Bistro Book Club

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Mauryn,    13  
Tom Angleberger  
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda  
Amult Books    2010

          I really liked this book because it was really funny even thought its not the type of book that I would usually read! I liked how the author put in the back a way to make an origami Yoda. I would probably give this book a 9 or 9.5 because it was really easy to read but like I said before it was REALLY funny.  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Colby,    12   
Tom Angleberger   
The Stragne Case of Origami Yoda   
Amulet Books    2010 

      very funny and keeps readers on their toes    This book is about a boy named tommy who is writing a scientific case file about an origami yoda that can supposedly tell the future. He's writing it to try to find out if he should do a potentially emmbarrassing thing.   

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks

Andrea F.,    17   
Catherine Jinks   
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group   
Harcourt    2011 

          The sequel/companion to The Reformed Vampire Support Group, The Abused Werewolf Support Group follows Toby, a teen living in Australia who wakes up one morning naked, in a dingo pen, in a Wildlife Park. He has no memory of how he got there, he doesn't drink or take drugs, and when his brain is scanned there is no trace of anything that would cause memory loss. When a man who looks like he should be the head of a Harley gang and a priest turn up insisting that Toby is a werewolf he brushes them off as kooks. He's convinced however when he's kidnapped by a werewolf fighting ring and he needs all the help he can get to get out. After reading The Reformed Vampire Support Group, I was expecting the same level of humor from it's sequel. I was disappointed. It was a good book in and of itself but I was too  disappointed by the lack of laughs to appreciate it. 7/10    

Rating:4 Better than most

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hitting the Road by Paul Kropp

David,    14 
Paul Kropp 
Hitting the Road 
Hip Edge    2010

   This book was good because it was detailed fast, and fun. I would recommend this book to people because it is a fast read.       

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Kate,    13   
Saundra Mitchell   
The Vespertine       
2011   

       The Vespertine was about a girl named Amelia. She lives in the late-1800's, and enjoys dances, flirting, and vexing the adults, just like all teenage girls. This paticular teenager can see visions, but only at the time of sunset. I loved this book...right up until the very end. The ending absolutely RUINED the whole book! Want my advice? Don't bother with The Vespertine. You'll be disappointed.  

Rating: 2 Needs work

Sorta Like A Rockstar by Matthew Quick

Kate,    13  
Matthew Quick  
Sorta Like A Rockstar      
2010  

        Amber Appleton lives on a yellow school bus with her drunk mother. You'd expect her to be depressed. However, Amber befriends autistic children, visits Vietnam war vets, teaches Korean women english, and helps out at an elderly home. She calls her self "the princess of hope". But will she stay this way? I laughed AND cried. Although Quick sometimes tried too hard to sound like a teenager (frequent examples of "Word" "Sucka" and "Right?" covered the pages of this book), he still wrote a charming novel that cuts straight to the heart. I would definitely recommend this to all OLDER teens. Be prepared for an exciting read!  

Rating: 4 Better than most

13 Curses by Michelle Harrison

Anqi,     12  
Michelle Harrison  
13 Curses  
Little, Brown     2011

           I've waited eagerly for this book ever since I stumbled upon a copy of The Thirteen Treasures (the previous book) at the local library. As The Thirteen Treasures series is an originally UK published book, almost all three books in the trilogy have been released in England. Although the age group that the Thirteen Treasures series is directed at is about 10 and up, I feel as if the only reason why this wouldn't appeal to teens is just the lack of more mature themes, (such as maybe romance and other stuff,) but I think this would definitely be something teenagers might enjoy just as a quick and light read. The Thirteen Curses begins right after The Thirteen Treasures left off. In The Thirteen Treasures, Tanya, one of the rare people in the world who have the second sight, is tormented by fairies- and they're not fairy tale fairies either. These are ugly, twisted beings, who enjoy stealing human children from our world and also playing deadly pranks on people who have the second sight. After an accident with fairies at their house, Tanya's mother decides to let her live at her grandmother's residence, a creepy, chilling mansion called Elvesden Manor. When Tanya arrives, she discovers that the house is absolutely infested with fey (another term for fairies) and is sad to find that nobody else who lives there can see them. Following right after is a chilling mystery that Tanya must solve with the help of Fabian, the caretaker's son, or Tanya is doomed to be stuck-forever- in the gruesome fairy realm. For people who still want to read the first book in the series, I will try to spare any spoilers regarding the sequel. The Thirteen Curses, in my opinion, had a very slow beginning. I felt as if the author labored too much on the details that had happened in the previous book and was trying to refresh the reader's memory a little too much. The writing was also a little jittery here, as if Ms. Harrison was getting used to writing again. There were some very gradual moving and unnecessary scenes, although eventually the writing lead to real plot. This happened at about more than halfway, sadly to say. By this point, the plot moved and got just faster and faster, and along the way, more fey lore popped up which was a plus to me. Also, the darkness of the general tale was also found here, which added to the mystique and interest. I couldn't put this book down by the time it got here. At the end, I cried (and I never cry at books) because the ending was very sentimental and sad. I felt as if Ms. Harrison just got better and better with every page you turned. I'm so very excited for the next book in the series, The Thirteen Secrets. I will be waiting eagerly for the United States release, and ecstatic for what Michelle Harrison comes up with next to put our daring heroes and heroines in another dark fairy tale.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Kate,    13   
Alyxandra Harvey   
Haunting Violet       
2011

