American Born Chinese

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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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In the After

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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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Divergent

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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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The Maze Runner

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Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. New York: Random House, (2009).

ISBN: 978-0385737951, Paperback, $9.99.


               What if you found yourself in a strange place, not knowing your name or anything about your past? That’s what happened to Thomas. He woke up in an elevator, and when the doors opened he was greeted by a group of boys his age in the middle of a giant maze. These boys had already been searching for a way out, sending out the strongest to run the maze, but were unable to find an exit. Picking up clues and encountering vicious monsters, Thomas and the boys’ search becomes more frantic as they try to find out why they are in the maze, who they were before they got there, and what has happened to the rest of the world. Will they find there way through? Will the monsters that guard the maze catch them? What if you woke up one day and found yourself as the next Maze Runner?

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Attack on Titan: Volume 1

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Isayama, Hajime. Attack on Titan, Vol.1 New York: Kodansha Comica, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1-61262-024-4, Paperback, $9.99.


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For years, humanity has been living surrounded by walls to protect themselves from the monsters on the other side. During this time, soldiers have risked their lives going beyond the walls to learn how these monsters, these Titans, can be fought and eradicated so their people truly feel safe.

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Despite their efforts, their home is ravaged, seemingly in seconds, and their hard work has gone in vain. Now, their friends and family are dying left and right; their homes in shambles.

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Victoria and the Rogue

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Cabot, Meg. Victoria and the Rogue. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Print.

ISBN: 978-0060753214, Paperback: $8.99


             Sixteen and rich, Victoria gets sent to England in search of a husband. Along the way she meets Lord Malfrey and the two become engaged before she even sets foot on English soil. Unfortunately, the horrendous, albeit handsome, Captain Carstairs keeps interfering in Victoria’s matters. As annoying as she finds him, Victoria soon finds all is not as it seems…

 “There were any of the other numerous gentleman with whom she’d become acquainted since arriving in London.

But Victoria had thought of one name and one name only when she’d determined that a gentleman must be sent for, and that name had been Jacob Carstairs.

And that was, purely and solely, because he was the only person Victoria knew who could be counted upon to keep his mouth shut about Lord Malfrey…”

During her stay, Victoria goes about helping others but soon finds that she must focus on herself if she is to make the right decision in who she is to wed.

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