Book Reviews

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67 thoughts on “Book Reviews

  1. I read The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. It was a good book, but not one of my favorites. I would recommend it to anyone who is entering middle school.

  2. I just read Wings of Fire The Dragonet Prophecy by: Tui T. Sutherland. I love Fantasy and Mystery and I would recommend this book to any one who loves these genres put together!

  3. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan: I would give this book 9/10 stars. If you love or even hate vampires I would recommend this book to you because this book is so interesting that you would never let it down. It doesn’t have a lot of romance and is adventurous. I just finish the first book of the series and I loved it!

  4. The fourth Maximum Ride graphic novel by James patterson, art by NaRae Lee. My names Hannah and I am 14. I read the entire Maximum Ride series and am now getting into the graphic novels. It follows the book pretty closely but at times it does change what happened or how something happened, like when in the graphic novel *SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ ON IF READING THIS SERIES* Max tries to cut the chip out of her arm in the forest with a knife but in the book its with a seashell on the beach if i remember correctly, it has been a while. Yet all in all the art is stunning and the personalities of the characters are spot on. I highly recommend!

  5. Smile the book is amazing! The author is Raina Telemeir. I love this book because it is a graphic novel and it actually happened to the author!!!

    • my teacher told me about this book. she said it was really good, but i never got to read it because everyone else checked it out and the line was really long. i tried to reserve it but by the end of the year, i still did not get the book. still like 20 people ahead of me. is it worth still reading?

  6. Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
    Recommend Grade 6+ to read.
    This book involves a boy name Darren Shan and his adventure, starting with the Cirque Du Freak show. After witnessing the freaks in the circus Darren’s life soon changes forever after coming back after the show.
    I absolutely love the series because it is exciting to read. This book contains vampires and I know what your thinking I’m not going to read this it’s probably like Twilight or something, but it is the exact opposite. I hated vampire related things but this changed my idea of them. I believe everyone should read this book and recommend it to everyone they know, because this book is awesome.

  7. Twilight Graphic Novels (Books 1 & 2)
    by Stephanie Meyer

    Mary Ann, 6th Grade

    They were fantastic books. The pictures were regular drawed figures and close props. With a back-round of the real world. It was an all round good book but, as always, has less details than the chapter book. It was of course about Bella and Edward. And it seemed more tragic and your able to relate and get closer to the characters.

  8. I have just read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I thought it was a wonderful book about Charlie’s high school life and trying to fit in even with his family problems. I felt I could not put this book down because of its writing style as letters and the drama that goes on in Charlie’s life. I would love to recommend this book to people going into a new type of school or anyone in that fact!!

  9. I read a book called “The Watson’s Go To Birmingham- 1963.
    That is probably my favorite book ever! Its very interesting and a little bit sad 😦

  10. My name is Alissa D. and i read the ruby redfort series. i am 13 years old, moving on to 8th grade. the ruby redfort series are by the author lauren child and i love love love this book series and believe you should read it to. it is about a young girl named ruby redfort who at a younger age won the JH(junior high)code cracking challenge. she then is offered to become a secret agent at the most secret agency, spectrum. she meets many new friends and foes and is put up against one of the most top villains, the count! all that have encountered him have not survived beside their best agent, who died. will she survive? that is for you to find out. i also got so into the book that i finished the first book (40 chapters) in 6 days and the second one (50 chapters) in 4 days. thanks for reading.

    Alissa D.

  11. alissa again. i also read the pokemon graphic novels and they were awesome if you like pokemon. some contain legendary while some contain some like patrat, eww. they were action filled and suspenseful too. you should try them.

      • Olivia,

        Most of the Pokemon books are in the library’s children’s graphic novel section. Ask at the library if you do not know where that section is! Happy Reading!

