Teen Book Review Blog

Review by Hiba

April 15, 2021

Elatsoe

5 stars of 5

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger is an amazing mix of fantasy, mystery, and paranormal fiction.  This magical novel focuses on Elatsoe who is a young teen girl with origins from the Apache tribe.  Elatsoe’s world is filled with monsters, ghosts, magic, legends of heroes, and a multitude of abilities.  It is quite similar to our world except for these magical entities and capabilities.  

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Review by Sweksha

April 12, 2021

Shatter Me

5 stars of 5

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me, written by Tahereh Mafi, is a story about a 17-year-old girl, Juliette Ferrars, who has a supernatural ability: a lethal touch. The story starts off with Juliette’s 346th day of being trapped in the insane asylum, but she is greeted by an unexpected surprise when she wakes up.

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Review by Hayden

March 19, 2021

American Royals

4 and a half stars of 5

American Royals by Katharine McGee

The New York Times bestseller, American Royals, by Katharine McGee, is an amazing romance, fiction, and alternate history novel. The first in its duology, it is a third-person limited point of view, focused on the lives of the American Royal family. In this Royal family, George Washington became the King of America after the Revolutionary war. Now, in the present time, the Washington family still rules, and they have a lot of conflict. The complex plot and character relationships makes it a book you can’t put down!

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Review by Samantha 

March 9, 2021

Ill Be the One

4 and a half stars of 5

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee is full of love, empowerment, and complexity. This novel features Skye, who is a confident and bold teenage girl, even though she doesn’t fit the mold of the thin K-pop star she sees on television shows and social media. Although she is plus-sized and isn’t quite the status quo of K-pop stardom, Skye loves K-pop and has been singing and dancing for years. Defying her mom’s wishes for her to just lose weight and stay out of the public light, Skye decides to audition for a K-pop competition show that is being cast in California where she lives. If she makes the show, Skye will be seen on television in America and Korea. However, that’s not even the most stressful part of auditioning for the show. On the day of her audition, Skye sees famous celebrity model Henry Cho is there to audition too. Dealing with Skye’s fears and insecurities is a big part of this book, but the story isn’t limited to just that. This book also explores Skye’s experience trying to be the first plus-size K-pop star, while also dealing with teenage relationships, friendships, drama, and more. 

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We look to the Spring sky..

for hope, renewal and daylight.  Here at NPML, we reflect those feelings with a new, virtual Art Gallery and a re-opening of our Browsing Section.

The Friends of NPML have collected beautiful photos posted over the past year on the NP Community Facebook page.  Lynn O'Neill & Bharat Rao have shown us beauty in the sky over our town and in the process, inspired those feelings of hope and renewal.  Visit the Art Gallery and view other exhibits, too.

Finally, our Browsing Section has re-opened!  Come in to peruse our shelves for new materials.  There are selections of popular items as well as a display of books from AfterWords - our bookstore.  Computers by prior appointment are also available.  As ever, we are strictly enforcing social distancing, capacity, mask and other restrictions. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

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