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Maggie Paris swims on the varsity swim team. Swimming was a brave thing to do for Maggie because her older sister, Leah, drowned. It changed her life forever, and it took a long time for Maggie to start getting used to water. Even though her life seems back to normal, it’s not. She can get people to tell their deepest secrets, but this ability makes people shy away from her. Her parents have been fighting lately, and things haven’t been the same.
This book was very detailed and interesting. Maggie was a brave character because she swam a lot even though her sister drowned. I thought that she also stayed strong even when things wouldn’t turn out the way they were planned. She kept on trying because she believed in herself, and she never gave up. Overall, the book left me wanting more.
One thing that stuck with me throughout the book was the fact that Maggie always stayed brave even when tough decisions came along.
Review by Mitali, grade 6, Twin Hickory
Elizabeth Moon is enemies with Maggie. They used to be friends, but a fight got them worked up and it ended badly. Maggie doesn’t like the fact that Elizabeth acts better than everybody. Elizabeth’s mom works with dogs, so Elizabeth is always covered in dog hair and she smells like crazy. Maggie thinks that she is better than Elizabeth, and that she should get revenge.
This book was really interesting. I was surprised at how much Maggie hated Elizabeth. Maggie would go to great lengths to get what she wanted, and it sometimes would backfire. Some things happened that I didn’t expect. All the characters had different personalities, so it was intriguing to see all their opinions put together into one book.
One thing that stuck with me throughout the book was the fact that Maggie always wanted to get her way, and she would go to great lengths to do that.
Review by Mitali, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
Toklo, Lusa, Kallik, and Yakone have finally made it to Toklo’s birthplace after a lengthy travel. Soon after their arrival, the four bears notice how unwelcoming the place is. Toklo is shocked at the dramatic change his beloved forest had undergone. To the bears’ horror, the cause of despair in the once cheerful forest is wolves. Toklo knows that his place of birth is where he wants to stay, but with the wolves gulping down the remains of the prey left in the forest, the bears can’t enjoy the lush woodlands as much. Will the bears be able to help Toklo create new territory, or will the wolves claim the greenery for themselves?
Since I have not read the first few books in the series, the terms used to describe human machinery were confusing. Then again, I could infer that phrases like “metal birds” were supposed to be planes because planes are metal and shaped like birds. Also, the excitement and danger in the forest and snow peaks were exhilarating to read, especially since you could sense what each bear was feeling. I would definitely recommend this novel to anybody who enjoys invigorating and hazardous adventures.
One memorable thing about the book would be the unity and bond between the four bears. They were selfless when it came to their lives and would do anything to help the other bears.
Review by Emily, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
The Bronze Age of Greece was ravaged by the House of Koronos, the godly rulers of Messenia and the legion of blood-hardened warriors of the Crows. Helpless outsider Hylas has seen it all. Crows ravage his clan, kill his father, and separates him from his sister. Just to make it worse, after failing to steal the sacred dagger belonging to the Crows which gives them their power, he lands in the worst possible scenario- being the slave of the warlord’s cruel son, Kreon. Hylas is threatened by Snatchers, evil beings plotting to hunt the ones who killed them. However, he manages to give the Snatchers what they want and in return they allow him freedom away from the slave camps of the Island of Thalakrea. Meeting his long-time supporter and friend Pirra, they plan on ridding the dagger of the House of Koronos from the face of the earth forever. However, a much harder challenge awaits Hylas in his bid to save the world.
The Burning Shadow has truly left a mark in my mind. It did have a fast moving, changing plot, but that doesn’t even cover up a fraction of the great strengths of this book. Even though the plot was sort of fast, it was organized extremely well. The characters’ personalities were expressed in larger quantities than in other books. The people in Burning Shadow interacted a lot and expressed their feelings through many words. The plot is also very attractive. A slave with a thirst of freedom not only yearning for escape but also with a desire to save the world is such a well-thought story. I have to question readers who could want more. I’ve almost never given perfect reviews, but I truly believe Burning Shadow deserves one.
I was very amused and liked how even though Pirra and Hylas were obviously in love, they certainly didn’t act like it.
Review by Henry, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library
Finally, Georgia Khatchadorian, a studious and hard-working girl, is starting sixth grade. This means she gets to go to a new school and make new friends. Sounds fun, right? Well, think again! As she enters the sixth grade, the teachers and students at Hill Village Middle School have a different opinion. Just because she is related to her older brother, Rafe, doesn’t mean she is just as annoying and undisciplined as him. As she gets used to the school, it is up to Georgia to erase the terrible reputation that Rafe had left behind and make a new one of her own. This means she must find a way to prove herself and deal with all the other school-related problems she would face. Will she show them that not every Khatchadorian is like her brother, or will she become the same troublemaker that everyone at her middle school expects her to be?
This book was a very interesting journey. The series had originally started off with Rafe’s point of view. But this book was different since it was from his sister’s perspective. This gave the story an interesting twist that was enjoyable to read. I liked how each page brings the scenes to life from small scribbles to vivid pen drawings. It allows for the reader to think as the protagonist and understand their surroundings. James Patterson does a great job by creating a story unlike his others in the series while still inserting the same entertaining humor. In total, this book was a pleasure to read.
The most memorable part of this book was the relationship between Rafe and Georgia. This is because sometimes they seem to despise each other and sometimes they help each other out. I find their relationship, as brother and sister, kind of cute. While having that occasional sibling rivalry, they still find the occasion to show that they care for one another, and nothing can beat that!
Review by Harshita, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library
Check out the new art display at Tuckahoe Area Library’s Teen Planet. Inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell, these 3D shadow boxes were created by Tucker High School art students.
Henrico Libraries CLOSED Monday, March 3 and reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4.
The U.S. House of Representatives is holding an app design contest for high school students in certain districts. Eric Cantor, for Virginia’s 7th, is participating. Details here.
Staff from Princeton Review will conduct a 4-hour SAT practice test for high school students. Registration is required and this event is limited to 50 teens. A follow-up results session and Q & A will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library. Register online or call 290-9100 x5 to register with your library card.