Bistro Book Club

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Audio Booktalk of Just One Wish

Just One Wish Audio Booktalk by Logan. Trying to get this podcasting thing to work. Following Blogger instructions I embedded a link and thought a player would show up here. Does not work that way. Click on the title "Audio Booktalk of Just One Wish" and it will take you a to link where you can download the audio file. I'm open to suggestions on how to make this work.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

Crowley, Suzanne
The Stolen One
Greenwillow Books, 2009
Nominate? Yes

It's a compelling story that hasn't been used before. It incorporates the history of Queen Elizabeth I that everyone is familiar with but gives it a twist. It's very unique.,"The use of red and the background of green leaves shows you Kat as she is, the look in her eyes to the pear she is holding makes you want to open the book and learn what makes her tick.

The only thing Kat has known is lost to her so she goes on a search to find out who she really is, it's filled with romance and adventure and you keep turning the pages to see if she figures out her own past.

4 Better than most

The Stolen One is about the Elizabethan era but it takes an unusual story and weaves it into the history we know so well. Instead of reading the same story about Queen Elizabeth, Suzanne Crowley surprises us with a witty young girl whose only passion in life is to find out who she is. She knew she never fit in with the family that raised her and now that she is free of them she goes on a search to find her parents. What she learns on the way brings her new perspective. The unique storyline gives the reader a reason to keep reading because you don’t know how it will end.--Rebeccah

The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliot

Elliot, Patricia
The Pale Assassin
Holiday House 2009
This book is such a fast read with compelling characters. Within the first few pages you are sucked into a world of rebellion and romance. It's well written and incorporates history in a fascinating way in which after the book you want to learn more about that time period.

The cover is very interesting because it shows Eugenie staring you down, so you want to pick up the book and find out why she has that look in her eyes.

The most compelling part of this book was when they were finally trying to leave France, but of course there are twists in the plot and you never know what is going to happen. It leaves you guessing each time.

4 Better than most,

The Pale Assassin shows an unlikely side to the French Revolution. Instead of showing it through the rebellious peasants or the greedy king, Patricia Elliot shows it through the eyes of a young aristocrat. After losing everything she has ever known Eugenie is faced with staying in the land she loves or making a treacherous journey to be free again. Filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end one never knows what young Eugenie’s fate will be. Filled with action, war and romance The Pale Assassin is a fast read with a fascinating story line. --Rebeccah W.

Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia

Reader D***k
Age 16
Today's date 7/14/2009
Author Rita Williams Garcia
Title Jumped
Publisher Harper Collins
Publication date 2009
My review: If you have a good memory, it's a good book for chicks. I didn't really get into it because it's about three girls.
Would you nominate this book for an award? no
How much do you read? I don't usually read for fun
Quality 2Q Needs more work
Popularity 3P Some Teen appeal
I would also like to say If I was a woman I would recommend it.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) The cover was interesting
I got the book from DYC

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Den of Thieves by Julia Golding

Reader: Hope
Age: 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Den of Thieves
Author: Julia Golding
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten? No
If yes, what makes this book special enough to be nominated for Teens’ Top Ten?
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? The cover was really detailed and discribed the contents very well.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. Cat Royal and the other characters are very relatable and realistic.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Did you finish the book Yes
How would you rate this book? 4 Better than most
Please write a short annotation for this book if you think it should be on the Teens Top Ten List.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) Cat Royal, heroine of Diamond of Drury Lane and Cat Among Pigeons, is at it again! Theater Royal is closed for extreame remodeling (as in tearing it down and rebuilding!!) and Mr. Sheridan has to make cast cuts. Suddenly, Cat is homeless. After a couple of disasters (after all, she is Cat Royal!) she meets back up with Mr. Sheridan. Turns out, he has a job for her! Only..that job is going undercover to Paris in the middle of the French Revolution! While trying to find out the feelings of the people, Cat meets a interesting cast of characters, including J-F, a king of thieves. Just when things are looking up for Cat, she finds out close friends of hers, the Avons, are imprisoned on a conspiracy charge! Can Cat keep her head in the midst of the revolution and save them? This book is by far the best in the series, and it left me waiting on the edge of my seat for Cat'O'Nine Tails, the next book! This book can be read by itself, even though Cat flashes back to past adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone for a read, but on it's own, it is not Teen Top Ten worthy, in my opinion. As a series, yes.
Date 2009-07-03 00:44:52

Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger (2 reviews)

