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9/14/15 > Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates (Review by MD, Harwood JH)
Title: Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates

Author: Kim Kennedy

Genre: Mystery, Greek

What did you like about this book?
It is about a girl named Misty Gordon and strange things had happened to her when she took a phone and read someone else diary. Now she has to find three god statues to save herself from the ghost pirates.

Did you dislike anything about this book? Of course not, it was a great book!

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 5

My School: Harwood Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? No
12/18/14 > Mila 2.0 (Review by IP, Hurst JH)
Title: Mila 2.0
Author: Debra Driza
Genre of Book: Adventure Fiction

What did you like about this book?
This girl thinks she’s normal until she realizes her whole life was a lie. Then she goes on a quest of self-discovery and mystery about her past.

Did you dislike anything about this book? Nothing

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 5

My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
2/24/14 > Freeze Frame (Review by TR, Hurst JH)
Title: Freeze Frame
Author: Heidi Ayarbe
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Short Summary:
What you do if you shot your best friend? And you can't remember if you did it on purpose or on accident? What would you do?

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 5

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes

Note from Mrs. Townsley:
TR has told me that this is a favorite book now. It sounds like a really exciting story and I've added it to my reading list.
10/08/13 > Nightshade (Review by AA, Central JH)
Title of Book: Nightshade

Author: Andrea Cremer

Genre of Book: Fantasy Fiction, Mystery/Suspense Fiction, Romance Fiction

What did you like about this book?

A girl that is an Alpha female (she can turn into a wolf whenever she wants) has responsibilities than interfere with her true love. It's full of action and thrilling scenes that made me never want to put it down!!!!

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 5

My School: Central Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
10/08/13 > Blade (Review by AB, Hurst JH)
Title of Book: Blade
Author: Tim Bowler

Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about this book? it was full of action!

Did you dislike anything about this book? they keep calling me bigeyes

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 1, 4

My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
9/25/13 > Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. (Review by NR, LDB)
Title of Book: Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.
Author: Medeia Sharif
Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about this book?

Being a Muslim myself, I thought it was cool that there was a book about a Muslim girl in the library. I really liked this book because it was easy to relate to a lot of the things that the girl in the story went through. Her voice in the story is pretty funny too, so it was an entertaining read. For outsiders, Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. might provide some insight into the life of an American Muslim.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 4

My School: LD Bell High School

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
9/25/13 > Identical, (Review by NR, LDB)
Title of Book: Identical
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about this book?

This book tells the story of a set of twins and their dysfunctional family. Like a lot of Ellen Hopkins' book, this story deals with heavy topics such as drugs and abuse. I liked reading Identical because I was eager to see how the girls dealt with the problems in their life and I wanted to know if they would turn out all right or not. This book was written in free verse, and that's interesting.


Did you dislike anything about this book?

The ending of the book leaves something to be desired. The main problem of the book isn't completely fixed, and that slightly frustrated me.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 4

My School: LD Bell High School

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
9/25/13 > Katie.com (Review by NR, LDB)
Title of Book: Katie.com
Author: Katherine Tarbox
Genre of Book: Biography

What did you like about this book?

This autobiography tells the story of Katherine Tarbox, a girl who was lured on the internet by a predator during the early days of the internet, before anybody knew about internet safety. I thought it was interesting to see how he manipulated her into his trust and I liked being able to see the victim's thoughts as the events in the book progressed.

Did you dislike anything about this book?

I didn't like her naivety, I thought even for the times she seemed a little slow. Also, even though she came from a privileged background, there definitely was this "feel sorry for me because life isn't perfect" tone to the book. It must be remembered that the book was written by a seventeen year old though.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 1, 3

My School: LD Bell High School

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
4/11/13 > City of Bones, The (Review by JS, BJH) (Mortal Instruments Series)
Title of Book: The City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre of Book: Adventure Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Mystery/Suspense Fiction, Romance Fiction, Science Fiction

What did you like about this book? Clary's mother has been suddenly taken. Demons invade her house. Just as she was close to death, Jace Wayland saves her. He introduces her to the world of Shadowhunters, Demons, and the Mortal Instruments.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 5
My School: Bedford Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
3/09/13 > Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography
Author: Rob Lowe
Genre of Book: Autobiography

What did you like about this book?
I loved reading this book. As you can tell from the title, it tells about the life of Rob Lowe. He starts out by describing his early childhood in Ohio, until he moves with his mother and brother to sunny California, where he is viewed as an outcast for his love of acting. He then gets his big break when he plays Sodapop Curtis in “The Outsiders”. From then on, his career takes off, and he enjoys success and develops a reputation for being a playboy. However, his reputation catches up to him when his career is damaged by a scandal and he has to check into a rehab center for his alcoholism. However, by the end of the book, Lowe re-emerges as a winner, with a stable personal life that includes his wife Sheryl and two sons, and a successful career in both the big screen and in television, gaining recognition for his role as Sam Seaborn in the drama series “The West Wing”. I enjoyed reading this book because not only is it funny, it also shows the struggles that actors go through. I liked learning about Rob Lowe’s life-it was interesting and insightful.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 4
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? No
3/09/13 > Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
Author: Julie Gregory
Genre of Book: Memoir

What did you like about this book?
This memoir tells the story of Julie Gregory, a young woman whose childhood was marred by Münchausen syndrome by proxy, or MsBP. Münchausen syndrome is when a person exaggerates their illness or comes up with false ailments to receive attention from doctors or nurses. However, people suffering from MsBP are willing to harm their own children so they can garner the same positive attention from medical personnel. They are assuming the sick role by proxy. Julie’s mother suffered from this disorder and would often drag her to various doctors, forcing her to make up symptoms and to pretend to be sick. As a result of all the unnecessary medicine administered to her, Julie became frail and sickly. She was unable to form friendships because her mother would pull her out of school for visits to the doctor. In addition to her mother, her father was physically and emotionally abusive. The actions of Julie’s mother caused her to suffer even after she moved away from her family. This silent pain continued until she heard one of her professors describing MsBP. After that, she slowly begins to rebuild her life. This is a good book because it discusses a disease that not very many people are aware of.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 3
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? No
3/09/13 > Hidden (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Hidden
Author: Helen Frost
Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