  12. Here is a great review sent to me from Tina!

    The title of my book was The Dreamer , and it was written by Pam Munoz Ryan.
    This book was about a boy, named Neftali Reyes. He had many dreams, many things he wanted to do. But his dreams were held back, because of his father, Jose. Neftali was a talented and young writer, and he enjoyed reading, and collecting different kinds of items he finds. It’s a hobby of his, as he says. One day, he also longs to find the real person behind his father. A good and nice person, or mean, and hateful? He never really got to find out.
    His father had always wanted Neftali to work on his studies, but he’s always reading, writing, or doing something else. His father despises him for that. Actually, his father probably despises the other two. Neftali has an older brother, by the name of Rodolfo, and a younger sister, Laurita. Neftali has always wanted to pursue a career in writing, but his father thinks different. Instead, he wants Neftali to be a doctor, or dentist. He wants him to have a successful business in the future. But how can it be successful when he doesn’t enjoy doing it? I’ve always thought.
    That is all I am going to say. This book was very good, I enjoyed it very much. It made me want to keep on reading, more and more. This book received a “Pura Belpre Award”. I’m not sure what that means. But I’m glad it earned the award, it deserved it.
    I have already recommended this book to my best friend, and she is planning on checking it out the next time she goes to the library.

  13. Here is a review I received from Ashley:

    I read Messy: a Novel by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Which is the sort of sequel to Spoiled. (Which I would recommend to read.) The plot was beautifully put together. While going from both the main characters perspectives you didn’t lose interest. The book showed what one lie can turn out to be, in the end though you HAVE to do what is right. Because if you don’t it could ruin everything you worked for. I thought it was MAGNIFICENT. I loved it so much that I read it in less than two days!

  14. I read Dead Is A Battlefield by Marlene Perez. It is the last book in the Dead Is series. It is staged in a mysterious and supernatural town called Nightshade. The other 5 books are in the point of view of Daisy Giordano, but this one is in the eyes of Daisy’s boyfriend’s best friend’s sister, Jessica. During the book, another mystery pops up, but Daisy is in college so she isn’t around to solve it. Jessica has to figure out how to control her best friend, who buys a perfume from the new store in town and turns into a dangerous creature. And along the way, she finds powers of her own. There is so much more she needs to learn about Nightshade, but for now, she has to focus on keeping the town safe.
    I would highly recommend reading the series because it is thought provoking and good for readers who enjoy fantasy and mystery!

  15. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    This story is about a girl name Linh Cinder who happens to be a cyborg and has no memory of her past. She is soon on an adventure that will change her life! I love this story because it reminds me so much of cinderella, only in a new, better, fantastic way!

  16. i read airman by Eoin Colfer i thought that it was very inspiring that even though he went through so much he still accomplished his dream

  17. I read Bruiser by Neal Shusterman. It was about a brother and sister named Bronte and Tennyson who meet a boy name Bruiser. He was the social outcast. When Bronte starts dating Bruiser her cuts disappear and scrapes heal fast. She realizes that Bruiser takes away the pain from people he cares about. I thought it was a great book. It was very suspenseful and kept you interested! I would recommend it to middle school students.

  18. I also read the collection of Stone Soup, and was also a good read! It’s kind of cool to see the comic’s drawing drawing style become more evolved over time.

  19. Here is a review I got today at Central!

    Well my book was the candy makers. The book is about three twelve year old kids and the candy makers son (which is twelve also).The three kids go to a factory and try to make a new type of candy and the best tasting candy wins. The three kid’s names are daisy, Philip, and max. The only problem is that daisy is a spy and is trying to get the factory’s secret ingredient.

  20. Justeen Schoner, 17, going to be a senior
    Kat & Mouse- Story by Alex de Campi, Art by Federica Manfredi. Mystery, All Ages
    Mail Order Ninja- Story by Josh Elder, Art by Erich Owen. Comedy, Youth Ages 10 and up
    Sea Princess Azuri- Story and Art by Erica Reis. Romance, Youth Ages 10 and up
    Graphic Novels: 1st installment of each in a combo book.

    In Kat & Mouse, Kat’s dad gets a job as a science teacher at a posh private school, and their family has to move from small-town Iowa to New England, where her mother is from. Things seem perfect-until her rich, popular classmates shove her to the bottom of the social heap just for being smart. Bad turns to worse when an anonymous student blackmails Kat’s dad to give the class better grades! This is a great, relatable mystery, especially since Kat is from Iowa.

