Bistro Book Club

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bull by David Elliott (2 reviews)

Tim J., 16
Bull
David Elliott
HMH 2017

Dannnngg! What a book! Most definitely the best book I've read in a long time Most definitely would want a copy of this book! Will fight for it!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Levi, 16
David Elliott
Bull
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

This book is about the myth of the Minotaur, but instead of using normal story telling methods he uses poetry to describe the myth. I enjoyed the story a lot because of the way he spun the tale. Elliott used poetry and humor to keep the readers interested, something I thought I wouldn't hear in the same context. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something interesting and funny to read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Galina, 15
Garth Nix
Frogkisser
Scholastic Press 2017

If you're looking for a funny and easy read, go for this book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Call by Peadar O'Gullan

Galina, 14
Peadar O'Gullan
The Call
David Fickling Books 2016

The "survival of the fittest" is not always accurate, as shown by Nessa in The Call. In a society where it is better to be dead than crippled, Nessa always has to try her hardest in everything to be seen as anything but the cripple she is, and even then, everyone is constantly underestimating her. Few survive "the call," and those who do are often hopelessly deformed, and everyone figures, "what chance does a cripple have against the call when the strongest of us perish in the attempt to survive?' Nessa must learn to be calculating and resourceful in every situation, and I love how the author shows this. I also loved how this story showed what it would be like to live in fear of three minutes of your life... 3 minutes to save it, or 3 minutes to lose it.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Underwater by Marisa Reinhardt

Carily, 15
Marisa Reinhardt
Underwater
Frarrar straus 2016

In this book the author makes the characters relatable and you are pulled into the story and get lost in the words. This story is good at reveling just enough that you can feel as though you are the character. I found myself lost in the character and I absolutely didn't want to put the book down.


Rating: 4 Better than most

Factory Girl by Joanne LaValley

Galicia, 15
Joanne LaValley
Factory Girl
Clarion Books 2017

What I liked most about this book was that it showed how anger can be controlled and used for a good purpose. When the heroine, Roshen, becomes a factory girl, she has to discover courage and strength she didn't know she had, and I found it inspiring.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

Molly, 14
Mary G. Thompson
Flicker and Mist
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

Personally, I thought this was a great book! The story was highly entertaining, with lots of drama plus many twists and turns. In this book, two races of people are fighting to be the ruler and one girl is stuck right in the middle of it all. With the help of her friends and the betrayal of others, she sets out to bring peace. Only question is, is it really worth it ? Read It and find out!!!  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Levi. 15
Sharon Cameron
The Forgetting
Scholastic Press 2016

We are made of our memories, but what happens when you forget these precious memories. What happens when you are the only one who doesn't forget, what then? This book tells the story of the that person and how they try to understand how the forgetting happens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

It's Not Me, It's You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Galina,15
Stephanie Kate Strohm
It's Not Me, It's You
Point 2016

What I liked most about this book was the humor and writing style. Okay, the format was a little confusing at first, but I figured it out pretty quickly. And yes, the book was about ex-boyfriends (So I don't recommend it to guys), which I normally wouldn't particularly care for, but the hilarity made up for it. It wasn't particularly dramatic, not like Shakespeare or anything like that, but it was still a good-ish story line. (I liked the main character a lot: A clueless blonde with a lot of sass...) Plus, the touch of irony at the end was great. So girls, I would gladly recommend this book to you.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter

Galina, 15
Jon Walter
My Name Is Not Friday
David Fickling Books 2016

As far as historical fiction is concerned, this book was outstanding. I would definately recommend it. Set in the Civil War era, it shows both the good and the bad of slavery, which I thought was unique and enjoyed a lot. The most compelling aspect of it was, in my opinion, how the author showed the walk into slavery, not through it.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Dog Ray by Linda Coggin

Molly, 14
Linda Coggin
The Dog Ray
Candlewick 2016

This is a heart breaker book.  In the story, The Dog Ray, a girl comes back to earth as a dog. The only thing is she remembers who she was. You venture with her in her quest to find her parents and watch as the world she knew disappears. My favorite part of the book is the ending because of how the author plays with your emotions. It is a quick read and I recommend it to everyone.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Erin, 14
Erin Summerill
Ever the Hunted
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I thought this book started out a bit slow, but gradually got better and more thrilling with each chapter. It was a little confusing, but still a great read. I really enjoyed how it introduced the characters with having a mysterious side that you slowly learned about as you read.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, July 29, 2016

Everland by Wendy Spinale

Molly, 14
Wendy Spinale
Everland
Scholastic Press 2016

In this remake of Peter Pan, the only way to grow up is to survive. All the characters are still here but never as you've seen them before as they venture to bring down Hook and stop a world wide virus. I recommend this book to fantasy readers!

Rating:

5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Titans by Victoria Scott (3 reviews)

Molly, 14
Victoria Scott 
Titans
Scholastic 2016

This is now one of my FAVORITE books! This story is based on horse racing taken to the next level with dangerous obstacles, mechanical horses, 2 million dollars to win, and a girl who's willing to risk it all. I was kept in suspense the entire time. I definitely recommend this book!!!                          

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

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Tim J., 15
Victoria Scott
Titans
Scholastic 2016

In Titans a young girl who's family is going to be thrown out of their home and her father can't find work. So she goes out on a limb to save her home and her family. She enters the Titan races. With no experience and little training, can she do it?

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Erin, 13
Victoria Scott
Titans
Scholastic Press 2016

Want a fast-paced, thrilling book? Want a collection of brave, kind, sarcastic and changing characters? Allow me to recommend Titans by Victoria Scott, where the mechanical horses are ready to run, and the jockies are prepared to risk their lives for two million dollars... This book was a page-turner, and besides, who doesn't like mechanical horses called Titans? I thought they were pretty amazing!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey (3 reviews)

Galina, 15
Laura Williams McCaffrey
Marked
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I would definitely recommend this book for fans of fantasy and/or adventure. This book is compelling in that it describes the difficulty in choosing what is wrong or right.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Molly, 14
Laura Williams McCaffrey
Marked
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I have to admit that this is one of my favorite books, and I never was left unexcited while reading. I highly recommend this book for those 12 and older. It is so captivating as you learn about Lyla and join her on her adventure as she is forced to choose between good friends or the law.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Erin, 13
Laura Williams McCaffrey
Marked
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

Is this world a dystopia or utopia? Is the gang called the Red Fist killers or saviors? Is Lyla Northstrom a hero... or a villian? Marked is an interesting read about a young woman trying as hard as she can to get into a special university for the brightest students, but can she do it? Can she stay away from crime and follow her dream? I enjoyed the illustrations and all of the double-crossing and mystery!
Rating: 4 Better than most

Thursday, July 21, 2016

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Robert, 17
Eileen Cook
With Malice
HMH 2016

A good book. Many twists and turns make the book impossible to know who did what until the truth is found and it creates a massive shock. I recommend reading this book.

Rating: 3 Readable

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore

Robert, 17
Libby Cudmore
The Big Rewind
HarperCollins 2016

The Big Rewind is a great dive into the big city where crime and secrets are swarming and bring to life a marvelous story. The relation to music and culture is fascinating to see in Cudmore's world of wonder. A book for more mature audiences but is worth it's time. I recomend reading this book.
4 Better than most

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Robert,17
Kara Thomas
The Darkest Corners
Delacorate Press 2016

An amazing book to read and brings a great amount of emotion into the writing that is put onto the page. Kara created a masterpiece that brings the reader to hypnotically read until the very end and read it again. Not a Book to miss!

Rating5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Second Guard by J.D.Vaughn

Levi, 15
J.D.Vaughn
Second Guard
Hyperion 2016

In the book the characters live in a peaceful country surrounded by warmongering countries. And in order to prevent them from being invaded the queen has made a decree that all second born all to report to a city to be trained and serve in the army for 4 years. The book is about what happens to the main character and the chaos a that happens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

Emily N., 14
Nick Lake
Whisper to Me
Bloomsbury Publishing 2016

Whisper to Me is a compelling story that you won't want to put down! You will be wanting more throughout the entire book. It is human, light, funny, and sad, but you will never want to stop reading. Amazing in every aspect. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a compelling story that draws them in right away.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus


Robert, 17
Daniel Kraus
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch
Simon & Schuster 2015

Zebulon Finch is an amazing story that intrigues the reader in every way. The grotesque and dark themes portrayed are amazingly well put together to bring the "Hero" that we see to experience every dark turn as he ventures through his life, starting in the 1879, to his death in 1896, all the way to 1941. Finch stands in the shadows of the hidden horrors left in the world to later being part of a world war, and seeming never to know what is next. A great book to read, but beware your senses might get the best of you. This book is not for the light-hearted and caresses a strong vocabulary to emphasize every detail that is explained. Over all an amazing story.

