EBPL's First Look

EBPL's First Look program is a community service project by East Brunswick teens.

Teens get an exclusive look at young adult books before they are released for publication.  The books reviewed here have been read by teens and reviewed for the library.  

Check out these reviews to find your next favorite book!

For more information on how you can participate in the First Look program, please check out our Teen Volunteering page here.

The Devil's Banshee

What happens when you kind of take a Viking Prince from the 10th century, a woman who died from the devastating and horrendous, Great Fire of London of 1666, and two recently deceased teenagers from around our era, who go on a journey through the nine circles of hell in hell itself in order to basically find the devil's wife and banshee and try to make it on piece?
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Eight years after the publication of Laurie Halse Anderson’s critically acclaimed Chains, Anderson is back with the final book of her Seeds of America trilogy, finally ending the adventure of the two African American characters we’d come to know and love: Isabel and Curzon.
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Everything, Everything

The book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is unlike any book I had ever read before.
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The Diabolic

The book The Diabolic takes place in a dystopian future where machines run themselves and humans have relied so much on these machines that they cannot function without them.
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The Book Jumper

Built on the premise of people able to enter the worlds of other books, The Book Jumper uses the rich variety of characters and backgrounds of the classics to enrich its own plot.
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Life in a Fishbowl

This book is really intriguing and clearly resembles the title: Life in A Fishbowl.
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The Thing About Jellyfish

On the surface, The Thing About Jellyfish is a middle-grade book about a girl named Suzy struggling with the death of a former best friend. But when you look closer, you see a girl struggling with much more than that - the divorce of her parents, growing up, not having anyone to talk to, feeling like a pariah even in her own home - and now the guilt of feeling like she failed her friend.
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Terror at Bottle Creek

This book gives an exhilarating glimpse into the terrifying experience of three young kids as they battle their way through a Hurricane Igor-ravaged swamp.
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I would recommend the novel, "WEREGIRL" by C. D. Bell for any fantasy-loving person.
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My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier was a thrilling book that I couldn't put down.
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