Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Choker by Elizabeth Woods


Marissa,    12 
Elizabeth Woods 
Choker        2011 

        Choker, by Elizabeth Woods, is about 16-year old Cara who is the loser of her high school. Cara dreams about her best friend, Zoe, whom she moved away from when they were in 5th grade. But suddenly, Zoe shows up at Cara’s front door saying she ran away from home and she needed a place to stay. So while Zoe is hiding out in Cara’s bedroom, mysterious murders and disappearances are occurring to girls at Cara’s school. Is Zoe responsible? This book is fantastic; I read it on one night. For those of you that like to skip to the last page, I challenge you to read it cover to cover, NO CHEATING! What you read may be surprising; it's my new favorite book.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (3 reviews)

anthony,    16  
R. J. Anderson  
Ultraviolet  
LAB    2011

        This is the very first book I've read on the topic of synesthesia although it is not the first time I've ever heard of it. this book follows sixteen year old alison who thinks her synesthesia blew up a classmate and she has ended up in a mental institution. she meets a doctor doing research on the subject and starts to realize that she isnt crazy. it was a really good book, a fast read, and i couldnt put it down once i started reading it.      

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Andrea F.,    18 
R.J. Anderson 
Ultraviolet 
Carolrhoda Lab    2011

        Alison has always known she is different. Metal clinking together produces gold sparks, numbers have colors, names have tastes. Her mother is terrified of her unusual senses, scared that it's a sign of insanity so Alison has learned to hide it. Her mother's fears appear to be proven true when Alison shows up one day with blood all over her hands, babbling that she blew up Tori, the most popular girl at school, with her mind after an argument. Alison is sent to a teen's psychiatric ward until the doctors can figure out what's wrong with her but one doctor is convinced that she's not insane. Instead Dr. Faraday thinks that she has synesthesia, a rare condition where the senses are crosswired with each other allowing a person to hear music from stars and know colors by touch. But Tori is still missing and Alison can't remember anything except Tori disappearing before her eyes. Then the book takes a sharp turn into sci fi and everything Alison believed about her world is turned on its head.

Ultraviolet is one of my favorite books written this year, probably of all time. An insane asylum book that refuses to stay an insane asylum book, a science fiction book that transcends science fiction. It feels as if it doesn't fit in any particular genre, instead it's a book that can be adored by many outside of the science fiction realm. Romance, familial conflict, questioning your own sanity, the way we perceive our world, and the beauty of the universe are all here. I savored this book like a gourmet chocolate or a perfect piece of music. 10/10.     
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Linsey,     15
R.J. Anderson
Ultraviolet
Carolrhoda Lab    2011

        Ultraviolet was a different type of book. Well, it’s about a sixteen year old girl named Alison who wakes up in a Mental Institution. And she is trying to put all the pieces of her mind together, and that she had confessed that she murdered a girl named Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl in school, that everybody loves and the teachers love as well. But her body has not been found, and Alison comes home saying I killed her.  Alison has something that not many have, and everything you believe in, is wrong. For years Alison has tried to keep her weird senses a secret, and has told no one about them.... until a  mysterious visiting scientist takes her case  and now she discovers the world she has lived in.... might not be the way she sees it now, and that the world is Wrong about  her special  weird sensory abilities. Now she is capable of doing things way more than anyone else can.    

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amen, L.A. by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

Andrea F.,    18   
Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld   
Amen, L.A.    
Ember    2011

       Natalie has always been her preacher mom's model daughter, she gets good grades, she doesn't drink or take drugs, and she's got the most responsible Christian boyfriend. But on her last night in her small Minnesota town her boyfriend reminds her while fumbling for a condom "Who knows when we'll be together again?" The next morning on the plane to her mom's new job at the Church of Beverly Hills Natalie regrets the whole incident and promises herself that she will never do anything to compromise her values again. But the glamour of the rich and famous people she's constantly meeting quickly causes Natalie to reevaluate some of her more judgmental beliefs while compromising her valuable ones. The authors have achieved an enviable feat; they have written a book that is likely to be enjoyed by Christians and non believers alike with its message of tolerance and love. They go all the way with glitz and glamour to dazzle the reader but they're unafraid to talk about the serious issues behind the fame; drug abuse, alchohol, family, the morality of spending thousands of dollars on an outfit while millions starve. Liberal dashes of humor and a budding romance balance this book out to make a uniquely entertaining book that makes the reader reconsider their own values. 9 out of 10 stars.        5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Andrea F.,    18  
Eilis O'Neal  
The False Princess  
Egmont    2011

       What would a parent do to protect their child? Princess Nalia discovers after her sixteenth birthday that before her birth there was a prophecy that the princess would be killed before she turned sixteen. But why hasn't she been harmed? Because Nalia is not the real princess. Instead she is an unknowing imposter named Sinda, taken as a child from her home while the real Nalia was raised in hiding. Sinda is thrown out of the palace to live with unknown, impoverished relatives when she begins showing signs of strong magic. Just after she begins her magical training Sinda discovers that perhaps the kingdom and the real Nalia are in greater danger than anyone could imagine.

Eilis O'Neal's debut novel is a success and I look forward to reading her further novels as her writing improves. One plot twist was so heavily hinted at I felt as if I'd been hit over the head with a brick but then she would surprise me completely on the next page. Royal conspiracies, romance, friendship, and magic make for a fascinating, fun read.       

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Water Balloon by AudreyVernick

Abbie,    12   
AudreyVernick   
Water Balloon   
Clarion Books    2011

        Water Balloon is a great story for middle school students looking for a fast paced read that has a little romance in it.I absolutely LOVED reading Water Balloon. It is about 13 year old Marley Baird and her friends jane and leah. In this story Marly and her friends are having a hard time staying close because Marely's parents just got a legal sepperation and Marely is always depressed and onery. As Marely and her friends work through their trials Marely meets a wonderful boy named jack. On top of arguing with her friends and trying to make her relationship with jack better she also has a summer job she never agreed to do babysitting five year old twins! She still has a secret hope her parents might get back together and that her friends can work things out. Could Mareely's summer get any worse?!           

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Also Known As Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher (2 reviews)

Jada,    12   
Ralph Fletcher   
Also know as Rowan Pohi        
2011

        Also known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher was an amazing unique book. This book was about a boy named Bobby Steele who lives with his Dad and little 5-year-old brother; when him and some friends meet at their usual hang out, the international house of pancakes, a.k.a IHOP they decide to make up a guy and send in an application for one of the best schools in his state, Whitestone. Surprisingly he gets accepted and while Marcus and Bid Poobs go on like  nothing happend Bobby has other ideas. A year ago when Bobby's mom left him she started a landslide of good things going down hill. His Dad and him losing a close relationship, money, girls, and most importantly his cruddy high school. Why shouldn't Bobby accept the application and pretend like he is the made-up Rowan Pohi to start new? This book was a good easy read and had light humor. I would say that this book was a 9 out of 10.        

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Anthony,    16  
Ralph Fletcher  
Also Known As Rowan Pohi  
Clarion books     2011

        This book is about Bobby Steele, the book starts off with him and his friends sitting qt IHOP and they decide to make a fake person named Rowan Pohi. They submit an application to one of the best schools in their state and he gets accepted so Bobby  pretends to be Rowan to get into the school. I thought this was a really good quick read but it wasn't the best book I've ever read.      

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (3 reviews)

Anqi,    12 
Pittacus Lore  
The Power of Six 
HarperCollins    2011

       The cliche science fiction found in I Am Number Four is gone from Pittacus Lore's next book, The Power of Six. The series returns to John Smith, the fourth Garde that arrived on Earth from his original planet Lorien, and with it comes a new cast of characters (including Number Seven, who is introduced in the first chapter and narrates her own passages). The plot is charged with alien action and new discoveries that are exciting and fills you with adrenaline. The romance is the only thing holding this back from being truly amazing; Pittacus Lore is good at fighting scenes, but romance?... Not so much. The characters are still likeable, witty, and funny, and each member of the Garde that is introduced are individuals and unique. I'm very excited for the next book in the Lorien Legacies what with the huge cliffhanger that the author has left for us in The Power of Six. Readers will fall in love with the twist in this new installment, and will be hungering for more, just as I will be.     

