Teen Reviews

Can’t figure out what to read next? See what other teens are reading this summer.

White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

“I enjoyed this book a lot. It is short, but I like the storyline. I would definitely recommend this book”

– Eliana

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

“this is an overall pretty good book but at times can come very sad and depressing which is not really what you want on your summer vacation. which for that reason i dont highly recommend this book. It still is pretty good”

– Alondra

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“It’s based around the 1930’s so you kinda have to actually think about what the book is saying about our world back then and as you read the book you will notice so things still haven’t changed since then.”

– Anyja

Divergent by Veronica Roth

“Divergent is a thrilling dystopian novel from the perspective of 16 year old Tris Prior. This book pulls you in to the exciting introduction of the depth of the factions, the anxiety all 16 year olds have before choosing day and the hardships of initiation into their new factions. Veronica Roth is an intelligent writer who creates a whole other world for all her readers.”

– Jubilee

“Divergent is about a girl named Tris who tries break the mold of her faction and become dauntless. Tris battles against the oppression of the leaders of her government and fights for the good of the people. This book is an interesting teen fiction book.”

– Coletta

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

“I can not stop reading this graphic novel it’s called Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. It’s about an Indian American girl named Priyanka who discovers an pashmina in her mom’s old suitcase ans when Priyanka puts on the pashmina it transports her to India. There she meets an elephant named Kanta and an peacock named Mayur. After begging, Priyanka’s mom lets her go to India to visit her Meena Mausi. (her aunt.) There in India Priyanka learns about the pashmina. The pashmina allows women too see their choises. I highly recommend this graphic novel and if you ever read it I hope you enjoy it!”

– Lydia

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau; adapted by Dallas Middaugh; art by Niklas Asker

“I think it was a really good book it has a great story line and the pictures are well done and have a lot of detail! I’m going to try to explain my favorite parts without giving too many spoilers in case you haven’t read the book. I liked the part where Lina didn’t want to accept a very rare item from Lizzie. I also liked the part where they found a bit of a seacret in the pipeworks. Lina and soon who soon become friends end up finding many secretes about their home city, the people living in it, themselves and each other. I really enjoyed reading this and I definitely recommend it I also recommend the original ‘The City Of Ember’ and I can’t wait to read the other chapters! By:Jeanne Duprau Adapted by: Dallas Middaugh Art by: Niklas Asker”

– Quinn

Who Was Alexander Hamilton? by Pam Pollack

“Who Was Alexander Hamilton is a nonfiction book about Alexander Hamilton. You learn that he was an orphan from the West Indies, the first secretary of the treasury, and a founding father of the United States. Alexander was born in 1755 in Nevis, West Indies. In 1786 his mother died, later in 1773 he sailed to America. In 1777 he joined George Washington’s staff. In 1789 Alexander Hamilton gets married to Elizabeth Schuyler. In 1801 one of his kids—Philip, died in a duel. In 1804 Alexander died in a duel with Aaron Burr because Aaron shot Alexander in the hip.”

– Violet


Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker was a exiting novel to read and hooked me in until the very end and made me immediately want to read more of the books. Anthony Horowitz is a great author with a great writing ability and a way with words. Each book makes me connect more with the main character Alex Rider and hear the fascinating story that Anthony tells. Love his books and recommend them to people that are interested in action packed spy books.

– Nigel


Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

This book was truly amazing I couldn’t put it down. Kids trapped in a grocery store and the world ending outside all they want to go home but first they must learn to survive first. After finishing this book I googled the book to see how many books were in the series and I can’t wait till I get my hands on the rest of the series .

– Marielena


The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

The first in the serise was amazing with a great storyline and great mystery. Absolutly recommended.

– Alondra

The Bully by Paul Langan

The Bully was a good book. Great actually, if you’re dealing with a bully and have problems with your self confidence, then I think you should read this book.”

– Anyja

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

I loved The Summer of Jordi Perez. It was just so honest and realistic, and it was full of the things that were missing from most stories. For example, how many stories do you have with a protagonist who is fat, yet she is happy with the way she looks? It is inspiring to see such a positive outlook on the issue. I also found it fantastic that Abby and Jordi’s relationship was rather simple. I have been looking far and wide for a not-to-dramatic lesbian book/movie that did not involve cheating on your special one. Congratulations, I found one! I loved the two’s relationship: It was so cute! Abby makes Jordi a bag, they go on awesome dates, they get into a fight over something rather insignificant, it seemed pretty normal and mostly drama-free. I also love that Abby thought and talked like a teenager. The Character Development was amazing. You can really see how Abby changes throughout the story. I was honestly kind of disappointed that we didn’t know too much about Jordi herself- really, we just know that she was gay and loved photography and Art. Otherwise, the book was fantastic. Anyone should read it if they are in need of an encouraging story and a good simple lesbian romance that ends well.”