What did you like about this book?
When they were both eight, Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the backseat. Darra is the only one who knows that Wren is concealed in the garage and tries to secretly help her out. Wren finally escapes and wanders until she finds a family, who alert the police. Darra's dad is arrested and sent to prison. Six years later, their lives cross again at summer camp. They're the only ones who know about the other's past. As camp progresses, each girl gets to know the other one better, and they revisit their past together. This book is told through the viewpoint of both of the girls. Wren’s words are written in free verse. A cool thing about Darra's words is that if you read the last words at the end of the longest lines of her poems, you can see what her feelings are surrounding her father and Wren.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 3
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
5/13/12 > The Joy Luck Club (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

Every week, four Chinese women meet to play mah jong. When one of the women die, it's up to her daughter to take her place. This book is filled with sixteen short stories, each told in the voice of one of the women or their daughters. In the stories, the secrets of the women's lives in China are revealed and the lessons they teach to their daughters.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 1, 4
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
5/11/12 > Vaclav and Lena (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: Vaclav and Lena
Author: Haley Tanner
Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

This book is about two Russian immigrant children who live in Brooklyn. Vaclav is a practicing magician and Lena is his faithful assistant. After the day is done, Vaclav goes home to his loving mother Rasia, while Lena's aunt doesn't care about her and is never home. Lena suddenly disappears one day and reappears in Vaclav's life on her seventeenth birthday. The secrets that she's been hiding for eight years are heartbreaking. I loved this book because it was sweet and suspenseful. It was so good that I finished it in one sitting.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 4
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? No
5/01/12 > A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost
Author: Natalie Bober
Genre of Book: Biography

I love to read Robert Frost's poetry, so when I saw this book, I wanted to find out more about the man who wrote such beautiful poems. When I read this book, I was surprised to find that the life of Robert Frost was different than what I had expected. Frost was born to an alcoholic father who died when he was still a young boy and mother who instilled in him a love for books. He married his high school sweetheart, with whom he had four children, and while they loved each other deeply, their relationship was wrought with strife. Frost lived most of his life in relative poverty, and he constantly moved his family around to different farms in the New England area. Not recognized as a great poet until he was late in his life, he was often wracked with guilt for not being able to prove himself as a success to his family. Even when success did find him, he suffered from nervous attacks and pains that tormented him. It seems that he only found peace within himself in the last couple of years in his life. I loved this book because it was well written, and it gave me a lot of information on Robert Frost. This book is laced with his poems and letters he wrote to his friends, so you can know how he felt about his life and his family. I loved his quotes so much that I wrote them down to remember later on.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 4
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
4/29/12 > Jane Goodall: Protector of Chimpanzees (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: Jane Goodall: Protector of Chimpanzees
Author: Virginia Meachum
Genre of Book: Biography

This book tells about the life of Jane Goodall, a woman who spent many years in the African forest studying chimpanzees. Her research was the first of it's kind and much of what we know about chimpanzees come from her. After I read this book, I learned much about her life, her struggles as a young woman in the 1960's to be able to study the animals she loved, her many years of dedicated work, and the love that she had for her chimpanzees, whom she individually named. This is a great book for animal lovers or someone who wants to read about Jane Goodall's life.

Did you dislike anything about this book? This book is kind of short, (91 pages) so I didn't get as much information about her life that I wanted.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book? 3
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
4/28/12 > Jefferson's Sons (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: Jefferson's Sons
Author: Kimberly Bradley
Genre of Book: Historical Fiction

This is a great book that is narrated by two of Thomas Jefferson's slave children and another boy close to the family. In this book, you will find out that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, had four secret children by his slave, Sally, It's a very interesting book because it shows you how the children felt and their emotions concerning their parentage.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book?: 3
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? Yes
4/26/12 > Outliers (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: Outliers
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre of Book: Nonfiction

In this book, the author explains the many ways that people achieve success. It's a very interesting book and makes you think. Gladwell proposes many different theories about success that are fascinating to read about. It's a short book, so it shouldn't take more than one or two days to read.However, this is an adult book so it might get a little boring and hard to understand for middle schoolers.

Did you dislike anything about this book? The author repeats a lot of the same words in this book, and it gets rather annoying after a while.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? No

With 5 being the best, how many stars would you give this book?: 2

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? No
2/29/12 > Tiger Eyes (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Tiger Eyes

Author: Judy Blume

Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

Davy's father has been shot and killed in a random shooting while working at 7-Eleven. To escape all of the bad memories of Atlantic City, Davy's and her family visit her aunt and uncle in Los Alamos, New Mexico. One day, while climbing a canyon, Davy meets mysterious Wolf. He helps her overcome her pain and learn to deal with the fact that her father is now dead. Like all of Judy Blume's books, Tiger Eyes is wonderful. It will make you want to keep on reading and find out what happens to Davy.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 4

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
2/20/12 > Make Lemonade (Review by NR, HurJH) (Make Lemonade Trilogy Vol. 1)
Title: Make Lemonade

Author: Virginia Wolff

Genre: Realistic Fiction

14 year old Verna LaVaughn has one dream, and that is to go to college and escape the poor ghetto where she lives. However, in order to earn money to make her dream come true, she takes on many odd jobs. One of these jobs is to take care of little Jeremy and Jilly, children of 17 year old Jolly. Jolly can't read and she can barely hold a job. Her apartment is dirty and unkempt and her children are even messier than her apartment. Throughout her babysitting job, LaVaughn does more than just watch the children. She helps Jolly go back to school and learn to be a better mother to her children.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 3

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
2/20/12 > True Believer (Review by NR, HurJH) (Make Lemonade Trilogy Vol. 2)
Title: True Believer

Author: Virginia Wolff

Genre: Realistic Fiction

This is the sequel to the book Make Lemonade. In this book, LaVaughn is now 15 years old. Her dream to go to college is still alive. She studies hard to get to her goal everyday, so can escape poverty and her bad neighborhood. LaVaughn's life is now much more complicated than it was last year. Her two best friends, Myrtle and Annie, join a radical religious group and start to shut her out of their life. Her single mother, who always had time for her in the past is now dating a new man who is not who he says he is. Along the way, LaVaughn falls in love with Jody, her beautiful neighbor and childhood best friend. However, she finds out that Jody is keeping some secrets himself, secrets that LaVaughn is not supposed to know. This is an enjoyable and quick read. For those of you who want to know what happened to Verna LaVaughn at the end of the book Make Lemonade, here is your chance.


Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 3

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
2/16/12 > This Full House (Review by NR, HurJH) (Make Lemonade Trilogy Vol. 3)
Title: This Full House

Author: Virginia Wolff

Genre of Book: Realistic Fiction

This is the last book in the Make Lemonade trilogy by Virginia Euwer Wolff. LaVaughn is now a 17 year old senior in high school. She is closer than ever to reaching her goal of attending college. All of her hard work is payed off when she is accepted to attend WIMS (Women in Medical Science), an elite program ran by the esteemed Dr. Moore. But when LaVaughn starts noticing secrets around her, her life takes a turn for the worse. Along the way, she hurts some of the most important people in her life. But at the end, it's all worth it. I liked this book because it tied up loose ends from the second and third book. It was a satisfactory finish to this wonderful series.


Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 3

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
2/08/12 > Night - (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Night

Author: Elie Wiesel

Genre of Book: Biography

In this book, Elie Wiesel recounts his horrendous story of his time at a concentration camp. I have read many books concerning the Holocaust, but this is book touched me more than all of those other books put together. It is one thing to read about something terrible, it is a completely different thing to actually read about someone's own experience. When I read Night, I was reminded of how atrocious some "people" can act towards their own kind. If you want to read something that will make you think about human nature, I recommend this book.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 4

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
1/31/12 > Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense of Our Sorrow (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense of Our Sorrow

Author: Richard Wormser

Genre of Book: Non-Fiction

I liked this book because it gave me a new perspective on men who are serving life sentences in prison. Before I read this book, I thought that all men who were serving long term sentences in prison were ignorant and wild. After reading the book, I now know that many lifers (the term used to describe people serving life sentences) are actually the most articulate and productive members of prison, in part due to the fact that they know that they prison is where they are going to live for the rest of their life, so they make the most of the situation.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about prison life, because the answers may surprise you.

How many stars would you give this book? 3

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
1/31/12 > Multicultural Manners (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title: Multicultural Manners

Author: Norine Dresser

Genre of Book: Non-Fiction

I like this book because it teaches me a lot about what is appropriate in other countries and religions and what is not. The author also fills the book with many scenarios of what might happen if you approach a person of another cultural background the wrong way.

Did you dislike anything about this book? The only thing that I didn't like about the book is that not all of the rules apply to everyone.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 3

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
1/02/12 > Best of Dear Abby, The: (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: The Best of Dear Abby
Author's Name: Abigail Van Buren
Genre of Book: Non-Fiction

What did you like about this book?
I am a huge Dear Abby fan. For those of you who don't know who she is, she's an advice columnist who gives out really good and funny advice to people. I read her column everyday in the newspaper, and am disappointed that she only answers two questions everyday. So, to find a book that's filled with a bunch of questions that readers sent to her, that was just great for me. I really love this book because it's chock full of funny advice from her. It's also kind of fun to get a peek into the lives of others. It's surprising to find how petty some of their problems are, and it's also surprising to find that there are a lot of people who experience more pain than they deserve.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
I didn't really dislike anything about the book, but some of the topics that the questions are about may be better suited to middle schoolers.

Would you recommend this book to someone else?: Yes
How many stars would you give this book? 4 (Out of 5)
My School: Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? No

Mrs. T: Sounds very interesting, I'll check into it. I'm a "Dear Abby" fan, also. Bet there are more of us out there. Smiley
1/02/12 > Animal Farm - (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: Animal Farm
Author's Name: George Orwell

Genre of Book: Allegorical Novella

What did you like about this book?
I really liked this book. It was based on the Russian Revolution, but all of the people involved with the revolution are represented by animals. For example, Joseph Stalin is represented by a pig named Napoleon. This book is great because you don't have to know about the Russian Revolution to understand this book. And it only has ten short chapters, so it's a quick and easy read. This book shows how Communism rose to power in Russia. It's really a good book.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
I think that the only thing that I disliked about the book was that the animals were extremely dim-witted and they couldn't see when they were being controlled and manipulated.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

How many stars would you give this book? 4 (Out of 5)

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this book in this library? Yes
12/03/11 > Baby Thief, The: (Review by NR, HurJH)
Title of Book: : The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller who Corrupted Adoption
Author: Barbara Raymond
Genre of Book: : Non-Fiction
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What did you like about this book?
I really liked this book because it talks about a subject that is not really talked about today because most people have forgotten about it. This book is about Georgia Tann, a woman from 1920 Memphis TN. She made a living out of stealing infants and children from poor families and selling them to wealthy couples for as much as $10,000, which is worth $140,000 today. Many of the adopted parents abused their children and few of them showed any love towards their adopted children. A lot of the times, the children were just bought so they could be worked like slaves at the hands of the very people who had promised to love them. This book is filled with testimonies of the children who were stolen, and even though those children are now adults, they are still haunted by the events of their childhood. What is more disturbing is that Georgia Tann sold more than 5,000 children over the course of three decades and nothing was done to stop her! She would often bribe Tennessee legislators by giving them children so they wouldn't arrest her. This book was very interesting and didn't make me want to stop reading for even a second.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
How many stars would you give this book? 4 (Out of 5)
My School: : Hurst Jr. High
Do we have this book in this library? No (Librarian is looking into this title.)
11/28/11 > Little Women - (Review by NR, HurJH)
Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre of Book: Historical Fiction

What did you like about this book?
I liked this book because I liked reading about the adventures of Jo and her sisters. They were all so nice to each other and they had some terrific times together. Reading Little Women makes me wish that I had four sisters of my own.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Stars: 4 (Out of 5)

My School: Hurst Jr. High

Do we have this title in the library: Yes
12/05/07 > Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Reviewer: L.J.
Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre of Book: Action, Romance, Science Fiction

What did you like about this book?

In this final book of the magical series, the whole gang goes through an aray of adventures. From the "final showdown," to the emotions inside (about a certain girl) Harry has to deal with the question of who he is. And, with the death of a special person who Harry intrusted his life in, in the last book, Harry feels as though he only has himself. In the end you will learn to love every character, and mourn the deaths of many.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
I think that the "Prologue" is a little cheezy for the step up in maturity for this last book.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? It sucks you in to the point of no return.
1/08/07 > Metro Girl - Reviewer: J. A.
Title: Metro Girl
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre of Book: Mystery/Suspense

What did you like about this book?

