I use to see the American slavery movement as boring, then I read this book! Clone Codes takes place in the year 2170, a futuristic world where cyborgs are segregated and clones are enslaved. Leanna, a 13 year old girl, has her world turned upside down when her mother is arrested and accused of being a part of a group called the Liberty Bell Movement. Leanna is on the run and the story unfolds!

Rating: B

The McKissacks present a modern look at slavery that makes it easy to understand. Leanna is impulsive and this quality might lead readers to frustration. Also, the novel is lacks the vivid imagery older readers have come to expect. However, the book is fast paced, refreshing and fairly light for the sci-fi genre. Cliff hanger ending leaves room for a sequel!

Richard S.

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Swim the Fly – Don Calame

December 17, 2010

Matt, Sean and Coop have always achieved their summer goal. Perhaps, this summer the fifteen year olds have set the goal a little too high; to see a girl naked live. Might I add that none of the trio has charm with ladies? To impress a girl on his swim team Matt blindly volunteers to swim the 100-yard butterfly, the hardest stroke known. And he’s so skinny that the competition calls him Twig.

Rating: B+

YA-novelist Don Calame takes readers on a fun filled journey: a house party wilder then you can imagine, countless stupid dares and more. This is done though the lives of interesting characters like a drill sergeant swim instructor named Ulf and a grandfather crushing on a grieving widow next door! This book delivers far more than any review can do justice.

Richard S.

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Rating: A

Olivia and her parents have just moved in to a new town. On a Thursday after spring break, Miles, her mother’s coworkers’ son, gave her a tour around the school. He took her around the school where she saw many different people, especially those who tried to fit in. Each time Miles asked her a question, she could not answer directly and truthfully. After seeing the same people since grade six, Miles had the ability to observe people and find out their true personality. He felt that Olivia was hiding something, and he was right. Olivia moved in not because her mother’s promotion was exceptional, but because her twin sister, Violet died. Olivia did not have the choice but to face a life without her twin sister. When they moved into their new house, she recalled all the memories they had together, but somehow, she could not get herself to miss her. When her mother asks Olivia to attend the party with her, she searches for a dress- a dress that had all the answers. Not knowing, Violet held the solution. Her life was completely normal until she found the dress and causes her to wish- a wish that would change her life forever…

K.

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Rating: B+

When I read the back of the book, I was really excited to read it. It is about a girl who is part of the Knights Templar, and how her life is. It was a good book, but I think the plot could have been a bit better. For his first novel, Sarwat Chadda did pretty well, I just wasn’t as captivated by it as I wanted to be.

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This novel is about a young girl named Meridian, who has never been quite normal. Since she was a baby, things have died around Meridian. When she was younger, it was just insects, but as she got older, bigger things died around her. She was teased at school, and even her family felt a bit distant. Then, when Meridian turns sixteen, she finds out why she is the way she is. Meridian is a Fenestra, and angel that guide souls to heaven.

Rating: A

Exciting and new, this book has an original plot. I have read many books, and so it is nice to find a book that has a different theme and plot, one that I have not read before.

K.

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This book was about a school shooting and was told by the girlfriend of the boy who did the shooting.

Rating: A

This novel shows that even though you might think you hate someone and never want to see them again, you don’t usually really mean it. The girl in the novel helped compile the list of people the hated and wanted to “kill” with her boyfriend, but in the end when it actually happened, she was shocked and really sorry about it.

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Everything Is Fine tells the story of young Mazzy who remains confident that “everything is fine,” even after the downfall of her mother, the abandonment of her father, and the broken state of her family, all after a tragic event shakes them all to the core.

Rating: B

When I first started Everything Is Fine, I was incredibly tempted to put it down right away. It started off incredibly slow, and Ellis’s simple, unique, and almost child-like writing style, seemed way too simple for me. And there was talk to dismembering snakes, a hobby which I myself do not like all that much. But I read the back of the book and it just seemed so interesting, so I kept reading. And I am glad I did.

Mazzy who first appeared as a slightly odd, disturbed child, evolved into a hopeful, kind soul right before my eyes. I think the saddest part is how happy and “normal” Mazzy’s family was, right before the “accident” happened, which was totally a freak accident too. Nonetheless, the book was bittersweet, and I deeply enjoyed it.

M.

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