Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

wonder struckTitle: Wonderstruck

Author: Brian Selznick

Star Ranking: **** (Loved it)

Reviewer: Serena S. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: The book is based on a boy named Ben, and he lived in Minnesota with his mom. His mom is a librarian. They lived in a small cabin, and they were only about 36 steps away from his uncle and aunt’s house. One day his mom died in a car accident in the winter, and luckily he wasn’t with her, but he never got to see her again. Now he lives with his aunt and uncle, and he shares a room with his cousin Rowily too.

One night he was curious about something in his old house because the light was on in his mom’s room so he went to explore. When he entered the house, he slowly looked in, and it was his girl cousin in his mom’s favorite outfit on with a cigarette in her hand that she had been smoking. She started to cry when he entered the room, and he started to cry too because they missed his mom a lot, and it just wasn’t the same without her. He asked if she smoked, she said “yes” but that is something he had to keep a secret between them. She left after awhile, then Ben started to look threw his mom’s stuff because it brought back so many memories. He found a book and he was puzzled about what it was from or who it was too.

He took it out and read some pages, and then a bookmark came out, and it said, “I miss you and how have you been. Write me back when you can, Love Daniel.” At the top, it said the place of the store and the date of his birthday. At the bottom, it had a phone number and his address. Ben said to himself, “What if it’s my dad because he must have known I was born, and he wanted me too see him in New York.” He picked up the phone and put it to his good ear. Then all of a sudden he heard lightning, but he didn’t care so he dialed the number.

The next day he woke up and he was in the hospital and he started to talk and he couldn’t hear himself so he looked over and his aunt was saying something, but he couldn’t hear. Then she took a piece of paper and started to write. It said, “You were struck by lightning. It traveled threw the wires and hit you.”

From there he went on an adventure to find his long lost dad in New York, and he runs threw hard and difficult times to easy and sad times.

What did you think: I think i could read this book over and over again–it’s so mysterious. I don’t have a favorite part. I love the whole book. I feel it’s kinda sad but at the same time really awesome and different. I really love Brian Selznick’s books. I’ve read both of his books, and I seem to love them!!!!

Who would you recommend it to:  Mystery lovers and middle school students.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

TwilightTitle: Twilight 

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Star Ranking: *** (and a half) (Good book +)

Reviewer: Victoria P. (12th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: There’s a girl named Bella. She moves in with her dad and stats going to school and making new friends.  Then she meets Edward, and it changes her life forever.  They fall in love, and Jacob doesn’t like it (friend of her’s).

What did you think: I loved the book. I love how she describes things.  I felt like it was a wonderful book, and my favorite part was all of the book!  It took me two nights to read because I couldn’t put it down!

Who would you recommend it to: Teens, adults, romance people, and fantasy lovers.

CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTORIA! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol

Anyas GhostTitle: Anya’s Ghost

Author: Vera Brogsol

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

Reviewer: Cierra C. (5th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: Anya’s Ghost is about insecure Anya.  When she falls into a hole she meets a ghost named Emily Reilly.  She claims she was murdered, but really she murdered her ex-boyfriend.  Then she has to get rid of her.

What did you think: I loved this book. It is funny, then scary.  My favorite part is when she falls in the hole and meets the ghost.  It’s my favorite part because it starts off the story.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to horror lovers.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CIERRA! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.

Sharing Susan by Eve Bunting

Sharing SusanTitle: Sharing Susan

Author: Eve Bunting

Star Ranking: *** (and a half) (Good Book +)

Reviewer: Erica B. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: This book is about a girl named Susan who finds out the hospital made a mistake, and she really belongs to another family.  Her parents’ real daughter died, and she feels like they don’t want her anymore.  She even finds out she has a younger brother.

What did you think: I liked this book.  It did a good job describing Susan’s feelings.  My favorite character was Jeremy because he was cute, and even though Susan was mean to him, he still stood up for her.  My favorite part was when Susan shaved off her eyebrows to try and make her real parents not like her.  That is also why she was mean to Jeremy.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to kids who like realistic fiction because it is realistic fiction, but it is also really interesting.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERICA! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

smileTitle: Smile

Author: Raina Telgemeier

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

Reviewer: Hennisy C. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: Smile was about the author Raina when she falls and hurts her front teeth badly.  She goes through many things. She has to worry about lots of things, including boy troubles. One part she has to have a retainer with fake teeth.  She thinks about kissing the boy she likes and her retainer falling out.  It was funny.

What did you think: I really loved Smile.  It was funny and a little serious at the same time.  I really love the flashbacks she shows and how much detail is put into the book.  The details in the pictures and the writing was phenomenal.  I thought that the book was so good.  I decided to Sisters and Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to people who enjoy comic books that tell a true story and have really good detail.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HENNISY! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.

The Missing Book 2: Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix

the missing book 2Title: The Missing Book 2: Sent

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

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

Reviewer: Areej M. (7th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: Jonah, Katharine, and Chip have just entered the fifteenth century, or 1483, and they are accompanied by another boy named Alex. They land in Chip and Alex’s room in a castle, and as they go through the castle and the time period, they discover that Chip’s true identity is Edward the Fifth, and Alex is Richard. Chip’s fifteenth century self believes that his uncle, Gloucester, wants to steal the throne from him. Does he or does he not?

What did you think: I loved it because I got to learn a little about the fifteenth century, like they had a castle of stone, and instead of toilets, they had a privy with bowls surrounded in stones. They were rich in clothing, but they had serious health problems. I especially liked it when Chip and Alex joined into their tracers, and when they fought in a battle.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend this book to my friends and my sister, as well as all the action and mystery lovers out in the world.

CONGRATULATIONS TO AREEJ! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.