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Harleen K.

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Harleen K.

Teen Board Member

East Amherst, New York

Hi! My name is Harleen K. and I am so happy to once again be a part of the Teen Board! I have loved reading ever since the second grade, when I read the Harry Potter series, and I now love a good YA contemporary or historical fiction book. I am a co-blogger on Little Bookworm Reviews opposite my sister Harman. I am a senior in high school and involved in many clubs, including Book Club and Newspaper Club, and I play the clarinet in my school's wind ensemble.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
2. Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry
3. READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
4. THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab
5. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

Harleen K.

Reviews by Harleen K.

by Jessica Cluess - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city --- and the one she loves?

by Kerri Maniscalco - Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privileges. But between the social teas and dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

by Lygia Day Peñaflor - Fiction, Young Adult 13+
Joss Byrd is America's most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss's life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother's expectations, a crush on her movie brother and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.
by Albert Marrin - Biography, Education, History, Young Adult 13+

Albert Marrin explores the life of a fascinating, complex man, who is lionized by some and villainized by others. FDR guided his country through a crippling depression and a horrendous world war. He understood Adolf Hitler, and what it would take to stop him, before almost any other world leader did. But to accomplish his greater goals, he made difficult choices that sometimes compromised the ideals of fairness and justice.

by Kasie West - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters --- sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she's kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can't always be spelled out...

by Kiersten White - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Ever since she and her younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and taken to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada Dragwlya has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend --- and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

by Stacey Lee - Culture, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1906, San Francisco, 15-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover t hat getting in was the easiest part. On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas - Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

England, 1882. When her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes. Evelyn ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. A reclusive young gentleman, Sebastian Braddock, is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true―and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

by Michael Grant - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, with dreams and aspirations. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister, Frangie needs money for her family, and Rainy wants to kill Germans. These daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race.

by Alexis Bass - Family, Young Adult 12+
A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk, killed his best friend and paralyzed his girlfriend. Today, he’s coming home from prison.
 
Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again --- whose sister is paralyzed from the accident.
 
A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers.