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Our B.I.T. (Before It's Trendy) Program is Changing Hands's legion of teen reviewers, casting judgment on books before they're released. Reviewers aged 12-17 get access to advance reading copies of YA releases, and in return write brief recommendations for the books they love. Their recommendations are showcased in the teen sections, on event displays, and here on our website. Interested in becoming a part of this elite crew? Click here for more info.
Lucky in Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338058017
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Published: Point - July 25th, 2017

LUCKY IN LOVE is a masterpiece. I enjoyed reading about the quirky romance between Maddie, a spirited teen and recent multimillionaire according to her lottery ticket, and Seth, an aspiring film director and Maddie's coworker at the zoo. This book has everything from lottery tickets being bought in the middle of the night from the local mini mart to glamorous yacht parties and shopping in Beverly Hills. This book is jam packed full of adventure, and Maddie and Seth's captivating love story is guaranteed to keep your eyes glued to the page. -Isabel, 15
 


What Goes Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619639126
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - July 18th, 2017

An exemplary blend of humor, adventure, and inter-dimensional space travel, Katie Kennedy's WHAT GOES UP is a real jewel among sci-fi novels. WHAT GOES UP has an enthralling storyline and a diverse assembly of characters, and Kennedy was able to make the most out of both. The story was both interesting and action-packed, and her characters were extremely well-written. WHAT GOES UP did not disappoint in the slightest. -Danielle, 13


If Birds Fly Back Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563965
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Published: Harper Teen - June 27th, 2017

Writer Alvaro Herrera has just reappeared after vanishing for several years. This event indirectly brings teens Linny and Sebastian together. The two teens bond over their individual connections to Herrera and help one another to solve their problems. Sorosiak’s IF BIRDS FLY BACK made me both laugh and cry all while captivating me with its amazing writing and story. IF BIRDS FLY BACK is a wonderfully written novel perfect for readers who love a story that can both warm and break your heart while never failing to make you laugh. -Caitlin, 14


Midnight at the Electric Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062393548
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Published: Harper Teen - June 13th, 2017

Jodi Lynn Anderson threw me in for a loop with MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC's lovely narrative and even lovelier characters. I found the different timelines and settings she chose for each story interesting yet fitting choices, and Anderson’s ability to masterfully tie them in without losing focus to the driving plotline made the ending that much more satisfying. MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC manages to create a compelling story of hope and determination that will leave readers in a well of emotion. -Danielle, 13


When Dimple Met Rishi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481478687
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017

This book was, in a word, adorable. The love that Dimple and Rishi share is filled with joy, communication, and kindness, and is completely different from any other YA romance I have read. This book also offers a really unique insight into Indian culture that is often not represented in literature. Both characters are amazing and swoon-worthy on their own, and together they are absolutely unstoppable. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you will be able to see yourself in both Dimple and Rishi. -Ava, 16


Ramona Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062418357
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 9th, 2017

This book tells the wonderful story of a complicated girl coming of age and breaking off from the constraints that have bound her for so long. Ramona will make you cry and laugh as you watch her go through all of the ups and downs of her life. The atmosphere of this novel is so real and gritty that it makes you feel as if you are as much a part of the small town of Eulogy, Mississippi as any other character within this book. The journey Ramona undergoes is one you won't want to miss. -Ava, 17


Sucktown, Alaska Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781630790554
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Published: Switch Press - May 2017

It takes more than arrogance and confidence to survive the conditions of Kusko, Alaska. However, college freshman Eddie believes his ego and indomitable spirit will allow him to prosper. After an outlandish party leaves Eddie kicked out of the University of Anchorage, he decides to temporarily continue his journalism elsewhere. Throughout Eddie's time in Kusko, the author continuously shows that pride cannot be the sole aspect in making vital decisions. Eddie is at a crucial life point where every choice he proposes will affect his future. The author does a phenomenal job supporting this theme; SUCKTOWN, ALASKA is a must-read!  -Isabel, 14


Alex and Eliza: A Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524739621
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 11th, 2017

I did not know much about Alexander Hamilton going into this book, so I was very pleasantly surprised by the story. I felt like I was stepping into the shoes of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler during their budding romance at the time of the American Revolution. It was exciting to see what it was like to be a woman during the 1700's and to see how Alex and Eliza fell in love and changed the fate of the United States for the better. As a woman, Eliza helped the war effort, and Alex served as George Washington's right hand man in the Continental army. This book was eye-opening and informative, and also adorably romantic and I know it will be hard to forget. -Isabel, 15


