Three Men on Third is a book filled with hilarious narratives of sports mishaps. It relates many unusual events from different sports throughout the years that range from being funny to almost unbelievable. In other words, Three Men on Third shows that if it can happen, it will happen.
(Christine, Grade 11, Homeschool)
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
In The Sun of Neptune Percy Jackson wakes up barely knowing more than his name. He is forced to be on the run chased by monsters. Whenever he kills the monsters they com right back. When he gets to Camp-Jupiter he knows he doesn’t belong. His new friends Hazel and Frank accompany him on a quest that most people think is impossible. They have to release death. On the way they see such terrifying monsters we would only see them in our nightmares. In the end Percy realizes that Romans and Greeks must join together and defeat the enemy. Will Percy Jackson ever have his old life back? That we will never know.
The Son of Neptune is a must read. It is a story about Roman and Greek gods alike. This book shows true friendship and courage. This book will never let you put it down.
(Hannah, Grade 6, Western Middle School)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
From all the books I have read this year, this was by far the best. I would give this book a 5 star rating because the story line is impeccable. The author made it sound like a very dramatic situation, to which it wasn’t even fiction. I truly believe this situation could happen throughout the world!
Basically, the story is about a girl named Anna, who gets sent to boarding school in France. In school, she meets a “beautiful” and “perfect” boy named St. Clair. She slowly finds out that she wants to be with him, but does he want to be with her? He has a girlfriend. Anna also has a very, very good friend back where she lives in Atlanta, Toph. She thinks she wants him, or does she want St. Clair? As you go on through the story, you will find a love for it!
(Rebekah, Grade 8, Taylor)
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
It was really good and a little different. It is quite exciting. I like that it introduces a whole new world (well more like a new dimension) and I’m excited for Grim Tuesday.
(Ethan, Grade 7, Western)
The Killer Book of Infamous Murders by Tom Philbin and Michael Philbin
The Killer Book of Infamous Murders was a very informative book about a lot of different murderers that I had never heard about. I think the most interesting chapter in this book would have to be Chapter 3 “And Gave Her Father Forty Hacks…” which is about Lizzie Borden killing her father Andrew Borden and her stepmother who she disliked, Abby Borden.
(Marissa, Grade 9, Christian County High School)
The Invaders by John Flanagan
After Skandia’s greatest treasure is stolen… After they are disbanded and exiled… Nine adventurous lads seek to capture a famously evil pirate who stole the treasure, save a town from complete demolition, and return the Andomal to its proper place.
In this wonderfully suspenseful sequel to book one of the Brotherband Chronicles The Outcasts, our young and quite inventive protagonist, Hal, confirms the makings of a new invention, this time without any drawbacks. Hal has created a giant crossbow that can be mounted on the bow of his ship. He plans to use it to give a certain pirate a very nasty surprise.
I think that the author wanted to show that courage, determination, and loyalty will form a strong bond that is not easily separated. Hal learned not to trust pirates, to respect strength, and to never enter the sea without a sheepskin vest.
The author wrote this book to entertain, and I think that he vastly succeeded. I really enjoyed this book because it is packed with action, close calls, and suspense at the end of every chapter. When I read this book, I felt as if I was really there, sailing over vast seas, feeling the wind and sea spray…I really enjoyed it.
I absolutely loved this book and I hope that you take the time to read it too!
(Holly, Grade 7, Northwestern Middle School)
Kids’ Kitchen by Amanda Grant
This book is about helping kids learn how to cook and it helps them follow the directions. This book is about cooking food and I think this is good for me because I can learn recipes because I want to go to culinary school.
(Veronica, Grade 8, Maple Crest)
Huge by Sasha Paley
Huge is a hilarious book about two girls who are total opposites. April saved her money for a long time to go to Wellness Canyon to lose weight. All she wants is to be skinny and popular. Wil, on the otherhand, could care less about what people think of her. She gets stuck at Wellness Canyon because her parents are embarrassed by her size. They don’t want the press to know the owners of Excalibur Fitness Clubs have an obese daughter. April and Will end up being roommates and must rely on each other to lose weight. Sparks fly as these girls go from enemies to allies to friends. If you want a silly, heart-warming, inspiring, page-turner, you have made the right choice.
(Abby, Grade 8, Northwestern)
Kidnapped by River Rats by Dave Jackson
The book Kidnapped by River Rats was a very good book to read. The book is about two homeless people named Jack and Amy. Their mother died in the beginning of the book. Jack and Amy have only one hope and that is to find their uncle. After a couple of hard days Amy gets kidnapped by some guy. Jack looked very hard to find Amy, but it was just impossible. After a couple of hours Jack found Amy but Amy was trapped in a building. Then Jack got the Salvation Army to help. After late at night they finally got Amy safe and sound. The next morning they got adopted and went to America.
This book was a heartwarming book. That part that made me almost cry was for the days after Mother Crumpton died in her sleep.
(David, Grade 11, Kokomo)
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender
Great book, has moments where your heart is really pounding and the “ah-ha” moments when you can put together the puzzle on your own.
(Michaela, Grade 9, Northwestern High School)