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Bible Review: NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith Hope and Love

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope and Love.  Zondervan, 2015, 1728 pages.  (available in hard- and soft-cover editions) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-16 Bottom Line: The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is physically attractive and encouraging, but the added features are not as deep and thought-provoking as other 

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Hardcover edition

Bible Review: *HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible

*The HCSB Essential Teen Study Bible.  B&H Kids, 2016, 1312 pages.  (Available in several softcover and one hardcover edition) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-17 Bottom Line: The Essential Teen Study Bible presents 99 “Essential Doctrines” with extensive scriptural backup and application. The Holman Christian Standard translation is the only Bible translation 

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How Dark is Too Dark?

The Michael J. Prinz medal is awarded every year by the ALA for excellence in YA literature. Excellence, to the ALA, often means edgy, trendy, or outright grim: it’s a sure bet that at least one title in each year’s selection (of one winner and 2 or 3 honor books) will be seriously depressing. This 

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Allegiant: It Was a Book First!

 The Divergent series by Veronica Roth, a self-avowed Christian, lives on as Allegiant hits theaters this week. Below, Hayley reflects Allegiant in book form. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2013, 544 pages.  Age/interest level: 14 – up.   Beginning Divergent, readers have followed the life and decisions of Beatrice, “Tris” Prior in a future Chicago governed by factions.  

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

In most science fiction, technological advances are not shown to advance humanity.   However, it would be tough to find a more negative view of a future world than The 5th Wave, which chronicles an alien attack on our weak and vulnerable planet.  Depressing as it is, the story raises some vital questions about humanity, 

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