Strong language and gruesome details, not for younger readers.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Rig by Joe Ducie

Sophie, 15
Joe Ducie
The Rig
houghton mifflin harcourt 2015

The Rig was a fascinating book! Very fast paced and original. Will Drake, the protagonist, is an  instantly likable character. He's funny, sarcastic, and doesn't back away from a challenge. Paired up with a Tech Geek and a Red-Head, there's no prison that can hold him now. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the 'Boy Nobody' series.

Also, the plot twist at the end was quite... explosive. Can't wait for a sequel :)

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Levi, 15
Joe Ducie
The Rig
Houghton mifflin harcourt 2015

The book was awesome! The book was about a kid who has been put in jail for trying to help his mother survive. He has escaped even prison so far, so now they put him in "the rig" the most secure prison in the world. Short story: he escapes prison, falls in love, and then proceeds to expose the entire prison I system. Also mix some super powers in there and you have got yourself this awesome book.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer (4 reviews) by Rick Riordan

Donald J., 14
Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase
Disney 2015

Magnus Chase, by Rick Riordan, presents a mythical adventure tale about a homeless orphan who dies. But, he is sent to a hotel-styled after life of the Norse mythology. Magnus soon discovers that he must journey on a quest to save the nine worlds from a very angry Wolf who is foretold to swallow the sun and start doomsday.

5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Robert, 17
Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer
Disney Hyperion 2015

Rick Riordan's new novel is a great beginning to a great trilogy to come. Every page is filled with the great mythology humor you would expect and gives a great look into Norse mythology with a twist on every character that makes you love every one of them. A great book for all.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Molly, 13
Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the The Sword of Summer
Hyperion 2015

Truly I can't imagine a better book than this. I stayed up countless nights reading and laughing so hard that my eyes watered. This book is a real page turner full of jokes, fantasy, and adventure. Magnus Chase and three friends travel the nine realms on a quest and are chased by giant man eating squirrels; fish for the giant world serpent; and play catch with giants, all with the antics of the Norse Gods, whom I will never see the same way again with Riordan's modern twist. Also, for all the Percy Jackson fans, you will see many similarities and hidden jokes.  Now that you know this book exists, get up, find this book, and read it.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


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Tim  J., 15
Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase:  Sword  of  Summer
Disney  Book  Group 2015

 This  was  a  great  book!  Complete  with  talking  heads,  deaf  a  death  and  mute  elf,  a  fashionable  dwarf,  a  talking  sword,  and  a  vicious  giant  squirrel.  I  loved  this  book  and  highly  recommend  it  to  any  book  reader!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Friday, May 27, 2016

Courier by Gerald Brandt

Levi, 15
Gerald Brandt
Courier
DAW Books INC 2016

I'll start by saying that this book is an adult book but still worth the read to any teens out there looking for a good read. The world is set in the far further where multi level cities and space cities have been built. 3 major corporations rule the world and send messages they want to keep private through people called couriers. Our heroine is a courier who has run away from home and is scrappy by. But after she picks up a package to deliver that's not supposed to exist she gets targeted by the corporation who the information is about. She must then survive and avoid getting killed after being intercepted by a group who want the corporations to be taken down. Great story for anyone who like scifi and a good read!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Robert, 17
Diane Duane
Games Wizards Play
HMH 2016

At the first glance of Games Wizards Play, by Diane Duane, I knew that I had found a good book to read. As I started to read the first chapter, I was immediately hooked on every word. Reading deeper into the book, I found a plot that had many twists in it that gave the book a great sense of anticipation that led me to wonder at every page turn what would happen next. With a deep plot and great points of comic relief, Games Wizards Play is one of my favorite books to have read this year.

