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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

I learned about this book from my school. Right now they’re having this “One Book One School” event where if you read the book and take a test on it, you get to go to this pizza party. So, when I was walking around the public library, I saw it and decided to get it. It was a good choice.

I’ve never read anything like this, where the author portays a child with Aspergers and talks about how they feel and think from first person. I thought it was really inspiring. When you pair this with the school shootings epidemic that’s been going on lately, this story can really evoke a lot of emotion and tears. I know it did for me.

Mockingbird is about a girl named Caitlin, who has Aspergers. Her brother is killed in a school shooting that sets her and especially her father into a kind of confusion and depression, except Caitlin doesn’t understand alot of her father’s actions and emotions. With the help of her teacher, Mrs. Brook, Caitlin learns about herself and other people when they deal with certain situations.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This was…unexpected! I heard of this novel from the Goodreads Choice Awards (2012 Nominee) and thought the title sounded interesting so I got it from the library. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but whatever it was, was pretty good!
Clay is sucked into the Great Recession and loses his job at as a website designer for a bagel compnay. When he starts looking for a new job in San Francisco, he stumbles across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This starts him on a path though secret societies and codes and lots of technology.


The Maze Runner by James Dasner

The Maze Runner by James Dasner

This book blew my mind! I picked it up during reading time in my LAnguage Arts class just because I’d forgotten my other book for the day, and this book just lept out of the pages and hooked on to me. I could barely put it down!

The Maze Runner, in my opinion, is like a phychological action-thriller. Jam-packed with monsters and secrets and huge shocks. Every chapter was more stunning than the last. By the time you get about 2/3 through it, you just have no idea what could happen next! It’s just perfect!

Is this book a movie yet? I sure hope so because I’m going to go see it next weekend if it is. I’ll also be running to the bookstore to get the sequel.


Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Oh my goodness!!! I wish I could give this book a million stars!! It was so gripping I literally couldn’t put it down, I read it all in one night! This was SCARY! Not reccomended for younger children or maybe even middle schoolers, like me. It was very, very detailed. But, that makes it great for anyone else looking for an extremely well-written zombie apocalypse thiller. The romance aspect was wonderful as well and gets even better as the book progresses. Can’t wait for the sequel and the movie!


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

You go girl! He was totally a jerk!
Why We Broke Up is the best romance/love story I’ve ever read. Although I haven’t really read that many, it was still very good. I love the artwork in this book. It’s so simple yet conveys the image perfectly. Kudos to Maira Kalman. Woah! I totally did not expect that ending! I would be so mad if that happened to me. I think my favorite character is Al. Also, the first-person point of view, the cool setting, I loved it!


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I’m not sure how to write a really good review of this book because I don’t want to give away any of the big parts in it.

Walk Two Moons was a great book! It was so full of emotion, I found myself crying at the end of it. It was the perfect balance of suspense and heart-feltness. I’d reccomend it to like, 4th grade and up.

This book is about a girl, Sal, who goes on a journey with her grandparents to find her mother, who she hasn’t seen ever since she left home to go see her sister and now she is missing. Along the way, Sal tells her grandparents about her best friend, Phoebe. Phoebe and Sal’s stories are alot alike. They’ve both been through alot of trauma and hard times in their lives.


The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

  Allie is a 16-year old girl who works in a vinyl record store called Bob & Bob Records. This story talks about her summer working there. During the summer, she starts a blog and a zine, undercover, called The Vinyl Princess about music reviews and soon it’s rocketing into fame. This story also talks about her mom and how she’s starting to date again after getting a divorce with Allie’s dad. It’s pretty good, but that might just be because I’m a music junkie since I didn’t really see that much suspense in the plot. So, I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still putting it on my to-buy list, though.

This is a link to the actual blog if you want to check it out, but it’s a little dated; http://thevinylprincess.com/


Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

I loved Bronx Masquerade! It was one of the BEST poetry books EVER!!!Poetry books are always my favorite genre especially when the poems tell a story. Oooh! I just can’t get over how great this novel was. I’m going to reccomend this to a bunch of my other poetry-loving buddies. Also, it won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award.

Bronx Masquerade is a book with a bunch of little stories inside. It’s about a classroom full of students who start a poetry slam club called Open Mike Fridays. It starts out small but soon grows to a giant crowd of kids eager to share their poems. Each student in the class eventually goes up and tells their story in verse. Their poems tell about their struggles, fears, and other emotions that they feel. By the end of the year, the kids at Open Mike Fridays realize they’ve turned into one giant family.


