Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A new student review of Lies in the Dust by Jakob Crane

MezokaCapturer65 posted a new student review of Lies in the Dust by Jakob Crane. See the full review.

This is a very serious and atmospheric book. When I first saw it I thought I would have a hard time discerning the characters because of the art style, but it was actually easy because the dialogue was clear and there weren’t many characters to keep track of. Ann was a very good character, and in this short graphic novel I found myself loving her. She is exactly the kind of character I like, loyal but knows where her loyalties belong. The way that the images in the book are set up reminded me of an intense historical movie, and it was very engaging. There was never anything excessive here, everything seemed important and was in its appropriate place. The back and forth in the time periods during which the book takes place helped to further develop Ann as a character, showing us the details of what happened in her past and how people in her current time period react to it. 

Another great aspect to this story was the relatability given to a historical event. Even though nobody reading the book has been through what Ann has been through, the writer still does a fantastic job making the audience feel for her plight and remember times in their own lives that were similar but far less dramatic and disastrous, such as submitting to peer pressure. All in all, what was accomplished in this short graphic novel was more memorable and well thought out than most people would expect, and I loved every page. Because of the intensity and serious tone, I would recommend this book to those in 7th grade or above, and to those who love historical fiction. Even if one does not like graphic novels, this is definitely one of the best I’ve ever read.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A new student review of Out of the Tunnel by Patrick Jones

carverreader posted a new student review of Out of the Tunnel by Patrick Jones. See the full review.

I feel that this is a well writen book with great morals and a strong concept. I think it will appeal to boys because it's about football and also appeal to teens because it is told through a teen's viewpoint.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A new student review of The Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe

Boomer123 posted a new student review of The Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe. See the full review.

I love how the author added baking treats into this book.  People like to bake delicious treats and sometimes people like to read stories with baking in them.  I also love how four girls travel to a fairy world, through Gabby’s closet.    

I was looking forward to the big block party for the Davidson’s family.  They had so many games and activities to do.  My favorite station that they described at the block party was the game station.  I knew some of the games they wrote about.  My second favorite station was the pet care.  It was fun to read about the big party and it made me feel like I should plan a party too.  If you like fairies and baking you should read this book.     

Friday, November 21, 2014

A new student review of Kate the Great by Suzy Becker

nictaf posted a new student review of Kate the Great by Suzy Becker. See the full review.

Kate the Great is an excellent book and I cannot wait until book two is out.  Suzy Becker outdid herself on this great story.  All the story was very well-described, like when Kate described the students' zombie trance that happens in school.  It's like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, in that it includes cartoon-like pictures and funny comments on the side.  This book is so funny it made me laugh, and it will make you laugh, too.  I would recommend this book for ages eight and up.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A new student review of Spartanica by Powers Molinar

jotaf posted a new student review of Spartanica by Powers Molinar. See the full review.

Spartanica is an awesome book that is chock-full of suspense and action.  I never wanted to put it down.  It was very creative in a way that was lifelike in parts.  The author, Powers Molinar, made the characters very likable. A part in the book that I really enjoyed was when Ty was dreaming his Aunt Andi was making chocolate crepes and bacon for breakfast when he was actually asleep in the woods.  A part I didn't like about the book was that each chapter switched between the perspectives of three people, which made it confusing.   But it wasn't so confusing that I couldn't understand it; it made me pay more attention to each chapter.  This book was so great it left me eagerly anticipating book two.  I would recommend this book to ages eleven through eighteen. 

A new student review of The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Lucy posted a new student review of The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. See the full review.

I really liked the book although I was missing some of the information because I had began with the 3rd book, not knowing that it was a series. Even if you do start with the 3rd book, I was still able to know what’s going on after reading more into it. It’s a really great book with an amazing ending that was also bittersweet. It had a lot of emotions and sad scenes, and I cried reading the ending. It’s a really touching book for me. 

A new student review of Vic: Mongol by Jerry Gill

Gwendolyn posted a new student review of Vic: Mongol by Jerry Gill. See the full review.

