Close to Famous

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Joan Bauer

5 out of 5

When Foster McFee moves to Culpepper, West Virginia, she doesn’t know what she’s signing up for. Foster loves to cook, and hopes to one day have a cooking show. But Foster has one huge problem–she can’t read. She barely passed sixth grade, and doesn’t know how she’s going to deal with seventh. Foster refuses to let her weaknesses outweigh her strengths, though, and she gets help from Miss Charleena, a retired Hollywood actress who has returned to her hometown in West Virginia. And Foster McFee isn’t the only person in the tiny town of Culpepper who’s dreaming big. Rayka, her mother, longs to come out of the shadows of being a backup singer and finally become a headliner. Foster’s best friend, Macon wants to be a documentary filmmaker. Amy looks up to Rayka, and has a goal of being a singer as well. Garland hopes to be a track star. But nobody in Culpepper actually has a chance of making their dream a reality–or do they? I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Foster, Miss Charleena, Garland, and Amy. I would recommend this book to people from ages 8-13.

Reader: harrypotter529

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Shadow of the Hegemon

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Orson Scott Card

3 out of 5

The Battle School children have returned to their different homes all around the world. But one by one, friends of Ender Wiggin start to go missing. All of the children from Ender’s army, Dragon Army have vanished from their homes. All of the children who helped him win the Formic War. Except for one. Bean, or Julian Delphiki, is in hiding, for instead of being kidnapped, there are attempts on his life. And Bean knows just who is behind it all: Achilles de Flandres, a boy who Bean knows from the streets of Rotterdam. Bean must get help to rescue his friends, but from who? Bean turns to Ender’s older brother, Peter Wiggin, aka Locke, for help. I liked the beginning of this book, but it got worse as it went on. I also loved that instead of being told from Ender’s perspective, the story is told from three different perspectives: Petra’s, Peter’s, and Bean’s. I did not like this book as much as Ender’s Game or Ender’s Shadow.

Reader: harrypotter529

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The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

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Paige McKenzie

4 out of 5

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl is the second book in the Sunshine Girl series. Picking up where the story left off in The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Sunshine is putting her life back together. It isn’t long before her newly found biological father Aidan (who incidentally is also her paranormal mentor) whisks her away to an isolated luiseach training grounds in Mexico. There she hones in her powers and finds out the truth about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her birth. Unsurprising of a YA novel, this book also has a romantic aspect. All in all, I’m pretty invested now and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series (The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl) next year.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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Paige McKenzie

5 out of 5

Shortly after Sunshine and her mother move from sunny Austin, Texas to rainy Ridgemont, Washington, they begin to notice strange noises in their house. Sunshine adamantly claims a ghost is haunting their house while her mother remains ever the skeptic. While trying to convince her mother paranormal activity is occurring in their house, Sunshine uncovers a whole world she had been previously blissfully unaware of. This is one of the few books I have read that focused exclusively on ghosts and the noises described in the beginning was pretty spooky (especially because I was reading it at night). The writing is oftentimes very cliche but luckily it doesn’t take away from the story.

Reader: cindyzhang99

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The Museum of Heartbreak

21525988The Museum of Heartbreak

Meg Leder

5 out of 5

The Museum of Heartbreak is adorable and heart-wrenching, all that you can wish for in a romantic YA novel. On the very first page, Penelope Marx falls in love with the boy of her dreams. Hardly experienced with dating, she is flattered by the attention Keats gives her. Soon they are dating despite the warnings of her friend Audrey about Keats’ romantic history. The relationship quickly grows even more complicated when Penelope realizes she might have feelings for her best friend Ephraim. The remainder of the novel reveals who is the true breaker of Penelope’s heart. The organization is probably my favorite aspect of the book with each chapter being introduced by an object that plays a major role in the story (and incidentally is later added to the main character’s Museum of Heartbreak). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic novel!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Honor Girl

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Maggie Thrash

5 out of 5

Honor Girl is an autobiographical comic book focusing on the events that take place one summer at Camp Bellflower, a traditional sleepaway camp for girls. Fifteen year old Maggie has been attending the camp for as long as she can remember and enjoys her routine and pleasant summers. Whether she is at the shooting range or performing as Kevin Richardson at a Boy Band Blowout extravaganza, this summer seems like any other. However, her world is turned upside down when she falls for a female camp counselor named Erin during a lice inspection (long story). Receiving mixed signals from Erin and dealing with feeling different when everyone else is talking about boys (not to mention the camp’s disapproval of same sex relationships), Maggie’s summer suddenly becomes a lot more exciting. Though the art is simplistic, it speaks volumes and adds depth to the narrative. Funny and original, this is a phenomenal book about self-discovery. Read Honor Girl to find out what happens to Maggie and Erin!

Reader: cindyzhang99

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Carry On

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Rainbow Rowell

5 out of 5

Simon Snow is the main character of a fictional series in Rainbow Rowell’s 2013 book Fangirl and Cathy in Fangirl writes a lot of fanfiction about him (which those who have read the book will know). Anyway, this new book is completely dedicated to Simon Snow, developing all of the “hints” we received in Fangirl and giving Simon and Baz the story they deserve. I LOVED CARRY ON! It was one of the best books I’ve read in a while and I had a lot of trouble putting it down. It is a very Harry Potter-esque story but packs in several plot twists, making it far from cliche. Filled with wizards, romance, fighting bad guys, I highly recommend this book to lovers of Rainbow Rowell’s work and/or fantasy fans (especially fans of Harry Potter).

Reader: cindyzhang99

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