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Courier Article by Maryann Mori
Sunday, August 12, 2007

Teen Reviewers Give Their Views on Summer Reading

During the recent Summer Reading Program at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, teens were invited to write book reviews. Some of those reviews are included here and show the variety of books teens enjoy - everything from light romance to horror.

The Summer Reading Program was sponsored by the Public Library Friends, which generates its funds (in part) through its annual book sale occurring this weekend.

Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.

This book was so amazing, I could hardly put it down. Since Aunt Peg's death, all Ginny has left of her are letters (which instruct Ginny to travel throughout Europe). Ginny starts seeing things through her Aunt Peg's eyes and not her own. Her aunt meant for her to see things this way, and that is just why it is so meaningful. It all results in one thing: Ginny learns more about herself.

This is one of the good teen books - one that teaches a lesson and shows a different point of view. I recommend this book to any teenage girl willing to learn more about herself.

- Reviewed by Laura Guse, Teen Zone

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

This book is probably my favorite book in the Maximum Ride series. It was packed full of action and suspense. This third book, which could be the last book in the series, is an exciting close to the story of six incredible bird kids that touch the lives of anyone who reads their story.

The story lets the imagination run wild with all of the stuff that the characters have to deal with to escape the danger that is waiting for them right around the corner.

The Maximum Ride series should be on everyone's reading list.

- Reviewed by Jordan Williams, Teen Zone

Serpent Scenario by A.J. Butcher

This book is a fantastic adventure novel. It's set at Deveraux Academy, or "Spy High," where teens are recruited, put into teams and trained to become spies. One team member, Jennifer Chen, suddenly runs away to take revenge on her family's murderer.

After the rest of the team figures out her reason for leaving, they join Jennifer and stumble on a drug-producing madman who is trying to make America fall with his highly addictive, dangerous drug. This discovery leads the team on a wild adventure that includes skybikes, helicopters and an artificial moon.

This is a great novel for anyone who enjoys futuristic adventure stories.

- Reviewed by Andrew Lasher, Teen Zone

Bec by Darren Shan

This is the fourth book in Shan's Demonata series, which follows several main characters who all live in different places and times. This title is set in pre-Christian Ireland, far removed from the previous books.

Bec is the adolescent apprentice to a priestess in a small village cut off from the rest of the country by nightly demon attacks.

After a particularly bloody attack, Bec joins a band of warriors who journey out of the city to find allies and possibly a way to stop the attacks. On the way, the company learns how the Demonata are entering this world.

This series is enthralling, grotesque and surprisingly sophisticated for a young-adult series and will more than satisfy seasoned horror fans and history buffs alike.

- Reviewed by Jessica Massey, Teen Zone

Maryann Mori is teen services librarian at Central Library. She can be reached at (812) 428-8229. The opinions expressed in this column are personal and do not reflect policies or official recommendations of the library.