Winter Turning by Tui T. Sutherland

“Winter Turning is a great book in the series, Wings of Fire. Winter Turning is about Winter, the IceWing Dragon. He lives in Pyrrhia, the land of dragons. Winter is looking for his long-lost brother, Hailstorm with his new friends aquiered in book 6: MoonWatcher (A.K.A. Moon), Qibli, and Kinkajou. They are also trying to find the ‘long lost city of night’ from Moon’s prophecy. While searching, they encounter HUGE plot twists. The whole 2nd half of the book is unexpected. Winter Turning is AWESOME.”

– Hannah-Grace

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

“This book had great characters, a great story line, and great way of going between characters”

– Christopher

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

“This first book in the Harry Potter series was fun for younger children. I thought it was an admirable beginning to this famous series, but not very realistic or well thought-out. There was no beginning to how magic is possible or how it was created. But I think there should have been a bigger start. Despite this, it was pleasing enough.”

– Eve

This book was amazing. It kept you reading for a while! It has a great twist at the end and I really recommend it

– Clara

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

“I thought this book was very educational on where our country could end up going eventually. The dystopian read was great for late teen kids and adults, but definitely not suitable for anyone under 15.”

– Rachel

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

“It’s a good book, focuses on inner beauty and friendships in the life of a 16 yr old girl.”

– Jaylise

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

“I enjoyed this book. It is about a Boy named Ben who is attending Spy School. He finds friends and enemies and adventure!”

– Liam

Refugee by Alan Gratz

“This book is about three kids that had experiences that were really bad including being jews, syrian, and getting bombs dropped on them. There names were Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud. Josef is living in the 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.”

– Pedro

“Refugee was a really good book because the kids are my age 12/13 and it gave me a perspective on how refugees survive. I think everyone not just 12/13 year olds should read this book.”

– Isaac

Code of Honor by Erin Hunter

“I loved Code of Honor. I could relate to all of the characters; Thorn’s hopelessness at being unable to expose his secret that could destroy the Bravelands, Sky’s determination and heartbreak as she journeys to find the Great Spirit, Ruthless’s anger and frustration and desire for revenge against the lion that killed his father. Erin Hunter crafted some brilliant characters that are very relatable in their struggles, each one’s different, but connected in a horrifying way. I loved all the action that was used to keep the plot interesting- Stinger’s malicious orders to gain complete control and dominance over Brightforest Troop, Sky’s journey, meeting new and losing old friends, and Titan’s cruelty and Code-breaking ways. The book captures you in the moment with vivid but not too many details, letting you feel each character’s horror and joy in every single situation. It drew me in until the very end, leaving me waiting on the tips of my toes for the next installment in the Bravelands series.”

– Alex

Moo by Sharon Creech

“In the book Moo, Reena wanted to stay in her old city, but her parents lost their jobs. So Reena and her family moved to Maine. Then Reena and her family met their neighbor Mrs.Falala. Finally Reena competed in a horse show.”

– Londyn

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

“Extremely suspenseful! Never taking the most expected paths.Robert Jordan wrote this book so realistically you can see and almost feel what he wrote and the way he wrote it. Once you start this book you do not want to put it down! This book is definitely an excellent book for those who enjoy suspense, fantasy, and plot twists!!! I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen to the characters in the next book!!”

– Catherine

The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

“This book shows many different Leog themes and sets that have been available since they started making lego bricks. I enjoy learning odd facts, such as all the minifigures had yellow faces until they began to produce licensed products such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, then they had to make faces with skin tones.”

– Jayce

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

“Full of adventure, daring, and honor. Lots of drama, not many practical tips, unless you are a viking dragon trainer. Then you should read it.”

– Tessa


Drama by Raina Telgemeier

I really enjoyed this book because it’s funny. I give it 5 stars.

– Kyla


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

“This book teaches a lesson about being grateful and being nice”

– Marcus


Lost in Time: The Fourth Journey Through Time by Geronimo Stilton

This book is a great adventure book as it frames famous historical figures in an easy way for the understanding of children. The book also focuses on the importance of history to the modern world.

