Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is a fantastic book! This is a very funny book about Greg Heffley, a wimpy, nerdy kid who has just moved into town. He has only one friend but it's a best friend, a kid named Rowley. He's not the coolest either, but to each other they are pretty cool. Greg tries to get popular everyday and do cool stuff, but it just doesn't work out for him. He and his friend are just not cool. Also this book makes you just want to keep reading. This is a grea funny book and you will love it as Gread leads you through his adventures in his Diary such as: getting chased by high school guys, safety patrol, and the cheese touch. You really need to check this book out becuase it is a really good book.

~Tyler S., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon

Have you ever been to a place where you felt you really don't fit in because you're too much of a drama queen? Well, if you have, then Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is the book for you. Mary Elizabeth Step (Lola, as she is called) moves to Dellawood, California and starts to attend Dellawood High (or as she calls it, Deadwood High). Things start to mix and turn as she faces many twists, including coming face to face with Carla Santini, the beautiful and most popular girl in Dellawood High. Will she be able to make it through high school or will she humiliate herself in the process?

~Katrina M., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith

This book is about this boy that likes to eat chocolate a lot. Every time he eats something, he puts chocolate in it. For example, the only cake he eats is chocolate and the only ice cream he eats is chocolate.
One day a lot of chocolate freckles came all over his body so he went to the doctor where he was told he had chocolate fever. Henry, the boy, started running and running until everybody stopped following him. Then he found a man who told him that he needed to go back to his family because everybody was looking for him. Then he went back to live with his family. He didn't eat chocolate again. When he woke up the next day, he didn't have any chocolate freckles. His mom called him to eat breakfast. He grabbed the cinnamon and poured it on his cereal. He thought about putting cinnamon on everything until he got "Cinnamon Fever."
All children and people who like chocolate a lot would enjoy reading this funny book. Henry does and says many funny things. For example, he even put chocolate on his sandwiches and spaghetti! Later he told a boy who wanted to beat him up that he had chocolate fever. The bully was scared of him. This is an easy, funny book to read. Most people will like it.
~Azucena B., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Football Hero by Tim Green

This is a great book about a boy named Ty who has an older brother name Thane that plays NFL football. Ty is a very lanky boy who lives with his uncle and his aunt. He goes to a new school and tries out for the football team and he makes the team. He is actually one of the best players on the team, next to Calvin. The coach is basically in love with Ty. Thane winds up with a knee injury and almost looses his career, but he doesn't. Does Ty get to start? Does Thane get better? To answer these questions you will have to read the book and find out.
~Michael T., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

This book is about a young boy who is raised in the poor part of Memphis with a mother who is addicted to drugs. As he struggles to find food and shelter, he finds Big Mike. Big Mike enrolls him and his own son in a private Christian school. After a few weeks of sleeping in the school gym overnight, a weathly family invites him to sleep in their house for a night. They grow fond of him and soon adopt him. He soon finds his strength, football. By the 12th grade, he is 6'4", 350 lbs., and is very quick on his feet. He becomes a high star recruit at left tackle. As the story goes on the author, Michael Lewis, twists Michael Ohre's story with how important the left tackle became over the years: protecting the blind side of the quarterback.
~Merrill J., 7th Grade, Homewood High School

Crackback by John Coy

One of the books I read is called Crackback by John Coy. This book is about an 18-year-old boy named Mils Manning who plays for his high-school football team. Throughout the book Miles has to face many obstacles like game-winning plays, steroids, and girls. Miles' football team is trying to win conference and state, but Miles is going to try to be superstar. Also, I would reocmmend this book to mainly people who like sports.
~Chance W., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

The story Crackback is an exciting book. This book is recommeded for anyone who likes football books. This book is about a boy named Miles Manning and his football team. This year his team is favored to win the conference and go to state. Everyone is pushing Miles to be bigger, stronger, and faster, from his coaches to his best friend. Now Miles is facing a touch decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to be tough?
~Raheem L., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Joe Montana: Comeback Quarterback by Thomas R. Raber

