Or Give me Death by Ann Rinaldi

The Book “Or Give me Death” is about the family of Patrick Henry. His achievements outside the home are notoriously great, but within the house, everything has fallen apart. His wife, Sarah, has succumbed to madness and must be locked away in the cellar. Patrick himself is almost never home, leaving Patsy, the eldest of the children, in charge. This is a great book for those who love historical fiction, but also for those who don’t, because the book also deals with many family problems that are common even today, such as sibling rivalry, keeping secrets, and parents’ absences. This is a well-written, relatable, descriptive, and ultimately enjoyable story written on topics both historical and timeless.
-E.M. (14)

Teen Vogue Magazine

The issue had an article on One Direction. I’m not really a fan of them. I feel like they are trying too hard to be the cool boy band that every girl “loves.”
-S.B. (14)

Double by Jenny Valentine

This book is about a boy named Chap who is homeless and is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel. Chap pretends to be Cassiel, entering into his family and discovering that they may have secrets even darker than his own. The plot of this book was very well thought-out, with some very interesting twists and turns, so it made for a very enthralling, captivating read. Also, I found the characters very interesting and well-developed. All in all, this book is an exhilarating, fast paced, well written thriller of a story.
-E.M. (14)

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

Stefan Salvatore has come home to Mystic Falls. It isn’t long until he meets Elena Gilbert. There was something familiar about her not long after his brother shows up, he knows how important Elena’s to Stefan. Stefan must protect her without giving away his secret.
-L.P. (15)

Stormy Night by Michelle Lemieux

The child has a big imagination. Like the rust of us he questions life. I liked it because I could related to more than half of what was going through his head.
-L.P. (15)

Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts

A horrific story of the world being shaken by earthquake soon after people go mad. The madness tells them 1 thing…kill. A great novel for pre-teens. I liked it a lot.
-N.L. (12)

Hidden Talents by David Lubar

The book Hidden Talents is about a boy named Martin who has been expelled from school time and time again for his smart mouth and disrespectful comments. He gets sent to Edgeview Alternative School in a last-ditch effort to curb his unruly behavior. There, he meets several other boys who seem to be delinquents but really are hiding remarkable talents from everyone-even themselves. While this book wasn’t extremely well-written, it was still a very enjoyable story with vibrant characters and a unique plot twist.
-E.M. (14)

The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson

A very detailed book about kids fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse. The 4th book in the series wit the characters Ed, Small Sam, the Kid and more. I loved the book and recommend it for many pre-teens.
-N.L. (12)

Peanut by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe

This book was about a girl who fakes having a peanut allergy when she goes to a new school because she wants people to notice her. It gets harder for her to keep lying about it to her new friends. After on accident where people think she ate a peanut, she realizes that people liked her the way she was, not because of her “allergy.” This was a graphic novel and it was a cool book.
-S.B. (14)

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott

Abisina is outcast in the village of Vranille, because her dark hair and skin are unlike the ideal coloring of fair hair and skin and blue eyes that the villages so idolize. The only reason that Abisina was allowed to live was because her mother is the village healer. One day, a powerful new leader named Charach comes into the village and tells the people they must eliminate the outcasts. Abisina barely escapes with her life and sets out to find the father-and the home-she has never known, in a mysterious town called Watersmeet. This book is a powerful fantasy that teaches lessons, about independence, acceptance and trust. It is truly a great read.
-E.M. (14)