           Violet "Willoughby" has been to more fake seances then just about any girl you'll ever meet. She is the last person you'd expect to believe in ghosts. However, when a REAL ghost appears to her, she starts to wonder about things... Haunting Violet was beautifully written, full of rich imagery and endearing characters. It is a spectacular cross between historical fiction, romance, and paranormal. I read it twice, and liked it even better the second time. I hope that Harvey writes a sequel, because I would read it in a heartbeat!   

5 Hard to imagine a better book

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Kate,    13  
Lili Wilkinson  
Pink      
2011

           Pink was an extremely fun novel to read. It's about a girl named Ava, who describes herself as "a quasi-goth emo lesbian". However, she is a very different girl on the inside. Her most secret dream is to have a BOYfriend, be involved in the school musical, and wear her pink argyle sweater every day. Wilkinson was a talented and witty writer. I laughed; I cried; I rolled my eyes at how ridiculous us teenagers can be at times. The characters were all very real (although all of the "J" names could be slightly confusing). I would definitely recommend this book to all older teen girls. It is a charming story about a girl who just wants to fit in. Be sure find a copy!  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott

Kate,    13   
Kieran Scott   
She's So Dead to Us       
2010

           Ally Ryan grew up living the dream life. She lived in a mansion, had a group of friends and admirers, and had the perfect parents. However, when her dad loses an investment that costs her and her friend's dads millions of dollars, her perfect life his shattered. When her dad leaves without telling the family, things go from bad to worse. It is a year or two later, and Ally and her mom are moving back to the town she grew up in. But will her old friends accept her? At first, this book looks like another story of girl drama. It is. But, it is enjoyable and I liked it. Ally and Jake were brilliantly written; I could feel their emotions. However, some of the other characters can be slightly fake and over-dramatic. This book was good, and I would definitely recommend it to teenage girls! I hope there's a sequel.   

Rating: 4 Better than most

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2 reviews)

Danielle,    15  
Beth Revis  
Across The Universe  
Penguin Group     2011

        I loved this book!! It was one of the greatest books I have ever read.     It was a stunning thriller. Amy is cryogenically frozen aboard the ship Godspeed. The ship is speeding towards a new planet and a new life. However, Amy is unplugged fifty years before they are due to land. After nearly dying she meets Elder, the next ruler of the ship, and they discover secrets that coud break everything apart.

Rating:     5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Anqi     12 
Beth Revis 
Across the Universe 
Razorbill    2011

          Amy is being cryogenically frozen so that 300 years later, she'll wake up on a new planet called Centauri Earth, where Sol Earth (or our Earth) has discovered evidence that might suggest a habitable world. She's labeled as unnecessary cargo, boarding the spaceship called Godspeed only because her mother is an expert in biology and her father an officer for the military. But something goes wrong, and she finds herself waking up fifty years before Godspeed is supposed to land.

