“BT-13” rated books

ooks rated B-13

Btweens BT13

 

Books rated BT-13 are written for the “teen” or “young adult” audience.

 

Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter

 Book review written by StorySnoops.com

Hey Tweens! The StorySnoops are back with another fantastic book recommendation for Btweens readers. If you are familiar with The Gallagher Girls series, this is by the same author.

Here is the story:

For as long as she can remember, fifteen-year-old Katarina Bishop’s family has been in the art business – the business of stealing art, that is! But when Kat decides to do her own thing and go to boarding school instead, she finds that trying to live a normal life isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Priceless paintings are stolen from a rich European crime boss, and he’s certain that Kat’s dad is the master thief who did it. Unless the artwork is returned, Kat’s dad’s life is in danger. The only way that she can save her dad is to return the paintings herself. But doing that would require her to pull off the most spectacular heist (theft) in her family’s history…

Here is the scoop:

Heist Society is a fun “caper” read (have you ever seen the movies Ocean’s 11, or The Thomas Crowne Affair?), by the author of the Gallagher Girls series. You may be wondering why the main character is an art thief (isn’t that illegal?!), but you’ll feel better about it when it is revealed that the paintings in question were actually stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis at the beginning of WWII. So, really, Kat is helping to return them to their original owners. The story is full of smart teens, who are all part of the same loose “family” that is presided over by the fatherly Uncle Eddie, who is a super famous, but semi-retired, art thief. Kat has tried to leave the group to live the straight life, but finds that in a crisis, her family comes through for her. You might really enjoy the mini lessons on the art world, and the view from behind the scenes on the planning of the big theft. If you like smart action stories, you’ll love this one!

Happy Reading!

The StorySnoops

The Hunger Games

Author:  Suzanne Collins

Book review written by StorySnoops.com

Hey Tweens!  The StorySnoops are back with another fantastic book recommendation for Btweens readers.  This one is the first in a trilogy of books from an award-winning author.

 Here is the story:

Sometime in the future, after the destruction of what used to be the United States, a new country is formed.  This country has a Capitol that exerts brutal control over its twelve districts. To keep the districts from rebelling, the Capitol has created an annual event called the Hunger Games.

In the games, one boy and one girl (called Tributes) are picked from each district to fight to the death in an arena on live television. The arena is designed so that the Tributes must face terrible obstacles like firebombs, starvation, dehydration, hypothermia, and extreme weather conditions.  The last Tribute standing is declared the winner.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister Prim is selected as a Tribute, Katniss refuses to let Prim go into that arena, and she volunteers to take Prim’s place.  Over the years, Katniss has developed incredible skills in order to survive in her district.  These skills are put to the ultimate test in the Hunger Games arena. 

Here is the scoop:

You will not be able to put Hunger Games down!  It is an exciting page-tuner which you will love, even if you’re not totally into reading.  There is a lot of action and even a hint of romance.  And Katniss is a really likeable character.  She is strong and resourceful, and the strength of her spirit helps her to overcome formidable obstacles.  The story ends with quite a cliffhanger, so you may want to have the second book in the series, Catching Fire, handy!

 Happy reading!

The StorySnoops

House of Night book series

Author: P. C. Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast

Reviewed by Alex Ware, Btweens book correspondent

What could possibly be worse than having to study for a Geometry test? Zoey Redbird and her group of misfit friends are about to find out.

Zoey, a Cherokee teenager from the suburbs of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been “marked.” This means that she has become a sort of vampire-human hybrid, or fledgling, until she completes the change to become an adult vampire. Fledglings are required to attend the House of Night, a vampire boarding school where they receive the necessary training to help prepare them for life after the change.

During her time at the House of Night, Zoey befriends an oddball group of students who continuously support her and help her stand against their nefarious High Priestess, Neferet. Armed with an affinity for the elements and the favor of the goddess Nyx, Zoey finds herself in the midst of an ancient battle of good vs. evil. As if that isn’t enough to worry about, add in characteristic teenage problems such as rumors, popularity, parent issues, and the occasional love triangle, and you’ve got enough drama in the life of one girl to be exhausting, albeit highly entertaining.

P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin have collaborated to breathe life into this world of vampires and immortals, with a refreshing use of pop culture references and modern slang making it relevant to today’s youth. The House of Night series as a whole is reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, with one student set against a terrible evil without the belief or support of the majority of the community. Substitute the perpetually somber wizard, Harry, for a no-nonsense vampire fledgling, Zoey, add a healthy dose of Girl Power, and you get the House of Night series.

If you’re looking for a series that you can become completely enthralled with and don’t mind the occasional character confusion, I highly recommend giving the House of Night a try.

If any of you “B”s have had a chance to read the House of Night books for yourself, I would love to hear what you thought. Also, I’m always interested in checking out new books, so if you know of any good ones and would like to make a suggestion, please do!  Send your thoughts to books@btweens.com. 

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