Reader: D*****k
Age: 14
Today's date: 9-17-09
Author: Brent Hartinger
Title: Project Sweet Life
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2009
My review: Project Sweet Life is one of the best books I have read because it was exciting and exploring and when I got to a good part I got as excited as the charachters in the book.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The blurb or cover copy sounded good. I heard someone talking about it.
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Reader: B***n
Age: 17
Today's date: 7/7/2009
Author: Brent Hartinger
Title: Project Sweet Life
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2009
My review: I didn't particularly like this book. It was too many downfalls.
Would you nominate this book for an award: no
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal
I would also like to say: It was adequate.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): A librarian recommended it Just grabbed it
I got the book from: DYC

Monday, July 6, 2009

Banksy Locations and Tours by Martin Bull

Reader: S*****l
Age: 15
Today's date: 7/6/2009
Author: Martin Bull
Title: Banksy Locations and Tours
Publisher: PM Press
Publication date: 2009
My review : Graffiti. I love graffiti and this book supplied me all of it. From all the corners of the map of London. From words to full out pictures. This book rocks!
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I would also like to say: If you like old school graffiti then you will never put it down.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover A librarian recommended it
I got the book from: DYC

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Reader: N****n
Age: 12
Today's date: 7/6/2009
Author: A.S. King
Title: The Dust of 100 Dogs
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication date: 2009
My review: I liked the flashbacks in the book. I felt like I was in the flashbacks, they were so descriptive.
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
How much do you read?: I read all the time
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal
I would also like to say: I loved the battles in the story. I like how they described the wounds. It was awesome!
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover The blurb or cover copy sounded good Just grabbed it Other I like pirates.
I got the book from: DYC

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We Were Here by Matt de la Pena (3 reviews)

Reader: M****a S.
Age: 16
Today's date: 8-31-09
Author: Matt DeLaPena
Title: We Were Here
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 10-13-09
My review: This book was amazing, it shows how close people become when they have been through struggles together.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I would also like to say: Through out the whole book until the last page the title does not make sense, but you will get it eventually.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): A librarian recommended it

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Reader: B*******e
Age: 16
Today's date: 9-21-09
Author: Matt De La Pena
Title: We Were Here
Publication date: 10-13-09
My review: About three boys who run from a group home.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I would also like to say: This was a good & kinda sad book.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover

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Reader: R..s
Age: 17
Today's date: 07/01/2009
Author: Matt de la Pena
Title: We Were Here
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: October 12, 2009
My review (use back of page if you need more space):: This book is a good book because the story is interesting and exciting at the same time. It keeps the reader in the book. There's always something going on.
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
How much do you read?: I read all the time
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal

I picked this book because (check as many as you like): A friend recommended it

Amiri and Odette by Walter Dean Myers

Reader: B...t
Age: 17
Today's date: 07/01/2009
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Title: Amiri and Odette
My review: I might recommend this book to someone between the ages of 12 to 14. It just seems more suitable for that age. I read the first two pages of the book and wasn't even somewhat attracted to the book. I just honestly was not attracted to the plot of it.
Would you nominate this book for an award: no
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 2P Only for special interest
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover Just grabbed it
I got the book from: DYC

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Reader: T...r
Age: 16
Today's date: 07/02/2009
Author: Cory Doctorow
Title: Little Brother
Publisher: Tor
Publication date: 2008
My review (use back of page if you need more space):: This book is a good book for technology fans. I would recommend it.
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting The blurb or cover copy sounded good Other Read back
I got the book from: DYC
Click here for more reviews of Little Brother.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (5 reviews)


Simone, 15
12/16/2009 17:44:02
Simone Elkeles
Perfect Chemistry
Walker Publishing Company
2009

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book:
It has unexpected surprises that make these teens stand out better than other books because it is more realistic.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
Great suspenseful plot
Rating?
4 Better than most

PHS
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K. W., 16 10/30/2009 12:43:23 PM
Simone Elkeles
Perfect Chemistry
Walker publishing Company
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The compelling aspect is how true it is to life but how fictional it was at the same time
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes
because of the writing style and the plot.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: I want first dibs if there is a sequel!!!!!!
Bistro-CHS
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Reader: B*******e
Age: 16
Today's date: 9/24/09
Author: Simone Elkeles
Title: Perfect Chemistry
Publication date: 2009
My review:: It is a good love story, and is a good sad book.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a week
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it
I would also like to say: Read it.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting

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Reader: J***e
Age: 17
Today's date: 9-18-09
Author: Simone Ekleles
Title: Perfect Chemistry
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 2009
My review:: It is a good book about love and overcoming stuff, read it.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a year
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I would also like to say: I loved the book.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): Just grabbed it

