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Vampire Academy #1

 

Reviewed by Minhal Farrukh, Teen Advisory Council 

 

 

Vampire Academy CoverRichelle Mead’s Vampire Academy follows Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi princess who carries a rare gift of harnessing the earth’s magic and the protagonist Rose Hathaway, a dhampir and a guardian whose blood contains a blend of vampire and human into a world involving vampires. Thea best friends are on the run from the most dangerous and strong vampires, Strigoi, but were caught and taken back to the St. Vampire Academy, a school for royal vampires and their future guardians.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You

Reviewed By Bayan Saidam, Teen Advisory Council
 
Bright Pink Book Cover36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You is a White Pine 2019 nominee written by Vicki Grant, an author of 14 award-winning novels native to Canada. This book follows the story of two polar opposites, Hildy and Paul, that end up in a University psychology study made to test if two strangers can fall in love by answering 36 intimate and deep questions. Hildy is an awkward and quirky goody-two-shoes that comes from a privileged background whereas Paul is a complete bad boy who lived a rough life and likes to hide his struggles from the people around him. Paul signed up for the study to earn the $40 that was promised whereas Hildy did it out of pure curiosity and the science behind it. Will 36 questions be enough to make these polar opposites fall in love?

The Marrow Thieves

By Cheri Dimaline


The Marrow ThievesThis dystopian feels all too real and familiar. Climate change and rising sea levels have reclaimed and changed much of the land, engulfing entire cities. Humans have lost the ability to dream, and are being driven crazy and dying because of it. The only cure is in the marrow of indigenous peoples, but harvesting the dreams from them causes death.

 

French is a young indigenous lad fleeing for his life in the wilderness. With recruiters on his heels to drag him off to re-opened residential schools, every day is about survival, not only from the men that hunt him, but also from the elements. While on the run with other indigenous people fleeing the recruiters, he learns about his people's past; their stories, their language and their customs. But trusting even his own people can lead to terrible consequences.

Escape from Syria

By Samya Kullab

Escape from Syria book coverThis tale gives a fictional but all too real account of a family’s flight from war and the terrors of a refugee camp. Told from the point of view of Amira, it gives some light background to the war and the reasons why so many people fled. Once out of Syria, the family settles in Lebanon, but Lebanon is fearful of war coming to them, and does not allow most Syrians to work or own homes. Out of money, the family are forced to live a meagre existence in a refugee camp.
This story also touches on the difficulty of getting out of the camps to a safe country, of getting medical attention, of educational opportunities. It doesn’t take sides, just tells how things are. Though moving to Europe or North America means having access to these things, it also shows a new set of difficulties, learning a new language, new rules, new geography and climate.