Percy Jackson has gotten kicked out of many schools. All these weird things keep happening to him. It isn’t his fault. But then it gets a little overwhelming. A Minotaur is chasing him! Eventually, he is guided to a camp called Camp Halfblood where he finds out that his dad is a Greek God. At this camp, there are other children of Greek Gods. However, things go wrong when the King of the Gods, Zeus, accuses Percy of stealing his weapon. That sends Percy on a quest to find it. Will he come up short or will he be the hero? Read the Lightning Thief.
-Ben (Teen Reviewer)
Another state another school. Roy Eberhhardt just moved from Montana to Florida. He thinks school will be normal but when looking out the school bus window he notices something strange. A boy running bare foot. Later he decides to follow that boy. And little did he know he would be in over his head. He finds out the boy wants to vandalize a construction company to save the owls. Can only a couple kids stop a powerful company and save the owls? Read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.
-Ben (Teen Reviewer)
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is an amazing book that just makes you think. The premises of this story is that all of your imaginary friends are actually real, but they can only interact with you and other imaginary friends. However, once you stop believing in your imaginary friend they disappear. Max is a boy who is around the age of 8. He has an imaginary friend named Budo. When Max gets in trouble Budo must choose between helping Max and possibly disappearing or remaining by letting Max stay in trouble. This book is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who really likes to think about what they read. This book made me smile and cry. It has action and suspense. The characters are extremely likeable and you really feel for them.
-Lizzie (Teen Reviewer)
A small town that’s perfect. Too perfect. Something is definitely up in
Serenity, New Mexico. Why hasn’t Eli Frieden ever left his town?
Life is good in Serenity, but when a band of friends come together to expose
a dark secret it will change their lives forever. Will these friends stick together
for good or turn on each other? Read Masterminds by Gordon Korman.
– Ben (Teen Reviewer)
Freddy continuously finds herself being broken up with by her dream girl, Laura Dean. They break up, they get back together, they break up again, and so the cycle goes. Until one day Freddy receives advice telling her to break up with Laura Dean first. She begins to question who is really at fault in their relationship. Throughout this story of young love, readers follow Freddy through failing friendships, new relationships, self discovery, and most importantly, a realization and embrace of what is best for her. For fans of realistic fiction and graphic novels with beautiful art, this book is highly recommended!
Through a weekly class pen-pal assignment, a wonderful romance flourishes between Jo and Kurl. These characters and their relationship develop through interactions with grief, bullying, homophobia, and abuse. The boys must overcome their family secrets and personal conflicts in order to support one another and hold onto the love they have. For fans of contemporary romance, this book is a must read!
After his fathers death, Jordan and his mother attempt to get their old food truck running again. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Max, who is practically a stranger, attempts to save the day. Readers follow Max and Jordan as they quickly become food truck connoisseurs and maybe more than strangers. Throughout the book, both main characters attempt to overcome serious issues, including mental illness and sexual assault. If you enjoy realistic fiction (or prickly pear), give this book a try!