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Ellie T.


Ellie T.

Teen Board Member

Chicago, Illinois

Hello, everyone! My name is Ellie, I am a proud Ravenclaw, a senior in high school and an Illinois resident. Like most of you here, I am also a book fanatic. I love reading books, buying (maybe even over-buying) books, talking about books and arranging my bookshelf. Almost every minute of my life that is not consumed with the harrowing task of school and homework, I spend reading, researching and loving books. I also love listening to Broadway musicals, although I cannot sing to save my life, watching Netflix, and photography. Living with four sisters, reading has become a quiet solace for me amid chaotic daily life and I wouldn't give up my love for books for anything else. I am so excited for this new adventure of being a Teen Board member and cannot wait to get started!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
3. MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
5. MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows and Cynthia Hand

Ellie T.

Reviews by Ellie T.

by Karen Rivers - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Elyse Schmidt never would have thought so, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, as perfect as it can be when you’ve literally fallen out of the sky and landed hard on the side of a mountain --- until suddenly it isn’t. When the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what’s left?

by Jessica Bayliss - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

10PM: Closing time at Café Flores. The door should be locked, but it isn't, Scott Bradley and Winsome Sommervil are about to become hostages. TEN MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING: Scott's girlfriend breaks up with him in the café's basement storeroom. Meanwhile, Winny wanted one night to let loose, but instead she's stranded at the café after her best friend ditches her in a misguided attempt at matchmaking. TEN MINUTES AFTER CLOSING: The first gunshot is fired. Someone's dead. And if Winny, Scott and the rest of the hostages don't come up with a plan soon, they may not live to see morning.

by Caroline Leech - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

It’s 1942, and as the war rages in Europe, Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands swinging an axe for the Women’s Timber Corps and relishing her newfound independence working alongside lumberjacks like John Lindsay. As Maisie and John work on felling trees together, Maisie can’t help but feel that they have more than a friendship, but every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding.

by Lindsey Duga - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Princess Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair --- if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help, and he’s not exactly cooperating. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right…

by Kristen Chandler - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Cassidy Carrigan wasn’t planning to ever get on a horse again. She wasn’t even planning on going to back to school after her dad moved out, her best friend ditched her, and her anxiety took over. But then she wasn’t planning on being shipped off to a ranch in the mountains of Wyoming as a charity case either. Or falling for a cowboy with a broken nose and an even more broken soul. But sometimes you just have to do a stupid, dangerous thing to have the time of your life. Set in the wild, beautiful west, here is a story about fear and failure and falling in love when the odds are against you.

by David Arnold - Coming of Age, Fiction, Friendship, Magical Realism, Young Adult 14+

Noah Oakman is a 16-year-old Bowie believer, historian, swimmer, son, brother and friend. Then Noah gets hypnotized. Now Noah sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviors, bits of history, plans for the future --- everything in Noah’s world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations...

by Karole Cozzo - Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at a theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long-distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams...Maybe she's ready for something real.

by Jenn Bennett - Fiction, Humor, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. And as the two travel deeper into California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world?

by Ally Carter - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Love & Romance, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to the middle of the Alaskan wilderness with no phone and not a single word from Logan. Her life is normal until Logan shows up six years later...and Maddie wants to kill him. But then an assailant appears, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie still really wants to kill Logan. But she has to save him first.

by Kimberly Reid - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Spy Fiction, Young Adult 13+

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, "fifteen minutes of fame." Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.