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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
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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!
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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
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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!!!!
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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.
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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?
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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!!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Maximum Ride:Max by James Patterson

Reader: jasmine c., 16, 10/6/2009
Maximum Ride:Max
James Patterson
little brown 2009
Nominate? Yes
It has a little of eveything in it
5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Patterson, James
Max
Little, Brown & Co
2009 - March 16
The adventures of the mutant bird kids fly's off the page. It's exciting.
Nominate? Yes.
5Q Hard to imagine a better book.
Sarah, 15

The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem

Reader: Courtnie, 13, 10/4/2009
The Pricker Boy
Whinnem, Reade Scott
Random House Inc. 2009
Nominate? Yes
This book was very interesting and the ending just blows you away.
5 Hard to imagine a better book
CHS

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Reader: Courtnie, 13, 10/4/2009
Bones of Faerie
Janni Lee Simner
Random House Inc. 2009
Nominate? Yes
I liked the author's ability to describe every single detail. It is intriguing and keeps you guessing until the very end.
5 Hard to imagine a better book
CHS

Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner

Reader: Hope P., 14, 9/29/2009
Sphinx's Princess
Esther Friesner
Random House 2009
Nominate? Yes
Sphinx's Princess is a historical fiction novel that is told like a fairy tale, with a villain, a quick-witted heroine, an unlikly hero, a hint of romance and a lot of adventure. It is a fast and detailed read that gives the reader a rare insight into Nefertiti's life and culture. This is a high-spirited novel that will be impossible to put down after reading the first page. Nefertiti was just a really pretty Egyptian who sat on a throne and looked nice, right? Well, if that's what you think Nefertiti's life was like, Sphinx's Princess will prove you wrong. In her trademark style, Esther Friesner tells the story of this remarkable girl, from her very young years to her teens. Nefertiti's life is pretty near perfect. She secretly knows how to read and write, she can dance, and people tell her she's beautiful. What more could she want? But all that changes when her aunt, Great and Royal Wife Tiye (a really fancy way of saying Queen) sends for her to come to her palace. When Nefertiti arrives, she is told that she will be wed to Tiye's son Thutmose to strengthen his claim to the throne. As if that isn't bad enough news to the thirteen year old, Thutmose shows no interest in her at all. She has three years to make him love her, to keep form going crazy at her Aunt's conspiracy theories, and to find her own inner lioness. Reading this novel made me want to reread Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize. Esther Friesner (who is one of my favourite authors of all time) has certainly not dissapointed me in her latest work of art.
5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Reader: Logan 14, 9/29/2009
Hate List
Jennifer Brown
Little Brown and Company 2009

Valerie Leftman has a normal life, goes to school, has a boyfriend, goes to parties, fights with her parents, everything a normal sixteen year-old girl does, until her boyfriend, Nick, open fires on the school cafeteria, eventually shooting Valerie, then killing himself. Now five months later, must deal with going back to the horror that is school, deal with her parents’ marriage (or lack thereof) the loss of her boyfriend, and a gimpy leg. Valerie was a loner, with the nickname Sister Death, since she seemed very gothic to anyone who didn’t know her, she and Nick decided to create a list of everything they hate. (Most appropriately a “Hate List”.) Unfortunately, when Nick begins firing, he doesn’t shoot randomly; he shoots at the people on the hate list. Valerie is horrified; she attempts to stop Nick, and is shot in the calf in the process, then Nick turns the gun on himself, ending the horror. When Valerie wakes in the hospital, she is in shock, and doesn’t remember what happened, until a detective from the local police comes to acquire information about the shooting and more importantly, the hate list.By the time Valerie has been cleared of suspicion, she has been released from the hospital, and returned home, where everything gets worse; her parents’ marriage has fallen to nothing, her brother is getting no attention, and has begun to resent Valerie, her father blames her for everything, she won’t talk to anyone, then she goes back to school.School is the hell Valerie expected it to be, all the stories of “love and peace” with the destruction of cliques are absolutely false, if nothing, everything is worse. Everyone hates Valerie, her friends refuse to acknowledge her, she is alone, until Jessica, the girl she saved from Nick, decides to befriend her. I loved this book, it was incredible. The author spoke in a voice that was true and beautiful, if not a bit creepy. I hated the ending, but overall it was amazing, and at times, very hard to read. Valerie’s story spoke to me, I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed almost every second, until the end which I hated. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a slightly dark, sad book. Even though I didn’t like the ending, the rest of the book spoke wonders about the author. Unfortunately I can’t give this book 5 stars, I had it at a 4.5 before the ending, now it’s a 3.
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The Other Half of Life by Kim Ablon Whitney