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Reader: N......a
Age: 15
Today's date: 07/02/2009
Author: Simone Elkeles
Title: Perfect Chemistry
Publication date: 2009
My review: Well, right from the cover I knew I would like the book. When I opened the book I didn't want to put it down. Everytime I had to stop to do something, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think anyone should read this book. It's a real good book and I don't like to read at all.
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
How much do you read?: I usually read magazines not books
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it
I would also like to say: It was very hard to stop reading it. There should be a second book like this one.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover The cover was interesting A friend recommended it

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Reader: N.....a
Age: 15
Today's date: 07/02/2009
Author: Lauren Henderson
Title: Kiss Me Kill Me
Publication date: 2008
My review: At the beginning, I really didn't like it, but then it started to get good. I don't like the ending though because I think it needs another book to finish the story.
Would you nominate this book for an award: yes
How much do you read?: I usually read magazines not books
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal
I would also like to say: Needs a second book please.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover The cover was interesting
I got the book from: DYC

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

City of Screams by John Brindley

Reader: Tyler S.
Age: 16
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: City of Screams
Author: John Brindley,
Publisher: Carolrhoda
Pub. Date 2009

Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten? No
If yes, what makes this book special enough to be nominated for Teens’ Top Ten?
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? The cover was OK and did reflect the contents. One child in a burning city is a little overdone.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. Flying people.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? Yes. If so, what was disappointing? The authors only apparent reason for writing this book was to bash Cristianity, elders, and obedience.
Did you finish the book? No
How would you rate this book? 1 How did it ever get published?
Please write a short annotation for this book if you think it should be on the Teens Top Ten List.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here): This book is about a group of people that have progressed in evolution being taken over by another group of people who have progressed in technology and the fight to take back their land. Although this sounds great and the book is well written, I felt like the entire book was written just to get a few points across in a way that the author could say "It's just a story" to any argument brought against his paper. I think this should have been a persuasive essay rather than a fiction book.

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley (2 reviews)

Reader shiloh
Age 13
Today's date 6/23/09
Author Jennifer Jabaley
Title Lipstick apology
Publisher
Publication date 2009
My review: It was an amazing book could not put it down
Would you nominate this book for an award yes
How much do you read? I read a couple books a week
Quality 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity 4P Broad general teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) The cover was interesting
I got the book from The Bistro
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Reader: Jade
Age: Middle School Student
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Lipstick Apology
Author: Jabaley, Jennifer
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date 2009

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? ts a mystery you can not solve it with just one clue but all clues is what you need.
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I like the picture of the new york skyline with a face melted in but a little bit too much pink.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. That Emily does not want to know what the apology meant, i for one would be a detective and try to find the meaning of the book.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
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.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here)Why diddn’t she just take anthony istead of her friends (Lindsey and Andy) stupid advice about anthony. Emily shoulsd have llistened to her heart in the first place. Then again that is a part of the book if she just fell for him it would be a really short book. The book was fantastic and quite a mystery, she will learn things about herself she never knew.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross (2 reviews)

Reader: morgan f
Age: 16
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Dull Boy
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Don't Know
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? well thought out plot and charectors
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I though the cover was okay it wasn't horrible or anything but i think it could have been alot better
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. its really easy to connect with the characters on so many diffrent levels
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? not really
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. Avery is an average dull teen age boy who happens to have super powers.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) I apsolutly adored this book and i really hope they make a secant one becouse i nearly cried when i finished the book because i didn't want the fun and entertaining story to end. I love all the charecters and all their little quarks. SArah Cross totally rocks my socks.
Date 2009-07-01 15:15:53

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Reader: Logan S.
Age: 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Dull Boy
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten? No
If yes, what makes this book special enough to be nominated for Teens’ Top Ten?
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? Yes and no. I liked the fact that The main charachter was smashing through his own title, but I think the book needed more description.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. The characters. The characters are very interesting. Ms. Cross did a wonderful job in creating interesting characters, and coming up with unique super powers
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? Not really I expected more action, but that's a pretty small complaint.
Did you finish the book Yes
How would you rate this book? 4 Better than most