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Anthony,     16
Pittacus Lore
The Power of Six   
Harper collins    2011

        This is the sequel to I Am Number Four and follows directly after the events in book one. It was way better than the first one because the story progressed a lot faster and also because it had way more action and mogodorian killing than the first. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next in the series.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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April,    15  
Pitticus Lore   
The Power of Six       

        I loved it!! Though sometimes it really confused me.        

Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, July 14, 2011

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

Danielle,    15   
Stewart Lewis   
You Have Seven Messages   
Delacorte Press    2011

        This book was very interesting. It was well written and had a very interesting plot. Luna's mother died a year ago and her family is still coping with grief. One day she goes to her mother's studio and finds her cell phone charged and ready. She finds out that there are seven voicemails still on the phone and decides to listen to them. As each day passes he begins to learn more about her mother's death. With the help of her cute crush Oliver and her adorable yet serious little brother Tile, she may just figure it out.        

Rating: 4 Better than most

Anya's War by Andrea Alban

Tahirih,    15   
Andrea Alban   
Anya's War   
Feiwel & Friends    2011

       The Rosengartners, a family of Russian Jews, ran from Communist Russia in hopes of finding a home where they would be free of prejudice and able to live their lives in a relatively peaceful area. However, upon moving to Shanghai, they find that some dynamics of their lives have not changed. Living in a world on the cusp of a second world war, they soon learn that no  place is ever truly safe for anyone. Focusing mainly on Anya's adventures over the span of two days, the novel is very fast paced and somtimes confusing if you don't pay attention to what's happening. There are often flashbacks of their lives in Odessa, or interjections of Anya's personal thoughts. Based on a true story, Anya's War gives an insightful view in pre-war China and the daily life of not only a 14 year old girl striving to make the best of a difficult situation, but a Jewish family trying to survive in the midst of a horrific time for everyone around the world.    There were many twists and turns that I never expected, especially towards the end of the novel. Also, the ending of the story was surprising in the way that, depending on how you look at it, it was both wanting and fulfilling. Either way you choose to view it, Anya's War was a rich story with a very unique  setting. You have to admit that a Russin Jewish family living in Shanghai, China is a very unusual situation; at least, it isn't a combination that I would ever have thought of. This was one of the best aspects of the book. Because the cultures of Russia and China are so different, the blend and how the Rosengartners manage to adjust to their new home is wonderful. :)   

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Madman of Venice by Sophie Masson

Tahirih,    15   
Sophie Masson   
The Madman of Venice    
Random House    2011

        When we first meet, Ned Fletcher, a poor but imaginative clerk serving under wealthy merchant Matthew Ashby, is struggling with problems he has no idea how to solve. Ned is an aspiring writer with a seemingly difficult case of writer's block, and his mind is often stuck in the clouds. To add to this, the girl he loves (his master's daughter!) has a disposition that is almost the complete opposite of his. Celia is headstrong, practical, and earthbound, and the differences in their attitudes seems to work as a barrier between them, keeping her ignorant of his affection. You quickly learn off another problem. Master Ashby has planned a trip to Venice to investigate the source of several incidents of pirate attacks on his cargo ships within the last several years. However, this investigation is only masking another. A good friend of his has requested his help to find another friends runaway daughter. Unjustly accused of witchcraft and adultery, the girl (Sarah Tedeschi) is in a very real danger of being arrested and burned at the stake. Sarah is also Jewish, which may prove unlucky for her in a city where Jews are highly discriminated and restricted.

