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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

if you love magic and books that put you in another world read this book. its about this girl tessa who thinks she is nothing more than human finds herself thrown into this world of magic and mayham. first she is taken by these things, that call themselves the gray suisters. they show her what kind of person she is. she is a worlock of sorts. who can change into people whether they are living or dead. then she is mysteriously saved by a deamon hunter named Wll. and she finds herself living with these people who call themselves the shadow hunters. held by laws called the accords. what will she do if people from the other sides will take her and force her to use her powers. and she becomes even more confuseed when her brother turns out to be working with the enemy!!!

Reviewer, Emilie, Grade 7

7.12
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This book is about a girl named Anna who was conceived in a special way so that she would be able to be a donor for her sister Kate. Kate has cancer and Anna spends so much time in the hospital when she acts as a donor that she might as well be sick herself! But finally Kate has kidney failure and Anna's parents expect her to donate a kidney which would forever change her life. Anna decides to sue her parents for medical emancipation (the right for her to decide what to do with her body). Will she become medically emancipated from her parents? Will her family EVER be the same? You are going to have to read the book to find out! This book, in my opinion, is better for high school students and those older than them to read than middle school students. This is also a sad book, too. But if you can handle it then I suggest you read it. It was an awesome book.

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 11

12.11
You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz

Annaleah, just about three months ago, met an amazing boy. She met him because she saw him drawing her at the bay. She never really knew what they were. She figured they were boyfriend and girlfriend but she never met his parents and he never met her's. Then he died from IHSS- a heart problem that has no symptoms. Now she is grieving and she goes to talk to him in the cemetary all of the time. How will she cope? What will Brian (her dead significant other) do to her beyond the grave? I know you hear this all of the time but- you're going to have to read the book to find out. This book is generally for high school kids but it is basically for grade 9 and up. Get ready though because this book is really sad. But it is an awesome book, too. :)

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 11

12.11
The Vision by Jen Nadol

Jen Nadol's style allowed the reader to fly through the book, without worrying about missing a beat. The interesting storyline, plus the romance twist, are sure to pull heartstrings across the country. The story focuses on Cassie Renfield, who has the mysterious ability to see a personís death 24 hours before they die. On a search for others who might have the same ability, she truly finds herself. I found the style to be simplistic, despite its mature topic. This lent the book an easy read feel, allowing the reader to move through the book quickly with little trouble. However, at times the simplistic style could cause the plot line to sag, leaving a momentary feeling of boredom. The plot line is a continuation of her first book, The Mark, but the book can stand alone as it fills in plot holes with flashbacks. Her job working in a funeral parlor also helps her explore the darker sides of death, and ponder what truly happens to someone after they die. The drama the main character is faced with is a moral dilemma. She must decide whether or not to extend one personís life at the expense of someone else. She has quite a few philosophical discussions about death with those she works with, allowing the reader a window into her mind throughout the book. The idea set the reader thinking long after the final page is closed. While sometimes I felt that the pacing was a bit off, I overall felt that the unique story line made up for some of the shortcoming. If you loved Twilight pick up Jen Nadolís books, they are right up your alley. (Review of advanced reader copy - book to be published end of Sept 2011)

Reviewer, Gracie, Grade 12

9.11
Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

Retta Lee Jones has wanted to be a country singer for a long time. She plans to go to Memphis in order to pursue her dream and get signed to a recording contract. She can take on lots of famous country singers voices and she feels that this is really going to help her become the country singer she wants to be.

But when she graduates from high school and leaves her small hometown she learns that not only will going to Memphis be a life-changing experience but it will also be way different than she thought it would be. She meets a kind, friendly mechanic named Ricky Dean who accepts her singing as her "payment" for him fixing her car (well, not her car- her old relative's car), a great girl named Emerson who works at a bookstore and lots of other people. There is one person who really changes her life and her chance of getting signed, though, and this man's name is Chat. He works at a hotel that she gets a job singing at in Memphis. He tries to make it clear to her that if all she does is sing other people's songs and copy their voices then she will not be signed. Chat changes her life.

This book is great for anybody who likes country music (both classic stuff and newer stuff like Carrie Underwood). This book is also great for anyone who has a dream that they want to pursue.

