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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Hope P., 14
12/2/2009 2:57:13 PM
Susan Beth Pfeffer
This World We Live In
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
2010

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
This book is written so well, you find yourself thinking about it even after you put it down. The plotline is original and stirring.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
This novel takes you on a thrilling and thought-provoking ride for 239 pages; and no reader can come away without a deeper thankfullness for the sunlight, family, friends, food, even a crossword puzzle
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
This novel is filled with tears, family coming together to survive a horrific struggle, overcoming fears and ultimatly, learning to belive in tomorrow.
It has been one year since a meteor collided with the moon, altering it's magnatic pull and forcing it closer to earth, There have been tidal waves, earthquakes, and freezing conditions. The sunlight is blocked by clouds of ash and food is running out. Living in the middle of this nightmare is Miranda Evans, a seventeen year old girl. She lives with her mother, two brothers and a cat. Her father has recently gotton remarried, but no one has seen him for a little under a year. Miranda fears he may be dead. But one day he shows up on her doorstep, with three total strangers, his wife and thier new baby.And her oldest brother's gotton married, too. Now the food that was barely enough for four must stretch to ten and a baby. But one of the strangers, an 18 year old named Alex, hints that he may have passes for a safe town. Could there be such a thing anymore? Miranda must struggle to find food, keep warm, survive another year, stop falling for the handsome Alex, and learn to believe in a better world. This novel truly made me very thankful for even the little things in life, because even though our earth has it's flaws, it still has sunshine, green grass, and the promise of a new tomorrow.
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The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer


Hope P., 14
11/30/2009 9:55:38 PM
Carolyn Meyer
The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
Carolyn Meyer was able to take one of the most hated queens in history and tell her story from a totally different(and more sympathetic) point of view.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
This 414 page novel is told beautifully, emotionally and vividly. You find yourself pulled in and connected to the 'bad' queen from the first sentence on.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
This novel is enchantingly original in its depection of the well-known historical figure of Marie-Antionette, and her transformation from beloved dauphine to hated Queen.
From a young age, Marie-Antionette has dealt with a lot of turmoil. She was one of 16 children, ten of which survived. Her mother believed in marrying off her children to create strong alliances. Marie-Antoinette was never her favorite. She was never anyone's favorite. So when she is told she will be wedding the dauphin of France, she is surprised. France and Marie's homeland of Austria have never been allies or even neutral to each other. Can Marie change that? Once she arrives, she finds that for the most part, the French people adore her. But when the old kings passes on and her husband Louis XVI takes the crown, things start to change. Soon, she finds that the French people dispise her. What went wrong? Was the cost of that last gown so horrible? Was her hairstyles and fashion statements defying tradition that much? Anyone that is familiar with the story of Maire-Antionette knows there is no truly happy ending. But in spite of that, this novel is not overtly depressing or dismal. It is a fast read and told in such a way that ten years from now, readers will still know a lot about the so called "bad queen." And was she so bad? Or merely misunderstood? Judge for yourself, but don't lose your head!
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The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

Sierra, 12
11/30/2009 3:00:17 PM
Nagaru Tanigawa
The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing co.
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
I loved how it brought fantasy into reality.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
4 Better than most
I loved the illustrations.
FMS/ BISTRO

Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye


Amanda, 13
11/30/2009 2:55:47 PM
13
Kayne
Demon Chick
Marilyn Kaye
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The cover drags you into the story
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
4 Better than most
When Jessica's mother sells her to the devil for power, what will she do to stop her?
I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
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The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant

Hope, 14
11/28/2009 12:17:50 PM
Katherine Sturtevant
The Brothers Story
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
Kit always tries to make the best of a situation.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
1 How did it ever get published?
Kit has always been his twin brother Christy's keeper. Christy has been 'simple' since birth. Their father has died, they are dirt poor and thier mother likes thier baby brother more then them. When the huge frost of 1683 hits, thier baby brother freezes to death. Thier mother decides to ship them off as servants to a wealthier man in thier Essex villiage. But thier new master is cruel and odd. Kit decides that he's had enough of being his brothers keeper. He sets off for London Town, a place of plenty. But plenty of what? Trouble? Pain? Hunger? Love? Wealth? Kit is going to find out. This book started out a 4 and a half star book. Then, it started slipping and it never got the ground back under it's feet. You read more about brothels and houses of ill repute then brotherly love or family commitment. If the book hadn't been so tawdry, the plotline would have been enough to make it at least four stars.
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Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica


11/25/2009 11:32:18 AM
Mike Lupica
Million Dollar Throw
Philomel Books
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The storyline was very original.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
4 Better than most
Nate Brodie's nickname is Brady. For two reasons: he is the biggest Tom Brady fan in the world, and he is one of the best (if not the best) 8th grade quarterback in the world. But his life is becoming even more complicated than a zen riddle. His dad is working all the time. His best friend Abby is going blind. His family might lose their home if they don't get money. Fast. So when Nate wins a contest, it is like a penny from heaven. The winner gets to go to Gillette Stadium and throw a pass from the 30 yard line into a target. If the pass is complete, he will get one million dollars. Nate has the best arm on a 13 year old. This should be a piece of cake. But his arm starts giving out during games. With the big day approaching fast, what is Nate going to do? A lot of girls will think "Oh, great, a sports book. I don’t want to read that." But I think this book is a great read for boy, girl, kid or adult. It is heartwarming and a great storyline.
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Cashing In by Susan Colebank

