“Beauty Queens” by Libba Bray

“Beauty Queens” was funny and full of adventure and mystery as well as a touch of romance. What could be a better story than a bunch of beauty queens stuck on what seems to be a deserted island? All the characters have faults and so they all have realistic personalities. I loved “Beauty Queens” and would recommend Libba Bray’s other books as well.

“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman

“Seraphina” is a beautifully written novel based on dragons’ interactions with humans. Seraphina, the protagonist, has recently discovered she is half-dragon and half-human. To discover the secrets of her past, she must give in to painful memories that her mother left behind. Filled with twists, turns, and surprises, “Seraphina” is a must read.

“Beyond Lucky” by Sarah Aronson

Ari Fish is in a competition for the starting goalkeeper on his soccer team. He goes to the card store to figure some things out and finds one of the rarest soccer cards out there. 5 stars!

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“Football Genius” by Tim Green

“Football Genius” is an outstanding book! It had a lot of excitement and suspense in it. If you’re an underdog, this is a great book. I promise you will enjoy it. I recommend “Football Genius” to people who like sports and people who love cheering stories.

(PS ~ Looking for more Tim Green sports books? Check out his website.)

Hey, look what we read!

During the Summer of 2012, 143 teens in grades 6 through 12 participated in the Kinnelon Public Library Summer Reading Program. Many of these teens submitted book reviews on the novels they loved, hated, or found completely, terribly boring. We’re sharing the reviews here to showcase our great critical readers AND to give all you good folks out there ideas about what to read, what not to read, and what to avoid at all costs. Read on to see what real teens think about teen books!

And for LOTS of great reviews of middle and high school books, check out the Kinnelon Library Teen Blog. Happy reading!