Teen Book Review Blog

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by Samyukta

Review Date: June 16, 2021 - Publish Date: August 3, 2021

Mercury Boys Chandra Prasad

5 stars of 5

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad was an enthralling read. This book was filled with twists and turns that kept the reader hooked throughout the story. Mercury Boys combined high school life with a little bit of magic and history, creating a thrilling book. It features the main character, Saskia Brown, who moved across the country to Coventon, Connecticut. One night, she accidentally discovered something that could change her life. She found that a daguerreotype, one of the oldest forms of pictures, when mixed with mercury, could create a way to travel to the past. 

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Read more: Samyukta's Review of "Mercury Boys" by Chandra Prasad

PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William

Review Date: June 10, 2021 - Publish Date: June 15, 2021

Indestructible Object Mary McCoy

4 and a half stars of 5

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy is a heartfelt story about love, relationships, and self-reflection. The book is narrated by Lee Swan, a recent High School graduate who has a podcast with her boyfriend, Vincent. After a break-up, however, Lee goes her own way, starting another podcast in which she explores her parents’ marriage. Throughout this exploration, Lee not only discovers hidden secrets about her family, but also forms new relationships along the way and learns more about herself. 

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Read more: William's Review of "Indestructible Object" by Mary McCoy

Review by Alanna

June 1, 2021

Historically Inaccurate

4 stars of 5

Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo

In Historically Inaccurate, Shay Bravo weaves a dramatic story around a present day, culturally relevant theme. Following her mother’s deportation, everything in Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez’s life changes in an instant. The novel follows Sol, a new student at Westray Community College as she tries to fit in. Forced to navigate through a new set of family dynamics and a drastically different home environment, Sol shares with the reader a heartfelt story as she faces many struggles and learns the importance of being herself. 

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Read more: Alanna's Review of "Historically Inaccurate" by Shay Bravo

Review by Alanna

May 4, 2021

Counting by 7s

4 and a half stars of 5

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s, a New York Times bestseller written by Holly Goldberg Sloan, illustrates an incredible tale of loss, hope, and personal growth. From the first-person narration of main character Willow Chance, readers are able to gain insight into Willow’s troubled life and are immediately drawn to her story. Different from all the other kids her age, Willow is precise, smart, and calm. Adopted by parents who love her and her quirks, Willow is comfortable and happy with her life. But when an accident shakes her world, she is forced to learn to make new connections and rediscover who she really is.

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Read more: Alanna's Review of "Counting by 7s" by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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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.

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