What I liked about this book is that is has some action, romance and mystery. Alexandra Barnaby is the main character. She worked in her dad's garage in the Canton section of Baltimore. She is thirty years old, trying to find her brother in Miami.
The book starts in the city of Baltimore and it's in January. In this city they get a couple of snowstorms each year and some freezing rain. This is where Alexandra Barnaby and her family, her mother, father, and her brother Bill, live. But then her Bill decided to move to Miami because it's hot and there are lots of girls.
One day Barnaby gets a phone call from Bill saying he was going to be gone for a few days and to tell their mother not to worry about him. Then the line goes dead after she hears a about two shots on the phone. She gets worried and flies to Miami to find her brother and meets a man named Sam Hooker (a.k.a. NASCAR Guy) and he follows her from then on because her brother Bill took off in his boat and he wants it back for his two week vacation. Hooker is a NASCAR driver and is maybe one or two years older than Barnaby. He starts to like Barnaby the first time he sees her and help her find her brother.

Barnaby's brother, Bill, is the kind of guy that reacts first and then thinks. He helps a girl named Maria get some gold that belonged to her father that Salzar is try to get his hands on and a bomb that's with the gold. Maria Raffles is a Cuban Bill's age and they become friends. Bill ends up helping Maria get the gold by taking Sam Hooker's boat.
Luis Salzar is a man with a lot of power like the mafia. He has a lot of big bad men working for him because he knows the law well and never gets caught with anything, only his men get caught, but it never seems to link to him. Rosa Florez is a Cuban, a woman in her forties and friends with Maria who helps Barnaby find Maria when she goes missing.
The story is about a brother who thinks before he acts and is not the first time he gets in trouble and ends up getting himself involved in a big problem that might end his life. His sister who worries about him goes to Miami to look for him and realizes she might not be able to help him get out on this one. One of my favorite parts in this book is when Barnaby and NASCAR Guy went to go look for Rosa in a cigar factory and ask her some questions about Maria.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
11/30/06 > Ghost of Fossil Glen, The - Reviewer: M. S.
Title: The Ghost of Fossil Glen
Author: Cynthia DeFelice
Genre of Book: Mystery/Suspense

What did you like about this book?

This book was very intriging, it actually catches you and keeps you reading it and never putting it down. The way the main character tries to figure out what's going on and the mystery behind the ghost. It's all great.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
I can't say there was really anything I didn't like about it, at least not without giving anything away.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? As I said above it's intriging, the mystery, the whole story is captivating. Who wouldn't enjoy this book as a good read.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? No
2/13/06 > Eragon - Reviewer: J. B.

Author's : Christopher Paolini

This is a book based on fantasy. Seeing as dragons and wizards are part of that genre.

What did you like about this book? 

This was a modern literary masterpiece, by a young adult prodigy. It presented a fresh approach to the world of dragons. The book follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old boy named Eragon, who finds a blue stone when he's out hunting. When the egg hatches, a blue dragon comes out, whom he names Saphira. When soldiers of the tyrannical King Galbatorix come looking for the egg, and kill Eragon's Uncle Garrow, he and Saphira leave their village, and set out on a quest for revenge. They are accompanied by an enigmatic old storyteller named Brom, who teaches Eragon the ways of the Dragon Riders.

Did you dislike anything about this book?

The only thing I didn't really enjoy about this book was the recycled plot of Star Wars. Almost every character could be compared to a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings Counterpart.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? 

Despite the recycled Star Wars plot, the book is otherwise completely orignal and very good read. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? : Yes

11/03/05 > Scarlet Letter The - Reviewer: O. G.

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

What did you like about this book?

I liked this book because of how they have made her stand on the scaffold.That was very interesting to find out who the father of the baby was because it left you guessing to see what was going to happen to everybody at the end.

Did you dislike anything about this book? There was nothing that I disliked about this book.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

It is a very good book and people should know what they used to do to people if they commit adultery.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Historical Fiction
11/03/05 > Alice in Wonderland - Reviewer: J. R.

Author: Lewis Carroll

Alice in wonderland is a fantasy story.

What did you like about this book?

I liked that in wonderland just about any thing can happen.

Did you dislike anything about this book?

No, It was a good book. It has all the things that I like.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? Yes, I will recommend this book for people that love just plain weird books.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center?Yes

Genre of Book: Fantasy
11/03/05 > Names Will Never Hurt Me - Reviewer: M. S.

Author: Jamie Adoff

What did you like about this book?

I like the fact on how people are different but treated equally. Many people are judged by their outward appearance instead of the inward.

Did you dislike anything about this book? : No, not really.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? : Yes

Why or why not? Because this book teaches everyone to not stereotype each other.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? : Yes

Genre of Book: Emotional Problems - Fiction
11/03/05 > Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Reviewer: J. L.

Author: J.K. Rowling

What did you like about this book?

I liked all the magic; it was fun! And there is always something exciting going on so you will never get bored or tired of reading the book. I also like how the book doesn't end like you think it will, there are always surprises. And I think Harry Potter is a HOTTIE!!! I love you Harry!!! :-D

Did you dislike anything about this book?Nope

Would you recommend this book to someone else?Yes

Why or why not?

Because it’s a hard book to put down and it’s really fun and exciting and you actually want to read it to the end.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Fantasy

11/03/05 > Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Reviewer: E. K.

Author: J.K. Rowling

What did you like about this book?

I liked how they knew how to do magic and I thought that was very interesting. I THINK RON IS HOTT!! I love you RON!!! MUAH! =)

Did you dislike anything about this book? No

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? Because it's a good book and you won't get tired of reading it because I didn't and I really don't like to read.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Fantasy
11/03/05 > Fantastic Freshman - Reviewer: A. W.

Author: Bill Brittain

What did you like about this book?

This book was mildly entertaining, it was a story that some of us can relate to, we wish we could be important and popular people, and in this one, it actually happens for one lucky boy.

Did you dislike anything about this book? It was not long enough.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

It is mildly entertaining if you have nothing else to do.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Humorous Fiction, High School Fiction

11/03/05 > Plot Against America,The - Reviewer: C. S.

