Insta Review: Scar Island, by Dan Gemeinhart

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram The setting: A juvenile detention center (housed in an old insane asylum) on a spooky island in the middle of a dark, stormy ocean. The cast: A dozen or so troubled teens, forced to slave […]

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Insta Review: Restart, by Gordon Korman

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Restart has a very cool premise – Chase Ambrose wakes up in the hospital with no idea who he is or what his life has been like up to this point. He’s physically healthy after […]

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Insta Review: Posted, by John David Anderson

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  View this post on Instagram In another book full of bumbling, clueless adults, the staff at Branton Middle School takes two fateful steps: Step 1. Ban cell phones because of bullying. Step 2. Sit and hope that cell phones were […]

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Insta Review: Noggin, by John Corey Whaley

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  View this post on Instagram All of the things I love about YA fiction in one intriguing story. How do I explain this? Well, Travis Coates died. And then, he came back. To give you some minor details: his head […]

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Insta Review: The Only Road, by Alexandra Diaz

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  View this post on Instagram Not a light breezy beach read, but worth it. The Only Road tells the dark and intense journey of Jaime and his cousin Angela as they attempt to leave their home in Guatemala to resettle […]

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Insta Review: Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram If you loved the broken utopia of The Giver and the mysterious setting of The Maze Runner, then add Orphan Island to your reading list. Each year, a little green boat floats to Orphan Island […]

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Insta Review: Ugly, by Robert Hoge

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!   View this post on Instagram This book was recommended to me by another librarian as a chapter book to increase empathy and kindness in students. Praised as a “non-fiction Wonder” (referring to RJ Palaccio’s life-altering novel, Wonder), Ugly is […]

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Insta Review: The Selection, by Keira Cass

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram I promised to read this one after being prompted approximately 46 million times by my favorite middle schoolers. They pitched it as The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor – AND THEY WERE SO RIGHT. The […]

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Insta Review: Rules, by Cynthia Lord

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!   View this post on Instagram David is the center of Catherine’s universe. She loves her little brother, but she also hates him: his autism makes everything more difficult. Her parents’ relationship, their schedule, their home life… it seems like […]

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Insta review: The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Nicola Yoon has an undeniable talent for writing about the addictive first stages of love. In The Sun is Also A Star, as in her other novel, Everything Everything, she describes falling in love with […]

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