A Librarian Reads…

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

This is the story of the four Torres sisters: Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa. Ana died a year ago, but she’s not gone. Starting on the anniversary of her death, she begins to appear to her sisters. Writing on a wall. A hand behind a shower curtain. The smell of oranges. But what does she want? As the sisters deal with their grief, their rage, and their shell of a father, they learn to rely on each other in a way they haven’t done since losing Ana.

Beautiful, lyrical language and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Told from the point of view of each remaining sister was well as the collective “boys across the street,” we learn about the Torres sisters’ lives past and present. Highly recommended to all readers in high school and up

Teen Book Review

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

It is about four kids who are Beck (Rebecca), Bick (Bickford), Storm (Stephine), and Tommy (Thomas) Kidd. They are the kids of famous Treasure Hunters. they’re mom disappears and the dad gets blown of the boat in a storm. the kids are now orphans and the try to pick up the family job, Treasure Hunting. they also live on a boat, travel around the world, eat exciting food, and do things that other kids don’t normally do. on they’re adventure they learn new things like they’re parents are in the CIA. the book is also “Written” by the twins Bick and Beck. It was funny, exciting, and adventurous and was fun to read.

Recommended for: People who like pirates and like to travel.

Review submitted by Carly P.


This book is also available on Overdrive

Books for Tweens

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All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah Carlson

Danny has lived in Belfast, his home right up against the Peace Wall that divides his Protestant neighborhood from the Catholic one. Fiona has only recently discovered that the father her mother left in Belfast when she was very young has always wanted to contact her. She returns to Northern Ireland to reconnect with him and her two half-brothers. When the two meet, the attraction is instant and intense. But they both have secrets. Danny’s father is a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force, dedicated to fighting against the Catholics, as well as a drunk abuser. And Fiona’s father used to be a member of the IRA. In fact, it may have been one of his bombs that killed Danny’s mother. As each of them struggles to come to terms with their families and histories, they fall deeper and deeper for each other. But will their truths tear them apart?

Set in 2012, just fourteen years after “The Troubles” ended, this novel looks at the continuing violence in Northern Ireland. Fiona and Danny are both interesting and likeable characters with a genuine and believable affection for each other. I recommend this book to readers in high school and up who like history, especially Irish history, as well as anyone who enjoys a really good romance.

Teen Book Review

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, tells the story of 4 kids that are suspects of a murder. Simon, founder of an app called About That, is hated by most of the school. After a few tumbler posts were open to the public and police, it became clear that Simon’s death was NOT an accident. This book keeps you on your toes. The final reveal of the killer is so shocking, and wonderfully written!

Recommended for: All Mystery Lovers!

Review submitted by Nishitha M.

This book is also available on Overdrive and eReadIllinois

Books for Teens

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Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia & Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Have you ever wondered how Fox Mulder became a believer? Or how Dana Scully became a skeptic? Look no further! In Agent of Chaos, a teenage Fox Mulder uncovers a connection between kidnappings happening in his new town of Washington, D.C. and his little sister’s disappearance years ago. As he investigates, he discovers a world he never knew existed. In Devil’s Advocate, a teenage Dana Scully is having dreams and visions that seem to be related to a string of murders happening in her new town. Not yet the skeptic she will later become, she seeks guidance from a group of local mystics.

If you’re a fan of The X-Files, you may enjoy looking at these portrayals of younger versions of your favorite FBI agents. In both stories, there is more going on behind the scenes than the main characters know. And even if you’re not familiar with the show, these books are a good mystery. Recommended readers in high school and up who are fans of The X-Files and like mysteries with a side of magic.

Teen Book Review

The Case of the Left Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

It was about the sister of Sherlock Holmes who was hiding from her brothers. She escaped to London and is solving mysteries of her own. As she tries to hide from her brothers, she tries to solve a missing persons report of a left-handed lady, who she feels is connected to her. Enola Holmes is an awesome heroine, who solves mysteries and tries to follow in the footsteps of her big brother, the great detective.

Recommended for: Mystery lovers and Sherlock Holmes lovers.

Review submitted by Anne A.

Books for Tweens

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Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

Bisou has lived with her grandmother since her mother was killed when she was four years old. Now she lives a fairly ordinary life, except for the fact that at the age of sixteen she still hasn’t gotten her period. When it finally comes, at an extremely awkward time, she runs out into the woods to escape her embarrassment. But she’s not alone. A wolf is there too, hunting her. And though she doesn’t know how, she knows exactly what to do to kill it and save her own life. But the next day she doesn’t hear reports of a dead wolf in the woods, but a dead boy. How can boys turn into wolves? How does Bisou become a hunter? The answers to these questions lead Bisou and her new friends to a whole new understanding of the world.

Told in second person, this book does not shy away from the realities of being a girl. Empowering and educational, this book is highly recommended to all readers in high school and up.