Stone Voice Rising by C. Lee Tocci

Reader Ursula
Age 16
Author C. Lee Tocci
Title Stone Voice Rising
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
Publication date April 2009
My review (use back of page if you need more space): This book is like The Companions series and The Roar put in a blender. It doesn't have to do with the future or magical creatures, it has to do with the earth, right now. The earth is alive in this story, and it needs a voice(So says the title). The story begins with a girl named Lillibit who can talk to stones. She is the next Stone Voice but she is kidnapped by Styxx, an evil medical research facility. Then it switches to Todd who can talk to birds. Soon Lillibit comes into his ,and all the other children in the foster care house's lives. And now they are on the run, with no home, heading to a place called Kiva with Styxx on their tails.
Would you nominate this book for an award yes
How much do you read? I read a couple books a month
Quality 4Q Better than most
Popularity 3P Some Teen appeal
I would also like to say It's cool but slow-paced to my opinion.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) The cover was interesting

Magic and Misery by Peter Marino

Reader Kris
Age 16
Author Peter Marino
Title Magic and Misery
Publisher
Publication date
My review (use back of page if you need more space): THe book is about how a girl name TJ meets a boy who turns out to be gay. She finds her first love and the majority of the book is how she is being a girlfriend and the only friend to Pan.
Would you nominate this book for an award yes
How much do you read? I read a couple books a month
Quality 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity 4P Broad general teen appeal

I would also like to say Authors really need to write more books like this
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) The cover was interesting The blurb or cover copy sounded good

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

Reader: Laura B.
Age: 13
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Waiting for You
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Viking
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten? No
If yes, what makes this book special enough to be nominated for Teens’ Top Ten?
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I liked the cover because it helped show the outcome. I did not like that it didn't show some of the events leading up to the resolution.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. When will she wake up and smell the roses? When will she break up with Derek, see Nash for who he is, and look at Dirty Dirk.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? It was predictable. But it strung you along for the ride and it was fine.
Did you finish the book Yes
How would you rate this book? 3 Readable

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Reader: Laura B.
Age: 13
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
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? This book caught my attention and wouldn't let go. You can expect the car crash from the summary, but you don't expect what comes after. Gayle Forman writes well, quite well actually. And I find reading her book delighting
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? The cover was pleasant, very pretty. It picked at my attention and helped me pick up the book in the first place. But it didn't have much to do with the story. But I think the trade off is better to keep this cover.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. Will she chose life or death?
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing?
Did you finish the book Yes
How would you rate this book? 4 Better than most
Please write a short annotation for this book if you think it should be on the Teens Top Ten List. 17- year- old Mia wakes up one snow day and her family goes for a drive. But a barreling two ton truck can change every thing.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) I love this book :)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (5 Reviews)

Allyson, 17
Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire

Was even better then "The Hunger Games" I couldn't put the book down. I absolutely loved it,at every corner there is a new twist. Just when you think all of the games are over, they start over again with new problems and obsticles. Don't stand in the way of Katniss Everdeen

Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Reader: Hope P., 14, 9/22/2009
Catching Fire
Collins, Suzanne
Scholastic Press 2009

Katniss fights. She's a survivor. More often then not, girls in action fantasy are weak damsels in distress.Katniss breaks that mold. I love that.
Nominate? Yes
Review:
In the follow-up to the fantastic Hunger Games, Katniss is back...with new trails, new friends....and deadly enemies. She is tenacious, brave, and defiant. The book pulls you into a world so real...it never truly lets you go.

This book is so real, so vivid...you can smell the coal dust and hear the mockingjays sing. Katniss Everdeen is back. As the first joint victors of the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta have made enemies of all-powerful President Snow. Or, more to the point, Katniss has defied his power. But it's over...he can do no more to her. Or so she thinks. The Quarter Quell has come. Every 25 years, an even more horrific display is planned for the to-the-death games. And this time, the reapings will come out of existing victors. Once again, Katniss finds herself in the arena, with enemies everywhere. A group seems determined to keep Katniss and Peeta alive...but can they be trusted? And through it all...districts are rebelling. Rebellion was the cause of the Hunger Games...will they have any chance this time? And worst of all...the Capitol holds Katniss directly responsible. Could her family suffer for it? This book is a gritty (though not in a bad way), intense novel that will hold your attention from the moment you read the first word to the final period. I personally read it in three hours. Once you start reading....the games have claimed you. You can not run...you can not hide. I am eagerly anticapating the final installment in the trilogy.

