Book Reviews by Tenaya
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The Seasons Of Raina by Millissa Nelson illustrates the challenges of fitting in to a new place and doing the right thing even though it may be hard. When Raina is bullied at her school in Denver, she realizes that if she stays, life will be miserable until high-school is over, and that she needs to spend some time away. Her parents send her to Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle and their eight kids.

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18 year old Shy decides to work the summer on a cruise ship in order to earn some pocket money and help out his family. Everything's going great for Shy-a hot new crush, generouse tippers, bikini clad girls-untill his 6th day aboard. A strange man grabs Shy and tells him that he is a horrible person, then commits suicide.

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Have you ever felt like someone's out to ruin your life? If you have, then you know exactly how Lane Cisco is feeling when her weird cousin comes to visit.

Lane is just starting to love her life, at home and school. But when her cousin Mint comes to stay for a long visit, she snags the boys that Lane and her friends Ava, Rachael, and Lucia like. To make matters worse, she becomes as popular as Lane in a mere month!

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When treasure is thought to be located in a usually boring coastal town in California, thousands of treasure hunters gather. They're all determined to find the treasure, but none of them want it more than four 7th graders. Will, Mikey, Susan and Evelyn know that they can find the treasure by each using their separate skills. But the treasure is hidden well, and the kids are up against a lot of grown-ups with all kinds of fancy gadgets.

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After 16 year old Katy Greene's mother dies, Katy goes to live with her Aunt in Japan. At school, Katy  meets a boy with a bad reputation and strange powers. His drawings can come alive, but when they do, they are evil. When his powers are revealed to Katy, she gets involved, so when she finds out he is in danger she has to help. Gangsters want him to draw drugs and guns for them and when he refuses they kidnap both him and Katy. 

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The book Phoenix, by Jeff Stone, is an action-packed adventure book! Phoenix Collins lives with his grandfather, who is teaching him kung fu. Phoenix is an excellent mountain biker, and while he and his grandfather are at one of his races, their house is robbed, and the thing Grandfather has depended on to stay alive, powdered dragon bone, is stolen.



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