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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Mi
By E.L. Konigsburg
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
[Teen Fiction Book KONIGSBURG]
Reviewer: Kaija, age 11, Bloomington
 
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Grandmother and the Priests
By Taylor Caldwell
There is nothing more beautiful than a faithful Catholic priest, and in a series of short stories Taylor Caldwell was able to perfectly capture this beauty.
[Adult Fiction Book CALDWELL]
Reviewer: Anna, age 17, Crystal
 
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Save the Date
By Jenny B.. Jones
This book was hilarious! The charectors are lovable and sweet!
[Teen Fiction Book JONES]
Reviewer: Mikayla, age 17, Plymouth
 
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There You'll Find Me
By Jenny B. Jones
This book was super good! Jenny B. Jones is a fantastic writer with intriquing stories!
[Teen Fiction Book JONES]
Reviewer: Mikayla, age 17, Plymouth
 
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Bitterblue
By Kristin Cashore
Add this book to the list of books that don't get the fame and fanfare that they deserve! Cashore's brilliance is sadly underrepresented in the world of teen fiction as she comes out with another fantastic tale, Bitterblue. The Seven Kingdoms trilogy begins with Graceling, where the stage is set in a beautifully written world. We are introduced to the concept of Gracelings, or people who have two different colored eyes and even more interesting talents, which with they are "graced". Next released is Fire, the prequel to Graceling, in which we see a slightly different world yet with just as amazing creatures. And finally comes Bitterblue, sequel to the first book, Graceling. In Bitterblue, worlds collide in the best possible way, and in more than one sense. Bitterblue became queen of her kingdom at a quite young age, succeeding her cruel father, whose horrendous deeds have scarred her kingdom for years past his death. She is now a curious teenager who discovers how much she really doesn't know about her own kingdom. Strange and dark events occur, usually involving a mysterious Graceling boy that Bitterblue meets during her late night adventures of sneaking out of the castle. And why are her advisers trying to cover it up? This mysterious, adventurous, romantic novel, though at times dark, seriously does not get the credit it deserves. Cashore is not necessarily known for writing blissfully happy endings, but she sure does know how to tell a story.
[Teen Fiction Book CASHORE]
Reviewer: Soniya, age 15, Plymouth
 
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Life as We Knew It
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
I couldn't stop reading it!
[Teen Fiction Book PFEFFER]
Reviewer: Alexandra, age 13, Saint Louis Park
 
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A Corner of the Universe
By Ann M. Martin
I really liked the book because even though i can not really relate to te book, I can still like it
[Teen Fiction Book MARTIN]
Reviewer: Julianna, age 11, Wayzata
 
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Rapture
By Lauren Kate
The final book in Lauren Kate's series about angels riveted me to my seat: the book contains a plethora of action, adventure, romance, architecture, and history. The first book in this series, Fallen, is currently being made into a movie, so do not miss out on your chance to read this series before it becomes a big hit!
[Teen Fiction Book KATE]
Reviewer: Chan, age 18, Brooklyn Park
 
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City of Lost Souls
By Cassandra Clare
The fifth book in Cassandra Clare's New York Times best-selling series excites like the previous books before it. Full of adventure, action, romance, demon hunters, vampires, and werewolves, this book appeals to lovers of fantasy and the aforementioned genres. Currently, the first book in the series is in the process of being made into a movie, so get to reading this series if you haven't yet!
[Teen Fiction Book CLARE]
Reviewer: Chan, age 18, Brooklyn Park
 
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The Grimm Legacy
By Polly Shulman
There is something rather grand about finding a new, good book to read. And it is always disappointing to discover that the new, good book isn't all that great. "The Grimm Legacy", by Polly Shulman, was wonderfully writen, for the most part. The dialogue was weak in a few areas, and the plot was too slow in some spots and too fast in others, but these issues were easily forgotten as I continued reading. But, as is inevitable in "modern" teen lit, the author decided that her charming story couldn't go on without at least one reference to sex. Or two. Are teenagers really that low? Can we truly not read anything without needing a titillating reference to "birds and bees"? Are we as brainless as that? Why can we not enjoy a beautifully crafted, innocent, exciting story without some sort of "adult" theme dragged in unnecessarily? We deserve more credit than that. I would have sincerely enjoyed this book if the author had not decided randomly shock her audience with risque images. The charm of her modern fairy tale quickly spun into yet another steamy teen romance. I must admit, I am quite frustrated with the whole Young Adult genre in general; having condescending adults shove tripe down my throat does not appeal to me in the least. Would I write this book off as a failure? No. The author truly has talent, and her story, in general, was enjoyable. Unfortunately, she saw fit to include two or three scenes which completely drew attention away from the plot and toward a relationship that was more infatuation than true romance. It would have merited a four or five-star rating from me if not for this tiresome, cliche plot device being yet again dredged up by Shulman.
[Children's Fiction Book SHULMAN]
Reviewer: Anna, age 17, Crystal