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Pranshu A.


Pranshu A.

Teen Board Member

Norman, Oklahoma

Hi everyone! I'm Pranshu from Oklahoma. I am 17 years old and about to be a senior in high school (saying I'm a senior does not feel real). Needless to say, I harbor a love for reading that is only matched by my love for donuts. I have also come to realize that it is not enough that I just read something --- I need to be able to think about it and analyze it. That is what makes a good reader and that is what I strive to be by being on the Teen Board. In addition to reading, I enjoy laying in bed with my computer and playing the piano (very badly)!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. Fire and Thrones trilogy by Rae Carson
2. ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
3. Tintin by Herge (series of comics)
4. Monkey High by Shouko Akira (manga)
5. IN REAL LIFE by Lawrence Tabak

Pranshu A.

Reviews by Pranshu A.

by Adwoa Badoe - Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+
For 18 year-old Charlotte, university life is better than she’d ever dreamed. Most of all, Charlotte is exposed to new ideas and in 1981 Ghana, this may be the most exciting --- and most dangerous --- adventure of all. At first Charlotte basks in her wonderful new freedom, especially being out of the watchful eye of her controlling and opinionated father. She suddenly finds herself with no shortage of male attention.But Ghana is fraught with a history of conflict. And in the middle of her freshman year, the government is overthrown and three judges are abducted and murdered.
by Katie Kennedy - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad, but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid --- his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him. He's seventeen, and they've been studying physics longer than he's been alive.
by Aditi Khorana - Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. 
by Neal Bascomb - Education, History, Military, Reference, Young Adult 12+
Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction in this incredible true story of spies, survival and the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler s very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed.
by Cindy Anstey - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Juliana Telford is not your average 19th-century young lady. She's much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses or dances. When her father sends her to London for a season, she plans to secretly publish her research. Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana's traveling companions...and Juliana herself.

by William Osborne - Historical Thriller, Military, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Tygo, a locksmith's son, is forced by the Nazis to loot abandoned Dutch homes for valuables. Known as "The Ferret," everyone despises him, but helping the Germans is the only way he can stay alive. When he discovers a girl with a diamond in a chimney, he refuses to give her up. Instead, he turns spy and uses the jewel to find out information about Hitler's ultimate weapon. He has one shot to stop the war. Can a ferret become a hero?

by Shannon Gibney - African American Interest, Fiction, Women's Studies

Despite some teasing, sixteen-year-old Alex Kirtridge found that being a biracial girl in a white family didn't make much of a difference as long as she was a star on the diamond. But now, things are changing: she meets Reggie, the first black guy who's wanted to get to know her; she discovers the letters from her biological father that her adoptive parents have kept from her; and her body starts to grow into a woman's, affecting her game. Alex begins to question who she really is. She's always dreamed of playing pro baseball just like her father, but can she really do it? Does she truly fit in with her white family? What does it mean to be black?

by Eleanor Herman - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 14+
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. Alexander, Macedon's 16-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer… 
by Kris Dinnison - Gay & Lesbian, Youth Fiction

Maggie and Nash are outsiders. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel --- with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references --- sings a song of love and forgiveness.

by Ali Novak - Family, Relationships, Romance, Youth Fiction

Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because that cute boy she met at Starbucks is Oliver Perry --- lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number.  But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver --- dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band --- when her sister could be dying of cancer?