SR Book Reviews 2009

Central

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
This book is about a 15-year-old girl and she is called Sophie.  She goes out with a boy called Dylan but then she stops to like him and then she goes to a Halloween dance at school and she wants to wear a black dress.  So then she dances with a boy who she starts to like but doesn't know who he is because he wore a mask…I liked this book because it reflects real life experiences.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Lizbet, Central Branch

Firestorm by David Klass
I liked this book because of its Ninja Appeal but there were to many sentences that would cut off and they seemed to be running in circles the whole time.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Katie, Central Branch

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The book is about this girl named Bella and her boyfriend who just happens to be a vampire.  So he thinks that it's best if he leaves her but it's not.  So just read it and find out. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Jenny, Central Branch

There Will be Wolves by Karleen Bradford
This book is about a girl who has received a healing book from her father, but she was accused of witchcraft so she had to go with the peoples crusade.  This book did not interest me a lot.
Rating:  3 out of 10
Review by Austin, Central Branch

Legacy of the Jedi by Jude Watson
It's about the Legacy of being a Judi.  I loved this book.  It showed things that the movie did not.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Star Wars and science fiction. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by April, Central Branch Cloverdale

Shade's Children by Garth Nix
The book is a relatively fast-paced book that takes place in an un-named city, where all people over 14 years old have disappeared.  Most younger children have been taken to large factories where they are reassembled as living corpses, who fight small-scale ritual war.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Brian

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
This book kept me interested the entire time I was reading it!  It is a sequel to "Airhead" where Emerson Watts' brain is put into supermodel, Nikki Howard's body.  There's also a missing mother, mysterious emails and someone claiming to be Nikki who is keeping in touch with her old life.
Review by Morrison

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This book is about the love story between a human girl and a vampire.  This is one of my favorite books because there is suspense and excitement.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Daisy

Anne Frank:  the diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
This diary was written by a 13 year old girl in Holland during World War II when she and her family were hiding from the Nazis.  This chronicles the three years of her hiding time.  Couldn't put it down!
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Jamie

Faster Than Light by John Lucas
A very witty book, similar to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  The characters aren't that complex, but they're complex enough and their motives are understandable.  It seems to be pointing out the ironies of big business and human nature.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Kacie

Sunrise by Erin Hunter
This book, #18, seemed like a rush job, and resulted in a slow read.  It did have many surprising twists, but it just wasn't enough to hold everything together.  Fortunately, it picked up action fact, so it was good for loose ends.  An okay read.
Rating:  5 out of 10
Review by Brian

Drive Me Crazy by Erin Downing
I really liked this book.  It is very much like what some girls go through true love.  I really enjoyed this book.  I hope a lot of people read this book I recommend.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Jessica

Death by Latte by Linda Gerber
Oh my, it's one of the best books I've ever read!  This girl named Aphra gets left with her dad for 4 years because she doesn't want her mother to get killed.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Ashley

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
The author begins by looking at which countries are statistically the happiest.  He travels to about 10 countries and tries to discover why some countries are happier than others.  It was really interesting and enjoyable to read.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Maya

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has a style of writing that makes the book very interesting.  The other mother was terrifying and that gave the story an even better plot.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Katie

Healdsburg

ben.jpg Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
It was an exciting book, filled with tragedy, love, and adventure.  I myself am into fantasy stories so I was intrigued by it.  At some points you find yourself crying along with Ben, while at other times you cheer her on.
Review by Julia, Healdsburg, 7th grade

among.jpg Among the Impostors by Magaret Peterson Haddix
It's a spine tingling book and it made me want to keep reading.  Even into the wee hours of the night.  You definitely feel like you are the main character and you can feel the emotions he does.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Julia, Healdsburg, 7th grade

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

If you like humorous and ridiculous books this is the one to read.  It is interesting that someone could eat 15 worms and not barf after each one.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Julia, Healdsburg, 7th grade

my.jpg My Secret:  a Post Secret Book edited by Frank Warren
I like this book because it was about young people and it showed me how they suffered with their secrets.

nurse.jpg The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand
The stories behind Nanny McPhee.  Very whimsical and Mary Poppins-like.
Review by Keturah, Healdsburg, 7th grade

eternal1.jpg Eternal by Cynthia Leitch Smith
Eternal is about a teen named Miranda.  She's a regular teenage until a night when her and her friend Lucy go to a graveyard and she's turned into a vampire princess.  Meanwhile, her guardian angel, stuck in human form, tries to save her.  A very good book. Review by Ana, Healdsburg, 7th grade

spell.jpg The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Grassina finds a hidden talent for magic after a beastly encounter with creatures inhabiting the swamp behind her family's castle.  She must learn to control her new magic before werewolves invade her homeland.
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

dragon1.jpg The Dragon Princess by E.D. Baker
Princess Millie has the unfortunate habit of turning into a bright green dragon every time she becomes angry.  She must learn to deal with this horrible curse while on a quest with her friends.
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

bleed.jpg Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz
This book is a great book. It talks about how this girl named Nicole has a crush on her best friend Kelly's boyfriend. Kelly has two boy friends, but one's in jail. I'm not quite finished with the book yet but each time I read it gets better and better.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Yaquelin, Healdsburg

private.jpg How my private, personal journal became a best seller by Julia DeVillers
Jamie went from being an average girl to a bestselling author overnight. She must learn to deal with newfound popularity, mean girls and stuck up Hollywood celebrities while still attending high school.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Samanth, Healdsburg

once1.jpg Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
Princess Emma must find the cure for a curse bestowed upon her family centuries ago. To achieve her goal, Emma must corner an angry fairy, trick two clever members of her family, and go back in time!
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Samantha

dragon.jpg Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker
Princess Emma must travel across her kingdom to find four crucial items to reverse a magical spell put upon one of her animal friends. Along her side is faithful Prince Easdric and a few other magical beings.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

savvy.jpg Savvy by Ingrid Law
Savvy is the story of Mibs. In her family you get a power, or savvy on your 13th birthday. When Mib's 13th rolls around, her excitement turns to horror when her father is in a serious car accident. The story has an interesting plot but is often weighed down by it's own writing.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Paige, Healdsburg, 12th grade

heavy.jpg Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin
This book is about a Brooklyn metalhead, Sam, who despite his obsession with Ozzy and Judas Priest has fallen in love with a girl- Melissa. As always, complications (not just involving hazardous spike bracelets) ensue.
Review by Rachel at Healdsburg, 10th grade

speak.jpg Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is about Melinda, a girl who has gone (voluntarily) silent as a result of a severe tragedy that happened to her last summer. I loved this story's dark, almost cynical sense of humor and the great imagery.
Review by Rachel in Healdsburg, 10th grade

all1.jpg All Alone in the Universe by Lynn Rae Perkins
I like this author because she writes books without strong plot. They are little slices of someone's life. This book was about a girl whose friend got a different friend and didn't hang out with the protagonist anymore. The protagonist then found other friends.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Review by Esther in Healdsburg, 8th Grade

