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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Shadow Grail #1 Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

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

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

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

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Golden Girl by Micol Ostow

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

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff


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

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale


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

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

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

Snap by Carol Snow


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

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

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

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