    In Mail Order Ninja, Timmy McAllister is a normal kid who lives in Cherry Creek, Indiana. Everyone and everything there is frighteningly normal…until the day Timmy orders his very own ninja! This is a hilarious story. You root for Timmy the whole way, especially when he gets picked on by bullies and betrayed by his sister.

    Sea Princess Azuri was my favorite out of these three graphic novels. The story was great and well developed. The art was subpurb. The characters were also very well developed, artistically and literally.
    Azuri is the mermaid princess and the only royal heir of the Orcans, a race of whale-merpeople that live in a fantastic world deep within the ocean. Azuri is betrothed to Prince Unagi, leader of the Eel people. Their marriage is arranged as a means to bring peace to two kingdoms. But when Azuri falls in love with Thalo, her best friend and royal Orcan guard, her world falls apart.

    I had a lot of fun reading these stories, which surprised me, since I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. But these are some of the best!

  21. Justeen, going to be a senior
    Review for book of my choosing, Bookworm badge
    Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers, His Fair Assassin, book #1
    This is one of my new favorite books that I read recently. I got it through a book club. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I wished that I was in the story. It takes place in the 1400s, and I’ve always wished that I was born several centuries ago.
    In the beginning, the main character, Ismae, is fourteen. She escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts-and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. Ismae excepts, and the curtain opens again, three years later. She is now seventeen (just like me!) and is venturing out on her first assignments.
    Ismae finds herself entangled in politics and her most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany-where she finds herself woefully under prepared-not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target whom, against her will, has stolen her heart?
    Just like this book will steal yours! (It’s not mushy, but very exciting, adventurous, and touching).

  22. Justeen, 17
    Award List book for Bookworm Badge
    Matched by Ally Condie
    AML Young Adult Literature Award 2010, 2010 Whitney Award Winner for Best Youth Fiction
    Matched is another one of my recent favorite books. I read it about a year ago, but I’m getting ready to read Crossed, and I wanted to revisit Matched. I used Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas and other poems in my Poetry Division completion of IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association). I loved how Ally Condie used poetry in this series. It really adds to the story. I’m a big poetry fan.
    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
    The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
    Crazy love triangle! But not super mushy.

  23. I Read the book Friends with boys BY:HICKS,FAITH ERIN and it was about a girl named maggie who was home schooled to becoming a high school student so she has to learn how to let go of her past and make new friends. I think it was a interesting book.

  24. i read the hunger games by suzanne collins and this was the book of my choosing. Its about this girl named katniss who lives in the remains of what used to be North America.Every year, the government leaders hold a competition forcing every district (there are 12 of them) to send out two 12-18 year olds to compete in what they named the Hunger Games. I thought it was a pretty good book.

  25. Tittle: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone author: J. K. Rowling

    first name: Huong grade: 7

    what was it about: Harry potter magical parents were killed by an evil wizard named Voldemort when he was just a baby, he was survives and on his forehead there was a mysterious lighting-bolt scar. Harry is taken to live with his nasty relative- non wizard-who hide the truth about his parents.Ten years later hagrid visit Harry and brought him an invitation to study at hagwarts school.At that school harry makes friends,fights trolls,learn to play a fantastic school sport,Quidditch,and uncovers a three head dog.Harry discover that Voldemort is trying to steal the sorceret stone so he can regain his powers.

    what did you think: I think this story is very interesting because is so mysterious,and Harry is a really brave boy he face Voldemort by himself.
    when i grew up i want to be brave like him.

  26. I read Killing Mr.Griffin. It was a good book, but I didn’t like it because it only took three days to read. It was too short. Also it was very predictable.

  27. Name: Hollie Ramseyer
    Grade: 11
    Book Title: Siege and Storm
    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    What it was about: It was the second in the Grisha trilogy (the first one was Shadow and Bone). It continued to follow the adventures of Mal and Alina as they attempt to stop the Darkling from taking over their country.
    What I thought: I thought it was even better than the first one. It was very suspenseful and I could not put it down! I would definitely suggest these books to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy, or adventure books! Can’t wait for the third one!

