Friday, July 10, 2009

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Hoot was a great book! It was about these kids who are basically all outcasts & are trying to save a little bit of nature — some little, harmless owls that are going extinct & need protection against construction workers tearing up their homes! It was an amazing book about helping out nature, that also had an underlying plot about one of the kids & his mom sending him off to military school.
I love this book!
~Becky Thielman, age 13
Book Description: Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

In this third book by Ally Carter, the Gallagher Academy & it’s top-secret spy students are in for big trouble. Cammie & her friends struggle to find answers after a frightening kidnapping attempt in Boston, realizing that the bad guys are better than ever this time. Who are these people &, more importantly, who is their target?
~Sarah Jane Thielman, age 15

Book Description: When Cammie Morgan arrives at her friend Macey's five-star hotel for the Democratic National Convention, where Macey's
father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. But if you're a Gallagher Girl, 'exciting' & 'deadly' are never far apart.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

This classic tale is a great book to read
over & over again!
~Katie Gardner, age 12
Book Description: The classic story of the mischievous
19th century boy in a Mississippi River town & his friends.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest is totally extraordinary!! I couldn’t put it down. My friend, Candice, did the exact same thing as me. She was reading it at lunch!! Eldest is suspenseful and thrilling. I gasped practically every two minutes! I loved it all the way through.
~Molly Richardson, age 10

Book Description: After successfully evading an Urgals ambush, Eragon is adopted into the Ingeitum clan and sent to finish his training so he can further help the Varden in their struggle against the Empire.

Ingo by Helen Dunmore

I really loved this intriguing fantasy tale about a girl living on the Cornish Coast!!! Saphire & her brother Conor love the ocean, & one day find themselves in a world without air that’s filled with adventure. By meeting two merpeople, who show them into a world of pure water called Ingo, they meet frightening creatures & ride wild currents & learn the ways of the Mer. Soon they find it hard to balance life on land with their ocean world. Will they vanish entirely into this other world one day?

~Becky Thielman, age 13

Book Description: As they search for their missing father near their Cornwall home, Sapphy and her brother Conor learn about their family's connection to the domains of air and of water.

Confess-O-Rama by Ron Koertge

This was a great book about young love, true friends, & happy endings.
~Katie Gardner, age 12

Book Description: While his mother grieves the death of her fourth husband, Tony vents his feelings to the Confess-O-Rama, never suspecting who's on the other end of the line.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Warriors series by Erin Hunter

This is actually a whole series of books — but all are amazing! These are fantastic tales that follow a small housecat named Firestar as he finds his way into a wild clan of cats that open up a new world to him! A world filled with battles over territory, hunting day & night for food, learning to become a better warrior, & being accepted by a clan that normally rejects wimpy housecats. I love these books, & can’t get enough of them!
~Becky Thielman, age 13

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I think it was very adventurous because Percy went through so many fights with monsters just to do a favor his uncle, Zeus. I also think it is cool because he has the power of healing one of his wounds in the water& because his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea.
~Sarah Tyndall, age 10

Book Description: 12-year-old Percy learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman & Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he & his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson

It was the best book I ever read! I loved it, both of them!
~Jana Robinson, age 12

Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians Description:  
On his 13th birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, & Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather & his own special talent, & told that he must use it to save civilization.
Alcatraz vs. The Scrivener’s Bones Description:  
13-year-old Alcatraz Smedry & his companions seek Al's father & grandfather in the Great Library of Alexandria, where they face undead, soul-stealing wraiths called the Curators of Alexandria, & one of the Scrivener's Bones, a part-human, part-machine mercenary.