Teen P.O.V. (Point Of View)

We've received some really interesting reviews from teens since we introduced the Teen P.O.V., covering a wide range of subjects and reading styles.  The titles in each review are linked to PamCat, our library catalog.  The reviews are organized by rating with the most recent reviews at the beginning.  Click on a title to go to that review.

Five Stars - Four Stars - Three Stars - Two Stars - One Star

 

The Books

 

Five Stars

Abandon

Born to Run

Shiver

Secret Life of Bees

The Book Thief
My Crazy Christmas
House of the Scorpion
The Incredible Journey
The Sight
Cut

Follow My Leader 
The Sabriel series 
The Warriors series 
A Great and Terrible Beauty 
sTORI Telling 
Speak 
Air Head 
Fat Kid Rules the World 
Annie on My Mind 
Sacrifice 
River Summer 
Flora Segunda 
To Kill a Mockingbird 
Summer Promise 
Annie's Baby 
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys 
The Cry of the Icemark 
Twilight

Upstate
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
It's Kind of a Funny Story

"Left Behind" series
The Princess Diaries
Girls in Pants

The Giver
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Big Empty
Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror
"Harry Potter" series and "A Series of Unfortunate Events"

The Hostile Hospital
Abraham Lincoln
The Giver
The Babysitter III
Teen Idol

Warriors into the Wild
Crooked
The Face on the Milk Carton
The Lost Girl of El Monte
"The Spiderwick Chronicles"
Wild Horse Killers
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone

Moon Demon
A Good Courage
The Bad Beginning

 

Four Stars

20,000 Leagues under the Sea 
The Bad Beginning
Where the Red Fern Grows
Ella Enchanted
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series
Holes
God Don't Like Ugly
"Thoroughbred Club" series
Loves Music, Loves to Dance

 

Three Stars

Animal Farm
After the First Death
The Rifle

 

Two Stars

David Copperfield

 

One Star

The Giver

 

The Reviews

Meg Cabot appears a few times in the five star ratings and Abandon is no exception.  A 12-year-old reader says "Abandon is a great book and I recommend it to anyone from the ages of 9 and up. Meg Cabot also has other books that are amazing that you can find in your very own library. Look for this book and others soon."

 

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Christopher MacDougall's Born to Run received five stars from a 16-year-old reader who said "Born to Run is the journey of the author to the canyons of the elusive Tarahumara Indians in Mexico to learn about their running style and ultimately to stage a race between American ultra-marathoners and the Tarahumara, who call themselves the 'Ruramuri.'"

 

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is "...such a cute little romantic novel that you can't help but love it," according to a 13-year-old reader who gave it five stars.

 

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A 16-year-old reader gave Sue Monk Kidd's Secret Life of Bees five stars.  "I loved this book!!!... I can't exactly put my finger on why I love it but I definitely recommend it!"
 

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak received five stars from an enthusiastic 14-year-old reader who said, "I like this book, because it's very different. It makes you go thru different emotions. The book also changes your thoughts on life and yourself. The book shows you a different point of view on the German people during the WWII."

 

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Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion received five stars from a 15-year-old reader who says, "Set in the near future, this book tells the story of a young boy struggling to overcome the social ostracization of being a clone while also becoming aware of other evils in the land of El Patron. It is an eye-opening book that draws attention to important moral issues and has a strong, fast-paced plot. One of the best books I have ever read."

 

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Several readers raved about My Crazy Christmas by Allison Combs, giving it five stars and said it was "great for younger readers," "a great read with lots of excitement!,"a great children's book," and "...really cool! It's more for younger kids, but it's still good. Allison Combs's website is pretty cool too!"

 

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Animal Farm by George Orwell disappointed a 14-year-old reader who gave it three stars and said "This book was okay, but it didn't make a lot of sense. The ending left you wondering what happened, and there is no sequel to explain it. You have to read it in high school, the only reason I read it, but at least it's short."

 

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A 14-year-old reader gave Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford five stars because it's "A great book! Action at every turn, heartwarming, and funny. The movie is all right, but the book is better (as usual)."

 

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The Sight by David Clement-Davies is rated five stars by a 14-year-old reader who says, "This book is really great. It is a bit dark, but it is still a wonderful book. The Vision at the end is so true. I would definitely read this book many more times!"

 

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A 14-year-old reader gave Cut by Patricia McCormick five stars because "I like this because it was a fast book. Also the details were very good and had amazing emotion! :)"

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea gets four stars from a 12-year-old reader who says "This book is very good. It can be a little confusing, and it has a whole lot of technical information in it. It is a pretty good book, and I think others would like it."

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A 12-year-old gave Follow My Leader five stars and said "This book is about a boy who becomes blind in an accident. He has to learn Braille and eventually gets a guide dog who becomes his best friend. This book is very heartwarming and I definitely recommend it."