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Black River Falls

Baylee, 13
Jeff Hirsch
Black River Falls
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

In Black River Falls By Jeff Hirsch, Cardinal Cassidy is a 17 year old, high school student, hiding from the virus that has hit his town. All by himself in the woods, Cardinal is hiding, afraid of getting affected. He finds himself befriending an old bully named Greer who comes with a group of kids. Cardinal is the only person, beside the guards, who isn't affected by this virus that left everyone else without their memories. Through out the book, he refers back to what happened the night the virus hit a year ago. The only problem a year ago is that there is no known cure for and how he could be affected easily. Cardinal can leave but will he actually leave his town or figure out what actually went down the night the virus hit Black River Falls?

Hirsch pulls you into the book and this book will never let go. As the story progressed, I felt like I was there the entire time and I literally stayed up late to finish this book. I was always curious of what Cardinal and his friends were going to do next

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander


Molly, 14
Sarah Alexander
The Art of Not Breathing
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

It was an interesting romance, involving a lone twin facing her biggest fear all for a boy she just met. In this short read you are filled with drama and romance. This was not my favorite book but definitely not the worst.


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Galina, 15
Sarah Alexander
The Art of Not Breathing 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  2016

Nope. Not a really big fan, mostly because I do not like romance novels. I despise them.
The story line was good, but all the details in between we're not that great.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Arena by Holly Jennings

Levi, 15
Holly Jennings
Arena
Penguin Random House 2016

Let me start off by saying that this is an adult book, it does have some adult themes in it. One of which is drugs which is a major part of the story. The setting is 50 years in the future when virtual reality has become a thing and people watch tournaments of people fighting to the death gladiator style. It follows a team of 5 in the tournament who's teammate just died by a drug overdose but the tournement has covered it up, not wanting the public to know of how much of a problem this is. This team is forced to recruit a new member or be kicked out of the tourney. One of the main themes in this is balance and how important it is, which is what the main character is struggling with and the new teammate helps her with that. Would highly recommend for anyone who is a gamer or just wants a good read!!

Rating 5:
 Hard to imagine a better book

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan (5 reviews)

Robert, 17
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Disney Hyperion 2016

Shadow magic is a book not to miss. Every aspect in it will give you an exciting chill as a new view on a necromancy society takes place in a fight to keep their lands and traditions as those with light magic try to change and convert the land. I loved every second of this book and hope that I see a sequel on this book for sure.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Erin, 13
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Hyperion 2016

This book was amazing! It was dark, humorous, and a definite page-turner. The characters were one of the best part, with all of them different, mysterious, and funny. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy!

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

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Molly, 13
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Hyperion 2016

"I defy you not to love this story." -Rick Riordan I couldn't agree more. This story was very exciding and mysterious, and the ending had  few twists you couldn't see coming. Throughout the whole thing it was clean and well written. One of my favorite things about this book is  that each chapter has a different view of one of the characters: Lily, Queen of Gehenna, the land of the Dead; Thorn, a squire to an executor; and K'leef, the prince of the  Sultanate of Fire, along with additional characters.

I don't want the cover art to change.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Tim  J., 15
Joshua  Khan
Shadow  Magic
Disney  Book  Group 2016

 This  is  a  good  and  well  written  book  but  it  is  definitely  a  book  written  for  younger  kids  so  it was  hard  to  get  through  and  I  eventually  decided  not  to  bother.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Sophie, 15
Joshua Khan
Shadow Magic
Disney 2016

Shadow Magic was an interesting book. The overall feel of the story is very similar to Rick Riordan's books. It's character's, while not being particularly developed or relatable, were engaging. A recommended read for young teens who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

Being from a religious background, I was slightly bothered be the portrayal of "black" magic being good and "light" magic being bad. However, modern American culture has become so saturated with this, "bad is good, and good is bad." mentality, that I don't think it will really effect anything.

