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                         Title of Book                                                       Author of Book                                                  Reviewed By

102 minutes, The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers Dwyer, Jim and Flynn, Kevin Heather Afford
1776 David McCullough Jimmy Stevens
Absolutely Normal Chaos Sharon Creech Alexis Peoples
Acceleration Graham McNamee Brittany Pope
All American Girl Cabot, Meg Rebecca Pero
Always and Forever McDaniel, Lurlene Kate Ricca
Angels and Demons Dan Brown Heather Barger
Are We There Yet? David Levithan Jennifer Larsen
Are We There Yet? David Levithan Catie DelleMonache
AUDREY HEPBURN Woodward, Ian Jean Cho
Ayudar a los demas Amos, Janine Lindsay Braddock
Barbed Wire:  A Political History Razac, Olivier Brittany Pope
Bergdorf  Blondes Sykes, Plum Caitlin Bangle
Blood and Honor George Anastasia Kelsey Connelly
Body of Christopher Creed Carol Plum-Ucci Jon Scott
Bola de Mugre Robert Munsch Tara Query
Book of Fred Abby Bardi Patricia Tate
The Boy Next Door Cabot, Meggin Christina Muscat
The Boys of Winter Coffey, Wayne Thacher DeStefano
Breathing Underwater Flinn, Alex Bernadette Brogden
Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Rosa, Joseph G. Jorrie Trenkamp
Candy Freak Almond, Steve Alexis Peoples
Catalyst Laurie Halse Anderson Jessica Donoghue
Chanel's World Alexa Mixon
A Child Called "It" Pelzer, Dave Kaylin Campen
A Child Called "It" Pelzer, Dave Amber Bacon
A Child Called It Pelzer,Dave Mara Passaro
Chinese Handcuffs Chris Crutcher Samantha Kohl
The Christopher Killer Ferguson, Alane Allyson Burke
Chocolat Joanne Harris Lauren Brennan
Chocolat Joanne Harris Kate Ricca
A Clockwork Orange Burgess, Anthony Dana Dietz
Close To Shore Michael Capuzzo Matt Carr
The Color of Water McBride, James Lauren Miller
Committed St. Amant, Mark Tyler Bakely
Confessions of a Not It Girl Melissa Cantor  Kamille Corum
Crocodile on the Sandbank Elizabeth Peters Brianna Talbot
The Cuckoo's Egg Stoll, Clifford John Powell
Daktar: Diplomat in Bangladesh Olsen, Viggo with Lockerbie, Jeanette Emily Onorato
The Da Vinci Code Brown, Dan Sal Saluga
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters Gail Giles Kaylin Campen
Deception Point Dan Brown Heather Barger
Devil in the White City Larson,  Erik Nicole Creehan
Devil in the Details : Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood Traig, Jennifer Lindsey Schmidt
Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Kelly Barton
Digital Fortress Dan Brown Heather Barger
Dive From Clausen's Pier Ann Packer Devon Walder
Donorboy Brendan Halpin Allyson Burke
Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey Chris Panico
Dunk David Lubar Justin Corrar
An Egg on Three Sticks Jackie Moyer Fischer Courtney Leek
Eldest Christopher Paolini Jon Scott
Elsewhere Zevin, Gabrielle Lauren Brennan
Every Second Counts Armstrong, Lance Samantha Kohl
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel Felicitas D. Goodman Chris Panico
Fast Food Nation Schlosser, Eric Kyle Rulon
Faultline Janet Tashjian Devon Walder
Featherless, Desplumado Herrera, Juan Felipe Elizabeth Hudson
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk Jeff Barner
Finding Katie Sparks, Beatrice Stephanie DeLong
First French Kiss and Other Traumas Adam Bagdasarian Mara Passaro
First Part Last Angela Johnson Jess Warwick
First Part Last Angela Johnson Danielle Caudle
Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom Maggie Reinhold
Forensic Science Campbell, Andrea Shane Lyon
French Women Don't Get Fat Guiliano, Mireille Lauren Brennan
Gifts Ursula K. Le Guin Jimmy Stevens
Girl Interrupted Susanna Kaysen Allyson Burke
Girl Interrupted Susanna Kaysen Bernadette Brogden
Girl, Interrupted Kaysen, Suzanna Dana Dietz
Girl, Interrupted Kaysen, Suzanna Devon Walder
The Giver Lois Lowry Chris Cocozza
Go Ask Alice Anonymous Jesse Tyrrell
The Godfather Puzo, Mario Phil Burnham
Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Phil Burnham
Heart on My Sleeve Ellen Wittlinger Gwen Kronenberger
Heaven Angela Johnson Lauren Miller
High Fidelity Nick Hornby Katie Drayton
Homecoming Cynthia Voight Bernadette Brogden
Homeless Bird Gloria Whelan Jean Cho
Homeless Bird Gloria Whelan Alexandra Bricker
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart Deb Colletti Kortney Smith
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart Deb Colletti Kelly Barton
Hot Zone Richard Preston Jeff Barner
How I Fell in Love and Learned to Shoot Free Throws Jon Ripslinger Shauna Milligan
The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy Jonathan Schoeffling
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer Lauren Holt
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer Brianna Talbot
Ironman Chris Crutcher Matt Carr
Ironman Chris Crutcher Justin Corrar
It's Not About the Bike Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins Trey Alber
It's Not About the Bike Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins Chris Cocozza
Its Not About The Bike: My Story Back To Life Armstrong, Lance Gwen Kronenberger
Katie.com Tarbox, Katherine Danielle Caudle
Kat's Fall Shelley Hrdlitschka Jorrie Trenkamp
The Last Time I Wore A Dress Scholinski, Daphne Devon Ogle
Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars Summer, Lauralee Emily Foulk
Left Behind Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins John Powell
The Little Friend Donna Tartt Devon Ogle
Little Soldier Bernard Ashley Phil Burnham
Looking for Alaska Green, John Amber Bacon
Loose Balls Williams,Jayson Justin Corrar
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Jessica Tyrell
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Vanessa Barbour
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Angela Senski
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Emily Foulk
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Shauna Milligan
Keeper of the Truth Kimberly Willis Holt Melanie Wittenberger
Life is Funny E.R. Frank Lauren Miller
Lucky Alice Sebold Caitlin Bangle
Lucky Alice Sebold Vanessa Barbour
Lucky Alice Sebold Liz MacNeill
Luna Julie Anne Peters Christine Kostyk
Marley and Me John Grogan Kelsey Connelly
Marley & Me Grogan, John Alyssa Kelly
Marley & Me : Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog Grogan, John Maggie Reinhold
Maximum Ride:  The Angel Experiment James Patterson Kyle Rulon
Memoirs of a Geisha Goldman, Arthur Liz MacNeill
Memoirs of a Geisha Goldman, Arthur Christine Kostyk
Memoirs of a Geisha Golden, Arthur Vanessa Barbour
Merlin Conspiracy Diana Wynne Jones Lauren Holt
Midnight for Charlie Bone Nimmo, Jenny Trey Alber
A Million Little Pieces James Frye Caitlin Bangle
A Million Little Pieces James Frey Shauna Milligan
A Model for a Better Future Alexis, Kim Jennifer Larsen
The Notebook Nicholas Sparks Jean Cho
My Bridges of Hope Bitton-Jackson, Livia Melanie Wittenberger
My Life Among the Serial Killers Morrison, Hellen Harold Goldberg
My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult Lindsey Schmidt
Ned Kelly John Molony Patricia Tate
Odd Thomas Dean Koontz Matt Gutwald
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Dana Dietz
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Matt Gutwald
One Child Torey L. Hayden Courtney Leek
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey Adam Conigliaro
Overboard Elizabeth Fama Catie DelleMonache
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chobsky Rebecca Pero
Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chobsky Taylor Wegmann
Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chobsky Melanie Wittenberger
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux Dana England
The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux Rebecca Pero
Phineas Gage Fleischman ,John Mike Montegary
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Emily Onorato
Pirates Celia Rees Trey Alber
A Place to Stand Baca, Jimmy Santiago Kaitlin Carafa
Playing Without the Ball Rich Wallace Chris Cocozza
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Heather Afford
Prom Laurie Halse Anderson Jennifer Larsen
Promise You Won't Freak Out Fuller, Doris; Fuller, Natalie; Fuller, Greg Danielle Caudle
Pure Sunshine James,  Brian Shawn Patterson
Push Sapphire, Ramona Lofton Emily Onorato
Rainbow Six Clancy, Tom John Powell
The Realm of Possibility David Levithman Julia England
The Republic Plato Sal Saluga
Rocket Boys Hickam Jr., Homer Andrea Rich
Saving Francesca Melina Marchetta Liz MacNeil
She Said Yes Bernall, Misty Alexandra Bricker
She Said Yes Bernall, Misty Kate Ricca
Skipping Christmas John Grisham Thacher DeStefano
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Chris Crutcher Amber Bacon
A Step from Heaven Na, An Emily Foulk
Stiff Mary Roach Camille Corum
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Prison Oufkir, Malika & Fitoussi, Michele Kortney Smith
The She Plum-ucci, Carol Lindsey Schmidt
Stoner and Spaz Ron Koertge Kaitlin Carafa
Stop Pretending Sones, Sonya Mara Passaro
Survive! Peter DeLeo Catie DelleMonache
Sybil Schreiber, Flora Rheta Jess Warwick
Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss Sal Saluga
Teach Me Nelson, R.A. Julia England
Tell No One Harlan Coben Alyssa Kelly
Tender Valerie Hobbs Katie Drayton
Things Change Jones, Patrick Kaitlin Carafa
Torn Thread Isaacs, Anne Andrea Rich
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson Tyler Bakely
True Confessions of a Heartless Girl Martha Brooks Heather Afford
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Maggie Reinhold
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green Joshua Braff Andrea Rich
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green Joshua Braff Samantha Kohl
Virus Ground Zero Regis, Ed Dana England
Walk Away Home Many, Paul Kelsey Connelly
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson Jessica Donoghue
Wiseguy Pileggi Katie Drayton
You Remind Me of You Corrigan, Eireann Taylor Wegmann
You Remind Me of You Corrigan, Eireann Julia England
Zig Zag Ellen Wittlenger Alyssa Kelly
Zig Zag Ellen Wittlenger Alexandra Bricker

Title of Book:  102 minutes, The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Author of Book:   Dwyer, Jim and Flynn, Kevin
Reviewed By:   Heather Afford
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This book, 102 Minutes, is a great true account to read if you want to truly know what happened inside the twin towers on September 11th. Most of it is very interesting, but at some points it does get boring, due to the long, drawn out explanation of safety precautions, radios, and the firemen and police issues. Even though it does get boring you still want to read more about the heroic acts of the workers inside the buildings and learn to know these people as if you really did know them. You become sad when you become aware of their deaths, or are happy when you know they survive. If you enjoy books about tragedy, but at the same time, survival, you will like this book.

 

Title of Book:  1776
Author of Book:  David McCullough
Reviewed by:  Jimmy Stevens
Grade:  9
What did you think? 
1776 was a great book for information.  That is basically all it is meant for, but I did think it became a little dry in a few spots.  However, I did come away with a tremendous amount of knowledge about the revolutionary war.  I myself liked the part of the book where it described the subordinate officers, the nobody's of the war.   I had more fun learning about those guys and their lives and experiences than the oh-so famous General Washington, who in fact was a pretty terrible general, and lost the majority of his battles.  One thing no one knows is that he personally he did not have much respect for his Yankee army, to say the least.  So the next time you and your friends are chatting about the war, you can impress them by telling them all about it. 
 

 

Title of Book: Absolutely Normal Chaos
Author of Book: Sharon Creech
Reviewed By: Alexis Peoples
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I liked this book a lot. I would recommend it to other people, but I think girls might enjoy it more than boys.  This book is about a girl who is assigned to keep a journal over the summer.  At first, she doesn't even know what a journal is, but by the end of the summer she ends up writing six journals.  This book tells about the day to day happenings of one girl and her family.  She also gets her first boyfriend, so she talks a lot about him in her journal.  By the end of the summer she worries about her teacher reading her journal and discovering her personal life.  If you want a suspenseful and humorous book this would be a good book for you.

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Title of Book:  Acceleration
Author of Book:   Graham McNamee
Reviewed By:   Brittany Pope
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This is a great book if you enjoy mysteries.  It can be a little boring at times, but it really picks up when clues about a serial killer's intentions start to come together.

 

Title of Book:  All-American Girl
Author of Book:   Meg Cabot
Reviewed by:  Rebecca Pero
Grade:  9
What did you think? This book was, by far, the best book I have ever read.  It is an easy read, that keeps you wanting more.  I would suggest this book to any high school girl, who enjoys reading about high school drama.  Throughout the book, the main character, Sam, struggles through her personal problems and ends up saving a life.  I enjoyed every second of this book and finished in only about three days.  It is an absolute must for all high school girls.

 

Title of Book:  Always and Forever
Author of Book:   McDaniel, Lurlene
Reviewed by: 
Kate Ricca
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
This book is about a shy, average, book smart girl, Melissa, who is diagnosed with leukemia.  Her best friend Jory was popular and very wealthy.  When Melissa becomes ill, Jory's life is put into perspective and she realizes money cannot buy everything.  Jory helps Melissa find hope that she had lost and helps her into remission.

