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Alison Stewart

Biography

Alison Stewart

Reviewer

Hi everyone! I'm a 17-year-old high school senior and self-proclaimed horrible vegan. The coolest thing I've ever done was performing four-and-a-half minutes of stand-up on public TV. As you can probably guess, I love reading --- everything from middle-grade science fiction to 200-year-old Gothic to contemporary Young Adult. I love how some libraries are big enough to have their own elevators and my life ambition is to visit Antarctica.

Top Five Favorite Books:

1) THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin

2) THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

3) THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde

4) ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

5) HOUSE OF STAIRS by William Sleator

Alison Stewart

Reviews by Alison Stewart

by Carrie Anne Noble - Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

All 16-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved grandmother, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece,” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, where, alongside Eve, he’s forced to prepare to become one of them. As Lorcan’s plans for his “gold-children” are slowly revealed, Tommin and Eve plan their escape. But with Tommin’s humanity slipping away, the fate-crossed pair has everything to lose.

by Amanda K. Morgan - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Riley Stone is just about perfect. She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. Riley has her entire life planned out. She’s never had a secret she couldn’t keep. Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. She’s nothing like a regular teenager. Riley doesn’t usually play games. She thinks a game is about to start… But Riley always has a plan… And she always wins.

by H. A. Swain - Dystopian Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a "plebe" --- a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music --- even if it is illegal. Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken.

by Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly - Children's, Children's 10+, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Youth Fiction

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children: William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte...recently brought back from the dead. Their adventures take them on a chase through France to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned. They’re taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon.

by Alexandra Sirowy - Coming of Age, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult 13+
Lana used to know what was real. That was before, when her life was small and quiet. Her golden stepbrother, Ben was alive. She could only dream about bonfiring with the populars. Their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell truth from lies and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination. Then came after. After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten. 
by Margot Harrison - Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night. This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He's always waiting. Always there. Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She's intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims' bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert. Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico. But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she's had a disturbing connection her whole life.
by Ilana Manaster - Fiction, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

If Doreen Gray were to take a selfie upon her arrival at the elite Chandler Academy, it would capture a face marked with acne, a head full of frizz, and eyes looking anywhere but at the lens. What Chandler queen bee Heidi Whelan sees is a desperate hunger for acceptance and the makings of a willing and useful protégé. Heidi’s roommate, Biz Gibbons-Brown, works her Photoshop magic to create a stunning profile pic of Doreen --- a glossy, digital makeover that Doreen initially rejects...only to wake up the next morning transformed as the girl in the picture. But Doreen quickly becomes accustomed to her newfound power and lives without considering the consequences of her actions.

by Brenna Yovanoff - Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think, trying to outrun the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs. Marshall Holt is not even close to being in Waverly’s world --- he drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom --- and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same.

by Peggy Caravantes - Biography, Culture, History, Young Adult 12+

In 1921, four men ventured into the Arctic for a top-secret expedition: an attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for Great Britain. With the men was a young Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack, a cook and seamstress, trying to earn money to care for her sick son. Conditions soon turned dire for the team when they were unable to kill enough game to survive. Three of the men tried to cross the frozen Chukchi Sea for help but were never seen again, leaving Ada with one remaining team member who soon died. Determined to be reunited with her son, Ada learned to survive alone in the icy world by trapping foxes, catching seals, and avoiding polar bears.

by Susan Moger - Historical Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

It's 1922, and eugenics --- the movement dedicated to racial purity and good breeding --- has taken hold in America. After years of being confined to hospitals, Rowan is recruited at 16 to play a born cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But gutsy, outspoken Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her realize her own inner strength and bravery. The two escape to a summer camp on an island where they discover something is happening to the children. Rowan must find a way to stop the horrors on the island…if she can escape them herself.