Evil Librarian

 
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Evil Librarian
Age Range
14+
Release Date
September 09, 2014
ISBN
0763660388
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He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian. When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil Librarian
(Updated: March 23, 2015)
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4.7
Plot 
 
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Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen is more than just a good book. It is a downright delectable read. And after getting to meet the author at the Rochester Children's Book Festival, it made the whole experience of reading this book even better!

I can't remember the last time I read a book in the first person point of view that was this laugh out loud funny! The fact that Cyn (so similar to sin that I couldn't really ignore it) Rothschild is so upfront about who she is throughout the book is refreshing. There are some books where the narrator feels dishonest. But Cyn feels like an authentic high school girl. She isn't drop dead gorgeous. She doesn't have the typical qualities or features that make girls in books so frustrating sometimes.

Unlike those other kinds of characters, Cyn doubts herself, yet tries to do what she can to save her school and her best friend from their evil librarian. She has an embarrassingly honest crush on a boy from school and a best friend that she loves so fiercely, I just had to smile at it all. Because I remember all of that: the embarrassing crushes that I still cringe at, the best friend that I still love fiercely almost nine years later, and the school musicals!

I don't think you have to be in school musicals to enjoy this book. The way Knudsen thrusts the reader into the production of Sweeney Todd is more than enough! The production creates complex relationships and an added tension to the novel, which is truly spectacular. And like Cyn, I had a Mr. Henry. We all have those teachers that make an impact on our worlds and shape us into better people just by doing what they love. Knudsen's novel examines these relationships and brings a universal connection between reader and character.

Despite the demonic forces at work in Cyn's school, it could really be any other school, and that's great! Bad things happen in almost every school, and Knudsen uses this fact to bring her characters, quite literally, to the precipice of Hell. All of this made me remember my own high school experience and I think that's wonderful too! I want a book to make me think not only of the characters, but to make me think of other things too. That is what's so fantastic about literature in general, but more specifically, this book.

Knudsen has a plot that moves forward, but beneath that there is emotion and sacrifice and love and those are the things that I'll remember most. That and the absolute hilarity of Cyn's world. Books that combine such a witty narrative with real issues are winners for me and I hope they are for you too!

So instead of struggling between a "good" book and a "bad" book, why don't you read a great book and face an evil librarian today!
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