 

Title of Book: Angels and Demons
Author of Book: Dan Brown
Reviewed by:  Heather Barger
Grade: 12th
What did you think? I recommend this book because it has a lot of good information, and it is an excellent read if you are bored one day and do not have anything to do.  Not only is it entertaining, you get a beautiful look at Rome in just a book.  I would give it to my friends to read because we like the same things and Dan Brown is an excellent author and should keep writing more books.

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Title of Book: Are We There Yet?
Author of Book: David Levithan
Reviewed By: Jennifer Larsen
Grade: 9
What did you think?: In a unique writing style, David Levithan tells a humorous and touching story to which we can all relate.  Levithan tells a story of two brothers, Danny and Elijah Silver, whose personalities clash and rarely talk anymore.  This all has to change when one day the Silver brothers' parents scam them into taking a nine day trip to Italy together.  In Italy, Danny and Elijah both fall in love with the same girl, Julia.  This and other serendipitous events that occur in Italy truly test their brotherhood.  I really enjoyed this novel and the many morals unveiled throughout the novel.  I strongly suggest that everyone read this uniquely touching novel.

 

Title of Book:  Are We There Yet?
Author of Book:   Levithan, David
Reviewed by: 
Catie DelleMonache
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
I believe that this book shows how two people can get along, even thought they are totally opposite human beings.  This book takes us through the surprise vacation to
Italy, from Elijah and Danny's parents.  The two brothers, one serious and hardworking, and the other outgoing and carefree, need to learn how to keep away from their differences and get along in the far away country.  I would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for something that they could relate to including drama and romance.

 

Title of Book:  AUDREY HEPBURN
Author of Book:   Woodward, Ian
Reviewed By:   Jean Cho
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This biography was brilliantly written. After reading this novel you can understand why Hepburn is an icon all over the world, and generally greatly admired. This is an attention- grabbing novel and not dull pages of facts. Though a tad bit lengthy, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a phenomenal biography.

 

Title of Book:  Ayudar a los demas
Author:  Amos, Janine
Illustrator:   Spenceley, Annabel
Publisher:  Garreth Stevens Publishing
Copyright:  2002
ISBN:  0836832043
# of Pages:  31
Genre:  Short story
Grades:  K, 1, 2       
Reviewed by:  Lindsay Braddock
Grade:  11th
What did you think?:  Ayudar a los demas is a book of two short stories about learning to help people in need.  The first story is on a boy who helps another one of his peers clean up.  The second story tells how a child can help their parent.  The colored pictures on every page help tell the story.  There are a few questions in bold that can be answered by the reader before they read on.  This can be used as a discussion in the class. The material is a little young for a non-native speaker to read, but has a good lesson for the younger audience.  This book is an acceptable buy.

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Title of Book:  Barbed Wire:  A Political History
Author of Book:  Razac, Olivier
Reviewed By:  Brittany Pope
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This is an interesting book about the uses of barbed wire throughout history; an agricultural tool, defense in war, a fence for prisoners, etc.  The barbed wire is symbolic to society and this book makes you think deep and at the same time say, "that's ironic."

 

Title of Book:  Bergdorf  Blondes
Author of Book:   Sykes, Plum
Reviewed By:   Caitlin Bangle
Grade:   9
What did you think?  In one word, fantastic.  Of course, it's meant for girls to read, but even if a guy happened to pick up this book, they'd probably enjoy it just as much.  It's about the life of riches in The Big Apple.  The lavish parties, and to die for Italian Princes.  Let's not forget, $300 Apple Bottom Jeans, and Chanel Sampling parties.  Throw in some flawless Bergdorf Blondes, and you're good to.  "Bergdorf Blondes is a thing." "...you wouldn't believe the dedication it takes to be a gorgeous, flaxen-haired, dermatologically perfect
New York
girl with a life that's fabulous beyond belief. " It's pricy, but well worth it.  I highly recommend reading this if you're a girl.  You won't be able to put the book down.  It's realistic and humorous, an unbeatable combination.

 

Title of Book: Blood and Honor
Author of Book: George Anastasia
Reviewed By: Kelsey Connelly
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This was one of the worst books that I have ever had to read. It's extremely confusing and it borders along the lines of fiction and nonfiction. I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not wish to be utterly confused and who does not like the mafia.

 

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Title of Book: The Body of Christopher Creed
Author of Book: Carol Plum-Ucci
Reviewed By: Jon Scott
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This book is the best book I have ever read. No competition. Its full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's all about Torey Adams, a senior, who is caught up in a conspiracy. The book starts with Torey telling all about his junior year, which was full of conspiracies. Christopher Creed, a happy yet obnoxious junior, emails the principal, telling him about the horrible treatment that he received at the school. He then disappeared without a single trace. There was no evidence, not even a speck of hair or a fiber from clothing, to give any clue of his whereabouts. Throughout the book, Torey makes new friends and loses others as he tries to find Chris Creed and save one of his friends from the "hangman's noose". The author really captures what its like to be a teenager, not like other authors who think they know but they don't. This is a great book for anyone and is the absolute best book I have ever read, bar none.

 

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Title of Book:  Bola de Mugre
Author:  Munsch, Robert
Illustrator:  Suamalainen, Sami
Publisher: Annick Press Ltd.
Copyright: 2004
ISBN:  1550378732
# of Pages:  26
Price:  $5.95
Genre:  Humor
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7
Reviewed by:  Tara Query
Grade:  Junior
What did you think?:   I thought this was a pretty good book. Some of the vocabulary though wasn’t at a pre-K level and I think because of the grammar in the book and the synonyms it put this book at a middle school level. Also, if you weren’t actually reading the script, I think you would be misled, because in the pictures Jule Ann seems to be enjoying the mud but in the story after being jumped on by the mud she is afraid to go outside.  Overall though I think this is a cute story and I would recommend it to other libraries.


 

Title of Book: The Book of Fred
Author of  Book: Abby Bardi
Reviewed By: Patricia Tate
Grade: Ninth
What did you think?: “The Book of Fred” made me aware of my surroundings if nothing else. If you pick up on things easily, then this is the book for you. In my opinion, it wasn’t particularly interesting. Sure the Uncle was a Druggie which made the book more entertaining, and Mary Fred’s strange ways and literal thinking could make you smile, but for the most part, it’s confusing. The author goes back and forth to talk about this and that, then makes you remember something exact you read one hundred pages back. Fulfilling, shocking, totally realistic, but a bummer on the whole. Unless you pick things up quick and have a great memory, I don’t recommend it.

 

Title of Book:  The Boy Next Door
Author of Book:   Cabot, Meggin
Reviewed by: 
Christina Muscat
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
The Boy Next Door is a wonderful story with many twists.  Two people fighting over a girl named Mel.  One who works with her and the others grandmother lives next door to Mel and owns a cute dog.  But whoever saves the day will win the girl.  Read this book for a exciting adventure!

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Title of Book:  The Boys of Winter
Author of Book:   Coffey, Wayne
Reviewed by:  Thacher DeStefano
Grade:  9
What did you think?  In my opinion, I loved everything about this book.  It is an unbelievable re telling of the so called “Miracle on Ice.”  Wayne Coffey captured every turning point and detail in the book.  I also enjoyed the way it was set up; just like a hockey game.  It had a first period, intermission, a second period, intermission, and a third period.  It was a really effective way to get the story across with more detail.  I thought everything that was in the book was great.  I would recommend this for anyone who loves to play or just loves the sport of hockey.  There was no better way of reading about the 1980 “Miracle” than The Boys of Winter.

 

Title of Book:  Breathing Underwater
Author of Book:   Flinn, Alex
Reviewed By:   Bernadette Brogden
Grade:   9
What did you think?  The book Breathing Underwater is about a 16 year old teenage boy named Nick Andreas who has the perfect high school life.  He owns a cool car, is in the popular crowd, and has one of the prettiest girls in his high school, Caitlin, for his girlfriend.  But then Nick finds himself in court after hitting Caitlin.  Find out what happens when Nick is sent to an anger management class and is required to write a journal, which he uses to tell his story about his relationship with Caitlin and about his life living with his father.  This book is an easy read that would interest both male and female readers, especially teenagers.

 

Title of Book:  Buffalo Bill and His Wild West 
Author of Book:   Rosa, Joseph G.
Reviewed by:  Jorrie Trenkamp
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This book had some good details describing the man but it was kind of boring. I would recommend it to people that like to learn about history.

 

Title of Book:  Candy Freak
Author of Book:   Almond, Steve
Reviewed by:  Alexis Peoples
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I didn't really like this book.  There were a few funny parts, but most of those parts were inappropriate.  For mostly all of the book the main character goes around to candy factories and tries different types of candy.  He is obsessed with candy and says he has had a piece of candy everyday of his life.  There were a few interesting things I learned about candy, but overall I didn’t really get anything out of this book.

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Title of Book: Catalyst
Author of Book: Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed By: Jessica Donoghue
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Catalyst was a really great book about the struggles of two high-school girls.  These girls, Kate the high-school good girl and Teri the tough muscle woman, were total opposites until their world’s crash together during a series of misfortunate events.  I really enjoyed the book, especially when Kate and Teri first come together and can't agree on anything.  Neither wants to be around the other which is difficult because they are sharing the same room along with Teri's little brother Mikey.  My friends and classmates would like this book, so I would recommend it to all.  READ THIS BOOK!

 

Title of Book:  Chanel's World
 Author of Book:
 Reviewed by:  Alexa Mixon
 Grade:  9
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Title of Book:  A Child Called “It”
Author of Book:   Pelzer, Dave
Reviewed by:  Kaylin Campen
Grade:  9
What did you think? This was a sad book, but it was also very good. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that asked me for a quick, easy read. It's a book you just can't put down.

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Title of Book:  A Child Called “It”
 Author of Book:   Pelzer, Dave
 Reviewed by:  Amber Bacon
 Grade:  9
 What did you think? This book was very descriptive, and I could visualize things very well from his interpretations. For the most part I liked the book. I liked the fact that something horrible was going on in this little boy’s life, and he never gave up; and in the end he got help. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind reading something a bit disturbing and sad. But if you want to read it and be prepared for some really terrible facts that happen to this child in the novel, and hopefully you will get something positive out of an event so negative and heartbreaking.

 

Title of Book:  A Child Called It
Author of Book:   Pelzer,Dave
Reviewed By:   Mara Passaro
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I started reading this book in the morning and after three hours, I was finished. There is no way you can put this novel down, without finishing it. Dave Pelzer is a great writer, and you will be moved after reading this novel. His real life traumas will shock you and give you a rude awakening. I enjoyed every second of this book, and I feel you will too. If you enjoy suspense, real life drama, and biographies this novel is for you. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good book.

 

Title of Book: Chinese Handcuffs
Author of Book: Chris Crutcher
Reviewed By: Samantha Kohl
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: If you liked Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, you would love this book just as much as I did. It kept you interested from the very beginning. The fact that there was barely a time where it didn’t keep you guessing was one of the best parts. Dillon, the main character, writes to his dead brother who committed suicide and also helps his best friend deal with the sexual abuse from her step-father. Once you figure out the reason why some things happen in the story, you can’t put it down.

 

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Title of Book: Chocolat
Author of Book: Joanne Harris
Reviewed By: Lauren Brennan
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book was good, in my opinion, but not for everyone. This is definitely more of a girl book than a guy one, so if you are a guy, suggest it to your girlfriend! Chocolat has a lot of French added into it, seeing as Joanne Harris is partially French. So, if you are one of those people who absolutely LOVES other languages, this is the book for you! My favorite part of Chocolat is towards the end, when the story line becomes more exciting, I just couldn't put the book down! Chocolat is sort of a slow read, it is hard to get into at first, but once you get past the first two chapters you are sure to love it as much as I did! I would only recommend this book to those of my friends who like more of a sappy, moralistic story, it is a tough read, but in the end, is completely worth it!

 

Title of Book: Chocolat
Author of Book: Joanne Harris
Reviewed By: Kate Ricca
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I thought the book was excellent and very well written! It took me a while to get into the story after the first couple of chapters and then it picked up.  The story was very straitlaced and "mushy-gushy" at some parts.  There was a lot of French worked into the book.  A lot about the culture and language was entwined.  This was more a chick flick book and I would recommend it.

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Title of Book:  The Christopher Killer
Author of Book:  
Ferguson, Alane
Reviewed By:   Allyson Burke
Grade:   9
What did you think?  The Christopher Killer, by Alane Ferguson, was one of the best books I've read.  It is a murder mystery about a serial killer who kills girls and then leaves Saint Christopher's medal, as his mark, with the deceased.  The serial killer then strikes in the small town of Silverton, Colorado.  The main character Cameryn Mahoney helps her father, the coroner of the town, solve the mystery of who the murder is and why he did it.

 

Title of Book:  A Clockwork Orange
Author of Book:   Burgess, Anthony
Reviewed by:  Dana Dietz
Grade:  9
What did you think?  A Clockwork Orange is set in futuristic London, and told by the brilliant and disturbed narrator, Alex. It takes you on a shocking journey through the narrator's experiences with violence, authority, and high technology. The point of view from which the story is told reveals an alarming world that explores the boundaries between freedom and captivity. I recommend this book to anyone who is prepared for an unpredictable, thrilling novel that will have you thinking about the dimensions of good and evil.   A Clockwork Orange is one of the best, thought-provoking books i have ever read.

 

 

Title of Book:  Close to Shore       
Author of Book:   Michael Capuzzo
Reviewed by:  Matt Carr
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Close to Shore is a great read for anyone interested in marine and history novels. Personally, I really enjoyed this book because of the story format and my love for the ocean. I’ve always been interested in fish, particularly sharks, and this incredible account of a “rogue shark” intrigued me to not put the book down. When some think “shark book” they think of some first grade, corny type of a story. Think that no more, because this unbelievable, true chronicle is a must read.