double.jpg The Double Jinx Mystery by Carolyn Keene
I liked this Nancy Drew mystery because it had a lot of excitement build up. Nancy has to deal with an apartment building company with some underhanded dealings – and some jinxes.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Ester in Healdsburg, 8th grade

crocodile.jpg Mystery of Crocodile Island by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew mysteries are fun because they have action and secrets – puzzles to figure out. In this story, the owners of a crocodile farm are underhandedly selling and shipping cameras to Mexico.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Review by Esther, Healdsburg, 8th grade

earth.jpg The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
I would describe this book as a humorous book for teenage girls. I really loved this book because it's funny and sweet. I just love the character Virginia because she is funny, wise and full of hope. I just really love this book.
Rating: 10 out of 10 Review by
Erica, Healdsburg

shopaholic.jpg Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
I would recommend this book to all girls. This book is about a girl who is destroying her life on things she doesn't need. She wasted $350 on a scarf. In other words, she is a shopaholic. Later on in the book she finds her true love.
Rating: 10 out of 10 stars
Review by Erika, Healdsburg, 9th grade

circle.jpg Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce
The first book in a pretty long series. This book at the very beginning switches from person to person over large distances. As the story sets in it doesn't switch so often. As for my favorite part, I liked the event of the cave, trapped and all.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Jose, Healdsburg, 8th grade

rumor.jpg A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
This book is about the true story of a young Vietnam Trooper who joins the Marines right out of high school, only to be trapped in a nightmare he never could have conceived pre-war. It's brutal, and honest, and altogether excellent.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Rachel, Healdsburg, 10th grade

dream.jpg Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Caitlin's sister Cass has run away to go live with Adam, her boyfriend. The problem is that Caitlin has always followed her sister and looks to be different. With everyone in a panic, Caitlin turns to Rogerson. She loves Rogerson even though he abuses her and turns her to drugs. Will Caitlin wake up?
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Gwen, Healdsburg, 7th grade

sand.jpg Sand Chronicles Vol. 4 Manga by Hinako Ashihara
Ann and Diago have been going strong since they were 12. Now it is the anniversary of her mother's death. As Diago and Ann sit under a large snow dome she talks to him about her mom. They get into an arguement and then Shika manipulates their relationship. Will they be okay?
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Gwen, Healdsburg, 7th grade

till.jpg Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens
Unexpectedly addicting. Intense. I like this book because the main character Stella Crown is a dairy farmer who's trying to figure out why children are dying. Could it be tainted milk? Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Shelby, Healdsburg, 9th Grade

catcher.jpg The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Rebellious, intense, I can relate. What I liked about this book is the main character Holden is such a rebellious kid and gets kicked out of his school, Pencey, so he goes to New York to start his new life.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Shelby, Healdsburg, 9th grade

hobbit.jpg The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Very descriptive, literate, loads of fun. I liked this book because it's a classic adventure story of finding treasure and how the main character Bilbo and thirteen dwarves go on this quest and they have to get the treasure from a talking dragon Smaug.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Shelby, Healdsburg, 9th grade

brisingr.jpg Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Third and final book in the Inheritance Series. It rivals the Blood Oath celebration in book 2. The part I liked best was when Eragon finally gets his sword and learns where Galbaterix gets his power.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Jose, Healdsburg, 8th grade

ttyl.jpg TTYL by Lauren Myracle
This book is kind of sad and funny in a way. It showed how you shouldn't trust everyone and stay with your friends. It also showed how easily people can destroy friendships. Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Beatriz, Healdsburg, 7th grade

golden.jpg The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
This book is basically about a girl who finds a golden compass in which only she can read. She has many adventures because of this. The book I read was impossible to put down for the author uses the words in such a way you can't put it away.
Review by Molly, Healdsburg, 8th grade

monday.jpg The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
It got me to want to keep on reading. It was surprising. Arthur was about to die but was saved by a minute key that was given to him by Mr. Monday. Mr. Monday wants the key back and sends a sleepy plague to Arthur's town. Arthur enters a house only he can see to get the cure but gets sent down into a chamber.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Beatriz, Healdsburg, 7th grade

code.jpg Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
Mitty Blake didn't care about school until a Biology project exposed him to a potentially life threatening smallpox virus. He must learn what is really important in his life.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Katie, Healdsburg

gossip.jpg Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
In the Upper East Side, Serena Van Der Woodson and Blair Waldorf are the people everyone knows and loves. They must overcome family feuds and friendship fight in order to settle everything out.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Katie, Healdsburg

ps.jpg P.S. I Loathe You by Lisi Harrison
Massie Block is the ruler of the eighth grade at Octavian Country Day School. She has to face losers and bad hair cuts while trying to keep her friends true to the Clique.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Katie, Healdsburg

twilight.jpg Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Very good book. Draws your attention and you don't want to stop reading.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Lauren, Healdsburg

liars1.jpg Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
I liked this book a lot. It was very addicting to read. I really enjoyed it. It had a good story and plot.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Lauren, Healdsburg

yarn.jpg The Ribbajack and Other Curious Yarns by Brian Jacques
Somewhat chilling but good short stories. Revenge, mermaids, werewolves and Medusa. Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Keturah, Healdsburg, 7th grade

dust.jpg Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Billie Jo Kelby grows up in the Dust Bowl during the 1930s. It was a very good book and I liked how the author gave heart. Pure poetry.
Review by Keturah, Healdsburg, 7th grade

Wolf by the Ears by Ann Rinaldi
19 year old Harriet Hemings thinks she is related to Thomas Jefferson. After spending years at Monticello she's truly convinced. Around that time she also is planning to pass as white. This book is good for history lovers.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Abigail, Healdsburg, 9th grade

summer.jpg Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
This book is about a girl named Patty who falls in love with a German soldier. She helps him escape from a prisoner of war camp. Her father, however, finds out and what happens is really suspenseful. I really liked it.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review: Abigail, Healdsburg, 9th grade

princess.jpg Princess in the Spotlight by Meg Cabot
This hilarious novel is the second book in the Princess Diaries series. It is one month after Mia finds out she is Princess of Genovia. In this book she finds out that her mother is marrying her Algebra teacher and who her admirer is. I liked it. It was hilarious.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Andrea, Healdsburg, 9th grade

bleed.jpg Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz
This book is a great book. It talks about how this girl named Nicole has a crush on her best friend Kelly's boyfriend. Kelly has two boy friends, but one's in jail. I'm not quite finished with the book yet but each time I read it gets better and better.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Yaquelin, Healdsburg

private.jpg How my private, personal journal became a best seller by Julia DeVillers
Jamie went from being an average girl to a bestselling author overnight. She must learn to deal with newfound popularity, mean girls and stuck up Hollywood celebrities while still attending high school.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Samanth, Healdsburg

once1.jpg Once Upon a Curse by E.D. Baker
Princess Emma must find the cure for a curse bestowed upon her family centuries ago. To achieve her goal, Emma must corner an angry fairy, trick two clever members of her family, and go back in time!
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

dragon.jpg Dragon's Breath by E.D. Baker
Princess Emma must travel across her kingdom to find four crucial items to reverse a magical spell put upon one of her animal friends. Along her side is faithful Prince Easdric and a few other magical beings.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

