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Top 5 Feminist Fantasy Choices for Your Summer Reading

Our Book Hipsters are hard at work putting together their Top 5 lists for the Teen Summer Newsletter. Want a sneak peek? Read on for the expanded version of one of our own AWPL Book Hipsters. Lauranne’s Top 5 Feminist Fantasy Books is below! If you like her style, be sure to check out her own blog. And be sure to look out for the annual Summer Newsletter, where you’ll find all of our summer programs and events, as well as great suggestions for your summer reading.

Feminist Fantasy by Lauranne, 16

1. Tamora Pierce is an excellent author of many series about strong, female characters, including lady nights, magicians, spies, and members of a city’s guard. My favorite setting is her kingdom of Tortall. This world has several series, The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, the Trickster’s books, and the Beka Cooper series (each containing two to four books), set in it. Younger YA readers may be interested in her Winding Circle Universe, which also has several series set in it.

2. The Throne of Glass Series, by Sarah J. Mass, is set in a world where magic has died. In the first book, the imprisoned and most feared assassin in the world, Celaena Sardothien enters a contest to win her freedom. In the palace of the tyrannical king who rules the world, however, there is something stalking her and her fellow competitors. The sequel, Crown of Midnight, as well as The Assassin’s Blade, a collection of novellas describing Celaena’s past, are out. The third book, Heir of Fire, is expected to come out in September.

3. A Widdershins Adventure, by Ari Marmell, is about a witty thief named Widdershins, hiding from a dark past. Her closest ally is a god named Olgun, who rides in her mind. Unfortunately, something horrible is haunting her city, and she is in mortal danger. There are several books out in this series, the first one being Thief’s Covenant.

4. Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen is good for the lovers of old legend. Robin Hood is recreated in this story following his fellow outlaw, Will Scarlet- who happens to be a girl in disguise and is on the run from her past. The band of thieves, who are trying to protect Nottingham, are further endangered by the arrival of the thief-taker, Guy of Gisbourne, who is connected to Scarlet’s past. The second book in this series is Lady Thief.

5. Foiled, by Jane Yolen, is an urban fantasy graphic novel, which is a change of pace from the other books listed. Aliera Castairs loves to fence, but is a social outcast. She is beginning to wonder where she fits in, but her strange fencing foil, and a boy in her class who may be a troll- literally, might be the answers to her question. This light read is continued in Curses, Foiled Again!

Book Hipsters Book Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Hello Readers!

Once again, our Book Hipsters have reviewed a round of books for you. Today, we’re featuring Kathryn’s review of Champion by Marie Lu, the third and final installment in her series that began with Legend. Are you a fan? Did you miss our Legend discussion? Leave a comment below!

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Title: Champion

Author: Marie Lu

Reviewed by: Kathryn, Age 12, Grade 7

Series: Book #3 of the Legend series

Genre: Science Fictionchampion.indd

What grade would you give this book? B+

Summary: It is a book about a war between the colonies and the Republic of America. The two main characters, Day and June, are fighting for the Republic and Day has to give up his brother for testing to find a cure for the disease that started the war.

What do you think of the cover? I don’t like the cover because it does not have much to do with the book.

Does the cover accurately reflect the contents? No, but one dream Day has is represented by the cover.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? Yes. It wasn’t as good as the first two books.



Book Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Reviewed by FleurBetween-the-Lines-400

Picture enchanting characters, interesting settings, and a plotline that will leave you smiling; if that sounds like a good book, then Between The Lines is for you.

To begin, we meet the two charming main characters. One, a prince, considered privileged in his lifestyle, wants to break free. The other, a teenage girl, loves a special book that she found at the school library–a one-of-a-kind children’s fairytale. Then, one day, she notices that something in the book has changed. Mystified, she investigates further…and discovers a surprise no one will soon forget! Some more characters include a sweet friend/dog, a silly girl sadly in love with the prince, a mother who worries about her child not growing up, and an understanding BFF.

This delightful story about finding home and love is perfect for a mellow evening that needs brightening up.  So dive in and uncover the magical secrets of this tale! DISCLAIMER AND WARNING: If you like this book too much, you may find yourself reading fairytales again. But then again, is that really a bad thing?

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Title: Cirque du Freak series

Author: Darren Shan

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Look for the first book in the series, A Living Nightmare, in our YA series area.

Reviewed by: Noel  S., 10th Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural

What grade would you give this series? A+

Synopsis: Darren Shan, a normal kid, becomes trapped in a web of crazy, destructive, and evil web of events after stealing a vampire’s spider in a freak show. When he becomes a vampire, he has to make certain “adjustments” in order to adapt to his vampire life as a vampire’s assistant. His course of horror is only decided by his destiny, and that course is going to change many, many things…

What do you think of the covers? The covers were amazing. They grabbed my attention immediately.

Do the covers accurately reflect the contents? Yes.

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? There were many sad moments that the main character went through, but everything else was just awesome.

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For All of You Cinder Fans…

She’s a cyborg. She’s a mechanic. She’s…Cinderella? Meet Cinder, the star of the first installment in Marissa Meyer’s fantastic Lunar Chronicles series. If you’re a fan, look at this recipe for a tasty beverage based on Cinder. I haven’t made this yet, but it looks like it might be pretty good. (I’m a little suspicious ofcinder the Oreo cookie, though. Maybe a gingersnap instead?) For those of you too lazy to click on a link, here’s the recipe:

The Cinder


1 cup water

1 bag of your favorite green tea

1/4 cup of low fat milk, chilled (almond milk would be great, too)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Optional Add-ins:

1 crumbled Oreo cookie (chunky and black like cinders)

tiny pinch of black cardamom (smoky flavor of cinders)


  1. Pour water into a microwave-safe mug and heat for 2.5 minutes. Then place tea bag in this hot water and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
  2. If you like, froth milk with a milk frother.
  3. Remove tea bag from tea.  Add brown sugar and milk to tea and stir.
  4. Sprinkle with crumbled Oreo and a tiny bit of black cardamom to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Book Hipsters Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Hello everyone,

Looking for some great books to read on your snowdays? Book Hipsters Club has been hard at work reviewing! Read on for Lauranne’s review of Charles de Lint’s The Blue Girl.

  • Title: The Blue Girl
  • Author: Charles de Lintblue girl
  • Reviewed by Lauranne W., 10th Grade
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  •  What grade would you give this book? A+

Synopsis: The main character, Imogene, moves to a town. Unfortunately, while she’s made a best friend and gotten out of the gang side of school, her childhood imaginary friend has come to life. Weird creatures and the school ghost are following her around and she’s attracted the attention of some malevolent creatures.

What do you think of the cover? I like it. It fits the main character well, even if it is another girl on the cover.

Does the cover accurately reflect the contents? I guess, because she’s blue (literally).

Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? The ending was a little quick.