Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Image

Jake Knight is the privileged 15-year-old son of the British Ambassador to Burkina Faso. When he is suspended from his oppressive boarding school, he is excited for what he anticipates to be a vacation in the dry heat of Africa. Instead, he finds himself kidnapped by the most wanted outlaw/terrorist in Africa. He must tap into his wits and sense of adventure to save himself, his sister and his friends.

I loved the twists that defined this novel – it turned an obvious plot into a labyrinth that I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in. I’d rate it four stars — I liked it a lot. Jake’s wall-walking talent certainly caught my attention, but the lessons he and his sisters learned about assumptions, loyalty and right and wrong held me until the very last page. The characters were all strong and unique and extremely easy to fall in love with. While I think anybody 10 and up would be perfectly able to read this, an older reader would be able to fully appreciate the complex questions it poses about loyalty, government and wealth distribution. All in all, Outlaw is a thrilling read.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 9

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Pure Red by Danielle Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

This book is about a girl named Cassia Bernard and her journey to find her passion. She has to deal with old memories and crazy changes taking place in herself and others. Why is she going through all this trouble? Well, because a school counselor told her she wasn’t important and Cassia wants to prove her wrong. I liked everything about this book because it reminds me of me and gets me thinking about my life. I wish it was longer! I’d recommend this book to a friend and I’d rate it five stars — I loved it!

Reviewed by Koryssa, grade 8

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Love? Maybe by Heather Hepler

 

 

 

 

 

Piper doesn’t really believe in love. She’s seen the ugly side of it, watching her friends and mom go through it. She suddenly finds herself in a relationship, but is she happy? I liked how this novel talked about swimming to which I can connect. I also really liked the chocolate shop — it made the book original. However, I kind of saw the ending coming. Still, I’d rate it 5 stars. I loved it!

– Reviewed by Lauren, 7th grade

Posted in Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Book Review: Girl Meets Boy, edited by Kelly Milner Halls

Image

This book is about teenage boys and girls dealing with their relationships and their life battles, as well. I liked it because of how each one of the characters tells their own side of the story. I didn’t like the beginning of the book because it was a little confusing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories with a twist.

Reviewed by Koryssa B.

Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

 

 

 

 

 

This book is about a depressed mother who has recently gone through a divorce. She has escaped with her daughter to New Hampshire for a “summer vacation.” While there, her daughter finds out she can’t take care of her mother and herself. Thsi book is very well written and keeps the pages turning and keeps you guessing. There was nothing I didn’t like about it. The format is a poem style, which is perfect because it makes you turn page after page. Great book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

Posted in Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Book Review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Image

This book is about two teens, Mandy and Jill. They each have their own perspective. Jill is a senior in high school who lives with her mom and her dad has dies in a car accident. Mandy is a 19 year old who has recently become pregnant. She was raised by her mother and has had a rough childhood. Jill’s mother wants to adopt Mandy’s baby.

There is a lot of conflict throughout the book to keep you interested. Though I don’t find that the cover design directly related to the book, there was nothing I didn’t like about it — amazing book!

Reviewed by Jessica, age 14

Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Image

Grace, Gretchen and Greer find out that not only are they triplets, they are descendents of Medusa. And are therefore monster hungers! I liked that there was always a surprise at the end of every chapter. There was nothing I didn’t like — I’d rate this 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend it to ages 12 and up. Also, I love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

Image

When dark, charming Asher and golden, reserved Devin appear in Skye’s life on her seventeenth birthday, everything in her life changes.I liked that there is definitely going to be a second book, hopefully! There was nothing I didn’t like about this book — I rate it 5 stars — I loved it! I’d recommend this to ages 12 and up.

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Image

When Megan moves to Ireland with her dad, she’s very nervous about going to a new school. But when she meets darkly handsome Adam Deris, everything changes. I liked that at the end of every chapter you were always hungry for more. I didn’t like that it wasn’t, like, 500 pages. I rate it 5 stars- I loved it!

I’d recommend this to readers 12 and up. I also love the cover design!

Reviewed by Vanessa, age 13

Posted in Uncategorized

Book Review: Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

Image

Just when Gaia thought she had escaped strange, harsh rules and saved her baby sister by trekking to the rumored town of Sylum, she finds herself bound in new unwelcome ways, and familiar faces don’t bring comfort the way they should.

This is a companion to Birthmarked (2010). Gaia’s strong character is put through a gauntlet of daunting challenges that help her grow into a more confident person. The beginning is action-packed but still seemed slow. However, in all, this is a satisfying conclusion of an amazing story. The cover is eye-catching and the audience is in the 12-14 range.

I like how two very different societies are compared to each other here. The way Gaia stays true to her beliefs no matter what inspiring. The confusion and tension of multiple love interests vying for her adds a unique twist to liven the plot, as does the mystery of the dying males and “swamp illness” that makes leaving sylum impossible and deadly.

Reviewed by Marissa, age 15