The Adventure starts when Geronimo gets a voicemail from professor Von volt that his friend who was a professor in the ancient Egypt museum is being accused for bringing in a fake artifact which was the mirror of Cleopatra because it does not have a message fom Caesar. Geronimo then realizes that the proffesor has gone back in time to investigate the mirror. Geronimo and his friends go back in time to the periods of cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Beatrice and Queen elizabeth I and find out that the mirror is not a Fake.





The Boxcar Children: Mystery Ranch by Gertrude Chandler Warner

I have never read any of the other Boxcar Children books, but I loved this one. I love mystery books so I enjoyed this very much.

– Charlotte

Disney Lands by Ridley Pearson

“It was okay but i give it a 2 or 3 out of 5. It is a bit confusing for everyone who hasn’t read the other 7! SPIOLER ALERT!!!!!!! The other seven books are about these 4 teenagers who become disney’s main atraction and are getting to old for it. Then, there’s this pen thats magical and doesn’t make a lot of sense so, just kind of ignore those parts.”

– Aidan

The Taken by Inbali Iserles

“I think that the book Fox craft is a amazing book. And recommend it to people who like adventure and action. I think that your a fantasy lover and you like sad happy scary books than I would recommend this book for you. There are three books in the series and i would give it five stars!!”

– Ashley

Mouse Guard by David Petersen

“This book is about two armies of mice, and they go to war because the Black Axe (which is one of the armies) want to take over and rule all of the mice cities. And the other army (the Mouse Guard) are protecting all of the cities. This is a very good book. It’s a graphic novel. The artwork was extremely good, and the story and the artwork were done by the same person, so I think it’s pretty impressive.”

– Zane

Fame by Karen Kingsbury

“A christian drama story starring a famous Hollywood actor, Dayne Matthews with a past that has been kept a secret his whole life. Katy Hart is a theatrical director for Christian Kids Theater, where community kids in bloomington, Indiana grow relationships through theater. These two are brought together through a movie production, when Katy is brought in by Dayne to star as a co-lead. The decisions that Katy and Dayne make in this story change their lives forever, and the one’s around them. I love this series so much! I have read this series for the past two years every summer. The language and plot line are clean which I appreciate so that I can recommend it to other people!”

– Syrena

Revived by Cat Patrick

“Revived was an an amazing book about a girl named Daisy who has died 5 times. Every time, she gets brought back with a drug called Revive. Although seemingly perfect, since she can’t actually die, Daisy soon discovers that the program isn’t as honorable as it seems.”

– Madeline

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

“Diary is a funny story with many interesting twists and. jeff kinney is a very good author.:)”

– Akoi

“diary of a wimpy kid is the most book i every seen in my life so diary of a wimpy kid is my favorite.”

– Kelly

“It is about a a boy in high school and he was not ejoying high school.And thathe liked a girl that didntlike him intell she got to know him.”

– Jacarious

“Diary of a wimpy kid was about Greg Heffley. This book was about the daily life of Greg and the struggles of being a teenager. “

– Jean

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques

“This book is a masterpiece which intertwines history with the authors imagination. If you like action then you should check this book out.”

– Isaac

Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man by Donald J. Sobol

“This book has a bunch of stories in one, all of them are mysteries. My favorite one was The Explorer’s Money because its about a robbery. The case is solved by Encylopedia Brown. I give this book from 1-10 a rating of 7.”

– Miles

Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles

“Breathing room is one of the best and emotional and best written books I have ever read. One of my favorite characters in Breathing Room is Beverly because she is quiet and is always sweet. I have been recommending Breathing Room ever since I finished it.”

– Charlotte

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

“I am a Harry Potter nerd, so it was fun to learn what Harry and his friends learned about.”

– Violet

11/22/63 by Stephen King

In this book a man,Jake Epping, goes back in time under the secret alias George Amberson to stop the Kennedy assignation( he also changes many other historical events). My only complaint was that the book progresses in a very slow manner and by the time I was half way through the it, Kennedy wasn’t even in Dallas yet. Written By Stephen King the book is well written with good articulation. Highly recommended.

– Anna

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

This book is a wonderful coming of age story that any classics lover should read. I enjoyed the fact that the book truly explored the ups and downs and struggles of becoming an adult, especially as I am going through this transition myself. I would recommend this book to any romance and action lover–there are some heartbreaks and some adventures in this book!”