The things a brother knows By Dana Reinhardt

Summary:

Levi and boaz are brothers and boaz is levis older brother  He went off to be a marine and he came back home. When he comes back home levi notices how he acts different. Boaz never comes out of his room and one day he announces that hes going on a trip. Levi decides he wants to figure out whats wrong with his brother and follows him. Along the way he learns more about his brother and is determined to help him out.

Why I picked it up:

I chose this book because it was part of the california young reader medal and it also seems like an interesting book.

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading it because i wanted to see whaat was wrong with boaz and i wanted to see if levi would be able to figure it out.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give it to my friend because he likes books about family and this is one of those books.

Review By: Joana Villalobos

Matched By Ally Condie

Summary:

In the book, “Matched” by Ally Condie, a teenage girl named Cassia has just gotten matched to her best friend, Xander. When they found out that the would be eachothers soulmates they couldn’t believe it. Usually when someone is matched it is never with someone in there City. Yet then when Cassia gets home and checks her microcard on Xander it isn’t his face that pops up on the screen. It is a boy named Ky. The weird thing about this is that he is also from where Cassia, and Xander live. When Cassia and Ky are in the same hiking group, feelings that she thought she had start to become real. As time goes on she learns more about Ky, and falls completley and utterly in love with him. Yet when society finds out what is happening they ruin everything and seperate the two love birds. As Cassia leaves Xander behind and tries to find Ky, she does everything in her power to make sure society doesn’t interfer.

Why I picked it up:

I actually picked this book up because it was a California Young Reader medal books.

Why I kept reading it:

The main reason I kept reading this book was because I really got into how Cassia was starting to fall for Ky. I was hopeing that in the end they would tell me if they got together or not.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give this book to a person who likes to read about complicated relationships.

Review By: Lexy Grossman

Mort By Terry Pratchett

Summary:

Mort is a boy who has been chosen to serve as the apprentice of Death in the world of Discworld, a flat land carried on the back of four elephants that in turn stand on the giant turtle, the Great A’tuin. He must learn how to maintain the balance of souls while trying to not fight with Ysabell, Death’s adoptive daughter. As Death begins to have more curiosity of the living world, Mort is left to deal with the side effects caused when he saved a princess from meeting her expected end. Now he must find Death and place him into his proper role and stop the world from collapsing in on itself as the two realities where the princess lives and doesn’t crash into each other. After that he must escape Death’s wrath.

Why I picked it up:

I enjoyed the other books that I had read from Terry Pratchett and the few appearances of Death were very interesting. Since this one had consisted largely with this character I thought to give it a try.

Why I kept reading it:

The story’s events were very interesting in how it brought the formally cold character of Death into someone who was curious of humans and loved cats. There is unexpected development in what the characters do and the wonderful humor employed is able to mix very well with the action that occurs. The way that the characters are described can make the reader fall in love for the story and almost guarantee that they would continue with the rest of the series.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give it to anyone interesting in reading Pratchett’s books and would enjoy reading stories about another world similar to ours in unexpected ways. I would personally recommend it to my cousin Jorgina.

Review By: Angelica Solorio

 

The Princess and the Pauper By Mark Twain

Summary:

The Prince of Wale and a poor peasant were born on the same day. While one was loved and adored by all the kingdom, the other was hated and not wanted. Tom Canty, a peasant and beggar dreams of becoming a prince and have fun in life. One day he crosses paths with the Prince himself and the prince takes him in. When they swap life stories, the Prince wishes to take his place and have fun with friends and play and be free. Little does he know that it ain’t all fun and games. The Prince is beat up by John Canty and when he tries to tell everyone he’s the real prince, thy all think he’s finally gone crazy. Tom on the other hand has an easier time adjusting but he doesn’t want to be cradled and taken as a prisoner. He doesn’t want to be where he is and when the King dies and Tome becomes King, he has a lot of responsibilities.

Why I picked it up:

I choose this book because I had to read a classic book for Battle of the Books. It seemed like an interesting read and I didn’t want to get any of the other books.

Why I kept reading it:

Honestly, I only read this because I had to but it was a good book. It was a bit…dull and very hard to read for me but I got through it because first of all, I had too and second of all, I wanted to see if Tom and the Prince would ever get to return to their normal lives. I also wanted to see if how they would react to one another when they finally got to see each other again, if they ever got to see each other again.

Who I would give it to next:

Anyone who prefers to read stories written about role-reversals would definitely enjoy this book because it shows how two people from different parts of society are able to live in a world they don’t know much about. A Prince becomes a peasant and a peasant becomes a Prince.

Review By: Puja Dhanota

 

 

The Wedding By Nicholas Sparks

Summary:

Wilson is a middle aged man who is slowly finding out that him and his wife no longer have the same conection they had when they first met. He is everyday tring to fund new ways on how to get that back. He sees that litle things he does matter to his wife. Everything goes wring when he forgets thier anneversary. He then tries to make her happy by setting different arrangements and talking to her father,noah form the notebook. He seeks for advice and then slowly gets what he wants.

