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Rebecca D.


Rebecca D.

Teen Board Member

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hello! I'm Rebecca, and I love reading and writing! If I'm not doing either of those, you could find me knitting and spacing out to some TV. My favorite place to go to is New York City, and I hope I can live there some day! Another fun fact about me is that I'm a vegetarian. The coolest place I have ever been is the New York Times Building!

Top Five Favorite Books:
2. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh
4. OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST by Susan Nielson

Rebecca D.

Reviews by Rebecca D.

by Jeannine Atkins - Fiction, Poetry, Poetry Collection, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sara Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her daughter, A'Lelia. Together they built a million-dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irène too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. BORROWED NAMES is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters.

by Amanda Hocking - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 13+

As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk --- to the world and her heart.

by Marcella Pixley - Fiction, Mental Health, Performing Arts, Young Adult 14+

When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his brain. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Finally, Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings --- until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how hard it is to let go of the past.

by Laura Tims - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Samantha Herring has been in constant pain ever since the car accident that injured her leg and killed her mother. After pushing her friends away, Sam has receded into a fog of depression until she meets Eliot, a carefree, impulsive loner who, is unable to feel any pain at all. At first, Sam is jealous. She would give anything to not feel the pain she’s felt for the past year. But the more she learns about Eliot’s medical condition, the more she notices his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything --- except Sam.

Written by Sarah Prager with illustrations by Zoe More O'Ferrall - Gay & Lesbian, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.

by Randa Abdel-Fattah - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group. Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.

Written by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan. - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Romance

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship slowly blossoms into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and their hope and dreams of a better future. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

by Stacy Kravetz - Biography, Business, Nonfiction

Whether you already have an idea for a business or you're mulling how to turn the things you enjoy into a self-sustaining enterprise, this book will connect the dots. From inspiration to execution, there are concrete steps every young entrepreneur, creator or leader needs to take, and this book shows you how. 

by Erin Chack - Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction, Young Adult 14+

By turns hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, BuzzFeed senior writer Erin Chack recounts everything from meeting her soulmate at age 14 to her first chemotherapy session at age 19 to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company. She authentically captures the agony and the ecstasy of the millennial experience, whether it's her first kiss or her struggles with anxiety. Yet Erin also offers a fresh perspective on universal themes of resilience and love as she writes about surviving cancer --- including learning of her mother's own cancer diagnosis within the same year and her attempts to hide the diagnosis from friends to avoid "un-normaling" everything.

by Judith Ridge - Biography, Essays, Nonfiction
Just as authors create books, books create authors --- and these essays by 31 writers for young people offer a fascinating glimpse at the books that inspired them the most. What if you could look inside your favorite authors’ heads and see the book that led them to become who they are today? Join 31 top children’s and young adult authors as they explore the books, stories and experiences that changed them as readers --- for good.