Reader: Rebecca R., 15, 9/24/2009
The Other Half of Life
Kim Ablon Whitney
2009

Nominate? Yes

The book show cases the fight for survival when escaping Germany in WWII This book is an amazing read. “All he had to do was sacrifice his queen. He played in with a moment’s hesitation, second-guessing his calculation but not for long enough to stop him.” The Other Half of Life is a book that has a title that does not really fit. This book is an amazingly well written and designed tale of love, survival, and escaping Nazi Germany. All throughout the book there are allusions to, and real games, of chess. One of the main characters carries around a white pawn from his father’s chess set. The game of chess is an important part of the story. As the above quote says sometimes you have to sacrifice something to win the overall outcome. In this book sacrifices must be made in a hope to better the overall outcome. Sometimes those sacrifices end for the better, other times they don’t. In this book the main characters are Priska, a fourteen year old Jewish girl who is traveling with her family including her little sister Morianne on the MS St. Francis. Thomas is the other main character. He is also Jewish. There are other characters in the story as well. This book is a delightful read that I would recommend to anyone who likes books about surviving World War II and overall wants a good book to read.
4 Better than most
GJHS

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith

Reader: Courtnie, 13, 9/24/2009
Ghost Medicine
Andrew Smith
2008

Nominate? Yes
It is a powerful and moving story that has an ending that will take most people by surprise and it is a very good book. I liked how the author keeps you reading. He does a phenomenal job keeping the reader hooked.

5 Hard to imagine a better book
CHS

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

Reader: Courtnie, 13, 9/24/2009
The Explosionist
Jenny Davidson
2007
It took events back in the 1920's and 30's in Scotland and made a totally different history for it.
Nominate? Yes
It hooked the reader in from page 1, and it kept you on the edge of your seat for the whole entire book.
4 Better than most
CHS

The Indigo King by James A. Owen

Reader: Rebecca R., 15, 9/16/2009
The Indigo King
James A. Owen
2008 - October
There are several compelling aspects of the book. one of them is that the main characters are famous people. one of the others is that Owen comes up with hilarious ways of answering some of the world greatest unanswered questions
Nominate? Yes
4 Better than most
This book is a great read because it will keep you engaged and answers some tough questions in hilarious ways
GJHS

The Diamonds by Ted Michael (2 reviews)

Amanda F., 13 10/14/2009 9:15:42 AM
Michael, Ted
The Diamonds
Random House Children's Books Publicty Department 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: It described what a teen was doing to change what was going on at her school.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?Yes It represents everyday teen life, it's what many people are going through.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Annotation: Marni was at one point a diamond but now she is trying to undo her mistake.
Additional Comments: I would like this book at the end of the year!!!!
Bistro. FMS
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Reader: Aimee, middle school student, 8/30/2009 11:19:14 AM
The Diamonds
Michael, Ted
Random House 2009
The most compelling aspect was the whole plot. It was very interesting.
Nominate? Yes
4 Better than most
Bistro Book Club

Destroy All Cars by Blake Nelson

Reader: C***s W.
Age: 15
Today's date: 10-7-09
Author: Blake Nelson
Title: Destroy All Cars
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: 2008
My review: This was great, you keep wanting to read it every second of the day. It speaks as a true life person would. You kind of feel like its your own life.
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 book was great and that I absolutely love it. I can honestly see why it was in the teens top 10.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The cover was interesting. A librarian recommended it. I heard someone talking about it. Other it sounded cool

Planet Pregnancy by Linda Oatman

Reader: B*******e
Age: 16
Today's date: 10-7-09
Author: Linda Oatman
Title: Planet Pregnancy
Publication date: 2008
My review: The book planet pregnancy is a book about a 17 year old who gets pregnant an has some real hard decisions to make.
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: That it is a good book for teen girls - maybe more girls who are going through the same thing or have gone through the same thing.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets

Reader: B*******e
Age: 16
Today's date: 9-8-09
Author: Smith Magazine
Title: I Can't Keep My Own Secrets
Publication date: 2009
My review: No, I would not tell anyone to read this book. There was no point in this book.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: no
How much do you read? I read a couple books a week
Quality: 1Q How did it get published?
Popularity: 1P Yech! Forced to read it
I would also like to say: This book was the worst I have read.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting. Just grabbed it.

Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers

Reader: M*****m
Age: 15
Today's date: 9-11-09
Author: Myers
Title: Dope Sick
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2009
My review: I liked this book because your don't know what's coming next; I didn't want to put it down.
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 would also like to say: I want more people to read this book.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The cover was interesting. A friend recommended it. A librarian recommended it.

Frenemies: Cats, Dogs, and Lessons in Getting Along by Christine Montaquila and Kim Levin

Reader: Megan M.
Age: 17
Today's date: 9/23/2009
Author: Christine Montaquila
Title: Frenemies
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publication date: 2009
My review: This book was great. It tells you about the lessons in getting along, and they use explains of cats and dogs because cats and dogs usually don't get along. So on each page it has a different veiw and how to get along with get other and different way of doing things to aviod conflict. Like "realize you cant change someone, but you can change your number." and other are like "spread love not bacteria." Its pretty much explains of everyday things that we need to notice or do. But over all I really liked it and I would read it over and over aagin. Evem though it is short, its got alot of great facts and info in it.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I don't usually read for fun
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The cover was interesting. Other Teacher recommended it.

Itty Bitty Kitty Ditties by Tim Hodapp, Alex Boies, and Jo Davison

Reader: Megan M.
Age: 17
Today's date: 9/23/2009
Author: Tim Hodapp
Title: Itty Bitty Kitty Ditties
Publisher: Abrams Image
Publication date: 2009
My review: I think this book was kind of weird. Not something I would usually read. But it was a good book. And I would recommend this book to someone who likes cats and reading things like this.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: no
How much do you read?: I don't usually read for fun
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 3P Some Teen appeal
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The cover was interesting. Other: teacher told me about it.

The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin

Reader: Katie D.
Age: 16
Today's date: 9/24/09
Author: Paul Griffin
Title: The Orange Houses
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication date: 2009
My review: Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his antipsychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devistating results.
If that doesn't sound like an exciting plot I don't know what does! The story was a fantastic mishmash of character chapters, where the whole section is dedicated to one character's perspective during a set of events. All the people included in the story are diverse, not carbon copies of each other, and are all emotionally relateable, even if they might be nothing like you personally.There was a little too much slang in the writing for my tastes, but if it has sparked your interest, I highly suggest you check it out.
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 picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting. Just grabbed it. Other: The title looked interesting.

Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill

Reader B*******e
Age 16
Today's date 9/25/09
Author David Macinnis Gill
Title Soul Enchilada
Publisher
Publication date April 2009
My review: About a girl who her grandfather, Papa C, sells his soul to the devil just for the car of his dreams.
Would you nominate this book for an award? yes
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: That is was a good book and I really like how much it was a teen telling the story.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) The cover was interesting

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

Reader C. W.
Age 15
Today's date 9/22/09
Author Eliot Schrefer
Title The School for Dangerous Girls
Publisher Scholastic Press
Publication date 2009
My review: Top 5 favorite books I ever read.It's very interesting, unique, a thriller, part-time mystery, action, and just an overall very good written book.
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: We should get more books like this one.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like) I liked the cover. A librarian recommended it. Just grabbed it.

Breathless by Jessica Warman (2 reviews)

Reader: Robin M.
Age: 18
Today's date: 09/28/2009
Author: Jessica Warman
Title: Breathless
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company
Publication date: 2009
My review: Breathless, a novel by writer Jessica Warman, is a book that ties an emotional connection to the young adults and teens fighting to leave their mark on the world as they venture out of adolescence and travel the distance to adult hood and success. The author had an exceptional way of relating the characters with the generalities of many high school cliques. Her creation of the main character Katie Kitrell, expressed the emotional and physical conflicts that young woman may face as she endures and conceals a troublesome home life, all the while struggling to create an image of stability.

The setting for this book changes from her large home in a small and uninviting town to a ritzy boarding school. The difference between the characters in each location is distinctive. The individuals in Katie’s small town are vulgar and inept compared to those at her boarding school. Her successful parents, atypical in the shoddy town of Hillsburg, determine that Katie is an exceptional swimmer and this talent leads her to a path made for success. Despite her Olympic bound talent for swimming and the pressure she feels to integrate with the fellow students of her boarding school, Katie struggles with the relationship she has with her brother.

Warman successfully created the antagonist of this book as the main character’s schizophrenic older brother Will. Will, even though he is devoted to caring for his little sister Katie, causes inconsiderable amounts of pain and struggle for his family. As Katie Kitrell perseveres through the pain of her home life and tolerates the agony of keeping it concealed, she develops from a young lady, naive in many ways, to a mature and versatile woman.


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: This book was well written and as a cause of this I have developed an intrest in the author.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. I heard someone talking about it, Reading expert.
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Reader: Katie D.
Age: 16
Today's date: 9/29/09
Author: Jessica Warman
Title: Breathless
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company
Publication date: 2009
My review:: At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother. However, she can never seem to get him out of her mind, and when one of the other girls at school finds out about her family's problems, everyone treats her differently, badly, for lying about her brother being dead.
This story deals directly with everyday problems in high school life, in a not-so-everyday setting. The combination shows that no matter where you are, we all have the same issues, as well as all our hidden little secrets. Warman does an excellent job bringing all her characters to life, as well as forcing us into this realization.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: no
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. A librarian recommended it. Just grabbed it. Other: The title sounded good.

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 adapted by Tim Hamilton

Reader: thomas l.
Age: 16
Today's date: 9-28-09
Author: tim hamiltion
Title: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
Publisher: hill and wang
Publication date: 2009
My review: I thought this version was pretty good. He showed how the firemen in this book actually burned books. A person who was found with books wound up having the house burned!
A fireman, Guy Montague, begins to like books after meeting a little girl who made him think about the whole new side of books. --Spoilers deleted--

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 picked this book because (check as many as you like): Other: krienberg recomended it

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins (2 reviews)

Reader: B*******e
Age: 16
Today's date: 10-5-09
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Title: Tricks
Publication date: 08/09
My review: Ummm, its a good book, but its for teens who have been in a place kinda like that.
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: 5P Everyone wants to read it
I would also like to say: That Ellen Hopkins is my favorite author.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): A librarian recommended it

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Reader: J. J.
Age: 16
Today's date: 10/1/09
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Title: Tricks
Publisher: Margret K McElderly Books
Publication date: 2009
My review:: This is one of her best books that I have read. She is crazy good on making these stories come to real life.
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 would also like to say: She is one of my favorite authors.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover. The cover was interesting. The blurb or cover copy sounded good. A librarian recommended it. I heard someone talking about it.

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Reader: N. V.
Age: 13

Author: Marlene Perez
Title: Dead is the New Black
Publication date: 2008
My review:: I loved this book. It was awesome when Daisy discovered her powers. I can't wait to read the second book.
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: 4P Broad general teen appeal
I would also like to say:: That the book was exciting. It had me on the edge of my seat.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): Just grabbed it Other I like Vampires and Death

Weregirls: Birth of the Pack by Petru Popescu

Reader: N. V.
Age: 13
Today's date: 9/30/09
Author: Petru Popescu
Title: Weregirls: Birth of the Pack
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Publication date: 2007
My review:: I liked it, it was cool when they became the weregirls. I liked how Lily, Nikki, Ariell, and Grazia were described.
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: That weregirls was one of the coolest books that I've read since being put here.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting Just grabbed it

Muchacho by Louanne Johnson (2 reviews)

Reader: marco
Age: 17
Today's date: 10-01-09
Author: Louanne Johnson
Title: Muchacho
Publisher: Borzoi book
Publication date: 2009
My review:: this book is called MUCHACHO. i really liked it because it the way that they express themselves.... meaning that they don't talk all polite, they talk by what they think not by what's right from wrong.
The book talks about how there are kids that don't have parents that care like others.......there are kids that do drugs, and even drink alcohol. some of these teens think its a game thinking they could just get a chica and have sex when ever they want to make kids. but most of all this book teaches others how to determine the circumstances and determine to fight for your life meaning that your fighting against everybody and anybody to make your life the way that you want it to be.
Would you nominate this book for an award?: yes
How much do you read?: I read a couple books a year
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 2P Only for special interest
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Reader: C. S.
Age: 15
Today's date: 9/22/09
Author: Louanne Johnson
Title: Muchacho
Publication date: 9/8/09
My review: Well, the book was great it taught me a lot and it answered a lot of questions you have in life! Reading this book makes you a better person, a better human being; patient, respectful, loving. I'm Carlos and I recommend this book to whoever is struggling in life and needs a better way.
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: If you want to change your life from being a BA and caring what people think it could change you and make you a better person and if you don't want to go to college think twice because you can't do nothing without an education.
I picked this book because (check as many as you like): The cover was interesting