Bistro Book Club

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Freakling by Lana Krumwiede

Brooke,  15
Lana Krumwiede
Freakling
Candlewick Press 2012

Freakling was interesting. It was about a boy named Taemon who lives in a world full of psi which is the power to do stuff with your mind. No one in Deliverance can imagine life without psi. So when Taemon loses his psi power he doesn't want to leave and learn life like a normal person.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, November 26, 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Kaycee, 14 
C.J. Redwine
Defiance
Balzer + Bray

I found this story to be quite amazing. Racheal and logan take the reader in a jouney through how the future is for them and how mean and ruthless the leader of the place is. 

Rating: 4 Better than most 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Jennifer 13
Katherine Longshore
Gilt
Penguin Group 2012

It's always been Cat and Kitty, ever since Kitty arrived in the duchess‚Äôs house hold.  Then Kitty is taken to court, leaving Kitty suddenly without a presence she had been in almost constantly since she was 6.  When Cat Becomes Queen she brings Kitty to court and Kitty finds herself buried in the selfishness and lies of the court of King Henry the 8th.  As the web of lies grows thicker and thicker it becomes harder to keep it all under wraps and ever more dangerous to do so.  Another great volume to add to the shelf of any historical fiction fan, this book has surprises around every corner that you won't be able to put down.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha (2 reviews)


Brooke,  15
Stefan Petrucha
Ripper 2012

Ripper was such a great book. It was a mystery involving the well known killer Jack the Ripper. In this book Carver an orphan boy his whole life one day discovers a letter he believes is from his father. Carver is very much interested in becoming a detective and when he gets adopted by a famous detective Carver is given his chance to work on his own case involving the identity of his father. As the book goes along murders are happening in New York City and Carver thinks that it is the real Jack Ripper. It was so good and I could not put it down. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Hope P..  17
Stefan Petrucha
Ripper
Philomel Books 2012

Fourteen year old Carver Young has never known anything other than the orphanage. In 1895 New York, that’s all he really needs. He spends his time reading detective stories and trying to solve mysteries around his fellow orphans, dreaming of the day when he turns eighteen and can make his own way. But one day it all changes; the orphanage is closing and he has to find someone to adopt him. Cue the eccentric Mr. Hawking, a retired Pinkerton’s agent who might not be as retired as he claims. He adopts Carver and begins to teach him how to be a private detective, even showing him the semi-secret organization called the New Pinkertons. They agree to train Carver, even helping him solve the biggest mystery of his life- who his father was. But as things progress, he begins to wonder if things are exactly as they seem. Murders are starting to occur with alarming frequency, looking strangely similar to the legendary ”Ripper” killings in London just a few years before. Young and Hawking begin to investigate, tangling with the killer, running into Teddy Roosevelt and learning to respect each other. As Carver goes on with the case, he starts to realize he has a connection to the killer‚ And he may not want to know how or why.   This novel was a quick read, but by no means simple. There was a depth of character, twists, turns, genuine mystery and a dash of steampunk thrown in for good measure. It will keep the reader engaged and cheering for the hero through every dark alley, fist fight, suspenseful clue and humorous piece of dialogue. A definite recommendation for anyone who loves mystery, a spunky protagonist, or a book that will continue to surprise you. This  novel is one that you can’t rip your attention away from.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Right and the Real by Joelle Anthony

angie,  14
Joelle Anthony
The Right and the Real
Putnam 2012

this book is about a girl who gets involved in a church if you want to call it that its more of a cult this church is called the right and the real where they call the pastor Jesus and this girl does not want to sign the pledge to be a part of this chruch so the chruch makes her dad throw her out of the house. she moves to the ghetto you could call it. she makes it back home. its just astonishing that this could happen its an amazing book just very very very shocking i loved this book so very much and the athuor did and amazing job 4 Better than most

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Joanna, 14
Beth Kephart
Small Damages
Philomel books 2012

This a girl who pregnant and her mother and boyfriend Kevin refuse to understand . She sent off in Spain.Kenizie must find a way to endure unit baby is safe . How will she ever understand the mysterious men Eseteban his way with horses ,and birds ,and his way of watching her .Gypsies teach Kenzie about love ?There are choices to make .Small damades is Spain alive .It is hearts broken and healed.It is heat and color and soul. I like the story when she spent off to Spain ,I feel bad because her mother and her boy friend refuse .I hope the baby is safe .