5 Hard to imagine a better book
Bistro Book Club

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Reader: Andrea F.
Age: 16
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
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? Read it. Then you'll understand.
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I did like the cover. Yes it did reflect the contents.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. The twist on the Hunger Games
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? I hate cliffhangers.
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: Please please put this on the Teens Top Ten List!
Additional Comments: It has been a year since Katniss won the Hunger Games, and they are rolling around again. Katniss must travel through the 12 Districts advertising this year's Hunger Games, but as she travels she gains some unwelcome attention. This year's Hunger Games is a Quarter Quell, an event that happens every 25 years and is used to emphasize the Districts utter helplessness against the Capital. This Quarter Quell's twist irrevocably changes the entire course of the series, and I am waiting in anticipation for the next book. Do not read unless you've read the Hunger Games!
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Reader: Kaitlin, 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date 2009 Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes. There is a certain amount of suspense and thrill that keeps you on the edge and asking for more! And SO much more!
Opinion on the Cover: The cover tells a story all in it's self. It is easier to understand the cover, though, after you read a little bit into the book.
What was the most compelling aspect? The thrill and suspense was amazing! You couldn't tell what a character that wasn't established in the previous book's motives were or what they were really trying to accomplish. It was amazing. The End! Always the end. This is the type of book that keeps you wanting more and gets you attached to the characters so that you are concerned when there isn't antything left to read.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: This book was amazing. I went to bed everynight wondering what i would read tomorrow! I wanted to know that Gale was okay and that Katniss was dealing with all of her situations. I read it in the middle of class, and at dinner--that annoyed my mother so much. I just couldn't put it down when i started up! if you haven't read the first book, read it and move straight on to the second! But dont get caught by your teachers! -- Kaitlin, 14
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Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Shelby, 13
I loved it because it was about the first book and the series of events are amazing!!!! Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?

Yes I could Bareley put it down and it was amazing! This is about Katniss and her love and how they manage to get called back to the Hunger Games and how they manage to outsmart the Capitol.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book I would love a copy of this book.

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Reader: Amber K.
Age: 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
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? It almost seemed like it could happen in the real world.
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I like the cover it reflects the content.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. The main character is a plant/faerie thing.
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. Laurel Sewell just moved from a small town to a bustling city and it is her first year of public school much later in the year she awakes one morning to find a flower attached to her back.

Truancy by Isamu Fukui

Reader: Amber K.
Age: 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Truancy
Author: Isamu Fukui
Publisher: Tor
Pub. Date 2008
Galley? Yes
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? Teenagers can relate to some of the problems in this book and it's prodigious.
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I liked the cover because it was mysterious and the book was mysterious.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. That there was a group of kids trying to overthrow a bunch of adults.
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. Tack is a regular student in the City until he meets Umasi, a mysterious boy that runs a lemonade stand in a uninhabited district.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) Tack a student in the City, which is run by sadistic Enforcers, when someone he holds close is killed by a member Truancy, a group determined to overthrow the Enforcers, he is determined to get revenge.

Additional Reviews

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (4 reviews)


Reader Sarah T.
Age 15
Author Sarah Ockler
Title 20 Boy Summer
Publisher Little, Brown and Compony
Publication date June 2009
My review : A fun and cute book that deals with first love, best friends, and death. It does deal with some mature stuff, but is not detailed on it. It was very well written and the characters seemed so real. I could feel their pain, excitement, and fears. The authors use of words painted the story like a movie in my mind or like I was right there watching this emotional and hard story unfolding before me. In other words it was beautiful. It had me close to tears multiple times. This book is amazing and I plan to reread it.
Would you nominate this book for an award yes
How much do you read? I read all the time
Quality 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity 3P Some Teen appeal

I picked this book because (check as many as you like) I liked the cover The cover was interesting Just grabbed it
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Amanda, 13 11/9/2009 3:11:06 PM
Ockler
20 Boy Summer
Little Brown and Company 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The contence.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes It is a romantic love story while still being an everyday teen story.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: When Matt dies will Anna ever find love again?
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year! FMS
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Shelby, 12
11/15/2009 12:04:33 PM
Sarah Ockler
20 Boy Summer
Hatchette Book Group
2009
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why?
Yes
It is very exciting and fun. I never wanted to put it down.
Rating?
5 Hard to imagine a better book
This book is about two girls who make a bet. Anna and Frankie are like sisters only Anna had a relationship with Frankie's brother. Then something tragic happens leaving them both alone. So Anna goes on a vacation with Frankie and her family to the beach. They make a bet to attract 20 boys in 23 days. they are doing fine untill they meet Sam and Jake. Anna falls in love with Sam and they don't know if they can finish their bet. Then something happens and it almost ruins everything.
I loved this book and really want to buy it when it comes out!
FMS/ BISTRO

Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriot (2 reviews)