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens rated only two stars by a 12-year-old reader because "This book is awful!! It has a cycle: once the main character becomes happy, something bad happens. The descriptions are entirely too long and the characters are very strange. Some parts are good, though, but they are few and far between."

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A 12-year-old reader gave The Giver by Lois Lowery one star because "This book was very confusing. I re-read parts of it several times and still didn't understand it. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.


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The Sabriel Series by Garth Nix received five stars from a 12-year-old reader who says "The three books in this series are truly works of art. Wonderful characters and constant suspense make it great. You will soon be getting a white cat and naming it Mogget."

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The Warriors series by Erin Hunter was given five stars by a 12-year-old reader who says "This is an amazing series! The characters and descriptions are wonderful. It is definitely a must read."

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Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty received five stars from a 13-year-old reader who thought that "This book was suspenseful and exciting. I was hooked from the first page, and then I just couldn't put it down."

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A 13-year-old reader gave Tori Spelling's sTORI Telling five stars because "it was not an normal autobiography it was entertaining and exciting. The novel gave me an indepth look into Hollywood."


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An 11-year-old reader gave Speak five stars.

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A 12-year-old reader gave Airhead by Meg Cabot five stars.

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K.L. Going's Fat Kid Rules the World received five stars from an 11-year-old reader who liked it "because I have a hard time reading and teacher told me to try this."

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Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind was rated five stars by a 13-year-old reader who says "I will not spoil this book but, it was really good! I wish it was longer or had a sequel to it because it was really good...this book is about two girls who meet and start to have feelings for each other. I am not good at review and I do not really know how they work but this is just what I think about Annie on My Mind."

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A 12-year-old reader gave The Sacrifice by Katherine Benner Duble five stars  because "It is a fascinating account of one of the Salem witch trials. It is based on a true story and really draws you into the time period. The late 1600's really come to life in this book!"

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River Summers: Stories from the Rappahannock by Russell M. Francis was given five stars by a 13-year-old reader who says "I liked this book, lots of good stories."

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Flora Segunda received five stars from a 13-year-old reader who like the book because of "its twists and turns and the surprise ending. It has a lot of tension and does not stop with the constant action in the wild world of Flora Segunda. She is a cunning character throughout the book and she never learns from her mistakes... This book is a good read for those who are interested in the fiction/fantasy novels in the YA section."


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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was given five stars by a 14-year-old reader who says "This book gives you examples of what racism was like...This is a really great book and I think everyone should read it. I had to read it for school and we had class discussion everyday on the book."

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Summer Promise by Robin Jones Gunn received five stars from a 13-year-old reader.


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A 14-year-old reader gave Annie's Baby by Beatrice Sparks five stars.

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Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys received five stars from an 11-year-old reader who says "Megan really changes.  Like,  you watch her go from COMPLETELY afraid of anything to do with boys to really understanding what is going on. luv it! :)"

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A 14-year-old reader gave The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill five stars.

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An 18 year old reader rated Stephenie Meyer's Twilight five stars because it is "just simply amazing" and that Meyers "does a wonderful job describing the action and the characters" of a girl named Bella and vampire boy Edward who fall in love.  It also "leaves you hanging for more" and "the second book 'New Moon' is even better than 'Twilight'! Check it out! Highly recommended!"

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A 12 year old gave Lemony Snicket's The Bad Beginning four stars because it was "very interesting and you don't know if it's suspense or murder."

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A 14 year old reader likes Where the Red Fern Grows "because it is about a boy and his faithful hounds" and gives it four stars.

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A 15 year old reader gave Kalisha Buckhanon's Upstate five stars because "of the way the girl chose to stay with her boyfriend even through thick and thin.  Although he was in jail (will see why clue - didn't do it), he had the best of luck. When he got out, he became a good father and was a good person. Trust me you will love this book if you read it!"

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A 14 year old reader gave Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman five stars because it's the first book of the "most amazing and exiting series I've ever read (and that's saying a lot).  These books take you to the fantastic land of Krynn where elves, dwarves, minotaurs and humans live to name a few of the races.  This is the ultimate series for people who like sword and sorcery books. Enjoy."

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A 14 year old reader gives Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story five stars.  "This is a great book. Ned Vizzini represents the life of a teenager exactly the way it is, without fake cliques added for extra drama. This book includes some real issues that many teens endure each day."

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Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted gets four stars from a 13 year old reader.  It's "a really good book, it kept me up and very excited, the only bad thing is it was the exact same thing as Cinderella, but other than that I loved it!"

