From Vikram Teen Book Reviewer
Author: Douglas Adams
The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy
I have just read the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This book begins at Arthur Dent’s house. He wakes up in the morning and notices contractors with bulldozers waiting for Arthur to leave his house so they could destroy it and build a new bypass. Arthur wanted to keep his house, which he felt was special to him, so he laid on his lawn. Arthur’s friend, Ford Perfect, finds Arthur lying in front of the bulldozers. That is how the story starts. Ford Perfect was unusual for the reason that he was an alien. Ford tries to explain to Arthur that the earth will be destroyed by the Vogons because the greedy aliens wanted to make space for a hyperspace bypass. If I told you anymore about this book, I would ruin the suspense of the book. I would recommend this book to more advanced seventh or eighth graders. This was a great book, and you would like it more especially if you are into action packed books.
From Margie Hartough
author: Olsen, Timothy
The Teenage Investor: How to Start Early, Invest Often, and Build Wealth
Teens need to start saving money now. Tim Olsen bought his first shares of stock when he was in second grade. Now at 13, he is practically a Wall Street veteran. He has written this easy-to-read and fun paperback that gives simple explanations of the tools of investing. Investing and savings are subjects that high schools don’t spend a lot of time on but should. He explains the simple truth that time is money: the more time you have to invest, the more money you can make. It’s a lot easier to make a million dollars in 50 years than to make a million dollars in one year. This book gives basic explanations of key investment concepts for the stock market, mutual funds, index funds and bonds.
The Twilight Series
Wow….it has been a long time since I have been that hooked on a book, let alone a set of books. Get lost in a made up world. Great read for adults and teenagers. Def something to read with your kids, talk about and discuss…have fun with it!!!!
From Elizabeth Harty
author: Friedman, Aimee
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman is a fictional novel geared towards the young adult reader. As a high school teacher, I am always looking for books that will captivate the interest of my students while simultaneously providing them with an interesting book to read. Sea Change fits all of these requirements as it is a novel that young adult readers will find compelling and captivating. The novel is set on the fictional Selkie Island (loosely based on Tybee Island, SC) where the protagonist, Miranda Merchant, a smart and sassy teenager from New York City, is helping her mother reconcile her recently deceased parents’ estate. It is here on Selkie Island that Miranda meets Leo, a local boy who has a mysterious quality about him. Miranda is a character whom teenagers will identify with and enjoy reading about her life-changing experiences during one monumental summer. Friedman is an exceptional writer who provides the reader with a well-written and enjoyable read.
From Michele webb
author: Bantwal, Shobhan
This is a breezy read about a woman who learns that she has a son. Her family traumatized by her predgnancy as a teenager make the decision to tell her her son was stillborn. Over 30 years later a letter arrives that tells her otherwise.
From Teen Book Reviewer Loudmilla
author: Klam, Cheryl
The Pretty One
Cheryl Klam’s The Pretty One told the story of two siblings’ rivalries. Lucy Fletcher was always the prettiest girl at school who always won over all the guys and to top it off, always got the lead in their school plays. Her younger sister, Megan, always wanted to be like her older sister. Megan thought of herself as ugly and fat, which is why (in her mind) no one ever talked about her and no guys ever liked her. When a terrible accident leads Megan to get plastic surgery, her world just had a 180 flip. Now, boys are suddenly all over her and everyone knows her as
much as they know her sister. After Megan gets her surgery, she gets the lead in her dream guy’s play, taking her sister’s spotlight. Megan feels as if now, nothing can ever bring her down because she’s just as good as her sister. But, when a new face leads to jealousy between the two, their fight just begins.
The Pretty One was a very good book. I would recommend others to read this. It holds a very important message within that I feel should be shared with the world. At first, it didn’t seem as if the book was actually going to be very good, but in the end, it really was worth it. I hope others enjoy this book as much as I did.
From Dominic, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Strasser, Todd
Give a Boy a Gun
The book “Give a Boy a Gun” by Todd Strasser was an excellent book. Although it contained graphic ideas, it discussed school shootings, an important issue faced by our society. This book puts you in the mind of a school shooter and it revealed what the two boys, Brendan and Gary had gone through and why they chose to try to take the lives of their fellow classmates. I liked this book mainly because it deals with bullying a problem many kids face in school that can have serious negative effects on their behavior. I would recommend this book to pre-teens and teenagers. I would recommend it to those types of people because the theme of the book would be easily understood by this age group.
From Monica Salo
In this engrossing, futuristic story set in North America, a 16 year old girl named Katniss takes the place of her younger sister to represent the District 12 in the Hunger Games. The capitol of the districts keeps order by demanding two young representatives from each all 12 districts, to compete in their game. Competing meaning that only one person is able to win and that is the surviving participant from all the twelve districts. They are forced to eliminate their competitors in a controlled area with unnatural and harsh conditions, while the people of all the districts watch this competition on television. This is a fast moving adventure story with riveting suspense and great character development that will have you looking forward for the sequel.
From Lisa Kropp
author: Piccoult, Jodi
titl: Nineteen Minutes
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed.You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
So begins this tale about a high school student who, having been bullied his entire life, makes the decision to walk into his school one day armed with four guns, changing the course of life in a small New Hampshire town forever. This being a Jodi Piccoult novel, expect lots of twists and turns, as the inevitable is never truly what it seems to be in her writing. If you like mysteries and fiction based in part on actual events from the news, then throw this book into your beach bag this summer.