The Uncommon Reader

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader
 This is a quick 120 page book about what would happen if the Queen of England was able to escape her minders and mingle, just a bit, with the commoners.   Once she is exposed to the wonderful world of books and reading, her majesty discovers so very, very much.  Light hearted and lovely.

Hello from Heaven

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Guggenheim, Bill and Judy Guggenheim
Hello from Heaven
This book presents different types of after-death communications, as evidence of eternal life and eternal love. Raymond Moody, who reported his seminal research on near-death experiences in his book, Life after Life,  has high praise for this work.  It certainly provokes thought about life, love, and the transcendence of our spirits.  It’s both a fast and interesting read and chapters can be read out of sequence.  This book has made me stop, think, and question some of my own experiences.

Dead In The Family

From Robin McCracken
author: Harris, Charlene
Dead In The Family
Hooked on True Blood, the HBO Series brought me to read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books.  I just finished book 10 and to my surprise,  Charlene Harris seems to be having no problem keeping this series alive, if they follow her series of books. Dead in the Family have new  characters in it to keep it going with its suspense of Vampires, Shape Shifters and Wolves.  Can?t wait for book 11. You go Sookie.

Sarah’s Key

From Linda Lennon
author: de Rosney, Tatiana
Sarah’s Key
In 1942 thousands of Jews were rounded up in Paris and transported to Aushwitz.  On the 60th anniversary of the Vel d Hiv, Julia Jarmond is  asked to write an article for an American magazine about the event.  She discovers Sarah, a connection to her family and revelations about  herself. Great historical fiction!

The Last Song

From Gina Cortina,
author: Sparks, Nicholas
The Last Song
This book was a great summer read! A bit predictable but I truly enjoyed this sweet story about a daughter and her dad getting to know each  other all over again.  The main character also falls in love with a lot of drama along the way.  One of Sparks’ best novels yet!

Maximum Ride

From Minouche Philippi
author: Patterson, James
Maximum Ride
Maximum ride is a fast read. Its a fast read because it is fun, imaginative, and adventurous. It centers on a group of various children who all have certain genetic enhancements. One of these enhancements is the ability to fly. The children are from a place called “The Institute” and soon they leave this place only to find themselves lost in an unfamiliar world…OURS. Despite the odds, the crew sticks together, until the ERASERS find them. Erasers are other mutant type children from the same secret facility; only they all seem to turn into werewolves with
superhuman strength!

From the beginning, the book is a fun read. It’s told from the viewpoint of Max, the oldest of the children. In her early teens, it is her who must protect the others while somehow raising them, keeping them together, and keeping everyone as a unit. The Erasers are sent out to capture them, kill them, or do whatever it is they have orders to do. Patterson mixes a modern day world with a little pop-culture thrown in here and there for reminders with fantasy. The Erasers run the streets as humans but at any time can be descending upon the kids by Hummer or
Helicopter, armed with bare claws or assault rifles. The action scenes that consist of everything from car chases and helicoptor scouting to hand to hand combat is very well detailed. The most menacing of the ERASERS is Ari, who taunts Max and the others, partly because he has a connected past with them, which is further revealed later in the story.

Things not Seen

From Edward, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Clements, Andrew
Things not Seen
“Things Not Seen” by Andrew Clements is one of those books that will keep you awake through the night reading it. From start to finish, I could not put this book down. The story starts out when an average teenager, Bobby Phillips, wakes up invisible. He eventually meets a blind girl named Alicia and they together try to fix Bobby’s problem before the government knows.

I highly recommend this book. The book is interesting, not too complex as it is told in a familiar teenage voice. This story will captivate readers for time to come.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

From Kaitlyn, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Han, Jenny
The Summer I Turned Pretty
For about-to-turn-sweet-16-years-old, Belly (short for Isabel), summers at the beach is where her real life happens. The rest of the year is just a period of time that she has to endure until the months when she gets to go back to the large beach house, populated by two best-friend mothers and their two children (each) for the three months of summer. Belly is the youngest, and the only girl, and that’s the way she likes it. This summer, however, everything changes. Belly lost her glasses, gained a few curves, and is suddenly not the just the little sister figure everyone can just ignore. Since she’s older, that means the boys she has known all her life are changing too. Her brother Steven is off to college in the fall, Jeremiah and Conrad (the lifelong family friends), are different this summer too. She hears tension and even arguments between her mother and her best friend Susannah. Plus, Susannah’s husband, who normally shows up on the weekends, never makes a single appearance. Most importantly, Belly finally finds that she sees the world a little differently through the eyes of a changing teenage girl: Belly’s forever-crush on
Conrad just might finally be fading away, especially when she meets Cam…

The Summer I Turned Pretty is Korean American, Jenny Han’s second novel. This book is very relatable, very well written and extremely captivating. Jenny Han captures Belly’s teenage emotions and attitude perfectly. She gives this novel both a
lightness and an aching depth that almost makes it feel as if you were watching a drama on TV. I really enjoyed reading this book and almost finished it all in one sitting! I would recommend this book to teenage girls and young adults or all ages.

The Lonely Hearts Club

From Cindy, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Eulberg, Elizabeth
The Lonely Hearts Club
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg is a very interesting book about a teenage girl who’s sick of being heart broken by the ‘jerks’ in her school, so she decides to form her own club that bans the dating of guys-at least till the members are no longer at their school. She names the club after a Beatles song called “Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band” due to the fact that her parents and herself are big Beatles fans(hence her name being Penny Lane-named after the Beatles song Penny Lane). Penny soon realizes that the club is more popular than she thought and more and more people join but with more members comes more problems?Now Penny has to deal with the club’s problems and her own(hint: It’s guy related). I definitely recommend this book to anyone, it was an enjoyable read.