While Amy was sleeping in her cryo chamber, however, people thrived outside. Generation after generation were born on the ship, serving for Godspeed until the one day it would land among the terrain of Centuari Earth. But something horrible, called the Plague, caused hundreds of these people to die, and a new system of leadership sprang up. Now, the ship is controlled by an Eldest, from which an apprentice called an Elder will take over when he dies, and so on and so forth. When Amy wakes up, she finds that everything is different-the people on this ship have rewritten history, have manipulated the very DNA of every human on Godspeed, hoping for unlimited control. And when she meets Elder, the expecting Eldest, she's not expecting a boy her own age, a boy she's finding herself attracted to...

Across the Universe was okay in every aspect. The characters were not flat but not dynamic either, and the writing had neither beautiful prose nor was too childish. The plot was very slow in some parts and was a bit predictable. Everything to be revealed probably occured in the last few pages of Across the Universe, which was too long a wait for me, and by the end, I was getting truly tired. The thing that really irritated me was that they never actually reached the planet, which I was really hoping for. After watching Avatar recently after finishing Across the Universe, I realized the two had similar set-ups, though they had totally different ways of going at it, and I imagined that there must've been tons of material really close to Across the Universe out there in plot.

The way Across the Universe ends doesn't really call for a sequel. Everything is kind of concluded and tied up, but I wouldn't be surprised if there will be one. Either way, I'd be excited to learn more about Amy and Elder after the aftermath in Across the Universe.   

Rating: 3 Readable

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Mauryn,    13  
Trent Reedy  
Words in the Dust  
Arthur A. Levine Books    2011

           I really liked this book because i could feel when she felt sad, happy,... etc.. I would recomend this book because it gives you a look into what happens in the mind of other cultures and races. I really liked the way how she never gave up her dream to go to school even when bad things did happen to her and/or her family. I thought it was sad how the author explained the way her mom got killed and i almost cried.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Pull of Gravity by Gae H. Polisner

Anqi,     12   
Gae H. Polisner   
 The Pull of Gravity   
Straus, Farrar, and Girroux    2011           

The Pull of Gravity was a short, sweet, and juvenile realistic novel, set in the present day where our main character Nick is set on granting his dying friend Scooter’s final wish. Along with a friend named Jaycee Amato, their mission is to send a thousand dollar copy Of Mice and Men back to his father, who walked out on Scooter and his mother just a few days after he was born. Nick, who has his own conflicts with his father- (his dad is described as huge in the beginning of the book, and decides to walk all the way to New York City from their small, countryside town,) knows what the situation feels like, though is uncertain whether to follow on with the interesting and unique Jaycee. Eventually, though, Jaycee and Nick are on a whirlwind adventure to uncover the missing father of Scooter Reyland and Nick and Jaycee’s own complicated family ties. Although the premise was interesting and The Pull of Gravity looked like a very short, very easy read, I could not get into it. I think it was more of a ‘this is not my type of book’ situation instead of anything the author did or did not do. I did not feel compelled to read into the night with this book, nor was I really excited when I picked it up to read. The lack of real action might have been one thing, or maybe the slow turning of events. All in all, The Pull of Gravity was an okay read, but considering the number of good reviews I’ve seen on The Pull of Gravity, I might try it sometime again in the future.    

Rating: 3 Readable

Friday, February 11, 2011

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter (5 reviews)


Ronnie, 17
C.C. Hunter
Born at Midnight
2011

This spectacular novel will capture you from the first page and craving more.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Maya,    17  
C.C. Hunter  
Born at Midnight  
 ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN    2011  

   Born at Midnight is a wonderful book that uses just the right amount of mystery, adventure, romance and humor. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it is so much more imaginitive than mass produced books of mystical beings such as the Twilight series.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Tayloe,    17 
C.C. Hunter 
Born at Midnight 
Griffin    2011

        I didn't even have to recomend it. My friend all but stole it from my hand the second I was finished. Thus far she said she enjoys it very much.

    A promising beginning for a new series; I enjoyed reading Born at Midnight. It was a relief to read a supernatural story that doesn’t solely concentrate on vampires and where wolves but incorporates many other supernatural creatures as well. It was fun to watch as the main character went from adamant disbelief to grudging acceptance of who and what she is. 

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Kate R.,    13
C. C. Hunter 
Born at Midnight   
2011

          I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first, it appears like yet another werewolf/vampire/supernatural romance type of book. And it is. However, this one has interesting twists and turns. Kylie Galen has just been shipped off to Shadow Falls Camp by her cold, distant mother and father who are getting divorced. This is apparently a camp for "troubled teens", but it's actually a place where kids can morph into unicorns on a moment's notice, and have daily rituals where the only refreshment is...well...blood. The characters were all likeable and had unique personalities. The plot was a tad bit predictable, and it IS yet another supernatural romance, but Hunter was creative and wrote very well. I would definitely reccommend this book!