Rating: 3 Readable
Levi, 15
SkyHuntress
Indigo
Wattpad 2016

This is a great book on Wattpad that is getting published this year. It starts out following a masked "vigilante" that has ran away from home because of the danger she posed. In this world people have superpowers know as color. There are 5 colors and each have a different function. Red is aggressive. Green and adapt. Orange works with technology. Purple is mind things and Blue works with and makes runes. The protagonist however has a black color. She has a demon (or Sin as the book calls it) inside her and he has been trying to get free since her childhood. She runs into her childhood friends and joins with the orginization but all is not as it seems with with them and her and her friends must figure it out. Wattpad version has typos since it is a rough draft.

Rating 5: Hard to imagine a better book

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (4 reviews)


Pilar, 14
Gary Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter
Scholastic

Late into the night I could not stop thinking about this book. I was absorbed in it from the moment I picked it up. Orbiting Jupiter is captivating and heart wrenching. I was able to read it in one sitting. There was many plot twist that kept you engrossed to the very end. This book is enticing with its characters and central idea. I recommend Orbiting Jupiter for anyone who is interested in a deeply moving book.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Daniel, 17
Gary  D.  Schmidt
Orbiting  Jupiter
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2015

Orbiting Jupiter is an excellent and touching story about duty and what is important to us. The main character gets a foster brother who is separated from the two people that mean more to him than anyone else in the world: his true love and his daughter, Jupiter. The foster brother thinks that it is the most important thing in the world to see his baby daughter. At school his new brother is bullied and an outcast but the more he learns about him, the more their brotherly love grows. This is an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone, especially someone looking for hope.

     This book is written so that the characters seem real and the events feel like they are really happening. It is definitely the best book I have read this year!
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Tim  J., 14
Gary  D.  Schmidt
Orbiting  Jupiter
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2015

  In  ORBITING  JUPITER  a  young  man  come  to  live  with  a  family  on  a  farm,   the  family  doesn't  know  much  about  him  exept  he  almost  killed  a  teacher  and  he  has  a  daughter  he  has  never  met.  Soon  they  come  to  love  him  as  if  he  was  there  family  but  he  still wants  to  find  his  real  one.  Great  story!  shows  the  true  value  of  a  family's  love!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

I  would  like  to  be  in  the  drawing  for  this  book  at  the  end  of  the  year.
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Molly, 14
Gary D. Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015

Overall I enjoyed Orbiting Jupiter, though it is a book for older audiences. It is a book that will suck you right in.Filled with tragedy and new hope as you go on an adventure with Joseph and Jack.  

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison

Erin, 13
Margot Harrison
The Killer In Me
2016

I thought The Killer In Me had an interesting idea behind it all, but it occasionally dragged on and was a little hard to read at times. I liked the setting that the book took place in, and the author described it very well. It was a good book, just a little slow and confusing.

Rating: 3 Readable

Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor (3 reviews)

Sophia, 15
Janet B. Taylor
Into the Dim
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2016

Into The Dim is one of the best time traveling books I've read! The characters were intertaining, the plot twists were surprising, and the ending was action packed. A must read for bored high school students. There were a couple of plot-holes that I assume will be resolved in a sequel.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Robert, 17
Janet B. Taylor
Into The Dim
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2016

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor, is a fantastic book that holds a great plot line with a deep emotional connection and covers many hard topics that give the book its darker tone while keeping an upbeat attitude that keeps the reader going even after the last page. I highly recommend this book to any reader looking for a fresh book that has everything a good book should have.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Tim  J., 15
Janet B. Taylor
Into The Dim
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2016

 In  INTO  THE  DIM  a  teenage  girl  whose  mother  has  just  died  is  called  to  spend  the  summer  with  her  aunt  in  Scotland.  Soon  after  arriving  she  finds  out  the  shocking  truth,  her  family  on  her  mothers  side  are  all  time  travelers  and  her  mother  is  still  alive  but  is  trapped  the  the  midieval  times  and  it  is  now  up  to  her  to  go  back  and  save  her    

Rating:
5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Hundred Hours Of Night by Anna Woltz

Dylan, 13
Anna Woltz
A Hundred Hours Of Night
2016

This book I really nice. It is about a girl who ran away from home and moved to New York City. She has to deal with hurricane Sandy.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

Erin, 13
Eric Dinerstein
What Elephants Know
Hyperion 2016

Forget "A Boy and His Dog".  No, think "A Boy and His Elephant".  What Elephants Know was an adorable, sad, and poetic story that shows that, while we all make mistakes, we also have strengths that get us through the worst of life.  I would recommend this book to animal-lovers(though it might make you cry!), and people intrested in life in Nepal.