    If anyone has read these and would like to discuss them… talk to me 😀

  28. I just finish reading Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I really enjoyed this book alot. It was really sad in a few parts. I think anyone between the grades 6th and 7th should read this book.

  29. i just finish the red pyramid graphic novel and it kinna sad and i love that book ,i think everyone should read this book.
    huong le

  30. i just finish reading the book lost in the labyrinth : it about twins jess and josh have discovered astonishing secret in their family attic:a time-compass that whisks them back to ancient greece. but where is their mysterious uncle harry? and can they ever escape back from the deadly minitaur. the author is L.L.Peacock
    huong le

  31. follow eight NBA favorite from their unique beginning down the road to stardom. everyone thought Allen Iverson was too small to be a basketball star, but he proved them wrong.
    huong le

  32. Regan, 6th Grade
    Dragon Ball Volume 1 by Akira Toriyami
    It is about a boy who is found in the jungle and is taught kung fu. He becomes one of the strongest boys in Japan. Later he meets a girl who is looking for Dragon Balls and he takes her home because he was taught to be nice to girls. Then they go off on an adventure.
    I liked the book because it made me feel like I was reading a book and a comic at the same time, but it was a little odd reading ‘backwards’ to keep true to Japanese writing.

  33. i read harry potter and the deathly hallows. It is about harry trying to find all of the horcruxes. Horcruxes are little things that dark wizards make with part of their soul so their enemies have to defeat the horcruxes before they defeat the dark wizard. So voldemort decided to make 7. Now harry has to break all of them in order to beat the dark wizard voldemort.

  34. Book Review-Yellowfang’s Secret

    Yellowfang’s Secret is about Yellowfang. She’s a shadowclan cat. When she was a kit she always dreamed of being a warrior. But as she became an apprentice, she kept feeling hurt but she never was. The medicance cat, Sagewhisker, found out and told her she could feel other cat’s pain. Soon she had to become a medicance cat because of that. She had troubles by doing so, because she liked a tom. They were going to be mates and have kits, and also be a leader and deputize together. But medicance cats can’t have mates or kits. But Yellowfang and soon Raggedstar had kits. Two of them died but one lived. Soon he grew up and became an apprentice. He always seemed somewhat off. Brokentail became deputy and…well you’ll have to read the book to know the rest. Over all I would say this was a fantastic book. Really pulls you in. Hope you like it! 🙂

  35. Here is a great review e-mailed to me!

    My name is Geoffrey I’m in 6th grade. I read A Heart Of A Champion. Its a baseball book about a boy who first likes golf but then starts to play baseball with his friend Jimmy. They grow up together and play baseball. The sad part is when Jimmy dies in a car crash. I thought it was a amazing book.

  36. I got this review from Stacy L.:

    Title The Rise of Darkrai
    Author Ryo Takamisaki
    First Name Josh
    Grade 6th
    What was it about? Darkrai is attacking and Ash is trying to stop him.
    What did you think? It was pretty good. At the beggining it was kinda slow but it was great after.

  37. Another book review from Stacy L.!

    Title: Cracker!

    Author:Cynthia Kodohata
    First Name Josh
    Grade 6th
    What was it about?A dog going into veitnam and being a hero.
    What did you think?It was great. It was full of action and you wanted to know what came next.

  38. Here are two reviews sent in by Lemuel!

    Title: The brave and the bold : Batman team-ups.

    Author: Bob Haney
    First Name: Lemuel Grade: 4th

    What was it about:

    Batman teams up with the Joker to fight crime.

    What did you think?
    I was awesome and keep in me suspense.

    Would you recommend it to a friend?

    Dinosaurs Before Dark

    Mary Pope Osborne
    First Name: Lemuel Grade: 4th

    What was it about:
    Jack trying to find their way in woods and found something.

    What did you think?
    Enjoy the adventure of the two kids.

  39. my review is about a graphic novel called Smile by Raina Telgemeier it is actually a true story and it is about this girl named Raina. she has this accident on the way home from a girl scouts meeting she was racing her friends to her door and fell her front teeth well on front tooth came out and on got pushed up and well the book goes through her life after that and end at her prom picture not with a date, with her friends. that book is now one of my favorites.

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