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Morgan, 17
Born at Midnight
C. C. Hunter
St. Martins Press    2011

    When Kylie Galen finds out her dad is really moving out she decideds to go to a unshaperound party, and when her mom finds out she send Kylie to a camp for trouble teens, but this camp turns out to be made for paranormal teens, and she is the only normal kid there.    Loved it.    Quick read, good charecters, nice plot line.
  
Rating: 4 Better than most

From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender

Kate R.,    13   
Katie Alender   
From Bad to Cursed       
Hyperion 2011  

        This was the sequel to Bad Girls Don't Die, one of my most favorite ghost stories of all time. However, this did NOT live up to its predecessor. The plot could be boring at times, and parts meant to be "scary" actually had me laughing. For readers of the first book: Kasey has just returned from a mental institution, and is ready for her first day of high school. Alexis tries to help her out, but Kasey doesn't want the assistance. At first, she is a little out of place. Then, she joins the mysterious Sunshine Club... The name of the club alone had me rolling my eyes. Alexis has many faults, and not everything was wrapped up. The ending made it obvious that there would be a third book, but I really doubt I would read it. For those who haven't read the first book, I suggest you stop at that one...   

Rating: 2 Needs work

Almost True by Keren David

Andrea F.,    17
Keren David
Almost True
Frances Lincoln Children's Books    2010

          In the sequel to When I Was Joe, we pick up almost immediately where we left off. Ty has been moved to a new home through the witness protection program after seeing his best friend (whose family happens to be big in the crime world) commit a murder, and Ty is the star witness for the prosecution. In the previous book Ty has already been relocated once but I won't spoil it by telling you why he had to move again. Almost immediately after the new move hitmen show up and kill a man who they thought was Ty. Ty's family decides they've had enough of incompetent police protection and take him into hiding with friends and family Ty didn't know existed. Soon new secrets spill out like the truth about why Ty hasn't seen his father in years, and secrets Ty has been hiding from the police. Ty's paranoia levels rapidly increase throughout the story and he doesn't know who to trust anymore, not even his own family. I found the first book to be more exciting and interesting than the second. In the first Ty was out and about doing things, going to school, making friends, getting in fights. In the second he mostly sits around the house and digs into his family's past. This book is still worth reading but it's a let down after the first. 8/10.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Josef. 15
Karen David
Almost True

This book is the sequel of When I was Joe this book is also really good and has a lot of life lessons init like parent problems, when you are wanted by other people what do you do, and what do you do when an innocent person gets killed for you. I would recommend this book to others

Rating 4. Better than most.
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Josef, 15
Keren David
When I Was Joe

This book was really good it starts off a little bit confusing but it gets really good. I would recommend this  book to someone because it has a lot of lessons in it like telling the truth. Thia it is a life going book

Rating: 4. Better than most.



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Shaelynn, 13
Keren David
When I was Joe

THis book was about a kid named Joe and he moved a lot of places. I wish i could move a lot of places This was a very good book. I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 3. Readable.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (4 reviews)

lolita,  16
Lauren DeStefano
Wither
2011

this book is about the future were every one dies at the age 20 for women and 25 for men Rhine (16) is kidnapped and married to a a rich man (20) instead of dealing with it she wnats nothing more than go back to her twin  brother. this was a good book if you like a little but not to much romance mixed in with a flare of suspense 4

Rating:  Better than most

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Anqi,     12
Lauren DeStefano
Wither
Simon & Schuster     2011