Hope P., 14
11/25/2009 11:20:34 AM
Susan Colebank
Cashing In
Dutton Books
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
Reggie relies on her own wits throughout the book. When she makes mistakes, she does her best to correct them.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
3 Readable
Reggie Shaw's father has died three years ago. Her mother is a gambler and a shopaholic. That is not a joke. Her mother can not stop buying things, even when there is no money for the water bill. Reggie has taken to working serious overtime at the Photo department at Cashmart. She has saved and scrimped every dime and is expecting a manager's position. But a complete stranger takes her promotion from her. Just when things can't get any worse, they get better. As in, 1.6 million dollars better. That's right. Reggie mom finally won the lottery. Suddenly,the people that hated Reggie love her. She has a car. She never has to worry about money again. Or does she? if Mrs. Shaw keeps buying big screen televisions and fancy clothes, the money won't last long. This book was readable, with humor and heart.
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Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison


Delainey, 12
11/23/2009 5:08:20 PM
Angela Morrison
Sing Me to Sleep
razor bill
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
It had boy and girl choirs competing in a far off place(Switzerland).
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
This book is full of surprises.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
IN a competition for her all girls choir, Beth learns to love, and about the shocking secret that could ruin it all.
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Trina R., 12
2/1/2010 2:51:55 PM
Angela Morrison
Sing Me to sleep
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Cover comments: The book cover totaly relates to how this story is.
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Shelby, 12
11/16/2009 2:55:19 PM
Angela Morrison
Sing Me To Sleep
Penguin Group/ Razorbill
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The secrets.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
It is an amazing book that kept me wanting to read more.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
This book is about a girl who falls in love with a guy from the famous Amible Choir. the only problenm is is that he has a secret that could ruin everything. then Her best friend Scott makes a heartbraeking confession that tears her apart,
It is probalbly one of my favorite books.
FMS/ BISTRO

Cirque du Freak (Manga) by Darren Shan

Jared, middle school student
11/23/2009 3:13:36 PM
shan,darren
Cirque du Freak (Manga)
yenn press
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
the most compelling aspect is the end of the last chapter
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
the action and drama
Rating?
4 Better than most
young darren shan has many chalenges to face after the Cirque du Freak
i would like this at the end of the year
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Bone Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith


Nicholas, 13
11/20/2009 5:25:20 PM
jeff smith
bone crown of horns
scholastic
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
win bone is in the water and the rat things sit and wotch in in the water
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
i wood love to see this book on teens top ten.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
i think it shuod be on top ten becuase a lot of kid loved the bone books
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Crown of Horns Jeff Smith N.N., 13 Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
it is about an evil dragon trying to take over the world and the dragon is returning from the book Rose Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No Rating?

Shadow Grail #1 Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Reader: Jordan T.
Age: 17
Today's date: 2/19/10
Author: Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Title: Legacies
Publisher: TOR Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: unpublished
My review: I loved the book, it had a great story, great characters, and humor, which I always love. With that said, it was a little to long and short. It took too long to progress with the story, and then ended rather abruptly. Overall I enjoyed the book and I want to read the second one.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read all the time
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

I would also like to say: Overall what is keeping me hooked is wanting to know her power.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover A friend recommended it
I got the book from: Di/school library

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Trina, 12
11/19/2009 4:49:18 PM
Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Shadow Grail #1 Legacies
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
When Spirit and her friends get stuck in a problem, they don't turn against each other
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
It might seem boring at first, but it then gets all exciting and awsome!!!!
Rating?
4 Better than most
Spirit White has survived from a deadly car crash that has killed her mother and father and her sister. She has been discovered by a school with special talents, called magic. A couple of months after staying, people begin to disappear, some vanish to be never seen again, so Spirit and her new friends begin the investigation. But will they find out the truth of what is going on? Or will Spirit and her friends suffer a terrible fate from which they don't know about yet?

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Golden Girl by Micol Ostow

Allison,16
11/18/2009 9:02:37 PM
16
Micol Ostow
Golden Girl
Simon Pulse
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
That the girl learns that she should not always go with what other people say and find things out for herself.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
3 Readable
It had a good plot line and you could easily follow what they were trying to say in the book.
CHS

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff


Allison, 16
11/18/2009 8:57:28 PM
Lisa Graff
Umbrella Summer
Harper Collins
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
That the girl in the book learns to let go of the past and move on
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
it has a way of wanting you to read more
Rating?
3 Readable
I did not relize this but it was said that it was more for grades 4-6 and not high school. It was a really easy read and something that would be good for that age group.
CHS

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale


Nicholas, 13
11/18/2009 5:15:57 PM
Shannon and Dean Hale
Calamity Jack
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
the whole book was compelling in its own way it was funny thrilling ect. all around a great book
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
10
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
OH YES IT WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ
i thank the auther did a great job on this book i wood die for a sinde copy
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Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz

Anthony, 14
11/18/2009 3:58:20 PM
Alexandra Diaz
Of All the Stupid Things
Egmont
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
the most compelling aspect is that their are three main characters
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
4 Better than most
pretty good
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Andrea F., 16
11/18/2009 11:01:55 AM
John Green and David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Dutton Books
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
Musicals!
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
3 Readable
By sheer accident two boys both named Will Grayson meet and their lives become unavoidably tangled. They have almost nothing in common except for their interest in Tiny Cooper, who may not be the gayest man alive, or the biggest, but is certainly the biggest gay man alive. One Will Grayson has been friends with Tiny since elementary school. The other Will Grayson just met Tiny and is starting to pursue a relationship with him. It pretty much goes off from there with many complications, musicals, epiphanies, and general angst. Despite this book having two authors I was hoping that this book would change my mind about collaborations. I am sad to say it didn't. I had high hopes throughout half the book, they started to go downhill, then hit the bottom with a sad thud. The ending was so neat and perfect that it's kind of ruined the rest of the book for me. I am sad, because it was pretty funny for the first half.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Snap by Carol Snow