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Title of Book:  The Color of Water
Author of Book:   McBride, James
Reviewed By:   Lauren Miller
Grade:   9
What did you think?  The Color of Water was an excellent book.  It was my favorite book that I read all year.  It’s very touching and raw.  The fact that it is a true story makes it all the more emotional.  It’s all about the struggles of a white Jewish mother and her half-black children.  They go through so many problems you wonder how they will ever make through that mess.  That’s why it is so refreshing at the end to see how successful the family becomes.  I loved this book.  It makes you realize just how important and valuable love, faith, family, and education are.  It’s a real eye-opener.  I really enjoyed it, and I think a lot of other people would too if they’re looking for a well-written, interesting, and touching read.  I also liked how the chapters were alternated being told by James McBride and his mother.  It kept things interesting because you could see both of their points of views on the situations they went through.  This book was so good and I’d recommend it to anyone.

 

Title of Book:  Committed    
Author of Book:   St. Amant, Mark
Reviewed by:  Tyler Bakely
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I really enjoyed this book. Since I am into Fantasy Football, and a big fan of the sport, I got into this easily and with full knowledge of what players he was talking about, and how the whole thing works. Most of the humor in this book is really funny, and kept me interested. However, if you do not like football, or do not like fantasy games, I would not recommend this. It requires some knowledge of the NFL and its rules, and how fantasy sports work. Otherwise, you will find yourself confused and lost. But I still think this is on of the best non fiction books I have ever read.

 

Title of Book: Confessions of A Not It Girl
Author of Book: Melissa Kantor
Reviewed By: Camille Corum
Grade: Freshman
What did you think?: Well, this is the only time you can judge a book by its cover. The first day I brought this book around to my classes I got many comments. The basically all were, “This book is a chick flick isn’t it?” or, “This has got to be about girly-girls!” These comments were made without even opening the cover of the novel. Yes, this was a story of girly-girls, and it was a chick flick. It is also one of the catchiest, you-can’t-put-down kind of book as well. I really enjoyed how much I could relate to the two main girls, Jan and Rachel. Although they are seniors, what they talked about and did was a lot like girls my age. So guys, this might not be the book for you, but girls THIS IS A MUST READ! 

 

Title of Book: Crocodile on the Sandbank
Author of Book: Elizabeth Peters
Reviewed By: Brianna Talbot
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This book is totally awesome!  Elizabeth Peters weaves an astonishing and lively web of characters and events against a historically accurate backdrop of the great age of Egyptological exploration during the Victorian age.  Peters demonstrates her extraordinary command of the English language by including marvelous vocabulary.  If you enjoy books brimming with adventure, suspense, mystery, and a touch of romance, this is the perfect book for you.  Crocodile on the Sandbank is just plain fun to read, and you’re bound to grin and chuckle your way through it! 

 

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Title of Book:  The Cuckoo's Egg 
Author of Book:   Stoll, Clifford
Reviewed by:  John Powell
Grade:  9
What did you think?   The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll is a great book for those who like computers and mystery.  It is about the author's new job at Lawrence Berkely Lab where he finds a hacker has entered their computer system.  This hacker is trying to gain access to several military and other federal computer networks hoping to find classified info.  Stoll tracks him down through a maze of computer security and flaws.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes computers.  It is filled programming language and computer code found on older computer systems.  It is a great book.

 

Title of Book:  Daktar: Diplomat in Bangladesh
Author of Book:   Olsen, Viggo with Lockerbie, Jeanette
Reviewed By:   Emily Onorato
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I'd have to say that, over all, this was an enjoyable book. It portrays an excellent array of religion, mission work, politics, and the life of a doctor in the personal format of an auto biography. This is a book that I would recommend only to someone who truly would be interested in learning of the hard-working nature of a missionary. However, I assure to anyone that this would be a wonderful piece to read and grow a larger knowledge of the culture of the Bengali people.

 

Title of Book:  The Da Vinci Code
Author of Book:   Brown, Dan
Reviewed By:   Sal Saluga
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This book is amazing. It's easily the best book I've ever read. I recommend it to everyone in this school.

 

Title of Book: Dead Girls Don't Write Letters
Author of Book: Gail Giles
Reviewed By: Kaylin Campen
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Sunny thought her sister died in a fire... until she got a letter from her. Her sister, Jazz, was coming home, but when she got home, it wasn't her.  This is a very good book, an easy read, and catchy. You won't want to put it down.

 

Title of Book: Deception Point
Author Book: Dan Brown
Reviewed by: Heather Barger
Grade: 12th
What did you think?   This is another good Dan Brown book.  He keeps you in suspense the whole time, through to the end.  It can be boring in the beginning, but it picks up at the end. 

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Title of Book:  Devil in the White City     
Author of Book:   Larson,  Erik
Reviewed by:  Nicole Creehan
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I never thought I would be a fan of a non-fiction, but this book definitely doesn’t read like a non-fiction.  Loaded with details that you would only think of finding in fiction, filled with description instead of dry facts, you don’t realize that you are not only reading something that is true but also learning something in the process.  While I would recommend it to anyone, you might not enjoy it as much if you have never heard of the Chicago World’s Fair and don’t have even a basic knowledge of that general time.  This is a necessary read for anyone who likes historical fiction and who is interested in the late 1800’s Victorian era and the many events that changed our country.

 

Title of Book:  Devil in the Details : Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood
Author of Book:   Traig, Jennifer
Reviewed By:   Lindsey Schmidt
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I enjoyed this book very much.  Although I do not have OCD like the author of the book, it taught me a lot about something that I didn't know a lot about.  It was a very funny book, and sometimes I even found myself laughing out loud.  I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because it is the type of book that appeals to all audiences.  Anybody can pick up Devil in the Details and get absorbed just like I did!

 

Title of Book:  The Diary Of A Young Girl        
Author of Book:   Anne Frank
Reviewed by:  Kelly Barton
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I really enjoyed reading this book. The subject of the Holocaust isn't one that usually includes humor, but through Anne Frank's writing, she sometimes expresses sarcasm. I found this interesting, and it held my attention. I really liked how I could so easily connect with a lot of her entries because a lot of the things she wrote about (i.e. problems or positive things) were often things that I have had happen to me. To think that someone who I could relate to went through such a terrible experience is mind blowing. I would recommend it to my friends because I found it so easy to relate to, that they might also.

 

 

Title of Book: Digital Fortress
Author of Book: Dan Brown
Reviewed by:   Heather Barger
Grade: 12th
What did you think? This is one of his best books since the Da Vinci Code.  It is funny, entertaining, and suspenseful.  It is a great read, just like any other Dan Brown books.  Hope you get it.
 

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Title of Book:  Dive From Clausen’s Pier        
Author of Book:   Ann Packer
Reviewed by:  Devon Walder
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I thought this book was very interesting, but it did have some slow parts. I would recommend it to my friends, but I would warn them that there are some parts which may be a little more mature than what people my age are normally used to reading. If you like serious books and love stories, this would be a good book for you!

 

Title of Book: Donorboy
Author of Book: Brendan Halpin
Reviewed By: Allyson Burke
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: If you want a good read then you should definitely read Donorboy by Brendan Halpin.  I enjoyed this book because it was written in a different format than most books.  This book was written in emails and journal entries unlike most books.  Donorboy was also very different then the normal books on the curriculum.  This book tells the story of a girl who lost her two mothers to a tragic car accident and how she had to go live with her sperm donor dad.  I think that anyone who likes comedy and tragedy would enjoy this book.

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Title of Book: Dragonflight
Author of Book: Anne McCaffrey
Reviewed By: Chris Panico
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Dragonflight is a book that is written extremely well. It combines interesting characters and intricately created creatures together to manifest an amazing plot and a great story. I would recommend  this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels.

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Title of Book: Dunk
Author of Book: David Lubar
Reviewed By: Justin Corrar
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I thought this book was really good. I read this book in 3 hours and it was 250 pages, and that's pretty fast for me. Well this book is about this kid Chad that lives in the Jersey Shore. He hangs around the boardwalk all summer with his closest friends. He gets in a bunch of situations and his best friend nearly dies but through it he perseveres. For a while he stayed in his room, but finally he leaves his room. He ends up being the guy in a dunk tank hence the title, Dunk. I don't want to give too much away but you can read my full review in the library.

 

Title of Book: An Egg On Three Sticks
Author of Book: Jackie Moyer Fischer
Reviewed By: Courtney Leek
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This book was very dramatic.  It had a lot of real-life stuff that a lot of people could probably relate to.  I really enjoyed this novel. It was a little long, and some parts were strange, but overall it was a really good book.  I would definitely recommend this book because it just had so many elements to it; some parts you didn't know when to laugh and when to be sad.

 

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Title of Book:  Eldest
Author of Book:   Christopher Paolini
Reviewed by: 
Jon Scott
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
Eldest by Christopher Paolini is a sequel to the book Eragon. In Eragon, a boy named Eragon (go figure) finds a strange blue stone. In a few weeks, he realizes it is much more than a stone. The stone is actually an egg, which hatches into a baby dragon. The book follows through Eragon's adventures with Saphira (his dragon), ending up with him joining the Varden (rebels against King Galbatorix). In Eldest, it picks up from where the great battle had just ended between the Varden and Galbatorix's creatures, with the Varden as the victors. The book continues on through Eragon's adventures, much of the time during his training with an experienced elf rider. I enjoyed every last part of this book and think it is one of the best books and series out there. I believe that this trilogy could even rival that of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels or LOTR lovers.

 

Title of Book:  Elsewhere     
Author of Book:   Zevin, Gabrielle
Reviewed by:  Lauren Brennan
Grade:  9
What did you think?   Elsewhere was surprisingly good! When you first pick it up, if you do at all, (since, I must admit, the cover is slightly boring) it does not look at all like a good book. But, as you start to read the first couple of pages, you get hooked! Elsewhere is about a girl named Liz, who dies early in her life. Throughout the book, you follow Liz on her journey through an alternate world, in a place called "Elsewhere" (hence the name of the book). What I really liked about this book, was that it was different, it used many different situations that weren't repetitive, like so many other books I have read. This book is an original! Elsewhere is a fantasy, and yet keeps it realistic (to a certain degree). I'm pretty sure every girl who opens Elsewhere up, will love it!

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Title of Book:  Every Second Counts
Author of Book:   Armstrong, Lance
Reviewed By:   Samantha Kohl
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I really enjoyed this book because its gets into a cancer patients head, and your really understand what someone goes through. This book is very detailed about cycling in general, but mostly about training for the Tour de France and trying to live his own life. Armstrong can be very serious at time but is also not a bad comedian. There is no slow part of this book, and I could not put it down.

 

Title of Book:  The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Author of Book:  Felicitas D. Goodman
Reviewed by:  Chris Panico
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I thought this book was very well written. I have to applaud the author on her work of conveying all the information from hundreds of tape recordings recorded in Latin and German and other foreign tongues. The story is extremely interesting, and is allegedly a true occurrence. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in supernatural things such as possession and exorcism.

 

 

Title of Book:  Fast Food Nation
Author of Book:  Schlosser, Eric
Reviewed By:  Kyle Rulon
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This book was a nice read, but I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone because it can get a little dry with all the facts. I liked this book and give it a four out of five.
 

 

Title of Book: Faultline
Author of Book: Janet Tashjian
Reviewed By: Devon Walder
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book is great for almost any reader. It starts out pretty slow, but after the first few chapters it's almost like you can't put it down. I would recommend it to all of my friends. It is interesting, sad, and funny.

 

Title of Book:   Featherless, Desplumado
Author of Book:  Herrera, Juan Felipe
Illustrator of Book:   Cuevas, Jr.  , Ernesto
Publisher:  Children's Book Press
Copyright:  2004
ISBN:  0892391952
# of Pages:  31
Price:   $16.95
Genre: Realistic fiction
Grades:  PreK, K, 1, 2, 3
Reviewed By:  Elizabeth Hudson
Grade:  12th
What did you think?:  This wonderfully crafted story is the perfect example of a book that leaves you feeling warm inside.  Herrera creates the timeless tale of a little boy, Tomasito, who learns to rise above his disability that makes him different from others and truly break free from his bonds so that he can fly.  Along his journey, his little featherless friend, Desplumado, helps him to find the wings within him.  I would highly recommend this book for children of all ages and adults.  The writing style was almost poetic, and the illustrations fit perfectly with the words.  The book was also filled with bits of Spanish culture which is great for curious and hungry young minds. 

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Title of Book: Fight Club
Author of Book: Chuck Palahniuk
Reviewed By: Jeff Barner
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Fight Club was an impressive display of urban literature.  While confusing at points, it packs a powerful punch and makes you double guess everything you’ve taken for granted in life.  A lot of content is not rated PG, and it can really be unnerving.  A good read, pick it up if you have the stomach and the chance.

 

Title of Book:  Finding Katie
Author of Book:   Sparks, Beatrice
Reviewed By:   Stephanie DeLong
Grade:   10
What did you think?  I liked this book because it was short and it told a real life story through the perspective of the person that was experiencing the hard ship. I would recommend this book because it is down to earth and it makes you realize how other people’s lives are and that all those people have it a lot worse than yourself.

