American Born Chinese


Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. New York: First Second, (2006).

ISBN: 978-1596431522, e-book, $5.72.

             America is known as a melting pot of cultures, yet there are still ruling stereotypes that keep ethnic cultures from feeling like they truly belong. American Born Chinese is the story of three characters who find themselves trying to eradicate those stereotypes from their lives while realizing they must still keep a hint of who they are as they try to assimilate.


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The Lazarus Machine


Crilley, Paul. The Lazarus Machine. New York: Prometheus Books, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1616146887, e-book, $7.69.

              Incorporating the ever-popular Sherlock storyline, The Lazarus Machine explores the workings of a government looking for more power that a seventeen-year-old young man is forced to investigate when his father is kidnapped. What is the government up to, and why did his father get mixed up in the mess?

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Adrian (age 13)

“It’s exciting because a lot of the times you don’t really know what’s going on until the very end. Like Ender’s Game. It’s cool because you can see everything the characters are doing and sometimes it’s really complicated so you’re always guessing over and over and you’re probably always wrong until they smack you with it at the end, what’s going on. They give you hints but the don’t tell you.”

In the After


Lunetta, Demitria. In the After. New York: Harper Collins, (2013).

ISBN: 978-0-06-210546-2, Paperback, $9.99.

               In the After there are no voices, there is no laughter, and there is no happiness. Sixteen-year-old Amy was watching television one day when it happened. The life she knew was gone. She’d seen her neighbors killed and eaten right in front of her eyes, but she managed to survive. For three years, Amy and Baby, a toddler she finds one day when scavenging for supplies, live as successfully as anyone could hope to survive. Thankfully, or maybe not so thankfully, they are rescued and taken to a safe zone where a number of other people are living happily with no understanding of what the After is really like. As Amy tries to cope with these sudden changes, she finds herself under the watchful eye of those in charge, and before she knows it, Amy is struggling to escape this new-found haven. More than anything, she now wants to find herself back In the After.

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Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Harper Collins, (2011).

ISBN: 978-0-06-2024-03-9, Paperback, $9.99.

               Divergent is not something you should be, but that’s exactly the label that Tris is given after she takes a test that decides where she should spend her life. In a futuristic America, people are separated into four factions. On their sixteenth year, teenagers are  allowed to decide with which faction to spend their lives. They can either stay in the one they were born into or, very rarely, decide to switch, disgracing the faction in which they were raised. When Tris’ test comes up with more than one faction, she will soon find that there may be more pressing questions than which faction she should choose. Why is her current faction in so much controversy? Why are the other factions trying to over throw them? And, more importantly, what does it mean to be Divergent?

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