Teen Book Club

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

9/8/2010 11:31:05 AM   
Andrea F., 17       
Pratchett, Terry
I Shall Wear Midnight    Harper    2010   
The long anticipated final book of the Tiffany Aching series is here! Tiffany is now a witch with her own steading, trying to deal with the usual bumps and bruises of village life when of course everything goes wrong. She’s accused of theft, murder, she’s being chased by an insane ghost, and she has to try to prevent war between the Nac Mac Feegles and the humans. Add to that her one time sorta boyfriend is getting married to a wet handkerchief of a girl and you’ve got the book summed up pretty well. It’s a bit more serious than many of Terry Pratchett’s previous books but it was fitting for a conclusion of the series. But even though the overall tone is more sober, I guarantee many laughs any time the Nac Mac Feegles pop up and any time that there is dialogue. Five out of five stars.    
5 Hard to imagine a better book

Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies

9/1/2010 8:32:55 PM   
Colby, 12       
Davies, Stephen
Hacking Timbuktu    Andersen Press    2010   
Danny and his friend Omar travel to Mali while getting chased by a vicious facebook club to search for missing gold -- hacking and vaulting over any obsticles.  
5 Hard to imagine a better book

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

8/13/2010 8:32:40 PM 
Ursula,    18 
 Anthony,   Joelle
Restoring Harmony    G.P. Putman's Sons (a division of Peguin Group Inc., USA)    2010   
In the near future, Molly who lives on a small island in Canada is sent to the US on a mission to bring her grandfather back due to complications with her pregnant mother, but instead of an easy trip, she ends up going on a wild journey that tests her wits and her heart as she tries to heal the wounds between her grandfather and mother as well as realize the importance of family and its heart-warming bonds.        This would make a great Feature Films for Family movie! 
5 Hard to imagine a better book

Rosie,    16  
Restoring Harmony  
Joelle Anthony  
Putnam Books     2010      
In the book Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony, a young 16 year old girl is sent to retrieve her grandfather from the collapsed economy of the united states after her mother finds out that her grandmother might be dead. Molly lived in Canada for all of her life, working in the garden out side of her house. She is never the type to lead, but when she enters the United States illegally, she is forced to lead herself. Molly, an outstanding character has alot of integrity and determination to get her family back to Canada safe. Along the way she meets many new people, some good some bad. The United States is in a hard time, and with out the government in force, the organization takes over and controls everything from the amount of food people can buy, to the debts that people owe.. But with the help from her fiddle, she is able to pull through all of the trials and tribulations that the organization throws at her. And when all she can do to help herself and her family is run, she runs fast.
I Loved this book because Molly was relentless in what she did and the fact that she never gave up was incredible.       
Rating: 4 Better than most

Dark Divine by Bree Despain (4 reviews)

Tyler,    16   
Bree Despain   
The Dark Divine           

        I enjoyed this book. It had a good plot and story line. It was a good true love type of book mixed with romance and werewolves. A really great book.   

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
Kayla,    16  
Bree Despain 
The Dark Divine      

            I extremely enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to many people  

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

9/15/2010 5:20:34 PM
Katie,    17
 Despain, Bree   
Dark Divine    EgmontUSA    2010
  this book held my interest from the moment i started reading and i never wanted to put it down, it is one of my favorite books, i would love to own it, the book is addicting, funny and interesting.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.
Andrea,    12
Bree Despain
The Dark Divine           

   I loved this book because it was very intense and I liked the "not knowing" or what would come next. I think Daniel was creepy, but without that character the book wouldn’t be so interesting

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

9/28/2010 1:08:54 PM    Andrea F.    17  
Milford, Kate  
The Boneshaker    Clarion     2010    Yes     Crossroads are always strange places, but the town of Arcane is a little extra strange since Dr. Jake Limberleg’s Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show came into town. Natalie who has lived in this tiny town her whole life starts seeing new sides of the people around her. Her family is trying to hide something from her, Old Tom who has always sat quietly on his corner with his guitar has a secret past, and the adults are torn down the middle about what to do about the Medicine Show. Some think they’re just another group of con men, but most people are convinced that their cures actually work. But as time goes by Natalie discovers things that just aren’t possible. Dr. Jake Limberleg creates automatons which never run down, gigantic generators fueled by one man on a bicycle, and wax fortune tellers who tell the truth. And the people in the show are themselves just a little too strange, just a little too creepy. Mixed thoroughly with some old fashioned supernaturalism, the Boneshaker is delightfully eerie and strange. It reminds me of a classic American folk story but with more machinery mixed in. 9 out of 10 stars.     5 Hard to imagine a better book

Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive by Stephen Buchmann

9/29/2010 3:18:09 PM Andrea F., 17
Buchmann, Stephen
Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive Delacorte Press 2010

It’s refreshing to see some nonfiction for young adults available, especially a book about a subject as interesting as bees. Most of us can remember learning about the structure of a bee hive at some point of our elementary school years but we haven’t really gone past that. Now is the time to do so. Not too detailed, but more advanced than any children’s books about bees, it works for middle schoolers and teens. The author tends to come off as condescending in the first chapter or so but after that he changes into a more likable personality so even an older teen can enjoy it. This book is not just about the science of bees, but about their impact on the course of human history, art, literature, medicine, and religion. I found myself munching on a slice of toast with honey drizzled over it as I read about honey hunts in Nepal, Australia, and Malaysia. I licked the honey off of my fingers as I read how the Aztecs were so devoted to their bees that no beekeeper was allowed near a dead body lest the taint of death on the beekeeper upset the highly sensitive bees. A quick read of a fascinating history of people and bees, with a little bit of sweetness dabbed here and there of recipes and funny personal stories of the author’s own experiences with bees. 4 out of 5 stars. 4 Better than most