 

Title of Book: First French Kiss and Other Traumas
Author of Book: Adam Bagdasarian
Reviewed By: Mara Passaro
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book started off great, but as time went on it became very boring. There were some moments where we as teenagers could relate to what Will, the main character, was going through. This novel is mostly about events that happen in Will's life. All in all I hated this book. There was no point to the novel, which was very disappointing. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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Title of Book: The First Part Last
Author of Book: Angela Johnson
Reviewed By: Jess Warwick
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: The First Part Last was a very well written book. Its unique setup of the novel makes it different from all of the other teen romance/drama books. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes an easy read with surprises throughout the novel, a truly unpredictable ending, and a great story line. This book kept my interest the entire time that I was reading it, unlike a lot of books that can get slow paced, and make you not want to read them anymore. This book was one of my favorites so far.

 

Title of Book: The First Part Last
Author of Book: Angela Johnson
Reviewed By: Danielle Caudle
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I really enjoyed reading this book because it relates to everyday events that occur in high school students lives. It was a mixture of happiness and sadness. I definitely recommend The First Part Last to all my friends just because it's a great book and it is only 131 pages long!

 

 

Title of Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author of Book: Mitch Albom
Reviewed By: Maggie Reinhold
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I highly recommend “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” to any type of reader.  This book gives you a totally new look on your life.  Your imagination will fly with the author's, and you will never want to put the book down! 

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Title of Book:  Forensic Science
Author of Book:  Campbell, Andrea
Reviewed by:  Shane Lyon   
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Conan Doyle and Holmes appeared in 1887. They were two of the first Forensic  Scientists. They tell you in the story how to get finger prints. They show you what to look for in the clues and the tools they use. They would collect clues to figure out all the murders that happen in the book. I didn't like this book very much - it was just information on investigating. I would have liked it if it followed a mystery.

 

Title of Book:  French Women Don't Get Fat
Author of Book:   Guiliano, Mireille
Reviewed By:   Lauren Brennan
Grade:   9
What did you think?  French Women Don't Get Fat was an exceptional book. It was a good read, and full of information! I loved it! This book is not so much a diet book, as some may think, but a guide to staying healthy, while still being able to eat (much) more than 300 calories a day! Mireille Guiliano was very clever with her writing techniques; she used many stories, recipes, and a little bit of humor to boost the book from a mere informational bore, to an interesting little story of its own. Furthermore, the many recipes suggested by Guiliano are very healthy, and are fairly simple to make! This book is perfect for anyone who needs a good read, and would like some delicious treats to go along with it. I would recommend this book to anyone.

 

Title of Book: Gifts
Author of Book: Ursula K. Le Guin
Reviewed By: Jimmy Stevens
Grade: Freshman
What did you think?: A story of rebellion, which is what most of us like to hear about.  And in this story, two normal, yet supernatural children, going up the river, and struggling to find their way.  Among poor farmers and the clans of the Uplands, they and their kin possess gifts.  Incredible gifts, that give them the power to bring forth life, summon animals, blinding and taking away speech, and even the power to move the Earth.  However, amoungst war, poverty, and constant fear of your neighbors uses their gifts against you, both Orrec and Gryhave decided not to use their gifts.  And what powerful and dangerous gifts they obtain...

 

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Title of Book:  Girl Interrupted       
Author of Book:   Susanna Kaysen
Reviewed by:  Allyson Burke
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I believe that the book Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen was an ok book.  It was about herself being sent to a mental hospital because she was thought to be suicidal.  There she makes friends with all different girls who have all different problems.  I thought that the book was interesting and some parts of it were confusing but in the end it was not that bad.  I would recommend this to a friend that I knew had some interest in this type of book.

 

Title of Book:  Girl, Interrupted
Author of Book:   Kaysen, Suzanna
Reviewed By:   Dana Dietz
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Girl, Interrupted was a very well written book. Kaysen's observations of the psychiatric hospital were candid and the wisdom she shared about her encounters was fascinating. I recommend this book to anyone who has never experienced living with mental illness and has an open mind to learn about what it's like.

 

Title of Book:  Girl, Interrupted
Author of Book:   Kaysen, Suzanna
Reviewed By:   Devon Walder
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I think this is an amazing book. Everyone should read it. It gives insight to the true events of a mental hospital, and one girls struggle to change her life there.

 

Title of Book:  Go Ask Alice
Author of Book:   Anonymous
Reviewed by:  Jesse Tyrrell
Grade:  9
What did you think? This book is the true story of a 15 year old and her journey into the world of drugs. I would recommend this book to every teenager because it revealed the scary reality of the effect drugs can have on your life, and where you can end up if they become part of it.

 

Title of Book:  Girl Interrupted
Author of Book:   Kaysen, Susanna
Reviewed by: 
Bernadette Brogden
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
I thought this was a very good book.  In some parts I found myself cringing at what Kaysen, the main character and narrator, was seeing at the mental hospital where she lived, or saying things about the patients and nurses, but there were also parts in the book where I found myself laughing at what Kaysen and her friends did to trick some of the staff members, and to cause commotion in the hospital.  I think the book was a very serious book because the things that Kaysen went through, the things she saw, and the things she felt were real.  This wasn’t a made up story, it really happened to this girl.  That is one reason why I enjoyed the book so much.  This book was also a very easy read with short chapters that would not be hard to read in a night or two.  If you like books that are mind blowing, and that open your eyes to things you might not have thought about, for example a patient lighting herself on fire, read this book.

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Title of Book:  The Giver
Author of Book:   Lois Lowry
Reviewed By:   Chris Cocozza
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I thought that this book was awesome. Without a doubt it is one my favorite books. I suggest that anyone who wants a good interesting read should read The Giver. This book is about a boy named Jonas who is in a world that is controlled in one big community where nothing is wrong and everything is perfect. He is assigned to become the new giver and the book explains the troubles he goes through on the tough journey he was given. I give this book a 4 and half out of 5 stars.

 

Title of Book:  The Godfather
Author of Book:   Puzo, Mario
Reviewed By:   Phil Burnham
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This book is a masterpiece. The Godfather is an epic novel that follows the tragedies and triumphs of the Corleone Empire, a growing NYC Mafia Family. Not only does the book expose you to the underworld warfare that occurred during the WWII era, it also expresses the feelings and culture of Sicilians (they don't consider themselves as part of the general Italians) and Italians, and it also gives you incite as to how great leaders act. The Godfather is a great read for anyone who is able to endure the violence and gruesomeness that accompany it.

 

Title of Book:  The Grapes of Wrath      
Author of Book:   John Steinbeck
Reviewed by:  Phil Burnham
Grade:  9
What did you think?   This book is a timeless classic of the westward movement during the Great Depression. It is awe inspiring and I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t have a short intention span.

 

Title of Book: Heart on my Sleeve
Author of Book: Ellen Wittlinger
Reviewed By: Gwen Kronenberger
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: Heart on my Sleeve has been a really entertaining read for me. It mostly included the problems and knots of life condensed into a 200 page book, with many morals and teachings along the way. The style of writing was very relaxed in this novel, making it easier to read, in a way like talking with someone about life each night when reading it. In addition, it was written through e-mails, IM's, and letters, so this format kept the book lively without being boring. This book has taught me to live with things as they come and to deal with life one step at a time. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good read.

 

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Title of Book: Heaven
Author of Book: Angela Johnson
Reviewed By: Lauren Miller
Grade: Freshmen-9
What did you think?: This book is short but refreshing.  If there is ever a time you want a quick-read, sometime to relax, this is a great book for that.  It is interesting and really makes you think about life.  Though it seemed kind of slow at times, it was very sweet and leaves you feeling pretty good at the end. 

 

Title of Book:  High Fidelity  
Author of Book:   Nick Hornby
Reviewed by:  Katie Drayton
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I absolutely loved this book.  I surprisingly read it in four days and finished it ahead of time.  This book was about a guy who just split up with his girlfriend and is trying to figure out what went wrong.  At the same time he is running a record store and dealing with new friends.  He tracks down the girls that belong to his top five worst breakups and tries to talk things out and understand what happened.  Even though his girlfriend left him, they still talk a lot, which keeps it interesting to see if they get back together or not.  I would recommend this book to anyone at the high school level.  If you love to hear gossip and get in on the inside details, then this is the perfect book for you.

 

Title of Book: Homecoming
Author of Book: Cynthia Voigt
Reviewed By: Bernadette Brogden
Grade: Freshman
What did you think?: The story begins with a mother leaving her four children at the mall, while on their way to their aunt's house.  The children, ages 6-13, decide that they will get to their aunt's house by themselves, by walking, a trip that could take two weeks.  This book was really good because at times I found myself on the edge of my seat, surprised at the outcome of their adventure.  The story is told with the girl as a main character, and with her thoughts and feelings in mind.  This is why I think a girl would enjoy this book more than a boy would.  The book is also very long, and can get boring, but if you get past the boring parts, this book is really good, I enjoyed it. 

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Title of Book: Homeless Bird
Author of Book: Gloria Whelan
Reviewed By: Jean Cho
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book is about a girls' journey leaving home....forever. Koly, is a thirteen-year- old girl living in India who is about to get married to a man she's never met. Koly's picture perfect world comes to an end when she meets her sickly groom  (who is actually younger than her) and his wicked parents. The story line is truly captivating and well-written. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about: love, adventure, tragedy, Indian culture, and drama.

 

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Title of Book:  Homeless Bird       
Author of Book:   Whelan Gloria
Reviewed by:  Alexandra Bricker
Grade:  9
What did you think?   An extraordinary tale of adventure is captured in the breathtaking novel Homeless Bird. Koly, a thirteen year old Indian girl grasps the hardships life throws at her with a passionate heart, determined spirit, and swift hands. When fooled into marrying an ailing boy, younger then herself, Koly’s dreams soar away. She is left with merciless parents and a life of slavery ahead. Even this reality is soon thrown into a spinning rampage when her husband passes, and Koly is left a widow, with nowhere to go, and nowhere to call home. Koly takes charge, and now holds the thread that weaves her life back into play. In my opinion, Homeless Bird was an enchanting read. I thoroughly recommend this novel to anyone interested in a quick but good read!

 

Title of Book: Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Author of Book: Deb Caletti
Reviewed By: Kortney Smith
Grade: Freshman
What did you think?: This novel kept me intrigued through the whole thing.  I kept on wanting to know more and what Ruby would do next with Travis. It kept you guessing chapter after chapter wanting to learn more about the characters and their conflicts. At first you fall in love with Travis the same and Ruby and wish you were her, but when you see who the real Travis is and his morals, you start to get annoyed and angry at him. His character gives you several surprises that shock you throughout the whole story.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes a love story but at the same time likes adventure and laughter.

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Title of Book: Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Author of Book: Deb Caletti
Reviewed By: Kelly Barton
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I enjoyed Honey, Baby, Sweetheart very much. The book wasn't what I expected. The story flipped the main focus towards the middle of the book. I really liked how some of the characters in the book had opinions you wouldn't have suspected. I also liked how the views of love in this novel, because they weren't you're average views, but they were what everyone actually thinks. I really liked how one of the senior characters in this novel didn't want to be someone's "Honey, Baby, Sweetheart." That's pretty sweet how the title was incorporated.

 

Title of Book:  Hot Zone
Author of Book:   Richard Preston
Reviewed by:  Jeff Barner
Grade:  9
What did you think? I really enjoyed The Hot Zone.  It gave a very vivid description of the events that led up to a contamination of a Monkey House on the outskirts of Washington.  I recommend it to anyone willing to read to learn.  It is very detail-oriented.  I still think it is a very good book and it is shocking how such an infection could have decimated much of the
US.  I think you should read it as well.

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Title of Book: How I Fell in Love and Learned to Shoot Free Throws
Author of Book: Jon Ripslinger
Reviewed By: Shauna Milligan
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book is an easy read with an important message. It'll keep you flipping from page to page with its many twists and witty characters. I recommend it to sports lovers and anyone who just wants a good book.

 

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Title of Book: The Hunt for Red October
Author of Book: Tom Clancy
Reviewed By: Jonathan Schoeffling
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: The Hunt for Red October is a suspenseful novel about a group of Soviet officers attempting to defect to the United States in the early 1980’s. The book is very well written, and it really shows Tom Clancy at his best. The book has sold many copies and has even turned heads in the  FBI and Navy. They had suspected that someone with a high security clearance had been talking with Clancy, because of the accuracy of the information in the book. The Hunt for Red October is an excellent story with many twists and turns. It is definitely a good choice for anyone who likes a suspenseful and interesting book.

 

Title of Book:  Into the Wild
Author of Book:  Jon Kraukauer
Reviewed by:  Lauren Holt
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Into the Wild was a very compelling and moving book about a young man named Chris McCandless who lost his life while trying to survive in the Alaskan wilderness.  Originally I didn’t think that the book would contain so much personal information on Chris, but more so on his ordeal in the wilderness.  However the author manages to create a perfect balance between learning about Chris and learning about his travels throughout North America.  It’s a very inspirational book, so if you’re into traveling and the wilderness then I’d definitely recommend it. 

 

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Title of Book:  Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
Author of Book:   Jon Krakauer
Reviewed by:  Brianna Talbot
Grade:  9
What did you think? This book was INCREDIBLE.  Jon Krakauer brilliantly and emotionally describes the hardships of reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain – where there is one-third the amount of oxygen at sea level, making it impossible to breath without supplemental oxygen.  However, summating Mt. Everest came with its price – the lives of four courageous men who tragically died in a sudden storm immediately after descending from the summit, most in a vain attempt to save the lives of teammates.  Krakauer weaves these impacting events into a moving tale that still haunts him today, as a guilty survivor of one of the worst disasters in the history of
Mt. Everest.

