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Marco M.


Marco M.

Teen Board Member

Aurora, Oregon

Hello! I'm Marco! I like to spend my free time volunteering at my local library, making BookTube videos and reading. I’m also a huge advocate for diverse books! If I had to choose a favorite movie I’ve ever watched it would have to be Coraline. I'm the kind of person who can read a lot of books in a short amount of time; in the year of 2018, I read around 160 books! This is also my second year as a Teen Board member!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
2. LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds
3. MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness
4. THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart

Marco M.

Reviews by Marco M.

Written by Patrick Ness and Illustrated by Rovina Cai - Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

adapted by Ari Folman, with illustrations by David Polonsky - Graphic Novel, History, Memoir, Nonfiction

A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL stands without peer. For both young readers and adults, it continues to capture the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who for a time survived the worst horror the modern world has seen --- and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal. Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of THE DIARY and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition.

by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman - Adventure, Fiction

The drought --- or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it --- has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turn against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life --- and the life of her brother --- is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

by Ngozi Ukazu - Coming of Age, Comic Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Graphic Novel, Sports, Young Adult 14+

Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking (anything that hinders the player with posession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack --- his very attractive but moody captain.

by Don Brown - Current Affairs, Graphic Novel, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, THE UNWANTED is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.

by Non Pratt and BOOM! Studios - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

GIANT DAYS follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. They become fast friends during their first week of university --- and it’s a good thing they do, because a friend who has your back is key --- something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger, Esther and Susan decide it’s up to them to investigate the weirdness and save their friend.

by Meredith Russo - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 13+

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets easygoing Grant, her guard goes down. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She wants to let Grant into her life, but she’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? She used to be Andrew.

by Mark Oshiro - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Moss Jeffries is a considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend. But sometimes he wishes he could be someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. Moss can’t even escape at school --- he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure, as well as intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

by Renée Watson - African American Interest, Fiction, Prejudice , Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn't really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from.

by Bryan Bliss - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

WE'LL FLY AWAY weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later --- from death row. Best friends since childhood, Luke and Toby have dreamed of one thing: getting out of their dead-end town. Soon they finally will, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, never looking back. If they don’t drift apart first. If Toby’s abusive dad, or Luke’s unreliable mom or anything else their complicated lives throw at them doesn’t get in the way.