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Merrick Teens Book Reviewer Program
Please read the guidelines before submitting a book review. Open to all students in the BMCHSD. Contact the Teen/Media desk for more information, 516- 377-6112 ext. 125.
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Guidelines for Book Reviews
Books chosen to review must be suitable for a reading level and audience for any of the Grades 7-12. Although emotional maturity of the content may vary, the book should be published for a young adult audience.

It is highly recommended that teens choose materials they borrow from the Merrick Library so other readers can borrow the title. Books are available in the Merrick Library and through the apps Hoopla, OverDrive, & Libby.

Every 100 pages in a book = 1 hour of community service, for up to six hours per a school year. Choose books you have a lot to say about. Every book you read may not be easy to review if it doesn’t leave an impression.

Library Resources:
Novelist Plus : A database filled with titles and helpful tools that will aid you in finding your next read: including book lists by category, professional book reviews, and appeal terms by reading taste!

BookBrowse : An easy way to browse popular Young Adult titles to find one you may be interested in reading. If you are having trouble writing a review, it can help to read how others summarize or describe the book in intriguing and detailed ways.

Teen Recommended Reads : Previously recommended titles by your peers!

New Teen Books : Take a look at the newest books added to our Teen Collection! Updated monthly.

Sample Review
Check out this great review from our Teen Summer Reading Program:

Champion by Marie Lu, Reviewed by David M.

“Champion is a great book for teens. Along with being part of a series which can keep a reader busy for a while, this book includes a roller coaster of emotions in the characters’ lives. It is the perfect ending book to the Legend series. It had plenty of action, adventure, romance, and sorrow that can allow readers to connect to the characters. It is also in a dystopian setting which often appeals to teen readers. I highly suggest, not only this book but, the whole series to anyone looking for a good book to read.”

Still have questions?

While there is still plenty of room for your opinion and tastes to shape a review, the summary and analysis should answer important questions readers may have before deciding to jump into a book.

Think about what you look for when picking your next read–do you have a heavy preference towards stories told in first person? Are you drawn to a specific genre? These are the types of questions other readers also ask themselves, and in your review–you can answer them!

Here are some examples of what readers might want to know about a book:

• Which perspective is this book told from?

• Who is the protagonist / who are the protagonists?

• What genre is this book? (Does it satisfy certain expectations of the genre? For example: Fantasy is often written in a way that is highly descriptive and vivid to enhance setting.)

• Is the setting important to the book?

• Is the book a part of a series?

• What is the main theme of this book?

• Does the pace move fast or slow?

• Is the book written in verse or have illustrations? What does this do to your experience reading the book?

There are plenty more questions to be answered, so focus on the literary elements that really stood out to you and critique them honestly and fairly.

*Have you read the tips and guidelines for writing book reviews to increase likelihood of community service credit? *
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