Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper, by Michael Reisman

"This is a exciting story about Simon Bloom, a ordinary (but slightly nerdish) 6th grader who finds an ancient book that actually gives him control over the laws of physicis. The adventures he and his friends have are mind-boggling! Gliding down gravel hills like they were made of snow, leaping impossible distances, floating in their bedroom like they were in zero-G, it's one adventure after another! Of course there's a bad guy (there always is), but that what keeps the story moving!"

Reviewed by Robbie:-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

American Beauty, by Zoey Dean

"This book is awesome!! Teenagers can see . . . the perfect life that they desire"

Reviewed by Trinh, Western Guilford High School
There's a Girl in my Hammerlock, by Margaret Bechard

"This book can express teen's thinking. Girls always want to find themself. This book is wonderful!"

Reviewed by Trinh, 11th grade at Western Guilford

Monday, July 21, 2008

Keeper of the Night, by Kimberly Willis Holt

"The author really gets you into the book and the girl's life. Her mother dies and she wants to know why she killed herself. But on that journey she discovers how to open up to people and herself."

Reviewed by Tiffany, Smith High graduate of '08!

And here's the New York Times Review of Keeper of the Night!

Mexican High, by Liza Monroy

"What do you think when you read a book and you get new views in(to) another world? I kept reading this book, and I realized I was really excited to know what happened next. This novel is like a new lesson. Thanks Lisa Monroy, you are a awesome author!" Reviewed by Trinh, Western Guilford.
"This is a story about a 17 year old girl (Mila) who moves with her Mom back to Mexico City after living in the U.S., and the clash in culture that she encounters. Mila also trys to solve the mystery behind her Mexican father, who has been long absent from her life." Reviewed by Robbie.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

"This book explains a complicated relationship between a clumsy girl and the vampire she falls in love with. It's romantic in a sweeter way than other vampire love novels. The romance adventure . . . is at a "PG 13" level."
Reviewed by Sabrina, who attends Weaver Academy

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rewind, by Jan Page

Like a bolt of lightening, teenager Liam was struck one day by the novel idea: start a band! He thought he could play a drum (not that he had a set), and his friend’s Daz and CJ could sort-of maybe play guitar and keyboard, so what’s to loose? And so the band Salamander was formed. But at their first gig a terrible accident happens, and Liam finds himself (as a ghost) back in the days to when his mom and pop were teens in their own band!

Liam finds himself faced with a dilemma. Can he right the wrong that cost one of their band members his life? And will his meddling cause himself never to have been born? This is an interesting British book filled with lingo like “telly” and “blue bloody moon,” but still a fun read that I’d recommend to anyone who likes books that challenge you to think “what if I could have changed . . . “
Reviewed by Robbie

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Big Book of Horror, by Alissa Hayman

"This tome is for those of us who enjoy a good classical horror story by the masters: H.P. Lovecraft, Poe and Stevenson. True it's a children's book but the stories are taken from the works of the aforementioned. Besides, who wants to struggle through that old English writing. The language is much (more) simplified in this book."

Reviewed by Micah

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Emako Blue, by Brenda Woods

"I think this book is terrific because it made me cry . . . it is terrific!" Reviewed by Destiny Epps, Kiser Middle School