Tori, 13
11/16/2009 6:30:57 PM
Carol Snow
Snap
HaperCollins Publishers
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The most compelling aspect was the way that she always thought "This is temporary, this is only for the summer." about the town and her friends. It made me want to hit her, but it also caused me to keep reading the book until I was forced to put it down.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
This book was very addicting in a way and showed that people really can change.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
Madison Sabaini is a popular girl who has almost everything. But when she travels to Sandyland with her parents, strange things begin to happen, and her friendships will be tested, her whole world will be turned upsidedown, and she will possibly never be the same person again.
I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS BOOK AT THE END OF THE YEAR.
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Boy Minus Girl by Richard Uhlig

Amanda, 13
11/16/2009 2:56:14 PM
Richard Uhlig
Boy Minus Girl
Alfred A. Knopf
2008
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
NOTHING!!!!!!!
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
No
Rating?
1 How did it ever get published?
Will he get the girl of his dreams?
BURN THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Delainey, 12
11/14/2009 9:53:25 AM
Mick Cochrane
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Random House
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The most compelling aspect is that Molly has enough courage to join the boys baseball team, and make it.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
THe main character, Molly, is a very witty and funny character, who makes everyone love her.
Rating?
4 Better than most
When eighth grader Molly Williams joins the boys baseball team aftter her fathers surprising death, her's and everyone elses worlds take an unexpected turn of events.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn


K. W., 14 11/13/2009 9:04:30 AM
Alex Flinn
A Kiss In Time
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The changes in the characters
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes fast, great read
Rating? 4 Better than most
CHS/ Bistro

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Nick, 13 11/11/2009 5:11:09 PM
Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: greek myths
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments /Review: this book is the gratest book of all the book i read
FMS

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (2 reviews)



Andrea F., 16
1/20/2010 9:59:08 AM
Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere


Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The writing style. Beautiful writing, made me keep reading.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes. Dealt with death without making you want to commit suicide.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Lennie is 17 years old when her older sister Bailey suddenly and unexpectedly dies. Most of the book talks about how Lennie copes with her grief, but the real story focuses on Lennie’s two romantic interests. One is the new boy in town Joe, straight from Paris and who seems to be eternally happy. Joe makes her forget her grief for a little while, but at the same time she feels awful that there can be happiness in a world without Bailey. The other is Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby. He seems to be the only one who understands her but how can she date her sister’s boyfriend? I really enjoyed this book mostly because the writing is beautiful, and it dealt with death seriously without becoming mind numbingly depressing. 8 ½ out of 10.
Cover comments: I liked the cover but I did not see what a rose petal to do with the sky.
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Courtnie, 13 11/10/2009 7:56:05 PM
Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere
Dial Books 2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The beginning of each chapter.

In the book, the main character is devastated by her sister's death and so she writes her thoughts everywhere she can. In the book, the author starts every chapter with a piece of writing supposedly written by the main character.
Nominate? No
Rating? Rating: 4 Better than most
CHS
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Fallen by Lauren Kate (2 reviews)


Courtnie, 13 11/10/2009 7:50:49 PM
Lauren Kate
Fallen
Delacorte Press 2009




The author is very good at keeping you on the edge of your seat, and at sometimes just downright confused. At the end everything starts becoming clear but Lauren Kate has her second book coming out soon.
Nominate? No
Rating: 3 Readable
CHS
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Ash, 15
1/28/2010 10:28:50 AM
Lauren Kate
Fallen
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: That there was a battle between good and evil.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes. The how plot is amazing
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
It was a thrilling book that I could not put down. It begged for your attention and refused to let it go. I would so recommend this book for any one who like to read. I loved it.
Cover comments: I LOVE the cover it is totally how I picture Luce.

Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris


Courtnie, 13 11/10/2009 7:44:46 PM
Paula Morris
Ruined: A Ghost Story
Point Scholastic Inc. 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling aspect would be the author's ability to keep the reader going until the end and not having the usual predictibility of other books.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes This is a fiction style book that takes place in a real life area, and the author incorporates a lot of that area's real life culture into this book. I think that Paula Morris is a good author and that she wrote this story well.
Rating? 4 Better than most
CHS

Liar by Justine Larbalestier


Trina, 12 11/9/2009 3:27:16 PM
Justine Larbalestier
Liar
Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books 2009
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes It tells the story of Micah and how she lives thru the death of her boyfriend.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: Living thru all of her lies, being a shadow at school, and the one and only person she had feelings for dies. Micah lives thru all of the problems of a teen, but worst of all, her boyfriend is now found by the cops, but he was found dead. She would say that she didn't do anything, didn't kill him, but we don't know if she is lying. But when she tells you her story, you'll know she wasn't.
FMS

For Keeps by Natasha Friend (2 reviews)


Amanda, 13 11/9/2009 3:15:58 PM
Natasha Friend
For Keeps
Viking 2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The contents.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! IT IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Will Josie ever meet her dad?
Additional Comments: MAY I PLEASE HAVE THIS BOOK AT THE END OF THE YEAR??????
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Delainey B., 12
1/17/2010 2:17:32 PM
Natasha Friend
For Keeps
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
That Josie finally meets her dad.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?Yes. It has loss and love all in one.
Rating? 4 Better than most
When Josie Gardner first sees the grandma and granpa that don't even know she exists her life turns into a whirlwind adventure.
Cover comments: I liked that it showed a girl and boy holding hands. I also like that it is blurry.