Author: Philip Roth

It is a combination of an autobiography, history, suspense, and fiction.

What did you like about this book?

It clearly and accurately portrays what most, if not all, historians believe would happen if Lindbergh had been elected president instead of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Did you dislike anything about this book?

It starts kind of slow but is very moving and picks up quite a bit. It might offend those who feel people are generally good and is not for the immature but in my opinion one of the best books ever written.

Would you recommend this book to someone else?Yes

Why or why not?

Because it is one of the best books I ever read.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Presidents - Election - Fiction, Political Fiction

11/03/05 > A Summer to Die - Reviewer: G. G.

Author: Lois Lowry

This book is about friendship.

What did you like about this book? I liked the book because it dealt with two sisters that had some differences just like my sister and me.

Did you dislike anything about this book? No, not really.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not? I would because this book is about learning to love and care for other people.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

Genre of Book: Mystery/Suspense, Brothers and sisters fiction.

1/06/05 > Color Purple, The - Reviewer: C. R.

Title of Book: TheColor Purple

Author's: AliceWalker

Genre of Book:Fiction

What did you like about this book?I really like this book it was very interesting. I liked the way the characters were presented in the book even if you were reading it you could picture what was really going on as if you were right there in the book. I liked the book so much I went out and saw the movie. I really like the movie but I think that the book was better because it had more detail.

Did you dislike anything about this book?: N/A

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?: I would recommend that you read the book and go and see the movie so you can see which one you like better because I think the book was the best but you can only determine that yourself.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

9/16/04 > First Part Last, The - Reviewer: C.R.
Title of Book: The First Part Last
Author: Angela Johnson
Genre of Book:: 1) Fiction
What did you like about this book? I really liked this book, it was very interesting. I couldn't put it down because it was just so real. The situations the guy in the story went through could happen to anyone. So If you are a teenage male, I would advise you to read this book. It just might inspire you to do the right things in life.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes, I would recommend it to a young man in high school.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
9/16/04 > Wedding, The - Reviewer: H. M
Title of Book: The Wedding
Author: Danielle Steel
Genre of Book: 1) Fiction
What did you like about this book? What I liked most about the book is how strong the main character was. She had to endure pain from the one's she loved and had to witness first hand the death of someone close to her.
Did you dislike anything about this book? Not really. Danielle Steel has always been one of my favorite authors and once again she didn't disappoint me.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes, I would recommend this book because there are so many realistic situations that occur in it that also happen in every day life.
Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
9/16/04 > Beowulf - Reviewer: S. W.
Title of Book:: Beowulf
Author:Kevin Crossley-Holland
Genre of Book: 1) Other; Historic mythical adventure
What did you like about this book? You never knew what would pop up next. From the rythmical proses to the horrifing tales of the huge monsters.
Did you dislike anything about this book? It is hard to understand but you have to read it in English when your a senior so the best thing to do is read this retold version before you get to be a senior you'll understand it better in this version than in the literacey book they give you in english.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
Why or why not? It will help the juniors as well as the sophmores understand the version they make you read when your a senior.
Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
9/16/04 > Steriods - Reviewer: K. B.
Title of Book: Steroids
Author: Hank Nuwer
Genre of Book:: 1) Non-Fiction
What did you like about this book? I liked the facts the book gives the reader. They go in deep to what can happen to a person,and what athlets have used the drug.
Did you dislike anything about this book? No everything about the book was great.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes, this book is perfect for young athlets who are considering the use of steroids. They can get all the facts on how bad it is for your body before they decide to do this specific drug.
Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
9/16/04 > Of Mice and Men - Reviewer: A. N.
Title of Book: Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Genre of Book: 1) Action
What did you like about this book?
I like the part when Lennie likes to keep animals as a pet and loves to explore nature everywhere he goes. Also, he acts nice to everyone when he sees people and that he looks up to George like he protects him. No matter what happens, Lennie never leaves George and treats him like they are real brothers.
Did you dislike anything about this book? Yes, I did. I didn't like the part when George goes ahead and .... Even if Curley was going to kill him for killing his wife, George can at least run away with Lennie or hide somwhere that no one can find them. Also, George is really selfish because he doesn't want to take care of Lennie anymore when he always causes trouble.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes, I think people would want to pick this book because when there is someone in their family or their friend who are sick they would most likely want to take care of them. Also, this book teaches us how to be a responsible person and how to love that person for who they are no matter what happens.
Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
5/11/04 > Purgatory Ridge - Reviewer: A.M.
Title of Book: Purgatory Ridge

Author: William Krueger

Genre: Mystery/Suspense

What did you like about this book? Or give a short summary.
I like how they led you on. In the beginning they talk about two people, then they talk about totally different people. Somehow they are all tied together in the end but they eventually all come back to where the beginning started.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
It's a little misleading.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?
Because it was interesting and it made me want to continue reading to find out what was going to happen next.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
5/11/04 > Tex - Reviewer: D.H.
Title of Book: Tex

Author: S. E. Hinton

Genre: Fiction

What did you like about this book? Or give a short summary.
The author is very good at capturing you and feeling the same emotions as Tex. It follows a young boy as he lives with his brother in a small town trying to make it through rough times. He’s a rebel at heart and he is coming to realize it throughout the story.

Did you dislike anything about this book?
I didn’t like the way he loses his horse.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?
I really liked this book and haven’t ever read much so that says a lot. I couldn’t stop reading it on some days b/c the action could be good one day or the stories could be like something you might have gone through just the day before.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/20/04 > Brave, The - Reviewer: T.M.
Title of Book: Brave, The


Author: Robert Lipsyte


Genre: Action


What did you like about this book? Or give a short summary.

This is the sequel to another one of his books "The Contender". A young boxer is trying to make a name for himself. He always feels like an outsider because he is mixed with Indian and white. To the Indian nation he is white and to the whites he is Indian. He leaves home and goes to New York and gets caught up in a drug war.



Did you dislike anything about this book? No


Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sports and action books. But first I would recommend reading Lipsyte's first book about Sonny "The Contender", because some of the same people come back in this book.



Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/17/04 > Stoner & Spaz - Reviewer: G.P.
Title of Book: : Stoner & Spaz
Author: Ron Koertge
Genre: Romance, Other

This book is a combination of a twisted Romeo and Juliet. But other than some sappy love story it depicts human nature and shows that there can be a little good in all of us.