Why I picked it up:

I chose this book because i wasnted to read it because it was sort of a continuation of the notebook.

Why I kept reading it:

Once i started reading it i liked it because it had a good plot and it didnt get boring in any points.

Who I would give it to next:

i would recomend it to some one who enjoys reading nicholas sparks because this is a great example of his style of writing.

Review By : Joana Villalobos

Fire By Kristin Cashore

Summary:

Fire is a monster who was born with special gifts that allow her to manipulate people through the mind. Every kingdom wants her to serve to them as a lethal weapon to vanish the other kingdoms. Then one day she decides to leave home and assist the King in another kingdom but only becasue its family related. To her surprise she falls in love with the brother but quickly tries to pretend she doesnt. She is faced with decisions and challeges to overcome but yet manages to remain true to herself.

Why I picked it up:

I picked this book because i already read Graceling which is the book before this one. i enjoyed reading love stories that involve challenges and fighting.

Why I kept reading it:

The beginning caught my attention a lot so i kept reading and reading until the end.

Who I would give it to next:

I would recommend this book to those Harry Potter readers because it involves magic and fighting evil.

Review By: Anyela Valle

What Happened to Goodbye By Sarah Dessen

Summary:

McLean Sweet is used to being everything other than herself. For four years she’s moved around from small town to small town, or wherever her dad’s job takes her next. After her mother’s affair with a famous university basketball coach, McLean’s parents divorce. McLean along with her father take advantage of the oppurtunity to move away and start a new. But when Mclean arrives at her most recent destination where she begins makes real friends and gets the chance to be herself again, should she choose to stay or to runaway again at the thought of getting too close to people ? Especially Dave, a guy whom she’d like to try to figure out.

Why I picked it up:

I’ve read all of Sarah Dessen’s previous work and though the concept for her novels always revolve around love, the stories always digs deeper into much more serious topics teenagers and young adults may go through such as abuse and neglect in their everyday home life.

Why I kept reading it:

I like the close-knit relationship between McLean and her father Gus and the focus between her and her moms estranged relationship.

Who I would give it to next:

I’d give the book to any one of my friends who like to read books with a purpose but have a little bit of romance on the side.

Review By: Yesenia Sixtos

The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

Summary:

The novel describes the tragic life of Pecola Breedlove, an 11-year-old African American girl living in the 1940′s. She is called ugly and made fun of at school. She believes that if she had blue eyes, her life would be better.

Why I picked it up:

It was in the AP section of the library.

Why I kept reading it:

I had to finish it to do a long form.

Who I would give it to next:

Juniors in AP English Language.

Review By: Jorge De Haro

 

 

The things a brother knows By Dana Reinhardt

Summary:

Levi from ʺThe things a brother knowsʺ by Dana Reinhardt is just frustrated and wants things to go back to the way things were before his older brother Boaz went to the war. Since Boaz returned hes been acting strange and and Levi knows hes up to something and hes determined t figure out what hes up to.

Why I picked it up:

I decided to choose this book because im participating in California young reader metal and ʺ The things a brother knowsʺ is one of the chooses.

Why I kept reading it:

I wanted to finish this book once i started because it was interesting and i wanted to figure out what Boaz was up to.

Who I would give it to next:

I think the readers that are in California young reader metal will all enjoy this book.

Review By: Gisel Villalobos

 

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter By Seth Grehame-Smith

Summary:

The history of Abraham Lincoln is interwoven with the effects of vampires in the United States. It begins with Lincoln swearing vengeance on all vampires for what had happened to his family. In becoming the hunter he comes across a vampire by the name of Henry, who trains Lincoln in how to hunt and which vampires to kill. Lincoln continues his duty but becomes involved in a war between vampires for the future of the country. He has to decide what sacrifices he will make and confront the cost of his actions.

Why I picked it up:

The cover seemed interesting as to how it was combining a well known president with a concept as vampires. I also knew that the author also wrote Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and that novel was well acclaimed, so I thought to give this book a try.

Why I kept reading it:

The combination is considered usual, but it becomes an enjoyable experience as the story’s events unfold. There was plenty of suspense and action as to not keep it dull. The historical blend wasn’t forced, and it made it seem as if the story’s events could have come true.

Who I would give it to next:

I would recommend it to anyone who loves the traditional vampire or who is interested in a refreshing twist on a President ho didn’t need to become a vampire hunter to have been considered amazing.