If this review still doesn't totally turn you on to the book, maybe Dolly Parton's opinion on the book with help you decide that this is the book for you. Her quote on the book jacket shows you just how much she loved the book and how much you will love it to. :)

READ THE BOOK!! :)

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 11

9.11
The Color of Water by James McBride

This book was really awesome. It is a memoir about a light skinned woman who grew up Jewish but later became a Christian. She has 12 children and she married two different men at different times (they both had dark skin). This book holds the stories of two different people- James McBride (one of the children) and his mother Ruth McBride Jordan. Although I had to read this book for school I was totally fine with it because this is one of the best books I've ever read. Even though if you are going to Briarcliff High School you will eventually probably have to read it, don't shy away from reading it early. It is a book that I would love to read again and I have a good feeling that a lot of people would agree with me on this. Read the book you'll enjoy it! I would suggest this book to basically high school students because some of its contents but all in all I think anyone would enjoy it- especially if they like American history and memoirs. :)

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 11

8.11
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Okay, I know that at least almost all of you have probably read this book already but I want to touch on how absolutely awesome this book is. It's the second book in the Harry Potter series. A house elf tries to keep Harry from going back to Hogwarts because it has become unsafe there. At Hogwarts, weird things are happening and everyone knows that someone at the school must be behind them but they are not sure who. It's a great book (it was naturally better than the movie version).

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 11

8.11
Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

While the picture plastered on the front of the book promises nothing more than a silly romance, the novel dove into a depth and world befitting its mysterious title. I enjoyed every second of the book, and hated putting it down, as clichť as that sounds. The story line was full of the many twists and turns expected of a mystery, but snuck in a romance hinted by its flowery title. Its parallels drawn between the modern world it begins in and the historical world imagined by the author are endearing, making you fall in love with every character you meet.

Reviewer, Grace, Grade 12

8.11
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lea is a cutter and she starves herself. Her friend who was always by her side through these hard years of hurting her body is dead. And if that isn't bad enough her ghost keeps seeking out Lea and trying to pressure her into dying so that they can be together again. What is Lea going to do? She wants to stay skinny and she doesn't want to go back to the hospital New Seasons. But she doesn't want to die either. Follow Lea as she realizes that her eating choices have messed up her life and she realizes the only way to stop the ghost of her friend Cassie fom trying to get her to kill herself. This story is sad but it shows you that if something bad happens you need to forgive yourself and it also shows that beauty is not skin deep but if you beleive it is then you could ruin your life, or, at least, almost ruin it.

Reviewer, Sadie, Grade 10

12.10
The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale

The tenth Pendragon book was very good.

Reviewer, Allen, Grade 8

9.10
The Grimm Collection by Polly Shulman

This book is about Elizabeth Rew and her new job at the New York Circulating Material Repository, a library that loans objects instead of books. The Repository has everything from silver spoons to Mary Antoinette's wig. But the Repository also has other, special, objects that are kept away in the basement. There's the Well's Bequest with it's sci-fi items, a room with highly advanced technology, The Garden of Seasons, and most mysterious of all; the Grimm Collection, with items straight out the the stories from the Brothers Grimm. But when these magical items go missing, Elizabeth and her new friends are put to blame. Now she has to prove her innocence and stop the criminal. This is a really cool and funny book. **note: the current title of this book is now The Grimm Legacy.

Reviewer, Benjamin, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Come a Stranger by Cynthia Voigt

Mina is an amazing african american ballet dancer. She practices hard and is rewarded. When she gets into a prestigious dance camp one summer it is all she can think about. However, that year her body build changes and her dance becomes clumsy, she is out of her camp. Upset, she returns home and makes a new friend; Diecy Tillerman who with her family's help opens up to her a different world of ideas to Mina.

Reviewer, Caroline, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
TTYL by Lauren Myracle

This book was soo cute!! I loved that the book was all written in IM messaging. I liked all the characters a lot also because their friendship was very relatable. Unfortunately, I found the end to be predictable. All in all this was a good book and I would recommend this book.

Reviewer, Kristen, Grade 9

summer reading program, 2010
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The first in one of the best series, City of Bones follows a girl named Clary who discovers a whole new world after witnessing a murder of a boy, a murder no one else can see. Soon Clary is sucked away into a world of demon hunters, werewolves and fairies. Can a teenage girl handle the secrets she discovers? And why can she see these things now, when no mundane, or normal human, should?

Reviewer, Grace, Grade 11

summer reading program, 2010
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

When Dicey along with her siblings is abandonded in a car parking lot, the group together decides to travel to their rich aunts, where their mom had intended then to go. In this amazing novel the author starts the Tillermans Cycle. (The next books in the Tillerman Cycle are also highly recommended.)

Reviewer, Caroline, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

This book is about Carter and Sadie Kane, two children decended from the pharoahs, and how they save they world from the wrath of Set. They travel all over the world in a Percy Jackson-like style in order to find and stop Set before the five demon days are over, all the while protected by a kitten named Muffin, a baboon named Khufu, and a Shabti named Doughboy. This is a really cool book that is a lot like other stories by Rick Riordan.

Reviewer, Benjamin, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume

When a new girl moves into town Steph hopes that she can be friends with both Rachel and Allison. However, she has always been best friends with just Rachel. Is there room for another in their two-some? This is an amazing companion novel with "Here's to you Rachel Robinson" also by author Judy Blume.

Reviewer, Caroline, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
The Gideon Trilogy: The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer

This is an awsome book about two kids who get lost in time. They travel arcross 1763 London along with Gideon Seymor (cutpurse and gentleman) encountering highwaymen and foot pads, the evil Tar Man, all the while searching for the antigravity machine that took them out of their own time. Over all it's really cool and funny book.

Reviewer, Benjamin, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Sebastian Darke: Prince of Explorers by Philip Caveney

This story is about a half elf-half human boy named Sebastian Darke. He was hired by a rich merchent by the name of Thaddeus Peel to find the lost city of Mendip and bring back evidence of its existence. He journeys through the jungle along with his Golmirian friend, Cornelius, and his talking buffalope, Max. Along the way they encounter the Gograth, the Jilith, and the dreaded un-dead Night Runners. Even though this is the first book in the series that I've read, its the third book in the series, and I really liked it.

Reviewer, Benjamin, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
How My Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers

I loved this book because it was really close to reality. It was about a girl who felt like a nobody but then she wrote a book and became a bestseller.

Reviewer, Isabella, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle

I liked this book because the main character has a lot in common with me so i could relate to what was happening and I liked the way the author wrote.

Reviewer, Isabella, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

I love this book and I would recommend it to everyone! It's so fun, I even gave it to my parents to read. It can be confusing at times, but it's worth it.

Reviewer, Brandon, Grade 8

summer reading program, 2010
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is a great book. it is exiting to see what happens to Beathany.

Reviewer, Erynn, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella

This book was hilarious and adorable. If you are in need for a quick read, Shopaholic and Sister is the book for you.

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 11

summer reading program, 2010
The Gideon Trilogy (Book 2) The Time Thief by Linda Buckley-Archer

This book is the sequal to The Time Travelers, another really good book. In this book, Kate goes back to the past with Peter's dad in order to rescue Peter. Because the time machine was tampered with…

Reviewer, Benjamin, Grade 7

summer reading program, 2010
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

This is an okay book, but not a great one. It has an interesting plot, but that's it.

Reviewer, Ezra, Grade 8

summer reading program, 2010
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

This is an inside perspective on how teenagers end up on the street turning tricks. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins is a suspenseful book leaving you wondering what can happen when life forces you to make difficult choices…

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 11

8.10
Doppelganger by David Stahler, Jr.

Doppelgangers are monsters. They prey- stalk, to be exact- on humans, and once they get to know about them and their lives, they strangle them. And take over. Become who they were. This story is about a doppelganger who was abandoned by his mother, and left to hunt for himself, and find his first kill. "It is only after stepping into the life of a small-town teenager that the doppelganger learns that his may not be the only cruel existence. In fact, maybe monsters aren't always who we think they are."

Reviewer, Kevin, Grade 8

8.10
Bayou by Jeremy Love

It was very good.

Reviewer, Kevin, Grade 7

3.10
Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi

Mada Mada Dane!!! You've still got a ways to go! This is the main character Ryoma Echizen's catchphrase/taunt. This japanese manga is all about him owning other guys at tennis. He is the son of the greatest tennis star of all time, Samurai Nanjiro Echizen. Along the way, he gains many friends, but also many enemies. In the first part of the series, Ryoma's goal is to beat his dad, but after losing an embarassing defeat to Teuka Kunimitsu, the captain of his school's tennis team, he starts to think more about his future goals. Read the series and find out!

Reviewer, EzKev, Grade 29 (aka Grade 7)

1.10
Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner

Nefertiti captures your imagination from the first page in Esther Friesner's Sphinx's Princess. Proud and independent Nefertiti is considered the most beautiful women in all of Egypt. However when she catches the eye of her Aunt Tiye her life is turned upside down. She is forced to move into the royal palace and given a marriage sentence. Whether she wants to or not at the end of three years she will marry Thutmose, who will become Pharaoh when his father dies. While this is the dream of every Egyptian girl, Nefertiti must survive in the palace in her worst nightmare, marriage to a demon in disguise. This was a wonderful book, and I would recommend it to all readers, because when you read this book everything else just disappears.

Reviewer, Grace, Grade 10

11.09
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
review of ARC - hardcover release date: January 12, 2010


All Unquiet Things is Anna Jarzab's first book. Though beginning with a slow start, after the first part, the novel is impossible to put down. It takes a hold of you and makes you wonder in suspense. Who killed Carly? Why did she die? Neily and Audrey, an unlikely pair of new found friends try to untie the mystery of the murder of Carly- friend, girl friend, and cousin. You may think you know who it is, but the twist is mesmerizing.

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 10

11.09
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

I thought that the book was good. The suspension set a good pace which kept you in the book. The plot was also very interesting and original.

Reviewer, Nick, Grade 10

10.09
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
review of ARC - hardcover release date: January 12, 2010


Author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, once again is able to make a seemingly trite storyline become a have to read plot. In this day of age, it is almost impossible to live without technology - in fact many people find it hard to not use technology for more than one day. In her new book, Very LeFreak, Cohn creates a fun, wild, technology obsessed girl, formerly known as Victoria. After a series of upsets and mishaps- including many ruined relationships, and almost killing one of her friends, Very is sent to get rid of her addiction to technology. However, her journey to get rid of her addiction also led her to dig deep into herself and find the true Very. Funny and touching, Very LeFreak is definitely a must read, and who knows, after reading, you may even find yourself questioning your technology obsessions!

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 10

10.09
Skellig by David Almond

Great book. I finished it in one day, as it is a little short. But I still recommend it.

Reviewer, Charlie, Grade 7

10.09
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Hello. This book review is on a book called Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. It is about a girl named- well she doesn't have a name- but in the book everybody calls her lass. She is given a name by a white reindeer,who grants one wish to whoever catches it and she also got the ability to speak to animals. After a few many years, she is wisked away by a white bear from the north, who will give her very poor family infinite wealth if she stayed at his palace for a year and one day. While she's there, she finds out some strage things about the bear's palace of ice. And when her curiosity gets out of hand, many servants dissapear, and eventually the bear is too. She goes to the Palace East of the Sun and West of the Moon to save who she finds is the love of her life. Its a great story so read it and you will wake up the next morning without weird stuff in your pjs, unlike all the other fools who read this review and didn't read the book. Have fun!

Reviewer, GodForbidSomebodyFindsOutMyReadName, Grade 7

9.09
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

This book is about a young teenager named Alex Rider. He is used by the British Intelligence Agency, MI6 as a teenage spy. His new mission is to spy on a group of terrorists that call themselves Snakehead. Alex has to face all the dangers of spying and when the manager of Snakehead learns his is spying on them, Alex has to stay alive, while not even being allowed to run away. Alex doesn't even want to run away from his mission. He knows that the whole fate of the planet Earth is in his hands. Snakehead is an action packed novel and I think it was the best in the whole Alex Rider series. If you are looking for an adventure book, read Snakehead.

Reviewer, Juliet, Grade 7

8.09
Papertowns by John Green

From Quentin Jacobsen's eyes girl next door, Margo Roth Spiegelman, is pure awesomeness. Margo is the type of girl who creates stories, lives off of plans, and is ** with strings. After Quentin spent a memorable, exciting, adventurous, awesome night full of plans and pranks with Margo, she disappears. Following a disconnected path, Quentin goes on a mystery to find not only where Margo is, but who Margo is, and at the same time, discovering himself. Brilliantly written, John Green once again develops his characters into real beings. With an intricate plot, and idea, Green shows us a paper town and a paper girl.

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 10

6.09
Girl Stays in the Picture by Melissa de la Cruz

How do you get famous? What do you do to stay famous? And most importantly, is the price worth it of being famous? Lives of teenage stardom is hectic. Lights, camera and Paparazzi! Devin, just back from rehab, is trying to regain not only her fame, but also her life, her movie, and (gain) real friends. Livia is trying to learn the difference between not only fat and thin, but also fake and real. Casey, new to the scene, is not only learning how tiring an assistant may be, but also how 2-faced her best friend could be. Faced with beaches and boys these girls have a heck of a lot to get busy with. Three girls, different stories. What does fame have in store for each of them? Find out and read Girl Stays in the Picture!

Reviewer, Jenny, Grade 10

6.09
Misfits by James Howe

Hello! my name is hellowmynameisSteffi. actually thats a character from the book im commenting on. i really didn't like this book that much. but dont take my judgement seriously, i hate every book thats not a page-turner. anyway, it doesn't matter if you wanna read this book cuz you have to anyway. :( depressing, right? Exactly. you, in the future or in the past will have to have read this book! O_O yea, you're like say what?!? anyway, I highly recommend staying away from this book at an, oh, about 20 mile radius. thank you for reading my notsohelpful review.

Reviewer, HellomynameisSteffi, Grade 6

6.09
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden by Masashi Kishimoto

Ok, this is like so totally kewl cuz its like my, like 2nd time writin' a review and this time its on a book i like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG...anyway, i am a manga addict so im writin' bout manga!!! ok, ok, so this manga's about this kid, and he is like an orphan, and his name is naruto. so, he like is training to be an awesome ninja person who will be like the best ninja in his village and is known as hokage. He has many adventures and owns people too many times but the manga is still good!!!!!! Read it or eat it!!!!

Reviewer, udontneed2no, Grade 6

6.09
Willow by Julia Hoban

Willow, a new book by Julia Hoban, is about a girl whose parents are recently desceased in an accident for which she feels responsible. She has now moved in with her older brother and secretly cuts herself. This book, although short, was a nice read. The plot is very easy to follow and the ending is predictable. However, if teen drama books with broken characters are your forte, this book is right for you. It is not an in depth self-discovery book, but a very light read. I recommend it as an in-between books book. It's a little depressing, but please, the book is about a girl who cuts herself. What do you expect? Overall, I enjoyed it, but then again, I'm a sucker for love stories and happy endings.

Reviewer, Emma, Grade 9

4.09
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book, City of Bones, is one of my FAVORITE books. And i rarely have favorites. This book was one of the books where nothing else matters except reading chapter after chapter, never wanting to let go of the pages that held the story. I read the book in one day-maybe less. City of Bones is for every reader (more for a female) because it has: 1.Romance 2.Fantasy 3.Adventure 4. (at the end of the book) a twist. This book was absolutely five star. Anyone who finds it should grab it immediately and start reading!!!

Reviewer, Jessica, Grade 7

11.08
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

**spoiler alert** Of Mice and Men is a book about this guy George and this guy Lennie who have many issues in life. [ex. lennie is mental and george is short XP] They end up having to run from a town called Weed, not for smoking, but because Lennie was accused of rape. Lovely. So in any event they end up on a ranch somewhere and they get to work immediately only to run into problems with a tempermental doode named Curley and his *cencored* of a wife. How it ends is Lennie kills Curley's wife [who apparently doesnt have a name wth???] and runs to hiding only to be found and killed by his best friend. :] …I really didn't like it if you couldn't tell from this review.

Reviewer, Bekka, Grade 9

9.08
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls tells about a girl (Jeannette herself) and her family who travel from place to place. They reject the government and everything that comes along with it. Her father spends the little money he makes on booze. Her mother is an artist who can teach but chooses not to and decides to stay at home instead. The story tells all about Jeannette's life traveling, doing things to survive for her siblings, and trying to free herself from her family. This is a memoir. I really liked this book because it was so interesting how people choose to reject society so openly and what happens to them.

Reviewer, Rachel, Grade 9

5.08
Room for Improvement by Stacey Ballis

If you've ever watched home decorating reality shows this book may be a good choice for you. The main character has just landed her dream job, to be one of the designers on a trading spaces type show. While this is premise and the chapters are titled by episode number and TV Guide synopsis, the story digs deeply into her life and her relationships with her divorced parents, best friends, co-workers, and various men. Itís a pretty mainstream girl book with some humor, romance and a few mishaps along the way. It was also another quick read.

