From Chris Garland
author: Sides, Hampton
Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin
James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King were at existential crossroads in 1968. Each was looking for a new path to the next phase of his life. Ray was seeking a way to give his life focus after his escape from prison. King, struggling in his personal and professional life, was trying to jump start his movement in a new direction- away from Civil Rights and toward the issue of poverty. Chance found both men in Los Angeles where Ray had his epiphany. He would kill the Civil Rights leader and become a hero. Thus, their paths led them to Memphis and to their ultimate fate. Hampton Sides weaves together a fascinating account of these two men which led to the assassination of Martin Luther King in April 1968 and the historic manhunt for James Earl Ray that followed.
From Rosemarie Jerome
This is one creepy, scary movie. I watched the original Thai movie which was made in 2004 and one of the U.S. remakes from 2008. The Thai version is much darker but they are both edge of your seat psychological thrillers similar to “The Grudge.”
A young couple is driving down a dark, disserted road and they hit a young woman. In shock and confusion, they drive away instead of stopping and so begins the guilt and fear. Shortly after the accident, the young man, who is a professional photographer, begins to notice strange visions through his camera lens and white streaks across his photos. The couple also begins to feel a presence in his apartment and bizarre things begin to happen. As they start investigating the weirdness intensifies and shocking secrets immerge. Don’t want to give away too much but it is a film that will keep you up at night, it is hard to forget and like “Psycho” it will have you peeking into dark places.
From Carson, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Kim, Susan
The book Brain Camp, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan is a very interesting book. The main character, Lucas, is a long-haired boy who breaks into cars and is a slacker. Jenna is a geek, and people consider her to be a freak because she acts very strange and weird. In Jenna’s family, all of her relatives want to be doctors and lawyers and other jobs that require high levels of intelligence. Jenna doesn’t seem to want to be a doctor or a lawyer. Both Lucas’s parents and Jenna’s parents try sending them to summer camps that can get them smarter. However, in the past, both of them were rejected by every summer program that their parents tried to get them into. This time, a tall stranger visits both Lucas’s and Jenna’s parents and offers them the opportunity of having their children enroll in a special summer camp that can prepare children for the SATs and other exams. Both Lucas’s and Jenna’s parents decide to enroll them. But when Jenna and Lucas set foot in Camp Fielding, they sense that something is wrong with the campers. At first, most of the campers seem just like them. Then, the campers seem to change from deeply dumb to
surprisingly intelligent. They don’t notice how gross the food is anymore, and they have deep interests in highly advanced subjects. Also, Lucas and Jenna notice lots of dead baby birds on the ground and feathers throughout the camp. They realize something isn’t right at Camp Fielding, and they become determined to find out what it is.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books, because this book makes you want to finish the whole book in one sitting, due to the highly entertaining plot of the story. It makes you wonder if there actually are camps out there that can be so mysterious.
From Alex, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Cantor, Jillian
For the Teen Review Blog, I read the book September Sisters written by Jillian Cantor. In this wonderful book, Abigail and her younger sister Becky are always fighting and bickering. Their mother always pretends they’re friends but they aren’t. Then one day Becky disappears at night. Abigail and her family are upset and are calling everyone including police. Abigail feels it’s all her fault but it really isn’t.
I would recommend this book to all girls because its about a girl going through life feeling lost because her sister isn’t there. I doubt boys would want to read this book but you never know. September Sisters is an amazing book. The details are vivid and very descriptive. You can really use your imagination in this book. I could barely put it down, that’s how good it was for me. September Sisters is a very enjoyable book and I hope you all enjoy it too.