What did you like about this book?

I like how easy it was to read. It related alot to the teenage life and provided enough hope in the characters to make one feel that the author understands what teenagers go through in their everyday life. I feel that this is a good book for those who have trouble understanding many books and where they are coming from, it is a novel that is plain and clear.

Did you dislike anything about this book?

I didn't like some of the dialogue, it seemed to be of a simpler nature and didn't really give me enough to think about. As I said before it is quite plain and clear. What you read is what you get. There isn't much a whole lot to ponder on except when is it going to end.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to those who do not know what they want to read about. It is over a topic that is easily compatible with a variety of people. I feel that I had a hard time putting it down, whether or not I was interested in it or if I just wanted to finish and put it out of its misery.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/17/04 > One Night - Reviewer: D. W.
Title of Book: One Night

Author: Marsha Qualey

Genre: Romance


What did you like about this book?

Kelly Ray is an ex-addict who works for her aunt, Kit Carpenter, who is a talk radio personality and quite controversial.
Kelly delivers a gift to a singer that Kit dumps and ends up running into a price of a war torn country and spends a night with him.


Did you dislike anything about this book?

The book dragged in a lot of spots and was almost tedious at some points. You do not develop a sense of who any of the characters are and it just seems like a bad movie plot that never ends.
The fact that Kelly was a heroin addict did not give anything extra to the story and the author calls it a "love story" and it fails to have any real romanticism and you could really care less about the characters and if they hook up or not.


Would you recommend this book to someone else? No

Why or why not?

Even though I was able to finish this book quickly, I enjoy certain aspects of it and never really any of the characters and
couldn't wait for the sun to come up. It sounds much better than it turns out to be and the romance between Kelly and the Price also failed to really connect, it was more like they were good friends. This book is more for people who just want an easy read to pass the time.



Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/17/04 > Chief, The - Reviewer: T.M.
Title of Book: The Chief


Author: Robert Lipsyte


Genre: Action


What did you like about this book?

I liked that the book had a combination of action and suspense. the book was about a young Native American boxer that was fighting his way toward the championship, but his quest was interrupted by fighting within his reservation. A casino company was trying to build a casino on the reservation and the people in his nation had different opinions on them building the casino. The young boxer has to decide if he should help his nation or continue on his quest for the boxing title.



Did you dislike anything about this book?

No



Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to someone else because I am not a big reader but I did enjoy this book.



Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/17/04 > Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Reviewer: M. D.
Title of Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Author: J.K. Rowling


Genre: Other

If you checked other, please explain.

Fiction but not really science, because it is magic and wizardry that is involved.


What did you like about this book?

I liked that he made new friends even though he was an outcast. It shows that no matter where you are there are at least some good people to be your friend.



Did you dislike anything about this book?

I enjoyed this whole book.



Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

Because, a little magic in your life could never hurt and, it is interesting with some of the stuff the author came up with.



Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
2/17/04 > Freewill - Reviewer: D.M.
Title of Book: Freewill


Author: Chris Lynch


Genre: Mystery/Suspense


What did you like about this book?

I like the suspenseful ness of the novel. It shows the kind side of human nature and how the mentally ill are effected in certain situations.



Did you dislike anything about this book?

The only complaint that I might have was that it was somewhat hard to follow in the beginning with the way the dialogue was set up.



Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes

Why or why not?

Because it messes with your mind, man. It is a good book if you are as intelligent as me.



Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes
10/27/03 > Dead of Winter, The - Reviewer: R.P.

Title of Book: : The Dead of Winter
Author: Patrica Hall
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

What did you like about this book? If you were a reporter, would it be
interesting to find out that a girl drowned in a car and no one knows
why? Then while you were getting the scoop on that story another girl gets
killed and everyone thinks they are linked together some how. One good
thing about "The Dead of Winter" is the descriptions of what happens in
the story, it's like you were there when it happened and you are telling
someone else about it.
Did you dislike anything about this book? "The Dead of Winter is a good
book, but, it takes too long to actually get to the story and the good
stuff.
Would you recommend this book to someone else? Yes
Why or why not? I recommend this book to people who like to read and
have the time because, you need the patience to actually get through the
whole book.
Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? Yes

10/08/03 > Insomnia - Reviewer: C.W

Insomnia
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Mystery/Suspense

What did you like about this book? : I liked this book because the main character Ralph can't sleep and I like it because it is a mystery.

Did you dislike anything about this book? : I didn't like that the book is so long.

Would you recommend this book to someone else? : Yes

Why or why not? : If you like good mystery books that leave you hanging and wanting to read more, I really recommend this book.

Do we have this book here in the L. D. Bell Library Media Center? : Yes

10/07/03 > Secret of Dragonhome, The - Reviewer: C. J.

The Secret of Dragonhome
Author: John Peel
Genre: Fiction.
What did you like? It is a great book. Quite exciting to read. John Peel has a way of drawing you into the book.
What did you dislike? Nothing.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, it is a must read book. I guarantee that you will like the book.

8/27/03 > Hopscotch - Reviewer: S. J.
Hopscotch
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Genre: Science Fiction
Great Plot: Suppose you could switch bodies with another person? Suppose you could pay someone to switch bodies with you and go to the dentist for you? You wouldn't have to face the discomfort. If you were sixty and wanted to trade with a twenty year old for a weekend in the Bahamas, you could. You could get someone else to take that final exam for you. Sounds great doesn't it? But what if the someone you switched with doesn't want to switch back?
Anything you dislike about the book?
No. I enjoyed this story.
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
I enjoyed the characters, Eduard Swan; who just looks for the easy way, Daragon; who doesn't have the ability to hopscotch and must find meaning in his life in other ways. Teresa; who is constantly looking for life's answers and Garth; who is consumed by his passion for art. This book is in the L D Bell LMC.
 

 

8/27/03 > Syndrome, The - Reviewer: S. J.

The Syndrome
Author: John Case
Genre: Science Fiction
Exciting read. Jeff Duran is starting to wonder who he really is. His memories of his family seem flat like pictures in a photo album. He can't remember his mother's perfume or the smells of home cooking. Once in awhile, he will think or dream in another language, a language he is unaware that he knew. To add to his doubts, a beautiful woman is accusing him of being responsible for her sister's death.
Anything you dislike about the book?
No. I enjoyed this story.
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
I just really liked this book. You want to keep reading to find out what happens to the characters. The very first chapter grabs you and you're hooked. This book is in the L D Bell LMC.