Isabelle's Boyfriend by Caroline Hickey (2 reviews)

Amanda, 13 11/9/2009 3:06 PM
Caroline Hickey
Isabelle's Boyfriend
Roaring Book Press 2008
Everyday teen life.
Nominate? No
Rating: 3 Readable
Will Tarylyn ever end up with Epp?
I would like this book at the end of the year!
FMS
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Shelby, 12
11/15/2009 11:53:35 AM
Caroline Hickey
Isabelle's Boyfriend
Roaring Book Press
2008
It was a little slow at the beggining.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
It is an exciting book that makes you want to read more.
Rating?
4 Better than most
This book is about a girl named Taryn. she is not popular at all and goes to an all girls school. One day when she get's back, Camille, her mom's dog, needs to go for a walk. When they were walking they run into a handsome guy named John Epplin, or Epp. The only problem is is that he is going out with, Isablle, the most popular girl at Eastly. This book is about how Taryn tries to steal Epp while she tries to stay out of trouble.
I would read it again any day.
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Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines


Trina, 12 11/9/2009 3:05:20 PM
Lise Haines
Girl in the Arena
Bloomsbury USA Childrens Books 2009
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: It tells of the life of a girl who's life was chosen for her, and must fight for her freedom to save her brother and her life.
Additional Comments: Lyn is the daughter of seven gladiators, but it doesn't stop there. Her seventh father has one last fight, until he can live a normal life, if he lives. Lyn stands there when she watches her father die, and her mother dies in front of her eyes. She is now asked to marrie her father's murdurer. She can only deside one thing, she has to fight him to the death, for her little brother, for her freedom, and for her life. She doesn't know what will happen. This is her first fight, but will it be her last?
FMS

The Letter Writer by Ann Rinaldi

Amanda, 13 11/9/2009 3:00:40 PM
Ann Rinaldi
The Letter Writer
The cover.
No
4 Better than most
Will she leave or will she stay?
I would like this book at the end of the year!
FMS

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade


Trina, 12 11/9/2009 2:57:53 PM
Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments
Random House Inc. 2009
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes It gives action, history, and it makes your mind run wild
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Imagine, surviving the streets of London with only the knowledge of sneaking into the night and looking like a monster. Your only way to survive is the creation of a gift of transforming your body to look like another, what would you think. Well, Modo can imagine it, because it happened to him. Used for a freak show, Modo has survived by a mad man, who took care of him for twelve years, and then left him to survive. Meeting all the dangers of London, he lives on his own and must save the world and children from a beginning war.
FMS

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman (2 reviews)


Anne, 12 11/9/2009 2:57:40 PM
Rosalind Wiseman
Girls, Boys and Other Hazardous Material
Walden Media 2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
The ending was one of the best i have ever read.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes This book is just a perfect point of view on life.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: This book is filled with action love respect that is told through the life of charlie your average 9th grader
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Delainey B., 12
1/17/2010 2:12:57 PM
Rosalind Wiseman
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: That Charlie didn't suceed running out her past.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?Yes It has alot of different subjects that relate to middle and high schoolers. Rating? 4 Better than most
When 9th grader Charlie Healey tries to outrun her middle school past all kinds of crazy things happen. Like love, friendship, and even a little bit of drama. Cover comments: I liked the cover because sometimes boys and girls are like bombs.

Invisible I: The Amanda Project by Stella Lennon


Amanda, 13 11/9/2009 2:56:45 PM
Stella Lennon
Invisible I: The Amanda Project
HARPER TEEN 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: IT HAS MY NAME!!!!!
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 2 Needs work
Annotation: Who is Amanda?
FMS

Malice by Chris Wooding (4 reviews)


Harrrison, 16 11/6/2009 7:11:28 AM
Chris Wooding
Malice
scholastic 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: left me wanting more and i could not put it down
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes it never lets up from the first to the last page and leaves you wanting to read more after its finished
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: it never lets up and leaves you wanting more
Bistro Book Club, CHS
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Anthony, 14 11/9/2009 7:40:12 AM
Chris Wooding
Malice
Scholastic Press 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compeling aspect is that it is half novel, half comic.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: I can't wait for Havoc
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Brady, 13 11/10/2009 9:22:10 PM
Chris Wooding
Malice
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: I think besides the plot that its a comic/novel
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes I found it unique and it really had everything a good novel needs and more. Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Seth and Kady fight evil from a comic called Malice. This book compleatly blew me away.
Additional Comments /Review: I found it compleatly unique and unlike anything I have ever read. Part comic part novel Malice is about two teens Seth and Kady. There friend Luke disappers after saying the chant that supposidly brings Tall Jake to take you into Malice. Seth then journeys into Malice after him. Besides its appel as part book part comic Malice was in my opinion delightfully dark. The story had everything a good book should as well as an amazing author that masterfully made the suspense in this book peak. Bottom line amazing book read it.
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Ellie G., 14
2/3/2010 8:51:41 AM
Chris Wooding
Malice
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling aspect of this book was the world of malice it was sacring and haughnting and always had me courious out of my mind.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes. It was dark but not a horror novel and incorperaitied a new and very frightning world.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book. this book was extreemly well developed the caricters and ideas were well though out and intreeging.
The way the book was split into comic and novel made this a good book for anyone. i recomend this as book everyone should read it gave me the chills and always left me thinking.
Cover comments: I loved the cover, i loved how it was embossed and comic likethus reflecting its contents.

Whirlwind by David Klass


Brandon, 16 11/6/2009 7:10:43 AM
David Klass
Whirlwind
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: how this book includes the ecosystem into the plot its new and unique
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
CHS

Intertwined by Gena Showalter


Anthony, 14 11/6/2009 7:10:14 AM
Gena Showalter
Intertwined
Harlequin Books S.A.
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most Compelling aspect is the zombies.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes The Storyline Because the book is Awesome.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book This book is one of the best i have ever read and it was amazing!
Additional Comments:
I hope there is a sequel. i would love to have a copy at the end of the year.
Bistro Book Club

Legacy by Thomas E. Sniegoski


Brandon, 16 11/6/2009 7:06:02 AM
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Legacy
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: the plot twists
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 3 Readable
CHS

Hold Still by Nina LaCour


Kyla, 15 11/5/2009 9:25:43 PM
Nina LaCour
Hold Still
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling part of this story, is that the main charecter deals with alot of emotional problems that alot if not all teenagers can relate to.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes It has an amazing story line that is easy to follow, and it is written in a unique style that I think most teens would enjoy.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Additional Comments:
This is a beautiful, yet slightly depressing story, but you will still find yourself smiling.
CHS

