Readers’ Services: Teen Book Reviews

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13 Little Blue Envelopes

Maureen Johnson

This book was really good!  It was a very interesting way to write a book.  It was about a girl who went on a journey according to letters in envelopes that her dead aunt wrote for her to do.  She finds interesting things, meets bad people and very nice, good people and has herself a boyfriend while on this journey.  It has a lot of everything in it.  I would recommend it to anyone who reads.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

1984

George Orwell

This book was very hard to get into. With it being on the high school summer reading list, I had to read it. It doesn’t grab the reader’s attention. The use of words and formation of paragraphs is not comprehensible. I wouldn’t read this book again – not even with Cliff Notes.

Reviewer’s Rating: Not worth the time!!!

 

Acorna

Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball

The book Acorna is about a unicorn-like alien who gets left in space to save her life.  She is found by Rafik Nacezda, Calum Baird and Declan “Gill” Giloglie, three miners who raise her become her “uncles.”  She can heal and purify water and air with her horn.  She lives with humans for part of her life and tries to stop the child labor system on Uezdet.  With her human friends’ help, she saves many people and searches for her race.  This series has wonderful character descriptions, lots of fast-paced action and is very fun and interesting.  It is filled with wonder, danger, wisdom and love; you should definitely read it!

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Alyce

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

This book is kind of hard to read because it has a lot of improper English.  Not many girls would like this book.  It is an adventure story for boys.  It does show life along the Mississippi River, but I did not really enjoy it.  It is an OK book but I wouldn’t have read it if I didn’t have to, but I won’t read it again.

Reviewer’s Rating:  OK

 

All American Girl

Meg Cabot

This book was written really well.  It has some humor in it.  There is also a lot of romance.  This girl has saved the president’s life and everything is changing because of it.  She has to handle this and her feeling for two boys together.  She has a lot to learn.  Read this thrilling novel to see all about her.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A++++++

 

All I Want is Everything – A Gossip Girl Novel

Cecily von Ziegesar

All I Want is Everything – A Gossip Girl Novel was an excellent book. It did have enough drama to put Dawson’s Creek out of business, but it kept me wanting more. This book made me feel as though I was right there with all of the characters. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. It was a great book.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Jayvonne Griffin

 

Angels and Demons

Dan Brown

Angels and Demons is an exciting adventure and throughout the whole novel you are left wondering what will happen next and who is really on the sides of good and evil.  Dan Brown is a brilliant storyteller who captures the readers attention and leaving them wanting more. I would recommend any of Dan's books to people  of all ages who are looking for a capitvating tale.

Reviewers Rating: Great

 

Attack of the Aqua Apes

R.L. Stine

This story is about boys named Scott and Glen. They order aqua apes from a comic book. They get the aqua apes but don’t take care of them. They used the wrong water not distilled and so they get water from Fear Lake and the apes grew but one got big at ate the others.

Reviewer's Rating: Great

 

The Austere Academy

Lemony Snicket

I’m glad that the Baudelaire orphans finally got to leave Profrok Pre.  The storyline is good and the characters are cool.  Lemony Snicket is a great author.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Great

 

Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is a cool author and his stories are mysterious. The Bad Beginning is a sad, but an interesting tale of a terrible fire. I cried about the Baudelaire mansion. Also the illustrations are incredible and completely cool. You should read this book because it’s great.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

Basketball (or something like it)

Nora Raleigh Baskin

In this story, the author gives her view of basketball. In doing so she uses many different characters that have parents with different opinions of basketball. Some of the parents think their kids should always play. The author thinks that some parents get too caught up in basketball and put too much pressure on their kids when the kids just want to have fun. The story depicts how you have to be great if you want to get anywhere in sports.

Reviewer’s Rating: Good

 

Beloved

Toni Morrison

The book Beloved was a great story.  Also I enjoyed the book.  I also had some good and bad parts in the book.  My good part was when a woman named Sethe escaped her slavery to find her kids and husband.  The bad part was when Sethe found her kids, she didn’t find her husband because he was the one that told her to meet him in a place when he was not even there.  But overall the book Beloved was a very entertaining book.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Blood is Thicker

Paul Langan

The book Blood is Thicker is a very good book.  It talks about conflict.  The part I liked about the book is when he meets his cousin.  The part I didn’t like was when the cousins start arguing.  But overall the book was a great experience for me.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Body Switchers from Outer Space

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Will. He is picked on by all students because he’s a klutz. The most popular kid in school, Chad, gives him a chance to be him for a day. Chad had a body switching machine that allowed them to. But Will finds out Chad’s family is full of aliens.

Reviewer's Rating: Good

 

The Boy Who Ate Fear Street

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Sam who eats his best friend’s aunt’s rice
pudding.  After the day he ate it, he didn’t like normal foods.  He wanted to eat dirt, mud, worms, fleas, and leaves. If he didn’t find a cure he would explode.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

The Boy Who Spoke Dog

Clay Morgan

When a young boy is stranded on an island after his boat crashes, he is obsessed with hope of survival. He soon learns he is not alone. Humans once inhabited this island, but all that remains are their belongings. Now there are two packs of dogs living on the island, and they are in a war against each other. One pack befriends him and helps him survive. This book was very exciting.

Reviewer's Rating: Good

Review By: Sierra

 

The Bugman Lives

R.L. Stine

This story is about a girl named Janet and she was mowing lawns to earn money.  She mowed over a tombstone – the Bugman’s tombstone. She later found out she was cutting grass for him. She met a girl at the pool who turned out to be the Bugman’s daughter.  That meant Janet had a choice – friend or foe?

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

The Bully

Paul Langan

The book Bully was very good to me.  The book had a lot of things we can use in the real world.  I can spend days reading books like The Bully.  I wish there were more books like that.  Overall the book was a great experience.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

 

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

A fascinating book at will capture the attention of all its readers. It is a little complicating to comprehend at some points but other then that it is truly an amazing book. Heller is an amazing author that grabs his readers and pulls them into an adventure of a life time, which will leave his readers wanting more each time. His style of writing is so unique unlike anything I have ever read before.

Reviewers Rating: Great

 

Cheating on Anna

Jamie Suzanne

The Cheating on Anna book was a great book.  It had some good, bad and sad parts in the book.  The good part is that Dalmaton and Anna finally go out.  The bad part is that he likes another girl.  Also the sad part is that he is hurting  her worse and her brother is dead.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Chicken Chicken

R. L. Stine

The story is about a girl named Crystal and a boy named Cole.  There is a woman who is believed to be doing witchcraft on anyone who messes with her.  One afternoon Cole and Crystal both run into the witch and she turns them into chickens.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Chopstick

Sandra Byrd

This book is about a friendship being tested by a contest that they both enter. They learn how to deal with those difficult times and they also learn how to be selfless. Through the hard and rough times they stick together. Their parents jobs are in jeopardy and the money means a lot to both girls if they win. Read this exciting novel to find out who wins the money.

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

 

The Clique

Lisi Harrison

The Clique by Lisi Harrison was a great book. When Claire seems to be staying in the Block’s guest house she meets Massie, a glossy brunette who didn’t seem to take much liking to Claire. Will this end? Especially when Claire seems to turn all Massie’s clique against her. Will they have a new ruler? I loved this book!!

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Jayvonne

 

Color Me Dark

Patricia C. McKissack

The book Color Me Dark was a great book.  I also enjoyed every part of the book.  The book was also entertaining.  There were good and bad parts in the book.  I did not like all the segregation going on in the book.  Over all the book was a great experience.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

The Crimson Flame

Franklin W. Dixon

This was a good book as far as a mystery story.  There were good adventures and escapades.  Boys would enjoy the book more than girls.  I encourage everyone to read it though.  This was a well-written book and I enjoyed it.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

 

Daisy Chains

Sandra Byrd

This book takes you through the Jewish and Christian religions. It shows you through the eyes of two teenage girls how life is. I would encourage people to read this book especially if they want to know how to become a Christian. There are some great resemblances in this book. Find out what happens to these girls in this thrilling novel!

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

Dark Blue: True Colors

Melody Carlson

Comments: This book was an amazing book. I couldn't stop reading it. A girl named Kara Hendricks was lonely because she lost her friend Jordan when Jordan started cheering. Kara started to hang out with Edgar, the class geek. She opens her heart for Jesus and she becomes best friends with Jesus. At the end Jordan wanted to become best friends but Kara said she already had one. Jesus was her best friend. This book was filled with mixed emotions.

Reviewers Rating: A++++++

 

The Davinci Code

Dan Brown

Robert Langdons second mystery is just as good as the first.  He is again faced with the difficult task of uncovering the truth behind a gruesome murder, and the mystery of the Holy Grail.  Dan Brown is a master of words and is sure to be around for a long time.  I would highly recommend reading his historic fiction books.

Reviewers Rating: Great

 

Digital Fortress

Dan Brown

Digital Fortress was very exciting and suspenseful.  The details added a lot to make it seem realistic.  The characters were true to life.  I would have enjoyed it even more if it had less technological jargon, however.  I really liked the thrill and suspense that made me want to keep reading.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

Don’t Breathe

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Ricky who moves to a town in Florida. But when he moves there his pilot tells them to leave the town. Ricky noticed everyone was acting funny like they were in a trace. Later a finds out a company is making gas that changes everyone.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review By: Donta’

 

Dr. Horror’s House of Video

R. L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Ben.  He loves any and all horror movies.  One day he leaves with his mom and goes to a store that sells horror movies.  He goes in the store and meets Dr. Horror and he wants Ben to be in a movie but then Ben notices that the monsters in the movie are real.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A++++++

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Dragon’s Breath

E.D. Baker

As Emma and Eadric help search for ingredients to turn Grassina’s loved one back into a human, they battle sea monsters, befriend mermaids, fight to survive past dragons and solve a puzzling riddle. Emma deals with her nasty grandmother’s tricks and the challenges she faces. She becomes the protector of the kingdom and must learn how to defend it. This is a story of courage, riddles, and love.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review by: Katie Lieberman

 

The Dragon Reborn

Robert Jordan

This book is extraordinarily imaginative and full of action. Guys and some girls would enjoy the battles and details of the adventure. This book is the third in a series so don’t jump right into it before you read The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt. The entire series will keep you captivated until the end. Enjoy it for the great adventure that it is.

