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Melat E.

Biography

Melat E.

Teen Board Member

Galena, Ohio

Hi, I’m Melat! I’m 16-years-old and I love writing almost as much as I love reading. Some random facts about me include my love of Sour Patch Kids and my love of history and mythology. While I review books on YouTube, I also write political pieces for several independent outlets. I love fantasy novels with diverse casts, in fact, I love all books with diverse casts. As a woman of color, I analyze books through a specific lense, so watch for that in my reviews!

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
2. THE FINAL EMPIRE (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
3. SIX OF CROWS (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
4. A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab
5. THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

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Reviews by Melat E.

by Andrew Solomon and Laurie Calkhoven - Family, Family Life, Nonfiction, Social Issues

The old adage says that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, meaning that children usually resemble their parents. But what happens when the apples fall somewhere else --- sometimes a couple of orchards away, sometimes on the other side of the world? In this young adult edition, Andrew Solomon profiles how families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, and more.

by Laura Sebastian - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 14+

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered. The Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land and her name, crowning Theo as Ash Princess --- a title of shame in her new life as a prisoner. For 10 years Theo has endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser. Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword.

by Tonya Bolden - African American Interest, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) is best known for the telling of his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent enslaved and his famous autobiography. FACING FREDERICK captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. Statesman, suffragist, writer and newspaperman, this book focuses on Douglass the man rather than the historical icon.

by Libba Bray - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magic, Romance, Young Adult 14+
After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten --- ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows. 
by Libba Bray - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

After a supernatural show down with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people's secrets, she's become a media darling and earned the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." While Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City. As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?