In the beginning of the book, Joe Montana is just a little boy who loves football, even when he was a little kid Joe played football. A little while down the road Joe gets tired of football and almost quits on football for boy scouts! Of course, Joe went with football and became a three time Super Bowl winning quarterback. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to write a biography on Joe Montana or just wants to read a good sports book.
Parker S., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Kicking the Football by Bill Renner

Kicking the Football by Bill Renner
Kicking the Football is a very good guide that gives you all the steps on how to be a wonderful kicker. Also it grabs you and makes you want to speed through the pages and get just to the drills and the place kicking section. The book also guides you through a great journey to be the best kicker you can. It brings you all the info and drills you can use to practice and get better. Even though you may think it is boring at the beginning, this great book will help you. Finally, the more drills you practice, the better you will improve.
~Nick A., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

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Friday, October 24, 2008

More Anthony Horowitz Action Titles!

Skeleton Key (Alex Rider series #3)
Skeleton Key is an action book written by Anthony Horowitz. The book is about 14-year-old Alex Rider who works for the British Intelligence Agency (MI6). In the beginning of the book Alex humiliates Chinese Triads at the Wimbledon Cup. To keep Alex out of danger, he is sent to the island of Skeleton Key in the Caribbean to work for the CIA. Ther ehe and his fellow operatives are captured by the mandam they came to investigate who has a crazy plan to kill millions of people. And he wants Alex to be his son.
~Roger J., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Eagle Strike (Alex Rider series #4)
Eagle Strike is a realistic fiction book about madmen and spies written by Anthony Horowitz. The main character of this book is Alex Rider, a MI6 operative who is only 14-years-old, but this time he's working alone. A bomb planted by assassin Yassen Gregorovic nearly kills Alex's friend, Sabriana's father. Alex confronts Yassen in the beginning of a twisting adventure that involves a pop singer man man, a secret plan and the keys to the mystery of Alex's father.
~Roger J., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Nightrise (Gatekeepers series #3)
Nightrise is a chilling book filled with suspense, mystery, adventure, and dedication. When Scott Tyler is taken by the Nightrise Corporation, Jamie, Scott's twin, sets out to find him, using his telepathic ability. Jamie has always depended on Scott and he learns to look out for himself while running from the police and desperately searching for Scott. Jamie has to fight in a war against the Old Ones because he is One of the Five, to to a juvenile delinquent camp where he believes Scott is, and many more exciting tasks. He escapes from death many times, coming closer each time. Nightrise is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrilling books that are hard to put down. I loved Nightrise and I'm sure you will, too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz, is an awesome book filled with tons of action. If you like reading action books or like mysteries then you want to read this book because it is one of the best books I have ever read. A kid named Alex Rider lives with his uncle named Ian Rider. One day he arrives at home and the police come to his house. His uncle is dea, they said he died in a car accident but Alex Rider doesn't believe them. Throughout the story he finds clues that his uncle's deat was not a car accident it was a murder. Read this book and help Alex find out what really happened to his Uncle.
~Tyler S., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School
I read the book Stormbreaker. This book has seat-rising action that glues your eyes to the book. Alex finds out in the middle of the night that his uncle died in a car accident, according to the police. He grows suspicion that this is not true. he went to the junkyard nearest to the street that he died. He found his uncle's car with bullet holes. This means it was not an accident. He almost dies trying to find out about what happened. He later discovers a secret that few people knew. He gets involved in dangerous groups of people trying to find the secret of his uncle's life. I would highly recommend this book to people who like action, myster, and realistic fiction.
~Will E., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School
I read Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. It is the first book in the series of Alex Rider adventures. It is a great book. Alex goes through hard times when his uncle dies in a car wreck but Alex thinks that people are lying about the way his uncle died. He always wore his seatbelt wherever he went. You will like this book if you like great books.
~C.J. K., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Friday, October 17, 2008