           Wither, a somewhat unique novel set in the future of the United States, is about a girl named Rhine Ellery who lives in a world where technicalities with experimenting have led to girls mysteriously dying at the age of 20 and men at age 25. Rhine, who's sixteen, scrambles to survive in a neighborhood in Manhattan, where her twin brother and herself struggle to make ends meet by taking various factory jobs. When applying for another occupation, she is surprised to find that the people awaiting her are not business owners, but Gatherers, people employed to capture girls and sell them to House Governors so as to produce children and repopulate the world. Rhine is sent to live with a House Governor named Linden, who Rhine vows to be exacted revenge on, and while occupying the glorious mansions and its wide arrange of lush gardens, she spends her days looking for escape back to her brother. She spends her days with two other girls, who she calls her sister wives: Jenna, a girl of eighteen who is growing close to her dying date, and Cecily, a mere child at age 13. But escape is more complicated than Rhine could ever imagine. Vaughn, the cruel housemaster who punishes the people that disobey him easily, yet eager to find the antidote for the mysterious illness that has touched his children (he is a First Generation, meaning he still grows over the age of 25,) manipulates the household of this mansion so carefully that Rhine doesn't know who is to trust and who is faithful. When she meets the handsome servant Gabriel, she immediately accepts him as trustworthy. But will this harmless endeavor grow to something extremely dangerous? Lauren DeStefano successfully creates an intricate balance of character development that blends raw human emotion with a deeper layer of personalities that are not so different from the way we are today. Her writing is pure and original, her touches of sensory detail almost poetic to the ears. Although I wouldn't call this one of my favorite books of all time, Wither came close to reaching that list. The premise is interesting and partly creative ( I kept comparing it to The Hunger Games, and I could find many similarities) but the way she pulls it off is totally different and extremely stylized and thoughtful compared to to other dystopian science fiction reads. The end left me at a cliffhanger but satisfied me for the time being. I will be waiting eagerly for the Chemical Garden Trilogy's next book!

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Linsey,    14 
Lauren Destefano
Wither     
2011         

In the book Wither, it about a 16 year old Rhine is taken and has enters to a world with wealth,and also privileges that terrifies her. Has only 4 years to live because when the males turn to age 25 they get sick and they die from it, also when the females turn 20 they will also die from it also. Well any ways she gets married to man she does not know, and she has two sisters wives as well. They get married to a man named Linden, and also when Rhine's servant name Gabriel, helps out with Rhine with something that she wants and had to get get of the world that she dose not want to be in. also the book has having you at the edge of your seat and it was a good forbiden love story also well ( which you will see what i mean later on in the book). Cant wait for the rest of the books to come out as well. 

Rating: 4 Better than most
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ReaderTrina 
Age13
Today's dateNovember 11, 2010
AuthorLauren DeStefano
TitleWither
Publisher
Publication date2011
My review:It's the future, past the origional 2020...and the earth is being roamed by the second generation. Scientists tried to cheat Death, but they failed and now their children pay the price...guys die at age 25 and girls die younger, age 20. Rhine, age 16, is taken from her brother and sold to become a wife. She hates it there and she has a plan to escape, but the person who helps her, falls in love with her. Can Rhine flee and run away to live with Gabriel, her true love, or will she be caught and be murdered and let her body be used to find an antidote for the offspring?
Would you nominate this book for an award?yes
How much do you read?I read all the time
Quality

Popularity
5Q Hard to imagine a better book


4P Broad general teen appeal






Scrawl by Mark Shulman

Hope,     15   
Mark Shulman   
Scrawl   
Roaring Brook Press    2010

             Tod Munn is a bully, and has no problem with that. He is the toughest kid in school, but lately he is losing his grip on the kids. When he and his friends get caught doing something terribly wrong, Tod is forced by a guidance counselor to write his story in a notebook. Required to fill a journal for a month, Tod begins to open up about himself, though not willingly. With fierce honesty and heartfelt humor, Tod’s story begins to take shape during his afterschool scrawls. Sometimes the bad guy is not always what he seems…    

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

Kate,    13   
Eireann Corriagan   
Accomplice       
2010

           To start off, let me just say that I immensely enjoyed this book. Accomplice was about a pair of teenage girls named Finley (Finn) and Chloe.  One day, the "College Guidance Lady" comes to their high school and talks to them about applying for scholarships. She basically tells them that they may be straight A students, and they may write brilliant essays, but there are thousands of other smart students out there. Finn and Chloe decide that they need to do something big and brilliant so that the colleges will notice them. Thus begins the plan... They decide to have Chloe go "missing" and start a national scandal. When Finn miraculously "finds" her missing best friend, the colleges have got to take notice of them, right? However, things don't work out exactly as planned... At first, the plot seems a bit far-fetched. The characters (especially Chloe) can be overdramatic and a little fake. I LOVED the surprise ending, however. Allow yourself to get into the book before putting it down, and trust me, you are in for an exciting read!   

