Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

Jennifer, 13
Annabel Monaghan
A Girl Named Digit
HoughtonMifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

Meet Farrah "Digit" Higgins, a math prodigy who has spent all of high school trying to keep her smarts under wraps, but when she accidentally cracks the comunication code of an eco-terririst group, there's just no keeping Digit a secret.  Teamed with John Benett, the FBI agent, she has to ecape terrorists that are famous for kidnapping and murdering anyone who might jeopardize thier operation.  Digit finds a way to make everything funny, this hilarios book will have you laughing from page one to the finall word.  Romance, adveture, humor, and heartbreak balance perfectly, creating a masterfully designed novel that left me hungry for more.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (2 reviews)




Joanna, 14
Kevin Emerson
The Lost Code
Katherine Tegen books 2012

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Kaycee, 14  
The Lost Code
Kevin Emerson
Katherine Tegen Books 2012

 this book was awesome!! i so cant wait for the second, im jumping in ecxitment

Rating:  5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Alissa, 14
Sarah Cross
Kill Me Softly
2012

This book was an amazing twist on fairy tales. The book is about a young girl trying to discover who she truly is and find her parents graves in the town where she was born. In the process, she discovers the towns secret and that her new friends are all cursed with a fate and destiny already determined. She also finds out that she is cursed as well. Can she find her parents graves,or more likely, love when she tries to escape her own fate? Find out in this tale of curses, destiny, and love. Absulutly wonderful and I recomend to everyone. Though it's rather easy to figure out what's going on in most parts, Cross keeps you guessing and in suspence till the end.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer

Jennifer, 13
Carolyn Meyer
The Wild Queen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

The story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots is told in a way only Carolyn Meyer can do.  Though many historical fiction books I‚Äôve read focus on the fighting and battles, The Young Royals series gives me an insight in to the life of European life, both on the high end and on the low end, as most monarchs at the time experienced both sides of life in the 1500's.  I love this book just as I have loved the rest of the series before it.  I sincerely hope that Meyer adds another installment to this series; I can't wait to read more of her books.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Erasing Time by C. J. Hill

Kaycee, 14
C. J. Hill
Erasing Time
Katherine Tegen Books, 2012

 Interesting. I found this book interesting and it made me think. What will our world be like in four hundred years?

Rating:  3 Readable


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani

rebecca, 14
Kavita Daswani
Lovetorn
Harperteen 2012

shalini is from india and her fathers job takes her to america. being as shes been engaged snice she was three years old she doesnt really want to look for romance with toby an amazingly cute flute player. but stuff happens and she cant help she in deep love with him. and surprise surprise her fiance comes to visit her in america from india. see how it all turns out in lovetorn.

Rating: 3 Readable

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rootless by Chris Howard


Kaycee, 14
Chris Howard
Rootless
Scholastic 2012

I found this book interesting. What makes you think more than a book where all the trees are gone?
Rating: 4 Better than most

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan (2 reviews)

Alexis,  14
Justine Larbalestier
Team Human
HARPERTEEN 2012

I loved this book. Mel's charcter is so beliveable and shes so smart. The book kept me hooked with all the twists and turns, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys vampire novels. I thought Kit and Camille were funny, I thought Francis was kind of full of himself, but a good charcter. I didn't really like Cathy because she kept going on about how evil vampires are, even when her Dad is in possible danger. I laughed at some of the things Mel said, all in all a very good story with amazing charcters.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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rebecca, 14
Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Team Human
Harper Teen 2012

mel has a bestfriend named cathy, who happens to find her true love in a vampire. and with the recent dissaperance of her friend anna dad, shes a little bit cautious about francis the vamp. she somehow mets his adopted nefew kit, who is human. now mel has more then enough on her plate, and now a majorly hot funny boy. follow mel on her journy with vamps and decide if you want to be on team human or team vamp. very slow beggining