Vamps by Nancy A. Collins

Lilith Todd is the "It" girl of the supernatural world. Her rich and powerful Old Blood father gives her whatever she wants, her promised, Jules, will make her a Countess when they are bound, and she already rules the world of fashion and popularity. One night while out slumming she runs into Cally, a New Blood who challenges Lilith in a fight over a potential victim. The Newbie turns out to be a Stormgatherer, but Lilith would still have beaten her if not for the sudden appearance of Van Helsings. The VH's stake Lilith's friend, but the rest of the vampires manage to get away. Lilith blames the Newbie and vows to kill her if she ever sees her again. It might be easier than she expected. When Monday rolls around Lilith finds that Cally has transferred to Lilith's prestigious school, Bathory Academy. Though the Academy is a vendetta-free zone, Lilith's won't let a little thing like the rules stand in her way.

This book started out as Gossip Girls meets vampires, with constant brand name dropping, underage partying and references to amorous adventures. But the tone quickly changed when Cally appeared, and the plot's pacing picked up. The story that unfolded was interesting and different from most of the vampire fiction on the shelves. I can't wait to see what happens in book two!
~Ms. Heather, Teen Librarian, Homewood Public Library

Monday, October 13, 2008

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

The book Midnight for Charlie Bone is a really good mystery book. The book is about Charlie just knowing that he has powers. So they change his schools and he hates it because he has to get new friends.
~K. Young, 7th Grade, HMS
~Librarian's note: The 7th Charlie Bone book, Charlie Bone and the Shadow, is out. Reserve your copy today!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

This book wasn't one of those books that keep you on your toes page after page, but it was one that kept your interest and intrigued you throughout. Absolutely Normal Chaos was about a girl named Mary Lou Finney who thought she was going to have just an ordinary summer, but waht she received was an unexpected surprise. The story is written to where you are reading her journal for a school assignment, but her summer gets so hectic that she doesn't even want her teacher to read it! I liked this book a lot!
~Anna L., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs

Wild Man Island is a wonderful book to read. It's about a boy who loves to kayak with his friends. He goes kayaking with a group of people to an island, close by where his dad died. When his camp goes to sleep he tries to find where his mom put the stone that he had made a long time ago. He finds the stone and tries to head back to camp, but a storm catches him when he is half-way to the island. The kayak crashes into an island far away. He has to survive in a forest that has bears and wolves. He gets across to another island and sees a wild man and some old buildings. The search group finds him and he makes it back home. I recommend this book to anybody that likes adventure books. It will make you want to keep turning the pages.
~Terrell B, 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rose Madder by Stephen King

Rose had known that marying Norman Daniles was a mistake from her wedding night, when he bit her. She endured fifteen years of horrifying abuse, until a single drop of blood on her sheets makes her flee to a new city and start a new life. But she is still scared, because her husband is a cop. He has the senses of a bloodhound, and can practically read her mind. This story grabs you by the hair and yanks you into it, revealing one of Norman's darkest secrets. Will Rose survive? You need to read Rose Madder by Stephen King to find out.
~Adam P., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker is an action-filled book that takes place in England. It is about a twelve-year-old boy named Alex Rider whose uncle was killed supposedly in a car accident, but that was a lie. Throughout the book Alex tries to find out who really killed his uncle Ian Rider, who was a spy. This book has many action sequences including a heart-beating scene when Alex almost gets killed in a junkyard. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action-filled books.
~Chance W., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Football Genius by Tim Green

Football Genius, by Tim Green, is the best book I have ever read. It is about a boy named Troy, and he has these powers which allow him to predict football plays before they happen. His mom works for the Atlanta Falcon. The author of the book, Tim Green, also played defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons a long time ago. Troy has two friends named Beth and Ty. They are like family to him. Since Troy's mom works with the Falcons, she convinces the coach to let Troy help coach the team, and they let him and he does a good job with all of that responsibility.

~review written by Michael T., 7th Grade, Homewood Middle School