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Trouble With Chickens

Destiny,     12   
Doreen Cronin   
The Trouble With Chickens   
HarperCollins     2010

            In the Trouble With Chickens, I found it to be a provocative young reader's book. The main character, J.J Tully, was a former search-and-rescue dog that found himself on a dry, hot farm in an unknown state. He was placed there after years of rescuing people and met a chicken named Millicent. This chicken had heard the word that J.J. had a knack for finding lost people and animals. She was interested in paying him to find her two "lost" chicks, Poppy and Sweetie. Shortly into the investigation, a note is left by the mysterious chick napper. Will the missing chicks be discovered before all four of them go missing? Two unlikely subjects join together to find what is important to them and end up having a wild adventure filled with drama, betrayal, laughs and action. Find out what happens next in The Trouble With Chickens.    

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner (4 reviews)

Darby,    14   
Brian Falker   
Brain Jack  
random house    2010  

        This book was simply amazing. The sci-fi logo that usually turns me off this genre of books drew me into this time, to my surprise. It is well writtten and intresting.  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Briana,    15  
Brian Falkner  
Brain Jack  
Random House    2010     

   This book posed a question- are we getting too advanced in our technology? The idea that an artificial intelligence can hijack your mind is a scary idea. The book was very well written and captivates the reder.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Hope,     15
Brian Falkner
Brain Jack   
Random House    2010

              Sam Wilson lives in the believable future; there are no hover cars, three handed people or floating cities. But there are differences; for example, Las Vegas was completely destroyed by a terrorist attack, Black Hawks constantly guard New York’s sky, and technology is very advanced. The newest technology involves headsets that tap into your brain for its power; you can travel the internet at the speed of thought. Sam, a very talented hacker, gets caught hacking into the White House database. He is given a choice: work for the government catching hackers like himself or go to jail. Needless to say, he joins the crime fighters. He stumbles upon a secret connected to the brain-technology, a secret that could mean life or death. This was a well-developed story with relatable characters, explosive action and an underlying thread of urgency that does not let you put it down.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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John,    13 
Brian Falkner 
Brain Jack     
2010

           I liked this book because I have read other books that have a lot of technology stuff in them, and this one doesn't make you look up and go "What?" because you're not a total computer nerd. It's a good blend of adventure and computer hacking, with plenty of action and guns and stuff. I think thats what makes this book good is that the author has a good way of blending things to make a good well-rounded story. I think it'd be cool to have this book.  I would rate this book a 9/10 

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Ursula,    18   
Patrick Ness   
Chaos Walking:  Monsters of Men   
Candlewick Press    2010

        Read  the whole trilogy! It's amazing, and will leave you questioning about the actions a man must take, and the mistakes he makes, even on an alien world.    This is the third and final book in a trilogy, and so I can't give much away.  The basic set up is that its set on another planet, where human settlers have come to find paradise, but all is not well.  Wars with the natives, called the Spackle, have left them with Noise, where all their thoughts are heard by everyone.  Enter Todd Hewitt, a boy who is the last to go through the rite of passage to becoming a man in his town, whos life is changed by the arrival of a girl named Viola.  Unlike every other man he's met, he can't hear her Noise, and soon they find themselves on the run from an approaching army lead by Mayor Prentiss, all the way to Haven, the capital of the New World, where they believe they will find safety, but all is not what it seems.  Now, with the world's future in their hands, Todd and Viola must decide how to end another war with the Spackle. It was just as good as the previous books, but I felt that too much was going on in such a short amount of time, but it kept me going till the very end, which turned out in a way that I had not expected.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas

Tyler,    16   
Donna Freitas   
This Gorgeous Game
Farrar Straus & Giroux    2010

           This Gorgeous Game was a book with a good story to it. It wasnt my genre of book but I gave it a try. And I really enjoyed it. I would like to say that it had very good word choice. I enjoyed it. Also my favorite part of the plot was the way the book had it twists and turns.   

Rating; 4. Better than most.

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Kalene,    16   
Jennifer R. Hubbard   
The Secret Year   
Viking    2010

            This book was interesting from the start. The most compelling aspect of theis book is who knows the secret, and who will find out. The notebook keeps you wondering page after page. I would recommend this book to all who want to keep wondering and who like secrets.   

