October 29, 2014
The kids had sooooo much fun! Huge thanks to the teens of the Northwest TAB! The Interactive Screaming Wall was amazing!
October 28, 2014
This book was about a girl named Lei and her father trying to get back to their home island in Hawaii from O’ahu. Lei is an epileptic, and she has to go to O’ahu to do some medical testing. While they are visiting O’ahu, the world experiences an electronics failure, and the Hawaiian inhabitants start to turn very hostile. It is then a race against time for Lei and her father to get home.
I thought this was a very good book. It shows how humanity can be very chaotic and unstable without good leadership, since all of the world leaders went into hiding after the blackout. It also depicts how desperate people can be to get what they want, such as a man killing another man over a boat. It is a book that very well describes human nature.
I like the author’s vivid description of the beautiful Hawaiian scenery.
Reviewed by Ian, grade 10, Gayton Branch Library
October 27, 2014
In the slums of Lower East side, Flick is a pickpocket. And a good one at that. Give him a way to take something of value off you, and he will. However that all changes when a man named Lucian Mandel offers him attendance in the most prestigious academy in the country. Mandel Academy graduates have always become great politicians, CEO’s, millionaires. Mandel offers Flick a way to get back at his father. However, Flick will have to change himself, be willing to do anything to get the evidence necessary, even if it means losing everything he holds close.
I really liked the book. The character development was one of the best points. The characters progress differently from each other, and each is likable or maybe someone you’d love to hate. The situations were well thought out and planned thoroughly so every moment was suspenseful. I sped through the book and enjoyed it a great deal.
The most memorable thing is when Flick goes on his field trip. He was to steal a phone and take the evidence from it. He does it, but afterwards but the evidence he finds makes him question if he really has what it takes to become the beast the academy wants him to be.
Reviewed by Alsharief, grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library
October 27, 2014
Nobody is perfect. It’s been one year since Sohane’s sister Djelila has been burned alive. Sohane had been noticing that Djelila was breaking away from their Muslim religion by wearing short/tight clothes and drinking alcohol. Sohane tries to explore her religious and feminist beliefs.
This book related to my faith as I am a Muslim, too. Its situations related to me a lot because this book was based on real events. I loved how the author decided to add some action with Djelila being burned alive, and Sohane getting expelled for wearing a head scarf. It leads her towards the exploration of her life.
A memorable thing about this book was that it involved a religion which a lot of people judge upon.
Reviewed by Fiza, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library
October 27, 2014
Thanks to the West End TAB for hosting a great Halloween Fair at Gayton Library last Saturday. The kids loved it!
October 23, 2014
The story starts off with Charlotte Westing recalling a past event within her life time. During this scene, we find out that Charlotte is an Oracle, a person who can see the future. Charlotte lives her daily life avoiding her visions because her aunt Sierra told her it was best not be seen. But when the visions start getting stronger to the point were she can’t hold them back, she finally gives in. She sees visions of students getting murdered which causes her lonely life to become something interesting. Charlotte begins a crazy chase trying to unmask the killer from her visions. As the story goes on, the visions start to effect Charlotte emotionally, which makes this story very suspenseful.
The number one reason I liked this book, is because it’s something I have not read before. The story is gripping, making you want to keep on reading. I liked how the story had a mixture of suspense and a little bit of romance. One of the things I did not like is that Charlotte’s aunt Sierra wasn’t that big of a character as I was expecting. It is pretty clear that Sierra was an important character, but never showed up in most of the important scenes. I really felt that Sierra could of had more of an major role than just staying in her house all day, while Charlotte was out and about.
One of my favorite scenes from the book would be when Charlotte had to stand up for herself and not give in to the mind games. Charlotte is first brought out to be a quiet girl, then becomes the heroine of her own nightmares.
Reviewed by Renee, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library
October 23, 2014
Octobia May is a young African-American girl who is living in a time where Jim Crow Laws are still in full effect. After she nearly dies, she gets to live with her Aunt Shuma, who gives her all the freedom she could ever ask for. Unfortunately for Mr. Davenport, she uses this freedom to spy on him because she believes that he is a vampire. She then uncovers something greater than she could have ever expected with the help of her friends Jonah and Bessie. Along her journey, she discovers the true meaning of freedom.
I enjoyed the fact that the book showed what life was like for African-Americans in the past. There were great characters, lots of action, and an interesting setting. I thought that the author’s writing style was confusing at times. The dialogue was really hard to follow and I got confused on which character was talking at that time. Overall, I thought that the book was enjoyable even though I thought that the author’s writing style could have been better.
The most memorable thing about this book is when Octobia May lets Jonah give her a perm. It didn’t end well for her and she ends up hairless for a while.
Reviewed by Janine, grade 7, Glen Allen Branch Library
October 23, 2014
Some of the books we talked about at Dumbarton last night:
author Brandon Mull
Vanished, by Meg Cabot
Heir series, which begins with The Warrior Heir
We like to find out about books from friends, online reviews, Goodreads, and – oh, maybe even this website (use the tag cloud at right to see book reviews).
October 20, 2014
Hazel Grace Lancaster is a girl who is not ordinary. She has cancer, and it has taken a huge toll on her life. Hazel stays at home a lot and watches TV. She dreads going to her support group. Hazel finds life very dull and boring, until one guy shows up at the meeting. His name is Augustus Waters and he lost a leg to cancer. After support group is over, they meet each other and start a conversation. Immediately, Augustus claims that Hazel is beautiful and extraordinary. They start to hang out together, and they hold a long lasting bond that will never be destroyed.
I thought that this book was magnificent in all ways that are possible! The characters are portrayed very well. Hazel and Augustus have very different personalities, but they still get along very well. I love how the book is in the point of view of Hazel because she is one of the main characters and you can see everything from her perspective. Throughout the book, there are many twists and turns that make the book very unique. Every aspect of the book is wonderful. Throughout the book, you can feel the emotions taking a toll on you. You can definitely feel love and pain through your own emotions because this book is so realistic. The book gives a great message to readers, and tells them you don’t have to be perfect to have a wonderful life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, adventure, and a wonderful story line that will leave you in tears at the end.
My favorite thing about this book is that you can feel the emotions inside of you. This book is very descriptive and explains the love, tragedies, pain, and happiness many people go through. The book is so amazing and gives you a different perspective of life, and what it means to be alive.
Reviewed by Mitali, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library