Review By: Angelica Solorio

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor

Summary:

Karou lives two different lives but she has learned to balance them out. Brimstone is a monster and he is her family. She travels around the world and hunts down teeth which she gives Brimstone but she doesn’t know for what he uses them for. Angels come down to earth and they burn down all of Brimstone’s portals to the human world. Karou is lost and absolutely devasted when she can’t find a way back to Brimstone. One of the angels doesn’t return back to his world either. Avika follows Karou and is drawn to her. Karou realizes that he is following her and attack but the angel doesn’t fight back. Karou befriends him and Avika falls in love with her. Avika discovers that Karou isn’t who who thinks she is and he shows her the life that she had and who she used to be.

Why I picked it up:

I picked up this book because of the title mostly. I enjoy reading about books with drama, action, but also some romance so this was great for me. When I read the back cover of the book, I wanted to know what would happen to Karou because it seemed so suspenseful.

Why I kept reading it:

Karou is a very interesting character and so is her life. I kept on reading because I wanted to know who she really was. I also wanted to know what Brimstone did with the teeth the Karou hunted down for him and how Karou ended up with Brimstone in the first place. I also wanted to know why the angels were burning black hand-prints on Brimstone’s portals. This book was full of suspense and made to keep reading so you could find the answers.

Who I would give it to next:

I would say this book would be great for those people who enjoy reading about monsters and angels with also some forbidden love and romance.

Review By: Puja Dhanota

Graceling By Kristin Cashore

Summary:

The book “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore is about a girl name Katsa. the story is set in a world where certain people have a grace or a certain thing they are good at. Katsa was born and her parents knew she was graced but didn’t know with what until she killed her cousin. The story continues with katsa working for the king who is her uncle. Her job is to do anything the king says. Katsa’s grace allows her to kill anyone but no one can kill her, until she meets her match. Katsa fights with him and trains with him because he’s not as easy as other people. Later, she finds out that the guy she thought was her friend lied to her about his real grace. Then, they go on a journey together to save the grandfather and find out its leck who has kidnapped the grandfather. Later, Katsa herself defeats leck by overcoming his power to control people’s minds.

Why I picked it up:

I picked this book because it was one of the books for young reader medal books. i also heard from other people that it was a really good book.

Why I kept reading it:

The book started out pretty boring but as i kept reading it got really interesting. i like the plot and where it was set. The story was interesting and it had many mysteries. I liked how the story couldn’t be predicted and took many unusual turns.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give this book to teens who like mystery and action because this book grabs the attention of people and makes them consentrate on the story.

Review By: Narkirndip Singh

 

Gossip Girl By Cecily Von Ziegesar

Summary:

The novel “Gossip Girl” written by Cecily von Ziegesar is about well privileged teenage girls living in New York’s upper east side. They attend one of the most fine all girls private school in the city. The book mainly focuses on two “best friends” Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen. They are basically stalked by an anonomous person, who gossips about them on the internet. Blair always felt like she was in Serena’s shadow but when Serena left to boarding school, Blair was thrilled! Not so thrilled when Serena randomly decides to come back. They had a lot of conflict beceause Serena had sexual realtions with Blair’s current boyfriend, Nate. The novel basis it’s stories around these girl’s private life which could be visited on a popular website “Gossip Girl” which spreads emourous rumors and gossip about their lives.

Why I picked it up:

I picked this book up because my older sister had boughten all of the book’s series and it had the word “gossip” in the title so it caught my attention!

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading the book because as soon as I began to read it, I found myself really interested in the book. I like how the talked about people living in a completely different world that I do. I was fasinated.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give it to people who enjoy reading about people with a high-end life style.

Review By: Alicia Flores

The Scarlet Letter By Toni Morrison

Summary:

“The Sacrlet Letter,” by Nathaiel Hawthorne is a novel set during the early settlements of New England in a the Puritan Society. The main character is Hester Prynne and she tried for adultery with a man other than her husband. It is amystery as to who is the father mof the baby or even her husband, but for now she must where a scalet letter A wherever she is, everyday, for the rest of her life.

Why I picked it up:

I chose this book as a book required by my teacher to read as a class novel.

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading the book with my class week after week and we dicussed the literary elements in the book. Furthermore, we were intended to write about the significance of each chapter in the novel.

Who I would give it to next:

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a challenging book with high vocabulary and deep thinking.

Review By: Jimmy Millan

 

Beautiful Creatures By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Summary:

Well the story beautiful creatures is about a girl named Lena and boy named Ethan. Lena is new in galtin she just bearly moved into her uncle ravenswood house . Lena is hated upon the first day of school by everyone but for some reason ethan has this attraction toward her .She isnt like any of the girls at his school she is different. Lena on her 16 birthday is casted to be either a dark or light caster . There is so much tension in the entire town. Lena and ethan.

Why I picked it up:

Well i heard it was a very good book and i needed A.R points.

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading the novel because each chapter seemed to be getting more and more interesting.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give this book too my little sister next , i enjoyed it so im pretty sure she will like the novel as well.

