Member Book Review: Full Ride

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

reviewed by Karina

fullrideFrom the moment this book starts it firmly attaches to your heart. It pulls at your heart strings every step of the way, through every wittingly titled chapter, through every dramatic sentence, through every span of drama. Full ride is truly a novel worth throwing away two or so hours of your life on. This story starts out in Virginia with our main character Becca. She and her mother have been in hiding for years and they want to escape the pain. The pain of what? Of her father’s many crimes putting them all in danger of Excellerand, a highly powerful corporation like Google. Becca never gets to see or hear from her father unless their malicious, power hungry lawyer gets involved. Becca and her mother flee to Deskins, Ohio where they can start anew, but even by moving Becca can’t achieve the one goal she has. All she wants is to go to college, but with her predicament she can’t…until she finds a scholarship.It’s a full ride scholarship and all of Becca’s friends want it too. It’s called the Whitney Court scholarship…

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Member Book Review: A Monster Calls

By Patrick Ness

Review by Mae

“A Monster Calls” is a beautifully touching novel. It is by far my favorite book.

Conor begins to be visited by a monster after his mother’s cancer treatments become difficult. The monster visits at 12:07 after he has the nightmare. It tells him stories deeply rooted (no pun intended) in metaphor. They don’t make sense at first, but one thing is for sure, the monster wants the truth. The truth about the nightmare; the truth about his mother. Conor finds this confusing and doesn’t want to tell the truth, even if it kills him. It is just too painful for Conor to say.

I like “A Monster Calls” because it is a beautifully written novel. The pictures added lots of emotion to the already heart wrenching story line. I felt for him. I empathized with him. I saw him.

I recommend “A Monster Calls” to anyone who can read English. It is almost too good for words. I just loved this book.

One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia

Published by Harper Collins

Copyright © 2010

Review by Mae

“One Crazy Summer is a must read for anyone’s book list. It is heartwarming, realistic fiction that takes place in 1968. It is a truly elegant piece of well crafted literature.

The main characters are Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern. They are all sisters. Their mother, Cecile, abandoned them seven years ago, and now they are going to visit her for the first time. When they arrive they discover that their mother wants nothing to do with them and is a little off her rocker. She bans them from the kitchen, won’t cook, or explain the strange visitors. Then Cecile sends them to a summer camp run by Black Panthers. There world was about to spin in a whole new direction.

I strongly recommend “One Crazy Summer” for youth ages 9-12. The style of writing is easy to understand, yet leaves you guessing and wanting more. It is a spectacular summer read.

2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
2011 Newbery Honor Book
2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction
2010 National Book Award Finalist
Junior Library Guild Selection

Cloaked – TAB book review

Cloaked

by Alex Flinn

Review by Sarah

Johnny is just like any other teenage boy except for one thing, he knows everything about shoes. His family owns a shoe repair business located in a hotel on South Beach, where he works hours upon hours to support his mother. He sees many different people in his work but he never gets a chance to meet any of them until now, and the person that he meets changes his life forever.

Princess Victoriana is a party girl who regularly disgraces her family, and she has come to South Beach. After an accidental meeting with her Johnny finds out that there is more to her than meets the eyes. The princess is really in South Beach on a mission to find her lost brother, and she wants Johnny’s help to get the job done. Victoriana’s brother was turned into a frog by an evil Alorian witch who wanted the prince out of the way in order to force the princess to marry the wicked prince of a neighboring country. If Johnny can find this frog prince and return it to Victoriana, she promises to marry him.

To aid him in this quest Victoriana gives Johnny a magic cloak and magic headphones. The cloak can be used to go anywhere in the world just by wishing yourself there, and headphones can be used to talk to creatures that were once human but are now animals. Johnny doesn’t believe that there is any such thing as magic, but according to the princess magic is everywhere he just couldn’t see it. After trying out the magic gifts he quickly becomes a believer.

Cloaked was amazing, and I was hooked on every page because the story kept getting better and better. It features everything from magic, true love, and everyday life that teens can relate to. In “Cloaked” Flinn makes the story seem to be going one way but she suddenly sends the story in another direction that you don’t see coming. Alex Flinn is a brilliant author who writes books that you can’t put down. This is a book that I could read over and over again and not get tired of it.

 

Junior Library Guild Selection