Rating:
4 Better than most

Monday, May 9, 2016

Gutless by Carl Deuker

Tim J., 15
Carl Deuker
Gutless
HMH 2016

This was an amazing book! I stayed up all night reading it! I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Drag Teen by Jeffery Self (2 reviews)

Erin, 13
Jeffery Self
Drag Teen
Push  2016

This book taught me that, although not every aspect of an adventure turns out perfect, it can always end up being pretty amazing. And, you just need a good wig. You need one. Drag Teen was a lovely mix of humor, strength, inner beauty, and sweetness. Hop on in for a ride of realistic feelings, varying from fear, stage fright, and much more!

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Skye, 14
Jeffery Self
Drag Teen
PUSH 2016

It was interesting and had a humorous plot that follows the story of 3 friends going to a drag competition so that the main character can get a scholarship so he can get to collage. Spunky characters and a few twists and turns made it very easy to get into and enjoy. Overall I found it eye opening and fun.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Hatter Madigan Ghost in the HATBOX by Frank Beddor (3 reviews)


Erin, 13
Frank Beddor and Adrienne Kress
Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X
Automatic Publishing 2016

Hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades...oh my! Join Hatter Madigan as he tries to be the best cadet he can be, struggling through bad friends, difficult classes, and vicious conspiracies. Can he be as great as his older brother and parents? Or will he fail and be forced to leave the school and his dream? I loved how it related to Alice in Wonderland, while having a completely new twist on it. It made it funny and entertaining, with a serious aspect to it.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Sophie, 15
Frank Beddor
Hatter Madigan
Automatic Publishing 2016

Very entertaining! Definitely a must read for fans of Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter! Full of adventure and mystery. It takes a very interesting view on disabilities and creativity.


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Rating: 4 Better than most
Levi, 15
Frank Beddor
Hatter Madigan Ghost in the HATBOX
Publishers Group West 2016

Great book, i enjoyed it greatly. Its a take on Alice in Wonderland and they do a great job of it. The scenes are described very well. The plot is good it follows a young boy who is following in the footsteps of his parents. He uncovers a plot to take over the school, and naturally, he and a small group of friends decide to stop it.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, April 22, 2016

Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Sophie, 14
Shutter
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Disney Book Group
October - 2016

For a rather stereotypical story about a hot escapee who falls in love with a lawyer's daughter, this book was surprisingly well done. Most of the characters were well thought out and have decent reasons for doing what hey do. One of the cons of this book may be that there is very little actual character development. The ending was surprising and fun as well as leaving it wide open for a sequel. I recommend this book to any teen girls looking for a little candy in between the heavier books.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens

Tim  J., 15
Michael Rubens
The Bad Decisions Playlist
Houghton  Mifflin  Harcourt 2016

In  THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST  a  young  man  meets  his  would  be  father.  but  is  this  man  really  worthy  of  that  title?  Is  he  there  to  be  the  father  he  always  wanted  or  are  his  motives  for  finnialy  coming  home  deeper?  Loved  this  book!  Kept  me  up  all  night!    

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sabotage by Neal Bascomb

Don, 14
Neal Bascomb
Sabotage
Scholastic 2016

Sabotage by Neal Bascomb is a non-fiction book about the Norwagian's plan to sabotage Hitler's atomic bomb. Although it is a non fiction book, Neal Bascomb did an excellent job in making the book enticing enough to even catch the attention of fiction readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and also enjoyed the amount of facts it had.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott

Tim J., 15
Victoria Scott
Salt and Stone
Scholastic 2016

In this book our characters are in the final leg of the race That will get their loved one a cure for any illness. But in this last leg of the race everyone is desperate and no one knows who to trust anymore.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Erin, 13
Alexandra Bracken
Passenger
Hyperion 2016

Danger. Betrayal. Romance. Drama. Time travelers. It's all here in Alexandra Bracken's novel Passenger, where music prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she cares about, and is carted away to a different time. The time-traveling aspect of this book was very interesting, like how they managed to avoid all of the paradoxes.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis

Erin, 13
Lisa Selin Davis
Lost Stars
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

I believe that this would have been a good book, if only I didn't hate the main character so much. It's hard to like a character when all they do is complain. And that's exactly what Carrie (the main character) did. After suffering a tragedy, she was feeling blue. But it never seemed to occur to her that other people had lives that were just as worse, or even more awful. Instead, she wallows in self-pity and makes other kids lives misreable because she torments them. I do think she became a bit more likeable in the end, but most of the book was hard to read. I did enjoy all of the lyrics and songs that were mentioned, because it was a nice surprise from what I usually read.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano (3 reviews)

Tim  J., 15
Elle  Cosimano
Holding  Smoke
Disney  Book  Group 2016

 In  HOLDING  SMOKE  a  young  man  arrested  for  a  crime  he  did  not  commit  is  being  held  in  a  youth  prison  in  Denver  called  the  Y.  Unknown  to  his  fellow  inmates  and  guards  though,  is  that  he  has  the  ability  to  travel  outside  of  his  body,  and  that  with  this  ability  he  is  following  a  dangerous  road  to  find  out  who  really  committed  the  crime  he  was  framed  for.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Robert West, 17
Elle Cosimano
Holding Smoke
Hyperion 2016

Holding smoke is an interesting book, but lacks a hook to bring anything out. The main character seems dull and under achieved and the overall plot seems gray. There isn't much about this book to enjoy. A great start to writing, but it needs more development in my opinion.

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Erin, 13
Elle Cosimano
Holding Smoke
Hyperion 2016

Holding Smoke was a decent book, with mystery, romance, and thrills. I found the ending a bit hard to understand, but the rest of the book was easy to read, and I found all of the characters diverse and entertaining.

The Last Full Measure by Trent Reedy

Tim J., 15
Trent Reedy
The Last Full Measure
Arthur A. Levine Books 2016

This was a great book and I was was very exited about it. A big hand to Trent Reedy for another great book!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee

Molly, 13
Lisa Yee
The Kidney Hypothetical
Scholastic Inc.  2015

The Kidney Hypothetical was a real page turner as you go on a 7 day adventure with Higgs Boston Bing and watch as his life falls to pieces. It never would have happened if he had just answered yes to a question.
     At the end of the book there is a twist ending and some rude language and these are the reasons I didn't love the book.  Overall it was exciting and I would read it again.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wax by Gina Damico

Skye, 14
Gina Damico
Wax
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2016

This book is pretty good and suspenseful with descriptive language and a darker creepy element to it then most books but still has a good amount of humor. I liked how the characters progressed and changed over the course over the story.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, February 8, 2016

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (3 reviews)

Samantha C., 12
Erin Bowman
Vengeance Road
Houghton Miffin Harcourt 2015

This is one of my favorite books. It had revenge, love, blood and everything else as promised. This was a total page turner and very hard to put down at night (and during class) I also loved that although Kate is so full of hate and revenge it still has some romance I love in books.

I would recommend this book to anyone but especially anyone who loves romancy and bloody books.

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Molly, 13
Erin Bowman
Vengeance Road

             I did not enjoy the book.Simple as that. I do admit  I thought  the story line was ok, but everything els was not that great. I especially did not like the language. It felt like every other line had a bad word,and I also thought the transistions were not that smooth.

I must say I didn't finish the book, but I gave it a chance and didn't like it.

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Tim  J., 15
  I  did  not  like  this  book.  The  way  it  was  written  made  it  to  hard  for  me  to  get  through.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Erin, 13
Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Hyperion 2015

I loved the brave and fantastic heroine, Serafina, who is just a bit different than everyone else. And maybe the residents of Biltmore Estate need someone who is different to save them from a mysterious and deadly fiend. If you love the bizarre, and want an interesting cast of characters that will suprise you, then this is the book for you!

Rating: 4 Better than most

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Erin, 13
Firoozeh Dumas
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

Clarion Books 2016

This book was pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite. I enjoyed the plot, and I think it really plays into events happening today. Overall, it was a good book.