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Teen Advisory Board Reviews
Some insightful and passionate new voices have emerged at EHBC recently, from a group of Bainbridge teen bibliophiles who meet here once a month. They not only talk about their responses to books they are reading (we give them Advance Reader Copies), but they also write recommendations like the many you see by our booksellers. We're proud of this exceptional group, and share just a few of their YA picks, which you can also see in the store.
If you are an area high school student who would like to join our Teen Advisory Board (TAB), please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll send you an application!
Four different people in Europe during WWII -- a nurse, a pregnant 15-year-old from Poland, an artist dodging the German draft, and a Nazi sailor -- board the same [ill-fated] refugee ship. Well written with a very eventful story line. I recommend this book to anyone is interested in history and WWII.
-- Catherine, 9th grade
A world filled with terrifying drug dealers and all but nonexistent family relationships … The story flows smoothly, occasionally hits rapids when needed, but a strong current keeps the reader moving along.
--- Meghan, 11th grade
A really refreshing read, with a frank, dry humor. Fantastically unapologetic about being a sci-fi novel, with its ET-esque raisin-with-googly-eyes aliens. As a LGBTQ reader, I loved that the story included a gay hero whose story didn’t revolve around him being gay.
-- Finn, 10th grade
“What if the Axis powers had won WWII?”
This intriguing story is an effortless blend of adventure, fantasy, and historical fiction. Beautifully written – it almost feels like poetry.”
-- Jill, 10th grade
The tale of a strong geek, a fashionista outcast, and the son of a (criminal) pastor. Together they try to band together to fight the demons of their past, present, and futures, one day at a time. Zentner does a wonderful job weaving a story full of struggles and successes that captures the essence of life, and how it is what you make of it.
-- Akira, 11th grade
An incredible book about one small-town's high school- and a shooting that occurs there. It's told over the span of 54 minutes, and each page brings more heart-pounding action, more tears, and more raw emotion for the characters and readers alike. I finished this book in a one-day period because I couldn't fall asleep- I kept thinking about it.
-- Lauren, 10th grade
How far would you go to escape your life? In this powerful story about chasing your dreams, Longo gives perspective into the mind of someone who knows what her passion is, and you will discover along the way that people aren't the only things that can break your heart.
-- Willa, 11th grade
Do you know the difference between a want and a need? A great plot and realistic characters who try to obtain what they want by performing tasks for a social media site. This book will make you "need" a sequel.
--- Akira, 11th grade
Want to return to a simple western tale with elements of fantasy? Look no further. Amani Al'Hiza will be your guide on this journey, as she tries her gest to get out of a dead-end town, relying on her lies and gun skills. Full of great twists and good action.
-- Akira, 11th grade
A very fun read, dark but also comical. It reflects an extreme fan culture, but is ultimately a story about friendships and relationships between girls. It was the unique, somewhat strange characters I enjoyed most!
-- Adelaide, 9th grade
A thoroughly emotional -- and enjoyable -- read. Eden, who was raped by her brother's best friend, tries to avoid the trauma that it has caused her throughout high school. I found myself absorbed and sometimes even audibly rooting for Eden as she went through her journey of overcoming her traumatic experience.
-- Finn, 11th grade
The story of Kaira, an unusual, reserved art student. At her new school she has the chance to start over and rebuild her life after her ex-boyfriend's strange death. However, her horrifying, hidden past begins to resurface. A haunting, heart-stopping read that skillfully blends the worlds of gods and mortals together, and will leave you wanting more as soon as your finish.
-- Emily, 9th grade