guest review by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free PressSylvan has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel by Benjamin Alire ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Poison by Bridget Zinn

This is a guest review by Leila Fletcher, age 11, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Leila has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Poison by Bridget Zinn, a fantasy novel, revolves around a 16-year-old potions master, Kyra, and her piglet. Kyra must try and complete a deadly ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 16, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is a guest review by John Crim, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. John has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** Eleanor and Park, written by Rainbow Rowell, is filled with romance and suspense. It is about a boy named Park, who is a simple boring guy, and Eleanor ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

This is a guest review by Aubrianna Willard-lee, age 14, written for the Simpson Street Free Press. Aubrianna has also created a book trailer which can be seen on the Library's Bubbler page.** The book Fire in the Streets is a work of historical fiction that explores the Black Panthers movement. The Black Panthers Party was a political ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
May 14, 2014 | 2 comments
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