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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.
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Reviewer: Anna, age 17, Crystal
 
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The Giver
By Lois Lowry
If you want a quick read that still wows you, this is the book. It takes place in a setting that is quite unusual to us. At first it seems like a normal world, but through out the book you realize that it is anything but. Like nothing I've ever read before. Everyone should read it. It's quick and interesting.
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Reviewer: Maddie, age 16, St Anthony
 
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The Yearling
By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
I've been putting off reading this book for a long time, but when I finally read it I couldn't believe I had waited so long! The yearling won a Pulitzer prize and boy, did it deserve it! The story takes place in Florida in the late 1800's. It follows the life of a young boy named Jody and his pet fawn. Now, the book isn't JUST about Jody and his deer. It also follows the lives of his parents and friends. It was a truly heart-warming book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to just about anyone.
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Reviewer: Maddie, age 16, St Anthony
 
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Bloomability
By Sharon Creech
I liked the adventure and the moral of this book. I would totally recommend it!
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Reviewer: Alexandra, age 13, Saint Louis Park
 
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Cirque Du Freak
By Darren Shan
A very scary and entertaining book. A very fun book to read and will want you to keep on reading
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Reviewer: Faheem, age 13, Maple Grove
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Anne of Green Gables
By Lucy M. Montgomery
The best book I have ever read! Anne of Green Gables is a hilarious classic filled with comical, hilarious situations. everyone will immeaditly fall in love with the impertinent Anne.
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Reviewer: Mikayla, age 16, Plymouth
 
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The Red Pyramid
By Rick Riordan
Coming from the author of the Percy Jackson series, I thought this series would be good. It was intregint, but slow and less developed than the last book. All the talk about egyptian gods was confusing and not always clearly explained. It was good, but a dissipointment from the Percy jackson books.
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Reviewer: Mikayla, age 16, Plymouth
 
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By JK Rowling
I loved this book! It was the final book of the series and tied everything together perfectly! I recommend the entire series to anyone who loves action, adventure, and a little romance. It really was an epic conclusion.
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Reviewer: Soniya, age 14, Plymouth
 
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Sabotaged
By Margret Peterson Haddix
Such a suspenseful and mysterious book. It's full of action and I couldn't put it down. It's about time travel and isn't very realistic but it also has some historical events from when the first settlers came to America. Such a great book! I recommend everyone to give this book a try!
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Reviewer: Katherine, age 13, Plymouth
 
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Janitor's Boy
By Andrew Clements
Jack Rankin begins 5th grade in the same building where his father works as head custodian, and is embarrassed by his dad's job. When the other kids discover this secret, the teasing begins and Jack retaliates, against his dad. An enjoyable read and a good jumping-off point for disscusion.
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Reviewer: Rishtiha, age 11, Hopkins