Reviews written by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     January 19, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Boy Project

Kara McAllister is in DESPERATE need of a boyfriend. Why? Well, who wants to live as a "lifelong boyfriendless social outcast, destined to die alone??" Kara is determined not to be that girl. So Kara begins a scientific experiment to answer the question... "How do I...

Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     October 05, 2011
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June

April, May and June are just normal sisters, that is until their parents get divorced and they are forced to move with their mom to a new city. Now the girls have to survive the wrath of high school in a new town, in a new home, with their...

Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     August 29, 2011
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy

All Turner Ernest Buckminster wants to do is light out for the territories. It’s his one hope for a new life, and a break from the expectations and pressures of being the town minister’s son. But then the Buckminster family moves to Phippsburg, Maine where Turner’s father has been...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     August 09, 2011
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Beat the Band

Last summer, Coop, Matt, and Sean set out to see a real-live naked girl. This year, they’re setting their sights even higher. Tenth grade will be the year to “tag all the bases… and then… slide into home,” preferably with Prudence Nash, the hottest girl in school. The...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     April 28, 2011
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0

Picture Perfect

What would you do if your whole life turned upside down from just one little blemish? Olivia Hughes has always been one of the most popular, fashionable and pretty girls at her school and she becomes even more so when she becomes the new Wacky Water Girl. You...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     January 26, 2011
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Touch Blue and Your Wish Will Come True

Eleven-year-old Tess Brooks has lived on Bethsaida Island for as long as she can remember. She loves her cute little house looking out at the water, the neighborly feeling she has with everyone, going crabbing with her dad, and basically everything else about her small island off the coast of...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     January 17, 2011
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Am I a Freak?

Emma Freke is looking for her joylah her "groove zone," the place where she fits in. The problem is, Emma just doesnt seem to fit in anywhere. At 12 years old, she is nearly six feet tall and her bright red hair seems to be getting redder. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     November 22, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0

Perfect Happiness = Good Enough?

Patti Yoon is the PKD (Perfect Korean Daughter). Shes on target to be the class valedictorian, she is a violin prodigy, and (most likely) will be headed to Harvard/Yale/Princeton in the fall. But is being perfect good enough? Pattis parents have very high expectations of her. ...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     August 02, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

B is Bogus

What would you do with a $1,000? Aldo would buy& 893 taquitos, 250 packs of Pokémon cards, 555 slushies, or maybe just a big flat screen TV for his bedroom. Too bad he lost the diamond ring, which would bring him a $1,000 reward! When Aldo...

Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     July 30, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

The School of Cool

Everyone says that the middle school years are the awkward years, where girls and boys start breaking up into groups of the cool kids and the not-so-cool kids. Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang decide to use their 5th grade year to find out the secret behind being popular ...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     June 21, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Fun from A to Z!

Artsy Fartsy, by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer is a fun, creative, and funny comic novel. When Aldos artsy fartsy grandmother gives him a new journal to sketch all of his ideas over the summer, Aldo is not exactly sure whether being artsy fartsy is cool or not....

Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     April 08, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Fuel Injected Fun!

Babymouse is a spirited, girly mouse who loves cupcakes. She is inspired when her best friend Wilson enters a car derby. Babymouse gets an idea; she will make her own car, The Cupcake Cannon. Since Wilson is a great mechanic, Babymouse is sure he will...

Young Adult Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     March 18, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0

It's What's on the Inside that Counts

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a great book about friendship and not judging people before getting to know them. I really liked this book because it seemed so realistic. Even though the author wrote it more than forty years ago, the problems in the book are problems we still...

Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     February 22, 2010
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

The Thing About Georgie

The thing about Georgie is that he is a 9-year-old midget, and his best friend is Andy Moretti. Together, they own a dog walking business. They pick up their dogs ever day, right after school. Andy walks the big dogs and Georgie walks the small ones. Every...

Kids Fiction
Reviewed by Maya McQueen, YABC Tween Reviewer     January 27, 2010
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Julia's Kitchen

Julias Kitchen is a great book about a girl learning to live without her mother and little sister. While she is away at her best friend Marlees house, a horrible fire destroys Caras home. Her father survives, but her mother and sister do not. ...

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