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Staff Teen Book Reviews

Death at Deacon Pond by E.M. Alexander-This teen mystery just happened to catch my eye when I was shelving.  Kerri is the daughter of a police officer whose death three years earlier was declared a suicide.  Kerri, who has some psychic ability, believes that her father was murdered.  From Kerri finding a body in the woods through to the resolution, the story takes enough twists and turns to hold the reader's interest.  5 Stars Submitted by JB

Entwined by Heather Dixon - The traditional fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" turned upside down and inside out. Here it is the princesses (ages 17 to newborn) who are the main characters. They are not passive young ladies simply caught in a spell, waiting to be rescued. With alphabetical flower names from Azalea to Lily, they have their own personalities and are fiesty, mischievious, and loyal to each other. When their mother dies, their father the king orders them into full mourning - including no dancing for a year. But they love to dance and discover a secret place where they can go to do so. An evil magician who steals souls, unpredictable magic, suitors, and romance all add to this humorous and fun-to-read fantasy! 4 Stars. Submitted by JB.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Funny, sarcastic Hazel has cancer, but a tumor-shrinking medical miracle has bought her a few years. Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. This book has it all: laughs, heartbreak, love, philosophy, and video games - what more could anyone want? I giggled, I sobbed, it was GREAT! One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Definitely 5 BIG stars. Submitted by RH 

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy-This book has a slow start, but once it gets going, it is pretty fun.  Sometimes it feels like it is trying too hard, but overall, a charming story of a girl who defies her destiny.  Great for young adults and the young at heart.  (This book was an interlibrary loan) Submitted by BL