The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

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.

The Kingdom of Childhood

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:   Rebecca  Coleman
The Kingdom of Childhood
Judy McFarland and Zach Patterson are drawn to each other by needs that start out innocent but quickly turn into something much darker.  Sexual obsession drives a 40 year old wife, mother and teacher to statutory rape and her 16 year old victim to feeling guilt, remorse, anger and self loathing but unable to stop the cycle.  It is a disturbing and twisted situation and even though you get to see both sides of the story it is hard to sympathize with a woman whose past certainly corrupted her.  Powerful and haunting, this controversial book leaves you questioning what secrets are hidden behind the normal facade of everyday life. This is definitely a book to use for discussion groups that don’t mind dealing with this difficult topic.