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The Revenant – Sonia Gensler

*Not the nonfiction book or it’s adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Gensler, S. (2013). The revenant. New York: Ember. ISBN:978-0375861390. Paperback. $7.16.

Annotation: Willie never thought she’d be a teacher on an Indian Reservation, but running away never leads where you expect. She starts to hear a voice of a spirit, a revenant they call it, in her room, and her only option is to finish what the spirit started.

What is a Revenant? That’s something Willie finds herself asking after she starts to hear a moaning voice in her room on the Indian Reservation. See, Willie has running away from her New England home and gone to teach on the Reservation. When the spirit of a boy who recently died seems to be haunting her Willie has to try and find a way to get him to move on. But there are secrets on the Reservation, like how this boy died and who does he have unfinished business with? Willie knows it isn’t her, but she is the only one who seems to be listening to the Revenant.

I enjoyed this spooky historical fiction ghost story not only because it shows us a time period we rarely see in teen fiction, but also because was based historical events and culture. I am not generally a fan of ghost stories as you will see in my video, but this one had so much meaning behind it. I actually think anyone who enjoys a good mystery and historical fiction will like this one, although, I know ghosts aren’t for everyone, which is why it falls into the horror category. Since this book is harder to find and is loosely a part of a series, I would get it from the library first to make sure you actually like it!

Awards & Nominations: 2014 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist, 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2012 Parent’s Choice Silver Award, 2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist, 2011 ABC New Voices Extended List.

Sonia Gensler can be found on her Facebook, on Twitter, and Instagram


The Official book trailer for The Revenant.


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Raised By Wolves – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Barnes, J. (2010). Raised by wolves (1st ed.). New York, NY: Egmont USA. ISBN: 9781606840597. Paperback. $7.26.

6905534Annotation: Adopted by an Alpha after her family is killed by a werewolf, Bryn has always felt like an outcast of the pack. Bryn always believed she knew who attacked her family until she finds there are more teens like her out there and the attacker is still on the loose.


What if the past wasn’t repeating itself? What if it had never stopped? Bryn has always been different. As a human in the a werewolf pack, you’re used to different. She’s always known that the Alpha adopted her because a rogue werewolf killed her family when she was four; she had always assumed that rogue had been caught or killed. It isn’t until Bryn meets Chase on accident, a boy locked in a cage of the Alpha’s house that she realizes she assumed wrong. The rogue werewolf is still out there.

I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes mostly because she always writes such strong, Buffy the Vampire Slayer- like, female characters. She’s also good at world building and Raised by wolves is no exception. So if you enjoy novels by Richelle Mead or Andrea Cremer, you may also like this book. Since it is the first in the series and rather inexpensive, you can feel less guilt buying it or feel free to get it from your library if you are unsure. You never know with a series.

Awards & Nominations: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Novel (2010).

You can find Jennifer on many social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr, & Facebook.

Here is an interview of Jennifer about Raised by Wolves:

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What Happened to Cass McBride? – Gail Giles

Giles, G. (2007). What happened to Cass McBride?New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN:978-0316166393. Paperback. $5.94.

Annotation: Cass has always gotten what she wanted until she ends up buried alive. Kyle has decided it’s Cass’ fault for his brother’s death and the only way for Cass to escape is to convince Kyle to set her free.

Cass awakes in the dark. In a box. Underground. She’s been buried alive by Kyle the brother of a guy she used to date. Before this Cass got everything she ever wanted, popular and privileged. In other words, she’s never had to work too hard for anything, until she has to fight for her life. Cass discovers that the words we use are more powerful than she imagined, and talking to Kyle is the only way she is ever going to convince him to let her go.

This book is one of the more chilling I’ve read because it could happen, unlike the ones about mythical creatures and powers. Cass and Kyle are multi-faceted characters who you aren’t supposed to actually love, but sympathize with anyway. For any reluctant readers that need pulled in quickly, What Happened to Cass McBride? would be a great, albeit scary, option because it is short and follows different perspectives. Although the book is cheaper, check your local or school library for a copy first or check out any of Gail Giles’ other books, which are almost all suspense/thrillers/

Awards/Nominations: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2009), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2009)

Find the book profile on Goodreads and the author on Teen Reads & Author page,

Here is Gail in an interview talking about What Happened to Cass McBride & her other book Don’t Look Behind You.









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