In the quest to find Sarah and put a stop to the piracy of their cargo, Ned and Celia stumble through terrifying instances of corruption and unwittingly reveal some of Venice's darkest secrets. Will they be able to survive this nightmare, put an end to the piracy, and save Sarah?     The Madman of Venice takes place in 16th century Europe. Ned is very much in love with plays, Shakespeare's in particular. The portrayal of life in this time period is very realistic, and shows both the best and the worst of one of the world's most famous cities. Superbly written :)

As Ned and Celia slowly learn more and more throughout their investigations, it's very easy to guess at the most likely ending (I know I did!). Don't bet on it! The story has a wicked twist to it in the end that you would never expect! Definitely a shocker, but it gives the previous events a whole new meaning and strengthens the story overall :)   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

Abbie,    12   
Linda Urban   
Hound Dog True   
Harcourt Children's Books    2011

       Hound Dog True tells the story of Mattie Breen a soon to be fifth grader at a new elementary school. Mattie's mother moves them around alot and Mattie has to introduce herself as the new girl in front of the black board yet another time, but maybe just maybe it will be different this time. I loved reading this book because it was a very familiar situation for many people and told the trials of moving to a new and unfamiliar place.        

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

Tahirih,    15
Pat Walsh   
The Crowfield Curse   
Chicken House    2010

       Taking place in England in the middle of the 14th century, The Crowfield Curse draws on a lot of the rich mythology/folklore of England. The story begins when William, a servant at Crowfield Abbey, is gathering wood for the abbey's many fireplaces to keep it warm during the harsh winter. While he's out in the forest, he hears some unidentified creature crying out in pain. He searches for the poor thing, and comes upon a hob with his leg stuck in an iron trap. He soon releases it, then proceeding to take it to Brother Snail, a healer monk living at Crowfield. After disposing of the trap and finishing his daily work, he returns to Brother Snail's hut and talks to the hob. William had never seen such a creature before, because he thought they were only to be found in myths. William soon finds out that he has the Sight, the rare ability (among humans) to see magical creatures, such as the hob, that are known as fays. The hob begins to telll William of a great disturbance in the surrounding area, especially among fays. Later on, William finds out about several visitors that are planning on staying at the Abbey. However, their arrival is what triggers the real action of the novel. Dangerous secrets are being uncovered in the forest ,known as Foxwist Woods, that surround the Abbey, and no one can foresee the coming events that could mean life or death for everyone involved.

William is unwittingly propelled into the events that follow, and as he struggles through, almost completely ignorant of what is really happening, he has to try to protect himself and those around him from a great evil.    Wonderful book. You slowly begin to learn more and more about English mythology, and as more is revealed about this, it becomes easier to piece together the gaps in the plot that William doesn't know about. A sequel is, in my opinion, inevitable :)   

Rating: 4 Better than most

Supernaturally by Kiersten White (2 reviews)

lolita, 16
Kiersten White   
Supernaturally   
Harper Teen    2011

awsome book about some supernatural chick who is trying to live a normal life but when she gets sucked in to the ipca turning her life around even though there is another book before it that i didnt read i was still able to understan what was going on loved it :)

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Danielle,    15  
Kiersten White  
Supernaturally  
Harper Teen    2011

        I loved this book. You have to read the first book for the second book to make sense but it was so good. Evie is finally living a normal life but when strange things start happening she is roped back into the paranormal life she left behind. After meeting Jack, a strange boy with unique gifts, she is torn between her two lives. I loved this book and then ending was so not what I was expecting.      I can not wait for the third.  

Rating:5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Briana,    16 
Ivy Devlin 
Low Red Moon     
2010
       This was a werewolf story with an origional theme. The store drew me in then kept me focused on it until the end. I can't wait to see what happens next.     

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Exposed by Kimberly Marcus (4 reviews)



Linsey,     15 
Kimberly Marcus 
Exposed 
Random House New York    2011

        Exposed is written in a poem format. Its about a sixteen year old girl name Liz is a photo girl. She  is focused on what she see though her camera lens. Her best friend is named Kate . Then it suddenly changes in one night, at a sleep over. Now Kate is avoiding Liz, and when ever she sees Liz she goes the other way. Now everything Liz knows about her family changes.      

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Jordan,    17
Kimberly Marcus
Exposed

              I just had to keep reading because she was such an interesting person and she really seemed to handle her problems well. She have lost her best friend  and boyfriend but she found herself.
      
Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Austin,     15
Kimberly Marcus
Exposed

            This book was very good. I like books that are in poem verse style and also I like the book because it was about someone getting accused of a crime or its about crime. I would also like to have this book as my own. I would recommend this book to other kids.    This was a great book everyone should try and read it. It was very good!

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Baylee,    15  
Kimberly Marcus  
Exposed  

            In this book it shows how such a tight friendship can go to nothing on something the family does. When you think all hope is lost it may come right back around.    This book wasn't what i thought it was going to be, The ending was knock out  

Rating: 3 Q. Readable.

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Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (3 reviews)

Danielle,    15   
Stacey Jay   
Juliet Immortal   
Delacorte Press    2011

        I loved this story and the ending was superb. Juliet is an amazing character and I think it is very interesting to see how willing she is to sacrifice her happiness at first. Romeo is such a dark character though. It was really surprising and interesting to see the new twist on Shakespeare's well known story.       

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Linsey,    15 
Stacey Jay 
Juliet Immortal 
Delacorte Press    2011

        In the book Juliet Immortal,  Juliet Capulet did not take her life she was murdered by the only person she tursted with her life, it was her new husband.......... Romeo Montague, who made a sacrifice of his love to have immortality..... but Romeo did not intend that Juliet have immortality as well. Now Juliet works with the Ambassadors of light, who help others to find love, and  find their sole mate. But the Mercenaries of darkess are the opposite of them, and will do anything to keep the lovers apart from each. Now Juliet sees Romeo, she hates him for what he had done to her. But Juliet is helping some who needs help, but starts having feelings for an other, but will she follow her heart, and finally find what she has been waiting for, for her true love? This book is a  twist on the book Romeo and Juliet.

Rating:       4 Better than most
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Kaysee,    15
Stacey Jay
Juliet Immortal
Random House    2011

            Juliet Immortal was a hard book to read do to the fact the book did not draw me in. I read the whole book but there were so many parts that turned me off I could not get into the book. Out of 306 pages I only liked 18 pages that are at the end. The book hit a turning point for Juliet then it was ruined by the actions that happened next. While the 24 chapter is my favorite I could only relate to it and page 267. This was a hard book to read do to that fact. I could not wait to get through the book it did not pull me in. It was not be any means one of the books  I have read. It was a great idea that needs more help to be better.

Rating: 2 Needs work

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Anqi,    12  
Alex Flinn  
Cloaked  
HarperCollins    2011

        Johnny is an average seventeen year old who's merging out of adulthood on the down side of life. After his father left for a fishing trip and never came back, it's just been him and his mother working at their family-owned shoe repair shop to make ends meet. That's before he meets the princess of a foreign country, who is on the lookout for a guy just like Johnny... and before you know it, Johnny is whisked away from his home in Miami, leading up to conversations with foxes, elusive frog princes, and giants killing endangered deer. Now, after reading Beastly a few months ago I was very excited for Cloaked. Though it had a vague summary about the plot, and the idea wasn't as basic as Flinn's Beastly was (the story was a retelling of Beauty in the Beast), I knew it was going to have something to do with old fairytales. The thing was, I didn't know there were going to be that many. The whole story is a jumble of somewhat unknown classics, leading a hurried pace with confusing twists and turns, and eventually caused important characters to remain underdeveloped. Meanwhile, the plot was easy to figure out; not only were they fairy-tales, but Flinn seemed to write with a somewhat juvenile style, allowing easy dialogue to give you more than one hint about what was coming next. The romance was cute, but a bit too obvious. Alex Flinn seemed to try too hard for the oblivious kind of relationship, though the characters were just basically screaming when they liked each other. Characters, as I mentioned, were a bit bland, but Johnny was realistic, as to be expected. He was too much of a nice boy though; no obvious flaw was visible in his personality, and that irked me a bit. I like faults in my characters-that just makes them feel more real, and you feel more for them as well. To sum it up, Cloaked was your average, middle-of-the-road novel, though the fantastic-ness of Beastly left me expecting a lot more for it. Entertaining, but juvenile, I would suggest this novel more for middle-grade readers than anyone who loves serious young adult.      

