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McKenzie S.

Biography

McKenzie S.

Teen Board Member

Tualatin, Oregon

My name is McKenzie. I was born in Texas and I'm currently living in Oregon with my mom, dad and obnoxious brother. I'm 16 and a junior in high school. My favorite activities include soccer, art, talking and reading. I have a talent for being lazy and hope to persue it as a career. Also, in the future I hope to own two teacup pigs named Petunia and Bacon.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini
2. PLUM ISLAND by Nelson Demille
3. AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway
4. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
5. 24 GIRLS IN 7 DAYS by Alex Bradley

McKenzie S.

Reviews by McKenzie S.

by Kristen Ciccarelli - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

After Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. Along the way, Asha soon finds out there may be more truth to the ancient legends and rumors that plague her. With the help of a secret friend, Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light and a truth that has been kept from her.

by Abby Sher - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Loss, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Lenny (short for Eleanor) feels like the world is about to end. Her best friend is moving to San Francisco and her dad is dying. To cope with her stress Lenny is making a list of all the ways the world can end --- designer pathogens, blood moon prophecies, alien invasion --- and stockpiling supplies in a bunker in the backyard. In a time of complete uncertainty, one thing's for sure: Lenny's about to see how everything is ending and beginning. All at the same time.

by Elle Cosimano - Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Tori Burn's inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town of  Chaptico, Maryland, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori's shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard. Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it's clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family's oldest and most guarded secrets. 

by Dana Schwartz - Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured her talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history's most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. Unfortunately, Nora's mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!"

by Kayla Cagan - Architecture, Art, Family, Fiction, Social Issues

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much?

by K.M. Peyton - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Young Adult 12+

It's the 1920s ---- cars and planes are new. Lily Gabriel is scruffy and confident and takes no nonsense from anyone. Antony is rich, spoiled, and arrogant, and Lily is completely and utterly --- no nonsense! --- in love with him. So join Lily as she falls... Falls in love... Falls out of the sky... Falls through time...and effortlessly, inescapably, falls into her future. Life is never what you expect or what you predict. But if you're lucky, you hold onto exactly what you need --- a young and wild heart. WILD LILY is a striking, timeless coming-of-age story that reminds us that the untamed life is always worth living.

by Rebecca Bischoff - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Rosemary is 15 and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in southern France with one goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever.  She wants a new life and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious. As Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and obvious communication disorder from her new family, she must ultimately choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.

by Suzanne Young - Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan, her disabled brother, is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy. Then there’s Camero. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself, except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant. And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together.

by Leora Krygier - Family, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Destiny doesn’t factor into 17-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales and a worn-out copy of MOBY DICK all collide to heal and save them both.