Spindle Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062440877
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Published: Harper Teen - April 11th, 2017

On her sixteenth birthday, Aurora, the betrothed princess of Deluce, pricks her finger on a gold spinning wheel and falls into a deep slumber. Sound familiar? Not quite. Aurora is transported to Sommeil, a land created by the Night Faerie who refuses to release its inhabitants. Meanwhile, Deluce is put under a sleeping spell: anyone who comes near the sickness will drop like a fly. My favorite part of SPINDLE FIRE was characters’ snappy comebacks that were always right at the tip of their tongues. Filled with non-stop action and gasp-worthy surprises, this clever retelling of the classic story should not be missed! -Olivia, 13


Defy the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316394031
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

This novel is an action packed space opera that will take readers on an adventure. With a love that transcends the boundaries of space and time, the unique characters redefine the concept of what it means to be human. DEFY THE STARS explores the ramifications of scientific advancement with its complex technology. Readers will find themselves sitting at the edge of their seats as they embark on this epic journey through the galaxy. -Kamryn, 16


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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

I am struggling to find adjectives worthy to describe how absolutely beautiful and magical this story was. Everything about this book I adored. It has the most gorgeous writing I've ever encountered. The sheer brilliance of this poetic storytelling will stick with me forever. I have been waiting my entire life for a story like this one. It spoke to me in ways I will never be able to describe with words.The characters were developed flawlessly and they thoroughly stole my heart. This whole world was just . . . brilliant, exquisite, and magnificent. It made my heart soar, and it completely and utterly broke it. I hope and pray that people realize what an absolute gift that Laini Taylor has given us with this truly awe-inspiring story. -Jill, 17


Bull Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544610606
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 28th, 2017

I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology, and David Elliot's interpretation of the myth of the Minotaur in his novel BULL did not let me down. Not only did Elliot's ingenious wordplay made the story a delight to read, but his insightful depictions of each character gave the story a refreshing twist. BULL will both captivate its audience and force them to rethink their image of the famously infamous Minotaur. -Danielle, 13


Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374305710
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

This story shredded my heart to pieces. All of the horrible things these people had to go through were evil and terrible and cruel. Yet, even with all of the absolutely messed up things going on in the book, I could not put it down. The author just tells you outright what happened to him and and his family, which is what made this book so captivating and enthralling to me; there was no sugar coating or dumbing down, and this adds another layer to the book. Even though it's a story, Michael's tale is highly informative. I learned so much from this book. Which is why I highly recommend it from the bottom of my heart to you. This story is beautiful and messed up and educational. -Ari, 15


Done Dirt Cheap Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419723681
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 7th, 2017

This book is the perfect example of girl power. Both girls overcome their own oppression, and both girls face it together. Tourmaline is a typical good girl, and feels like she has no control over her own life. Virginia is a typical bad girl, and she feels the same way. When both girls are pushed out of their comfort zones, they have to band together to face their enemies. DONE DIRT CHEAP was such a great book because it showed me that any girl, no matter their differences, can stick together and find peace. Seeing the characters grow under their terrible circumstances really helped shape the novel into one that will make a lasting impression on you. -Emily, 17


The Other F-Word Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374302344
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

When young Hollis Darby-Barnes and Milo Robinson-Clark met for the first time they never thought they would reunite as teenagers to discover their sperm donor. They also didn’t realize that their search would lead them to finding a family they never knew they had. THE OTHER F-WORD was surprisingly good and I just couldn’t put it down. It now ranks among my favorite books. There’s a lot of humor and it is adorable when Hollis and Milo finally meet the rest of their family. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about friendship, family, and finding a place in the world. -Caitlin, 14


You're Welcome, Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399551413
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

YOU'RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE is a stunning novel about the struggle of a deaf teenager fighting to keep her identity. Julia, the protagonist, learns about betrayal, individuality, and friendship in this coming-of-age story riddled with humor and depth. This novel is relatable to anyone who has ever struggled to fit into a place they felt they didn't belong. YOU'RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE paints a realistic picture of teenage life that is definitely worth a read! -Megan, 15


Wild Lily Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338081602
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Published: David Fickling Books - February 28th, 2017

