From Margo Blatt
author: French, Tana
In The Woods
Another murder mystery. Set in Ireland. SOme dispappointing outcomes but well worth the read. Keeps you intrigued throughout the book. Characters are likeable. It’s 2 stories in one. A detective gets to work on a case and it brings back memories of when he was a child. It was quite engaging. This is the author’s first novel. Kudos to Ms. French.
From Erem, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Thompson, Kate
The White Horse Trick
I think that the book “The White Horse Trick” is imaginative and creative. I would recommend this book to kids who like to read fairy and fictional stories. In this story, kids can create the feeling of two different worlds which causes suspense for the reader. This story is about a kid who travels between two existing worlds of the fairy and human world. The story is set up in a place called Tir’an’og and is about a boy named Pup, who sets out to find his kidnapped brother. He travels to the human world and meets fairies and begins to understand the differences between fairies and humans. This book is filled with suspense and you should read the book to find out more.
From Matthew, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Bennett, Holly
I have recently read the book Shapeshifter, which was written by Holly Bennett. It takes place in a fantasy land called Tir na Nog. The book is about a young woman, named Sive, who has shapeshifting powers. Sive was able to shapeshift into a deer. Being a famous singer at the time, she rarely shapeshifted after her childhood. One day when she did a good deed to a poor kid, she met a dark sorcerer. Sive had forgotten about that memory, but years later, the sorcerer returned. The sorcerer wanted to capture her, and use her powers for himself. Even though Sive ran away him, the sorcerer followed anyway. So the sorcerer wouldn’t find her so easily, it is during this part of the story that Sive shapeshifted, and had to stay in her deer form for many years. Sive took a portal to the mortal world, so she could be safe from the dark sorcerer. She met a brave warrior (Finn), whom she loved and married. The sorcerer eventually captured her in the mortal world aft er many years. While she was captured, her son Oisin was born. Oisin was left on a mountain, but he eventually found his father, Finn. After Oisin grew up, he was determined to find his mother. Will Oisin find his mother? Find out this answer, and many more, in Shapeshifter.
I didn’t like this book that much. While it was very interesting at some points, it was a lot less interesting at others. The overall pace of this book was slow. There were only short bursts late in the book where it was interesting and had some action. I wished that there were more bursts like that; it would make this book much better. On the positive side, the characters were full of personality, which made the book a little better. Unlike a lot of fantasy books, Shapeshifter barely had any action. If you expected this book to be full of battles, then you will be disappointed. Overall, Shapeshifter was a fair fantasy book, and should only be enjoyed by 9-14 year old children who have a deep interest in fantasy.
From Alicia, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pignat, Caroline
I read the book Greener Grass by Caroline Pignat. In this book, a young girl named Kathleen (Kit) is forced to become head of her family. When an old woman named Lizzie comes knocking on her door talking about someone called the Gray Man, Kit gets worried. She pulls up all of her potato crops with her siblings only to see that two thirds of them were rotten. She and her family would have no food for the entire winter, and Kit’s father didn’t send his wages over from England yet. There was no food and no money. Then, a glimmer of hope is seen when Kit’s father comes home. He then finds work in their city in Ireland, only to come to a horrible fate. This leads Kit’s mom in a far away land of her own. Kit has no choice but to do things that are more than a young girl can handle. Stealing and murdering are okay as long as you and your family survive, right? I liked this book a lot. I thought it was a very intense book. The beginning was a little dull for me but towards the end I loved it. I would recommend this book for anyone in 5th or 6th grade. It is an easy read for kids in 7th or 8th grade.
From Alicja Feitzinger
author: Duff, Chris
On Celtic tides : one man’s journey around Ireland by sea kayak
Chris Duff describes his solo circumnavigation of Ireland by sea kayak in the summer of 1996. Beginning and ending in Dublin, Duff paddled 1,200 miles over the course of three months. His descriptions of many dangerous crossings and beautiful but harsh and dangerous sea and not always hospitable shoreline are vivid and passionate. His daily hardships, rewards and encounters are interesting for anyone who likes to spend time on the water and who is interested in Irish culture and history.
From Lynne Demestichas:
Joop A Novel of Anne Frank, by Richard Lourie
An interesting spin on the Anne Frank story.Who turned the family over to the Nazi’s? This book takes it’s reader to Holland, during the war and is gripping when descibing the traumatic lives of a family trying to make ends meet, did they even know of the Franks and their hiding place? Even though it is fiction, the details of war-torn Holland are true and haunting,as every page brings the reader closer to it’s suprising and sad ending.
The Associate, by John Grisham
Having ignored many a Grisham novel for many years..this one was a real fast page turner. With less courtroom action than most of his books, it centers on the college antics of a few boys, which later catches up with them with a cell phone video. Trying to escape blackmail and still hold a prestigious law career, the main character becomes his own private investigator, researching and hoping for and end to what is happening to him by others which could hurt him forever.
Once Were Cops, by Ken Braun
In poetic Irish prose, Ken Braun follows the life of a Guard in Ireland who’s only dream is to become a New York City policeman.Upon getting here and becoming a cop, he is also more than New York’s finest can handle. Having a psychotic personlality, this “new” cop leads a weird trail of murder, that is easily covered up by his daily policeman like routine. Even thought it was no surprise ending, I couldn’t wait to get there…but then wished there could be more.
Bones of Betrayal, by Jefferson Bass
Having never read any of the Body Farm novels, I was unaware of the great forensics that go on in Bass’s stories. In this great tale of the making of the Atomic Bomb, Bass takes us through history from the present, in interviews(all fictional) to the workings of the men who thought up and put the bomb together. A mystery intwined in this story made it really interesting to read. A simple photograph of murder leads our investigative character to try and solve all sorts of nuclear radiation problems.Purely a story, but with truth within the laboratory.Fascinating.