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Daniel, 14
11/5/2009 3:18:08 PM
Cassandra Clare
The City of Glass
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Forbidden Love
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes suspense and violent twists in the story
Rating? 4 Better than most
Palisade

Wish by Alexandra Bullen


Hope P., 14 11/4/2009 3:26:55 PM
Alexandra Bullen
Wish
Scholastic Inc.
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Olivia Larson was a very real girl going through a very real hardship with a little unreal help. It was definantly a pulling read, and that made it very compelling.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Additional Comments/ Review: Olivia Larson has to live with something most teens would shudder to think about: the death of her twin sister. They had been inseperable since birth, doing everything together, going everywhere together. But one summer that all changed. Olivia's parents decide to move to San Fransico, leaving behind everything Olivia ever knew. She tries to make friends, but it's not easy. Everyone learns about her sister Violet's death, and then they have no idea how to react. Her mother tries to make her fit in. One night she tells everyone she's bringing Olivia to an office party. Olivia has nothing to wear (isn't that a comman thing with girls?) so she does something she never thought she'd do. She takes one of her sister's dresses to a dressmakers to be fixed. The dressmaker, a mysterious girl named Posey, agrees to fix the dress. But the dress Olivia gets in return is not Violet's dress. It is a strange black dress with a silver butterfly on it. Olivia no choice but to wear it. After an aweful evening, she whispers "I wish I had my sister back." The butterfly seems to fly off her dress and into the night. As you can imagine, Olivia is pretty freaked out. Imagine how much more freaked out she is when she wakes up to find her wish come true.....in a sense. (Don't worry, this all happens in the first few chapters, I'm not giving anything major away.) This book was full of paradoxes. For example, it was funny, but sad at the same time. The story line is fantistical, but seems as if it could happen in real life. I loved this book. I think anyone, boy or girl, young or old will enjoy it. That said, I have to admit there were a few unnessecary words and a few bottles of underage beer. Othere then those slight mars, this was a beautifully touching book.
Bistro Book Club

Shadow by Jenny Moss


K. W., 16,
11/4/2009 8:05:12 AM
Jenny Moss
Shadow
Scholastic Press
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The fact that the author truely made a new world
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes Easy read and makes a simple plot so fun to read.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Bistro-CHS

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young


Delainey, 12 11/2/2009 9:08:22 PM
Suzanne Young
The Naughty List
Razor Bill
2010

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The spying to prove that boys were cheating on their girlfriends.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes. IT includes spys, cheating, and cheerleading all in one!
Rating?
4 Better than most
Annotation: Tessa is cheerleader captain and a spy! shh! Don't tell anyone though she has to make sure to keep her secret of being able to scale a 15ft. wall in a cheerleading skirt a secret.
Bistro-FMS

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (3 reviews)


Hope P., 14 11/2/2009 4:09:45 PM
Philip Reeve
Fever Crumb
Scholastic Press
2010
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Fever is an unusual and unfimiliar character that nevers does what you expect her to do.

Rating? 4 Better than most When your reading a book, you sometimes think "this reminds me of this other book," or movie, or whatever. You won't be able to do that with Fever Crumb. It is truly unlike any other book I've ever read.

Annotation: Fever Crumb is a young girl growing up in a future London. Aparently shortly after the end of the 21 century, a strange race of monsters known as Scriven arrived in London, killing and seizing control. Then, years later, the humans revolted and killed the misshapes, as they are sometimes called. During the riots, a scientist named Dr. Crumb found a little baby girl with two different colored eyes. Fearing that the leaders of London would mistake her for a mishape (which is anyone who isn't perfectly normal), he takes her back to the order of Engineers. No girl had ever been trained-before Fever, of course- as an engineer. For 14 years, everything is just peachy. But one day, Fever gets asked to asist one Kit Solent with a top secret project. Someone sees her miscolored eyes and starts a panic about the Scriven returning. Fear is brought to an even higher state when it reaches London that a group of unknown people are nearing the city, intentions unknown as well. The only one who may be able to save London is the one girl who all Londoners hate: Fever Crumb.
Additional Comments: I felt this book was fmailiar and similar to a few books, but truly unlike them in so many ways. The characters were fresh and 3-D, up close and in person. This book was a page-turner, even if you don't notice it at first. Amazing read.
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Michael,    12   
Phillip Reeve   
Fever Crumb   
Scholastic    2010
           It was an excellent book, first few chapters make it difficult to read but was worth it in the end    Rating, 5. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Caitlin,    15   
Phillip Reeve   
Fever Crumb    Scholastic    
2010
            I thought this book was great. It was unique the was the author wrote it. Fever Crumb is one of the better books I have read! I would recommend this book to anyone.   
Rating, 4. Better than most.

Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle (2 reviews)


Trina, 12 11/2/2009 3:13:48 PM
Marissa Doyle
Betraying Season
2009
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes It keeps you on the edge of your seat by giving you good details and you keep thinking that one thing will happen and you find out that it doesn't, and somethings you least expect...
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: Penelope Leland comes to the land of Ireland after saving Queen Victoria, well, sort of.
Additional Comments/Review: Pen comes to Ireland to learn more about the wonders of magic, but ends up distracted by the dashing Niall Keatin, and little does she know what is going on. Rumors start and her fellow classmates seem strange and some are acting like pigs, and she then hears what she believes is the truth to only find out a lie from the one she trusts most. In the end, will Penelope find out the truth, will she find love, or will she have to make the most scariest desicion of her life?
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Grecia, 17 11/5/2009 3:17:10 PM
Marissa Doyle
Betraying season
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: the end it was pretty much the main point of the book it was rellay good.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes because it caches your attention from the start.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Palisade