 

Title of Book: Ironman
Author of Book: Chris Crutcher
Reviewed By: Matt Carr
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Ironman was one of the best novels I’ve ever read because it includes athletics, toughness, and humor, all of which I enjoy.  It taught me to take things as they come, and that communication is very important for a relationship to work. Struggle can happen at any time, but you have to get through it, and go on with your life. I would definitely recommend this novel for any high school student looking for an inspiring read.

 

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Title of Book:  Ironman
Author of Book:   Crutcher, Chris
Reviewed by: 
Justin Corrar
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
I though this book was good. If you like sports books you will like this book. It has a good story, and you get attached to the characters. I think if you have any extra time, you should pick this book up and check it out at the library.

 

Title of Book:  It's Not About the Bike    
Author of Book:   Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins
Reviewed by:  Trey Alber
Grade:  9
What did you think?   This book was truly inspiring and eye-opening. It is without doubt one of the best biographies I have ever read. If you like great motivational stories then I recommend "It's Not About the Bike." This story goes into detail about the life of Lance Armstrong and his amazing comeback from cancer, astonishing cycling career, and devotion as a friend and family member. I have never known anyone more determined to live and to be the best then Lance Armstrong after reading this book. This is definitely a more mature book and probably better for grades 8 and up. It certainly deserves a read by anyone.

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Title of Book:  It's Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life
Author of Book:   Lance Armstrong
Reviewed by:  Chris Cocozza
Grade:  9
What did you think? I thought that this book was very good. I was inspired by Lance Armstrong’s courage and will to never give up in his fight against cancer. This book was about his courageous battle to win the Tour De France after surviving cancer. Overall this was a great autobiography and I suggest it to anyone.

 

Title of Book:  Its Not About The Bike: My Story Back To Life
Author of Book:   Armstrong,Lance
Reviewed By:   Gwen Kronenberger
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I really enjoyed this book by Lance Armstrong because it gave me a sense of reality of life and the importance you should value to it each day. I enjoyed reading along to his journey before and during his athletic experiences. In addition to his bike ventures, he talked a lot about one of his biggest role models, his mother and the experience of living with only his mother as a child in
Texas. I also liked the suspense the book led you to know how Lance would survive and overcome his cancer. Also as I read more and more of the book I came to find out that Lance progressively comes more of cancers enemy then cancer could ever be an enemy to him. Instead of suffering and being down, he totally opposes that by fighting back and striving away from the cancer to defeat it.

 

Title of Book:  Katie.com      
Author of Book:   Tarbox, Katherine
Reviewed by:  Danielle Caudle
Grade:  9
What did you think?   This book, Katie.com, was a really great story about the author’s life. In reading it, there wasn't a moment when you didn't feel a mixture of emotions churning in your stomach. The book is about Katie Tarbox,13, a normal girl whose looking for someone to talk to. One night she decided to go into one of those online chat rooms and it was there that she met the man that would take away the next 2 years of her life. For six months the two, Katie and the man she thought was named Mark, built a relationship. She felt close to him and began to put all her trust in him. Well at a swim meet in
Texas, they arranged to meet in person. When Katie went to his hotel room, he molested her. It was soon after that that she found out he had been lying to her the whole time about everything. Then the FBI got involved and between handling gossip at school and the constant interviews with the police, Katie's life turned upside down. It was truly a great book and it makes you really think about what kind of sick world we live in. I would recommend it to anyone interested in reading some thing easy and attention grabbing. 

 

Title of Book: Kat's Fall
Author of Book: Shelley Hrdlitschka
Reviewed By: Jorrie Trenkamp
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book is very good and suspenseful near the end. It shows the life of a boy growing up raising his sister by himself. He does not know how to handle the stress so he cuts himself to ease the pain. If you are a teen struggling, I would recommend this book to you.

 

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Title of the Book: Keeper of the Night
Author of Book: Kimberly Willis Holt
Reviewed By: Melanie Wittenberger
Grade: Freshman
What did you think?: Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was a lot sadder than a lot of the books I usually read but my eyes were permanently glued to the pages. I could not put it down.  Another feature that I really liked on the book are the small chapters, some are only half a page long!  I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, it's the perfect book for teens, you feel the main character's pain through the author's writing.

 

Title of Book:  The Last Time I Wore a Dress
Author of Book:  Scholinski, Daphne
Reviewed By:  Devon Ogle
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I thought this book was amazing. It was a very different story that hooked you in right away. One of my friends even stole it from me before I got a chance to finish it! Definitely, I would recommend it to my friends, I already have. The story is very inspirational and gives you a new aspect on life.
 

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Title of Book:  Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars
Author of Book:   Summer, Lauralee
Reviewed By:   Emily Foulk
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I really liked this book because it shows that no matter how many trials you may have in your life, you can always succeed as long as you try hard enough.  The book is a memoir of her life.  Throughout the book, she tells of her feelings and struggles.  She is fatherless, a lot of the time homeless as well, and is the only girl on an all-male wrestling team.  However, when she gets a scholarship to Harvard for wrestling, people discover her and acknowledge her for her bravery and perseverance.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good non-fiction book.

 

Title of Book: Left Behind
Author of Book: Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Reviewed By: John Powell
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This book is the first in a series about the Earth's Last Days.  It is based upon the book of Revelations in the Bible.  It is a great book with lots of action and excitement.  The book also brings to mind several questions about beliefs and religion.  I would recommend this book to friends because it is a great read and a book that makes you actually think about something.

 

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Title of Book:  Life is Funny 
Author of Book:   E.R. Frank
Reviewed by:  Lauren Miller
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I thought this book was very well written and very real.  It tackles a lot of problems real teenagers face today in America.  I was shocked to see what can go on behind the closed doors of different families.  It stirs a lot of emotions and makes you think twice about the world we live in today.  The fact that each chapter in this book is told from the point of view of a different character each time keeps you interested.  The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that there are a couple of overly detailed parts if you know what I mean, but it wasn’t too bad.  All in all, this book is great.  I really enjoyed it, and you can learn a lot from it about some issues in today’s world.  I recommend it to anyone who wants a good (pretty emotional) read and likes realistic fiction.  I don’t think anyone under ninth grade should read it though due to those couple parts.  This book was really good overall. 

 

Title of Book: The Little Friend
Author of Book: Donna Tartt
Reviewed By: Devon Ogle
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I thought that this book was an excellent read, though you need a lot of time to read it. This book was one of the best beginnings that I have ever read. It really hooks you into the story and makes you want to find out more. I would most definitely recommend it to everyone to read. But, this book does tend to get a little slow in the middle. Also, it is a very large book, so I mostly recommend it to people who truly love to read.

 

Title of Book: Little Soldier
Author of Book: Bernard Ashley
Reviewed By: Phil Burnham
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I found this book to be interesting at some points but all in all, dull. If your into gang warfare and mysteries, you might find this enjoy this book. However, I would not recommend this book to anyone, it's too predictable and farfetched.

 

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Title of Book:  Looking for Alaska
Author of Book:   Green, John
Reviewed By:   Amber Bacon
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I absolutely loved this book. In it one of the characters dies and I felt that one of my friends died, so it was very good at description, etc. I would suggest any teenager to read this.  It was very, very good.

 

Title of Book:  Loose Balls
Author of Book:   Williams,Jayson
Reviewed By:   Justin Corrar
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I think Loose Balls is a very good book. If you ever wanted to know what goes on in the NBA behind closed doors this is a book for you. I learned a lot of how players act off camera. You really can get into it and it’s also very funny too.

 

Title of Book: The Lovely Bones
Author of Book: Alice Sebold
Reviewed By: Jessica Tyrrell
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: The story begins with Susie Salmon introducing herself as a fourteen-year-old girl raped and murdered in December of 1973. From heaven, she watches the way her town deals with the situation-the way her peers spread rumors, how her family's hope of finding her winds down to nothing, and how her murderer acts toward the situation. Trapped in a perfect world, Susie cannot help her friends and family. She can only watch hopelessly as the people she once cared about change for the worse. Through the years, she sees these people move through grief and eventually mend. Susie must miss out on everything her family experiences. However, by the end of the story, an extraordinary event occurs, and leaves you with hope. The way the book ended brought happiness to a depressing story. This novel had an intriguing way of explaining death and the afterlife that was quite interesting. From the point of view of a girl my age, I was able to relate to the way she feels even though I have never felt such a loss. The only flaw I found in this novel was its length. Certain unnecessary parts of the story were described in too much detail, making it a slow read. However, there was something that drew me to the end of the book and kept me reading through the slower areas of it.  So if your interested in a story of love, grief, memory, and heaven, this novel is for you.

 

Title of Book: The Lovely Bones
Author of Book: Alice Sebold
Reviewed By: Vanessa Barbour
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book was undeniably great. Everyone should read this interesting narrative. I can't honestly tell you what kind of taste in genre one must have in order to love this book as much as I do. But I can tell you that either way, you'll come to learn something important from the main character's story.

 

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Title of Book: The Lovely Bones
Author of Book: Alice Sebold
Reviewed By: Angela Senski
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I absolutely love this book. I'd recommend it to anybody who wants all different mixed emotions in one. Even though this book was long, I didn't feel like I was just dragging through it, and I couldn't put it down!

 

Title of Book: The Lovely Bones
Author of Book: Alice Sebold
Reviewed By: Emily Foulk
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Susie Salmon was murdered on December 6, 1973 by a serial killer that moved into her neighborhood.  Now she is forced to watch her life unfold, as she is in heaven.  She sees her family suffer through the pain of their loss.  I thought this book was brilliantly written.  The vivid description used made it seem almost real.  However, there were parts in the book where it started to get a bit dull and I started to loose interest, but as great books do, the plot picked up again and it kept me reading.  Also, the book got a little descriptive and very depressing at some points, so if you do not like those kinds of books, I would not recommend it for you.  Other than that, this book was phenomenal and I would most defiantly tell you to read it.

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Title of Book:  Lovely Bones
Author of Book:   Alice Sebold
Reviewed by: 
Shauna Milligan
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
The Lovely Bones is a book I would recommend to anybody. The fascinating story of Susie Salmon's murder and her life in heaven as she watches down on her family will keep you flipping from page to page. It'll pull at the strings of your heart, make you laugh, and keep you on your toes. I truly loved this book and I'm sure anyone who reads it will too.

 

Title of Book:  Lucky   
Author of Book:   Alice Sebold
Reviewed by:  Caitlin Bangle
Grade:  9
What did you think?   If you read The Lovely Bones, and you thought that was gruesome, lucky is the same way.   Lucky is a memoir of Alice Sebold's rape.  She was a freshman in college, and to be able to write about it years later, and remember every little detail, is extraordinary.  It amazed me how she remembered that whole entire day, then again, that's not something you can't forget, let alone try.  I believe you should read this because it makes you realize that some people have gone through worse stuff than breaking a nail or getting their cell phone taken away.  The fact that Mrs. Sebold had the courage to write about this horrible chapter in her life amazes me and I have so much respect for her an author, and a person.

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Title of Book:  Lucky   
Author of Book:   Alice Sebold
Reviewed by:  Vanessa Barbour
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I thought that this book was very interesting. It told the story of the author, Alice Sebold, and how her life changed after she was raped during her freshman year in college. The book was graphic at times and for that, I would only recommend it to people who felt as if they were mature enough to read this kind of work. All and all, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.


 

Title of Book:  Lucky
Author of Book:   Alice Sebold
Reviewed By:   Liz MacNeill
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I found the novel, Lucky a very interesting story. Usually despising all forms of non-fiction, I normally would have never picked it up, but I had heard about it in a previous book talk and was somewhat interested. Based on a true story, this novel depicts the roadblocks that Alice Sebold, the writer and main character, had to go through after she was raped. This book is not devoid of details, but it was tolerable for myself. As this story continues, you read not only the rape, but the reactions of everyone around her, including the consequences of living with that burden. As the book progresses you are taken into her later college years. Usually, after a novel, you often wonder what happens to that person and thankfully, this book includes what goes on in her adult life. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends! The people that would mainly enjoy it, I think, are the teenage high school girls. This book can pretty much touch everyone in some way and give people a major reality check.

 

Title of Book: Luna
Author of Book: Julie Anne Peters
Reviewed By: Christine Kostyk
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: Luna is a captivating book about a transgender, his sister, and their lives that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This book is NOT recommended for those who believe it is wrong to act differently than others. Because even though the sister is trying to be normal, the brother is about as far out as you can get. This is a novel about one person coming out and one learning what it is like to live a little. I would SERIOUSLY recommend it for anyone with a sense of secrets, mystery, and who has a passion for a some-what normal life. This book's ending will surprise even the most avid readers.

 

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Title of Book:  Marley and Me
Author of Book:   John Grogan
Reviewed By:   Kelsey Connelly
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Marley and Me was one of the best books that I have ever read. It is the story of one giant crazy lab who scares anyone that passes him, yet the hint of thunder makes him go insane. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs and loves a good funny book.

 

Title of Book:  Marley & Me
Author of Book:   Grogan, John
Reviewed By:   Alyssa Kelly
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Marley & Me was one of the best books that I have ever read. It's about "life and love with the world's worst dog." Even if you are not a dog lover or usually don't enjoy reading books about dogs or other animals, I am sure you will like this book. I thought that this book was great as well as hysterical. It gets going right from the start and keeps you wanting to read on. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an awesome book and you will definitely have a fun time reading it.