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charlie's Key by Rob Mills

Brooke,  15
Rob Mills
Charlie's Key
Orca Books 2011

Charlie's Key was about a boy named Charlie who wakes up in a hospital after getting into a car crash with his dad when they crashed into a moose. When Charlie is asked to go see his dad, Charlie know that he won't live for very long. When Charlie sits next to his dad and tells him that he is here he feels something slipped into his hand. Afterwards Charlie notices that it is a key but he does not know to what. The next day Charlie heres that his uncle who has been locked up in prison for the last twenty years is out and that he is looking for Charlie because of what the key can open. And now Charlie is learning a lot about his dad and the real reason his uncle was locked up. I thought it was a great book. It had an interesting twist that I did not entirely expect.

Rating:4 Better than most

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (10 reviews)

Josiah 17 Robert Sharehow The Berlin Boxing Club Harper Collins Publishers 2011 Even when Kari was in his lowest points in life he kept going. After Max lost to Joe Louise in real life he was still his friend, paid for his medical bills and he paid for his burial after he died in 1981. That teaches you to be a good sport and never give up no matter how hard it gets. Those are just two of many good things and teachings in this book. It was a very good book but it could hae had a much better ending, it left me with many unanswered questions. 4 Better than most

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Enrique, 14
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club
Harper Collins Publisher 2011

The Berlin Boxing Club is about a kid that is jewish and gets attacked by a wolf pack. In this time is when Adolf Hitler was around. Once I read this book I feel in love with it and read it 3 times already.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Gaven, 16
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club
Harper Collins 2011

This book is about a boy named Karl Stern who is learning to become a boxer while Hitler is brainwashing all youth of Jews. It has many twisting turns and is a great read.

It was good.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Josh, 17
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club

This is a great book and I recommend this book to adults and young adults its an amazing book!!!! Berlin Boxing Club is about a Jewish kid who gets bullied a lot until one day a great boxing champion starts to train him all the while Hitler is gaining control of Germany. As he gets older he sees that he needs to help his family get through this rough time. He also meets a girl who ends up being his girlfriend until she finds out he is Jewish. [Spoilers deleted] This is a really great book

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Shaun, 13
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club

This was a very good book.WWII was hard without worrying about love,family or least of all boxing. A lot of struggle mental and physical.


Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.
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Samuel,    14  
Robert Sharenow  
The Berlin Boxing Club

             The book is amazing! The author keeps you on the edge of your seat throug the whole book. With all the history that goes in the book is super good!      
Rating: 5 Q. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Damien,    15
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club

            This book is good because its about a Jew that gets boxing lessons due to the Germans beat him up.Karl gets lessons from a professional boxer and Karls dream is to become Youth Boxing Champion but there are a lot of obsticles getting in his way. Yes I would recommend his book.    This is my favorite book i have ever read!!!!

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.
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Chaz,    17  
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club 

             This book really grabbed me. I think this book should be nominated. It gives you a look at what Germany was really like during WWII.       

