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Blackbox by Julie Schumacher

Reviewed by Brittany Holt

Blackbox is a quick read that tackles the issue of depression in adolescents.  Elena and her sister Dora have always been opposites.  Elena is stoic, while Dora is emotional. When Dora becomes consumed with depression, Elena feels protective of her sister. When Dora’s depression begins to destroy and unravel her family, Elena remains indifferent. Elena states that Dora will be okay.  Blackbox can serve as a great conversation starter for you and your teen. You can openly discuss  the signs and symptoms of depression with your teen.

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Song of the Trees by Mildred D Taylor

Reviewed by Gloria Goins

Times are hard for the Logan family, the depression is on them and food is in short supply. Cassie and her siblings have lots of chores to do every day, one day while picking berries in the woods, they overheard Mr. Anderson talking about cutting down the trees, Cassie gets comfort from hearing the whispering trees and alerts her family. Mr. Logan had been working on the railroad to have money for the family. When Mr. Logan gets home he tells Mr. Anderson the trees belong to his family and will not be cut.  Cassie is happy to learn that her father also finds comfort in the whispering trees. The trees were more important to the family than receiving money for them being cut. This was a story of courage, strength and pride.

 

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The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Reviewed by Sarah Murphy

In this tale a young boy is left alone at a homestead built by his father when his father returns to pick up the rest of the family. Young Matt is left alone with only a shotgun and a pocket watch given to him by his father before he left. As time passes, Matt meets an old Native American and his grandson. In exchange for teaching the grandson to read “the white man’s language”, the tribe will provide Matt with food. At first Matt and Attean are very leery of each other. However as time goes by they develop a friendship. Matt’s father was supposed to return in 3 months but after this time has passed and winter is setting in Attean’s tribe asks Matt to join them as they move on. Will Matt go or will he try to stay on his homestead and protect it, hoping his family will return?

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Reviewed by Nathan Spangler


Ten years ago, a plague struck the homeland of Adelina Amouteru which became known as the blood fever. The blood fever killed most of all whom it infected, but the children who survived received strange markings and blemishes on their skin. Adelina’s own hair turned from a dark black to shiny silver causing her father to treat her differently than her younger sister. Soon rumors began to spread about these young children developing powers and people began to call them the Young Elites. Adelina’s father began abusing her trying to bring out this power that she just could not seem to develop and was convinced she didn’t have. When her father tried to sell her though, she ran away and was taken in by a group of Young Elites known as the Dagger Society. But the king’s army called the Inquisition has taken her sister captive and will kill her unless Adelina gives them information about these Young Elites. Is it possible that she can gain the trust of these Young Elites while protecting her sister? Read the book and find out.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Reviewed by Laken Lester

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was attacked by the Kingdom of Spring. The death of the queen and the breaking of the locket that held the kingdom’s magic left the citizens of Winter enslaved. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape with the heir to the throne. For sixteen years they have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back the broken locket to restore Winter’s magic and rebuild their forsaken kingdom.

Orphaned as baby during Spring’s attack, Meira has lived her entire life as a refugee. She has trained to be a warrior and will do anything to help Winter gain it’s freedom.
When the scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to throw caution to the wind and go after the pieces herself. But the closer she gets to restoring what was lost, she finds herself entangled in a web of evil magic, dangerous politics, and lies that have kept the most sacred things hidden.
Join Meira, Mather, and the Winterian’s on a journey to recover the kingdom that was lost in Snow Like Ashes, Ice Like Fire, and Frost Like Night.

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Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, & Larkin Reed

Reviewed by Jami McDonald

Amber House, a sprawling, Gothic estate located in Maryland, has been owned by Sarah Parson’s mother’s family for over three centuries. In the beginning of the book, 15-year-old Sarah, who has never stepped foot inside of the house until now, finds herself visiting, and then living in, the house after her grandmother’s funeral. After she gets settled into her new home, strange things begin to happen to Sarah. She sees ghostly figures lurking in the shadows, her brother claims he is frightened by a lady who lives in a mirror, and she starts to experience visions of her family’s past. Things at Amber House become even more intriguing when Jackson, the manor’s expert gardener and caretaker, convinces Sarah that her ancestor has buried a treasure somewhere on the grounds of the estate. As Sarah delves deeper into her family’s past, she discovers that history is more complicated, and dangerous, than she could have ever imagined.

Amber house is a creepy, atmospheric book that will appeal to readers who enjoy Gothic literature. If you enjoyed this title, you might also want to try The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

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The Beastly Bride edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Reviewed by Jade Crabtree

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The Beastly Bride is a collection of short stories revolving around an age old theme: shape-shifting. Each story features a shifter of some kind: fish, wolf, bird, etc. The stories also incorporate another timeless theme: love (some familial, romantic). This selections are typically short and enjoyable reads and the reader can get a sense of the overall themes without having to read every story unless they so choose.

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Reviewed by Laken Lester

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For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they could only have dreamed of. To Countess Lady Whitmore, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court promises something else: the chance to choose her own destiny and an adventure in a new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the court’s scout Cedric Thorn, Lady Whitmore poses as Adelaide (her maid) to join the collection of underprivileged girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her knowledge of etiquette comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends Mira, a Sirminican war refugee, and former laundress Tamsin who is determined to be the top maiden of the court.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the prison of her old life behind just to become another prisoner across the sea. But nothing is as intimidating—or as wonderful—as the attraction growing between Adelaide and Cedric. With forbidden romance, old English laws, and a Wild West frontier, this book is sure to please!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by Laken Lester

“It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of Annabel Lee;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.”

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It’s been five years since the Dark War of City of Heavenly Fire that almost eliminated the Shadowhunter race. With Sebastian defeated and the Shadowhunter world left in ruins, there is much work to be done.

Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter of the Los Angeles Institute, is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on solving the mystery of her parent’s murders. With her best friend Julian Blackthorn and the Blackthorn family, Emma must investigate a demonic plot that stretches across L.A. from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

Making things more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark (who was captured by the faeries in the Dark War) has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in the Fey world. Mark hasn’t aged and does not recognize his family anymore.

The ocean whispers secrets of life, love, and tragic death. Will Emma be able to swim in the truth, or drown in the lies?

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Amity by Micol Ostow

Reviewed by Cassie Ogle

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Amity is a house nestled on the bank of the Concord River.  This book follows the story of two different families who have resided in Amity a decade apart.  Two children, Gwen and Connor, plagued by the same nightmares, find out that Amity is much more than just a house; she is an evil force.  Amity wants to use Gwen and Connor to do her work.

The book skips back and forth between present time and ten years ago to follow the creepy occurrences that happen to both families.  The book is loosely based on the Amityville Horror movie series but is not a retelling of the film’s story.

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