I took an immediate liking to the protagonist of this book, Vic Challenger. Vic is a confident, astute, curious, and resourceful individual. Although she loves pretty dresses, cloche hats, and the color pink, Vic can take care of herself, doesn't mind getting into messy situations, and doesn't conform to the sexist double standards of her era. She has the most amazing sense of adventure and determination. She reminded me of Nancy Drew in a sense, or of a female Indiana Jones. I admit that I see the better parts of myself in Vic Challenger, even though she is highly fictional. However, apart from Vic, the characters and conversations in Vic: Mongol felt somewhat stiff, bland and hard to connect with. Vic: Mongol by Jerry Gill felt like it wanted to be similar to the classic adventure/mystery stories by Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Agatha Christie that I adore, but unfortunately it hardly lived up to what I wanted it to be. This is why I wish that it could have been a better read, because I see the potential in it. This book felt like a badly written draft. Many of the sentences seem unfinished, oddly phrased, and even missing words. While reading this novel I continually came across grammatical errors. I also came across several run-on sentences, which made it difficult to read without stopping to look over each paragraph a few times. In most cases it felt like either too much unnecessary information was being provided, or the complete opposite where it felt lacking and unfinished. As the author kept adding new adventures, the initial concept of the book became blurrier as it went along. I feel that this book has too much going on at once, to the extent that it lost my interest as a reader. However, I do admire how this novel was definitely unique while still being reminiscent of classic literature. It has a very promising concept and main character, nevertheless I think that Jerry Gill's work could have had alterations before being published. Although a propitious read in theory, I regrettably feel that Vic: Mongol by Jerry Gill is a mediocre novel at best.

A new student review of Seasons of Raina by Milissa Nelson

SarahLou posted a new student review of Seasons of Raina by Milissa Nelson. See the full review.

I really like this book especially when they rented a cabin. It took me a long time to finish it and I’m sorry about that but I did not want to miss anything, there are so many little details. I think that change can be for the best sometimes atleast in this book.  I think that Seasons of Riana is a great book and that there needs to be another one because it kind of was a cliff hanger and because it was a good book.  Season's of Raina encouraged me to try new things and not be shy.            

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A new student review of The Green Teen Cookbook by Pam McElroy

sisto8 posted a new student review of The Green Teen Cookbook by Pam McElroy. See the full review.

I like this book because there are many recipes I haven’t tried.  My younger siblings and I tried several of the recipes.  We enjoyed most of the recipes we’ve tried.  There are a few that we probably won’t make again.  I think the author did a very nice job with easy instructions.  There are some cookbooks I’ve read that give instructions that aren’t complete enough to understand without help from someone who knows all of the cookbook slang.  I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone, especially teens.

A new student review of Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings

tbrayton posted a new student review of Fish in the Sky by Fridrik Erlings. See the full review.

“Fish in the Sky” perfectly outlines the struggle that comes with being a young adult.  It encompasses many of the issues teens and preteens deal with today such as insecurity and bullying as well as many of the common domestic problems that plague our society.  The novel explores the transformation of a child into a young adult through themes of burgeoning sexuality and new-found independence.  A perfect book for those attempting to deal with problems that co-align with those in the book as well as for older readers trying to remember what it was like before they had hair on their chest.  A worthwhile read with a never-ending supply of lessons and interpretations from which to learn.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A new student review of Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

mashagoodspeed posted a new student review of Intentions by Deborah Heiligman. See the full review.

This book started out with a great hook. Rachel's world dramatically changes and so there were so many different ways this book could have gone. I feel like this book went downhill after the begining, however, and I started to not like Rachel as much. This book was a nice short read that kept you turning the pages and the ending was cute. It wasn't the best book and I feel like it could have been more elegantly written but overall it was a satisfying read. 

A new student review of SPANKY: A Soldier's Son by Sue LaNeve

sschu5 posted a new student review of SPANKY: A Soldier's Son by Sue LaNeve. See the full review.

I think this is a really good book because it really shows the relationship between a kid and his dad who is in the army. Spanky shows perseverance, which is a very good character trait. It’s hard when you are down about your dad leaving, but taking care of your mom too just makes it worse. It also has a great storyline because there are multiple small climax’s but the best is the big one.

A new student review of Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow

123evae123 posted a new student review of Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow. See the full review.

This book was an easy read, and flowed smoothly. It touched on the struggles of high school girls, adapting to moving to a new town. Some of the details of the story were a bit far-fetched. Madison's hatred for the sisters is a tad extreme, but overall the book was great, and I would definietly read it again.