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Caitlyn K.


Caitlyn K.

Teen Board Member

Naperville, Illinois

Hello! My name is Caitlyn. I am 15 years old and I live in Illinois, or, the land of the corn. I love reading like nothing else. When I am not studying, you can usually find me reading. If I am not doing either of those, I am usually outside playing soccer or practicing some sort of instrument. I play trombone, guitar and piano. I also love watching shows on Netflix, and some of my favorites are "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," "Arrow," and "The Flash." I love Marvel everything, and I am the biggest fan of "Hamilton." I love writing and reading and can’t wait to share my love here!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini
3. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
5. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Caitlyn K.

Reviews by Caitlyn K.

by Melanie Crowder - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

It's 1999 in Bolivia, and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor and the indigenous majority, Francisco and his sister are left with no choice: They must move into prison with their father. There, they find a world unlike anything they've ever known, where everything has its price. With their lives upended, Francisco faces an impossible decision: break up the family and take his sister to their grandparents in the Andean highlands, or remain together in the increasingly dangerous prison.

by Heather Hansen - Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

In a stratified society where contact with the sun is a luxury reserved for the elite, those kept prisoner in the darkness will do anything to find the light. Arden is one of the citizens of the lowest Level, known as Undercity. As sister to the leader of the most powerful gang in Undercity, she has access to Above. There she meets Dade, one of the few lucky enough to be born into the sun-kissed families who reside in the Towers soaring above the rest of the city. An unlikely romance develops between the two teens --- but their love faces opposition from above and below.

by David Elliott - Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mythology, Poetry, Young Adult 14+
 Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters. 
by Victoria Aveyard - Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country --- and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.

by Mechthild Gläser - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Magic, Supernatural, Young Adult 14+

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House --- but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts --- at whatever cost.

by Erin Summerill - Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter --- that is, until her father is murdered. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings and dark magic to find the real killer. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with. 
by Dean Hughes - Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Military, Young Adult 14+

Yuki Nakahara is an American. But it’s the start of World War II, and America doesn’t see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans, Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn’t willing to sit back and accept this injustice --- it’s his country too, and he’s going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies.

by Gregg Hurwitz - Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn 18 --- and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away. Determined to save Patrick's life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites --- and what they find is horrifying.

by Mike A. Lancaster - Juvenile Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Fifteen-year-old Ani Lee is a skilled hacker researching a strange .wav file that behaves as no file ever should. Joe Dyson is a 17-year-old American transplant recruited into a secret teen division of the British intelligence service who’s looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in an underground music scene that might be more than it appears. When Ani and Joe’s investigations intertwine, they discover the .wav file and the music are linked --- someone’s embedding the file into tracks to create a mind-controlled teen army.