The Big Nap by Bruce Hale
The book has to do with zombies and the gecko figures out what is happening because two zombies go to the library all the time-recess, lunch and class time.  I liked this book because they have to find the answer to the zombie question.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Marisa, Healdsburg, 7th grade

The Malted Falcon by Bruce Hale
The book was funny.  It has a mysterious gecko who has to solve a whole bunch of mysteries.  He didn't get tired of the mysteries he had to solve.  I liked this book because I like mysteries and books that have clues.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Marisa, Healdsburg, 7th grade

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
I liked the book.  It was about a pig named Wilbur that was a runt.  He lived with Fern and then he moved with Fern's uncle and a sheep told the pig Wilbur that he was going to die.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Marisa,
Healdsburg, 7th grade

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
In this book I enjoyed how the main characters resolve their problems, they did it in the most creative way!  James is a lonely boy who is stuck working for his 2 evil aunts.  One day a mysterious man gives James magic.  James accidentally spills the magic on the old peach tree and the adventure starts.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Alia, Healdsburg, 8th grade

Isabel, Jewel of Castilla by Carolyn Meyer
This is a wonderful book about the life of a princess in the 1400s.  It's cool and it's also a real story.  I recommend this book to people who enjoy non-fiction in a diary form.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Ana, Healdsburg

The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Iserles
The Tygrine Cat is a wonderful look into the lives of cats.  Mati, a kitten, finds himself in a new land where he must make friends and battle the evil cats out to kill him.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Ana, Healdsburg

Amelia's 6th Grade Notebook by Marissa Moss
This book is really helpful if you're going into 6th grade.  As I was reading, I felt like I was there in the story.  The book is funny and it's cool the way she writes in her notebook. Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Clarissa, Healdsburg

Selkie Girl by Laurie Brooks Elin
Jean hates the selkie killing that takes place every year.  She sets out to stop it while discovering her true self.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg, 8th grade

Evernight by Claudia Gray
Great for Twilight fans!  Unexpected twists and turns that will keep you reading!  Can't wait for the sequel!
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Shaina, Healdsburg, 8th grade

Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Tortilla Curtain is about two drastically different couples living in L.A. whose lives intertwine.  They are the homeless Candido and pregnant 17 year old American, and Delancy and his realtor wife who live off of sushi and expensive supplements.  It is a story of racism, hate, doubt, but most of all, love.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Rachel, Healdsburg, 11th grade

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Weetzie Bat is the story of a feathered headdress wearing, bubble gum snapping teenage girl in the valley of L.A.  She lives in a whimsical realm of smog and glitter, tarot cards and peroxide bleach.  Weetzie dazzles in the darkest of life's grotesqueness, a beacon no one can ever touch.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Rachel, Healdsburg, 11th grade

The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
Sam finds an old statue in his father's basement that takes him back in time!  Sam goes to ancient Egypt, the WWI battle front, even Dracula's castle, all while trying to find his missing father.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Samantha, Healdsburg

Lord Brocktree:  a tale of Redwall by Brian Jacques
Lord Brocktree was fun to read and exciting, with intrigue and fighting.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by John, Healdsburg, 7th grade

Doomwyte by Brian Jacques
Doomwyte was kind of sad with some suspense.  I didn't want to put it down.
Review by John, Healdsburg, 7th grade

The Journal of Ben Uchida, citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg
During WWII the U.S. Government sent the Japanese American populations to ten different internment camps.  This is the diary of a young boy in the Mirror Lake Internment Camp. Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Keturah, Healdsburg, 7th grade

Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke
It was the best book that I have read all summer.  It was a love story and mystery book. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Megan, Healdsburg, 11th grade

Surviving Hitler:  a boy in the Nazi death camps by Andrea Warren
This Holocaust book is the true story of Jack Mandelbaum.  Jack was sent to the concentration camps as a 15 year old.  Photographs within the book capture the drama of Belchammer, Gress-Rosen, and Auschwitz.  I thought it was well written and moving. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Abigail, Healdsburg

Petaluma

lord.jpg Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan
Out of the first 10 books of the Cirque Du Freak Series, Lord of the Shadow is the 11th book and the most intense and action packed one. Here, dark secrets are revealed and enemies are making their moves.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Dan, Petaluma

olympian.jpg The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
This book was thrilling, suspenseful and funny. The humor in The Last Olympian made me laugh, the suspense made me read until 11:30 p.m. and the thrill made my eyes glued to the book at all times. I loved to read about all the Greek creatures and Gods.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Ashley, Petaluma

Many characters died in this book, and there were plenty of sad scenes, but I liked it because it tied the loose ends of the whole story. It was full of action and still had that humorous style of Rick Riordan.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Megumi, Petaluma

manny.jpg The Manny by Sarah L. Thomson
This is a funny but serious in the life of a guy, the Manny. His mission is to find a girl while you guessed it babysitting. In the end he falls for the girl who he didn't think he would. Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Julian, Petaluma

Babylonne by Catherine Jinks
This book was adventurous and very intriguing.  You always want to know what would happen next to the main character, Babylonne.  It's about her adventure when she decided to run away from home because her grandmother wanted to marry her away.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by An

Rincon Valley

uglies.jpg Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This amazing book dives into the possibilities of a society where your rite of passage is having an operation to become pretty. It is wonderfully thought-provoking and perfect for teens. A fabulous read through and through.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Alison at Rincon Valley

zel.jpg Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
A different view of the classic Rapunzel fairy tale, this story shows an uglier more descriptive side of Rapunzel's imprisonment. Much more horrific than I had predicted. It was a so-so read with a slow beginning and well-developed characters.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Review by Alison at Rincon Valley

wake.jpg Wake by Lisa McMann
I think this was an interesting book. I liked how the book was based on what was happening to her and she was the one that was telling it with her own words.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Tiffany at Rincon Valley

believing.jpg Believing by Wendy Corsi Staub
I really liked this book because it was a scary and mysterious book. This book was also told from from her point of view. The book is also about the title Believing.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Tiffany at Rincon Valley

dangerous.jpg Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine
I liked how the girls are twins but are so different. That kind of sounds like my sister and I. Then how they turn into vampires but they go look for the restorer but the other sister won't go look for it.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Tabbitha in Rincon Valley

chronicles.jpg The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
~Spoiler Alert~
I think that it is so weird that the guy they killed in the first book was in the second. Then I wanted to cry because how his friend tried to kill him after being best friends just because he found out he was a vampire.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Tabbitha at Rincon Valley

sweethearts1.jpg Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
This book was about a girl who transformed from a social outcast with only one person to call her friend to a popular girl. She never forgot her one friend, though. One day he returns and her life is turned upside down. I liked it because there were parts I could and couldn't relate to.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review by B, Rincon Valley, 9th grade

