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Ellie T.

Biography

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
4. WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
5. MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows and Cynthia Hand

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Reviews by Ellie T.

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.

by McKelle George - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. There, Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement, one that might not make it through the summer. Beatrice and Hero --- along with Prince, his brother John, Benedick and Maggie --- throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.