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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Whisper by Chris Struyk-Bonn



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Name: Flame

Age: 13
Title: Whisper
Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Publisher: Orca



Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes


If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

Whisper is a sixteen-year-old girl with a cleft palate. The book documents around a year of Whisper's life. She goes from a camp for the deformed in the wood, to the her father's house in a small town, and finally, to 'the city'. It is a very intense book that leaves you with chills. The book shows how Whisper leads a tragic life yet comes out strong in the end.


What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I liked it because it is a girl who is covering her mouth and nose with the shawl described in the book. It pictures Whisper exactly.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

I think the most compelling aspect was when Whisper and her friends from the woods-camp had to defend themselves from Celso and Jun.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Yes, there was a little sexuality, but it was semi-appropriate and not in great detail; there was also a small amount of language. I was also disappointed in how we never heard what happened to Rosa, David, and Mateo. I was also disappointed when Whisper did not completely resolve various relationships.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

I commend the author for using very little language and no detailed sexuality, which was nice for a change. Also, I was glad it was not the perfect ending for all, but some of the characters had a good ending. It is a very intense book that leaves you with chills.

Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg


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Name: Little Red Riding Hood

Age: 17
Title: Dream Boy
Author: Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

After dreaming about the perfect boy, Annabelle finds him walking into one of her classes. Annabelle is in disbelief and is curious about the truth to dreams. As Annabelle begins to learn how dreams are coming true she also learns that nightmares also can come true.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I liked that the cover connects with the story. At first I was really curious about why there was a picture of a tree with bottles on it. But it isn't a pointless/meaningless cover, it actually has something to do with the story.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

I thought the most compelling aspect was when Annabelle realized her nightmares could come true as well and it was up to her to stop them before the people she loved were harmed.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

Not particularly. But I felt that the actual climax/conflict of the story didn't come until much later in the book.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Saybourne



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Name: Jaws
Age: 15
Title: Monument 14: Savage Drift
Author: Emmy Saybourne
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

The book was a good ending to the trilogy. I liked how Josie began to control her "O" powers.


What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

The cover reflected how that they were in a concentration camp type of thing. It also reflected the situation that the characters were involved in and the obstacles they would have to overcome.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The character's devotion to one another was very compelling to see how far they would go to get back to each other.


Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

No


How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most


Anything else you’d like to add?

Get Happy by Mary Amato



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Name: Juno

Age: 12
Title: Get Happy
Author: Mary Amato
Publisher: Egmont



Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

No

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

The book started off great, but the ending and middle felt kind of unfinished, and there wasn't much plot or character development.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I liked that the cover shows the Minerva's ukulele. I think it reflected the contents.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect was how Minerva had never met her father, but she's trying to find out who he is.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I was disappointed with basically the whole book. Nothing interesting or exciting happened, and it doesn't really have a plot.

How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work

Anything else you’d like to add?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand


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Name: Haddix

Age: 14
Title: Lost in Thought
Author: Cara Bertrand
Publisher: Luminis Books


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

No

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

I was rather disappointed when I read this book. Glancing at the summary on the back, I thought it would be more of a fantasy science fiction novel about mental powers than a cheesy romance. It was mostly normal high school drama, which was not what I had in mind.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

The cover was fairly average with an appealing color scheme. It did not however suggest the plot in any manner. It was very blank.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The most compelling aspect of the book was definitely the cliff hanger ending. I had to search through the back to check if there was any more. I also enjoyed the other mysterious installments at the end that added to a dramatic height, but I honestly felt that they were crammed in there.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I wish the book had been better balanced among parts. It focused way too much on love interests and teenage questions, not as much the Sententia and psychic realm.

How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work

Anything else you’d like to add?

The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen



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Name: Katniss Everdeen

Age: 15
Title: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer Neilsen
Publisher: Scholastic



Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

It's about a orphan boy named Sage. After the royal family dies, a noble man searches for orphaned boys that have similar characteristics to the long lost Prince Jaron. Sage is forced to compete against 3 other boys to claim the crown.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I loved the broken crown on it. I think that it shows a broken kingdom and a broken prince.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

The adventure. I'm not usually for fairy tales but I loved it.

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

No

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Anything else you’d like to add?

This become my favorite book. So I hope whoever reads it loves it.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summoned by Anne M. Pillsworth

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Name: Pikachu

Age: 15
Title: Summoned
Author: Anne M. Pillsworth
Publisher: Tor Teen


Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?

Yes

If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.

Basically, a teenage boy named Sean is in this bookstore filled with weird books. Alchemy, Voodoo, Necromancy are a few of the subjects in the store. He finds an ad from 1895 asking for an apprentice in magic. The strange part, the man in the ad gives an email address. After talking to the man online, Sean is convinced that the person he is talking to is actually from the 1895, and is a magician. The man, who calls himself Redemption Orne, gives Sean a ritual to summon something that resembles a lizard. Well, things go terribly wrong. A god, the Black Man, appears and gives Sean an incantation to summon a blood-spawn. Sean forgets to bind it, he runs away, and the blood-spawn starts to eat other things, mostly the town’s pets. It gets even creepier after that.

What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?

I love the cover. It shows A boy, Sean, standing in front of a bonfire doing the ritual. The man appears to him in the fire and on his palms written in flames is the title.

Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.

That fact that it gets even more creepy as the book progresses

Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?

I was at first because it was a little confusing at first. It deals with gods that are not Egyptian, Greek, or Roman. I believe the term was Cthulhu Mythos.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Anything else you’d like to add?

Not for the faint of heart Or if you have a vivid imagination. Or both.