Endless Night by Agatha Christie
A classic love story intertwined with Gypsy superstition and Christie's trademark surprise ending…a bit more informal than her Hercule Poirot mysteries, for example, but HIGHLY HIGHLY recommended. It's a novel that you can breeze through pretty quickly.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Marianna, Rincon Valley
honey.jpg Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti is a fiction novel that describes a short summer romance of Ruby McQueen, the protagonist and Travis Becker. Along the way, she discovers the importance of doing what is right and to trust her self conscience. This novel is a quick and easy read. Enjoy.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Linda, Rincon Valley, 10th grade

things.jpg Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The novel Things Fall Apart takes place in Nigeria where a man named Okonkwo constantly battles his inner self and how his society views him as. This book is a great read because it expresses the idea of tragic flaw very well. Achebe also able to show its readers a peek at what life in Africa is like.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Linda, Rincon Valley, 10th grade

earth.jpg The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
I would describe this book as a humorous book for teenage girls. I really loved this book because it's funny and sweet. I just love the character Virginia because she is funny, wise and full of hope. I just really love this book.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Erica, Healdsburg

Funny, adventurous and daring. This is for sure my favorite book because the main character reminds me a lot of myself.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Kaytly, Rincon Valley

good.jpg Good Enough by Paula Yoo
This book described the coming of age of a girl about to graduate, the pressure from her parents to get into an Ivy league school, her desire to continue violin, and her crush on a fellow musician. I liked this book because her life was so different from mine.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by B, Rincon Valley

This book is about a girl who wants to please her parents by being an overachiever and getting into an Ivy League School, but a new guy at school and her love for the violin tempt her into new directions.
Rating:  4 out of 10
Review by Ashley, 9th grade

safe.jpg Safe by Susan Shaw
The girl takes matter into her own hands after being raped which I thought was interesting and only at 13.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review by Yulianna, Rincon Valley, 11th grade

girls.jpg Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles
The book is extremely twisted. Its not so much on the typical horror level. No scary monsters or zombies. But if this story happened to you and your family, then you'd have your own horror to tell.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Yuliann, Rincon Valley, 11h grade

marked.jpg Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
This book makes my imagination go wild because Zoey is a good vampyre that only likes good stuff for her people and she's smart and sounds like she's really beautiful. I'm really interested in reading book 2, Betrayed!!
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Luciana, Rincon Valley, 11th grade

beastly1.jpg Beastly by Alex Flinn
This book made me feel all types of emotions. At the beginning you find yourself absolutely hating Kyle Kingsbury. But, towards the middle, you find yourself expressing sympathy and pity for Adrian/Kyle. Towards the end, you actually start to root for Adrian. Heart achingly sweet, romantic, with a bit of New Yorkers. For Beastly, I say "Bravo,
fabu-LOUS!"
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review by Drew Harris, Rincon Valley, 7th grade

not.jpg My Not So Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel by Rosemary GrahamIt was interesting. Firstly, it's got a silly title and even though the title is silly you can really get in touch with the characters. I'd recommend it for teens whose family has just gone through a divorce.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Riamei, Rincon Valley, 9th grade

rabbit.jpg Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
This was truly captivating. I wanted to keep on reading it to find out what happens next. I enjoyed reading a good book while trying to solve a mystery. If you like mysteries this is the book for you.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Riamei, Rincon Valley, 9th grade

artemis.jpg Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
This book was interesting because you never knew what would happen next, and the vocabulary was pretty easy, but sometimes confusing.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Melody, Rincon Valley, 8th grade

circle.jpg Circle of Magic #1: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce
I enjoyed this book because it's about four kids who have special talents and learn to control them. Sandry is one of the four kids. She specializes in thread and wool and things like that. Rating: 9 out of 10 Review by Melody, Rincon Valley, 8th grade The first book in a pretty long series. This book at the very beginning switches from person to person over large distances. As the story sets in it doesn't switch so often. As for my favorite part, I liked the event of the cave, trapped and all.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Jose, Healdsburg, 8th grade

percy.jpg Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Action packed and fun to read. I liked it a lot. Rating: 10 out of 10 Review by Mitchell, Rincon Valley This book was great to read.  It caught my attention and is a totally original plot.  All the action was also great.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Carlos

A wonderful fantasy adventure for pre-teens.  It contains all of the best elements of books:  humor, thrill, battles, twists, even Greek mythology!  A great read for those who love Greek myths and adventures.  I sure suggest it!
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Alison, 10th grade

confessions.jpg Confessions of a Teen Nanny by Victoria Ashton
Funny, fashion and romance. I enjoyed this book because there's a lot of romance and suspense.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Kaytlyn, Rincon Valley

book.jpg Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Funny, exciting book about a girl who turned her life around an interesting way. Fun to Read!
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Ilana, Rincon Valley, 8th grade

warriors.jpg Midnight by Erin Hunter
I liked this book because it is action-adventure, the typical genre I like. I also like cats. This is an exciting gut clenching book, a truly good story.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Montana, Rincon Valley

heart.jpg A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennet
This book is about a teen girl who moves from New Jersey to North Carolina and is appalled to see her new high school's emblem is the confederate flag. She falls for the great-great grandson of the town's founder and everyone around her gets very hostile very quickly.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review by B, Rincon Valley

son.jpg Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Son of a Witch is the sequel to Wicked, and tells the story of a boy raised by the Wicked Witch of the West. It outlines the struggles of a boy who does not know who his parents are or any of his background. It is an intriguing and suspenseful book and I recommend the entire trilogy.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Monica, Rincon Valley

undercurrents.jpg Undercurrents by Willo David Roberts
I thought that the book would have more similarities to Cinderella, but it was nothing of the sort. Many relationships are built and I just overall enjoyed this book.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Review by Yulianna, Rincon Valley, 11th grade

babylonne.jpg Babylonne by Catherine Jinks
This book was adventurous and very intriguing. You always want to know what would happen next to the main character, Babylonne. It's about her adventure when she decided to run away from home because her grandmother wanted to marry her away.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by An, Petaluma

so.jpg So B. It by Sarah Weeks
So B. It is the compelling and dramatic story of a young girl named Heidi and her quest for answers.  Heidi has never known any real family.  All she has is an agoraphobic neighbor and a "burn-brain" mother.  Haunted by one of twenty-three words her mother can say, Heidi falls into a series of events that will change her forever.  Beautifully written and expressed, So B. It analyzes a side of life and perspective rarely thought about.
Rating:  9.5 out of 10
Review by Annika, Rincon Valley

book1.jpg The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger entered Nazi Germany in fear and horror, a miracle survivor of the train ride that killed her brother.  Fascinated by a book she can't read, Liesel becomes a book thief.  Told from the point of view of death itself, The Book Thief displays a side of World War II forgotten about.  Written passionately with a flowing tone, Liesel and her story are among the bookshelf gems shining out brightly and never forgettable.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Annika, Rincon Valley

merlinrev.jpg The Fires of Merlin by T.A. Barron
This book describes the MAJOR mystery of Merlin.  I personally think that T.A. Barron likes to think outside the box.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Morgan, Rincon Valley