Rating: 3. Readable.

The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon by Sara Beitia

Kalene Butler,    17   
Sara Beitia   
The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon       
2010

           "The Last Good Place of Lilly Odilon" by Sara Beitia is a great read from start to finish. Beitia's spectacular details give you a lifelike feeling and presence. When Lilly Odilon goes missing boyfriend Albert becomes the main suspect. Albert becomes determined to find his missing "love". He asks Lilly's younger sister to join him on this adventure. See what happens to Albert and Olivia as they embark on the unknown!   

Rating: 4. Better than most.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Josh Berk (2 reviews)

Logan,    13   
Josh Berk   
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin   
Random House    2010

           This book was very funny and a very good read for anyone who likes a mystery or reality book   

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Tyler,    15   
Josh Berk   

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin  
Random House     2010 

          This book is about a fat deaf kid and his two friends that try  to solve a crime done to one of their fellow classmates.   

Rating: 4. Better than most. 

Split by Swati Avathsi (5 reviews)

Shaun, 13
Swati Avasthi
Split

Very heartwarming will have people on the verge of tears. Very good book. I personally couldn't stop reading. Strongly sugguested. This book is about a kid who gets beat my his dad and runs away to live with his brother. I liked this book because of his relationship with his mom.

Rating:5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Tucker,    14  
Swati Avasthi  
Split      

        I want to say this has to be one of the best books I have read yet and I think all teens that read should read this book      

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Logan,    13 
Swati Avathsi 
Split   
Knopf    2010

            This book is very booby trapped with random events but so good and descriptive it was hard to put down. 

Rating, 5. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Tyler,    15 
Swati Avasthi 
Split   
Knopf Borzoy Books    March 2010

            It is about a boy who is abused and he runs away to his brother who ran from home a long time ago and they both go try to save their mom 

Rating: 4. Better than most.
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James,    15   
Split 
Swati avasthi 
March 2010
           I think that the book split was a good book the suspense made me want to keep reading and in my opinion you should read this book. 

Rating: 3. Readable.

Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith (5 reviews)

David 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary

This book is about Alex gettin gout of the Furnace Pen. and is in a under ground abyss and hias trouble cause he cant see anything  under there and he almost gets torn apart by the river down there and he can't find his way out. This book wasn't that great

Rating: 3  Readable.
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Esteban,     17
Solitary
Alexander Gordon Smith           

    I would recommend this book to other people because the aspect of the book is real, well most of it. It makes you think about taking things for granted, like friends, family and freedom. I would recommend this book to people that have been in the penal system because they can relate to it in some way. Solitary is a great read and I look forward to reading the third, Death Sentence.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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James,    15    who reads a couple books a year.   
Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary   

           I would recommend this book it is a thrilling suspenseful book it makes you want to not put it down. the action is what makes this book good.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most. 
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Cody,    16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary
Farrar Straus Giroux    2010

            Alex is back, recaptured after a daring escape attempt from the furnance penitentiary, and thrown into the hopelesness and despair of the hole. Alex is ready to give up which an unlikely ally shows up and a new plan for escape begins to formulate. Did not live up to the first book in the series.

Rating: 3. Readable.
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Ben,    17
Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary
Farrar Straus Giroux    2010

            A solid book but like the first it only feels like a slice of the whole novel, in this case the middle.   

Rating: 4. Better than most.

High Before Homeroom by Maya Sloan (2 reviews)

David,    14   
Maya Sloan   
High Before Homeroom   
Gallery books    2010
           This is an amazing book. I would reccommend this book for readers 14+ of age. I would reccommend this book because its about romance, doing stupid things to get the girl, realizing he is better at stuff than he thought he was   
Rating 5. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Jordan,    17   
Maya Sloan   
High before Homeroom   
Gallery books    2010
           Mind over matter is a valuable lesson in this book. Life isnt what it seems. In the end stereo types dont matter    Rating 4. Better than most.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Sydney,    17   
Kathryn Erskine   
Mockingbird       
2010 

          This book is great if your going through a tough time with a death of a loved one I recommend you read this book. My grandpa died almost six months ago and this book helped me come to closure or at least how to get it. I'm still very sensitive about my grandpas death and it brought back memories and made me really sad but its what I needed and this book is what others may need.   
Rating: 4. Better than most.