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An 11 year old reader lives for the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.  "I love this series sooo much, I will stay up all night just to find out what happens next, they are so intense and unrealistic, yet realistic, they're AMAZING!!!" (five stars)

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot receives five stars from a 12-year-old reader.  "This book is great for any teenage girl. It has a great plot and at times this book makes me laugh out loud. Only after I had read the book twice did I start to enjoy it. This book rocks!"

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The third installment of Ann Brashares's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, gets five stars from a 14-year-old reader who likes this book "because it is AWESOME!  I love what the characters are like and what they do, and I ESPECIALLY love the Traveling Pants!"

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Robert Cormier's gritty, suspenseful After the First Death is given three stars by a 15-year-old reader who liked the the book because "it was a page turner."

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Here's another fan of Lois Lowry's The Giver, a 13-year-old reader who enthusiastically gives it five stars because it "KEEPS YOU ON YOUR TOES AND NEVER GETS BORING."

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The Hound of the Baskervilles receives five stars from a 14-year-old reader who says, "[I]t is full of suspense, so you are always on your toes."

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J.B. Stephens's The Big Empty gets five stars from a 12-year-old reader who thinks "it is exciting and once you start reading it you can't stop!"

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A 19-year-old reader thought that Matt Groening's Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror was "funny," the pictures were "colorful and clear," and the dialogue was "very clear to understand."

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Both J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events gets five stars from a 15-year-old reader who loves the books.

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J.K. Rowling's newest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, gets four stars from a 13-year-old reader who says the book was better in the middle "when all the action began going on."  The book may start out a little tame and end up somewhat sad, but "[i]f you want a thrilling read, read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

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The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket gets five stars from an 11-year-old reader who says "I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."

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Tanya Stone's biography of Abraham Lincoln gets five stars from an enthusiastic 11-year-old reader who says, "It is a good book, and I just like everything about it."

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An 11-year-old reader rates The Giver by Lois Lowry five stars.

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R.L. Stine's The Babysitter 3 gets five stars from a 12-year-old reader who says that "it is extremely exciting and suspenseful!"

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A 12-year-old reader rated Meg Cabot's Teen Idol five stars.  "It is funny and it makes you more attached each time you turn the page !!!! I could read it over and over again!!!!   I recommend it to all teens!"

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A 13-year-old reader says that Ann Brashares's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is a "must read" and "one of the best [series] I have ever read," but "it is very hard to find at libraries though."  Five stars.  (Don't worry, reader, we'll get some more copies in soon!)

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Another 13-year-old reader gave Holes by Louis Sachar four stars.

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A 13-year-old reader gave Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter five stars.

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A 17-year-old reader gives Mary Monroe's God Don't Like Ugly four stars, and says "It's real. It is hard reading, but it's good."

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A 15-year-old reader told us that Crooked by Laura McNeal was "awesome," and that it was "current and had a well-written plot.  Read it!" Five stars

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A 13-year-old reader gave Caroline B. Cooney's The Face on the Milk Carton five stars because "it was very suspenseful and kept you wanting to turn the pages to see what happened next."

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Tammy, an 18-year-old reader, gives Benita Bishop's The Lost Girl From El Monte five stars.  This is a diary of a girl who hangs out with the wrong kind of guys at first and then decides to change her life for the better.  "There are some really funny things that happen in this book and then there are some sad events that I found myself relating to. All teens experience heartbreak and depression and it's interesting to read a true story about how someone else dealt with this experience."  Tammy recommends this book for teen girls ages 13-19.

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A 14-year old reader who doesn't usually like to read says that Tony Terlizzi & Holly Black's series "The Spiderwick Chronicles" took her to a land of belonging and magic. "[I]t was so great to read these books." Five stars

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A 13-year-old who loved Mel Ellis's The Wild Horse Killers gave it five stars because "of the word choice the author uses" and its precise story line that doesn't leave off anywhere. "Overall it's just a good book."

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A 12-year-old reader wrote in to say that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was "just really fun to read" and gave it five stars!

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A 19-year-old reader who loves horses rated Joanna Campbell's "Thoroughbred Club" series four stars.

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A 15-year-old reader gave Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance four stars because she "makes you think that you know who the murderer is and in the last chapters it totally changes around."

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An 11-year-old reader wrote in "I like this book [Moon Demon by Lynn Ewing] because it was very good and had a lot of excitement and adventure. I recommend this book to just about everyone, even guys. They sell them as a series at book stores but u have to read 1 then 2...so on and so forth or u wont get it and the 11th book will be coming out in June or July this year!"

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An anonymous reader rated Stephanie S. Tolan's A Good Courage five stars.

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A 14-year-old reader really appreciated The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and gave it five stars, because it shows what it's like to lose a loved one.

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A 19-year-old reader gave Gary Paulsen's The Rifle three stars because there's more action in western novels for young adults than in those written for adults.

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Thanks to everyone who has filled out a review.  We really appreciate hearing what you think of our collection!

 

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