WILD LILY is an account of wealthy teen Antony as he gains a plane and loses his family, forcing him to turn to his friends -- and to his Lily. At first glance I thought this was going to be a lighthearted story about a rich kid in England, so I picked it up. As I read, I came to realize that there was much more to it. With a few intriguing, unique characters and some underlying dark themes, this novel took an unsuspected turn and caught me. This book had me hooked -- from the timely nostalgia of the 1920's, to the exhilarating events of Antony and the people he’s surrounded by. -Hannah, 14


A Good Idea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451476241
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2017

A GOOD IDEA by Christina Moracho is a book that always leaves you asking questions about what’s going to happen next! The mystery novel has very good pacing on when a large event should happen; it never leaves you bored nor makes you feel like reading is a chore. A large cast of well-developed characters is introduced, even those introduced in the latter half of the book. You can really tell that the main character, whose best friend was murdered, was thirsty for revenge; ruthless, and willing to do anything it took to finally get answers. The setting, a small town in Maine dubbed “Williston”, really gave the book a vibe of distrust and loneliness. My only complaint with the book would be that it ends on a very somber note, which for some readers is not a bad thing. In essence, A GOOD IDEA is a very well-written book which was a blast to read. -Steven, 14


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Words cannot describe how incredibly important this book is. It will take the world by storm and light fires in people's bellies. It made me completely reexamine my privilege -- that because I am white, I don't have to face the struggles that African-Americans undergo in this country. With the current political climate of the United States, this book is sure to be a game-changer. Containing themes of social justice, racial inequality, activism and the importance of family, this book is an absolute must-read. -Ava, 16


The Free Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616957315
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Published: Soho Teen - February 28th, 2017

Inspired by her own dad's delinquent background, McLaughlin's THE FREE is about growing up too quickly and finding friends when you're at rock bottom. Its protagonist and narrator, Isaac West, is fiercely loyal to his younger sister Janelle, and steals to provide for her. However, he gets caught and thrown into juvie, where the inmates reenact their crimes to understand the situation better. As weeks pass, Isaac learns to trust others while finding more about himself than ever. McLaughlin's latest novel is a whirlwind of emotions and riveting plotlines. -Danielle, 12


Long May She Reign Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062418685
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Published: Harper Teen - February 21st, 2017

In LONG MAY SHE REIGN, Rhiannon Thomas blends mystery, romance, and the traditional cruelty of a court. Freya, who up until now simply wanted to play scientist, is thrust into a world of murder, mystery, romance and betrayal after the other heirs to the throne are poisoned. The characters capture you with their witty personalities and charm. Freya's loyalty is tested time and time again along with her courage as she repeatedly evades attempts on her and her friends’ lives. I enjoyed this book from the first to last page as it took me on a whirlwind of emotions ranging from anticipation, to love, to sadness. I felt as though I was really there with the characters. -Samia, 13
 


Beautiful Broken Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374300593
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - February 21st, 2017

From the second I read the back cover of BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, I knew it would be full of intensity. At certain parts of the book, chills surged up my spine, my eyes widened, and I even gasped out loud! Only a few authors are able to produce this reaction out of readers, and the fact that Kim Savage can do so says a lot. I adore how the perspective alternates throughout the book so the reader can get a taste of how each character feels and reacts to certain situations. Readers who enjoy tragedy and suspense will love BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS. -Isabel B, 14


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191058
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 14th, 2017

This is a book that is essential for the young adult genre right now. It has a really heart wrenching and emotional commentary on privilege, racism and police brutality in this country. This book expresses the importance of using your voice, because that voice can truly make a change. It showed me how important it is to treat everyone equally and give everyone equal opportunities, despite the fact that most people seem to have such a hard time doing just that. -Ava, 16


Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780553511468
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 14th, 2017

This book brings awareness to an issue that is far too often ignored: gender inequality worldwide. Through its beautiful photographs and its personal, deeply touching stories, the reader will be inspired to make a difference in the lives of girls all around the world who simply lack the same opportunities as those in first world countries, but have an equal amount of potential. You will realize that you too can make a difference in gender inequality worldwide, because one life changed can impact the whole world. -Ava, 16
 


A Tragic Kind of Wonderful Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316260060
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Published: Poppy Books - February 7th, 2017

This book tells the story of Mel, a teenage girl dealing with mental illness and relationship problems. It speaks of mental illness so perfectly that it made me cry. I got immersed in the story so easily and quickly that it was hard for me to put the book down. I was so completely attached to the characters and the story line that I forgot that reality existed. Please read this book, I promise it’s a story that you will not forget. -Ari, 15