Rating: 3 Readable

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee


kaycee, 14
Jeannine Garsee
The Unquiet
Bloomsbury 2012


Wow! This book gave me the chills! I liked how it drew me in and at some parts even made me almost cry. The Unquiet is an amazing book and i could read over and over again.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore (2 reviews)

Alexis, 14
Carley Moore
The Stalker Chronicles
D&M Publishers, Inc. 2012

Cammie Bliss is a stalker. No joke. When she developes a crush on Toby she starts "Observing him," in unimaginable ways. This includes stalking him, going through his trash, befriending him, and when he catches her, the drama starts. I recommend this book because it is funny and realistic in a creepy way. Read! I promise you wil enjoy this book. Unless you are a guy, then you might not.
Rating: 4 Better than most

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angie, 14
Carley Moore
The Stalker Chronicles 2012

this boook is about a girl overcomeing her stalking issues and its just so inertsting how and what she does i love it its funnny and of cousre got that hint of romace girls want  i would so recommend this book to any girl

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (2 reviews)

Shane, 15
Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt
St. Martin's Griffin 2012

The Hunt was an amazing book; I loved it. well this book was about these two humans that are faking to be vampires and they suddenly get caught and they go on this adventure that causes them to get into more trouble trying not to get eaten and the book ends with this amazing twist. I would die if I dont get a copie of this book.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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angie, 14
Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt
St Martins Griffin 2012

this boook is about a human man trying to servive in a land full of vampiers and its so intersting but the only downer is the ending it ruains the whole book but other then that i loved it the ending runied it

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar

Elizabeth,  18
Trish Dollar
Something Like Normal
2012

I loved this book to point where I couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing it in one day. I love how raw the book is and the emotions from the characters. They're real emotions and I love how the author doesn't try to just provide a happy ending, but a real ending where Travis is working on his problems, rather than his problems just going away. Reading this book broke my heart for Travis as well as Charlie and a book that can stir up emotions is a pretty good read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

rebecca, 14
Jess Rothenberg
The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Dial Books 2012

brie has just recently died of broken heart. im serious heart in two and now in the "after life" she meets patrick a teen who died in the 80's. together patrick and brie and somehow her do,  whos alive, hamloaf go on an amazing journy that helps brie relize more about herself then shes ever known.
Rating; 4 Better than most

Monday, October 15, 2012

Girl Out Loud by Emily Gale

angie, 14
Emily Gale
Girl Out Loud
Scholastic 2012

this book is about a girl beign pessured into being her daddys little pop star so she has to overcome it it starts off a bit slow but it was still good

Rating: 3 Readable

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

Miranda, 14
Martine Leavitt
My Book of Life by Angel
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers 2012

My Book of Life by Angel is a horible book that has ruined my life! This book is about prostitution, and although it has a good message and good ending, this book has made me seen stuff in my head I did not want to see. An example passage would be "But Call says I'm supposed to be innocent,| clean baby-girl skin| no makeup| so dates can paste on any face they want| and i can tell new dates it's my first time| and I am thirteen even though I am sixteen,| Sixteen doesn't make as much money| as thirteen.| Serena was ninteen,| told dates she was sixteen,| told me she was a hundred down there." That passage was probably one of the worst, other than describing what "dates" made her do. Then there was the part of Call, the pimp, found an eleven-year old girl and made her work. It does have a good message but it is very grafic, sad, and has some majorly gross parts.

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

shane, 14
Ann Aguirre
Outpost
A Feiwel And Freinds 2012

i would not recomend this book to anyone who hasnet read the first book Enclave, but i loved this book more than the first i cant tell you anything or it will spoil the whole book and i dont want to do that just because one thing hapens after another starting from page one, but Duece's whole world changes.

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman

Darby, 16
Pete Hautman
The Obsidian Blade
Candlewick Press 2012

The concept behind this book was incredible but didn't flow well. Some parts seemed too slow and others too fast. The protagonist's personality and depth felt flat, like a painting next to a sculpture. I felt like I got half a book; the plot is still building. The author seems to not understand the concept of a series. It is NOT when you take a book and chop it into thirds for more money. Take the sequel and sew it to this book before you read it if you want a full story.

