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verity_book_cover  This exciting historical fiction novel follows two women (best friends), one of whom is a pilot and the other a spy during World War II. When “Verity,” the spy, is captured in France and tortured by the Gestapo, she writes an account of how she got to be there, how she and her best friend Maddie, the pilot, came to be “a British invasion of two,” and how everything went terribly wrong. Without giving too much away, I will say that this book has some major plot twists – right as you are starting to get comfortable with how the story is playing out, you get pulled violently in a different direction! This is not a quick read, but it is so worth it! I loved the story as well as all the historical details about women pilots and spies in World War II. Though this books does not wallow in graphic descriptions, there are details of torture and war – it is probably best for mature readers.

 

 

 

Reviewed by Ms. Granbery

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everlostTeenagers Allie and Nick are traveling in cars that collide head-on and are killed instantly. As they travel down the tunnel towards that proverbial light, they bump into each other, knocking one another into a kind of young adult purgatory  known  as “Everlost”. There are no adults in Everlost because, as one character explains, “even when adults are lost, they seem to believe they know where they are going.” Ha! Maybe they should say that no men are in Everlost? 🙂 Sorry, I digress…Right, there are no adults in Everlost. There are a whole set of rules and dangers in Everlost that they must learn if they are to survive. They must keep moving or they sink into the core of the Earth. No one can interact with the living unless they possess a special power called “skin jacking”. Certain beloved objects can be knocked into Everlost intact–like the World Trade Center–and the children can use them. A monster stalks Everlost known simply as “the McGill”. Nick and Allie traverse this parallel world in search of a way out, but where to? Can they get back to life? To death? This is a really great, fast paced adventure that begins a trilogy that both middle and upper schoolers will enjoy.

(The Skinjacker Trilogy: Everlost, Everwild, Everfound)

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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Snow, wind, relentless cold and the need to survive in a government controlled society are but a few of the obstacles Willo must overcome to find  out where he belongs. When his family disappears from the mountain where they have sought refuge from government controlled settlements, Willo sets out to find them and return to the clean air, fresh meat, and relative comfort of living in the forest. Along the way he discovers that his father was not who he said he was and that people in the settlement are seeking to find Willo and bring him to safety. Government soldiers are doing everything in their power to make sure that doesn’t happen. After the Snow is full of nail-biting adventure and the consequences of too much government involvement in the lives of people faced with a crisis.

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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When young Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida, his whole life changes. Even though he had moved several times and was used to being the new kid, this time is different. While Dana, the uncontrollable bully, is out to destroy Roy, he comes across a bigger problem: there is a family of owls living in the very spot that the new Mother Paula’s Pancake House is going to be built. If Roy doesn’t act quick, the owls will be history. With the help of a a brave soccer player, Beatrice, and her runaway stepbrother, Mullet Fingers, he tries to help the birds in any way possible. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who likes to read about friendship, curiosity, and pancakes!

Reviewed by Rachel R ’16

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If you like Rick Riordan, you will love this book! Cyrus and Antigone (Tigs), two siblings living with their older brother Dan in an old hotel, The Archer, take in an unusual guest. This guest changes everything. In less then 24 hours after this strange man arrives, Dan is missing, the Archer is burned to the ground, and Cyrus and Tigs find themselves in Ashtown, one of the headquarters of a secret explorer society. To top it all off, they both have to protect the most valuable weapon on earth, a set of keys that open any doors, and learn to fly a plane and learn Latin in a year. They meet many interesting characters, but they might not ever see their brother again. They form a group called the “Pentagoners” that may sometimes break the rules, but is always there for the good. This is an amazing book filled with historical character illusions, action, and much more!

 

Reviewed by Tigris ’16

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Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita!

It’s prom night, but Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a much anticipated gig with his band in the city . . . New York City. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, very geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete jungle with a trained assassin in his father’s beloved Jag.
Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano finally erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee on a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait–to heal or to die. Instead, he finds a friend in Darla and her mother. With Darla he fights to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

If you liked the dystopia of Hunger Games you will love Ashfall! This also sounds a lot like Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, another great read!

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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