8/27/03 > Hyde - Reviewer: S. J.
Hyde
Author: Dan Mahoney
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
A great detective mystery. In the city more and more homeless men are being found dead. It's in the middle of a harsh winter and most are classified as "death by natural causes." It makes sense, it's cold and they seem to be freezing to death. Until Detective Brian McKenna notices that all of the men were infected with the HIV virus. And, they are all outpatients of the same clinic.
Anything you dislike about the book?
No. I enjoyed this story.
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
It is a fast-paced book. It's a race to see if they can solve the mystery before the whole city starts to panic.
This book is in the L D Bell LMC.

 

8/27/03 > Vitals - Reviewer: S. J.
Vitals
Author: Greg Bear
Genre: Science Fiction
Hal Cousins and his twin brother are both prominent scientists who are working to discover what makes us age. Even though they don't work together, they are both trying to figure out the secret to expanding the average human life to thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. But suddenly something goes wrong; it looks like someone else may have discovered the key and is using it to control people. It's being used for evil instead of for the good of mankind. How will you know if you've been "tagged?"
Anything you dislike about the book?
No. I enjoyed this story.
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
This is an exciting biological mystery thriller. Makes me wonder, "Is it possible?" The "twist" ending was great but you have to read the whole book to "get it." This book is in the L D Bell LMC.
 

 

5/07/03 > Mad Game: The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant - Reviewer: J. M.

Mad Game: The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant
Author: Roland Lazenby
Genre: Non-fiction
What I like about this book is that it told about Kobe Bryant and how he developed his game.
Anything you dislike about the book?
Nothing. I liked it all.
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
Because if you are trying to improve your basketball skills this book might help you. This book is in the L D Bell LMC.

5/07/03 > Burning Brightly - Reviewer: A. A.

Burning Brightly
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Action, Fantasy
What I like about this book is that the way the author portrays the magic and adventure that is taking place in the novel. Every word is like an image in this book, and every scene is vividly animated in words for everyone who loves fantasy to enjoy.
Anything you dislike about the book?
I sort of didn't like the ending...but I don't want to give it away. Let's just say that in my opinion I would have changed something about it towards the end. No complaints otherwise..
Would you recommend the book?
Yes.
Why?
This is a very amazing book written by a wonderfully amazing person. Mercedes Lackey has many novels under her belt, and this is one of her prized ones..a jewel among the rest.
 

5/07/03 > Siege, The - Reviewer: Russell Sanders

The Siege (Located in the L. D. Bell LMC)
Author: Helen Dunmore
The war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany (1941-45) was one of the bloodiest in the long and sad history of warfare. The Soviets lost at least 20,000,000 people in their struggle to avoid total annihilation at the hands of the racist Nazis, and nowhere was the struggle more bitter than in the besieged city of Leningrad (St. Petersburg.), Russia. "The Siege," a short novel of less than 300 pages, places its characters in the middle of this holocaust, and succeeds in relating the pain and sacrifice the Soviet people in an unsentimental, restrained, and powerful way. Anna Levin, a 22-year old childcare worker, lives with her father and younger brother (Kolya, whom she is raising since the death of her mother.) in a Leningrad apartment. Her father, a playwright, has fallen into disfavor with the authorities, dreading a late-night knock on their door by the Stalinist secret police. When war breaks out, the Levins allow Marina Petrovna, an actress and ex-lover of Anna's father, to move into their apartment. As the German armies approach Leningrad, the tension mounts as the city's population prepares for the worst. Soon, the city is completely surrounded and thrown into darkness during the freezing Russian winter, with only a ration of 200 grams (about two slices) of bread a day to sustain life. Entire families died one member at a time, as people tried to supplement their starvation ration by eating boiled leather, frozen grass, wallpaper paste, and even dead bodies, in order to survive. Day by day, the family becomes thinner and more famished, and the affects on Kolya and the other children of Leningrad is truly heartbreaking. Luckily, however, Anna befriends and eventually falls in love with a dedicated Russian doctor, and this love story is one of the most touching aspects of the novel. Far from being a morbid examination of suffering and evil, "The Siege" is a chronicle of heroism in the face of the bitter hatred that spawned Nazi genocide, and the ability of human beings to survive the absolute worst that life can offer, with their humanity and dignity intact.

3/11/03 > Metamorphosis, The - Russell Sanders

"The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from a troubled dream, he found himself changed in his bed to some monstrous kind of vermin....
Welcome to Kafka's nightmarish world, where powerless, confused characters find themselves trapped in hostile, surreal circumstances they can't begin to understand. In Kafka's best known story, The Metamorphosis, a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa awakes one morning to find himself transformed into something like a giant cockroach. Although he's unable to rise from his bed and can see his six insect-like legs helplessly moving, he's unable to think of anything but getting to work on time. To me, the most interesting aspect of Kafka's work is not the impact of the weird plot devices (although these are highly creative and original), but how the story is told; these bizarre and often surreal stories are narrated in a prosaic, matter-of-fact style that makes them read like an account of a trip to the supermarket. In one of his best short stories, A Hunger Artist, Kafka uses this style to describe a carnival act involving a caged man who starves himself to death for the entertainment of paying customers. The result is the depiction of a cruel and irrational world that is not so different from our own. Kafka's characters are often persecuted by "the law," represented by an all-powerful, inaccessible bureaucracy that hounds and punishes them for crimes they didn't commit, as in his best novel, The Castle. His story The Penal Colony takes these themes to new heights; it's not for squeamish readers.
Kafka lived in the Czech city of Prague and died young of tuberculosis in 1928. As a German-speaking Jew, he remained an outsider all his life and worked at an insignificant, low paying job as a secretary in an insurance agency; he could have been a character in one of his stories. His influence on 20th century literature, however, has been immense; W.H. Auden wrote that Kafka, "has captured the fear and alienation of our times better than any other writer." In this day of nihilistic terrorism, runaway technology, and overbearing government and corporate institutions, I believe that Kafka is more relevant than ever.
 
