This week’s prize goes to Rosie, Nadia and Laura S. for their wonderful reviews of teen books. We will be giving away one more round of prizes and rewarding a grand prize next week. There is still time to get your reviews in.
As winners they will receive a book of their choosing and other gift certificate like prizes. Congratulations!
Written by John Green, author of “The Fault in our Stars,” Paper Towns is about a senior boy named Quinn, who has fallen in love with neighbour, Margo. One night, Margo asks Quinn to help her achieve the goals of taking revenge on people who ruined her life. Together, the both of them have fun breaking in to people’s houses. The next day, Margo disappears, and both Margo’s best friend as well as Quinn’s best friend try and find clues, that Margo might have left him the previous night. Together they go on a road trip, to find their lost friend Margo.
I would give this book a 4/5 as the plot and the story line was exciting but the ending was terrible and not expected.
After reading The Door by the Staircase, I realized that magic can, in fact, be real, as long as you believe in it. Overall, I think this book was very enchanting and adventurous. The book is very mysterious with a very enchanting part that makes me shiver just thinking about it.
One of the strengths I noticed about this author’s book is that it is full of unanswered cliffhangers. To me, this is more of a strength than a weakness because it makes whoever is reading it want more, thus resulting in the reader reading the next book. I could clearly tell that the author, Katherine Marsh, has a very creative way of writing. Especially when she writes from the witch’s point of view.
I rate this book a firm 5 out of 5, because it has such an emotional view on everything, and also because I just naturally like reading mysteries and fantasy. I haven’t found any mistakes in the book so far, and that’s rare. Most books have at least a mistake in either history or writing.
The book is about a girl named Mary who lives in an orphanage. She attempts to escape but doesn’t succeed. Then, the next day, a mysterious woman comes to adopt her. The woman, Madame Z, seems to be holding many secrets. Until, that is, Mary finds out that she’s a witch. Full of fear, she still decides to stay. And surprise awaits her…
Written by Sandy Frances Duncan, Cariboo Runaway is a story about a young girl named Elva, who runs away with her little brother Tim, from their home Victoria to find their missing father, who promised gold and a better future for their family. On their adventure, they encounter various people, some who were kind and some who wanted to kill them. Will Elva and Tim make it through their journey and find their missing father, or will they not?
Cariboo Runaway is historical fiction, taking place in the gold rush period that happened in BC. I would rate this book a 3/5 as it was very boring. I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.
And Then There Were Four is a captivating book that can hold you in suspense every single time you read a sentence. The author, Nancy Werlin, has a very creative way of writing, and it will entrance you in a forever-lasting spell.
After doing some research, I found out that this book is closely related to the movie “And Then There Were None.” The movie is about 10 people who get invited to a solitary mansion and discover that there is only darkness to greet them. Not only that, but the people in the group are disappearing one by one. Each one murdered.
Whereas in this book, And Then There Were Four, is about a group of 5 kids who were invited to meet at a rotten house for a meeting, but the whole room collapses. Thankfully, nobody died. After that fateful accident, all of the kids are wary, but not wary enough. A second “accident” strikes, and this time, it takes the life of one of them. That’s when the 4 kids left reach a conclusion — their parents are trying to kill them off one by one.
Overall, I feel that this book has a thrilling plot with a great twist at the end, but I did in fact find an issue. There was a slight spelling mistake somewhere around chapter 27, but it didn’t affect my understanding of the book.
And Then There Were Four really made my heart do a little jazz dance and it took my breath away momentarily with every word and paragraph. A truly adventure-packed mystery!
To Kill a Mockingbird is a very famous classic, written by Harper Lee. Set in the small town of Maycomb, Alaska, there lives “Scout” Finch, the 9 year old protagonist and her brother, Jem Finch and her father, a lawyer, Atticus Finch. The story begins with Scout and Jem leading ordinary, but happy lives, when suddenly, the whole towns talks about Tom Robinson, an African slave who was convicted of raping a young girl. The biggest talk of the town, however, was about Atticus, and how he stepped up to defend Tom Robinson. Eager to find more about the Tom Robinson case, Scout sneaks into her father’s meetings and asks people around town about it.
I would give this book a 5/5 as it was written very well, and was moving. It gave me an awareness on how Africans were forced to be slaves and didn’t have many rights as human beings. I also loved Scout’s personality, as she was curious and very pleasant. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories about the past and about history.
The Blackthorn Key is a captivating book that caught my attention from the very beginning. It holds so many wonderful secrets and spells! I personally really liked this book because one of my friends gave it to me as a present, and she said that it is a really good book. At first, I didn’t believe her, since the cover seemed really plain, but after finishing the whole book, I realized that it was an extraordinary book with a lot of excitement and action.
So, you’re probably wondering what exactly the book is about. The protagonist of the story, Christopher, is the apprentice of the wonderful Benedict Blackthorn. Of course, everyone has their secrets, and when a cult starts to prey on apothecaries, Christopher is worried about Benedict. He goes into action!
I rate this a definite 5 out of 5!
This awesome book has lots of adventure and grit. I really enjoyed going on this miraculous adventure with Delvin Quick, a girl who isn’t much of a “normal” girl. She’s more a ninja and a detective than a proper schoolgirl who worries about makeup and what she wears. This time, a very important page of a book has disappeared. And that page contained… a map.
Of course, Delvin Quick sees a mystery in everything, but this was really suspicious. Where could the map lead to? Obviously, Delvin sets off to find the thief, with the help of her mom and her friends. But the answer is much more fun than they expected.
I really liked this book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading Nancy Drew, or Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I rate it a 5 out of 5!
This book has a very interesting little mysterious twist to it. It is about a girl named Shay Summers, who, has a LOT of problems to deal with. A couple of them include being overweight, and falling in love with a boy online.
This book was very fun to read, and what’s most wonderful, this book is written in poetic form, which makes it even more interesting, trying to figure out the real meaning.
I definitely recommend this book for people over the age of 12, and I give it a 5 out of 5!
As a young boy Harry lived with only knowing that his parents died in a car crash. Now living with his uncle Vernon and his aunt Petunia, but not long ago Harry was invited to a school wizard and witches. Making two new friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are also students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main events is directed to Harry’s struggles against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal and overthrow the wizard government known as the Ministry of Magic.