Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth


This book is the third in the Divergent series. Tris and Tobias find themselves venturing outside the city walls. Meanwhile inside the city, two different sides form with different perspectives on how to run the city.

There are many things I disliked about this book. I thought it was going to end one way, but then it threw me a curve ball. I also didn’t like that it didn’t give many hints as to what the characters were going to do later in life. I did like how they went outside the city in this book because throughout the first and second, I was wondering what was beyond the city limits. 

Reviewed by Olivia – 7th grade.


Book Review: Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins


This books is about a teenage boy in high school named Brett Miller. He is totally “normal.” He is on the football team and has a totally hot girlfriend. His life is pretty average until he meets Zach.

I thought this book was pretty good. I didn’t love it because Brett acted like a jerk most of the time even though he is going through a struggle. I think this is for older kids because kids in middle school might not understand some of the content or feel uncomfortable. It is realistic fiction. It’s also not part of a series.

Reviewed by Madison – grade 7.

Book Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg


Macallan and Levi are two new best friends that have just met in 7th grade. This book follows the story of the two best friends, with ups and downs, and especially romance issues.

I LOVED this book. The two perspectives of the story are both grasping and very distinctive. The story is very realistic, and doesn’t rush things for the ages. It’s fictional and a standalone. It was a very lighthearted book and good if you’re suffering from a book hangover. Recommended for ages 12-16.

Reviewed by Maggie – 7th grade.

Book Review: The Bridge by Jane Higgins

The Bridge - Jane Higgins





Nik is positive that his future is secure- after high school, he will be recruited for the Internal Security and Intelligence services and will do his part in the war to keep the hostiles on the other side of the bridges from overtaking the city side. But when his school is bombed, and his friend’s young brother is kidnapped, Nik will embark on a journey that will open his eyes to the truth about the war — and himself. 

This was an example of how two sides of the same event can be racially different. The characters were strong, with unique traits that made them three dimensional. However, while it was written with skill and description, there was not much emotional connection. With the turbulent events, some more focus on communicating and transferring the emotions to the reader would’ve been nice.

Perhaps I am less struck by this novel because I have recently read a slew of “divided city” books. This one follows the basic pattern, though the author does a worthy job of creating characters and adding plot twists. Recommended for readers 12 and older.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11

Book Review: The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Book Review: The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Renee de Winter wants nothing more than to serve the Crown. But as the only girl left in her class of cadets, and with one cadet getting cut by the end of the year, she has much to prove. What she needs to do is focus on her studies and swordsmanship–especially since the new trainer is Commander Savoy of the famed Seventh squad.

However, when sinister events start to brew, she can’t help but jump into the middle of it, feet-first. She no longer worries about surviving another year as a cadet–she worries about surviving the year at all.

With a few good twists and more action than anything else, this was a fast-paced read that I flew through. While the ending tied up the loose ends, it was also open enough to suggest the possibility of a sequel. Romance is minimal and cloudy, making this a perfect read for anyone looking for a tale of decisions, corruption and loyalty.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11

Book Review: Women of the Frontier by Brandon Marie Miller

Book Review: Women of the Frontier

A fascinating collection of the stories of 16 women who not only braved the frontier, but bent the Wild West to their bidding. From axe-wielding anti-alcohol grandmas to resilient landladies who set up their boardinghouses wherever the latest disaster deposited them, these women will gain your respect and admiration.

With pictures and a wealth of information, I recommend this to anyone wishing to learn a bit of history.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11

Book Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum


In this conclusion to the Die For Me series, Vincent’s body has been kidnapped by Violette, and she is planning on destroying to to take Vincent’s strength. That power would allow her to win the war between the Revenants and the Numa, giving the Numa control of the earth, which would result in widespread death, pain, and suffering. But Kate isn’t the kind of girl to stand by while the love of her life is killed (for real) and a crazy traitor attempts to take over the world, even if her newly informed grandparents are totally against their granddaughter dating–and possibly dying–for an undead boy. 

Tense and action-packed, with twists of the unexpected and an overlay of everlasting love, this final book is sure to delight and answer any questions remaining for readers. Amy Plum does a wonderful job tying loose ends and keeping the history of the Reverents consistent, as well as mixing things up and balancing happiness with reality, making the ending seem plausible, or as plausible as a final battle between two different kinds of undead can be.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11