Rating: 2 Needs work

Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles (3 reviews)


Polly Carlson-Voiles
Summer of the Wolves
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012


nika is a orphan girl who has been runited with her long lost uncle. she and her brother are forced to go with him for the summer. she goes on a job with him, hes a scientist who studies wolves. and finding one small pup take her on the journy she'll never forget. follow nika and kahn on their amazing journy. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Shalyn, 12
Polly Carlson Voiles
Summer of the Wolves
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012 

Great book very emotinal love the book:p

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Drake, 13
Polly Carlson-Voiles
Summer of the Wolves
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

I thought it was a loving read. Completely heart warming I loved every page top to bottom, left to right, front to back! It was,as I would say Oooowwwwtttt standing.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (2 reviews)

Miranda, 14
Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me 2011

Shatter Me is an amazing book about a girl who can't touch people, unless she wants to kill them. I would reccoment this to every teenage guy or girl. In my opinion, everyone needs to read this book. With the way it ended, i think there's another book coming out, and if there is, i want to read it!
Ratting: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Lolita,  16
Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me
2011

Shatter Me is about a girl who can kill someone by just touching them. She is put in isolation for about three years till one day she gets a cell mate named Adam. slowly things come into place the reason she was locked up alone for so long is because the people trying to rule the world want to use her a weapon. this is an amazing book if you like a action and romantic book mixed together but the end seemed rushed like she wanted to finish the book as soon as she could. Is there a 2nd book?

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Anna, 15
S.A. Bodeen
The Raft
A Feiwel and Friends Book 2012

This book is about the journy of 15 year old girl whose plane crashed in the water and must survive on a raft. I can't tell much about the book, because so much could just give the ending away. But it was good and a thriller. If you like thrillers and sharks and skittles then you will love this book. It made me see skitles ina whole new way.


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks


Miranda, 14
Anna Banks
Of Poseidon
Feiwel and Friends 2012

Of Poseidon is a great read for many teens. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 only because it wasn't my favorite book but it was really well written. I would recommend this to all teenage girls. I don't know if I would really recommend this book for guys or not because it is sorta lovey-dovey but its not over the top. I honestly cant wait for the second book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, October 8, 2012

Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Briana, 17
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Poison Tree
Delacorte Press 2012

The book was kind of hard to follow at first. But once The story progressed I became immersed in the story. It seems that Atwater-Rhodes is starting to tie her stories together.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Darby, 16
Lish McBride
Necromancing the Stone
Henry Holt & Company 2012

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer left me with a sore throat from laughing at Sam's personality and attitude.  Compared to that, this sequel almost made me lose my voice, wheezing through the heart-felt serious parts only to start cracking up again when Sam decided to speak up.  I loved the book and mostly love Samhain.  McBride brought him to life.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix



Reader: Kaycee, 14
Author: Garth Nix
Book Title: A Confusion of Princes

Review:: I think this book was really good. AT first it was a bit wah? and huh? but after i really got into it i didnt what to stop. it made my mind think and expand about what i was reading i would definatly recamend this to many fiction readers. It makes you wonder about what could happen to our future.


I picked this book because (check as many as you like): I liked the cover 

Should this book be on a list of best books for teens?: Yes 
I want a copy of this book at the end of the year.

How would you rate this book?:  5 Hard to imagine a better book 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

Jessica,  16
Lauren Morrill
Meant To Be
Delacorte Publication 2012

Morrill leads her readers into London on an F-U-N adventure with all the bits and pieces, including, but not limited to, Shakespeare, Beatles, and John Hughes references. She takes everyone back through the baffling mysteries and startling revelations of teenage romance, with a foreign twist. I wait with bated breath for her next novel.

Because I rarely feel the need to rate a 5, I felt I should elaborate as to why I did this time. Morrill brought the experiences of her characters out to me in such a way that I could not help but vividly feel WITH the characters, as opposed to simply knowing what they should be feeling. I loved, loved, loved, this book.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book