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Aliza M.


Aliza M.

Teen Board member

Denver, Colorado 

Hi! My name is Aliza! I am 16 years old and I live in Colorado. Whenever I'm asked what I like to do for fun, I respond with one word, "read." Literature has become the center of my knowledge. I solve most, if not all, of my life's challenges with the lessons I've learned in books. On the few occasions during which I am not reading, you can find me spending time with my two little brothers, doing my math homework or contemplating the meaning of life. I've spent the past two years on the Teen Board and I am ecstatic to be back again!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. WONDER by R.J. Palacio
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
5. THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman

Aliza M.

Reviews by Aliza M.

by Jennifer Castle - Fiction, Friendship, Social Issues, Women’s Issues, Mental Health, Young Adult 13+
Ari Logan is battling to win her war against depression and the dark night she hurt herself on purpose. It's not easy: her best friend is drifting away, her mom's emotionally checked out, and she spends her days playing caregiver to her handful of a half-sister, Danielle. At first, Ari quietly longs for Camden from afar, seeing in him everything she wants to be. When the two discover a true connection the following summer, Ari lets herself fall not just for the quirky and self-assured Camden but also his friends, tumbling into their world of independence, adventure and shared sci-fi fandom.
by Beth Kephart - Friendship, Social Issues, Mystery, Young Adult 12+

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira's mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on --- to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future.

by Vicki L. Weavil - Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

For a ticket to Earth, 17-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is ready to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Her mission is easy: escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann's determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants. This is the story of a girl who must choose between fulfilling the dream that has always sustained her or save the planet she’s never considered home.

by Nicole Castroman - Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history's most infamous pirate --- Blackbeard --- and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and ultimately set him on his path of destruction.From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach's father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden.

by William Sutcliffe - Mystery, Thriller, Youth Fiction
In a not-so-distant future London, riots have become the norm. But when the government suddenly stops distributing Concentr8 --- a behavioral modification "miracle" drug akin to Ritalin --- the city's residents rise up fiercer than they ever have before. Amidst the chaos, five teens pick a man seemingly at random and chain him up as a hostage in a warehouse. Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet sidekick --- the only person he has ever trusted. But even Troy didn't see this coming, and as their story unfolds over six tense days, one thing is clear --- none of them will ever be the same again.
by Gary D. Schmidt - Family, Social Issues

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

by Kate Scelsa - Sexuality, Youth Fiction

Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis, and Sebby is Mira’s gay best friend. As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

by Linas Alsenas - Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and finds himself a boyfriend and a new group of friends. Can Marty and Jimmy keep up their friendship? And is Marty’s new beau everything he appears to be? Or is Marty too clueless to figure it all out before it’s too late?

by Mark Alpert - Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat...before Sigma destroys humanity.

Written by Cherie Priest with Illustrations by Kali Ciesemier - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. However a few years later Libby was in a car accident and she passed away with her mom and Princess X died with her. Years later May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X? When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.