What happens when you get a bunch of book-loving teens together? A LOT, if it's the QRB Teen Advisory Board! The group has been busy:
- Helping to run our Harry Potter July 2016 party!
- Designing our store front window display for Banned Book Week
- Reviewing books and posting on their blog - getting to see books by authors you love BEFORE they're published is a treat!
- Meeting with and handling store events for authors (like Joelle Charbonneau and (left) Marissa Meyer)
Our TAB is now full! We have a waiting list for other teens interested in joining! If interested, and you're 14+, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, with 'join' in the subject line.
Follow them on Twitter at: @QRB_Teen
You can see some of their most recent reviews from their blog below.
L to R: Banned Book Week display; meeting up with Joelle Charbonneau; having fun with Marissa Meyer
The Serpent King is a touching novel, set in the deep south, that embraces the idea of never-ending friendship and courage. Dillard, the main character, has to learn to accept himself in a community where his own father is held at the county jail. The vipers in this book are more figurative than literal, as Dill goes through his senior year of high school. I loved this book. Although depressing at parts, the feel-good aspects of the story made it worth the read. -Sydney
THIS BOOK MADE ME HAPPY. I picked up this book because of its cover, but when I began to read it, I was hooked. This novel follows a girl named Jessie, who just doesn’t fit in at her new school in Los Angeles. When she got an email from Somebody/Nobody (SN), right then and there I knew this was going to be good. The suspense of the novel, and the flirty little comments they sent back and forth made me smile so hard. This book shows what it’s like to be in high school, and how many fears girls and guys have when they first start at a new school. I read this book whenever I had the time and when I got to the end of the book and screamed a tiny bit, I got weird looks from people, but I wasn’t ashamed at all. I figured out who SN was about halfway through because of subtle hints, but it was just too cute not to finish. Tell Me Three Things is great. If you want to read a novel that is full of cute, squeal worthy moments, buy this one. It’s really worth it. -Alyssa B.
Stars Above is Marissa Meyer’s way of giving us a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles and an epilogue to Winter. Let me tell you, the ships are real. In this collection of short stories, we are given background about several of our beloved characters from the Lunar Chronicles. We are told about Cinder’s transformation from girl to cyborg, Cinder’s introduction to Linh Pearl and Linh Adri, how Wolf got his nickname, as well as other beautifully woven tales. Marissa Meyer does a great job of saying farewell to the Lunar Chronicles with this collection of short stories. Five Stars. Ages 12+. -Alex P.
Embark on an incredible tale with four teens in Ruta Sepetys’ newest novel, Salt to the Sea. The only thing the four teenagers have in common is their need for the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship providing a chance of freedom for displaced families during World War II. One wants to reunite with family, one only longs to return home, another fights to get revenge on a betraying mentor, and the last needs to make Hitler proud and guarantee his place in Germany’s history. Through snow and ice, shots and wounds, love and loss, Sepetys’ incredibly alive characters tell the stories of their crippling pasts, shaky presents, and haunting futures. No one does historical fiction quite like Ruta Sepetys, and this Titanic-esque, tragic, and brilliant story will follow you around long after you put it down. Ages 12+. - Reed R.
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Award-winning author Nicola Yoon steals our hearts, once again, with this poetic and timely love story. When the Universe brings Natasha and Daniel together in the crowded streets of New York City, forces beyond their control have them set on different paths. With just twelve hours before Natasha's family is deported to Jamaica, these teens must fight for a future with each other, defying all odds and putting faith in destiny and love over logic.
In The Sun is Also a Star, Yoon beautifully combines lyric and logic, not only in the words that she chooses, but in the characters that she creates. I can't put into words how much I loved this book. My copy is already well-loved, with many highlighted passages and notes in the margins! - Nancy M.
Scarlett's personality practically shines through the pages as she relays events through witty commentary, modern language, and relatable thoughts. Every teen will find something in her that they can connect to. Throughout the twists and turns of the story are messages that demand to be heard by the world today, leaving readers with minds a bit more open and hearts a bit more forgiving. A necessity for any teen entering today's word, for perhaps nothing more than the relish of a vivacious perspective. Ages 12+. - Maggie H.
Rebel takes place in Miraji, a desert country torn apart by mystical creatures, a strict empire, and fearless rebels. Amani wants nothing more than to leave her dead-end town of Dustwalk, and her opportunity comes with a mysterious foreigner, whose trek is far more dangerous than Amani could ever imagine. Become immersed in the intense and oddly charming culture and lore of Miraji, swept away by the characters and their aspirations, and tangled up in the unique and quick-paced plot. I offer one warning: reading this book will leave you hungrry for the next. Ages 12+. - Reed R.
Bone Gap is a novel weaving together the lives of the people of Bone Gap, a sleepy midwestern town. The mean kids still call Finn 'Moonface", the adults look up to Finn's older brother, Sean, and the O'Sullivan's mysterious visitor and kind friend disappears without a trace. There is an uneasiness and secrecy to the novel that will compel every reader to keep turning the page, diving into the minds of Finn, Sean, Roza, and the citizens of Bone Gap. Laura Ruby's stunning novel will leave you yearning to go forward, go back, and to read it all over again. Ages 14+. - Reed R.
The Passion of Dolssa is an intriguing story about a runaway heretic and her three sisters. WIth a varying viewpoint, the readers experience the chase for Dolssa from all sides. Set in 1246, the story presents a negative side of the Christian church. As the story moved along and became more comlex, it was more suspenseful. The story explored the shallowness of people and the strength of faith in loved ones. I highly recommend this book for someone who enjoys historical fiction! Ages 12+. - Hannah U.
Acclaimed author Jennifer Donnelly does not disappoint in her newest historical mystery. Jo Montford is not afraid to get her hands dirty looking for a story, but that all changes when her father dies. Deeply impacted by her father’s suicide, Jo searches for the reason her father killed himself, and becomes more and more certain that there’s more behind her father’s death than she thinks. These Shallow Graves is a fabulous book, filled with complex ideas of class, love, passion, and the lies we tell ourselves. -Reed R.
Multiple reviews and love:
What do you need?” is the question Kayla Dunham and her fellow Nottawa High School classmates by a mysterious social media site that pops up. The site is totally anonymous, and promises you something you “need” in exchange for a task. What starts out as sending email invites to the site soon turns into confusion and getting the police involved. Charbonneau’s new novel will keep you hooked page after page, and reconsider everything you know about social media. I was absolutely hooked from the first page and I would for sure recommend it. -Alex P.
Need has suspense, action, wit, and characters that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe. Kaylee Dunham doesn’t know what to do when “NEED,” a new social-media website becomes viral at her school. She is disgusted by the things people will do to get their “needs”: delivering anonymous packages to friends or switching out Tylenol for unnamed pills just because the website asked them to. Join Kaylee on her mission to shut down Need in this masterfully written, you-can’t-put-it-down novel. -Reed R.