whalerider.jpg The Whale Rider
This was about a 8-year-old girl named Kahu that craved her grandfather's love but he doesn't love her cause she is a girl and he wants to find the male heir of the whale rider.  This book was great because it had a lot of ancient influence.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review by Angelina, Rincon Valley

bonita.jpg Bonita (Series:  Spirit of the Cimarron) by Kathleen Duey
This book was about a well-pampered loved horse that lives in Texas during the Battle of the Alamo and is separated from her beloved owner and is as a battle horse but then runs away and finds a wild horse herd to live in.  I love horses and this book had lots of horses. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Angelina, Rincon Valley

nightworld.jpg Nightworld by L.J. Smith
This is a story about three different girl; a witch; a shape shifter and half vampire.  It tells the story of them finding their sou lmates.  I liked it because it was interesting and it kept me reading.
Review by Emily, Rincon Valley

alice.jpg Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
This book tells the story of a 15 year old girl who gets addicted to a variety of drugs.  I liked this book because it was very real.  I could relate to parts of the book and that's something I look for in books.
Review by Emily, Rincon Valley

Daja's Book by Tamora Pierce
This book was cool.  It's part of a series, and Daja is a girl who has the magic to be a smith!  I like how in this book there are descriptions of her power!!
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Melody, Rincon Valley, 8th grade

Briar's Book by Tamora Pierce
I had no idea a book could be so jam packed with details!  Briar, a young mage, has to figure out a cure for his teacher, Rosenthorn who is sick with a pox.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Melody, Rincon Valley, 8th grade

Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
It is an "action-packed" thriller that is very fun to read.  I greatly enjoyed this book because it felt like there was a t.v. screen on the book the the descriptive language.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Srikar, Rincon Valley

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
I loved this book because it was very adventurous.  It always made me wonder what would happen next.  It also had a bit of mystery involved.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Srikar, Rincon Valley

Specials by Scott Westerfeld
This book is third in the series and was initially supposed to be the final volume which explains why its so action-packed and full of plot twists and truth revealings.  It was an exciting read, especially for find out how everything comes together at the end.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Srujana, Rincon Valley

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
This was a thrilling read for me.  It started out slow but I pushed father and was glad that I did for soon enough I just couldn't stop reading.  The story and characters really draw you in making it very addicting.  I actually liked it a lot better than Ender's Game series, from which it branches off of.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Srujana, Rincon Valley

Artemis Fowl:  The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
I liked the book because partly it had real things, but it also had imaginary things.  It is very modern and action-packed.  I really like the Artemis Fowl Series.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Sean, Rincon Valley

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
This book was very high-tech and action-packed, which is why I liked the book so much.  I liked how the things in the book were modern.  The book was great and I'm going to read the rest of the series.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Sean, Rincon Valley

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
It is a historical fiction about a princess who has to cope with her father betraying her and how to live in fear and in hope.  It is a great dramatic book.  And I can relate it to the real historical version.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Lauren, Rincon Valley

The Amulet of Samarkand by Johathan Stroud
This book was about a djinni who became a slave to a 12-year-old magician who was bent on getting revenge.  I did not really like this book it was an intricately developed book but not a great read.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by B, Rincon Valley, 9th Grade

Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks
This book was about a boy who becomes a scribe for one of the templar knights.  I thought his sarcasm was funny but the story was somewhat boring.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by B, Rincon Valley, 9th Grade

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Narrated by Christopher Boone, this book is about the murder mystery case of Wellington, the neighbor's dog.  As Christopher tries to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington, he learns many things about his family as well.  I liked this book because it was written from the unique perspective of an innocent autistic boy.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Julie, Rincon Valley

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild is the real story of a man named Chris McCandless who abandons all of his possessions and identity and beings a new life in the wilderness of Alaska as Alex Supertramp.  The book captures his adventures and the aftermath of his death.  Although each story of Chris was written well, I did not like how the book was organized (Chris' journal entries and author's personal thoughts).
Rating:  4 out of 10
Review by Julie, Rincon Valley

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
What I liked about this book was that I like how crazy the life of Ashley.  She has to suffer with her crazy family and with Gilroy who doesn't leave her alone when she's at school. Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Alexis, Rincon Valley

A girl doesn't care about prom but changes her mind and helps out with it.  But Mr. Gilroy bans her from going but she goes anyway.  She dumps her boyfriend.  Definitely a summer read but pretty good.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Paloma

I'm Not Who You Think I Am by Peg Kehret
I think this book is fascinating.  What I Like About it was how Ginger warned her friend Laura to get help by rubbing her left ear.  It was also mysterious how she showed up in front of her house all the time.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Tiffany, Rincon Valley

Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
I liked the book but I think it would have been a whole a lot better if so many people hadn't died and she wouldn't have gotten all depressed.
Rating:  1 out of 10
Review by Tabbitha, Rincon Valley

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Some words that describe this book would be weird and crazy.  I actually really like this book.  I would recommend it to anybody who like weird things.  I also liked it because it was about someone's life.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Gracie, Rincon Valley

Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
Life seems great for the Pretty Little Devils, the most popular girls at school, until they receive threats and assaults from a mystery killer.  This book is perfect for anyone who likes a good mystery.
Rating:  3 out of 10
Review by Ashley, 9th grade

Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli
I liked this book because it gives a good description of how it was like to be a girl in the old days but wants freedom that a boy had.  It also describes Venice from a different viewpoint.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Lauren, 8th grade

True North by Kathryn Lasky
I love historical fiction and True North describes a lot of how African Americans felt back in slavery times.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Lauren, 8th grade

Evernight by Claudia Gray
I loved that they didn't tell you what was going on right away, they just kind of left the concept hanging there and loved the conflict love story.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Alyssa, 8th grade

Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
Kind of confusing at first, but once I got toward the middle and end it made more sense.  Good concept, love the suspense!
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Alyssa, 8th grade

Betrayed by P.C. Cast
Dark, thrilling, dangerous.  The book was amazing.  I just couldn't put it down.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Julia

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Like the Sea of Monsters this book also shows how far friends go to help one another.  I like this book because it shows how friends are.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Giovanni

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
It's a book were 5 teenagers try to get one step ahead of Kronos' army, but realize they were a few hours to late.  I like this book because it didn't jump to the end, it went by at a good rate. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Giovanni

This mythical book really attracted my attention.  Greek tales are very intriguing mysterious, and keep you craving more!!
Rating:  10 out of 10 (Wow!  I LOVED it!!)
Review by Melody
 

Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by J.K. Rowling
Most everyone knows Harry Potter's story.  He is back at Hogwart trying to juggle Quiddich, school, romance, and mysteries stemming from both his archnemisis, Malfoy and his mentor Dumbledore.  Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by B

Hush by Donna Jo Napoli
Sad, twist of adventure, and inviting.  I was hooked.  I could not put it down.  Amazing. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Julia

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone
It was an interesting book that dealt with both very real teenage issues as well as fictional ones.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Amanda

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline had an enthralling plot that pulled me deep into its dark corners and web of secrets.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Keala

