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A Librarian Reads…

The Montague Twins: The Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page and Drew Shannon

Pete and Al Montague are orphans being raised by friends of their parents. They’ve gotten a reputation as being pretty good detectives. Some would even say it’s magical. When they, along with their adopted sister Charlie, see strange lights in the sky, they naturally run right in. That starts a chain reaction leading to the disappearance of three local girls, a seventeenth-century witch, and the revelation that magic is very real.

This graphic novel, set in the summer of 1969, combines not only mystery and magic, but also history and social issues into an exciting, page-turning story. Highly recommended for all readers in grades 8 and up.

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Books for Teens

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Teen Book Review

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

It was about a girl who did not remember who she was and arrives at a school where they train people to become knights or princesses. She learns how to become a princess and figures out who her family was and learns and fights against witches. It was good because it was an interesting take on a fantasy subject took princesses and knights and trained them in a school to fight against enemies.

Recommended for: people who are into fantasy and like medieval settings.

Review submitted by Akshat G.


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A Librarian Reads…

Warcross by Marie Lu

Ever since her father died, Emika has drifted through the world—from foster home to juvenile detention to teenage bounty hunter. Barely able to make ends meet, she’s at the end of her rope. Her only escape, like most of the world, is through Warcross, a virtual reality interactive game that has become so much more. While watching the opening games of the annual Championships, she sees an opportunity to steal a valued power-up and uses her impressive hacker skills to grab it. But something goes wrong, and she ends up glitching into the game itself in full view of the whole world. Rather than being arrested, she finds she has gained the interest of Hideo Tanaka, Warcross’s young billionaire creator. He makes her an offer that sends her on a path she always dreamed of, but never imagined possible.

This book is full of action and adventure, and you don’t have to be a gamer to get pulled into the story. Real life and virtual reality blend together as Emika works hard to not only achieve her goals, but also stay true to herself as she’s pulled into a world where making the right decision is rarely easy. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy stories about gaming, mysteries, and fierce female characters.

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What’s New for Tweens?

The Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest
Told from three viewpoints, a brisk historical tale follows the experiences of two sisters who discover an abandoned baby on the library steps, while their estranged friend, racing to complete an important errand for his World War II soldier brother, jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee
Twelve-year-old Sora and her eight-year-old brother, Youngsoo, must try to escape North Korea’s oppressive Communist regime on their own in 1950. Includes historical notes, photographs of the author’s mother, glossary of Korean words, and timeline.

Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book One)
For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Much like Vibranium, the Heart-Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are dying. No matter what the people of Wakanda do, they can’t save them. And their supply is running short. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it, in the first volume of this all-new, original adventure.

Once Upon an Eid
Day of Joy is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas and simmering pistachio kheer, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy.

Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
Molly Frost is FED UP because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top. Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn’t, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her a F. Because it’s impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips. Because girls’ bodies are not a distraction. Because middle school is hard enough. And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and before long, her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what’s right, and they’re not backing down.

Teen Book Review

The Keeper by David Baldacci

It was about a girl named Vega Jane who lived in a town named Wormwood and her family’s friend disappeared into the Quag. (Which they aren’t allowed to do) Her whole life changed from there and she ended up going in the Quag. I found it interesting and mysterious and I made book friends. It was a very adventurous book!

Recommended for: Everybody should read it I’m not sure who wouldn’t like it.

Review submitted by Carly P.

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