Rating: 3 Readable

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (3 reviews)

Faith, 15
Craig Silvey
Jasper Jones
Random House 2009

This is definatley a murder mystery and a good one at that. He goes into the forrest and finds somethings but what? He would turn around but sence it is his friends friend he can't. What does he do? Should he say something?

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Josh,    17
Craig Silvey
Jasper Jones
     
              It is sort of difficult to follow but when you do its an addicting book. Jasper Jones is a great discription of me and many teens. His determination for justice and truth is a good example to teens.     Thanks to the author for the eye opening well-written but complex story of Jasper Jones.    I would recommend this book to people with "quick track" minds.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Shane,    16 
Craig Silvey 
Jasper Jones

            It was a good book. I liked it because when Jasper went to his house and walked and went to the tree that had a body hanging from it and they spent the whole book trying to find out a way to hide it.      
Rating: 2 Q. Needs more work.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Relic Master: The Lost Heiress by Catherine Fisher

Anthony,     16  
Catherine Fisher  
Relic Master: The Lost Heiress  
Dial books    2011 
        This book takes place directly after the events in book one of the series. Raffi and Galen hunt for the newly discovered descendant of the emeporer. This book was also really entertaining and a really original fantasy.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Relic Master: The Dark City by Catherine Fisher

Anthony Haskins,    16  
Catherine Fisher  
Relic Master: The Dark City   
Dial books    2011 

        This is a fantasy where the Makers have created a world and left it in the care of an emporer and The Order. The story takes place many years after The Watch has rebelled and overthrown the government. They have killed the emporer and try to kill all members of The Order. Members of The  Order can use their "third eye" and communicate with plants and animals and relics which are objects of power left behind by the Makers. The main character is rapheal aka raffi who is the apprentice of relic master Galen. The two travel to attempt to find tge crow which can be used to communicate with the makers. This was a really entertaining book and one of the better books I've read this summer.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

Abbie,    12
Shawn Goodman
Something Like Hope 
Delacorte Press    2010

        I loved the plot of Something Like Hope, but did not enjoy the profanity that filled the pages of this book. This book told a wonderful story of a seventeen year old girl named shavonne who had been in and out of juvinile detention facitilties since she was in her early teens and has a mother who never cared for her. Shavonne has a child at fifteen and cannot take are of her because she is violent and unstable ,but through all of her adventures Shavonne meets a new shrink who has as many problems as she does and can really help her. Will Shavonne turn her life around and see her daughter again? Or will she end up just like her own mother?         This we be a wonderful story without all the profanity!   

Rating: 3 Readable

Suspect by Kristin Wolden Nitz

Abbie,    12   
Kristin Wolden Nitz   
Suspect   
Peachtree    2010

           I enjoyed reading Suspect because it had a great plot and told a wonderful story about how seventeen-year-old Jen finally discovers what happened when her mother disappeared. I also loved Suspect for the way it grasped my attention untill the very end of the book.If you love murder mysteries and suspenceful romances Suspect is the book for you!     

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean

Abbie,    12  
Geraldine McCaughrean  
The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen  
Harper    2011         

Sunshine Queen was an awesome book for me because I love a funny adventure story as much as the next guy!It was a light hearted fun read that had me laughing out loud one moment and concerned or worried the next  

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wish by Joseph Monniger

Abbie,    12   
Joseph Monniger   
Wish    Delacorte Press    2010

           I enjoyed reading this book because it was a very heartwarming and triuphant story that gave me hope to read it. I would recommend it to anyone from the ages 11-15 looking for a good story to read.   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Possession by Elana Johson (2 reviews)

Danielle,    15   
Elana Johnson   
Possession    
Simon Pulse    2011

       This was a fantastic book. I loved the way it was written and if there isn't a second then I will surely die. The character Violet was an interesting person who wanted to be free. It was fun to read about how much she was willing to sacrifice to be free. I also loved Jag. The way she wrote him made him seem real and fascinating.         

