Bistro Book Club

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