This book is surreal and a bit creepy.  I think it's that way because of how the other house and people change so much.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Christine

Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Lauren Myracle takes you into the life of sixteen-year old Bliss in this thrilling horror novel.  Myracle takes you through the twists and turns of being a teenager with many surprised along the way.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Shannon, 7th grade

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
I really enjoyed reading this book even though I felt that the writing style itself could have used some work.  This book was about a girl who was heir to the throne but had to escape from a coup by her aunt.
Rating:  8.5 out of 10
Review by B

Street Magic by Tamora Pierce
Having magic with stones can be powerful.  A girl named
Evvy has this power, and she can do a number of things!  I was really into this book. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Melody, 8th grade

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce
I thought it was interesting that Tamora Pierce chose to write about someone doing something as unique as dancing magic.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Melody, 8th grade

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
This is a great fantasy book filled with action, mystery and humor.  Another one of Pierce's masterpieces, I love the characters and plot.  It's a book that's sure to make you a hardcore Tamora Pierce fan.  I can't wait for the next one!
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Alison

Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce
A fantasy about friendship, loss and recovery with the additional twist of magic, this book is a good read for preteens.  Not one of Tamora Pierce's best books and lacking in action but a good read nontheless.  The characters are well-developed and their friendship is heart-warming.
Rating:  3 out of 10
Review by Alison

Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey
For an action book I think it needed more suspense and a better plot.
Rating:  4 out of 10
Review by Carlos

The Last Universe by William Sleator
The book is one of the more interesting books I've read.  It tells a lot about quantum physics and ties mystery into it.  When Gary Susan's brother gets sick weird things start to happen with their garden, things change, things that are there shouldn't be such as a special type of area that can only grow in a foreign land.  I really recommend this book. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Alexis

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
This book was full of action and mystery.  It kept the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the book.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Emily

How to be a girly girl in just ten days by Lisa Papademetriou
It was very funny, surprising and realistic.  I liked this book a lot, I would recommend it to many people.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Kenzie

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Jade falls in love with elephants and a guy named Sebastian who has a baby.  She keeps it a secret from her mom, but when her mom finally finds out it puts Sebastian and his baby on the run again.  A wonderful book.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Paloma

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner is about the life of Amir, who narrates this story, and his relationships with Baba, his father, and Hassan, his best friend, who is also the son of his father's servant.  The story takes place during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which is in parallel to the fast-paced nature of this book.  I enjoyed this book because the  vivid descriptions of events were very well-written and interesting in addition the character and their feelings were relatable and real.  I also learned a few things about Afghanistan. Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Julie

Demian by Hermann Hesse
Demian follows the childhood and adolescence of Emil Sinclair, who narrates this story.  The book displays the frustrations and concerns of youth.  Sinclair meets Max Demian, whose knowledge and sagacity widens Sinclair's perspective on philosophy.  In the yes of Sinclair, Demian is perfect and balances.  As he grows older without the company of Demian, Sinclair lives with an unanswerable wonder.  I liked this book because I found Sinclair's problems to be interesting.  However, I found the characters to be too unrealistic and unrelatable.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Julie

The dog-gone mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
It is a really good book that allows readers to think who the suspect is.  I liked it a lot. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Zaira

Star-crossed by Mimi McCoy
It was fun for me to read, but sometimes it made me sad because some bad things happened.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Zaira

Airman by Eoin Colfer
A great book about a teen who has a mission to fly.  He gets framed and goes to a prison mine where the only way out is to fly.  Set in the time where man was trying to fly.  A good adventure.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Chris

How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
This book is about three girls and their adventures sight-seeing in Florida.  I liked this book because it was told from more than one perspective and was very funny.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Ashley

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
This book was about three teens who's ninth grade year changes who they are and the people around them.  I loved this book because it was a light and touching story with plenty of comedy.  A must-read in my opinion.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Ashley

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
This book was about how Alyss the rightful queenof Winderland tries to keep her evil aunt, Redd at bay.  I enjoyed this alternate take on Alice in Wonderland.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by B

Cold Fire by Tamora Pierce
A fantastic fantasy book with magic, mystery and mayhem. Daja's life as a mage gets an exciting twist as she gains her first students and a fiery mystery.  Very enjoyable.
Review by Alison

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
An eye-opening romance story which tells of independence, trust, friendship and family.  A good read from a great author.  I loved the thought-provoking messages this book contained.
Rating:  5 out of 10
Review by Alison

Tiger by Jeff Stone
Set in old China there are 5 Buddhist warrior Monks, each representing a different animal.  Their temple is attacked and they split up.  Fu (Tiger) runs wounded, lost and hungry into the forest.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Chris, 7th grade

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan A good book that reveals more about the characters.  There are some interviews, a few adventures of Percy.  Map of camp half-blood,
Annabeth's camp, puzzles and more!
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Chris, 7th grade

The Edge Chronicles:  Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
descriptive, adventurous, never a minute without action.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Mathias

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
A mountain girl named Miri is face with the burden of being the only 13 year old girl who can't word in the quarry.  She feels useless until she is sent to an academy teaching girls how to become the future princess.  This is a suspenseful exciting book I know you'll enjoy.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Haley

Lake of Souls by Darren Shan
I liked this book because it had so many suspenseful and the main character reminds me of myself.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Mitchell

Forever by Judy Blume
It's a very romantic book.  I liked it because it had a lot of different stories about each character and they each had their own set of problems and conflicts.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Kaytlyn

You, maybe by Rachel Vail
The main character is very outspoken and has an opinion about everything.  I liked it because the main character had her own beliefs and didn't do what every other girl was doing.
Rating:  5 out of 10
Review by Kaytlyn

Long Shadows by Erin Hunter
This book is about a world of cats.  There is mystery and cliffhangers.  I really liked this book because there's suspense.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Kira

Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks
Four people walk out of an SAT prep class and form their own study group.  Two suddenly fall in love and then it is discovered that someone cheated.  Everyone is suspicious of their friends and the cheater is revealed.
Rating:  4 out of 10
Review by B

A Friendship for Today by Pat McKissack This book is about a black girl who goes to a new recently integrated school.  She encounters racism and cruelty from her classmates, but her archenemy soon becomes her friend.  An easy read.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by B
 

Spelldown by Karon Luddy This book was about a girl named
Karlene Bridges who was an amazing speller.  Her teacher helped her to become even better and Karlene hoped to go even further than before in the "bees".  But her father started drinking and she started to fall for her best friend.  Karlene manages to balance it all and fight her way to the national bee.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by B

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The book was very different from anything I've read.  Lots of suspense.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Yulianna, 11th grade

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
A vivid fantasy that contains romance, action, drama and suspense.  A great sequel to City of Bones that keeps you hooked on the series.  This is a great book, in my opinion, over all.
Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Alison

The Naming by Alison Croggon
A wonderful fantasy and adventure story filled with magic and music.  A bit too many descriptive pages of landscape for me, but a good read nonetheless.  It is a great first book to this series that makes you wonder how the heroine will fair.
Review by Alison