 

Title of Book:  Marley & Me : Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Author of Book:   Grogan, John
Reviewed By:   Maggie Reinhold
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Marley and Me was a heartfelt story that I couldn't put down until I finished.  I would recommend this book to all readers of any age who have a special love in their hearts for animals as I do.  This book has you laughing out loud, and without even realizing it I was comparing Grogan's life to my own.  If you don't already have a dog, this book will make you want to go and get one!

 

Title of Book:   Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Author of Book:  James Patterson
Reviewed By:   Kyle Rulon
Grade:   Frosh
What did you think?  This book is a must read to anyone who is literate. The characters are unique and provide different outlooks on the storyline. The plot is original and full of events. The writing is very well done as well, so I have to recommend this book to everyone.

 

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Title of Book:  Memoirs of a Geisha       
Author of Book:   Goldman, Arthur
Reviewed by:  Liz MacNeill
Grade:  9
What did you think?   Memoirs of a Geisha was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I found myself engulfed in this novel like no other. Keeping me hooked, I was reading all about a young, fictional character, a girl, who grew up to be a geisha. I seriously was always reading this book, wanting to finish it, yet knowing at the same time that once I’d be finished, there would be nothing to compare or rival this book. Memoirs of a Geisha was written extremely well and Chiyo/Sayuri had such a colorful and interesting life, that the book swallows you hole and makes you believe everything is happening before your eyes. There is such a vast amount of character’s personalities, that everyone would find this book enjoyable. Thrown in casually are ways and traditions of the Japanese, (Geisha and non Geisha’s) so casual that you barely realize that your learning something. I can not stress how much I enjoyed reading Memoirs of a Geisha and hope you read it too. I have recommended this book to about four or five people and every one of them has either read it or in the near future will start it.

 

Title of Book:  Memoirs of a Geisha
Author of Book:   Arthur Golden
Reviewed by: 
Christine Kostyk
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
This is an excellent book depicting the life of a young Japanese girl who is selected to become a geisha, a higher form of prostitute. Sayuri is apprentinced to one of the most famous geisha of her time, Mameha. Her rival, Hatsomomo, thrives on trying to make Sayuri fail as a geisha. Through trial and error she makes friends, money, sells her virginity, works with dyes, breaks her arm, gets adopted, and finally triumphs Hatsumomo by becoming successful and having a rich/important danna (man who takes a woman for pleasure and pays for expenses: like a boyfriend).

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Title of Book:  Memoirs of a Geisha
Author of Book:   Golden, Arthur
Reviewed By:   Vanessa Barbour
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Memoirs of a Geisha is an outstanding book. Not only does it educate you about certain events in Japanese history, you develop an understanding of the Japanese culture. In this book Chiyo, the main character whom you later come to know as Sayuri, is taken away from her home as a young girl of 9. She is then brought to the Gion district of Japan to be trained as a geisha. She faces many obstacles and discouraging situations such as being separated from her sister Satsu, feeling lonely and unwanted, and dealing with Hatsumomo who only tries to make Chiyo's life worse than it already is. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys trying different kinds of reading. Once you start reading it, you can’t put it down!

 

Title of Book: The Merlin Conspiracy
Author of Book: Diana Wynne Jones
Reviewed By: Lauren Holt
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: It’s a good book, but you have to be patient when reading it.  In the beginning it can be confusing and you get to the point where you just want to throw the book down.  But it does get a lot better and more interesting as you read through the book.  The settings and the characters are so elaborate and appealing that are by far the most interesting aspects of the novel.  The ending seemed unimpressive compared to the rest of the book, but it’s worth reading.

 

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Title of Book:  Midnight for Charlie Bone
Author of Book:   Nimmo, Jenny
Reviewed By:   Trey Alber
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I think that this book is a great read for all who like a fun mystery. This book was hard to put down. There's a lot of action and guessing throughout the story. There is a lot of magical theme involved in this, which I like. I would recommend this for all. It is a fast paced easy going story full of twists and turns. My favorite part is when Charlie's uncle goes out and night and makes every light bulb on the street explode. It was really sweet to read. Definitely worth reading!

 

Title of Book:  A Million Little Pieces
Author of Book:   James Frey
Reviewed By:   Shauna Milligan
Grade:   9
What did you think?  You’ve all learned, in class and from your parents, about the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on a person. But this book will open your eyes to a new way of looking it. James Frey will take you through the pain and struggle that a drug-addict experiences. It’s very alarming, and I’m sure every person will learn something from reading this book.

 

Title of Book:  A Model for a Better Future
Author of Book:   Alexis, Kim
Reviewed By:   Jennifer Larsen
Grade:   9
What did you think?  As Kim Alexis finishes out her senior year, she already has her future all mapped out. She knows what college she is going to, what her major will be, and what her career is going to be. Her steady road of certainty takes a strange turn and lands her in the modeling business. Kim Alexis faces so many challenges that test her self integrity, faith, and morals throughout the novel. But along the way she learns many important lessons. “You only grow by taking on new challenges in life. You hold your breath and dive right in. More often than not, you find out the water is just fine.” Kim tells of her many trials and how she escaped some of the dark holes made by bad choice that she saw many of her friends fall into. In this true account of Kim Alexis’s supermodel and super-mom career, she gives you the low down of how you too can become “a model for a better future.”

 

Title of Book:  My Life Among the Serial Killers
Author of Book:  Morrison, Hellen
Reviewed by:  Adam Conigliaro
Grade:  9
What did you think?  I personally thought that this book was very graphic.  I do not recomend it to anyone even though I enjoyed reading it.  It was very realistic and interesting.  It had me on the edge of my seat at all times.  Overall I liked the book a lot, however I won't pick up another book written by this author.

 

 

Title of Book: A Million Little Pieces
Author of Book: James Frey
Reviewed By: Caitlin Bangle
Grade: 9th
What did you think?:  In one word...gripping.  It's one of those books that will keep you on the edge of your seat THE WHOLE TIME.  A Million Little Pieces is a memoir, James Frey went through this, and he makes sure that you feel like you're going through it with him.  It tends to be a little on the graphic side, to the point where you can't even read that part, but that's what makes the book  so hard to put down!  James tells us what it was like for him to be in a rehab center, and the hardships of giving up the one thing he could depend on: drugs... and alcohol for that matter.  I would have to say this book is definitely on my top ten list.  I don't have just one favorite part, the whole book grabs my attention.  I most certainly recommend this book.  Not only does it teach you valuable lessons, but Frey also shows a deeper, lighter side of him.  "More than anything, all I have ever wanted is to feel like I wasn't alone," to quote Frey. If you already haven't gotten out of your seat to check out this book, then you're just crazy.

 

Title of Book:  My Bridges of Hope
Author of Book:   Bitton-Jackson, Livia
Reviewed By:   Melanie Wittenberger
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I really did not care for the book too much.  This book was the latter in a sequel and I thought that the first one had a lot more too offer.  This book was very intriguing but was about the life after the war, which was sometimes a very slow read.  However, I am very glad to read the sequel because it answers a lot of questions I had after reading the first book (I Have Lived A Thousand Years). I recommend it if you really find the Holocaust interesting, or if you read the first book. Otherwise, I really don't recommend it to a friend.

 

Title of Book: My Sister's Keeper
Author of Book: Jodi Picoult
Reviewed By: Lindsey Schmidt
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: You haven't experienced a truly good read until you have read My Sister's Keeper. This phenomenal book is about a 13-year-old girl who is suing her parents for medical emancipation, so she will no longer will have to donate blood cells, organs, and bone marrow to her cancerous sister.  It will make you laugh, cry, and really think outside your own little, safe world.  My favorite part about this whole book was the fact that each chapter was told through the eyes of a different character.  You would be reading and say, "I agree with this point of view."  Then, you'd get to the next chapter and find yourself agreeing with that person, too!  I really found myself connecting and relating to all of the characters.  Another thing that really made My Sister's Keeper an amazing book was the ending. It was so surprising, and I would have never suspected it!  I have already recommended this book to many of my friends, adults, and teachers!  I would be truly amazed if I ever found a book as remarkable as My Sister's Keeper.

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Title of Book:  Ned Kelly
Author of Book:
   Molony, John
Reviewed by: 
Patricia Tate
Grade:  9
Think you have it hard? Try running from the Victorian Police in Australia in 1878 with two friends and a brother; you’re blamed for everything – from murders to bank robberies – just because you’re Irish. Ned Kelly is the true story of a man and his family, forced to lay low in order to stay safe and alive. The valiant man and his clad of misfits travel around Australia, soon earning themselves a somewhat Robin Hood reputation, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. I recommend this book to anyone who is literate, and enjoys books with large vocabularies, written in historical form. Fascinating, heart warming at times, and a great read, I’d give this book a thumbs up.

 

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Title of Book:  The Notebook        
Author of Book:   Nicholas Sparks
Reviewed by:  Jean Cho
Grade:  9
What did you think?   The Notebook is a truly enjoyable book to read. After seeing the movie I decided to read the book, and this may sound cliché, but the book turned out to be even better than the movie. The book was an easy-to-read book, which kept you hooked on its intriguing storyline. It starts off with an elderly man (NOAH) reading to his wife (ALLIE), from a very special notebook. This notebook was written by Allie, before her Alzheimer’s had stolen her memories of all that she loved dear. Noah reads the notebook to Allie EVERYDAY, believing that she will remember him and their love. It is an excellent example of how true love, NEVER gives up. The Notebook is irrepressibly romantic and has become a classic.

 

Title of Book:  Odd Thomas
Author of Book:   Dean Koontz
Reviewed by: 
Matt Gutwald
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
I thought this book was a great thrill. Personally, I enjoyed it because I like mystery books, but also this book is a great book for anyone. Odd Thomas is filled with suspension and trill, you won't want to put the book down the minute you open it!

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Title of Book: Of Mice and Men
Author of Book: John Steinbeck
Reviewed By: Dana Dietz
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Of Mice and Men is the classic novel about 2 men and their journey as they try to reach their dream during the great depression. If you want a book that can portray human nature very accurately in a little over 100 pages, then Of Mice and Men is a good choice. This book was enlighening because it shows what friends will do for each other in times of need. I recommend it.

 

Title of Book: Oliver Twist
Author of Book: Charles Dickens
Reviewed by: Matt Gutwald
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This is a good book to all who would like to enjoy a classic. Oliver Twist includes the drama, irony, and crazy adventures of a little orphan looking for a home.

 

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Title of Book:  One Child
Author of Book: 
Torey L. Hayden
Reviewed by:  Courtney Leek
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This was an amazing book, considering that it was real.  All of the events that happened were so shocking, I actually had to keep reminding myself that it was all real.  It had a sad, but intriguing story about a young teacher who taught mentally disturbed children.  Torey thought that she had had all that she could handle, when Sheila, an extremely bright child with aggressive rage problems, arrives in her classroom.  The little girl is poor, unclean, talks improperly, and is rather destructive.  This child as you can imagine is a terror for Torey Hayden.  After a few destructive incidents, Torey gets Sheila to stop being so destructive and she eventually discovers the child's amazing academic ability.  She then takes responsibility for the child and cleans her up along with teaching her proper English and other ways to let out her anger.  Soon enough, all of Torey's hard work paid off.  Then of course, an opening at a mental hospital opens up for Sheila and she is obligated to go.   Torey refuses to give up Sheila, whom she has become so fondly attached to; and won't give up without a fight.  Did she ever win the child back into her classroom?  Check out the book to find out what happens.

 

Title of Book: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Author of Book: Ken Kesey
Reviewed By: Adam Conigliaro
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I personally loved this book.  It was a very long book and it took some time to read, but it was more than worth it.  The characters and events of the book just sucked me right into the story line.  The characters were vibrantly described and the events were just so well written that it made me think that this is really happening.  On a scale of one to ten I would rate this book a nine.  I would give it a nine because of the author’s style of writing.  I loved how he made the main character narrate the story.  I took one point off out of ten because the author kept writing something about “the black boys.”  At first I didn’t know what “the black boys” were but towards the end I realized that they were the black male guards of the hospital.  So I thought it was just a vague explanation as to who these characters were.  But, I definitely liked the book and I would consider reading it again to pick up any details so I can really comprehend the author’s style of writing.  Not to mention, I recommend this book to anybody who likes mixed emotional books.

 

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Title of Book: Overboard
Author of Book: Elizabeth Fama
Reviewed By: Catie DelleMonache
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This was an exciting book with a very different storyline.  I liked that it took place in a different country, so the characters were different from any other.  Since it was such a short book it was hard for the author to include much detail about what was happening in the complex plot.  I think the author could have used more descriptive words and shown a little more detail in what was happening.  I would recommend this book to my friends because it is a thrilling book about what happens to a teenage girl when she decides to take a trip to visit her uncle.

 

Title of Book: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Author of Book: Stephen Chbosky
Reviewed By: Rebecca Pero
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This is a wonderful novel for any student looking for a "real-life" book.  From high-school drama to relationships, this book covers the hard times of being a teenager.  The main character, Charlie, struggles through addiction, depression, and death to find his real identity.  I enjoyed this book very much, and was able to relate to the characters.  As a student, I suggest this book to any student looking for a book that is emotional and realistic.

