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Here you will find book reviews written by Durham County Library teens!

Robin Hood

Was there an original Robin Hood? Maybe, but the stories probably came from many sources, including adventures of common criminals, and evolved over time to bring in Maid Marian, relocate Robin to Sherwood Forest, and move the period back to the reign of Richard I. This book takes you a little deeper into the details than some people would want to go and assumes you know your medieval English kings and rebels, but I enjoyed his picking apart the evidence on how the stories evolved.


Dracula is a very well-known classic, exposing the readers to varieties of social constraints and the ability to break free of those holds. Stoker uses imagery to help the reader visualize the intensity of the event. One very interesting aspect about the story structure is that it is written in journalistic form. Stoker switches between characters’ journals and memorandums, using the third person omniscient perspective to delve into the characters’ thoughts and actions individually. Bram Stoker used this novel to introduce magical realism to the world, while illustrating a certain Vampire creature which was definitely a first in the realm of writing.

Get Well Soon

This book was wonderful. Julie Halpern created a very realistic scenario as to which I personally related to as a teen that has formerly been placed in a mental institution. The fact that I could connect to this book so much made it that much better. Get Well Soon is a great book that I will be recommending to others.

Out Of My Mind

Out Of My Mind is about 11-year-old girl, Melody, who has Cerebral Palsy (a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture). Because she has the disease, everyone thinks she is not smart. But they could not be more wrong. Melody is actually the SMARTEST person in her school.
Melody has thoughts building up. And she fears not another person will hear them, until she is given a device called a MediTalker. And everyone sees she is more than meets the eye. I want to go on and on about this book. But then I would be a spoiler, and ruin the book, so….READ THIS BOOK IT IS AWESOME!!!!

Battered For No Reason

This book is about a woman being abused and manipulated. This book teaches young women to be conscious of your surroundings and make sure you know where you are. This book also tells you about how a woman was abused and teaches/helps you to know how to get out if your being abused or controlled by anybody. It also tells her life story in a way.

Mapleshade’s Vengeance

I really enjoyed the book. It gave some distinct background “Crookedstar’s Promise”. It is also very interesting because it is from the point of the villain, rather than the hero. Great for summer readers that have run out of conventional material. I would give it five stars!

Shadow Kiss

Rose and Dimitri are having more complications with their “relationship” then ever before. She is seeing the ghost of Mason, who was killed in the last book. She actually becomes friends with one of her enemies. Then there’s a huge attack on her school, and she is furious after its over. What she did to become calm is very unpredictable.

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys, tells a story of a Lithuanian girl who is forced out of her own country along with many others. Along the way she meets a spectrum of people who helps her get through the many seasons she spends in frozen wastelands. Ruta Sepetys takes you on this fear-laced journey of contemplation of life, family, friendship, and love. She crafts the enduring story of the struggle of millions of people eclipsed by World War II. Sepetys makes you ask the questions: what does it mean to be human and why don’t they make you read this book in school?

The genius files

The book is about two genius twins on a road trip but on the road trip, people are going to try to kill them and many people will try to save them and they will do many dangerous things all without their parents knowing. Know they are also apart of the program called the genius files.

big nate

There was some apprehension that it might be too wordy, but I liked it. It not only sums up how Nate feels about himself, it’s also a bit of a play on words. After all, Nate ends up in detention (for multiple infractions) by the book’s conclusion, so he really IS in a class by himself.

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