Reader Ellie G.
Age 14
Author Zoe Marriott
Title Daughter of the Flames
Publisher candlewick press
Publication date 2009
My review (use back of page if you need more space): In the house of god the orphaned girl Zira has found a home, a family, and a place in the world. Outside her walls though there is a war that it tearing country limb from limb, a war that Zira is all too aware of. But the war is brought even close to her when the only home she has ever know is brought to the ground and the holy mother reaches out to her and gives back her memories of her life as a whole other person. Now it is up to her to gain her peoples trust and take back her country. This was powerful and inspiring in a way that was different from any other book I’ve read. Though I found it slightly annoying that the main character sent a good part of the book having an identity crisis I found that the way the author tided together the two people you had in the main character to be masterful. I would defiantly rate this book at a 9.5 or 10 and would recommend it to all teens no matter what your preferences in reading.
Would you nominate this book for an award yes
How much do you read? I read all the time
Quality 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity 5P Everyone wants to read it

I picked this book because (check as many as you like) I liked the cover The blurb or cover copy sounded good A friend recommended it The title
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Marriott, Zoe Daughter of the Flames Candlewick 2009

Daughter of the Flames was a well done book with a excellent twisting plotline. On the day Zira is to be accepeted as a novice warrior priestest outlaws attack and destroy her home. She must now lead her people to safety with a man they do not trust. Nominate? Yes. 4Q Better than most. 4P Broad general teen appeal. --Tyler, 15

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Reader Ellie G.
Age 13
Author Mandy Hubbard
Title Prada and Prejudice
Publisher the penguin group
Publication date 2009
My review : Callie is your typical heroine, not popular, not in the “right” crowds, plain until all of that changes when she steps into her new pair of Prada brand shoes. Yet instead of transforming her into miss popular she is transported to 1870’s England. Taken in by Emily who’s under the impression that she’s her American friend Rebecca she meets with a series of cultural challenges as well as some difficult people. The thing I loved the most about this story was how over the course of the book Callie discovers that it isn’t always about what other people think of you but what you think of you that counts. I would rate this book at a 7.5 and recommend it to all girls with a strong spirit and a taste for the past.
Would you nominate this book for an award no
How much do you read? I read all the time
Quality 3Q Readable
Popularity 3P Some Teen appeal
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Sydney, 17
Mandy Hubbard
Prada and Prejudice
Penguin Group            2009

            This book was very interesting. I like how its based back in time. The ending is not how I expected but I really liked it. It's romantic, dramatic, and amazing. That is all I am going to say besides READ IT.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.            


Just One Wish by Janette Rallison (2 reviews)


Reader Ellie G.
Age 14
Author Janette Rallison
Title Just One Wish
Publisher the Penguin group
Publication date 2009
My review: Months ago when Annika Truman found out that her 6 year old brother Jeremy had cancer it tore her family apart. Not in the day preceding her brother’s surgery that could save of take his life she finds her self scrambling to hold on to any scrap of hope that he will make it out alive. After offering her brother 2 wishes from her imaginary Genie she finds her self in Hollywood trying to convince an extremely famous and not to mention kind of cute actor to come meet her brother as his favorite super hero. This book carries a narrative that is upbeat, silly and compelling all at the same time. As I read this book I felt the best thing the author did was create characters that reached out to both the sympathetic and humorous side of readers. She created a set of characters that were eccentric but believable and they laid the foundation of the story. If I had to rate this book it would defiantly be a nine to a ten just because of the way she made her story so powerful to it’s readers. I would recommend this book to all teens boy or grill but especially those will a younger brother.
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
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Reader: Logan S
Age: 14
Library: Bistro Book Club
Title: Just One Wish
Author: Jenette Rallison
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Pub. Date 2009
Galley? Yes
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? The story itself
What did you like or not like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents? I love the cover, I have no specifics about it, but I loved it.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book. The story was gripping this is certainly a must-read.
Were you disappointed with the book for any reason? If so, what was disappointing? No.
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.
Additional Comments (Please type or paste your review here) Just One Wish is the story of Annika Truman, who stalks celebrities for her little brother, that is, her little brother Jeremy (who has a brain tumor) wants to meet Teen Robin Hood, So, Annika travels to Hollywood to find him. This book is gripping I sat down to read it and didn’t stand back up until I was done; this book is worth reading again and again

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Rallison Just One Wish Penguin Group 2009 It is idealistic, and yet realistic. It appeals to many who normally don't like this sort of book. I really did not like the cover. It's not really a chick flick and yet the cover makes it look like one. Nominate? No. Andrea F. 16