April 9, 2014
Roomies is a book about two rising college freshmen who find out that they are going to become room mates. Elizabeth (EB), an only child, is excited to move away from her single-but-ready-to-mingle mom and enjoy campus life with a roommate. After breaking up with her speedy boyfriend, she meets Mark, an amazingly sweet guy. However, EB discovers that her mom’s current sweetheart is Mark’s father, a married man! Lauren, on the other hand, being the oldest of six is slightly disappointed when she find out that she didn’t get a single. She experiences new beginnings with a guy named Keyon, and realizes that she isn’t as excited for college anymore. The two girls start an email chain, and experience happiness, anger, tears, and regret together. Join these girls as they eventually find themselves closer than ever!
I really enjoyed this book because I felt that many of the situations were realistic and possible. Unlike other stories, this book didn’t try too hard to bring the overall message and idea across, which really helped the reader understand it better. None of the events were too exaggerated, and I felt that many girls could honestly relate to Elizabeth’s and Lauren’s feelings. The book was also written in alternating perspectives (one chapter in EB’s perspective and the next in Lauren’s and so forth), which is unique and different from most books, but allowed the reader to understand what each character thought. In the mid-end, I felt like there was a lack of real drama and it slightly contrasted from the rest of the book. However, overall it was a great read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
The main parts I liked about this book were the emails the girls wrote to each other. As the reader, you are able to view the original email filled with all of the truths and thoughts of the girl, and then you see the final email she actually sends (which involves very little of the original email, if any). The emails are fun to read and are a main component of the story.
Review by Ajitha, grade 8, Gayton Library
March 18, 2014
This book was about a boy, Rafe Khatchadorian, who hates middle school and wants to do something that no one else has. So, he invents a game, Operation R.A.F.E. The rules were to break every rule in the school’s code of conduct book. He faces many difficulties and obstacles, but he is still persistent and does not give up. Hills Village Middle School is the best and worst thing that happened to Rafe.
I thought this book was well thought out and had a very interesting plot. I like how the author gave each character some difficulty, but also gave them a loophole to get out of it, especially at the end. Something I loved about the book was how it was written in first person point of view because it made me really understand how the character was feeling at every moment. Another exceptional thing about the book was that the character was actually talking to us in some chapters, which is not commonly found in most books. This book could not be put down after I started reading it.
One memorable thing about the book was how the author had made Rafe get the consequences he deserved, but also gave him something to enjoy about at the end of the book. Rafe had found a loophole to his problems in Hills Village Middle School and was very happy and joyful.
Review by Vaishnavi, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 7, 2014
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
March 4, 2014
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
February 7, 2014
And then I can hear someone say I need stitches since it’s a deep cut and it is right between my eyebrows and it will likely scar.
I murmur: “My glabella. . . .”
But the staff doesn’t know that glabella is the name of the space between your eyebrows.
I hear someone whisper: “She’s asking for Bella!”
I shut my eyes again.
So many things in life are distressing.
Maybe it’s because I started this between episodes 2 and 3 of the current season of the BBC’s Sherlock, but the book’s main character, Willow, really reminds me of Sherlock. Anyone else reading it agree? Click the cover to look up the book and put a hold on it.
January 23, 2014
It we were lost in space, we’d be sure to have a copy of:
Any Rick Riordan Percy Jackson book, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, One Peice by Eiichir Oda, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Fault in our Stars by John Green, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
We can’t wait to watch: Divergent, Godzilla 2014, Captain America 2, and Vampire Academy.
Movies out that we liked: Pacific Rim, Frozen, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Happy Gilmore, Super Size Me, World War Z, Now You See Me, Great Gatsby.
We loooove these songs: September by Earth, Wind & Fire, Sweater Weather by Neighborhood, Gypsy by Stevie Nicks, Outer Science by IA, Ho Hay by the Lumineers, Boogey Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire, Wishing I was 23 by R5, Core Pride by Uverworld, Piano Man by Billy Joel, Story of My Life by One Direction, Only Exception by Paramour.
TV we like to binge watch: The Office, Outsourced, Ravenswood, Pretty Little Liars, Big Bang Theory, Reba, Grey’s Anatomy.
November 26, 2013
Possums come, back and forward, running errands on moolit claws.
The Midnight Dress, by Karen Foxlee
October 21, 2013
Fallout takes place in America during the Cold War. It is the summer of 1962. America and Russia are at a nuclear standoff with each other. Fallout makes you think, “What if the Russians actually dropped a bomb on America?”, “How would America recover from the devastation?” and most importantly, “How would we survive the attack?” The main characters are a boy named Scott, his younger brother Sparky, and his father, Richard. Scott is a 6th grader who is quiet and smart. Sparky is caring and funny. Richard is serious and smart.
I thought this was a very good book. It has a lot of action and even more tough decisions. I sometimes stopped reading and thought to myself “Could I make those decisions?” This book really makes you think, and that’s one reason why I enjoyed it so much.
I think the way Todd Strasser writes it is very memorable, because he writes it in such good detail and suspense, it makes you feel like you were there when it happened. It makes you feel like you are fighting for you life.
Reviewed by Ian, grade 9, Gayton Branch Library
October 8, 2013
Kayla is meeting a new voice coach — “What’s your favorite song right now?” he asks
“I — I — I don’t know,” I stammered, feeling like the stupidest girl in the world. I glanced over my shoulder at my dad. He was still on his phone, but I could tell he was listening, probably wondering why he wasted his money to fly Lonnie down to Miami to talk to a girl too dumb to remember even one of the songs her own father had written.
Paparazzi Princesses, by Bria Williams and Reginae Carter. Click on the book cover to find a copy in our catalog.
September 23, 2013
Samantha “Sam” D’Angelo, a soon-to-be high school senior, is out of school for the summer. In order to pass the time, as well as work on her writing, she gets an internship at the local Herald Tribune newspaper, where she works writing “obits” (obituaries). She becomes part of the Tribune’s family that consists of “Coma Boy” Tony, drummer-boy AJ, bossman Harry, and many others. Throughout the summer, Sam expands as a writer, falls in, and out, of love, and discovers a new positive outlook for her senior year.
While the book was a good, easy read, I think it was a little young for me. The only thing that separates this book from others, in my mind, is the idea that the main character writes obituaries. Aside from that, there was nothing particularly unusual or surprising. I guessed the ending from the beginning. However, it was an easy, simple read, and I’d recommend it to any middle schooler.
In my opinion, the craft of writing obituaries was the most interesting aspect of the book. The idea of giving the deceased person a voice and final story was noble. In addition, I like the notion of blogging and may try it out sometime soon.
Reviewed by Clair, grade 11, Tuckahoe Area Library