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

This book was nice. I’d certainly reccomend it, but, it wasn’t nearly as good as Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Next, I’m going to try to get my hands on Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List so I can read it.

Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, a boy who is somewhat confused about his love life. That is, until he meets Noah, the boy of his dreams. Soon, they fall in love and it’s very romantic. Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle is jealous, though and this disrupts Paul’s and Noah’s love life. Meanwhile, his best friend Joni has started to go off the deep end when she goes out with Chuck, a meathead jock who nobody approves of except for Joni. There are lots of other colorful characters in the story, too, that make the book very interesting.


I was looking around in the library the other day in the little kids section. Don’t judge! Sometimes I like an easy book to read! I came across the “Scary” section and I thought it would be things like Goosebumps or something. I started looking and I found a very-and I mean VERY- scary book about the Salem Witch Trials. Are kids, like 1st graders allowed to even read this stuff? I know if I had a child, I’d let them read it. maybe. But, aren’t some people like really against this kind of stuff? Especially for kids?

Anyway, I got the book and I plan on reading it sometime this week. Maybe I’ll put a review on my blog. The book is called Witch-Hunt by Marc Aronson if you’ve heard of it or think you might want to read it.


Wow, I can’t believe how much this book made me cry. I had no idea that the story of Maurice was going to be so powerful and emotional. Laura Schroff is such an amazing person, it would be a blessing to meet her or someone like her. I’m reccomending this novel to everyone that I know (But, I’m not sure if little children should read it, but it’s up to you). I believe that this book can definately teach people a few things about life. I know it has taught me a bit of knowledge.

http://aninvisiblethread.com/


I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I must admit, it wasn’t as good as the second one, Everwild, but it was still very dramatic and suspenseful. I’m definetly saving up my money for the third one.

Everlost is about 2 children named Nick and Allie that die in a car crash and get sent to Everlost. Here they meet Lief and, later on, Mary Hightower and her children. While they’re staying with Mary Hightower they start to learn about Everlost and soon they are heading out to find the Haunter. The Haunter is one of the people in Everlost that have ways of communicating with the living such as skinjacking. Nick and Lief get trapped by him while Allie goes out looking for help only to get in a large argument with Mary. Meanwhile, the McGill raids the Haunter and sticks him in a barrel. In his raid he happens to take Nick and Lief, who were also in barrels, aboard his ship and they are chimed along with hundreds of other children because of the McGill’s quest to reclaim him life, supposedly. Allie tries out her skinjacking skills in order to get on the McGill’s ship and succeeds. Eventually, Nick gets off of the ship and goes to Mary for help. She decides to help because she knows the McGill’s weakness. Allie coaxes the McGill to Atlantic city, the place where he was once defeated by a group called the Twin Pier Maurauders, in hope that the gang will be able to defeat him again so Allie and the rest of the Afterlights can be free. When the McGill and his crew get there, they find that there is no gang to be found and Allie thinks she is doomed for the rest of eternity with this monster. Out of the sky comes Mary Hightower and Nick in a great, big blimp. When they land, Mary Hightower steps out and shows the McGill what he really looks like and then he starts turning back from an ugly monster to Mary Hightower’s 14-year-old little brother. Everyone is shocked but all of the McGill’s past prisoners find this a good time to start beating up the McGill, so they do. The McGill runs away in humiliation on a horse. Everyone boards onto the blimp to go back to Mary Hightower’s place except for Allie, who is running away from the McGill. She skinjacks another person but this woman starts to fight back and Allie is soon sinking to the middle of the earth. Once again, she is doomed until a hand, the McGill’s, pulls her out of the sinking quicksand-like earth and saves her. She and the McGill becomes friends and ride off together in search for Allie’s home. Meanwhile, Mary Hightower finds out that she lost one of her children, Vari, and when they go back to the piers to look for him they find nothing. She is so exhausted from the whole situation that she takes her first bit of sleep in decades. While Mary is sleeping, Nick becomes in control of a bucket of coins that Mary told him to hold for her. Curiosity gets to Nick and he finds out what the coins are used for: sending children to the light that they missed when they headed into Everlost. Nick starts sending all the children he can find in Mary Hightower’s possession on their way to their rightful death. When Mary awakens she is horrified to find all of her children gone and then mortified when she finds out that Nick, one of the few people she trusted, sent them all away. She becomes enemies with Nick even though she is still in love with him.



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