Over 100 Reviews!

Yahoo! We’ve received over 100 entries for the teen summer reading program, Spark a Reaction. Summer is almost over, but it’s not too late to submit a review. There are great prizes this year sponsored by the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, and for the best written review there will be a mystery Librarian’s Choice award. The drawing will take place a week from Friday!


Book coverTitle: Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Ian G. (12th grade)

Describe the book in your own words:  Transylvania. A tall, dark man in a flowing cape. Wolves and bats respond to his every call. Everyone has heard the story of Dracula. So few have entered his world. A world of dark passions and true courage. A world of love and hate, despair and hope, sorrow and joy. The world of Dracula. Enter if you dare.

What did you think?: Dracula is an incredible literary work. It captures the imagination with action around every bend. Just when you think things arae resolving, a darker horror appears on the horizon. Horrors are glimpsed from a distance at first, but as the story goes on, you are drawn deeper into a world of seduction and death. Deeper meanings are weaved all throughout the story.

Who would you recommend it to? (For example, middle school students, mystery lovers, football fans, etc.): Anyone who loves mystery, fantasy, horror, romance, philosophy or the great classics will enjoy this book. The philosophy that is within these pages is astounding if you look for it. Truths are hidden here that defy logic. You will leave this book a changed person. Best for readers ages 15 and up.

Summer of the Monkeys

Book CoverTitle: Summer of the Monkeys
Author: Wilson Rawls
Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Bobby B. (7th grade)

Describe the book in your own words:  Life is full of surprises…birthdays, holidays, and graduations are all full of surprises.  In Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls, there is a different surprise…monkeys near a small farm in Kansas.

Jay Berry is a fourteen year old boy who lives with his family on a small farm in the Cherokee Valley of Kansas.  jay learns that there are monkeys in the river bottoms near his farm, and with the help of  his grandpa and his dog, he tries to catch them for a reward.

Through his monkey-catching endeavors, Jay loses gains and, most importantly, learns a lot.  When Jay finally realizes that gaining trust is the answer to catching his little friends, he does just that and leads the whole caboodle into the corn crib.

What did you think?: I liked this story a bunch.  Through-out the book, I found myself laughing, and at the end, I almost cried.  I admire Wilson Rawls as a writer and would like to recommend his other book Where the Red Fern Grows.

Eleanor & Park

I love it when authors put together play lists for their novels. Rainbow Rowell has FOUR play lists for her novel Eleanor & Park. This book earned a Printz honor in 2014 and is a Teens’ Top Ten nominee. The first track off Eleanor, Side A is “The Good Times are Killing Me” by Modest Mouse. You can view the full collection on Rainbow Rowell’s website.

The Teen Book Club will feature Eleanor & Park and perler bead crafts in September.  Check out a copy from the library and join us in the fall!

Close to Famous

Book coverTitle: Close to Famous
Author: Vera Brosgol
Star Ranking: **** (Loved It)

Reviewer: Charlisa T. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words:  Close to Famous is about a girl of age of twelve named Foster and her mother Rayka McFee. They race out of Memphis because an Elvis impersonator who use to be Rayka’s boyfriend broke into their house. They drive to a small town called Culpepper in West Virginia. Foster starts to sell her delicious cupcakes at Angry Wayne’s supplies store. Everybody loves them. Foster meets Macon, Amy, Garland, and many others on her journey. She meets a famous lady who lives in Culpepper by the name of Miss Charleena. Miss Charleena finds out Foster can’t read. She makes her a deal. Miss Charleena will teach Foster how to read if Foster will teach Miss Charleena how to bake. In the end Rayka becomes a famous singer and Foster sends a video of herself baking to a famous baker named Sonny. Sonny writes back saying she is a talented young chef.

What did you think?: I think this book was great. I felt that this book was different from all the other books I have read.  I really liked when Foster started selling her cupcakes and muffins. I also liked the part where Foster sent her video to Sonny and got a great response.

Who would you recommend it to?:  I recommend it to middle school kids who have to travel because of parents traveling for work.