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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Flora Banks has no short-term memory. To get by in the world, she writes notes to herself: in journals, on scraps of paper, and all over her arms and hands. Flora has adapted pretty well to life without memories, so when one moment becomes lodged in her mind -- a kiss with her best friend's boyfriend -- she decides to act. Flora finds herself on an incredible adventure in the Arctic, all to get to the root of why this memory alone has stuck with her and whether it might be the key to her regaining the ability to remember.

The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

Susan Juby has written two of the most endearing, hilarious, and smart characters I've read in a while. Driven fashionista Charlie Dean and metal sculptor John Thomas-Smith are both vying for a scholarship to a prestigious art high school. Charlie lives and breathes fashion, while John could not care less. Both, however, know that attending the exclusive Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design high school will be a life changer. Told through the characters' alternating journal entries, this book is perfect for anyone who loves fashion, art, or reading about funny, hard-working teens.

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

David Mitchell is known for building very intricate worlds and writing novels that span sixty years or more. However, with just as much intrigue and detail, Black Swan Green takes course over only one year, between Jason Taylor's thirteenth and fourteenth birthdays. Jason's world is one made up of eighties pop music, dreaming of lush girls, avoiding hordes of school bullies, understanding parent and politics and trying to hide his stammer.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater

I was blessed enough to read an ARC of Maggie Stiefvater's newest book, All the Crooked Saints (to be published in October), and I was not disappointed. It takes place in the middle of a desert in 1962, a place where real miracles happen at the hands of the Saints of the Moria family. These miracles physically change the pilgrim who comes to receive it in order to teach them a lesson mentally.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Teen review: I was really excited to pick up The Hidden Oracle (by Rick Riordan) after learning that Apollo would be openly bisexual. I'm all for LGBTQ+ characters in literature. But on to the plot of the book - as much as I loved Apollo's character development, I felt that the plot was lacking. I'm sure a vast number of readers are returning Percy Jackson fans (myself included) and so I found that Riordan wrote as if that was the case. He did not spend much time world-building and instead he "fast forwarded" to the adventure.

A Court of Roses and Thorns by Sarah J. Maas

Teen Review: Sarah J. Maas has definitely DONE IT AGAIN! I'm a big fan of Throne of Glass series and I'm a fan of this, now, too. ACoRaT is pushing the border into new adult, but is still considered young adult. Sarah J. Maas's new book is still set in a magical, high fantasy world where anything can happen. The plot was excellent. The plot twists went undetected by me until they happened. The book tells a story about Feyre, a nineteen year-old huntress.

2015 Top Teen Books

The popular reading site GoodReads recently posted their users' choices for the top Teen books published in 2015 and asked people to vote for their favorite. Here are the top 10 fiction and fantasy / science fiction books for teens, at least according to the masses. What do you think?

National Book Awards Announced

Yesteday, November 18, the National Book Awards were announced. Founded in 1950, these awards are intended to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.

The top winners in each category are:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Teen Review: Elisa, our main character, is an extremely overweight princess and the bearer of some sort of magical gemstone. She learns how to become a more confident, better leader when she is kidnapped from her court and forced to go on dangerous missions. Elisa was married to the king (Alejandro) in this book, but they had no chemistry at all. While the young king was physically appealing, Elisa later found out she was in love with a shepherd boy named Humberto who was later killed.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

It's 1987 and 15-year-old Ari has withdrawn from his family and is getting into fights. He wants to know why his older brother was sent to prison, but his parents won't speak of it. His father is haunted from his time fighting in Vietnam and is emotionally distant. He drifts through his days until he meets Dante at his local pool. The two Mexican-American boys form a deep connection, strengthened by their mutual social isolation. As time passes, they realize their friendship could deepen into something more.

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