Friday, September 30, 2011

The Three Musketeers

This modern adaptation of TheThree Musketeers is an amazing book! It's chock full of Danger and Excitement and it has all of the genres in one book. It has Romance,Action,Adventure, Mystery and plenty of interesting characters. As the story progresses the plot thickens a lot. Now this book is very long and very mature also, so I would recommend this only to people who read things like harry potter or Narnia.

As for what I liked about it, it gives very deep explanations of thing and it takes place in a real life time period! This book is mostly for skilled readers!

Julien, 10

The Beginning of After

I will admit, I had my doubts about this book from the beginning. The Beginning Of After is about a girl who’s family dies in a car crash, which is one the most written about topic in YA fiction. So in fairness to the author, she had a lot to overcome. But the book just fell flat. The story that it told was not original at all, the love story was so slow-paced that I didn’t even want them to get together, and the main character (Laurel) was so one dimensional I always knew what she would do. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

Jenna, 15

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Inquisitor's Apprentice

The Inquisitors Apprentice has the perfect characters, the perfect setting, and great development! This is one of my favorite books, and certainly my favorite Fresh Ink title. Sacha is so likable and I almost blew up in suspense in some of the parts. I completely relate to Sacha, my dad making terrible jokes during the blessings at Chanukah and just being Jewish in general (although luckily I'm in a much better situation than them). The only suggestion I would make about this book is to put a glossary for all the words in Hebrew.

Harry, 10

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Following Christopher Creed

Following ChristopherCreed is a riveting mystery about a reporter determined to uncover what really happened to Christopher Creed. The intense suspense makes you not want to put the book down. This mystery is sure to make you wait for a sequel.

Max, 10

City of Orphans

When I started reading The City of Orphans, the writing style sort of bothered me because it was really conversational; but as I read further into the book it became quite a page-turner. I don’t really like mysteries, which I had first thought this was; but it’s more like an adventure story with an ending that loops up to the beginning.  This book seemed similar but not at all the same as the other books that Avi has written, and it reminds me of The Confessions of Charlotte DoyleThe City of Orphans seems directed to a much younger audience. I would definitely recommend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction, bravery, struggle and success.

Rajani, 16

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nowhere Girl

Nowhere Girl reflects the real world, which makes a good book. When the main character, Luchi Ann, sets out to travel to Bangkok alone on foot, she’s almost kidnapped. Later on, the seemingly trustworthy person she is staying with robs her! In whole, this book is about a girl who grows up in a prison in Thailand with her mother and cellmates. When her mother dies she has to go to America, but along the way, she learns the truth behind her mother’s imprisonment and what her mother suffered before disappearing and going to jail.

Allison, 11

Dead End in Norvelt

I was both surprised and overjoyed when I read the last name Gantos on the spine of Dead End in Norvelt. I have read many other things by Jack Gantos, including the Joey Pigsza series, which I found extremely enjoyable. But I have to say, in comparison, this story towers over any other books written about the war and what it was like growing up in it. Now, be careful in choosing this book to read because although some may find it enjoyable and heartwarming, others may be moved in the wrong direction and receive the author’s message in an alternate way.  

Simon, 10