SNO-ISLE SPECIAL: Book Reviews By Local Teens
Describe the book: Georgie and Neal are both married and they have two young daughters. But when they plan to go to Omaha to visit Neal's mom on Christmas, Georgie can't go because she has a chance of writing her own show. She doesn't expect Neal to leave without her, but he does. Can Georgie fix their relationship, even with her magic yellow landline to guide her?
What did you think: This book is really great! Although, i thought it was very confusing to keep track of because it kept going back and forth from present to past. The concept of the magic yellow landline was hard to understand, too. My favorite part was when Seth tells Georgie that he loves her :) And also when Georgie comes to surprise Neal on Christmas in Omaha.
Who would you recommend it to: Romance lovers, middle school kids.
- H.S. (Grade 9) from Edmonds Library
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Describe the book: This mystery is about Claudia who feels mistreated at home and runs away with her brother to the amazing Metropolitan museum. Their adventures start once they are settled in and they find themselves trying to solve a mystery relating to a statue. This takes them to Mrs. Frankweiler. Can she help them?
What did you think: I really enjoyed this book and I kept trying to solve the mystery along with te children. My favorite part was when the secret was revealed. I learnt about many artists that I'd never heard about. I loved the fact that they ran away to such an amazing place.
Who would you recommend it to: Late elementary school and early middle school.
- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library
Elaine Lobl Konigsburg
Describe the book: When Sera wakes up in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by the remains of an awful plane crash, she doesn't remember anything. She doesn't know her name, how old she is, she what she looks like, and there are a million other things that she doesn't know. With the help of a strange boy who seems to know her she pieces together her past.
What did you think: This book was really special for my because I won the copy that I own from a writing contest that I did. The story was engaging, and the writing was beautiful--especially when describing all the new things that Sera experienced that we all take for granted (like grilled cheese sandwiches). This book was really great, and I loved reading it
Who would you recommend it to: Fans of sci-fi, true love, memory loss themes.
- V.E. (Grade 10) from Edmonds Library
Because of Winn-Dixie
Describe the book: This award winner is about a girl called Opal who moves to a town where she befriends a dog causing havoc in a local shop. Although the dog is not hers she claims it as hers. Their relationship allows her to make more friends and we see her confidence build. These new friends become very important in helping her find answers to important questions.
What did you think: This was a good quick read. I liked the part where Opal is trying to find out about her mother but this did not go much further. I would have liked to know more. Instead the story drifts away from the mother to the friends. Even so I still enjoyed it.
Who would you recommend it to: Elementary and lower middle school kids.
- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library
The Gypsy Moon
Describe the book: Gabby Winslow distraught over the loss of her parents and has built a wall around herself where men are concerned. While joining a underground operation to get Jews out of Nazi control she meets Dai, a British agent sent to get her uncle, who is an important scientist under Hitlers control, out of Germany. The two join forces and get them out alive
What did you think: I liked the book. I have always enjoyed books that were set during World War II. My favorite part is probably seeing how Gabby and Dai's relationship change during the whole of the book.
Who would you recommend it to: to historical fiction lovers of all ages
- D.D. (Grade 10) from Edmonds Library
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Describe the book: This, the final book in the Harry Potter series sees an older and wiser Harry and his friends going on a quest in search of magical objects that they hope will destroy the villain Voldemort.The story takes Harry on a journey where he learns more about his family and others surrounding him and to a final showdown with Voldemort. Can he survive?
What did you think: This is by far my favorite book in the Harry Potter series even though it is darker and evil is everywhere. I loved its fast pace and the suspense right to the end. You keep wondering whether Harry and his friends will kill Voldemort before he destroys everyone. I seriously could not put this book down. The battle at the end is my favorite part.
Who would you recommend it to: Middle school to high school.
- L.M. (Grade 7) from Mukilteo Library
J. K. Rowling
Describe the book: The four Penderwick sisters Rosalind,Skye,Jane,and Batty are on a mighty summer vacation in Arundel.Upon meeting Jeffrey, the boy in the mansion,they embark on several adventures such as saving Batty from a bull,a rabbit chase, and keeping Jeffrey from Pencys military school.All this while maintaining the Penderwick family honor.
What did you think: the connections of people in this book were amazing and i love the close bonds of the sisters. Batty all together was my favorite, the 4 year old who wont go anywhere without her butterfly wings. the entire book you are constantly hating Ms. Tifton,who is Jeffreys rich mother, until the end,where she proves herself to actually be a kind person.
Who would you recommend it to: anyone in need of an adventure.
- R.R. (Grade 6) from Coupeville Library
The Little Prince
Describe the book: A boy wise beyond his years travels the galaxy to find a friend. All he meet act like grownups who are be riddled by petty problems.When he comes to earth,he meets a man who is stranded in the Sahara desert,and he tells of his travels, his rose, and a lesson from a fox.
What did you think: this book was indescribable.It really made you think about the person you want to be,and was told with a refreshing innocence that made me want to laugh and cry at the same time.the fox seemed to understand the prince, and gave him a very simple secret:"It is only the heart that can see rightly;What is essential is invisible to the eye."
Who would you recommend it to: to all people of all ages.
- R.R. (Grade 8) from Coupeville Library
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
J SAINT E
The Secret Year
Describe the book: Colt had a secret no-strings relationship with Julie, who comes from the richer side of town. He's still dealing with grief a couple months after she dies in a car crash. Julie's brother found an old journal of hers, with letters addressed to Colt that she never sent. These letters give him many more ups and downs about their secret relationship.
What did you think: There were ways this could've played off good, but instead were written like a bad ABC family movie. I see that the "war" between the regular suburb kids and rich kids was supposed to be serious, but it was over-cheesy and incredibly unnecessary. We didn't get to see all of Julie's entries. How Colt got these girls to bed so easily was unrealistic.
Who would you recommend it to: gr7+, relationships, death, small town shenanigans
- A.K. (Grade 11) from Mill Creek Library
Jennifer R. Hubbard
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success
Describe the book: Sampson, George, and Rameck are now successful doctors/dentists. But the road to get there wasn't easy. In this true story, the three doctors must face countless put downs and explain how that helped them to continue there road to success. Find out how they overcame the rough streets of Newark, NJ, how they overcame drugs, alcohol, and other things
What did you think: "We Beat the Street" was a very intriguing book the whole way through; although it was a nonfiction book, the situations they had kept me interested and compelled me to keep on reading. My favorite part of the book was the peculiar and disgusting way Sampson learned that he was interested in doctor related things.
Who would you recommend it to: People who want to learn something
- E.T. (Grade 7) from Mill Creek Library
Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon M. Draper
TEEN 610.922 DAVIS