Nowhere Near You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191782
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 7th, 2017

NOWHERE NEAR YOU by Leah Thomas is a fun, quirky adventure that I never ceased wanting to read. All the characters are developed perfectly to a point where I was totally invested in their well being. The story is expertly told through a series of letters sent between the two main characters. Both sides of the story are told separately but when they collide it’s done beautifully. The author gracefully goes over some dark themes, but never destroys the overall happy feel. I think that it is safe to say this series is one of my favorite book series I have read in a while. -Steven, 13


Fire Color One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399546921
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Published: Philomel Books - January 31st, 2017

Set in London and written in the perspective of sixteen-year-old arsonist Iris, FIRE COLOR ONE explores the connection between father and daughter. The story begins when Iris's mother, determined to inherit Iris's father's large fortune and art collection, is swiftly sent to London to live with her dying father. There, Iris learns that there is more to her father than the awful man her mother described. Valentine manages to balance melancholy and humor beautifully in this intricate, touching tribute to the power of art and family. -Danielle, 12
 


The You I've Never Known Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481442909
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - January 24th, 2017

Having never read an Ellen Hopkins novel or even a book written mostly in verse before, I wasn't sure what to expect going into THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN. However, I was quickly sucked into the story of Ariel and Maya. Both girls struggle in a variety of heartbreaking ways and it was fascinating to see them live and love despite their difficult circumstances. I think the verse format also added loads to the emotional impact of this book. If you are looking for a story about home, family, friendship, abuse, forgiveness, or figuring out who you truly are even when that seems impossible, then this book is for you. I will for sure be picking up more works by Ellen Hopkins in the future! -Jill, 17


A List of Cages Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484763803
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 10th, 2017

This book was nothing like I had imagined that it would be. It really raises awareness for what goes on in a household with abuse, and how it effects the people who care about the abused. At first I found A LIST OF CAGES just interesting, but once I got to the middle, I wasn't able to put it down. This book definitely left me speechless. -Emily, 17


Under Rose-Tainted Skies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544736511
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Published: Clarion Books - January 3rd, 2017

Nora is a girl with OCD and agoraphobia, something that keeps her from ever stepping foot outside. Until she meets her new next door neighbor Luke, that is. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is the perfect book to sit down with and read all in one sitting. It will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with these characters. Luke and Nora's story is not something that you want to miss. Get ready to hang onto the edge of your seat because this book is a roller coaster of all the best combinations -- love, laughter, and a fantastic story about a boy and a girl in love. -Isabel, 15


Flicker and Mist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544648401
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Published: Clarion Books - January 3rd, 2017

This book is a riveting tale that emphasizes the beauty of individuality. Myra is caught in the middle of three worlds and doesn’t know where she truly belongs. Her mixed family background and hidden ability, becoming invisible, challenge the life she seeks. Myra must learn to accept herself to save her own life. Readers will be taken on a journey of self-acceptance and immense character growth. Thompson has crafted a complex world that allows her readers to ponder the importance of valuing the individual. -Kamryn, 16


The Way I Used to Be Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481449366
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 7th, 2017

This novel grips you from the first line. Within the first few pages you find out about Eden’s traumatic experience freshman year that turned her life completely upside down. Not only is this book fast-paced and very interesting to read, it’s important. It gets you thinking about real life issues like sexual assault. In a society that is constantly evolving in regards to trauma, this novel presents a very real look at how it permanently changes one’s life. It is an amazing novel that you will not be able to put down. -Jordyn, 15


Goodbye Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553524062
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

This book was, in one word, beautiful. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will access deep emotions within you that you didn’t even know existed. I will be eternally grateful for this book because of how it touched me. The grief of the main character was so tangible, so real, that I found myself grieving along with him. This story is ultimately a beautiful narrative that showcases the importance of love, friendship, family and coping with loss. I will forever be amazed by the strength and honesty shown by these characters. This is a book that can change lives. -Ava, 16


Daughter of the Pirate King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250095961
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 28th, 2017

DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING is now one of my favorite books! Tricia Levenseller creates characters that will stay with you for life with their charming personalities. Alose has a harsh father and a life of impressing him. She deals with emotional pain, but most of all a forbidden romance. I nearly stayed up all night reading and when I woke up the first thing I did was pick up my book. It will surely become your new favorite book too if you enjoy violence and forbidden love as it blends the two perfectly together. It is an amazing book and I can’t wait till the next one comes out! -Samia, 13


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