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Venice is a city of canals, boats, and winged lions…the place where Prosper's mother dreamed about.  After his mother dies, his brother helping him escape from his rich and cruel aunt.  After much collaboration they arrive in Venice, where they meet "The Thief Lord" and his bond.  Hoping to find the family they dream about Prosper and Bo join the crew…and realize that the "Thief Lord" may have secrets covered in a blanket.  Told beautifully with a whole spectrum of views, The Thief Lord will not disappoint anyone who picks it up.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Annika, 7th grade

Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
Lena was brought up to tell the truth to never lie.  Her life was a fairy tale first, then her mother died.  Her father, heartbroken and insane, begins abusing Lena and her sister.  Longing for freedom, Lena takes her sister packs up, and starts her quest to find a safe haven.  Lena is a story rich in spirit, analyzation of the human nature, and hope.  It pulls you in, takes you on a journey and never lets you go.
Review by Annika, 7th grade

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
This book is about a princess who kisses a frog so he can turn into a prince but instead the princess turns into a frog!  It was funny.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Melody, 8th grade

Tris's Book by Tamora Pierce
I thought this book was challenging because it was told through four points of view, but I loved it.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Melody, 8th grade

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
I loved this book you couldn't put it down you just had to keep reading.
Rating:  10 out of 10 Review by Katrina

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Really slow in the beginning but got very good.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Katrina

Totally Disgusting! by Bill Wallace
A book about a cat and a dog forced to live together is most certain to be comedic and it was!
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Melody

Esperanza by Kathleen Duey
Esperanza and her herd suffer from a long, hard winter; in which, the lead mare and stallion died from hunger.  They find a new herd and become a part of it.  Esperanza meets her life-long mate and best friend in this new herd.  His name is Strider.  A great storm shakes the land and Strider and Esperanza find themselves to be separated from their herd.  Together, they have to work to find a safe, green valley were they can raise a herd of their own and live happily together.  I loved "Spirit of the Cimarron:  Esperanza" by Kathleen Duey because it had adventure and romance in it and it involved horses and I rather read a book with horses in it than people!  I love horses.  Also the names "Willow" and "Midnight" are names of a pony and horse I know and work with.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review by Angelina

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" is about an Indian girl that is 18 years old. She gets stuck on the Island of the Blue Dolphins and has to endure the wilderness to survive with her little brother.  Her brother gets killed by a pack of wild dogs and she has to live by herself.  I loved this book because it has real history in it and it is an adventure with a young Indian girl.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Angelina

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
A crazy science fiction/romance book that will get inside your head.  It's a very thought-provoking story filled with defiance, determination and romance.  I like to think of it as a young adult version of Animorphs.  A good read all together.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Alison, 10th grade

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
This book takes you on a journey of an interesting type.  In the book you follow a young boy who wants to become a hero.  On his quest he unearths a secret that is unbelievable to, almost, all.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Morgan, 7th grade

Breathe:  a ghost story by Cliff McNish
I was riveted to the pages of this book!  Every page caught me off guard and I felt like an outsider watching these events occur.  This book is truly astonishing.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Melody

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
A girl's boyfriend is away for the summer and she meets a guy named Wes while working for a catering company.  She doesn't know it but she falls in love with her new found friend.  A very good book filled with romance and drama.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Paloma

The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
This is a book for alien lovers, a boy who lives in a small boring town but whose life is about to change dramatically.  I won't tell you anymore though because I don't want to spoil this great story.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Alexis

First Kiss (then tell)  by Several YA authors (short stories)
Its a collection of stories that fall into all categories including romantic, pressured, unexpected, and disgusting.  Also it contains facts and quotes.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Alexis

Monkey by Jeff Stone Malao's story. 
They get closer to the truth.  A good book, second in the series.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Chris

Oath Breaker by Michelle Paven
Torah's kinsman bale dies while protecting the fire opal.  Torah goes out for revenge.  The fifth book. Very good.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Chris

Rohnert Park

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book is REALLY good.  Although it lacks intensity and a lot of action, it captures the thoughts and feelings of the characters really well.  The main character faces isolation and abandonment among her friends, because she did something at an end-of-summer party that no one will forgive.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Ramanjot, Rohnert Park

Code Orange by Caroline Cooney
I liked the book a lot.  It had some really intense parts that would make me keep reading.  Its about a teenager who gets smallpox from 100 year old scar.  Bioterrorist kidnaps him and plan on taking his smallpox as a weapon.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Ramsey, Rohnert Park

Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde
This was a great book.  It is about a 12 year old girl who doesn't know who she is or remember anything about her past.  People believe she was kidnapped by a witch!
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Natalie, Rohnert park

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
This book was very interesting and suspenseful.  A boy named Darren ended up becoming a vampire, an assistant to the famous vampire Vur Horston.  I loved this book. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by PJ, RohnertPark

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
This was a really great book.  It had a lot of its roots in Mexican culture and folklore, which made it interesting to read.  It had cool supernatural elements as well.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Kamal, Rohnert Park

Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
This is another book in the Shadow Children series, except this book is in Trey's perspective.  There are a couple of confusing parts, but I love how the end just pulls together.
Review by Ramanjot, Rohnert Park

Don't Think Twice by Ruth Pennebaker
This book was about a pregnant 17 year old girl who lives in a home for unwed mothers.  She develops friendships and realizes things she didn't know before.  I liked this book because it was very realistic.  It was very depressing and makes you cry but it was still a good book.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Jennifer, Rohnert Park

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
An amazing book that never got boring.  Levitt and Dubner explore the hidden side of everything, making comparisons between two topics that are seemingly uncorrelated, but actually bear great similarities, such as Real Estate & the KKK, and Roe vs Wade and crime drops.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Loreen, Rohnert Park

Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
This sci-fi novel is the last book of OSC's Ender Series, and it did not disappoint.  Well, not really.  It deal with quantum physics, xenocide and even romance.  (Personally, I wish there had been more of that last element.)  This very complicated story was wonderful to read; I demand a sequel.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Diana, Rohnert Park

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
New take on magic, interesting tale of the hero, Krothe, the main character is quite intriguing and full of depth.  Can't wait to read the sequel and other books by this author. Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Quintin, Rohnert Park

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
This book is about how this girl meets this guy named Owen.  He's always honest and never tells a lie.  He teaches her to be honest and to not hold back the truth.  I love this book.  Its really good.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Jessica, Rohnert Park

Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
A girl was wrongly accused of being a witch and was set up for being a Dragon's food and asks the dragon to help her get revenge.  I had a really great plot and was very original. Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Sabrina, Rohnert Park

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
A man named Jeremy Marsh that falls in love with a woman named Lexie Darnell.  I liked it because this love story is well written and the plot is interesting.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Ingrid, Rohnert Park

The Off Season by Catherine Murdock
I liked this book because it shows how a country girl has so much stress to deal with her social life.  At school she is a football, basketball and a volleyball player, she meets a boyfriend but finds out he is scared to be with her.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Josh, Rohnert Park

