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.

Love, Hate, & Other Filters

Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed is a book like no other.
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The Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz is a thrilling story about the self-discovery journey of a young girl- literally.
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Girls Can Do Anything: The Incredible Girl-o-pedia of Astounding Achievements

After finishing Girls Can Do Anything by Caitlin Doyle, I can confidently say that Doyle has achieved her goal for writing this nonfiction book, which she states is to demonstrate that "for much of history, a majority of silent voices were those of girls and women."
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The Librarian of Auschwitz

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based off a true experience that occurred during the Holocaust.
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Losing Brave

Losing Brave is a novel about Payton Brave, a 16 year old girl who witnesses the disappearance of her twin sister, Dylan, in a gas station bathroom.
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Warcross

In the not-too-distant future, humanity has found a new game to keep them occupied: a virtual simulator called Warcross.
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Just Fly Away

This bildungsroman truly captures what it is like to have a coming of age experience. McCarthy writes in such a way that makes you feel you are inside Lucy's mind while she is trying to figure out how to react to unexpected news that will change the rest of her life. The book is fast paced yet well written. I really did not want to put it down! "Just Fly Away" is a must read for teens.
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The 57 Bus

The book was very interesting and taught a strong message about peer pressure.
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Max Tilt: Fire the Depths

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No Saints in Kansas

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