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Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1406959036_the_dogs
Allan Stratton
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jun 11, 2018

Cameron and his mother have been on the run for years. But every time they begin to feel safe, his father catches up with them, and they have to leave for a new place and start over again. But this time is different. The old farmhouse they have moved to is full of disturbing secrets from the past. And they won’t leave Cameron alone.

This is a great little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a ghost story that has some creepiness, but is one of those that you feel good about when everything is finally revealed.

People who are not fans of super scary books will like this one...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1449501036_two_summers
Aimee Friedman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Jun 8, 2018

When Summer makes a split second decision before boarding a plane, her summer divides into 2 parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she has dreamed of going ever since her father left her to move there. In the other, she stays home in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue. In both summers, she is destined to fall in love, and discover new sides to herself. But what might break her though, is a terrible family secret that she can’t hide from. But in the end, it might be the truth she needs the most.

This was cute! I would have liked more...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/793039036_thirteen_reasons_why
Jay Asher
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018

When Hannah Baker, Clay’s classmate and crush, commits suicide, he never expected to hear from her again. But one day a mysterious package shows up on his doorstep full of tapes she recorded before her death explaining the 13 reasons why she did what she did. Clay is one of the reasons, and if he listens, he might find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing town with Hannah as his guide. Now he can finally understand her pain, and as he follows her recorded words across his town, what he discovers might change his life forever.

This book is heartbreaking, but unfortunately, it...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1425838036
mariele Nijkamp
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, Jun 4, 2018

At 10:00 a.m., the principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech welcoming students back from winter break.
At 10:02 a.m., students get up to leave the auditorium for class.
At 10:03 a.m., the auditorium doors won't open.
At 10:05 a.m., someone starts shooting.
This story is told from 4 different perspectives over the span of 54 terrifying minutes. Fear reigns as a former student's revenge turns into a game of survival.

I do not think this is an accurate depiction of a school shooting situation, but it was gripping all the same. I could barely...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1463631036_misunderstood
Friday, Jun 1, 2018

This book serves as both a moving memoir about the author’s relationship with her pet rat and a brilliant nonfiction book about domesticated rats in general. This book blends history and science with stories of  interesting people while at the same time sets the record straight on this amazing animal. Readers will come away with a deep appreciation and a better understanding of rats. You might even be convinced to adopt a rat after reading this wonderful book. Highly recommended for people afraid of rats!

I'm happy to see a book about the joys of rat ownership (I used to have one...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1504880036_bull
David Elliot
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, May 25, 2018

This book updates the ancient story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. This retelling of Greek mythology is hilariously told in verse. It is rough, rowdy, and tells a different story than the one you are used to hearing. It explores new ideas on what actually happened in many different perspectives, from the god Poseidon to the Minotaur himself. This book will have you reevaluate this infamous monster, maybe he is not as horrifying as you think.

I loved that each of the heroes has a unique voice and form of verse. Fun and quick read.

Warning: This is a novel in...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1348848036
Monday, May 21, 2018

Louis Zamperini was an army air forces bomber during World War II. And before that, he was an Olympic sprinter. But now he is a captive of the Japanese forces. His plane crashed and he survived thousands of miles in the open ocean with little to no water or food. His raft eventually washed up near a Japanese base and he was sent to a POW camp. This book tells the incredible story of his survival against all odds and about the amazing life he led.

This book is inspiring to everyone who reads it. It teaches you to be grateful for everything you have. I love that it tells the story of...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1556926036
Jay Asher
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Everyone knows the story of the pied piper right? How a mysterious man came into town and lured away all the rats by playing his pipe. But the townspeople refused to pay him, so he stole away all the children that night and they were never seen again. Right? But this book tells a different story. One you never expected.

This graphic novel had such beautiful artwork! I thought this was such a creative idea for a book. It was executed very well, and the story was so original. It was an incredibly quick read. Only took me about an hour to read, but I still enjoyed this short and sweet...

Staff Review
Book Cover
Moira Fowley-Doyle
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If you don't close your mouth, a fly will fly in, and then you'll have to swallow a spider to catch the fly, and then a cat to catch the spider, and then a dog to catch the cat, and then a goat to catch the dog, and then a cow to catch the goat, and then a horse to catch the cow, and then a lost soul to catch the horse.

Enchanting. Atmospheric. Mysterious. (a lost soul to catch the horse) Lush. Gritty. Suspenseful. There are so many good words I can think of to describe the beguiling collection of words that is this book. Dark. Mature. Sensual.

Staff Review
Book cover
Marcus Sedgwick
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

A powerful book about the tough and gritty existence on the edge of the border, where everyone dreams of better lives that are only available to a very few through even fewer routes.

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