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This is the best novel I have ever read.  This book is funny, entertaining and you can learn a lot from this book  I liked this book because the author did a great job with the narration, making it seem like you're really inside of this teenager's head.  A great novel.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Omar, Rohnert Park

The A-List by Zoey Dean
I liked this book because it had four perspectives and it had a happy ending.  Also because it was a story of what everyone wishes that would happen to them.  This book was about 4 people and their struggles in Beverly Hills.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Jennifer, Rohnert Park

When it Happens by Susane Colasanti
This book was well written with two different points of view.  Cute storyline.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Breanna

Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Man's Chest by Catherine McCafferty
This is the movie storybook of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest.  It is based on the movie.  If you have not watched this movie yet, you don't have to because this is just like the movie.  Or, If you don't want to watch the long movie you can just ask your parent or just yourself to read.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Wonjin

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry This book was the exciting end to the Starcatchers trilogy.  I was sorry it had to end and will be reading Peter Pan next.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Rose

Unashamed by Francine Rivers
This is a story about Rahab a prostitute who lived in Jericho.  She hide some Iseralize spies and they promise to save her when they come to destroy Jericho.  I really liked it because of the emotion the author puts into the characters, and that there was nothing I felt uncomfortable reading.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Hama

Code Orange by Caroline Cooney
This book is really intense and action packed.  Its about a boy named Mitty Blake who needs to do a research project on an infectious disease.  He is looking through an old book when he finds scabs containing the Virus Variola Major.  That scab takes him on wild adventures involving his friends, the FBI and bioterrorists.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Waleed

Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
Very well written.  The murder was committed by a rarely seen and little mentioned character.  Suspenseful and surprising.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Breanna

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
This book was a great read.  I like books that tell about the darker side of being a teen and this was a very good example of that.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Mallory

Game by Walter Dean Myers
This shows a lot of heart for the game of basketball.  It is basically a game of his life and his future because he needs basketball to get into college.  It is interesting because he has friends that support him in any way, so he becomes a better basketball player. Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Josh

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The book was about a girl who couldn't fit in because  she had a secret about a summer party where she called the cops.  She learns to tell someone and when she stands up for herself she becomes popular.  I liked the book, but to me the ending wasn't perfect. Rating:  6 out of 10
Review by Brandon

The Life History of a Star by Kelly Easton
Growing up in the era of the Vietnam War can be tough at times, but somehow Kristen always manages to make a sarcastic joke about it.  Her diary, written through innocent (though sarcastic) eyes, explores many issues of the time, but most importantly the life of her brother, David.  Really good and sad at times!
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Ramanjot

Tell it to Naomi by Daniel Ehrenhaft
This book was one of the best that I've read, simply because of its unique characters.  This story was about fraud, high school, love, friendship, and annoying sisters.  Recommend for ages 12 and older.
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Ramanjot

Sebastopol

Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
A great sequel to The Lightning Thief.  A bunch of new, quirky characters.  It continuously leave you guessing what is next in store for Percy and Jackson in The Sea of Monsters. Review by Brienna, Sebastopol

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The first 007 novel, Casino Royale, is an action-packed fast-paced thriller.  Ian Fleming creates places and seem real and alive.  The characters are emotional and well-written.  Far better than the movie.
Review by Malcolm, Sebastopol

The Golden Tree by Kathryn Lasky
I really liked this book.  It is about owls and is one book of a series of 15.  The whole series is about adventure and fighting evil.  It is a great book for all ages.
Review by Madison, Sebastopol

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Davey's father was killed by a thief so her mom needs time away.  Davey and her brother are being dragged to New Mexico for a year.  Davey must learn to move on with her life.  Not Ms. Blume's best.
Review by Emily, Sebastopol

The Slightly True Story of Ceder B. Hartly, who planned to live an unusual life by Martine Murray
I love the characters and how they're described.  I've always wanted to do acrobatics so I liked that too.
Review by Ellora, Sebastopol

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
This book is very confusing to the point of non-understanding.  The scientific aspect is correct, but the way that the story jumps around is very befuddling.
Review by Sam, Sebastopol

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
It's funny.  It's imaginative. 
It's unrealistic.  It's awesome!
Review by Ellora, Sebastopol

The Soldiers of Hall by D.J. Machale
This book was one of the very best books I've ever read.  It was full of suspense and you could never predict what's coming next in the book.
Review by Indio, Sebastopol

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
It's almost a fantasy but not.  I really like it.  She reminds me of me a little bit, :) even thought Leo scares me and is selfish and stupid.  It is a good book.
Review by Ellora, Sebaspotol

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
This series gets better and better.  More characters have been added to the story and a thousand new twists are going to keep you guessing.  Be ready for an adventure when you open this book.
Review by Brienna, Sebastopol

Dune by Frank Herbert
A sci-fi epic in every sense of the word.  Follows Paul as he seeks to reclaim his duke-ship over the desert planet tyrakis.  AKA Dune.  Colorful, vivid, hard-read.  It is definitely worth the time.
Review by Malcolm, Sebastopol

Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
The book was really good and I'm now looking for the next one in the series.  I liked it because it was very exhilarating and full of suspense.
Review by Indio, Sebastopol

Private Peaceful by Michael Murpurgo
This book is about a guy who joins the army during WWII and his battle against the Germans.  This is a sad story, but fantastic book.
Rating:  9 out of 10
Review by Sonya, Sebastopol

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
This book is about a girl who has the "sight" and can see fairies.  She meets the fairy king and becomes queen.  I loved this book.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Sonya, Sebastopol

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
A great ending to a great series.  Fast-paced, full of action, leaves with a bitter-sweet ending.  Room for another book.  What happens next?
Rating:  8 out of 10
Review by Brienna, Sebastopol

Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
A very well written fantasy epic.  Rich in description and character.  Follows three young men being chased by the Dark One.  Excellent.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Malcolm, Sebastopol

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Going to a Christian school, studying gods is out of the question.  I was glad to be able to learn more about Greek and Roman mythology in a fast-paced action book.  The character personalities (god and mortal) were hilarious.  The book is great.  I can't wait for more. Rating:  8 out of 10 Review by Brienna, Sebastopol

No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnbull
This book is about a Quaker girl who falls in love with a rich Christian boy.  It is about their struggle to survive as a couple and the boys struggle to become a Quaker.  It takes place in England in the 1600s.
Rating:  7 out of 10
Review by Sonya, Sebastopol

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
A book of balance.  Along with being inspiring it is also humorous. It brings up life changing ideas and I highly recommend it to any teen.  The 7 habits will forever change your point of view.  It changed mine.
Rating:  10 out of 10
Review by Brienna, Sebastopol

2 thoughts on “SR Book Reviews 2009

  1. I actually just want to say that New Moon and other books by Stephenie Meyer have a low-level vocabulary and poor sentence structure. They are more suited to younger teens.

  2. To those who liked “The Frog Princess” by E. D. Baker, you may also try E.D. Baker’s “The Wide-Awake Princess”.

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