Reviewer, Megan, Grade 12

5.08
Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama

Jimmy Kudo, great detective of the East, is on a case, but when he suddenly is assaulted and drugged, Poof! he's a first grader again! Now through a story of twists and turns and murders, he must go under the pseudonym Conan Edogawa to solve mysteries and find the mysterious men in black who made him young. I absolutely love this anime. I love the smart feeling I get when I solve the cases. It's fun for anyone who likes anime. I highly recommend this book. In fact, I insist that you get it from your local library.

Reviewer, Logan, Grade 8

3.08
King Dork by Frank Portman

My taste in just about everything is a bit of an anomaly. I like shopping and nail polish and chocolate in massive quantities, as they are typical "girly things," but growing up with two older brothers pushed me towards many typically "guy things," too. Case in point, a book that I love: King Dork by Frank Portman. The storyline of King Dork is simple: a dork tries to start up a band with his best and only friend, Sam, learn about his dad, and survive high school. But Tom Henderson, the King Dork of the title, isnít of the same breed of dork as Seth Cohen from the OC, the admittedly dorky kind that you like anyway; he is a full-on social pariah. Tom spends a good portion of his time thinking of ridiculous band names, album names, and stage names for Sam and himself ("The Nancy Wheelers, [with] me on guitar, Sam Hellerman on bass and Ouija board, first album: Margaret? Itís God. Please Shut Up.") despite the fact that he barely knows how to play an instrument. Also, every encounter he has with his stuck-in-the-1960's step dad made me literally ache with laughter (and books donít make me laugh easily!). There isnít too much of a plot, but for me, this wasnít a problem, since reading Tomís thoughts was so thoroughly amusing.

King Dork is honest, intelligent, and effortless Ė I never felt once like the author was trying too hard to make me laugh or to be witty. There are really only two reasons I haven't shoved it down the throat of everyone I know: one, that I realize that it is the not the cup of tea for people who only enjoy one type of book, like teen girl novels about romance and drama. And two, that it gets very vulgar at times, in more ways than one. Perhaps Iím too old-fashioned, but although the exact details of the book are not completely fresh in my mind, I wouldnít recommend it to anyone younger than fifteen or so. But, overall, if you are open to something off-beat, I say pick up King Dork. Word on the street (aka Wikipedia) is that Will Ferell's production company is making a movie out of it to be released this year, so if you don't believe me that itís worth it, maybe Ron Burgundyís approval will convince you.

Reviewer, Christine, Grade 12

5.08
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Recently released as a movie, Stardust is about a young man, Tristan Thorn, who does not know about his ancestry. However, he does know that he is in love with the beautiful Victoria Forester. One night, upon walking Victoria home, Tristan proposes to Victoria. A star falls and Victoria promises that if Tristan brings back the star, she will marry him. Determined, Tristan leaves his town and family beyond the Wall, into the magical land of Faerie. Tristan is not the only one in search of the fallen star. There is an evil witch who desires the star's heart to redeem the youthfulness of herself and her sisters. The sons of the Lord of Strumhold are also on the quest for the star, for she weilds the stone that indicates the power that the successor will have. All three groups on a quest for their futures.

Reviewer, Shannon, Grade 9

5.08
Sammy's House by Kristin Gore

This book is actually a sequel, although Iíve never read the first one. Itís the story of the Vice Presidentís assistant in the White House and all the problems she encounters both politically and in her personal life. She struggles with the presidentís drug problems, her journalist reporter boyfriend moving away and her tarnished reputation on the internet political blog among other issues. The story is very light, quick to read and humorous at times. Itís not a noteworthy book, but itís an enjoyable easy read.

Reviewer, Megan, Grade 12

5.08
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

I though Freakonomics was a very insightful book about the economy. It gave a different perspective on the way the economy works and showed the relationship between *** and the economy. It explained economic concepts ina lyamen's terms in a very effective way.

Reviewer, Vidur, Grade 12

5.08
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

This book was recommended to me and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first. It tells the story of a single mother running a knitting store in NYC. Her life is filled with many complications including a biracial daughter, a long lost friend and a severed relationship with her parents. While her story is told, there are also several of spin off stories I found interesting to read based on the women who come into the knitting shop every Friday night. The book has a very surprising ending, so even when it gets a little slow in the middle keep reading because you really won't see what's coming.

Reviewer, Megan, Grade 12

5.08



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