Bistro Book Club

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

Kylie, 16
Kekla Magoon
Fire in the Streets
2012

 "Fire in the Streets" is about a young girl named Maxie who grows up in the projects of Chicago in 1968. At 14, she is told numerous times that she isn't old enough to join the Black Panthers, a group working towards equal rights for blacks. When she finds out that someone has been turning information over to the police, or "pigs", she believes that if she can find the traitor, she might finally be asked to join. However, when she does find out who it is, her world is turned upside down.  The book started off relativly slow, and stayed that way for most of the book. Lot's of the story were about Maxie's work day down at the Black Panther office sealing envelopes or how her mom tries to find work after losing her job. Instead of talking about the person selling off the Panther's, it instead talks about Maxies life and trials, despite the fact that the traitor is a central plot point to the book.  The last few chapters definatly make up for it. Maybe a bit too well, in fact. The last 10 chapters seemed to rush by in a blur, leaving me breathless and going back to try and see what happened.  The characters were also rather one-dimensional. Maxie keeps going on and on about how much she wants to join the Black Panthers, and her friends Patrice and Emmalee seem thrown in there to add to the cast. Sam, Maxie's ex-boyfriend, also seems like the typical man in novel like this, mysterious and unreachable.  Overall, a good, quick, book, but not something I'd read twice.

Rating: 3 Readable

Revived by Cat Patrick (2 reviews)

Savannah H, 17
Cat Patrick
Revived
Little Brown and Company 2012

Revived is a wonderful, almost sci-fi novel which stars Daisy, a teen, with a big secret. She is a test subject for "revive", a drug which can bring people back from the dead; it has been used on her five times. Each time she "dies" she must adopt a new identity and make a new life for herself. This novel is expertly written and is more and more exciting as each layer of the story is peeled back. I love the way Patrick conveys Daisy's unconventional life; Patrick has an excellent grasp of what high school is really like. Many authors struggle to make their description realistic, and I think she does a superb job. The book made me cry, laugh, and think deeply about my own life. If you read this book, you will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Lizzy, 18
Cat Patrick
Revived
Little, Brown and Company 2012

I absolutely loved this book! Daisy faces many adventures and mysteries that she has to solve plus there's a little love drama and heart break that is sad enough to break your own heart! It's a wonderful book and i definately recommend it!:)

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Redwing

Kylee, 15
Holly Bennett
Redwing
Orca Books 2012

I would recommend the book to someone who likes alot of action and Indian type thing.  It was a good book but to me it was hard to follow.  Very well put together and really leaves the reader sitting on the edge of your seat.

Rating: 3 Readable

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Kyan, 16
Maureen Doyle McQuerry
The Peculiars
Amulet Books   2012

The author should put more adventure in the book and make it a series and then I think it would be amazing.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Losers in Space by John Barnes

ashton, 15
John Barnes
Losers in Space
2012

not what i was expecting, i couldent get into the story. it was a bit boring. it probably could have gatten better if i would if finished the book but i only read about 70 pages

Rating: 3 Readable

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

ashton, 15
Sarah Fine
Sanctum
2012

great book! with an odd sense of romance in hell;fast paced with an exciting twist at the end.cant wait for the sequel

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sons Of The 613 by Michael Rubens (3 reviews)

Jennifer, 13
Michael Rubens
Sons Of The 613
Clarion Books 2012

Isaac's bar mitzvah is in three weeks, and his parents have gone on a trip to Italy, leaving Isaac's hot-headed older brother Josh in charge.  The situation might sound bad now, but it's made worse by the fact that Isaac is compleatly unprepared for his bar mitzvah, his tutor never showed up! This book was great.  A good comedy with just enough heartbreak to keep it real, Sons of the 613 had me hooked.  Though I almost left this book because the language was so bad, i deffinatly recomend waiting it out.  The ending was amazingly well written, so powerfull it made me cry.

