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Leslie
I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.
In a masterful retelling of The Arabian Nights, Renee Ahdieh opens an exciting world to her readers. Although the book is rooted in fantasy, the setting is obviously Persian, and it has all the b…
Most people are familiar with the Greek god Apollo. This volume in The Olympians series introduces us to him in a different way, illustrating his complex character through a series of vignet…
Kass Morgan's first novel is a page-turner. She is a wonderfully descriptive and talented writer, and this reviewer looks forward to reading more from her.  The 100 is a fresh take on the…
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a sweet story about finding oneself and coming to understand the importance of family. Shy girls will especially love the empowerment Ginny experiences as she travels …
Bridget Jones for teenagers! Georgia Nicolson is laugh-out-loud funny, chronicling her coming-of-age experiences in a diary with hilarious detail. She and her friends are completely clueless about boy…
Gene Luen Yang's simple artwork and poignant writing style combine to tell the little-known story of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in a unique and moving way. This story is violent, but Yang's gift of s…
Russell Freedman is known for his brilliant biographies, which are both informative and accessible. Becoming Ben Franklin is another feather in Freedman's cap. The story is well-researched, …
Sarah Dessen masterfully weaves romance and friendship through stories of young people struggling with modern-day issues. Her writing is believable and real, without superfluous drama or angst.  …
"Mean Girls" meets "Groundhog Day." Be prepared to feel completely apathetic (or worse) toward the main character for at least one-fourth of the book. Sam's life-changing experience takes an agonizing…
An Abundance of Katherines gets off to a slow start, but ends up being a sweet story of self-discovery. Colin and his friend Hassan are funny, poignant, occasionally pathetic characters, and thei…
I really had no idea what to expect from Bloodlines. The cover and title turned me off, so I was surprised to find it and other books by Richelle Mead on multiple lists of important books for you…
I've had a soft spot for Andre the Giant ever since I saw "The Princess Bride," and it was very interesting to learn more about his life and career. This visual biography was raw and tragic, despite t…