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita


Delainey, 12 11/1/2009 4:07:06 PM
Jen Calonita
Sleepaway Girls
Little Brown and Company
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The romance and friendship.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes it's got romance, nature, and friendship all in one.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Additional Comments: If you like camping, meanies, romance, and the power of friendship then this is the book for you!
Bistro-FMS

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli


hunter, 12 10/30/2009 9:12:21 AM
Donna Jo Napoli
Alligator Bayou
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: ITS IN LOUISIANA
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
ITS IN LOUISIANA and its the bomb
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: IT SHOULD BE NOMINATED CAUSE ITS AWSOME
THIS BOOK IS THE BOMB
Bistro-FMS

The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus

Brandon, 16 10/29/2009 7:03:13 PM
Daniel Kraus
The Monster Variations
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
to be honest it didn't really have one to me
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?
No
Rating?
2 Needs work
CHS

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Go Ahead, Ask Me by Nico Medina, Billy Merrell

Brandon
16
10/28/2009 9:15:43 PM
Nico Medina, Billy Merrell
Go Ahead, Ask Me
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: its lack of restraint on language
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 2 Needs work
Additional Comments: this book is focused more towords a more mature age group beacuse of the language content andthe lack of restraint in the language
Bistro/CHS

Lifting the Sky by Mackie d'Arge


Shelby
12
10/28/2009 4:51:41 PM
Mackie d'Arge
Lifting the Sky
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Probably the end.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
It is very descriptive and always makes you want more. I could hardly put it down. It has somthing for guys and girls. Action and romace. I really loved it and would read it again.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: It reminded me of my mom,kind of. She is very adventurous and I saw that same spirit in Blue.
Additional Comments: I loved the book and would read it again in a heartbeat!
Bistro/FMS

Friday, October 30, 2009

Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel


Harrison, 16
10/27/2009 7:13:23 AM
Kenneth Oppel
Starclimber
harpercollins
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: it leaves you guessing till you turn the last page and it leaves the reader to make a mental picture of the characters
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
it keeps you guessing till the very end and lots of twists that you never see coming
Rating? 4 Better than most
Additional Comments: i loved this book because it left me to make a picture in my head of what the characters look like and it left me guessing till the last page at what will happen next
Bistro Book Club/CHS

Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (reviews)


Kinney, Jeff
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Amulet Books
2009 - January
Logan S., 15 11/10/2009 9:23:52 PM
Kinney, Jeff
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Amulet Books 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The very dry, somewhat satirical humor
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Additional Comments /Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, is the third in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, though it could be considered a standalone novel, just like the first two. Greg Heffley is in trouble again, this time his dad is threatening to send him to a military academy for the summer if he doesn’t shape up his act. Now Greg has to find a way to stay out of military school, get the girl, and avoid embarrassment, all while getting good grades! While this is not worthy of a place in the teens top ten, I still enjoyed this book, it was a nice breather from the darker things I’ve been reading lately, I personally found this book to be the best of the first three.
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I thought the cover is great to attract new readers and showed Greg's personality . It shows a true life situation some boys face and a funny, easy taken way to solve it. Nominate? Yes. 4Q Better than most. K.W., 15
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Jared, Middle School Student
10/26/2009 3:08:46 PM
Jeff Kinney
Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
amulet books 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: comedy
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
it is hilarios
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: this book is funny and is a good novel
bring manga to fms
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Beauty and the Bully by Andy Behrens


Amanda, 13
10/26/2009 3:04:28 PM
Andy Behrens
Beauty and the Bully
Dutton Books
2008
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The cover drags you into the story
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: When Duncan has a band accident and gets attention from his crush what will she do?
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
Bistro/FMS

The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby


Amanda, 13
10/26/2009 2:59:50 PM
Ruby
The Secret of Laurel Oaks
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
2008
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The blurb
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: What is the secret of Laurel Oaks?
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
FMS

Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy


Amanda, 13
10/26/2009 2:56:20 PM
Hennesy
Pandora Gets Lazy
Bloomsbury U.S.A Children's Books
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The cover drags you into the story
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 3 Readable
Annotation: When Pandora gets seperated from her friends, what will she do to get them back?
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
Bistro/FMS

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (3 reviews)

Kaycee, 15
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver
Scholastic  2009

Wow, this was a really good mix of romance and fantasy. I like what she did with the werewolves Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Delainey,12
10/24/2009 11:27:27 AM
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver
Scholastic Press
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: It's about a werewolf and a girl who haven't talked, Until now.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
It's got just enough fantasy and romance to keep me turning the page.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Werewolves, romance, horror, secrets? This book has it all!
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Aimee. 12
stiefvater, maggie
Shiver
4 Better than most
The cover showed some of the elements but not a lot. It was good though.
Grace, was bitten when she was young and she never turned into a wolf.
I was disappointed with one chapter. It had some mature content I didn't want to read.

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Ursula, 17
10/23/2009 7:38:46 PM
Carolyn MacCullough
Once a Witch
Clarion Books
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The matters with time and facing one’s unexpected destiny.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: A girl named Tamsin comes from a long line of powerful witches that all have a special power. She was prophesized to be the most powerful of them all, but she never recieves any power at all. So she is shunned by her family and then a strange man comes into her life, taking her on a journey across time to find a lost item for the man, or so he claims.
Additional Comments: The love that is involved in this story is so realistic in how it evolves.
Bistro Book Club, GJHS

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith (7 reviews)



Tyler,    16  
Alexander Gordon Smith  
Lockdown   
Farrar Straus & Giroux    2010
           I liked this book very much. I really enjoyed the plot of the book as well as the characters in the book. The way the story played out was very cool. Overall, this was a book that i would like to read again. Very engaging  
Rating, 4. Better than most.
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David, 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown

This book is about a kid named Alex and he got set up for killing his friend. He was framed and put in Furnacce Pen. Alex is trying to think of a way to escape and he might have just found it.

