Teen Book Review: Switched

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley, 8th grade

Switched by Amanda Hocking is the first book in a thrilling new trilogy.  This book is about Wendy, a not-so-average girl.  After a traumatic experience when she was six, Wendy has been trying for eleven years to prove to herself that she is normal.  But after the strange appearance of Finn, Wendy realizes she's anything but normal.  With Finn by her side, Wendy is forced into an unwanted adventure, involving royalty, hierarchy, magic abilities, and two totally different types of family.

I loved this first book in this series, and I cannot wait until the second book.  Switched is a combination of The Princess Diaries and The Twilight Saga.  If you liked either of those series, I would definitely recommend this book to you.  It kept me interested throughout the whole book.

Teen Book Review: All These Things I’ve Done

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Review Written by:  Alison, Sonoma Valley

All These Things I've Done is an amazing book.  5 stars definitely!  I could hardly put it down!  The story follows Anya Balanchine, and her newfound fame.  The fame isn't the good kind though…She is convicted of of poisoning her ex-boyfriend, Gable, and is sent to a highly protected juvenile prison.  When she gets out, her world is completely upside down.  Read Gabrielle Zevin's novel All These Things I've Done to read the story of Anya Balanchine.

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Book Spotlight: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Review by Rachel Icaza, Librarian, Rincon Valley

Jacob has always been close to his grandfather, a tough-as-nails man who was the only member of his family to have survived the Jewish Holocaust at the time of World War II.  Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of a wonderful island off the coast of Wales where a group of very peculiar children lived under the care of a wise old bird.  Grandfather's stories are proven true by a group of old photographs depicting a girl who could hover off the ground and a boy invisible until he put on clothes.  When his grandfather is attacked in a violent and mysterious way, Jacob is the one to find his grandfather in his last dying breaths.  The message his grandfather gives him sends Jacob on an adventure to find the Welsh island and the home where Grandfather found peace, friendship, and love after the horrors of war.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book unlike any other.  Inspired by amazing vintage photographs (all un-touched by technology), this story kept me guessing until the very end.  I especially enjoyed the voice of the main character, Jacob.  He feels like a real person, with a hilarious sense of humor and the same fears and doubts about himself that many of us feel.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs first book of fiction.  I can't wait for more books like this.


What is NaNoWriMo?!? 
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which started yesterday!

Writers across America are having fun trying to write a 50,000 word Novel by November 30th.  You can participate.  The Young Writers Program allows YOU to pick how many words to write by November 30th. 

The idea is to get your creative writing flowing and to write without thinking.  Are you up to the challenge? 

Last year 200,000 adults and 41,000 young writers participated in the program.

Check out:

http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ for more information!