Review By: Lovedeep Randhawa

 

The Sun also Rises By Ernest Hemingway

Summary:

The novel is about a group of friends that travel from Paris, France to Pamplona, Spain to celebrate the Fiesta of San Fermin. They are World War One veterans, for the most part, and enjoy the bullfighting that takes place during the fiesta.

Why I picked it up:

I picked this book because of its literary merit. I had to write a long form on it for AP English Language.

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading it because of all the symbolism in the novel.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give it to AP English Language students because of the way Ernest Hemingway writes and the way he uses symbolism.

Review By: Jorge De Haro

Emako Blue By Brenda Woods

Summary:

Emako is young and talented with a bright future ahead of her. She has a best friend named Monterey they give advice and understand one another. Eddie who she understood his problems and Jamal the guy who tried getting at her. And then there was Savannah who envied her but that didn’t stop Emako. She had everything going for her but everything changes in an instant.

Why I picked it up:

The reason why i decided to choose this book is because friends have recommended it.

Why I kept reading it:

The book was very interesting, it involved teens around my age that talked about a friend they lost. It was sad and very relate able to situations that occur today.

Who I would give it to next:

I think my little sisters would enjoy this story because they like to read and they can learn something by reading it.

Review By: Gisel Villalobos

 

Far From Xanadu By Julie Anne Peters

Summary:

Mighty Mike Szabo is a teen girl living in a small town in Kansas. She’s what you call a “tomboy”. She is a local softball champ, lifts weights and drives around a big manly truck. Xanadu is the new girl in town and of coarse, in such a small town, she is a goddess. Soon enough Mike falls in love with her but the only problem there is that Xanadu likes boys, not girls.

Why I picked it up:

I really enjoy Julie Anne Peter’s writing, I’ve read about five of her books and every single one I really liked. She is my favorite author, so I am trying to read every single book my school’s library has to offer.

Why I kept reading it:

I kept reading “Far From Xanadu” because I found Mike Szabo’s life so fasinating. This book caught my attention from the very beginning. I kept wanting to find out what was about to happen.

Who I would give it to next:

I would give this book to anyone who enjoys reading teen dramas. This book is all about learning about yourself and defining who you really are; not being afraid to show your true colors. It’s a really inspiring book.

Review By: Alicia Flores

Battle Royale By Koushun Takami

Summary:

Shuya was expecting a normal school trip with his class until they are knocked out by sleeping gas and awaken to find themselves on a deserted island. To their horror they find out that they were elected to participate in this year’s Program, a cruel government experiment. The purpose? To have the students kill each other until one is left standing. Shuya is determined to preserve the memory of his slain friend by protecting the one he had loved, and swears not to kill his friends in order to win. But not other students desire to follow his logic, and some of them have begun to kill their friends in cold blood. Shuya and Noriko join with Shogo, a mysterious new student who has chosen to help them live. As the numbers of survivals dwindle by the passing hour, Shuya must decide what it will take to survive.

Why I picked it up:

My cousin had recommended the book to me, saying that it was an interesting storyline that surpassed the Hunger Games and it was one that he bothered to actually read. The cover of the English edition was also interesting, showing Shuya and Noriko in the cover while being separated by a gun.

Why I kept reading it:

Although it uses the “kill everyone else to survive” idea that is already familiar in the Hunger Games, Battle Royale took that idea onto a whole different level. While reading it, I was always in suspense as to what the characters are going to do. They had to face difficult moral choices that would affect the other characters: whether to participate, join up with others, or escape on your own. The main character in particular vows to protect Norika, but to do that he must kill those coming after them, a desicion that he doesn’t wish to complete. The numerous cliffhangers keep the plot progressing since you don’t know who will survive in the end, or who will kill whom. It is even more interesting to see the different levels of true human nature that present themselves; some try to kill other students, others try to save their friends. The very idea of killing your best friends and loves has so much effect on the reader, that the interactions between them have the reader on the edge of their seat.

Who I would give it to next:

I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the modern adaptation of the Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies as well as those who can handle bloody scenes and suspenseful action.

Review By: Angelica Solorio

Matched By Ally Condie

Summary:

Cassia is a teen aged girl that lives in a controlled society. She gets matched with her best friend,which is very rare. When its time for her to get to know more about him on a flash drive  she finds out that there has been an error. She sees another boys face. ky. She then starts to fall in love with him as time goes by. They both express the way they feel until they get tared apart. Cassia then wants to find out where he has gone and what they have done to him.

Why I picked it up:

I chose it because it seemed like an interesting book and because i wanted to participate on battle of the books.

Why I kept reading it:

I wanted to know more about how she felt and what was going to happen between her and xander.

Who I would give it to next:

I think more people are going to want to read it like my friends.

Review By: Joana Villalobos