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4/8/2010
Ursula, 17
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Annotation: Alex Sawyer lives in a time where if a teen commits a crime, he/she will be sentenced for life in Furnace, an underground prison that has zero tolerance for teens due to the Summer of Slaughter of adolescent madness. However, he has been put in Furnace, framed for a crime he didn't commit and he wants to get out no matter what it takes.
Additional Comments: It was kind of disturbing.
Rating? 4 Better than most
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Andrea F., 16, 10/21/2009 3:31:31 PM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The idea that adults could lose all sympathy for the young.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: After the Summer of Slaughter, when gang violence erupted into full blown city riots, juveniles are given no mercy in the justice system. Now when 14 year old Alex is framed for murder he is sentenced without hesitation to life long imprisonment in Furnace. Buried miles under the earth, Furnace was created to imprison all juvenile offenders, and those in it are thought of as dead. No visitors, no regulations of any kind protecting the rights of the prisoners, and most suspect that hideous experiments are performed on the inmates. So what’s an innocent kid to do? Plan an escape of course.
Additional Comments:
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were 3 dimensional, the situation compelling, and despite everything, funny. I had to finish it once I started it, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
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Anthony,14
10/26/2009 7:14:08 AM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Farrar Straus Giroux
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: I think that the most compelling thing is that there is hope for escape and then that hope is taken away and the main characters find a different hope.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: i can't wait for the next one!
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Courtnie, 14
1/14/2010 8:14:07 PM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The details were fabulous. Alexander Gordon Smith is a great author.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes This book is one of the best book's I have ever read. The writing is spectacular and the author has an eye for detail.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Cover comments: The cover reflected the contents perfectly, it was both scary and mysterious.
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Ben,    17  
Alexander Gordon Smith  
Lockdown  
Farrar Straus Giroux    2010
           An incredibly quick and unsatifying read, while the content is soild it feels like the opening art of a story not a full novel. The cliffhanger ending does leave you wanting more but it doesnt feel justified and isnt backed my enough substance  
Rating, 3. Readable.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (3 reviews)

Brady, 13 10/14/2009 4:08:18 PM
Robert Sawyer
WWW: Wake
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: All the differnt stories
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes It was great
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: There are many stories in this book but the main one is that of a girl named catilyn who is blind and gains the ability to see the web. This book was great it did everything a good sciend fiction novel should it had an amazing story as well as provoking thought in the reader. I have no complaints other than the fact that alot of the stories had nothing to do with each other however that should be fixed in the sequel. So overall it was a great book that I highly recomend.
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Reader: Andrea F.
Age: 16
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: WWW:Wake
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Publisher: Ace Books
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? No
Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten? Yes
If yes, what makes this book special enough to be nominated for Teens’ Top Ten? I've never read a book like it before, and that's saying a lot.
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I liked the cover a lot, it reflected the contents very well. It definitely conveyed that it was a sci fi book.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. That it is one of the rare sci fi books without guns.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? I was disappointed with the ending, because it does not make it clear whether or not there is going to be a sequel.
Did you finish the book Yes
How would you rate this book? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Please write a short annotation for this book if you think it should be on the Teens Top Ten List. Ask Di or Mrs. Castro if you need assistance. This book should definitely be on the Teens Top Ten List. It's too unique of a book to pass up.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) You think by reading the short summary on the jacket that you know what this book is going to be about. You realize pretty quickly that you don't. Caitlin Decker is a genius at math, 16, and blind. When a Japanese researcher contacts her about a chip he has designed that may allow her to see, she agrees. However, instead of allowing her to gain sight of the world as most of us see it, Caitlin can now somehow see the Internet. It takes off from there dealing with theories about consciousness and how it may be obtained, some very cool math (and this is coming from someone who as a general rule detests it) and how despite all the communication that happens today, terrible things can still be hidden from us. A fantastic book, very unique, and I would recommend this to anyone who has even the slightest interest about it.
Date 2009-05-26 19:53:59
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7/19/2009 15:06:38
Logan S., 15
Bistro Book Club
Sawer, Robert J.
www:Wake
Penguin Group 2009
It is compelling and is hard to put down
I thought the cover was interesting, it is somewhat mysterious, which is very much like the book.
The idea, the concept that the internet has a mind of its own, and that humans can contact it.
The last thirty pages were a bit slow
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Robert J. Sawyer’s book www:Wake is about Caitlin, a fifteen-year old girl who was born blind. Through a series of events she receives that gives her the ability to see… the internet. Very quickly Caitlin realizes that the internet has a mind of its own. This book is an example of great writing, Robert J. Sawyer has a twisted mind, and I love it! It really makes you think about perception, and looks at humanity in an interesting way

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Hope P., 14 10/14/2009 1:41:25 PM
Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Splendor Falls
Delecorte Press 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: Unlike many supernatural novels, this book leaves the feeling that this might actually happen somewhere, sometime.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes It is a taunt page-turner that keeps you connected until the last sentence.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book The Splendor Falls is a powerful 513 page book centered around a modern day girl named Sylive Davis battling the forces of yesteryear. With a spice of magic, a blade like humor and a healty dose of suspence, Sylvie trys to convince herself she isn't crazy. Only one problem. An ancient Alabama mansion seems to want to prove her wrong.
Annotation: Sylvie Davis was a normal girl with dreams of being a ballet star. When her leg is shattered on stage, all those dreams changed. She makes a poor decision at her Mom's wedding and she is shipped off to Alabama. She falls in love with her old family mansion, named Bluestone Hill. But when she starts seeing strange things, Sylvie's love turns to fear. Is she losing her mind? Or is something more sinister at work? And is the town golden boy all what he's cracked up to be? And what of the mysterious stranger at the manor? I loved this book, because it really connects with you and makes you want to keep reading, even after the book is finished. This is a perfect book for a sequel, in my opinion.
Bistro Book Club