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Austin,    15
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club

              I liked this book a lot. The story was very good about the boxing and the history of the Jewish people back during WWII. The only part I didn't like was the end of the book. I think the author could have made a better ending. I wasn't very explanatory but otherwise the book was very good.     I would also like to say I wouldn't mind owning it because this was a very good book

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

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Tanner S., middle school student
Robert Sharenow
The Berlin Boxing Club 
HarperTeen    2011

          Dating back to the Holocaust in Nazi-era Berlin, Karl Stern, a Jewish 14 year old boy, is forced to stay under the radar. That is, until his pure "Aryan" school expels him along with several other Jewish boys. He recieves the opportunity of a lifetime when Max Schmeling, a boxing champion, vows to teach him his fighting styles. Will Karl be able to balance his obligation to his family with his commitment and ability to fight? This book was heart lifting. Although there contained violent and some inappropriate scenes.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vessel by Sarah Bath Durst (2 reviews)

rebecca, 15

Sarah Beth Durst
Vessel
Margret k. Mcelderry Books 2012


liyanna is a young teen in a world of gods goddesss and magic. she is a vessel a body trained to be perfect for their deity. when they perform the ceremony to bring forth their deity it doesnt work and they blame her for it and she is banished. she meets the god Korbyn. and they venture on a journey to find the deities. and while this happens an empire decides to take over the dessert. this book ad me hooked i reread many times and was shocked as if it was the first time i read it. LOVED IT SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! i wish it never stopped.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Jennifer, 13

Sarah Beth Durst
Vessel
Margret k. Mcelderry Books 2012


Liyana has been trained her entire life to die.   She is a vessel, the girl raised for her body, just as the goats her clan gets their name from are raised for meat.  When Liyana does the summoning dance her goddess will inhabit her body and her soul will pass into the dreaming.  But when Liyana dances she doesn't die, the summoning ceremony has failed.  Her clan abandons her and she is left to certain death alone in the desert.  Then a boy appears out of the sand, claiming to have been searching for her.  Romance, action, heartbreak, and magic weave themselves into a breathtaking story that will have you hooked from page one to the final word.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, November 2, 2012

Infinity by Rachel Ward (4 reviews)

Josh , 14
Rachel Ward
Infinity
Chicken house  2011

Great book from the start

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Skyler, 15
Rachel Ward
Numbers - Infinity
Chicken House 2012

I absolutely love this book! It is almost the best piece of work i have ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is a bone chilling series that you must read. If you have the chance to read this whole series, do it! The whole series is completely on edge and very exciting. The ending is the most exciting part of the entire series.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Gaven, 16
Rachel Ward
Numbers Infinity
the chicken house 2012

this Book is about a Boy named adem and his girlfreind Sarah. I can't give two much away But you have to Read the first two to understand infinity. I liked it

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Lolita, 16
Rachel Ward
Infinity
2012

I'm sorry to say this book was not as good as the first two but it had the potential.  Its about after the London "world" crashed. Adam, Mia and Sahra live  the best they can moving around but all the sudden the government wants Adam to join them but he isnt willing to go without a fight.

Rating: 3 Readable

Border Town: Quince Clash by Malin Alegria

Hannah,  15
Malin Alegria
Border Town: Quince Clash
Point 2012

Quince Clash is a very exciting story about a girl who doesn't even want a quinceanera but a bet changes her whole perspective. She cannot go against her family's wishes and based on lies she accepted into a TV show. I would recommend this book

Rating: 3 Readable

Border Town: Crossing the Line (3 reviews) by Malin Alegria

Mireya, 15
Malin Alegria
Border Town: Crossing the Line
Point 2012

This book is about a girl named Fabiola Garza. She is thrilled to have her little sister Alexis. At Dos Rios High with her this year and she ready to teach her all the rules, the nice teachers, the hard classes, the groups of students to avoid. Just like Dos Rios itself high school is all about boundaries. I realy like this book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Hannah, 15
Malin Alegria
Border Town: Crossing the Line
Point 2012

This story kept me reading when Fabi's sister falls for the wrong guy, she must prove to her family that this guy is at fault for what her cousin is in jail for. I would recommend this book to many teens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Shay, 14
Malin Alegria
Border Town
Point 2012

How her sister had a guy she did not like and she got mad. I enjoyed this book it was a love story for one of the sisters.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (4 reviews)