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Title of Book: Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Author of Book: Stephen Chbosky
Reviewed By: Taylor Wegmann
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story of a boy named Charlie who has just entered the ninth grade.  Through a series of letters to someone unknown, Charlie spills his deepest feelings and secrets.  He enters a world of drugs, sex, love, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  And with the help of his friends, he faces his past, and learns what it means to feel "infinite."  Perks of Being a Wallflower was one of the best books I have ever read.  It was real, and portrayed what it is like to grow up in a high school setting truthfully.  The story of Charlie's freshman year makes you think.  Chbosky put into words what you feel on a daily basis, and shows what it's like to live.  I strongly recommend this book to everyone.

 

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Title of Book:  Perks of Being A Wallflower
Author of Book:   Chbosky, Stephen
Reviewed by: 
Melanie Wittenberger
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
I thought that it was a great book.  I loved it!!  I loved how they showed this young boy growing up in the world today.  He experiences new things that you can kind of relate too.  He struggles to fit in, pressure to do drugs, and the recent suicide of a good friend.  Charlie, the wallflower, also has to deal with the problems him and his mother have.  It’s a really new age book that keeps teens interested.  I would definitely recommend it.

 

Title of Book:  Phineas Gage
Author of Book
Fleischman ,John
Reviewed By:  Mike Montegary
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Phineas was a guy that survived after a railroad spike went through his head. This book talked about his life working on the railroad before and after it happened. When he was recovering, he could only walk a short distance. They made him sit in a wheel chair. Later, he would suffer from seziures. Then he died after awhile from the infection due to the spike.
 

Title of Book: The Phantom of the Opera
Author of Book: Gaston Leroux
Reviewed By: Dana England
Grade: Ninth
What did you think?: This book is, by far, one of the best that I’ve ever read!  I loved romance, drama, horror, and even action that this book had to offer!  It was a challenging book to read, though: it was written a little differently from what I am used to.  I, personally, became familiar with the book through the movie, which I love to no end.  I picked up the book and ended up reading it in one day: in a total of six hours!  I had never read anything like it…it was amazing!  Every page that I turned introduced a new adventure, and sometimes even a new mystery to be solved!  This gripping, tragic, and sweet tale has something to offer to everyone! The mystery of the Opera Ghost truly runs deep.  In the pages of the book where he still dwells, let his secrets astound you!  You won’t be sorry that you picked it up!

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Title of Book:  The Phantom of the Opera
Author of Book:   Gaston Leroux
Reviewed By:   Rebecca Pero
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I suggest this book to both teenagers and young adults, who enjoy mystery, adventure, romance, and even comedy.  Although it is sometimes difficult to sort out all the characters, this novel never fails to keep your attention.  It is about an opera house in
Paris that is haunted by the phantom of the opera, or the opera ghost.  When romance sparks up with the phantom’s crush, he becomes jealous, causing some major problems in the opera house.  Through music, faith, and love, the main characters learn that the emotion of love is a powerful, yet dangerous thing.  I believe that this book is a classic, and I hope that more people give it a chance, because it is a truly stunning book. 

 

 

Title of Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author of Book: Oscar Wilde
Reviewed By: Emily Onorato
Grade: 9
What did you think?: Personally, I found "The Picture of Dorian Gray" to be a very slow moving book until about halfway through. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the insight that Wilde not only gives to his characters, but to himself as well. I would recommend this book to any of my fellow students who would enjoy a fantastical mystery.

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Title of Book: Pirates
Author of Book: Celia Rees
Reviewed By: Trey Alber
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: If you are into adventure and pirates with a little bit of romance, I would definitely recommend this book. I found myself unable to put this book down. It is about a girl who is forced into a marriage, but runs away and becomes a pirate. She embarks many adventures and all the while is being chased by the madman who she ran away from. This book had a lot of action in it and is definitely the best book I've read in a while.  Although I don't like romantic books, this book did have a little bit of a romantic twist, so I would definitely say both boys and girls could be entertained by this book.

 

Title of Book:  A Place to Stand    
Author of Book:   Baca, Jimmy Santiago
Reviewed by:  Kaitlin Carafa
Grade:  9
What did you think?   A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca was an exciting book to read.  It was filled with a Mexican man's battles through drugs, alcohol, a hard childhood, and racism.  When Jimmy makes a wrong decision you can see how his life unfolds and sometimes falls to pieces.  This memoir is a great-read and i suggest it to 8th-high school students who want to experience what some people have to go through.

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Title of Book: Playing Without the Ball
Author of Book: Rich Wallace
Reviewed By: Chris Cocozza
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I thought this book was perfect for any boy or girl in the freshman class. It was awesome and it never gets boring. It had a good flow hitting all key points and topics in teenage life that teens are interested so they would think the book is interesting as well. The book is about a 17 year old boy virgin basketball player who is looking for a way to fit into life on his own. I suggest you pick up this book and read it to find out his great story.

 

Title of Book:  Pride and Prejudice
Author of Book:   Jane Austen
Reviewed by:  Heather Afford
Grade:  9
What did you think? This book is my favorite book of all time.  It is not a book that I’d suggest to guys though, unless they love sappy boy meets girl, boy marries girl type books.  It is mostly based on Elizabeth Bennet and her family and how Mrs. Bennet is desperate to marry each of her five daughters. In other words, it’s pretty much a l0ve story, but it’s not like every other love story which makes it so much more interesting. There’s a twist, but you have to read to find out. It also teaches major lessons dealing with the prideful Lizzy and prejudice Mr. Darcy. It does get boring at parts, but you are still dying to hear the end.  Pride and Prejudice is also hard to comprehend, but it makes you feel like you were there during that particular period in England.  In my opinion I would give this book at least a 99%.

 

Title of Book:  Prom    
Author of Book:   Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by:  Jennifer Larsen
Grade:  9
What did you think?   
  "Once upon a time there was a girl who decided to make it happen."  That girl happens to be the rebellious Ashley Hannigan, who basically wants nothing to do with her senior prom. She lives an average life and has little expectations for her future; a genuine slacker.  Ashley is roped into being part of the prom committee, by her best friend Nat, and helping some close friends get the prom they deserve.  Yet problems do surface jeopardizing Ashley’s and her friends’ prom experience.  Although at times sticky situations seem unbeatable, they often work out and fit together just right at the end.  I thought this book was flat out excellent.  It keeps you hooked on it, and you can’t put it down once you pick it up.  It made me smile, laugh, get frustrated, etc. with the characters.  You really are roped into the book and can feel along with the characters.  You really get involved in this book and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good quick read.

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Title of Book:  Promise You Won't Freak Out
Author of Book:   Fuller, Doris; Fuller, Natalie; Fuller, Greg
Reviewed By:   Danielle Caudle
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Promise You Won't Freak Out was an interesting book about a teenage girl who has such a good relationship with her mother that she is able to share even her deepest, darkest secrets with her. The format the three authors chose to write the book in is also very catchy. Natalie Fuller begins by explaining life as a teenager, and mom (Doris Fuller) responds to what she says. Then every once in a while Greg Fuller adds his two cents to what the issue is about. I liked the book because it made me not so blind to why parents act and react the way they do. I really enjoyed reading what the mother had to say because everything she had to say reminded me of my own mother in a way. I would recommend it to mostly girls who are interested in hearing about what a mother has to say about boys, booze, sex, piercings, school, and other interesting subjects. I would also recommend this book to all mothers of teenage daughters or sons just so you can get a feel for what you are in for (if you're not already there).

 

Title of Book:  Pure Sunshine
Author of Book:  James,  Brian
Reviewed By:  Shawn Patterson
Grade:  10
What did you think?  Kevin takes acid pills, hangs with friends, and tries to go to clubs.  When he does acid, he gets into fights, robs people, and passes out in odd places . It ends with him going back to his parent's house in New Jersey. He quits drugs in the end.

 

Title of Book:  Push
Author of Book:   Sapphire, Ramona Lofton
Reviewed by:  Emily Onorato
Grade:  9
What did you think? In my personal opinion, this book was not a very satisfying read. I found this because of the profound language and visual elements that were, at most times, unnecessary. This is not a book I would recommend to my friends because we all have very similar moral values that would be marred by picking up this book that relates to the very real, and very horrific world of rape and abandonment.

 

Title of Book:  Rainbow Six
Author of Book:   Clancy, Tom
Reviewed By:   John Powell
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This book is about a secret counterterrorism team called Rainbow located in
England.  They are a series of terrorist - hostage situations where they are called in.  Eventually they learn that these terrorists were hired to do these attacks by a group of people who want to kill off the human race.  This book is a great read for anyone who likes counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and law enforcement.  It is very violent and has some emotionally troubling parts so I don't recommend this to anyone who is squeamish or soft-hearted.

 

Title of Book: The Realm of Possibility
Author of Book: David Levithman
Reviewed By: Julia England
Grade: 9
What did you think?: "20 kids. One School. Endless Possibilities." If you're looking for a quick, good read, then pick up The Realm Of Possibility. This is a story of 20 kids, all having some connection to each other. There is no storyline, and nothing too complicated to understand. The Realm of Possibility has various conflicts including: a gay couple couple reaching their anniversary,searching for an identity, unrequited love, the hardships of coping with addiction, the will to preach to others, and the problems with following in somebody's footsteps. This novel truly makes you wonder who you are, and why you're existance is important. It also raises the question: Am I really in love? In some way or another, everyone can relate to at least on the character in The Realm of Possibility, and I'm sure most teens can. Levithman knows exactly what teens have to live thorugh day in and day out. Believe me, he knows what he's writing about. So if you're the kind of person that likes stories with no storyline, and thinking while their reading, check this out A.S.A.P.  Good story. Great characters. Two thumbs up.

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Title of Book:  The Republic
Author of Book:  Plato
Reviewed by:  Sal Saluga
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This book was really bad.  All they do is talk about justice for like 100 pages and they just repeat everything they say all the time.  I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like to be bored out of their mind.

 

Title of Book:  Rocket Boys
Author of Book:   Hickam Jr., Homer
Reviewed By:   Andrea Rich
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Rocket Boys is the story of Homer Hickam Jr's life and his fascination with rocket science. I thought this book was alright. It could be very, very dull in some parts, yet in other parts it could be interesting and hold my attention for a period of time. I would not recommend this book to everyone because, like I said, it can be quite dull.

 

Title of Book: Saving Francesca
Author of Book: Melina Marchetta
Reviewed By: Liz MacNeill
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was interesting to see how the main character changed through out the novel and became less dependent and more of an individual. Girls will like this book and will enjoy the humor that I found in it.

 

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Title of Book:  The She        
Author of Book:   Plum-ucci, Carol
Reviewed by:  Lindsey Schmidt
Grade:  9
What did you think?   In this book, a teenager - Evan - must deal with the mystery of what killed his parents: officially a boating accident. In doing so, he meets a girl his age, handling her own demons. The existence of a mythical sea creature, "The She", which may or may have not been responsible for Evan's parents' deaths, is debated for the entire 200 plus pages. While intriguing at first, this quickly becomes tiresome. I would not ever recommend this book to any member of the human race due to its extensive and boring plot and structure.

 

Title of Book:  She Said Yes
Author of Book:   Bernall, Misty
Reviewed By:   Alexandra Bricker
Grade:   9
What did you think?  She Said Yes, is a true account of a victim in the
Columbine High school shootings. This gripping tale takes you on a journey from when Cassie Bernall was born up until the day she died. It is an emotional rollercoaster through the ups and downs of Cassie’s courageous and heroic life. I recommend it to anyone that is looking for a quick read filled with intense meaningful moments.

 

Title of Book:  She Said Yes
Author of Book:   Bernall, Misty
Reviewed By:   Kate Ricca
Grade:   9
What did you think?  I highly recommend this book.  It gives you a real sense of respect for yourself and respect for people who are going through tough times.  Cassie, the main character, had such inner strength that she was willing to die for what she believed in.  I think it was an easy and quick read.  She Said Yes is a good summer read also.  I recommend this book to men and women of any age.

 

Title of Book: Skipping Christmas
Author of Book: John Grisham
Reviewed By: Thacher DeStefano
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: In my opinion, this is a great book.  Every part of it from the beginning is just entertaining.  With all the hectic things happening to Luther and Nora Krank it makes you not want to put the book down.  I personally think that there could have been a little bit more added in the ending of the book, just to make it even more interesting.  The element that John Grisham puts into this book is just very fulfilling for any reader of any age.  It was an easy read with a great storyline that everyone can enjoy around the holidays.  I felt like I was actually seeing this happen with my own eyes not just reading about it.  This book was made into a movie called Christmas with the Krank’s, which is a good movie, but it’s just, as most movies are, not as good as the book.  I would recommend anyone to read this book because it was great, and easy for anyone to enjoy.

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Title of Book: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Author of Book: Chris Crutcher
Reviewed By: Amber Bacon
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: I liked this book a lot. I would recommend it to any one who enjoys a reading about real life situations. This book has a lot to do with friends and how to keep them close no matter what changes you have in your life, and I think that that’s important to life; so if you agree then this book is for you. It also deals with the “bully” situation but not so childish. This book also shows caring about people is mandatory to accomplish a happy life.

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Title of Book:  A Step from Heaven        
Author of Book:   Na, An
Reviewed by:  Emily Foulk
Grade:  9
What did you think?   A Step from Heaven, by An Na, was fantastic.  It is a very light read, but will keep you reading.  It tells the story of a young Korean girl who comes to America.  She must face hard trials in school and with her family.  I really liked this book because it was relatively short and interesting.  I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.

 

Title of Book:  Stiff      
Author of Book:   Mary Roach
Reviewed by:  Camille Corum
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Stiff is an oddly interesting, yet hilarious novel of the curious lives of human cadavers. It is an exploration of the crazy story of many cadavers and what they have to go through everyday-some willingly, some with resistance. Mar Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies, but she is very respectful of their good deeds. I would definitely recommend this book to any high school student that is ready for a spine tickling, gross experience!

