Cover Up by John Feinstein

Cover Up

Life is good for Susan Carol Anderson and Steve Thomas.  They are famous all over for solving sports mysteries. But then the Super Bowl comes up and the both get their hands caught in one of the biggest sports scandals ever. Can two 14 year olds really figure this one out or will they run into a brick wall?  Read Cover Up to find out.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

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Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Ungifted

Donovan Curtis is a boy who gets into a lot of trouble.  But one day he accidentally  goes over the top.  He winds up in the principal’s office again. But things get mixed up and he’s gets away scot-free.  Then a letter comes in the mail.  It’s something for gifted school.  He goes, but he knows he doesn’t belong. But he does help the gifted kids in different ways.  Will he stay hidden or will it turn into a mess?   If you want a funny read- this is the the book.

– Ben (Teen Reviewer)

Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Evil Spy School

Ben Ripley is training to be a spy under the CIA at a special school.  One thing leads to another and he is wrongly kicked out. But later he ends up at an Evil Spy School that trains to thwart the CIA. The Evil Spy School is nice and he actually gets treated well.  However, something feels wrong. Will Ben listen to his heart and save the CIA or will he ignore it and destroy the CIA?  Read Evil Spy School.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

 

I am Number Four

Nine aliens from the Planet Lorien arrive as babies. They all have super powers. You would think life should be easy for them, but they have to split up and constantly move from place to place. They try not to be caught by the other alien race, the Mogadorians, in their quest for world domination. Will the kids protect Earth from the Mogadorians or fail and watch Earth be destroyed?  Answer unveils when you read I am Number 4.

-Ben (Teen Reviewer)

Masterminds by Gordan Korman

Masterminds by Gordan Korman

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)

Sadie by Courtney Summers

sadie19 year old Sadie is in search of the man she believes killed her younger sister, Mattie. West McCray, a radio show personality, begins to investigate Sadie’s disappearance while simultaneously podcasting his findings. Told from Sadie’s point of view and through McCray’s “Serial”-like podcast, this is a creative and suspenseful tale of shear determination and familial love in hopes of uncovering the truth.

-KC

Back Before Dark – A Teen Reader Review

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Title: Back Before Dark

Author: Tim Shoemaker

Summary: Gordy, Cooper, Hiro and Lunk rode their bikes to Walmart and promised to be back before dark.  They take a break at Kimball Hill Park, and notice that riding bikes to Walmart was not a very good idea and very tiring.  A mini van passes by with a book bag on the roof.  Being boys, Cooper and Gordy make a bet.  If Gordy caught up to the van before it reached the docks, Cooper would have to buy him Chicago style hot dogs at Frank’n Steins. Gordy got on his bike and flew across the sidewalk.  The van stopped at the stop sign and Hiro noticed something strange. The book bag didn’t  move.  Was it taped on?  Was it velcroed on?  Was this a trap?  Instantly terror filled Hiro, he yelled out Gordy’s name telling him to stop.  Cooper and Lunk noticed it too.  They tried warning their friend, but all he did was look back and grin.  When he reached the van he went to get the book bag and it wouldn’t get down. He tried again. A man came out of the van and zapped Gordy with a taser.  He threw Gordy in the van and sped down the road.

Cooper, Hiro and Lunk become desperate. Days pass and Gordy is nowhere to be found. Cooper thinks the worse for his cousin and comes up with an outrageous and reckless plan.  Now the one who was set out to rescue his friend needs to be rescued himself. Sometimes rescuing a friend from darkness means going in after them.

Who will like this book?:  Teens who enjoy crime series or mystery, and also thrill seekers

Where can I find a copy?: Paper copy available at Pequot Library.  Digital copy downloadable from Hoopla through Fairfield Public Library.

Recommended by: Sophia, Middle School Teen Reader