The thousandth floor

The Thousandth Floor — YA Book Club

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recap by McKenna Blackshire, age 14 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee Summary: A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough. WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone […]

YA Book Club — Caraval

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review by McKenna Blackshire, age 14 Caraval by Stephanie Garber Summary: Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where […]

Rebel of the Sands

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Rebel of The Sands  By Alwyn Hamilton  Summary: “Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert […]

Holding up the Universe — YA Book Club

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recap by Madison Comick, age 15 Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven A couple of Novembers ago, YA Book Club read All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. We thought it was literally the most amazing story we’d ever heard of. I think we’re all still fawning over that […]

Falling Kingdoms — YA Book Club

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recap by Madison Comick, age 15 Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Even if you’re a fan of magic and kingdoms, you may not like this story; participants at the YA Book Club this April meeting didn’t, even though 3 out of 4 of us enjoy fantasy novels. The fantasy novel […]

Scythe

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Book Club recap by McKenna Blackshire, grade 8 Summary: “In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who […]

Crooked Kingdom

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Book Club recap by Kara Eng, Grade 12 Crooked Kingdom For February, YA Book Club read Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to Six of Crows, which we read in November 2015. Previously, Six of Crows was our highest rated book, but Crooked Kingdom has now taken that spot. Many thought that Crooked […]

YA Book Club — Steelheart

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Book Club recap by McKenna Blackshire, grade 8 Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Summary: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts […]

YA Book Club — We All Looked up

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Book Club recap by Kara Eng, Grade 12 We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach Summary: Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel. They always say that high school is the best time of […]

YA Book Club — The Crown’s Game

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Book Club recap by Kara Eng, grade 12 The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye Summary: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire […]