Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The theme of this book is courage.  Max had a lot of courage when she fought the Erasers.  Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge and the Gasman saved Angel from the School, which is a dangerous science lab.  Even though they saved Angel from the School, the Erasers are still after them.  One of their parents are in Washington D.C., so they are going for help.  Will they be safe?  I recommend teenagers should read this book because it is so interesting.  There are many more series!
Kevin E., grade 6

Midnight by Erin Hunter

Midnight is the first book of the second series of Warriors.  I recommend you read the first series before this but you don't have to because this is a different story.  In this book Brambleclaw gets a message from Star Clan that he has to defeat the evil with three of the cats.  He has to find his way to meet these cats and try to work together.
Pieter W., grade 6

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Everybody knows the story of Cinderella, right? Well, this book is exactly the same ... with a twist.  Cinder is a cyborg made to look human.  She is owned by a human, of whom she despises.  When the plague strikes her sister, Cinder is blamed.  She is sent to a lab to get tested, when something is found.  To me, this book has no faults.  I recommend this book to ages 10 - to 13.
Olivia Y., grade 6

Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

Steve Jobs is a great man with lots of ideas and never stopped until they were at perfection.  I liked this book when Steve was fired and still didn't let go of his ideas.  This book sets a good example for teens who follow their dreams and go on like Steve Jobs did.  I recommend that 6th - 8th graders read this book.  It would appeal to people who like biographies and tech.
Michael J., grade 7

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior goes to Erudite's headquarters, even though it is dangerous.  This shows that even though Erudite's headquarters are dangerous, Beatrice still does what needs to be done.  This book is very creative with all these different groups of people who have different personalities.  I recommend this book to 6th grade and up, because it's too romantic for elementary kids.  It would appeal to readers who like adventures.
Michael J., grade 7

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

One of the themes for this book is power.  Many of the evil things these villains are doing is because of power and greed.  I really liked this book because of the awesome story plot!  The characters are super interesting to read about.  The relationships between the characters are rich and complex, and it's a really great adventure read! I would recommend this book to 5th graders and up.
Aanji S., grade 7

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

This is an extraordinary book about a young girl named Ridley, who returns home from volunteering in Haiti, only to find that the entire government has changed.  She has no money, no food, a dead phone, and absolutely no means of transportation.  Ridley only has her perseverance and Route 9 to lead her home.  But she finds there may not be what she had hoped.  A positive theme is the idea that someone with so little can have so much hope.  A negative theme is some adult themes.  Recommended for fans of adventure books and appeals to ages 12 and up.
Juliana A., grade 8

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe is an action-packed novel about the idea that our world will run out of oxygen and the only way to survive this apocalypse is to live under the Dome, a place where oxygen is available.  Three teens venture outside the Dome and the entire book is based on their experiences with limited oxygen.  A positive element is that these teens use teamwork and perseverance in order to survive.  A negative element is the mature content.  I recommend fans of dystopic novels like The Giver to read this.  This appeals to ages 11 and up.
Juliana A., grade 8

The Land of Stories: the Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

After sinking their grandmother's house, Alex and Conner Bailey find themselves in the Land of Stories.  Alex and Conner team up with Froggy, Red, Jack, Goldi, and Claudius to find their mom and defeat the Enchantress.  I recommend this book to ages 10 and up.
Katherine A., grade 6

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

During the last games, Katniss and Peeta used their love for each other as a television stunt.  In an attempt to save her beloved, she gives him poison berries to share with her, but the Capitol doesn't approve and will kill everyone Katniss loves.  What will happen next! This was my favorite book in the series.  If you like Divergent, you'll like Catching Fire.
Erin Rose A., grade 6

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Matt Alacran is a clone living in Opium, which used to be known as Mexico.  He is the clone of El Patron, the leader of Opium, which thrives of drugs.  Matt is treated lower than a beast, because he is a clone, except for the few that actually love him.  Soon, Matt discovers the secrets that can bring down the Opium empire.  This is a great book that received several awards and I would recommend this to sci-fi lovers.
Haelee K., grade 6

The Candy Makers by Wendy Mass

The theme of this book is to stay true to yourself and your friends.  This is showed when Logan helps his fellow contestants.  The story line is phenomenal and it is hard to put down.  This would be good for grades 4 and up.
Stella A., grade 6

The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome

Geraldine sends Gerald a mysterious letter.  The mysterious part:  Geraldine is Gerald's dead great-aunt.  And she gave him almost all her fortune.  With the help from Sam and Ruby Valentine, he finds the secret of his family crest, learns about a casket, and -- did I mention a rose growing out of a man's buttocks?  Recommend this book to ages 10 and up.
Katherine A., grade 6

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

Tommy and the gang make a new case-file.  This time to stop the school board from sending Dwight to CREF.  Harvey makes and origami Darth Vader and together they try to bring them to the Dark Side.  More like tries to get the truth our of Dwight, but whatever.  Recommend this book to ages 8 and up.
Katherine A., grade 6

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Mia Winchell is far from normal.  She has a case called Synesthia, where sounds, letters, and numbers have color for her.  She has been keeping this secret for a long time.  It finally slips out and the whole school knows.  Mia goes to groups of people with the same case.  I would recommend A Mango-Shaped Space to third-graders and up.
Talullah C., grade 6

Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman

This book is filled with fascinating poems to be read aloud by two voices.  It is about the interesting world of insects like grasshoppers, water striders, mayflies, and more.  There are a lot of wits and fun facts of insects' lives.  Each poem of this book is resonating with fun rhythm, alliteration, and repetition of words.  Also, it mimics the sounds of insects and creates a real joyful noise.  I recommend this book to age 8 and older.
Jung Joy L., grade 6

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

It is a very well-written book that has big waves of excitement and sorrow.  This book is about Percy Jackson trying to save humanity and Earth from being destroyed by the goddess Gaea.  This novel is recommended for kids 10+ because of some complicated vocabulary.  If you like Greek mythology and action, this book is for you.
Uday S., grade 8

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie

At a student's residence, Celia Austin is murdered, soon followed by Mrs. Hubbard and Patricia Lane.  This book shows the murderer/murderess qualities everyone possesses.  This is a MUST READ!!!!!!  Anyone will be immediately sucked into the story line until the end of the book.

Miranda C., 8th grade

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The theme in this book is to never give up.  This is showed by Ivan always trying to make the animals in the mall life better.  The writing is superb with an excellent plot.  This book would be good for grades 3 - 7, a large reading range, and a spectacular read.

Stella A., grade 6

Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is on a mission to find Daedalious, the creator of the labyrinth.  But first they have to go in the labyrinth to find him.  They are trying to convince him to take their side in a war against the Titan lord and a group of betrayed half bloods.

Suraj, grade 6

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

After raging storms and the deadly Delta Fever sweep over Orleans, the government decides to quarantine Orleans from the Outer States!  Fen de la Guerre is an O-positive blood type in an O-positive tribe, despite the quarantine.  In fact, many people are living in Orleans in blood type tribes.  After a mass attack on her tribe, Fen is left with her tribe leader's baby and decides the safest place for the baby is the Outer States.  Will they escape from the dangerous Orleans?  This book is very intriguing.  Teenagers would like it.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Tommy and his classmates make a case file with adventures all about Origami Yoda and his creator Dwight. Yoda gives amazing advice to most of the sixth grade.  This book is an exciting, funny, and amazing book. One of my favorite parts of this book / case file is there are little comments by Harvey and Tommy.  I recommend this book to ages eight and up.

Katherine A., 6th grade

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

This book is one of my favorites.  One of the themes is friendship and bands.  The six Irregulars: Kiki, Ananka, Oona, Betty, Luz, and Deedee, share a bond as friends that is not easily broken.  The girls are all incredibly different, but they form an indestructible team when joined.  I really liked this book because of the clever uses of humor and the amazing storyline.  I would recommend this book to kids 4th grade and up, preferably girls, but also boys.

Aanji S., 7th grade

Monday, October 22, 2012

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is sort of a mystery theme, as well as sci-fi. The main characters are in constant danger, making this action-packed story a very interesting read. There are currently four books in the Missing series. I recommend this book and its series of books to anyone who loves mystery and time travel and who is from 10 to 15 years old.

Kendrick, grade 8

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

A girl named Abby, who loves the outdoors and rock climbing, writes to a boy named Sadeed in Afghanistan for extra credit because she is falling very behind in school.

Lauren S., grade 7

The Lost Stories by John Flanagan

The ten-book series "Ranger's Apprentice" is about the adventures of Ranger Will and his mentor Halt. However, the lost stories explains what happened to those who traveled alongside Will and Halt. For curious readers that want to go more deep into the series.

Daniel C., grade 7

I Am the Great Horse by Katherine Roberts

This book talks about Alexander the Great's horse Bucephalas and their journey to conquer the world. But trouble comes and Bucephalas's groom, Chamides or Charm is kidnapped  Read this to solve this adventure. This book is better when you know who Alexander the Great is!

Subashni R., grade 7

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

This book is about an adventure between two kids, Max (Ernest) and Cassandra (Cass). They investigate the scene of the Death of Pietro Bergamo and the Midnight Sun Spa. This is a great book and its fun to read. I can't wait to finish the series containing five books.

Kate R., grade 6

Snail Tale by Avi

In this comedy genre book, Avon a snail, and Edward an ant like no other, have set out on an adventure of a lifetime. When it comes to adventure, Avon doesn't know much, but his friend Edward is sure to guide him through battles, castles, caterpillars and more. I recommend this light-hearted book to readers of all ages.

Simon S., grade 7

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser

This book is all about food and the companies behind them. It is filled with facts that will have you thinking before you buy another big mac. I strongly recommend this book for ages 12 and up!!

Simon S., grade 7

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

In the White Giraffe journey to South Africa with Martine, where her tale begins. There is a legend about a white giraffe, but nobody has really seen the animal. Martine's grandmother denies its existence, but one rainy night, Martine sees it! Why is everybody keeping the white giraffe a secret? Will Martine be able to find out and keep it from harms way?

Valeriya S., grade 7

Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is a slow-paced story of a child in a country with a "population law", a law that limits the amount of children per family. There is a little action and lots of deceit and cruelty, making this book very interesting. I recommend this book to readers who like a dysfunctional government and cruelty. The age range is from 8 to 12 years old.

Kendrick, grade 8

Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen

Rusty meets his new friend Joey and has lots of fun but when they're up to pranks, the story takes a twist.

Scott, grade 6

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

A boy named Evan is people smarts and his little sister Jessie is math smart. She gets moved up into Evan's grade. Evan and Jessie fight a lot and Evan and Jessie both make their own lemonade stand with a friend. They fight to see who could get the most money.

Lauren S., grade 7

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No Talking by Andrew Clements

This book is about a competition between 5th grade boys and girls. They challenge each other to see who can go longer without talking. This book shows that communication comes in many different forms- like verbal, and nonverbal. I'd recommend this book for ages 9 and up, girls and boys. The black and white drawings add to the story.

Kate R., grade 6

Lily B on the Brink of Cool by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

This book is about a girl named Lily B. and how she loves her cousin that she met at her aunt Delia's wedding. Yet, something suspicious occurs when Lily's parents don't want their child with the LeBlancs company. Find out!

Subashni R., grade 7

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

Molly's parents have gone missing and now she's been taken in by her "so-called" uncle. But why does he hide his face and hands form her or lock her in her room at night? And what are her dreams of skeleton man trying to tell her? She'd better find some answers before it's too late. I recommend!

Meghana S., grade 6

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book is about a teenage girl named Beatrice. Beatrice's community tests every child and gives them a choice of two factions, but Beatrice is given the choice of three! This book is very creative and the ending has a twist. This book is for 4th through 8th graders.

Jael, grade 6

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

When Abe Lincoln finds out that his mother's death was the doings of a vampire, he sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. This story is amazing because it mixes fact and fantasy to make it very interesting. In some parts it is a little slow. I recommend this to people ages 13 or older to read this.

Cade O., grade 7

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Eight people were invited to the Indian Island by a mysterious couple called the Owens. As the evening sets in, a young gentleman is killed of strong acid in hes drink. Horror sets in as a mysterious voice states the guests' past crimes that are to be punished. Why were they invited to the Island? Who is the next victim that will suffer? Find out by reading the book!

Joseph O., grade 8

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard by David Petersen

Legends of the Guard is a graphic novel filled with stories and legends such as Oleg the Wise, the Ballad of Nettledown, the Mousehawed Fox, and the Raven. The different art for every story or legend makes it a great mix. Recommended for ages 11 to 13.

Jared L., grade 7

Game Over (Daniel X series) by James Patterson

Daniel X: Game Over is the last book of the Daniel X series. Daniel X is about a boy who is an alien hunter. Daniel has a special list that tells him which aliens are super bad or not as much. Daniel has to fight two of the strangest aliens on the planet. I recommend this book for 10 to 13 year olds.

Jaden M., grade 6