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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is a Perfect Ten!

Roth, Veronica. Carve the Mark. Katherine Tegen/ HarperCollins, 2017. 480p. $22.99.  978-0-06-234863-0. 5Q 5P J S                                                      This dystopia is galaxy-wide. Nine major planets are bound by a “currentstream” flowing through every living thing. This currentstream endows the children of favored... (Continue reading)

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a Perfect Ten!

Spooner, Meagan. Hunted. HarperTeen, 2017. 384p. $17.99. 978-0-06-242228-6. 5Q 5P M J S Yeva, called Beauty by her father, is the youngest of a wealthy merchant’s three daughters and the only one who loves hunting with him. One day he... (Continue reading)

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Scythe: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1 by Neal Shusterman is a Perfect Ten!

Shusterman, Neal. Scythe: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1. Simon & Schuster, 2016. 448p. $18.99. 978-1-4424-7242-6. 5Q 5P S NA In this gripping and disturbing novel of an immortal and perfected humanity, all knowledge is controlled and kept by the... (Continue reading)

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a Perfect Ten!

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2017. 464p. $17.99. 978-0-06-249853-3. 5Q 5P J S “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” This is what... (Continue reading)

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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins is a Perfect Ten!

Hopkins, Ellen. The You I’ve Never Known. Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, 2017. 608p. $18.99. 978-1-4814-4290-9. 5Q 5P S Ariel’s life with her dad has always been in a state of turmoil. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Ariel... (Continue reading)

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Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail is a Perfect Ten!

Vail, Rachel. Well, That Was Awkward. Viking/Penguin Random House, 2017. 320p. $16.99. 978-0-670-01308-1. 5Q 5P M J New Yorker Gracie Grant is an eighth grader who loves tortoises, so for her fourteenth birthday her parents surprise her with Lightning, a... (Continue reading)

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is a Perfect Ten!

Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2017. 432p. $17.99. 978-0-06-241835-7. 5Q 5P S NA Ramona “Blue” Leroux is one of only two out lesbians in her small southern town in post-Katrina Mississippi. She is initially devastated by the departure... (Continue reading)

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a Perfect Ten!

Menon, Sandhya. When Dimple Met Rishi. Simon Pulse, 2017. 384p. $17.99. 978-1-4814-7868-7. 5Q 5P J S Dimple Shah is so excited to attend the summer web development conference Insomnia Con that she is not even suspicious when her parents are... (Continue reading)

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Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by A. E. Kaplan Is a Perfect Ten!

5Q 5P J S Kaplan, A.E. Grendel’s Guide to Love and War. Knopf/Penguin Random House, 2017. 320p. $17.99. 978-0-399-55554-1. In this modern-day Beowulf, set in a Virginia retirement mecca where death among the neighbors is usual, the hilariously wry, first-person narrator,... (Continue reading)

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VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2016

With over 1,100 reviews in VOYA in print in 2016, our reviewers awarded only thirty-five titles (three percent) the Perfect Ten–a 5Q for quality (hard to imagine it better written) and a 5P for popularity (every young adult who reads... (Continue reading)

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