Reviewer's Rating: Great

 

Edge of Honor

Gilbert Morris

This book tells the story of a doctor who falls in love with the wife of a confederate soldier that he killed.  The characters were made more realistic by having faults and virtues.  The plot was interesting.  It became predictable towards the end, but it was good overall.  The setting, characters and plot combined for a very good read.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

Elf Song

Ann Turner

Elf Song was really good. The story leads you on an adventure and you don’t always know what will happen next. It has its sad moments, tear-jerking, but it is written for kids at heart people, and the story is encouraging. You want to read it again and again.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review by: Casey Starkweather

 

Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

This book was very exciting. This book was very realistic in some ways. Once I started reading this book, it was hard to stop. I liked the story line. This book was very interesting.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Reviewed By: Isaac

 

Exodus

Leon Uris

This extraordinary book captures the anxiety, hope, and dedication of many Jews and sympathizers from the beginning of modern Zionism to the period following Israel's War for Independence.  Parts of it are gruesome and emotionally charged, but it is beyond compare in helping the reader understand the challenge of forming a Jewish State and the power of the land for Jews worldwide as well as Gentiles who have become involved.  The content is mature at times and the length daunting at first, but it is a worthwhile and fast-paced read for all who wish to gain understanding of modern Israel.   Particularly in light of current tensions, this perspective from 1958 provides insight into problems now as well as showing how conflicts have changed and where possibilities and hopes for peace exist.  A deservedly classic novel, both the historical and fictional narratives create an excellent choice for the reader.

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

 

A Family for Keeps

Lucy Gordon

A Family for Keeps was amazing. It was wonderful how the story was set out to a quest for finding her child and she ended up finding love as well. This book makes a reader cry for joy just seeing how happy this character was. The setting was wonderful. No dull moment. I would strongly recommend.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Fatality

Caroline B. Cooney

One weekend four years ago, Rose Lymond had everything change when someone turned up dead. That year Rose had a diary that had a lot of secrets. Four years later policemen are questioning Rose again and take her diary. She steals it back and kills the evidence. Someone else knows about it too – that weekend. Someone who will do anything to be quiet.

Reviewer's Rating: Great

 

Field of Screams

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Buddy Sanders. He loves baseball but he had a lousy team so a ghost grants him a wish.  He plays with the best team in another person’s body.  The team was doomed.  They would die because a train hit their bus.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

The Flames of Rome

Paul L. Maier

This book is a book that keeps your mind wandering. It’s full of romance, mystery, hard times, and good times. It’s a book worth reading when wanting to learn a little history, otherwise it’s boring. However, it always keeps you guessing, but that’s just because some parts are disturbing. Read this book if you are desperate.

Reviewer's Rating: OK

 

Flavor of the Week

Tucker Shaw

This book was amazing!  It was an interesting way of doing a love story.  It is packed full of romance, action and lots of great recipes for wonderful food.  This book has love, jealousy, heartbreaks and lots of cooking in it.  The author did a fantastic job on the lay-out of this book.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Forest of Fear

R. L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Mike.  One night his dog follows a light coming out of the sky.  So Mike follows him.  Then three creatures come out of a UFO.  They find Mike and they try to take him away forever.

Reviewer’s Rating:  OK

Reviewer Rating: Donta’ Allen

 

Fresh Off the Boat

Melissa de la Cruz

This was a great book about a girl who has moved from another country to the USA and the struggles she faces.  She goes through friendship troubles on finding friends.  She has a crush on a boy.  It is just about teenage problems from the perspective of a foreign girl.  I liked this book a lot.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Fresh off the Boat

Melissa de la Cruz

The book describes clearly and vividly what it is like to be a teenage immigrant struggling to fit in without the bore of nonfiction. Through the struggles the book shows her go through I can see more about what it is like. It also picks up on other teen issues such as mother/daughter relationships, friendships, and high school. The author did a great job putting Vincenza Arambullo through the struggles of pinching pennies and fitting in at her all girl private school. I rate the book at great because I’ve read better.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

Fright Night

R.L. Stine

This book is about a boy named Mike and his sister and Dad. They live in a museum made for horror. They get a knight in the mail that people say is haunted but Mike and his family want it to be so they can make money but when they knight tries to kill them, everything changes.

Reviewer's Rating: Great

 

Ghost Twin

R. L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Peter.  He ha a brother who died at birth named Charlie.  Peter was thinking about him a lot lately.  And then his brother came back alive as a ghost.  His brother tries to take Peter’s life and send him to the world of death.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

The Giver

Lois Lowery

The Giver is a mysterious book with a confusing storyline.  I enjoyed it but it was hard to put it in words.  Also that the characters were different and weird.  But it all turned out good.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

 

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

I really enjoyed this book.  The characters and setting were very realistic and seemed to come to life.  The author wrote about her experiences exactly as she remembered them as a child, which added to the innocence.  The descriptions were lifelike.  The story was simple yet appealing.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A++++++

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

Gossip Times Three

Amy Goldman Koss

This book is about three friends.  One is madly in love (or so she thinks) with a guy.  Her friends already knew this.  But one of the girl’s friends (Bess) begins a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with her crush.  This novel is sarcastically narrated by Gilda, Bess’s sister.  I loved this book.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

The Gun

Paul Langan

This book was very good; in fact, it was great.  The book teaches a lot about real life problems.  I like the book and it could not be any better.  You read it; you will know how it is going to be.  Overall, it could not be any better.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Halo: The fall of Reach

Eric Nyland

I thought the book was good.  I thought the author did a good job.  I thought it was interesting.  It was a good science fiction book.  I would recommend this book to people who like science fiction.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Good

 

Hands Off

Jamie Suzanne

The book Hands Off was a good book.  I didn’t like the part that Jessica and Salvador didn’t like this boy named Richard.  He must have done something to them for Jessica and Salvador to not like him.  But that’s why they were trying to break Richard and Elizabeth up.  But Elizabeth finally found out that Jessica and Salvador were trying to get her to break up with Richard because he was using her.  Then she finally broke up with him.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

In Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts, a school for wizards and witches, many things go wrong. Students are petrified, along with ghosts and cats. Ron Weasley, Harry’s best friend, is very worried that the chamber of secrets has been opened and a monster is going to kill one of the students. When Ron’s sister is taken into the chamber, Harry and Ron attempt to rescue her. They kill a large serpent and rescue her.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

A Heart Full of Hope

Robin Jones Gunn

A Heart Full of Hope by Robin Jones Gunn is a book of love and friendship. Now that Christy Miller is sixteen she can finally date. When she starts dating Rick it becomes an issue to him that Todd still seems to be a big part of her life. When Rick finds out about Christy’s curfew and her working almost every weekend, will he stick around or move on? This book gets and A++.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Jayvonne Griffin

 

Heartbreak

Sharon Creech

This is a good book.  It is written in poetry form and is an easy-read.  It is told from a 13-year old girl’s point of view.  This is about running, her baby brother and drawing apples.  This book is very interesting.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

 

Heat

Mike Lupica

I liked this book because it is about baseball. I have read several of Mike Lupica’s works before and I enjoyed them. This book is about a teenage boy who grows up across the street from Yankee Stadium. He has a tough life, living alone with his brother, always evading police officers and other adults. He perseveres through these hardships to lead his baseball team and meet his idol.

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

 

Hero

S.L. Rottman

This book was heartwrenching! I never knew how mistreated kids could be because I’ve never been mistreated. The author effectively demonstrated the power of words. This book is amazing and I encourage everyone to read it. Don’t pass by it because it has a “boring” cover or title. Give it a chance, you’ll love it!

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Caitlin

 

The High Calling

Gilbert Morris

This book was good but fairly predictable.  I enjoyed the details of the RAF and WWII from Britain’s point of view.  The characters were flat and a little boring.  The plot was too predictable to really catch my interest.  The basic idea of it was good but it fell short.

Reviewer’s Rating:  OK

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien

I began reading The Hobbit as a summer reading novel for school, I had great hopes for the book considering the greatness of the other Lord of the Rings novels but I am sad to say that this book did not reach that same level of hope as the others.  I found myself questioning why this was placed on an A.P. level reading list when it had the comprehension level of a sixth grader.  I give this book two thumbs down.

Reviewers Rating: Not Worth the Time!

 

Holes

Louis Sachar

Holes is one of the best books that I ever read. I like how Stanley’s family figured out the secret recipe. I also liked how Stanley and Zero survived in the desert. I liked when Stanley drove Mr. Sir’s truck into one of the holes. I think everyone should read this book.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Hoops

Walter Dean Myers

This book is about a high school basketball team that has a wino as a coach. The wino was a pro player but he got into some trouble and couldn’t play anymore. The boy is trying to get a scholarship to a good college. By the end he’s made it.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Husband by Request

Rebecca Winters

Husband by Request was a wonderful book. The whole time it kept me on my toes. It was an amazing setting. The way the love that the two characters had, even when they were separated was just “true love!” I would strongly recommend this book to any reader.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

This was a good book. It’s great how someone can write a story of their life and be able to make you feel like you relate. It was great how after reading the author’s poetry, you could read a novel and get the same feeling. It’s amazing how someone can go through so much and still continue life. This book is great for all young girls. I would read the book again.

Reviewer's Rating: Good

 

I Live in Your Basement

R. L. Stine
 
This story is about a boy named Marco.  One day he gets hit by a baseball bat and he wakes up and receives a call.  A person named Keith answers and says that he lives in Marco’s basement.  And then the terror begins.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

If We Kiss

Rachel Vail

If We Kiss is a wonderful book.  I couldn’t put it down.  It was so enticing and exciting.  It flows together wonderfully!  This book was somewhat like reality.  This is a must-read book!

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

Invisible Me

Jamie Suzanne

The book Invisible Me was a great book.  The good part about the book is that Brian and Kristin go out.  The worst part was that Mr. McGuire had some concerns about Kristin being student president.  The worst part was the Brian didn’t win the contest.  The sad part is that Kristin always believed what her friends said about her until this time.  Overall the book was good.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Island Dreamer

Robin Jones Gunn

Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn is an excellent read. When Christy and one of her best friends from Wisconsin, Paula, and her little brother David and mother and aunt head to Maui as a family trip on Christy’s sixteenth birthday Christy notices that because she has become a Christian she and Paula don’t have much in common. Will Paula become a Christian? This book was of non-stop adventures of friendship and love.


Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Jayvonne Griffin

 

Island Girl

Sandra Byrd

This is a good godly-based book on bearing fruit. It has some great scripture in it. It talks a lot about how to bear fruit. It has a little bit of romance in it, and it also has great friendship. It is showing acts of service and it talks about true things that are in reality, not just in a book. I would encourage everyone to read this book.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

It’s in the Attic

R.L. Stine

This story is about a girl named Maddy. She moves to a very old house. All her friends wished they lived in it. But Maddy didn’t. At night the stairs would make noise and a voice would call for her.

Reviewer’s Rating: Good

Review By: Donta’

 

Johnny Tremain

Esther Forbes

This book was fun to read.  You can learn history from this book.  You can learn how people lived.  There is action.  You can get a raffle ticket from it!!!!

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

Just Like That

Marsha Qualey

This book was absolutely amazing.  The author captures the readers’ attention from the beginning.  The books shows how life can change “just like that.”  It goes through trouble with friends, family, school and of course, boyfriends.  I guarantee that you will love this book and will learn something from it.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

Keeping The Moon

Sarah Dessen

This book is for anyone who is trying to find themselves.  It is the story of a puzzled young girl who spends the summer in a small town with her aunt.  In the beginning she only expects another boring summer but instead she finds friendship and confidence.

Reviewers Rating: Great

 

Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo

Kensuke’s Kingdom is about a boy who gets stranded on an island after his is tossed overboard in a storm. He soons finds he’s not alone. There are many species of animals on the island, including one human. This human feeds the boy, and eventually they become friends. When a chance of survival comes, will they leave together?

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Sierra

 

Kid Willie’s Ghost

R. L. Stine

This book is about a boy named Jeff who sees a boy that no one else can see.  It turns out that the boy is someone who died 40 years ago and he always wanted a baseball but Jeff decided that he wasn’t going to give  up his so the ghost haunts him.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Kim #4 – Diary of a Teenage Girl

Melody Carlson

This book was about a girl named Kim. She wrote a diary of her thoughts and feelings. Her friend Natalie was pregnant at 17 years old and married Ben but that didn’t work out. Kim lost her mother from cancer. She was adopted from the Petersons and Natalie gave her baby up for adoption. Kim got to meet her birth mother, Juin-Lee Soon. One June 2nd in her diary, she graduated. It was a happy and sad book at the same time but I enjoyed it.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Lacey’s Crush

Jamie Suzanne

The book Lacey’s Crush was a great book.  The part I liked best was that Jessica likes Damon and Damon likes Jessica.  My worst part is that Lacey likes Damon and she knows Jessica likes him.  The sad part is that Kristen and Lacey made up after what Kristen did to her.  Overall the book was good.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

The Last Silk Dress

Ann Rinaldi

The Last Silk Dress was an awesome book.  It is about the Civil War seen through the eyes of a fourteen-year old girl named Susan Chilmark.  When her father leaves to join the war Susan really wants to help the confederacy, but her unstable mom doesn’t even want her leaving the house.  The book shows the struggles that the war brought and the challenges that a broken family creates.  I highly recommend this book.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest J. Gaines

This book is good for black males to teach them how life can go by so quickly. It teaches the importance of appreciating the little things in life. The book was amazing – to show how a student and teacher can develop a relationship so strong. I thought it was good because the teacher helped to make the student into a man. I think everyone should read this book – no matter what race or gender.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Champayne Daughtridge

 

Lord Brocktree

Brian Jacques

This book was an incredible journey.  As you travel with Brock and his friends to the mountain kingdom of Salamandastron, something has gone wrong.  Another badger lord is doing his best to escape fate.  All you can do to find out what happens to them is to read page after exciting page.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Lucky T

Kate Brian

This book is about a girl having superstition problems and thinking that a t-shirt brings all her luck.  When her shirt accidentally goes to India, she goes to find it.  She finds that it is harder than she expected it to be.  She ends up falling in love, working at a children’s organization that she doesn’t want to leave and leaving her superstitions behind.  She realizes that she didn’t need the t-shirt to bring her luck after all.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Great

 

Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life

Tyler Perry

Oh my God!!! This book was hilarious. I was laughing with every other word. Who would have thought that Madea could give such good advice? Every mother should read this book. Tyler is the best African-American author to come.

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Champayne Daughtridge

 

The Maid of the White Hands

Rosalind Miles

The second installment of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy is just as captivating as the first.  The Maid of the White Hands picks up right where the Queen of the Isle leaves off taking us deeper into the adventures of Tristan and Isolde.  This book is a brilliant love story that is sure to be around for a long time.

Reviewer's Rating:  Great

 

The Man of the Desert

Grace Hill

The book The Man of the Desert was a great book.  The part I liked was when the girl was rich and living in luxury.  The part I did not like was when the man left the goods to be with the women.  The book was a great experience.  Overall the book was great.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

A Mango-Shaped Space

Wendy Mass

This book is completely different from most books.  It is a book about a 13-year old girl who can see colors in numbers, letters and sounds.  She finds out about what she has and learns about herself in the process.  She has a cat, Mango, who has some of her grandfather’s spirit inside and he was named this because his purrs make yellow-orange colors for the girl.  When she loses the cat, she has to find a way to get over it and get her colors back.  This is truly a wonderful book to read.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Great

 

Mark of the Cross

Judith Pella

This book was very unique.  The time period and plot were different and very interesting.  The historical part was fascinating to me.  The characters seemed real rather than imagined.  I was drawn into the story and truly enjoyed it.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

Mariel of Redwall

Brian Jacques

This was an excellent book. You follow Mariel through the wonderful land Brian Jacques has created to avenge her father Joseph the Bellmaker. Gabool the Wild is a vicious sea rat and the person who attempted to kill Mariel. I recommend this book to anyone. It was an enjoyment for me to read.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

Mates, Dates, and Mad Mistakes

Cathy Hopkins

Mates, Dates, and Mad Mistakes by Cathy Hopkins was a book I never put down once I started it. When Izzie becomes eager to let loose she starts dating Josh Harper, an older wild guy. When Izzie’s friends Nesta, Lucy, and T.J. feel Josh is up to no good will Izzie listen or will she sneak to see him? This book is a book of lessons and of friendship and love, I give this book an A++.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Jayvonne Griffin

 

Medal of Horror

R. L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Eric and his brother Ben.  One day they go swimming and find a treasure in the ground.  They find out it belonged to a boy who died 5 years before.  His ghost wants the treasure and so he haunts them for it.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Kate Brian

This book was absolutely amazing!  This author made some very unpredictable things happen, so never knew what was coming next.  The girl thought it would be easy living with seven boys but comes to find out that it’s really not.  She learns how to stand up for herself and fight back.  She learns quickly that she is going to have a lot to deal with.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

The Mind Reader

R.L. Stine

This story is about a girl named Ellie. She has the visions and she could tell the future. One day she walks her dog and finds a hand sticking out of the ground.  She reports it. Later she finds out it’s her best friend’s sister’s hand. And now the killer is after her.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Missing

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Mark and girl named Cara. One night their parents didn’t come home but they didn’t expect anything because their parents always worked late. But when they didn’t call 2 days later, they got suspicious. And then their cousin gets murdered and the murderer is after them.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Reviewed By: Donta’

 

Misty of Chincoteague

Marguerite Henry

It was an awesome book for a horse lover like me or for someone who just likes horses.  It was an adventure yet sad and happy.  I think everyone should read this book.  It was almost the best book I ever read.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A++++++

 

Mixed Blessings

Rick Hamlin

The basic idea of the prayer letters was interesting.  The characters could have been better developed.  The plot became predictable after the beginning.  It was enjoyable, but only on a surface level.  Overall, it was good, but not great.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

My Faith In Frankie

Mike Carey

This book has much profanity in it and is filled with sexual suggestions.  It also makes jokes about the deity.  I did not enjoy this book at all.  I would not recommend it to anyone. And if you ask me its not suitable for anyone no matter what age.

Reviewer’s Rating: Not worth the time!!!

 

My Hairiest Adventure

R. L. Stine

The book is about a boy named Larry.  One day he found a bottle of INSTA-TAN.  If you rub it on you, you get a tan in minutes.  But the bottle was very old.  But Larry and his friends rub it on them and they get black patches of hair all over themselves.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Nancy Drew: Hidden Window Mystery

Carolyn Keene

An interesting mystery story, great details.  As Nancy and her friends find themselves with one mystery after another, the get closer and closer to solving them.  While looking for a stained-glass window, they solve the mystery of a ghost in the attic and eerie sounds coming from a property surrounded by a wall.  Nancy also stops a man from selling a phony window and a woman from cheating neighbors out of money.  Nancy uses her skills and determination to solve the mysteries.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Good

Review by: Katie Lieberman

 

Night of the Were Cat

R.L. Stine

This story is about a girl named Wendy. She loves cats.  One day she goes to a cat show and gets a charm that turns you into a were cat. She discovers her power but she is almost getting killed because of them. The only way she can stop it is getting the charm off but it won’t come off.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review By: Donta’

 

Night Probe

Clive Cussler

This book is great! Clive Cussler has set this book up very well! I really enjoyed this book because it’s non-stop action. You should definitely read this book. Great!

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review By: Pawel

 

The Ooze

R.L. Stine

This book is about a boy named Al. He gets a chemistry set for his birthday. He was told not to use it unless his sister shows him but he didn’t listen and he and his friend try to make a stink bomb that turns into a living creature.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review By: Donta’

 

Over Night-mare

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Matt. He and two friends go camping on a battlefield of the civil war. They thought they were dreaming when they heard the war happen but when they went out of the tent, the war was happening.

Reviewer’s Rating: OK

Review By: Donta’

 

Page

Tamara Price

Page is the second installment in the Protector of the Small Quartet. It is wonderful. Keladry goes from 11-14 in this book, conquering many challenges and fears. A must read for all fantasy and knight lovers. Excellent and very well written.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review By: Casey

 

Perfect

Natasha Friend

This book was so amazing. I presuade any teenager to read it. Here are some reasons why. I couldn't stop reading it because it was so interesting. It was about a girl named Isabelle, her sister April(Ape Face) and her mom. Isabelle's dad died from a sickness and Isabelle started eating alot, gaining wait, and making herself throw up. She got help from a conselor and joined a Group. At the end she stopped her Eating Disorder problem and started to talk about her dad. She became best friends with Ashley, the most perfect girl in school.

Reviewer's Rating: A++++++

Review By: Christa Duncan

 

Perfect

Natasha Friend

I think Perfect is a good book for girls of any age.  It’s especially good for girls with eating disorders.  It’s like reading a note from your friend.  When you read this book, you’ll find guilt, envy, confusion, sadness, happiness, etc.  When you start reading you’ll never want to put the book down.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

Review By: Allison Russell

 

Perfect

Natasha Friend

Perfect is about a girl that has a eating disorder which is caused by her father’s death. Her mother sends her to group therapy. She meets a girl who happens to be very popular and she stars to hang out with her and notices that she is not as perfect as she looks. In the end she gets over her eating disorder.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review By: Tidashia

 

Phantom Writer

Jenny Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Phantom Writer is very suspenseful. I liked how the authors made it hard to tell who the culprit was. It was kind of eerie, but the book ended well. In Jenkins’ books the twin detectives, Bryce and Ashley, tell their opinions every other chapter which makes the book interesting. I think this book is one of the best in the Red Rock Mystery Series.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Plastic Angel

Nerissa Nields

This book was really good!  It is about two girls making their own choices instead of following others.  They have to learn to stand up for themselves.  They come closer together with all their struggles.  This book was awesome.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Plastic Angel

Marissa Nields

This book is very realistic and deals with present-day issues. It is about two girls who are almost popular and almost famous. The always seem to value others’ opinions other than their own. But they have to learn it’s their opinions that matter most.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Pocahontas Indian Princess

Katharine E. Wilkie

The book Pocahontas Indian Princess was a very good book; it was great.  The sad part of the book was when Pocahontas got ill and died.  The good part was when she was taking corn to the Englishmen.  The bad part was when the Englishman’s head was about to get cut off.  Overall, the book was a great experience.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: William Breeden

 

Polar Shift

Clive Cussler

This book is great! Just as good as the other books of the series. Setting, characters, and plot were set up awesome. Clive is great. Action lovers, read this book.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Portrait of Lies

Dandi Daley Mackall

This book was an awesome book.  I just could not put it down.  The writer has made it very interesting.  It showed how she needed to trust in God to help her and use the talents God had given her.  She puts her trust in God and good things come from it.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austin

A witty romantic comedy set in the early 1800s is full of class and an irresistible sense of humor.  Jane Austin give a sense of life and their personality to all her characters making them seem to jump off the pages.  From the intellectual conversations of Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth to the drama of Mr. Bingley and Janes love.  It is a true classic and a great summer read.

Reviewers Rating: A++++++

 

Pride of the Peacock

Stephanie Tolan

Pride of the Peacock  is about a girl who is terrified over nuclear war. She is convinced that either Russia or the U.S. is going to launch their deadly missiles. When she visits an old mansion, she finds comfort in a peacock, and its owner, who happens to be a famous artist. This story shows that no fear is stupid. Even if it’s very real, you can’t let fear control your life.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review By: Sierra

 

The Princess

Lori Wick

This is a great example of how we should follow God’s will for our lives.  The Princess is a great story of perseverance and compassion.  Girls of all ages wold enjoy this book and tell their friends to read it, too.  I’ll read this book multiple times.  I recommend it to any girl.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

The Princess and the Pauper

Kate Brian

The Princess and the Pauper by Kate Brian is an excellent book. It all begins when Julia Johnson and Carina meet. When they find they look alike, Julia and Carina switch places allowing Julia to live life as princess of Vineland while Carina becomes a regular teenage girl. Will this scheme work or will they get busted? This book is full or romance and full of life learning experiences.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Jayvonne Griffin

 

Princess in Love (Volume III)

Meg Cabot

Princess in Love was about a girl named Mia that is 14. She just found out that she was the sole heir to the throne of Genovia. Mia is a princess. Her dad is the prince and he has cancer and her grandmother is the queen. Mia has a boyfriend named Kenny but is secretly in love with her best friend Lilly’s brother, Michael. Mia thought Michael was dating a girl named Judith but they were just working on a project. Mia ends up breaking up with Kenny and dating Michael.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Princess in Pink

Meg Cabot

This book is the best I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot. If you like funny, romantic, and comedy, this is the right book for you. The part I like the most about this book is ween Mia tries to get Michael to take her to the prom. This book is like reading a note from your best friend. Any girl in between the ages of 14 and 17 will love it and think it’s a treasure. And if you read the book I hope you like it as much as me.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Allison Russell

 

Princess in Pink

Meg Cabot

Princess in Pink is a cool book because of Mia’s going through her mother’s new child birth. Also Mia is curious if Michael is going to ask her out to the senior prom. She is also having to deal with her best friend Lilly who is eloping. The best part is that she is still doing princess lessons and is having to go to Genovia for the summer.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

Princess in Training

Meg Cabot

Princess in Training is so cool and so romantic. It tells of a girl who is in her 6th installment of being a princess. Also, its about how she feels about her boyfriend. The best part is her friend has a new boyfriend. This is the best book ever!!!

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

P.S. Don’t Write Back

R. L. Stine

This book is about a boy named David.  He is at a camp.  His parents said they would write to him but they don’t.  So he gets worried but he gets a letter.  But when he opened it, his parents told him not to write back the date was August 1964.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Queen of the Western Isle

Rosalind Miles

A timeless love story, which will capture the heart of any who reads.  It gives an excellent betrayal of the original Tristan and Isolde myth.  Rosalind paints a picture in your head wanting to know what will happen next to the doomed lovers.

Reviewer's Rating:  Great

 

Red Velvet

Sandra Byrd

This was a great book about a family struggling with a mom who has breast cancer. The teenage daughter finds her mom’s diaries that have her teen years in them. She comes across a list for the things her mom wants to do before she dies. One thing not on her list though is a red velvet dress that she has wanted to have since childhood. Quinn believes it is up to her to make that dress but will giving her the dress be like giving her mom permission to die? Find out in the wonderful novel!

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

The Reptile Room

Lemony Snicket

The Reptile Room is not as good as the first two books, but the story was interesting.  Lemony Snicket must have taken a lot of time to plan this book.  And the characters seem to be maturing over time.  Lemony Snicket is a great author!

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

 

Romiette and Julio

Anne Draper

The book Romiette and Julio was similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Another group of kids didn’t like Romiette and Julio hanging out. At first parents didn’t approve of the friendship between the two but during the story, it turned out to be good. The two friends try to stop the conflict with the gangs but it ends up turning into a nightmare. At the end, Romiette and Julio end up being soulmates.

Reviewer’s Rating: Good

Review by: Iyona Robinson

 

Rough Waters

S.L. Rottman

This book is both sad and exciting at the same time. It tells two boys’ tales of pain after their parents’ deaths. They get through by helping each other and by trusting others. They never gave up on each other no matter how bad things get. This is an amazing book from start to finish.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

 

The Royal Handmaid

Gilbert Morris

This book was about a group of young and idealistic missionaries who shipwrecked on a deserted island.  They learned about faith, love, and truth on the island.  I enjoyed the book but it seemed like the details were too perfect and planned out.  The setting was creative and the characters’ struggles were realistic.  Overall, it was fairly good but not the best.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

Second Chances

Debra White Smith

This book was very enjoyable.  The plot was different and realistic.  The characters were well-developed.  The storyline wasn’t too predictable, so I stayed interested. I liked the idea of the seven best friends and would like to read the rest of the series.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

Review By: Emily Abbott

 

The Second Summer:  the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Anne Brashares

I love this book!  The author did a great job of showing how a friendship that is strong can last through anything.  I liked the way she showed how all the friends are growing up and getting a lot more mature.  My favorite part about how she writes is when she adds little twists you never thought would happen.  I cannot wait to read the next book!

Reviewer’s Rating:   Great

Reviewed by: Kayla Barron

 

The Secret School

Avi

This story is about a girl named Ida and a boy named Tom and they’re in the 8th grade.  Their teacher’s mom had a stroke so she has to leave to go to Iowa to help her.  And so the school closes down and that means that Ida and Tom can’t go to the 9th grade so Ida pretends to be a teacher so she can go to the 9th grade.

Reviewer’s Rating:   A+++++++

 

Secrets: 7th Heaven Series

Amanda Christie

I loved this book because 7th Heaven is my favorite television show. I am glad that Amanda Christie decided to write a series on it. This book was when Mary Camden and her basketball team decided to trash and mess up the school's gym because their Coach put the team on lockout because their grades were slipping. I have almost read all of the 7th Heaven books that the library has and will coutinue to read them. I suggest that all people that watch 7th Heaven should read the books too. They are really great.

Reviewer’s Rating:   A+++++++

Review By: Christa Duncan

 

She Loves Me … Not

Jamie Suzanne

The book She Loves Me … Not was a great book.  I had a good, bad and sad part in the story.  My good part was that Damon is starting to express himself more.  My bad part was that he didn’t express himself to his girlfriend Jessica.  My sad part was that Jessica was hurt by the fact that her boyfriend Damon wouldn’t be more open towards her.  Overall the book was good.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

 

Sober Faith

Stephanie Perry Moore

The book Sober Faith was an excellent book.  It kinda reminded me of myself, like for example I have three friends that I love like my real sisters.  Also out of all three sisters, there is one that I grew up with.  I also like the book Sober Faith because it tells me something - never drink because  you don’t know what will happen to you.

Reviewer’s Rating:  A+++++

 

Something’s Fishy

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Eric.  He doesn’t get to go to his favorite swimming camp.  One day it was 102 degrees.  So Eric put his hand in his fish bowl and turns into a fish.  And now his other fish try to kill him.

Reviewer’s Rating:  OK

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Something’s in the Sewer

R.L. Stine

This story is about a boy named Tony.  He thinks something’s in the sewer but no one believes him except Sheldon.  Sheldon is the only person who saw it.  Then kids start to disappear so Tony and Sheldon go into the sewer to find them.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Good

Review By: Donta’ Allen

 

Soldier Boy

Michael French

This is a great story of determination, love, and friendship. Girls of all ages would enjoy it tremendously. The story is a great example of how much people change each other’s lives. The strength of dreams blazes throughout the entire book. It really is amazing how some dreams come true when the ones that should do not.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

 

Soldier’s Heart

Gary Paulsen

It is about this boy named Charley. He’s fifteen years old. He learned one thing about the army was they didn’t always know the business of another parts.

Reviewer’s Rating: Great

Review By: Octavia

 

So Long a Letter

Mariama Ba

This book is about a lady whose husband died and she found out a lot of stuff about him. For example, she found out he had numerous wives. One in which was her boyfriend. Also one was a childhood friend. She writes each a letter explaining her feelings.

Reviewer’s Rating: Good

Review By: Whitney

 

Someone Like You

Sarah Dessen

Someone like you is a riveting tale of two young girls who are learning to grow up and become women.  It deals with grief, pain, and the strength two best friends find to survive high school.  Sarah Dessen does a magnificent job betraying these two young girls and their journey to find themselves in life and love.

Reviewers Rating: A++++++

 

Someone to Love Me

Anne Schraff

I thought the book Someone to Love Me was a very interesting novel. It was about a young girl named Cindy who was getting physically abused by her boyfriend. Cindy didn’t have a very normal teenage life. Her mother was always leaving her for her boyfriend and she never paid her any attention. Throughout the novel, Cindy realizes how life really is.

Reviewer’s Rating: Good

Review by: Iyona Robinson

 

Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer is truly and amazing book.  Bethany Hamilton is a 13 year old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack.  After recovering from the attack Bethany got right back on the surf board.  She is such an amazing person and roll model.  It is incredible.  This is most defientaly a must read for everyone.

Reviewer’s Rating: A++++++

Review by: Kara

 

Squire

Tamora Pierce

I thought she was going to keep the griffin.  I wasn’t really surprised when Raoul chose her as his squire; I thought it was kind of obvious who was sending her the gifts.  It was surprising when Crown died.  I didn’t think it was Cleon she liked.

Reviewer’s Rating:   Great

 

The Story of a Whim

Grace Livingston Hill

The book The Story of a Whim was a great book.  The part I like was when the old organ that started Sunday School was damaged.  The part that I didn’t like was that he had to write a letter to this woman but he couldn’t tell her that he was young.  She sent him a Bible; that was also good.  But overall the book was good.

Reviewer’s Rating:  Great

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