 

2/20/03 > Loves Me, Loves Me Not - Reviewer: M. W.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Author: Barbara Jean Hicks
Genre: Romance.
What did you like? I could kind of tell what would happen in the end, but the path it took to get there was so fun, and sometimes I just wanted to yell at the characters because they would not do what seemed best to do. This book was really sweet and made me laugh a lot.
What did you dislike? I got so drawn into the story that when it ended I was disappointed.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, Loves Me, Loves Me Not makes me feel happy inside, and I think other people would feel the same.

2/12/03 > Vector Prime - Reviewer: D. W.

Vector Prime (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 1)
Author: R. A. Salvatore
Genre: Science-Fiction
What did you like? The continuing drama of the Star Wars movies is continued with an extragalactic invasion by a species known as the Vuuzhan Vong. The Vong living warships and biological technology seem to be superior to the New Republic in every way. As an avid Star Wars geek/nerd, I find it interesting to find a challenge that is not resolved for our heroes after one or two books. The New Jedi Order Series (currently at 11 books) seems to show what might very well be the end of the New Republic.
What did you dislike? The Vong technology is a bit hard to follow. As are the names of some of the more minor characters.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, only to someone who really enjoyed Star Wars though, since those who did not really have any interest in wanting to read the book anyway.

2/12/03 > Ishbane Conspiracy, The - Reviewer: M. W.

The Ishbane Conspiracy
Author: Angela, Karina and Randy Alcorn
Genre: Romance, Suspense.
What did you like? This book combined moral issues in many situations that teenagers today face, and commentary from the demons watching them and really made me think about the choices that I make. It kept me interested from page to page, and there were not too many characters to get confused about.
What did you dislike? The demons letters to each other were too long, and sometimes I wanted to just get back to the story line.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, it really made me think about some of what causes people to be negatively influenced, and I think it would be a revelation to some people; it was for me.

2/12/03 > Emerald Windows - Reviewer: M. W.
Emerald Windows
Author: Terri Blackstock
Genre: Romance.
What did you like? I liked the way it was about a stained glass artist, and I was drawn into their lives and past. I could relate to their struggles that they experienced working with the art materials and the emotions that they felt.
What did you dislike? Nothing, this was a perfect book; well, it could have been longer.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, because everyone has an artistic side to them and I think they can relate to the people in the book.

 

2/11/03 > Eye of the World - Reviewer: D. W.

Eye of the World
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Action, Fantasy.
What did you like? The incredible way that Jordan kept me riveted to the book. It is hard to find a book that I do not want to put down.
What did you dislike? The book first seemed a little long (800 pages in hardback, with almost 1100 in paperback), but as I continued to read, the pages seemed to almost fly by.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, it is an incredible read. I urge any and everyone to read not only Eye of the World, but the rest of the Wheel of Time series as well.

2/11/03 > Other Side of Dark, The - Reviewer: T. S.
The Other Side of Dark
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Genre: Mystery, Suspense.
What did you like? It has wonderful descriptive words making it easier to picture the setting in your mind.
What did you dislike? Nothing.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, the characters are in high school so we could better relate to the book.
This book is available in your Library Media Center.

 

2/11/03 > Deadly Cure - Reviewer: M. W.
Deadly Cure
Author: William Cutrer and Sandra Glahn
Genre: Romance, Suspense.
What did you like? Deadly Cure is about an OB/GYN and situations that he is put in, such as a delivery that could have caused him to get AIDS. It is suspenseful also because there is a lack of communication between one couple and the reader knows what each of them is thinking but they do not. I also like how this book is part of a series, so it does not really end when you finish the book. I just fell in love with the characters.
What did you dislike? I did not read the book that came before it, so I was confused when they referred back to the previous book, Lethal Harvest.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, even though I did not know much about the medical field, they really explained the procedures and terms well, so that it blended in with the story. Anyone could read this and understand.

 

2/04/03 > Reviving Ophelia - Reviewer: N. C.
Reviving Ophelia
Author: Mary Pipher
Genre: Non-Fiction, Informative
What did you like?
This book allows the reader to see into the lives of adolescent girls. The opinions are from adolescent girls so that the book can accurately portray the life of an adolescent girl.
What did you dislike?
The book mainly focuses on girls with problems, rather than girls who have successfully made it through there teenage years.
Would you recommend this book? Yes
This is a good book to read if you are doing research over eating disorders, rape, or other adolescent challenges.

 

2/03/03 > Sanctuary - Reviewer: J. J.
Sanctuary
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance
What did you like?
Nora Roberts has written numerous books. She has a way of integrating the plot with all the characters so you may suspect one character, when it turns out to be another. This is a great murder/mystery and you will be on the edge of your seat. It starts out in Atlanta but mostly takes place on a resort island off the coast of Georgia which the main character, Jo Ellen's family has owned for generations. She is a very well renowned photographer who starts receiving pictures of her mother who disappeared mysteriously when she and her siblings were children, which has affected how they each are as adults. The mystery starts to unravel as other women disappear on the island and climaxes during and after a major hurricane. I think this would make a great movie. There is a little bit of everything in this book! The ending surprised me!
Would you recommend this book?
Yes, Suspenseful, romantic, very descriptive. You can almost smell the island.

 

2/02/03 > A Time to Kill - Reviewer: T. S.

Title: A Time to Kill
Author:John Grisham
Genre: Mystery, Suspense.
What did you like? A wonderful book about personal feelings and major society point of views.
What did you dislike? It is a very long book.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, it is a great book to learn from, especially if you are interested in any kind of law majors.
Other books by John Grisham are available in your Library Media Center.

1/06/03 > Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The - Reviewer: A. V.

Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Genre: Historical Fiction.
What did you like? I liked the symbolism in the book. For example, the raft symbolized peace and quietness. Whenever Huck and Jim would get themselves into trouble, they went to the raft and all of their troubles went away.
What did you dislike? The only thing I disliked about this book was the dialect. Jim's dialect was kind of hard to read. And, also, I did not like the way they referred to slaves.
Would you recommend this book? Yes, definitely because it is humorous and thrilling at the same time. I really recommend this book. But of course if you are in Pre-AP English, you have to read it. It is the only book that I enjoyed reading in that class.
This book is available in your Library Media Center.