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Lauren H.

Biography

Lauren H.

Teen Board member

Birmingham, Alabama

My interests include reading, soccer, acting, singing, ballet, running and dabbling in piano. I enjoy reading the classics and historical fiction but I also enjoy some fantasy novels. I am a sophomore and am looking forward to reading more ancient literature and classic novels throughout my remaining years in high school. I enjoy reading and studying literature that challenges my personal ideas of the world and history. Only by learning the beliefs of others will we learn to strengthen our own.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. THE GREAT GATSBY by F.Scott Fitzgerald
2. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
3. JACOB HAVE I LOVED by Katherine Paterson
4. SHORT STORY, A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Flannery O'Conner

Lauren H.

Reviews by Lauren H.

by Laurie Forest - Fantasy, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 12+

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, who saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own. But she soon realizes that the university is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms on the horizon everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away.

by Gaby Triana - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction
Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It's been six years since she chose to live with her affluent father in Miami instead of her history-obsessed eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead. But while Sleepy Hollow was made immortal by literature, the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica's Cuban family and the secrets of their heritage that her mother obsessed over. But ghostly voices whisper in the wind, questioning whether her mother’s death might not have been an accident after all, and Mica knows there's a reason she's here.
by Catherine Lo - Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They're BFFs...until suddenly they're not. Told through alternating points of view, HOW IT ENDS is the story of a friendship from first meeting to breakup, set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys, and backstabbing.

by Scot Gardner - Fiction, Paranormal, Psychological Suspense, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him --- his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.
by Jesper Wung-Sung - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+, Youth Fiction

Based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark’s history, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a 15-year-old boy deserve to be put to death? Niels Nielson, a young peasant, was sentenced to death by beheading on the dubious charges of arson and murder. Does he have the right to live despite what he is accused of? That is the question the townsfolk ask as the countdown begins.

by Kristin Elizabeth Clark and Heather Demetrios - Family Life, Short Stories, Youth Fiction
A collection of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens.
 
Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking and heartbreaking, I SEE REALITY will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.
by Amber J. Keyser - Family, Youth Fiction

Rakmen Cannon's life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he's flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn't bring back the dead. 

by Donna Jo Napoli - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Youth Fiction

Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl. Dolce has a fascination for making mirrors without realizing that quicksilver endangers her . . . and so evil begins in innocence.