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ashton, 15

Michael Rubens
Sons Of The 613
Clarion Books 2012


      By far one of the best books i have ever read, extremely funny and exciting, very suspenseful and evan sad at times,i read it in a day;i give it an 11 out of 10!! it is a bit graphic

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Tyler, 14
Michael Rubens
Sons of the 613
2012

First of all I would not recomend this book to any one with strong Chirstian beleifs for two reasons, one there is a lot of vulger in here and secondly, it is about a jewish family. If you can make it past that then you could read this book. I just have to tell you one thing do not read this if you do not like books that are slow to start and this book is all worth it in the last few pages.

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Elizabeth S., 15
Annabel Pitcher
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece
Little Brown  2012

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece was a unique novel about a boy whose older sister was killed in a terrorist attack. Even though it is five years later in the start of the novel, his family is still suffering greatly from that traumatic event. His father loathes anything or anyone that isn't British, and he drinks, though nobody likes to admit it. His mother left, and the twin of the sister who died - Jas- struggles to be her own person. The family moved in an attempt to get a fresh start, and in this new town Jamie made a new friend he knew his father wouldn't like - a young Muslim girl. Through the eyes of  ten year old Jamie, readers experience how difficult it is to let go. Overall, Pitcher's novel was very good, and a quick read. There were funny parts and sad parts, parts that confused me and parts I could relate to. The novel is unique as it explores coping with loss, dealing with change, and the troubles of being ten. I recommend this book because the narrator is interesting, the storyline is touching, and the characters are memorable. This book was good, but as for reading age I'm not entirely sure what it should be. The ten year old narrator gives it a childlike quality, but there are some deep aspects of the book younger readers might not understand. Either way, it was a good read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jonathan, 17
Dave Freer
Cuttlefish
P Y R 2012

It is a very good book alot of action. I like the way the scenes and the characters are explained and brought up through out the story. The most compelling aspect of the book is when they are all aboard the ship and sailing.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Skinny by Donna Cooner (2 reviews)

Anna, 15
Donna Cooner
Skinny  
2012

This book is about a girls journy from a 300 pound girl to a 185 pound girl. But this book is not only that journy, but the girls journy to bet the vioce in her head, Skinny. Even as Ever is losing wieght and starting to become ok with her looks, Skinny is always thier to bring her down. In the end can Ever save ger life and friendships by beating Skinny, or will Skinny drag her down. Every teen girl needs to read this book, so she can start her own journy to beat her Skinny!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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angie,  14
Donna Cooner
Skinny
Point 2012

this book is about what alot of pepole face now here in america. being fat but poor Ever has a little thing that makes it even harder to deal with. this little voice she calls skinny skinny says horrble mean things to her about how fat she is which i think is a very good anolgy for that little voice we all have in our heads Ever finds a way  to lose weight but not to lose skinny this book with make you laugh out loud and cry along with Ever i loved this book and could really connect with Ever becuse in some ways i know how she feels 4 Better than most

Monday, December 3, 2012

Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti

Melanie, 12
Mike and Rachel Grinti
Claws
Chicken House 2012

I is a very good book. I would recomed it to people who like suspence.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dragon Run by Patrick Matthews

Jack, 13
Patrick Matthews
Dragon Run
Scholastic Press 2013

Dragon Run is about twelve-year-old Al finding who he is. Whilst finding who he is, he uncovers the worst secret of his world.  I found this book to be enthralling, yet all  the time, I kept thinking to myself that this is not real and it is not going to happen to me. I absolutely loved Dragon Run in every way, shape, and form.

I would love to meet the author, Patrick Matthews, and would be utterly delighted if I did.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Forgetting Curve by Angie Smibert

Jack, 13
Angie Smibert
The Forgetting Curve
Marshall Canvendish 2012

The Forgetting Curve is the second book in the Memento Nora series.  I found the first one to be stupefying whereas I did not find the second one to be as intriguing as the first. As it kept me reading, I kept finding new characters that clashed with the first; being the book I adored. I did like the book, The Forgetting Curve, very much. It was a page-turner.

Rating: 4 Better than most