The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie

Amanda F., 13 10/15/2009 9:45:04 AM
Kirsten Boie
The Princess Plot
Scholastic Inc. 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The cover drags you into the story.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 1 How did it ever get published?
Bistro. FMS

The Crushes: Love-Struck by Pamela Wells

Amanda F., 13 10/15/2009 9:51:23 AM
Pamela Wells
The Crushes: Love-Struck
Point Scholastic Inc. 2008
The cover drags you into the story, and it's about what teens have to go through everyday.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes It is a story about all of these different girls and their crushes, basicly what many desisions teens go through everyday.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: A group of girlfriends discover what it's like to be single and have a crush, have a crush but be in the middle of a relationship, and being pressed to make desisions about certain things that they might not want to do.
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
Bistro. FMS

Second Skin by Jessica Wollman (2reviews)


Delainey, 12, 10/13/2009 7:08:04 PM
Jessica Wollman
Second Skin
Delacorte Press 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: That there is a little romance, magic, high school, and popularity, all rolled into one.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes
It would be good to show young girls how to find truth in themselves.
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: In this book a girl proves that sometimes you have to be squeezed by a "second skin", to be able to breathe, and live in, your own first.
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Shelby
12
10/28/2009 8:12:35 PM
Jessica Wollman
Second Skin
Delacorte Press
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: When Alex tells Sam that he loves her I was so happy because it was so sweet! I always liked Alex and was sad when she kissed Tanner right in front of him.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
This book is good enough for Teen's Top Ten because it teaches people a lesson. It proves that popularity is not what it looks like. It is a girls book and it is fun, sad, and happy all at the same time! Sam learns her lesson and gets some new friends after stealing the key to popularity. It is a very fun book that I could not put down and it was painful when I had to! That is why I nominate this book for Teen's Top Ten.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: It reminded me a lot of how the popular kids at our school are like.
Additional Comments: I loved the book and could barely put it down! I would read it again without a second thought.
Bistro/FMS

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

Heather A., 17 10/11/2009 10:23 PM
Francisco Stork
Marcelo in the Real World
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: I think the most compelling aspect of the book is the decisions and questions Marcelo come to, and he always seems to make the right descision even though he's never been faced with problems like these or told how to handle them. Though he was confused about human emotions and expressions (both on people's faces and in speech) he seemed to have so much of it himself. It was really a touching book.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes. For one, it is a really good book. I got a look into the world of those who are too afraid to enter it. Marcelo was a young man who, although was unsure, braved the real world he was sent out into by his father. He went through many trials and yet he always maintaned his sweet, innocence (more like naivety thought). This was a beautiful book and it really touched me. I hope it sells lots.
Rating? 4 Better than most
This book was marvelous, and yet at the same time it had a touch to it that was missing I think. I really loved it, but I felt something else should have been there. I'm not sure what it is, but I think if the author found what it was, then this book would be rated a 10 for me.
Annotation: This is a very compelling book about a teenger who is trying to find his place in the world, while also working through his troubles. He always seemed to keep a light innocence around him even though he is mocked at work everyday because he doesn't understand some things like others would. However, I believe he can understand so much more. He is very sharp, and has a big heart. I give this book an A.
Bistro. CHS

Ice by Sarah Durst

Ellie G., 14 10/13/2009 7:49:06 PM
Sarah Durst
Ice
simon and schuster children's publishing 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling aspect of this book was how it all revolved around a theam of life and death and how both come to pass. It was a very original concept that i found very powerful.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: When Cassie meets the bear from her childhood stories she is swept away into a unwilling marrige to save a mother she has never met. A powerful and compelling out look on life, death and the fate of our souls Ice is a truely unique retelling of the classic farie tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Bistro Book Club, GJHS

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner (2 reviews)

Tori R., 13 10/14/2009 5:34:47 PM
Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
Emily the Strange: The Lost Days
2009 HarperCollins
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling aspect must have been what cuss words Earwig used. She didn't actually cuss, but used strange words like, "Blogyam!" and "DOUBLEBRICKING GOBFARX!"
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes.
This book was addicting in a, well, strange way. The lists and illustrations fit right along with the story and, I admit, I probably would have not liked the book as much without them.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Earwig is a young who seems to have amnesia. To recover from it, she must search the town of Blackrock for clues about her past and what she was sent to do.
Additional Comments: I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS BOOK AT THE END OF THE YEAR.
Bistro-FMS

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Aimee, middle school student
Reger Rob
Emily the strange the lost days
Rating: 4 Better than most
I liked the cover I thought it showed the contents.
That Emily wakes up and she doesn't know who she is or why she's here.
I wasn't disappointed.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (4reviews)


10/27/2010 14:11:11      
Shelby, 17           
Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride
2009     
This book seems real. I like Sarah Dessen's style of writing.
5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.          4 P. Broad general appeal.
I usually only read magazines not books  

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Heather, 16   10/27/2010     
Sarah Dessen     
Along for the Ride                          
2009
               I love how everything being said about this novel seems so real like. I love, love stories I am addicted to them.
4 Q. Better than most.    4 P. Broad general appeal.
I read all the time.
The author wrote this novel so wonderful to make everything sound so real
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alison, 13, 10/19/2009 4:11:22 PM
Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling part is you never get the ending right.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes
This book is good enough to be nominated for Teens' Top Ten because this book keeps changing and makes you guessing tell the end. Also this book is really good because it has a really good plot.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: This is Auden's last summer before collage so she spend it with her dad, step mom, and new baby. Over the summer Auden gets to see what it's really like to have a social life and be a kid. Plus add a boyfriend in the mix and how does it all turn out? Not the way you would think.
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year.
Bistro-FMS

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Flor, 14, 10/16/2009 3:58:17 PM
Dessen, Sarah
Along for the Ride
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The most compelling aspect of the book was that it had interesting characters and a good story behind each one.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes
Rating? 4 Better than most
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