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By: Hidden Gems on February 27, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on February 27, 2024


Are your middle-grade or young adult readers looking for books to occupy Spring Break? Our Hidden Gems ARC readers recently loved the following titles, and we bet the middle-grade or young adult reader in your life will, as well. Who knows – you may find yourself a fan of the following titles, too.


The Teenage Wealthypreneur

The Teenage Wealthypreneur by E.T. Mulloney

With 100+ ratings and a 4.9 average star rating, The Teenage Wealthypreneur will help your teen learn budgeting and other money management skills.

I bought The Teenage Wealthypreneur by E.T. Mulloney for my grandchildren, and I’m thrilled to report that it not only met but exceeded all my expectations. What truly stood out for me was the book’s practical and hands-on approach, which effortlessly translates intricate financial concepts into easily digestible, actionable steps. Mulloney’s own journey from adversity to triumph added a deeply relatable and inspiring dimension to the book’s invaluable financial guidance, “ Judith W. continues in her five star Amazon review. “The simplicity and clarity of the step-by-step techniques presented here, complemented by insightful quotes and engaging content, make this book a standout resource for anyone seeking to navigate the often complex path to financial success. The Teenage Wealthypreneur has now firmly established itself as my go-to guide, offering not only indispensable financial wisdom but also a compelling narrative that keeps me motivated and well-informed. This book is a true gem in the world of financial literature.”

Harvey S. agrees; he writes in his five star Amazon review, “…​​In addition to its practical advice, The Teenage Wealthypreneur encourages critical thinking and financial independence. Mulloney promotes responsible decision-making and self-reliance, ensuring that teenagers are well-prepared for the financial challenges and opportunities they will encounter as they transition into adulthood…”

The Divide

The Divide by Elle Nolan

With 15 ratings and a 4.6 average star rating, The Divide is the story of Rachel, a teen who navigates Earth under alien rule. But for how long?

em-yourfriend writes in their five star Amazon review, “This was such an amazing adventure and a throwback to the ya dystopia of the 2010s in the best possible way. With a wide cast of characters, cool tech and a bit of romance amid a rebellion, you’ll love this novel, reminiscent of The Fifth Wave and The Host.”

“…I really enjoyed this book. I’m giving it 5-stars because even though there are, at times, questionable actions from the characters, the story is fun and interesting to read. The main character has lots of ups and downs which is to be expected for her age and her lack of world experience in this new Earth. I want to continue watching her grow. I’m looking forward to book two and finding out more about what happens next, getting some questions answered, and maybe more back story on the more impactful characters. It’s such a large cast of characters—which I loved—I’m wondering what make them all tick. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult science-fiction like The Uglies series…” Virginia raved in her five star Amazon review.

The Ultimate Teen Girl's Survival Guide

The Ultimate Teen Girl’s Survival Guide by Jessica Blakely

With 20 ratings and a 4.8 average star rating, The Ultimate Teen Girl’s Survival Guide is recommended for girls ages 13 and up.

“Love that this book covers topics such as body image and social media. These are topics I wish someone talked to me about when I was a teen and they are topics I want my daughter to learn about as soon as it’s appropriate. Highly recommend,” Bianca L. writes in her five star Amazon review.

Carlos concurs in his five star Amazon review, “As a father, I found this book to be an invaluable resource for my daughter. Seeing the book through the eyes of 15-year-old Emily made the advice relatable and engaging for her. It covered crucial topics from mental health to online safety and body positivity, which really helped her navigate the complex teenage years. This guide offered practical tips and essential life skills that have boosted her confidence and prepared her for the challenges ahead.”


Prick by DL Hammons

With 25+ ratings and a 4.6 average star rating, Prick follows Cassie Underwood, as she investigates her sister’s sudden death – and attempts to avoid her own.

“What a brilliant book this is!!!” Jennifer W. writes in her five star Amazon review. “A series of unfortunate and unexpected deaths bring together a group of teenagers that otherwise wouldn’t be caught together. They team up to do the digging required to try and piece together what’s really going on in this small town. The biggest problem is that the digging could get them all killed! No one would even know what they were trying to do if that happened. This book is well written. It’s a gripping suspense page to page…”

Melissa writes in her five star Amazon review, “Prick by DL Hammons is an exceptional debut novel that seamlessly blends suspense, humor, and a hint of romance. The narrative unfolds through Cassie Underwood’s first-person perspective, drawing readers into a gripping tale of mystery and mayhem in the small town of New Haven.

The exploration of loss, bullying, and ADHD adds depth to the storyline, making it not only a thrilling mystery but also a resonant read for young adults. Hammons skillfully crafts a diverse set of characters, each contributing a unique element to the narrative. Cassie’s journey to understand Taggert, a complex and enigmatic figure, forms the core of the plot, with the supporting cast bringing their own quirks and dynamics to the table…”

The Wall

The Wall by Brian Penn

With 40+ ratings and a 4.5 average star rating, this title is a futuristic sci-fi tale which follows Asher, a smuggler who is separated from his fiancée by the wall. How far will he go to be reunited?

Jocelyn A. raves in her five star Amazon review, “A multi-layered and moving story. Riveting plot. Rousing climax. Witty dialogue. Well-developed characters. A full-of-surprises page-turner. I guarantee dystopia fans will love it! Heroes (And one very surprising hero!), villains, intrigue, mystery, suspense, romance. It has it all. This one would make an excellent movie or mini-series. Someone needs to pick it up. Brian Penn writes dystopia, war, and love with equal skill and heart. He has just gained a new fan!”

“I can’t wait for the next book! This dystopian, sci-fi, faith focused creation was so hard to put down. It has so many internal and external struggles. Without spoiling it, there is love, unjust, moral battles, physical battles, mental battles, living happily ever after (but not quite on the right side), then more battles, and deeper love. This author does a great job pulling you into the lives of the characters and experiencing life in one possible future. A must read for young adults through adults,” The Adams family writes in their five star Amazon review.

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