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Jan 19

Teen Tuesdays: Diverse YA reviews

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on January 19, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterThe York County Public Libraries believe in having a strongly diverse book collection for all ages to enjoy. With discrimination still being a powerful obstacle in the world today, it is the YCPL's duty to arm the public with diverse knowledgeable books that will help educate young readers. Among these books there are two titles that stand out and are reviewed below. These books have a rich mixture of characters from diverse backgrounds that our young adult readers can not only connect with, but better understand as well. Both offer a chance to immerse themselves into someone else's life and feel the struggles they face everyday. To read reviews of the two featured diverse young adult novels, click on "Continue Reading..." below.

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Aug 05

Teens Review: Carve the Mark

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on August 5, 2019 at 12:55 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Reviewer: Mackenzie J.
Rating: 5 Stars

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth book coverCarve the Mark, written by Veronica Roth, is about two young people who must put aside their differences to help save their planet.

Cyra Noavek is part of the Shotet people, and her brother, Ryzek Noavek, is an evil ruler who uses Cyra’s current gift to get what he wants. Akos Kereseth is Thuvesit, and because of his fate, is kidnapped by Ryzek. Both of them work together to get what they both want. For Akos to go back home and Cyra to reduce her pain, courtesy of her current gift of inflicting pain on others and herself. To read more of the review and get a list of readalikes hand-picked by YCPL librarians, click on "Continue Reading...".

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May 02

Teens Review: The Firm

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on May 2, 2019 at 1:56 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: The Firm by John Grisham
Reviewer: Blaine H.
Rating: 5 Stars

The Firm by John Grisham CoverThe Firm is about a young law school graduate named Mitchell McDeere. He is the ideal lawyer; he graduated from Harvard in the top five of his class. At the beginning of the book, he has job offers on Wall Street, but he decides to do an interview for a small firm in Memphis, Tennessee. The firm is called Bendini, Lambert, and Locke. During the interview, McDeere is informed that he will get paid a much higher salary (with bonuses) with their firm than if he accepts a job anywhere else. They explain that all of their employees are millionaires by the age of 50. Everything about their firm seems ideal to Mitch, so he takes the job.

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