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Teen Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction
  • Author: Nic Sheff
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: YA Bio Sheff N

    Dimmie Zeigler 4 stars
    This is a continuation of the story of Nic Sheff that was started with his father's book, My Beautiful Boy. Nic has had a life-long struggle with drug addiction and these books are hard to read. The fact the he has survived and is truly on the road to recovery is inspiring and gives hopes to the millions of those who share addictions.
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  • Guys Write for Guys Read
  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call #: YA 810.8 Guys

    D-4.8 stars
    Wow. Pretty much every great male author in young adult and children's literature writing directly to boys, about what it's like to be a boy. I'm not a boy and I loved it. Some of the short stories are about these authors' personal experiences as boys or young men. They are real and touching and funny. I'm talking funny. Like stories about crushing on the high-school math teacher, being horrible at sports, getting called a girl. Mostly stories about humiliation, but they're honest and REAL (mostly).

    If you are a boy, you need to check out this book.
    If you don't really love reading, you need to check out this book.
    If you breathe air, you need to check out this book.
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Teen Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • Insignia (Insignia, #1)
  • Author: S.J. Kincaid
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call #: YA KINCAID S
    Chris’ Rating: 4 stars

    In a slightly futuristic world, Tom, a virtual reality natural, travels the country with his homeless father, a gambler who believes that settling with a “real job” is giving into the “system” (major corporations which control the world). One night while playing at a casino, Tom is pulled into a simulation against a tank with nearly impossible odds. Beating it by doing the unexpected, Tom is recruited by the military, in hopes that he can help win World War III, a war fought in proxy by drones for the resources of space. At the Spire (military compound) Tom is implanted with a processor which allows him to speed up his learning and control distant machinery. With new friends and foes…and some who blur the distinction between these extremities, Tom makes his way through military training with two overall objectives. 1. Be someone important; and 2. Fight and beat the unstoppable enigmatic enemy who goes by the code name Medusa, who consistently thrashes the Indo-American forces.
    Insignia is one of those books that I had a hard time setting down once I started reading. While there were several points where the characters seemed rather juvenile, there was enough humor (when it worked) and action (albeit not the kind of action I would expect from a war book) to keep me going. I never truly bought that the nations of the world (or corporations in this instance) would limit their warfare to space (unless, as I suspect, they are not truly enemies). The book itself has an Ender’s Game feel, although it seems to have less depth, more humor, and a slightly faster pace. Recommended for boys age 12-16.
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  • The Coming of Dragons (The Darkest Age, #1)
  • Author: A.J. Lake
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TLC CALL#: YA LAKE

    Chris’ rating: 4 stars
    Edmund is a king’s son, being sent incognito away for safety in troubled times. Elspeth is the Sea Captain’s daughter who loves sailing with her father and his crew. They are on the same ship when the storm arrives…and maybe something more…for Edmund sees the dragon…and might just have watched through it’s savage eyes as it attacked the ship. Barely surviving Edmund and Elspeth discover unwanted abilities and gifts which pull them on an adventure neither wants, but they cannot avoid, especially with a dangerous magical enemy who will do almost anything to get his hands on the magic sword that has chosen Elspeth to wield it.
    First off…While the word dragons is in the title, and the dragon plays an important part in the events that change the two main character’s life, the actual creature doesn’t make very many showings in the story. Coming of Dragons is reasonably well written, but not excessively deep. The story is enjoyable, but not nonstop action. The fact that both of the main characters didn’t want what they were forced to have added flavor…especially when Edmund strives to overcome the stigma and his personal prejudice against what he himself is. Occasional stupid decisions by Elspeth and Edmund drove me slightly crazy…but overall it was a good read. Probably best suited to youth 11-15 who like a good, but not terribly complex fantasy.
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