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Title of Book:  Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Prison    
Author of Book:   Oufkir, Malika & Fitoussi, Michele
Reviewed by:  Kortney Smith
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This book impacts your life and shows you the will to survive is important even when all hope is lost. It keeps you on the edge as to what will happen next and if they make it out. I like how she compares her luxurious life with to her life in prison and how it changed her life forever. They went into prison as kids and came out of prison as adults but kids on the inside. This book is breathtaking and definitely a good read.

 

Title of Book: Stoner and Spaz
Author of Book: Ron Koertge
Reviewed By: Kaitlin Carafa
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I enjoyed reading Stoner and Spaz.  If you like books that are quick-reads and take place in a modern-day setting then this is a good book for you to read.  Teenagers will be able to relate to what happens in the book and adult will be able to see the reality of what is really going on with teenagers today.

 

Title of Book:  Stop Pretending     
Author of Book:   Sones, Sonya
Reviewed by:  Mara Passaro
Grade:  9
What did you think?   STOP PRETENDING is unique in its own way, therefore I enjoyed reading this fiction novel. It was based on a sister being placed in a psychiatric ward because she was diagnosed as manic-depressive. The story is told in the younger sister's point of view, and her thoughts, feelings, and struggles that she had to deal with. All in all I enjoyed reading this book. It's a novel that you don't run into everyday, and that's what I liked about it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for an easy read.

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Title of Book:  Survive!
 Author of Book:   Peter DeLeo
 Reviewed By:   Catie DelleMonache
 Grade:   9
 What did you think?  I think this book was great, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling adventure story.  It was a nonfiction book that I could not put down.  Survive! reaches out to anyone, showing them how far someone will go in a life or death situation.  The book follows the author after his small plane crashed in the mountains.  Suffering from 16 broken bones, see how far Petre DeLeo will go to survive.

 

Title of Book: The Swiss Family Robinson
Author of Book: Johann Wyss
Reviewed By: Sal Saluga
Grade: 9
What did you think?: This book is a classic book, and if you enjoy adventure stories, I suggest you read it if you like to read books with action, adventure, and 6 people from a landlocked country on an uncharted tropical island.

 

Title of Book:  Sybil     
Author of Book:   Schreiber, Flora Rheta
Reviewed by:  Jess Warwick
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Could you imagine 17 different personalities inside one human body? Well Sybil Isabel Dorsett had to live her entire life like this. This book was about a young woman who went throughout live with many multiple personalities. It started out interesting and slowed down towards the middle of the book and started to pick back up in the end. I wouldn’t recommend this book to my friends because it's very long and a lot of parts drag on and become boring. It’s a god read, but only if you have a lot of time on your hands and you enjoy psychology.

 

Title of Book:  Teach Me
Author of Book:   Nelson, R.A.
Reviewed by:  Julia England
Grade:  9
What did you think?  In her senior year, entering her poetry class, Nine is anything but excited for the school year to come.  But when she sees the electric blue eyes, and jet black hair of her new teacher, Mr. Mann, her attitude completely changes. She is completely drawn to him, and tries every chance she can to talk to him outside of class. Mr. Mann to her was a man, not a sissy little high school boy. He was strong, smart, and almost too attractive. Nine  thought her last high school year would be her best, little did she know what was around the corner when Mr. Mann left her and married another woman. Want an easy read? Want a story of unexpected surprises? Want to know what happens when love dies, and hate blossoms? Then read Teach Me, R.A. Nelson.

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Title of Book:  Tell No One
Author of Book:   Harlan Coben
Reviewed by:  Alyssa Kelly
Grade:  9
What did you think? Dr. David Beck is a pediatrician who lives in the quiet suburb of Green River, New Jersey. For the past eight years he has been coping with the death of his wife and his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth. But he suddenly begins receiving strange e-mails that say things only him and Elizabeth know, hinting that someway, somehow, Elizabeth is still alive. He ignores the e-mails at first, thinking someone is playing a sick joke on him. But as he receives more of them, he realizes this is no joke. This is Elizabeth. There's only one problem. Someone doesn't want him to know the truth, and that someone will do anything and everything to stop him. The e-mails warn him, tell no one. This is a great book from start to finish, and probably one of the best I have ever read. Just when you think you have solved the mystery and know what's going on, this suspense-filled novel will take yet another turn on you. If you like mysteries and action filled novels, this book is for you.

 

 

Title of Book: Tender
Author of Book: Valerie Hobbs
Reviewed By: Katie Drayton
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I think this was a really good book.  It started out kind of slow but once you get into good part, it is hard to put down.  It is about a girl named Liv whose mother died from a heart defect when she was born.  Her father was young and didn't want to take care of her, so he left her with her grandmother.  Everything is good with Liv when she's in New York with her Gran, until Gran suddenly dies and Liv is sent to California to stay with the father she never knew.  Besides her problems getting along with her father, she is a complete outcast in California.

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Title of Book:  Things Change
Author of Book:   Jones, Patrick
Reviewed By:   Kaitlin Carafa
Grade:   9
What did you think?  Things Change by Patrick Jones is a great book. It was an easy read and was full of real life situations that happen to many teenagers today.  It opened my mind to what really goes on in some high school relationships and was interesting to find out.  The book was so good that I found myself not being able to put it down.  I suggest this book to high school students who enjoy reading about things that happen to students their age.

 

Title of Book:  Torn Thread
Author of Book:   Isaacs, Anne
Reviewed by:  Andrea Rich
Grade:  9
What did you think?  This book is about two sister's struggle to overcome all obstacles while fighting for their lives in a labor camp in Czechoslovakia. This book was excellent. It was well written and also had all the right emotions and suspense a good book needs. I would recommend this to anyone, - especially if you are interested in the Holocaust and wish to understand it on a higher level. I think that this book would be good for anyone who has a brother or a sister that they truly love, and I believe, after you read this, you will have a greater appreciation for everyone in your family as well.

 

Title of Book: Treasure Island
Author of Book: Robert Louis Stevenson
Reviewed By: Tyler Bakely
Grade: 9
What did you think?: I thought this book was a little bit boring. The first 50 pages of the book has you reading about the beginning of where everything takes place, then it switches to something completely different. If you're into pirates and adventures, you might want to pick up this book. But stay away from it if you're into more suspenseful and thrilling novels.

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Title of Book: True Confessions Of A Heartless Girl
Author of Book: Martha Brooks
Reviewed By: Heather Afford
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: One word for this book...truthful. This story is all about heartless Noreen, labeled as a screw up at age 17 that ran from her alcoholic Mom and overprotective sister while she fights to figure out the world around her. It is filled with finding the truth about yourself as well as others around you. At times you may grow tiresome of characters and their lives, but you keep reading to find out what happens to Noreen. The tragic, but still 'happy' ending helps to pull it all together in the end and teaches Noreen some valuable lessons. So if you're looking for a good story filled with ridiculous, real life mistakes and learning to fix them you should pick up this book. 


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Title of Book:  Tuesdays with Morrie
Author of Book:   Albom, Mitch
Reviewed by:  Maggie Reinhold
Grade:  9
What did you think? Tuesdays with Morrie is a great book for any type of reader.  This book is inspirational and teaches you valuable lessons on life.  This quick read will keep your attention for all 190 pages of the book.  Tuesdays with Morrie is a must read!

 

Title of Book:  The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Author of Book:   Joshua Braff
Reviewed by: 
Samantha Kohl
Grade:  9
What did you think?  
This book is about the life of Jacob during the past 5 or so years. He deals with a verbally abusive, perfectionist father, and a heartbroken mother, which at one point clash and bring the whole family down. Some of the thoughts that Jacob recites are deeply moving when others are completely hilarious. This book is slow at points and has its ups and downs. This book really makes you think about your life.


 

Title of Book: The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Author of Book: Joshua Braff
Reviewed By: Andrea Rich
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book is about the struggle of a teenage Jewish boy named Jacob Green growing up with a dysfunctional family. His father is over powering and if his children are anything less than perfect they're unacceptable. This book, though slow at times, was very enjoyable. It captured everything great book needs, emotions, humor, etc. I recommend reading this novel. You'll just fall in love with it.

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Title of Book:  Virus Ground Zero 
Author of Book:   Regis, Ed
Reviewed by:  Dana England
Grade:  9
What did you think?  Virus Ground Zero was alright.  I’m not really one to like nonfiction books: I like reading fantastic tales more.  I originally wanted to read The Hot Zone, but since someone was already reading it I picked up Virus Ground Zero instead.  As far as recommendations for others, I guess it depends on who you are.  I, personally, didn’t like it because I hate to hear about human suffering, on ANY degree.  If you want to know the facts about Ebola, check it out; but, if you don’t like blood and disease and heartbreaking true stories about people who lost their loved ones to a painful disease, obviously don’t read it.  Still, altogether, it was written well and it got its point across.  It depends on who you are whether you like it or not, though.

 

Title of Book:  Walk Away Home   
Author of Book:   Many, Paul
Reviewed by:  Kelsey Connelly
Grade:  9
What did you think?   I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read because you can really get into this book and relate to some of the problems that the main character, Nick, faces. He  has family problems, so he runs away and at this "hippie" farm he meets a lot of interesting people who all teach Nick bits of life's lessons. Can Nick come of age and help a new found friend in trouble...? This is a book for all of you Average Joe's who have ever wanted to or did, walk away from a problem.

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Title of Book:  A Walk in the Woods
Author of Book:   Bill Bryson
Reviewed by: 
Jessica Donoghue
Grade: 
9
What did you think?  
A Walk in the Woods was a great read for any outdoorsy people.  If you've ever been camping or just have been around some serious woods then you're bound to enjoy it.  It's written in a quirky, comical style with some facts about the Appalachian's tangled in.  I really enjoyed the first few chapters when the author was preparing for his journey to hike the Appalachian Trail, he was freaking himself out with facts on bear attacks, and going crazy at the local equipment shop just to seem like he knew what he was buying and talking about to the shop worker.  Everyone at Seneca should read this book because everyone is surrounded by the woods!  Read this if you want an adventure, a comedy, and an informative book all in one!

 

Title of Book:  Wiseguy
Author of Book:   Pileggi
Reviewed By:   Katie Drayton
Grade:   9
What did you think?  This was an amazing book.  The best thing about it was that it was a true story.  Wiseguy gave an incredible insight into the lives of people in the mob.  Henry Hill was growing up across the street from the main cabstand where all the guys hung out, gamble, and played cards.  One day he wandered over there for a summertime job, and he never left.  Henry became addicted to the rich and bossy lifestyle.  I wouldn't recommend this book to any one that doesn't like violence, but if you do like violence, it's perfect.

 

Title of Book:  You Remind Me of You
Author of Book
Corrigan, Eireann
Reviewed by:  Taylor Wegmann 
Grade:  9
What did you think? 
The spring she turned sixteen, Eireann Corrigan developed an eating disorder.  For three years she battled anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, and was in and out of treatment and hospitals.  The July after she graduated high school, her boyfriend attempted suicide by shooting himself in the forehead and miraculously, he survived. Eireann dealt with many things that teenagers deal with today: such as cutting, eating disorders, and suicide. You Remind Me of You hit very close to home for me, and it was, not to mention, an amazing story.  It was emotional and eloquent, but also honest and real.  I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much, was because it was written in all poems.  Not all people like this format of writing, especially when it tells a story.  But I believe that if written any other way, this book would not be as meaningful.  I recommend You Remind Me of You to everyone.
 

Title of Book:  You Remind Me of You
Author of Book:   Corrigan, Eireann
Reviewed By:   Julia England
Grade:   9
What did you think?  You Remind Me of You is a very inspiring and heart-breaking true story about a girl facing eating disorders. While in high school, her boyfriend tries to commit suicide, and lives. Coping with not only HER problems, but having to help her boyfriend too, readers are interested to read on. I recommend this book to high school students who are mature enough to handle the content, and who are able to read between the lines seeing as You Remind Me of You is written in poetic form.

 

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Title of Book: Zig Zag
Author of Book: Ellen Wittlenger
Reviewed By: Alyssa Kelly
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: This book started out great.  Robin's boyfriend is leaving her for the summer so she decides to go on a road trip with her aunt and cousins zig-zagging across the country. After about the first 50 pages its stopped being a good book, to me. The rest of the book was about boy crazy girls whose adventures never stopped. Guys would definitely hate this book, but if your a girl and into chick flicks go for it. You might actually enjoy it.

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Title of Book: Zig Zag
Author of Book: Ellen Wittlinger
Reviewed By: Alexandra Bricker
Grade: 9th
What did you think?: Zig Zag takes you on an enthralling and intriguing adventure with vivid and colorful characters. This novel captures different feelings and views that are essential to the storyline. Robin, one of the main characters in Zig Zag, is offered to help drive around the West with her Aunt Dory and her two interesting cousins. She agrees because her beloved boyfriend has been enrolled in a summer program in Rome. Not only is Zig Zag about their "ZigZagging" route throughout the West, but Robin's journey to find out who she truly is. Zig Zag is a wonderful read because it offers suspense, romance, and action, all shown with different perspectives of the situation. I also think that Zig Zag is a fabulous choice because it offers lessons and values worth substantial meaning. I thoroughly recommend Zig Zag to anyone who is interested in a fascinating and superb read!!!

 

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Last updated:  06/07/2006