Saturday, February 06, 2016

A new student review of Fairy Godmothers of The Four Directions by Jennifer Morse

MezokaCapturer65 posted a new student review of Fairy Godmothers of The Four Directions by Jennifer Morse. See the full review.

Fairy Godmothers of the Four Directions

Friday, February 05, 2016

A new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign

Pikachu posted a new student review of Gorgon Book 2 WhipEye Chronicles by Geoffrey Saign. See the full review.

I do suggest reading the first book first. Personally I thought that the first WhipEye book was better because it had more action and was a little more interesting. The first book also had a more satisfying ending. My favorite characters are Samantha and Jake because they are both very brave. I felt as if the story line was dragging a bit. Sometimes it hooked me in and sometimes it got a little boring, but it was still a very good book. I recommend this book for nine to fourteen year olds looking for a fantasy.

A new student review of The Serpent In The Glass by D.M. Andrews

jfhxc posted a new student review of The Serpent In The Glass by D.M. Andrews. See the full review.

I liked the idea of this book, how descriptive the author was, and that there was never any awkward love. Also, I felt that there was an interesting plot for this story. The book was very similar to Harry Potter, but different in its own way. I really felt at certain times that I was observing the story take place, like when Thomas was opening the letter from his father. The story was super slow in most parts and wouldn’t be harmed by more action. I often was confused because there would be a flashback or a dream and I didn’t understand that it wasn’t actually part of the plot until I had read it over a couple of times. In the first dream about the serpent, I thought that it was actually happening.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel

thudson36 posted a new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel. See the full review.

Overall, I thought The Drowning Shark was a good book. I found the plot intriguing and to the point. I never found myself bored while reading it, and the way the story continuously built up held my interest. The protagonist, Sierra, is a likeable teenage girl who shows strength, intelligence, and independence. Despite her unusual life, she was easy to relate to. One aspect I did not like about this novel was that some of the situations became unrealistic and confusing at times. I did love how this book touches on issues in modern society, like shark finning and poaching, and included many facts and information about them. Overall, I would strongly recommend The Drowning Shark because it addresses important issues, has a strong female protagonist, and is full of exciting adventures.

A new student review of The Sweetest Heist in History (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective) by Octavia Spencer

ethanlax posted a new student review of The Sweetest Heist in History (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective) by Octavia Spencer. See the full review.

This book was an incredible action novel with many twists and turns. Some things that I really liked about the book is that the author had many creative ideas. Another reason why I liked this book was how the author did not give easy clues to solve the mystery of the story. 
There was only one thing I disliked about this book, which was that the author did not describe the the details very clearly. Overall, this was an amazing book. I would recommend this book for ages 8-12, and for anyone who is looking for an adventurous novel. Have fun reading!
 

A new student review of Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon

O.B. WAN posted a new student review of Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon. See the full review.

I thought this book was fun to read because it had adventure, friendship, and many twists. It left me sad, like I had just lost a hockey game, that I had to stop reading because of the intense plotline. My favorite part was when Rags, Hargo, and Ladin were captured by the Bullfrog King, and are almost eaten. I also loved the battle between the Child of Light and the Child of Darkness. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Goblins on the Prowl or any books in that series.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A new student review of How To Write A Novel (a novel) by Melanie Sumner

sydney :) posted a new student review of How To Write A Novel (a novel) by Melanie Sumner. See the full review.

To be honest, the book was dull to me. The situation in Aris' family was tragic and depressing. I struggled to stay engaged with this story and I did not feel connected to the characters. I think that readers who enjoy realistic fiction and do not mind dysfunctional families might be more connected to this story. 

A new student review of Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil

masongill posted a new student review of Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil. See the full review.

What I liked about this book is that the characters seemed very realistic. My favorite was Sam because he was very sarcastic and humorous. Even though Sam is a cat that talks, in the story it seemed normal and fun. The story was very intruiging and had a lot twists, turns and suprises.  I also think the author did a good job on having Sam's ability to talk and be a detective seem normal. One thing I did not like about the book is that the author didn't really introduce Henry very well at the start. I felt that it took a while to get to know Henry.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel

Sweetfable posted a new student review of The Drowning Shark by Stormy Sweitzer Will Swanepoel. See the full review.

This book discussed topics I have a real interest in, and it approached them in a very serious way. After all, cruelty to animals is nothing to laugh about. Not only was it good to see a novel that discussed this topic, I also learned a lot while reading it.
 
I really enjoyed how fast-paced this novel was; it kept me interested and engaged. I also enjoyed the characters. I was able to connect with them despite the incredible situations they found themselves in. This book got me excited for any future adventures with these characters.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A new student review of In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak

khoef241 posted a new student review of In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak. See the full review.

In Real Life is all right, but I did find it to be a bit predictable. One would not write about a videogamer seeking glory if he does not find it. Also, by creating a hostile environment (two living quarters, the fighting parents, a rude brother, and a poor father-son relationship) the author really set up the average brooding teenage boy who hides himself away from the world to play video games and escape reality.

As well as his brother's playboy lifestyle, the reader can only assume Seth would find attraction and distraction in a girl. Foreshadowing is all right when done in moderation, but I believe this particular book holds too much. I also don't think the book will reach its intended audience because of the structure. In fact, I can't really tell who the audience is supposed to be. If the book is meant for gamer girls then I believe you have a hit, yet that is an extremely small audience. Given that it is a growing population, I find it hard to believe that the author only intended it for that particular audience.

For gamer boys I believe that, depending on their taste, not many would read it, and the ones who do probably wouldn't finish it. As for the rest of the teenage population, the author goes into too much depth of the actual video game. As a nongamer, most of the references to the game were confusing, and the pages spent on Seth sitting and playing had me tempted to put down the book and not come back. To be a true hit, I believe the author should have revised based on the audience he was trying to pinpoint and tweak the details to fit. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

A new student review of Dolls of Hope by Shirley Parenteau

moseso posted a new student review of Dolls of Hope by Shirley Parenteau. See the full review.

The sequel to Ship of Dolls: Dolls of Hope, is a captivating story of friendship and bravery. The author did a superb job of developing characters. Immediately jumping into action while slowly developing the characters over the course of the book was an excellent way to attach the readers to eleven-year-old Chiyo. The author wrote the story in such a way that the reader feels everything the main character goes through.

 

Not knowing how culture was in the 1900s in Japan, I am not sure how adults felt about young children traveling alone. Towards the end of the story, Chiyo takes a train all by herself and travels a long way. The conductor and other adults on the train never question why she is alone. I found this perplexing and question whether is it historically and culturally accurate. 

 

Having read the previous book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the sequel. Dolls of Hope is a wonderful continuation of the story that began in Ship of Dolls, however it is important to note that if a girl was to pick up this book without having read the other, she would relish the story just as much and not feel as if she missed something. Dolls of Hope is a delightful tale that any girl should read.  

 

A new student review of Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City by Wendelin Van Draanen

aliviathesmartee posted a new student review of Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City by Wendelin Van Draanen. See the full review.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. It had many twists and turns and was very exciting to read.  I liked how the personalities of each character were so different and alive, while still realistic. I also admired how the mystery was so unusually solved, and how readers could so easily relate to many of the situations.

 

One thing I disliked was how the suspense of the mystery wasn’t really strong at many points. Another was how the story was a bit slow, and could have been more action-paced.

 

Overall, this was a great read, and I can’t wait to read more of this series!