About Us

Who are we?

We are a group of high school students across Santa Cruz County who love to read and share our thoughts about books.

What do we do?

We review Young Adult Books. Not stuffy reviews by adults, but actual reviews by and for young adults.

We also follow book news, events and authors bringing to you the latest information on the fast pace Young Adult Book scene.

How do we do this?

Through a partnership with our local independent bookseller, Bookshop Santa Cruz and our High School Libraries, we are given access to pre-released books and opportunities to meet and interview young adult authors and all learn about all things book.

Meet Our Team

Nika G.

I’m a student at Scotts Valley High School. Some of my favorite things include: chocolate cake, books, rainy days, talking in third person and pretending that I’m important. I’m an avid cupcake eater. I have ambitions of discovering aliens if marrying various fictional characters doesn’t work out.

see Nika’s posts

Genevieve B.

Hi! I’m a student at Scotts Valley High School who loves to read. Some of my other interests include acting, eating, and sleeping. I can often be found with my friends and family, watching YouTube videos, or convincing myself that my Hogwarts letter just got lost in the mail (it’s still coming, okay? Good things come to those who wait!).

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Indigo R.W.

I am an avid reader and live two blocks off the beach in Santa Cruz.I started reading when I was very young and since then it’s been my drug. I can never get enough of it. Once I start a new book I rarely put it down, even if the weird reading position I took up starts giving me a neck ache.

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William L.

Hi, my name’s Will! I’ve always enjoyed reading, and am always looking for a new great series or book to explore. I am a student at Scotts Valley High, and play lacrosse for our school team. Also, I am part of our Student Government which is a lot of fun. Some of my favorite things to do are hanging out with friends, volunteering around the community, and most of all reading.

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I am a student at Scotts Valley High School who loves all forms of the literary arts! Besides books, I also am an actress in many local theatre productions and enjoy hiking in our local state parks. My favorite literary works include Les Miserables, The Giver, and Great Expectations.

see Isabella’s posts

Jessica G.

Jessica is and always has been an avid reader and writer. She will devour just about any book she gets her hands on.

see Jessica’s posts

Katelyn M.

Hi, I’m Katelyn.  I lam the youngest of three sisters and live with my mom in California.  I am a sophomore in high school and I love reading a lot of different types of books I also like hanging out at the beach and going to the movies with friends!

Ryan W.

Hi, I’m Ryan! I love reading and exploring new genres and books are my passion. I also love football, drama, track and swimming. I’m currently finishing my freshman year and looking forward to the next!

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Lydia B.

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Taylor D.

I’m a freshman in high school and love books!

see Taylor’s posts

Meg H.

I am a 10th grade student who loves watersports and reading!

Chris O.

SCHS Junior who loves reading and tennis.

Benoit R.

13 years old, I snowboard, skateboard, climb & read.

Ella C.

16, book lover (of course) tea drinker. Interests: historical fiction, theater, politics.

Jakeh Hall

YA enthusiast and Teacher Librarian at San Lorenzo Valley High School.

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Melissa Walpole

I am the librarian at Scotts Valley High School. I love getting students interested in new books and authors. I am a big advocate of reading the book before seeing the movie. One of my favorite activities is getting students involved in all the great activities and author visits at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

see Melissa’s posts

Veronica Zaleha

The teacher-librarian at Santa Cruz High School.

see Veronica’s posts

How to Join

SLVSH students should contact Jakeh Hall. Santa Cruz High students should contact Veronica Zaleha. Students from Scotts Valley High should contact Melissa Walpole. Students from other schools in the Santa Cruz area should contact Kathy Ritchie, Bookshop Santa Cruz Schools Coordinator at schools@bookshopsantacruz.com.

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