Teen Book Review: Leverage

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

Review by Alex, Sonoma Valley Branch

Leverage is a book about two athletes at Anooka High School.  Danny is a gymnast and Kurt is a football player.  A prank war between the two teams goes bad and causes freshman gymnast Ronnie Gunderson to commit suicide.  The football team captains will do anything to keep it a secret.  With Kurt's secret past haunting him, he will need the help of Danny to show the whole school what really happened to Ronnie.

Why I picked it up:  I picked up Leverage because I love sports so it immediately interested me. 

Why I finished it:  I finished it because I wanted to see how the truth would be revealed to the rest of the school about Ronnie.

I'd recommend it to:  I'd recommend this book to anyone who like sport books.

Teens’ Favorite Books of 2011

We asked our teen book reviewers what their favorite book(s) of 2011 was.  What was your favorite book?  Leave a comment below!

Alex, Sonoma Valley Branch
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown

Alison, Sonoma Valley Branch
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Forever by Maggie Stiefavater (Third book in the Mercy Falls series)
Nightshade & Wolvesbane by Andrea Cremer
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Between Shades of Gray by Kuta Sepetys
Choker by Elizabeth Emma Woods
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Matched by Allie Condie

Annie, Petaluma Branch
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
I liked the storyline because it's really cool; two kids find Facebook which in their time hasn't been invented yet.  They soon realize that what they do can affect what happens in the future by what they do everyday.  They take advantage of this and change up their whole future.

Teen Book Review: The Apothecary

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley, 8th Grade

The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, is a fascinating story set in the time after World War II.  The book is about Janie, a Los Angeles city girl that moves to London.  Janie thinks that her life is over when she moves, but discovers that she's about to start the best adventure of her life.  Her journey begins when she meets Benjamin, a peculiar boy at her school.  Together, they go on a quest to save the world, and Benjamin's father. 

I really liked this book.  I am definitely hoping that Maile Meloy has a sequel to this book.  I would recommend this book to anyone that wishes magic actually does exist, or anyone who wants to be a spy.

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Teen Book Review: The Phantom Limb

The Phantom Limb by William Sleator and Ann Monticone
Review by Alex, Sonoma Valley

Issac has just moved to a new town because his father recently died in a plane crash in Africa.  After his father died, his mother Vera, a gifted piano player, had to be hospitalized to be treated for seizures.  Issac is now forced to live with his grandfather, who lives in a daze all the time.  Issac has started to visit his mother in the hospital and has noticed a bruise that has started to grow on her elbow.  He also discovered a mirror box in his attic that could help Issac find out what is going on in the hospital.  When he learns about what happened to the former owner of the mirror box Issac becomes extremely worried about his mother and is forced to find a way to get her out of that hospital.
Why I Picked it up:  I picked this book up because it sounded very interesting and appealing.
Why I Finished it:  I finished this book in three days because it was so good that I couldn't put it down.
I'd Recommend it:  I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book with a lot of thrilling adventures and twists that you never see coming.  This was a great book.


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Teen Book Review: Deviant

Deviant by Adrian McKinty

Review by Alex, Sonoma Valley

Danny Lopez moves to Cobalt, Colorado from Las Vegas, Nevada.  He meets his neighbor and they become good friends.  He is also part of a club called The Watchers.  They normally just watch the Secret Scripture Union but they have currently been focusing on some recent deaths of cats.  Danny figures out a way to catch the cat killer but something goes very wrong with his plan.
Why I picked it up:  I've always loved mystery books and this one sounded unusual and interesting.
Why I finished it:  The book was very well written and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole time I was reading it.
I'd recommend it to:  Anyone who enjoys mysteries with a lot of twists.

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Book Spotlight: Unlikely Friendships

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Branch

Do you like animals?  Do you enjoy heartwarming stories?  If so, this is the book for you.  The chapters are small, only a page or two each, and the pictures are amazing.  Holland has compiled forty-seven stories of different animals becoming friends with animals outside their own species.  The stories take place in zoos, shelters, homes and in the wild.  Each story is unique and interesting.  It didn’t take me long to finish this book and it definitely put a smile on my face.  My favorite story was about a dachshund and a piglet.  You don’t want to miss this book!

Teen Book Review: Along the River

Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah
Review by Anna D., Sonoma Valley, 8th grade

Along the River by Adeline Yen Mah is about Zhang Mei Lan.  Set in Ancient China, this novel tells the story of Zhang Meu Lan, and the orphaned servant boy that comes to help her family, Ah Zhao, who is an amazing artist.  Ah Zhao becomes Zhang Mei Lan's friend, but their friendship is constantly tested by the expectations of Ancient China.

I liked this book because it was fascinating to hear how life was in China then.  It's so different that I have a hard time imagining it.  I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction, or anyone interested in learning more about Ancient China.


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Book Spotlight: Recyclo-gami

Recyclo-gami by Laurie Goldrich Wolf

Want to make a Christmas gift for your loved one instead of buying one?  Check out this new craft book for some ideas!  This book has good ideas on how to make something out of nothing.   Wolf gives step-by-step instructions with pictures to guide you along your project.  Try a project from each chapter:  Accessorize with Style, Ingenious Jewelry, Spice Up the Kitchen, Bedazzle Your Bedroom and Games, Gifts and Great Ideas. 

Want more craft books for teens?  Check out our list!

Teen Book Review: Switched

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley, 8th grade

Switched by Amanda Hocking is the first book in a thrilling new trilogy.  This book is about Wendy, a not-so-average girl.  After a traumatic experience when she was six, Wendy has been trying for eleven years to prove to herself that she is normal.  But after the strange appearance of Finn, Wendy realizes she's anything but normal.  With Finn by her side, Wendy is forced into an unwanted adventure, involving royalty, hierarchy, magic abilities, and two totally different types of family.

I loved this first book in this series, and I cannot wait until the second book.  Switched is a combination of The Princess Diaries and The Twilight Saga.  If you liked either of those series, I would definitely recommend this book to you.  It kept me interested throughout the whole book.