Enrique, 14
Kenneth Oppel
This Dark Endeavor
Simon & Schuster 2011

In this amazing and best book in the world Frankenstein 15 years old. Victor Frankenstein will began the hard and terriflying journey that changes his life forever. Victors twin brother Konrad got really really sick and no doctor can cure him, not giving up on his brother victor but his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his best friend Henry are on a journey to search for the ingreadients to create a poison called the Elixier of Life. It's all up to victor to save his brother.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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rd, 12
Kenneth Oppel
This Dark Endeavor
2011

This book envolved a very dark plot that had you thinking the whole time while reading.if you read frakenstien then you would understand this way more but if you didn't then this still is a really good. i would recamend this book for fantasy lovers or just regular readers even

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Hope,   15
Kenneth Oppel
This Dark Endeavor: the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 
Simon and Schuster    2011

      The cover for this book was very compelling and mysterious, a good choice for this novel.     Before Mary Shelley’s immortal classic Frankenstein, before the monster, before the well-known tale of horror and suspense, Victor Frankenstein was a simple fifteen year old boy, always getting into one adventure or another. One of those adventures involves finding a secret library full of outlawed alchemy books in his home. Victor’s father, the province magistrate himself, had banned these books, and forbade Victor from reading them. But when Victor’s beloved twin Konrad falls ill, the doctors are not able to cure him. Victor revisits the library, to find a book describing an elixir of life; an exotic mixture promising health to any who drinks it. Assisted by his beautiful ‘cousin’ Elizabeth, his best friend Henry, a mysterious alchemist and a trained lynx, Victor makes up his mind to create this elixir, no matter how hard the ingredients are to find, or that practicing alchemy is illegal. He will cure his brother, regardless of how many laws of nature he has to break; even if he has to give his own life. This engrossing novel has a little something for everyone, with action, humor, danger, romance, intrigue, raw emotions, and twists that will keep you hooked until the last page. Yet another masterpiece from Kenneth Oppel.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Andrea, 14
Kenneth Oppel
This Dark Endeavor
Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing 2011

I enjoyed this book, but it was very predictable and thats why I stopped. Victor's brother becomes very ill and he and his 2 friends meet someone that tries to help heal his brother.

Rating: I liked it 4 Better than most

Lie by Caroline Bock

Faith, 15
Caroline Bock
Lie
Saint Martins Press 2011

This book is about a girl named Skylar that was questioned by the cops about her boyfriend. Supposedly beating up a boy in his neighbor hood. But the real question is Is she lying for her boyfriend or did she realy not see anything at all. I think that this was one of the best books I've read. The other book i read was from here but it wasn't as good as this one.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Payback Time by Carl Deuker (3 reviews)

Andrea F., 18
Carl Deuker
Payback Time
Houghton Mifflin 2010

Mitch True has wanted to be a reporter since he was six and watched "All the King's Men" and his ambition has made him the best writer at his school newspaper. Now that it's his senior year he expects to finally receive his rightful place as editor but instead he is delegated to the sports section by the new editor who won by mere popularity. Mitch is informed at the beginning of the year that he can only write what the coaches want but he can't help from noticing that something fishy is happening on the football team. Why is the football coach keeping the new player on the bench when he's one of the best high school players Mitch has ever seen? What seemed like just another sports book quickly turns into an investigative novel where the surprising corruption behind high school football is revealed. With characters that you can't help but care about and a plot resembling a thriller movie I only put this book down with extreme reluctance and picked it up again as soon as possible. It has the great advantage of being able to be read by most teen audiences. Those who love sport books, those who like mysteries, those who like realistic fiction, possibly even reluctant readers, and it is completely appropriate for all age groups including middle school.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Enrique, 14
Carl Deuker
Payback Time
Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing 2011

Mitch an overweight kid at Lincoln High agrees to be a sports reporter for the school newspaper. Mitch is always wanted to be a real reporter. But the real story is an angle, a talented football player that refuses to be on the field or discuss his past.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Nathan, 17
Carl Deuker
Pay back time
2010

This book has a good theme. The style of how it was written was amazing. How a dorkey kid turns into a wannabe hero "classic"