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Linsey,    15  
Elana Johson  
Possession  
Simon Pulse    2011

           Possession is about a girl name Vi who wants to break some of the rules. Because others are brainwashing the other people. By the thinkers, who tell others what to do, how to do it, and how to and what is right and what its wrong. Vi wants to do things on her own, without them telling her what to do. So Vi and her new friend name Jaq, who is also the same as her. So now she is seeing that her " match" when she meets in a cell, though a centend event that she had with a boy who  name is  Zenn. That they break one of the rules, which is to not  go out pass curfew. So that she ended up with the boy Jaq. But now Vi see that her match  might not be what it seems. Now she must do what she feels that is right. What i like about the book was that there was a strongh female character, and I am hoping that she might make a 2nd book, because how the ending was?  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Shadow Grail 2: Conspiracies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Anthony,    16  
Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill  
Shadow Grail 2: Conspiracies  
Tor    2011

           I really enjoyed the first book as it had a sense of mystery although the magic wasn't really original. In this book Spirit and her friends have to deal with the fact that The Wild Hunt was driven away from the school by them and that they aren't even recognized for it. Spirit begins to think that Oakhurst is behind the murders of everyones parents and that they were taken to he school to be more easily killed off. As the School is attacked multiple times more and more evidence points to the fact that the school is ruled by the bad guys. It was a really entertaining book and the sense of mystery draws you in right from the start. It was disappointing that the magic wasn't really a big part of the book and I think the authors should have gone into more detail on it. The ending was satisfying for it being in a series so all in all it was a really good book   

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hidden by Helen Frost (3 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18  
Helen Frost  
Hidden        2011

       Wren is eight years old when a man steals her mother's car, not knowing that Wren is hiding in the back seat. Wren hides terrified for hours inside the man's garage and gains a picture of the man and his family by listening to their conversations. Years later Wren is 14 at the summer camp she's been attending for years when Darra, the daughter of the man who kidnapped Wren, moves into Wren's cabin. Soon old wounds rise to the surface and both of them are forced to confront their pasts. Although it was told in free verse form I found Hidden very easy to get into and the flow of poetry carried me quickly through the book. I was impressed by a story that could've been an amateurishly told, the story of abuse and the drama of kidnapping was instead transformed into a powerful story of forgiveness. Unlike most free verse novels which tend to be darker stories for older teens I found Hidden accessible for all ages with a classic voice. 9/10.       

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Autumn,    15
Helen Frost
Hidden   

        Hidden is an great book with twists and turns in each part.   

Rating: 3. Readable.
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Austin, 15
Helen Frost
Hidden

This was a very good book about two girls who go to a camp together and in the early part of the book, this girl Darra's dad just stole a car and Wren was in the car but her dad didn't know and they go to camp together and become good friends and at the end she brings Wren home. This is a very good book for people who like intense books.

Rating: 3 Q. Readable.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Throat by R. A. Nelson (2 reviews)

Linsey,    15   
R.A. Nelson   
Throat   
Alfred A. Knopf    2011 

           Throat its about a girl named Emma, and she has something that, she calls a curse. What she has is Epilipsy, which cause her to have a unpredictable seizures to time to time. Well any way, one day she was about to go to her game. And when its in the middle of her game somethings happens, and she gets mad and takes her moms car. As she gets away, she crashes. She does’nt get hurt, as she get out to look what happen. A man comes up and dose something to her, and she wakes up in the hospital. Emma has a big cut on her leg. As she heals, she stars to get things like, her seeing is much better, and she has a lot of power. Now she starts wondering what she is, and why does she have all this power?  

Rating: 4 Better than most
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JoeAnna,    15  
R. A. Nelson  
Throat  
knopf    2010

           This was an outstanding book about a girl who has a 'curse' which saves her when a vampire attacks her. Now she's somewhat become a vampire herself, only she wont die if she steps into the sun and she doesn't need to drink blood to live. Unfortunatly, she insulted the guy who changed her so now he wants her dead at all costs. In order to keep her family safe she runs away from home and stays at an abanded tower where she meets a boy, and you can pretty much guess what happens then. I would recomend this story to those who love fantasy, action and a little romance  

Rating: 4 Better than most