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Trafficked by Kim Purcell (a review from our Two Thumbs Up Review Panel)

by Alexandra K - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:16pm

Hannah believes she's being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won't let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets - from Hannah and from each other. Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her new status as a modern-day slave or risk losing the one thing she has left: her life.

Trafficked by Kim Purcell was a very suspenseful book. The summary on the back of the book and the picture on the front really drew me in and made me want to read it. Once I started the book, it was hard to put down because I wanted to keep reading to find out how it was going to end. I thought the book had a really nice flow and the words were well chosen. The message of the book was very clear and it definitely had a moral to it. All in all, I think this book was very good. It also taught me a lot about human trafficking.

- Jessica, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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The Story of Us by Deb Caletti (a review from our Two Thumbs Up review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 8:59pm

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Cricket's on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend - but she's picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother's romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fiancÚs, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a sweet, sexy son - Ash - complications arise.

The characters in The Story of Us are those rare ones that stay in your heart long after you put the book down. However, it will be almost impossible to stop reading before the last page! You'll find yourself hoping with Cricket that her mother's wedding all goes according to plan, and angry at her soon-to-be step-sister. Deb Caletti writes in a way that the characters and their emotions really come off the page. Readers will definitely love seeing the world through Cricket's eyes and taking part in The Story of Us.

- Julia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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Invisible Sun by David Macinnis Gill (a review from our Two Thumbs Up teen review panel)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 3:30pm

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You don't want to mess with Durango. He left his crew behind. His father is dead. And he's going to prove himself to Vienne, even if he dies trying. As he races through flood and fire and across a violent and terrifying planet, there's a 97% chance he's going to die trying. But who's counting.

I like this book very much. The positives are that it has a lot of action, and a very good storyline. The book kept me wanting to keep reading. On the bad side, though, it was hard to understand at some points in the story, because of the way the author writes it. This may be because there is a book before this one, and I did not read it.

The rating I would give this book is 4.5/5.

- Burke, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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Immortal City by Scott Speer (A review from our Two Thumbs Up Teen Review Panel)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 2:18pm

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect--everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Once teens start reading Immortal City they'll find themselves swept into Jackson's world along with Maddy. In Scott Speer's debut novel, he has managed to parallel the paranormal realm of angels with the reality of Hollywood celebrities. While it is a little slow to get into, once the action starts it doesn't stop. Speer's writing leaves everyone wondering who the killer is right until the very end. Maddy and Jacks' connection is evident from the beginning. They're destined to be together, but the rest of the world doesn't think so.

-Cassie, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

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The Jade Notebook by Laura Resau (A review from our Two Thumbs Up Teen Review Panel)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Mar 06, 2012 at 10:12am

Down-to-earth Zeeta and her flighty mom, Layla, have spent years traveling the globe and soaking up everything each new culture has to offer. Now they've settled in the beachside town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta's true love, Wendell, has an internship photographing rare sea turtles. At first glance, Zeeta feels sure that Mazunte is paradise - she envisions dips in jade waters, sunsets over sea cliffs, moonlit walks in the surf. And she is determined to make Mazunte her home . . . for good. But as she and Wendell dig deeper to unearth her elusive father's past, Zeeta finds that paradise has its dark side.

The Jade Notebook lets readers into the town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta's story of poachers, murder threats, and the quest to find her father fill the pages with plenty of drama. You will fall in love with the jungles of Mazunte, and hope for the sea turtles' eggs to end up safe. As Jade digs deeper into the mystery of her father, you will have no choice but to wonder if she'll find him, and what state will he be in? Will Zeeta and Wendell get the egg poachers in jail? Teenage girls will definitely enjoy this novel.

- Julia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Two Thumbs Up
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