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'Monster Slayer' by Brian Patten, illustrated by Chris Riddell

‘One dark night, the music and singing woke a monster from a swamp….’

Aaaaand, I’m hooked!

This gorgeous re-working of the classic Anglo-Saxon tale, ‘Beowulf,’ is cloaked in dark magic and mystery from the very beginning.  273 more words


Title: Defender
Author: Graham McNamee
Recommended for: 8th Grade & Up
Pages: 240
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction McNamee, G

Synopsis: They call her Tiny, but Tyne Greer is six foot six, a high school basketball star who is hoping the game will be her ticket out of the slum. 267 more words


Last week, I created a post of titles I recommend to teens who are reluctant readers. Specifically, teens who complain that the literature they have read doesn’t relate to the real world. 357 more words


'The Bad Guys - Episodes 1 and 2,' by Aaron Blabey

When I spotted these two ‘Bad Guys’ were being released in May, I just had to get hold of copies for myself.  Thanks so much to Scholastic for sending me some to review. 381 more words

Mystery: "The Girl Who was Supposed to Die"

The Girl Who was Supposed to Die by April Henry  

A teen girl comes to consciousness on the floor of a cabin in the woods. She can’t remember anything. 344 more words


Dear Diary...

Diary-style stories are incredibly popular amongst young readers at the moment, mainly thanks to the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series.  If you’re looking for looking for some new books to explore, you might like one of these: 544 more words

I have a lot of high school students who love reading, but I have a lot more who don’t. These are titles that my reluctant readers have loved, and these are titles that have inspired my students to continue reading. 422 more words