My Booklist

  • Titles listed under Curriculum - Grade 7 will be read in class during the school year.

    Titles listed under Mr. K Recommends are novels that I have read and enjoyed.

    Titles listed under Student Recommendations are novels that students have read and enjoyed. These recommendations are written for students by students.

Curriculum - Grade 7

  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: Average

    Ponyboy and his gang, the Greasers, constantly battle with their nemesis, the Socs. When things go too far, Ponyboy and his friend Johnny run for their lives. We will read this novel in seventh grade.

     

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  • A Long Walk to Water

    A Long Walk to Water

    by Linda Sue Park Year Published: Easy Reading

    Growing up in Sudan, Salva and Nya take two very different paths in life. Based on a true story, these two characters' stories juxtapose each other to show how two seemingly different people has similar connections.

     

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  • Walk Two Moons

    Walk Two Moons

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    Salamanca in on a trip with her grandparents to visit her mother who has mysteriously disappeared. While driving, Sal tells a story about her unique friend Phoebe who is struggling with her own issues. Without her knowing it, Sal comes to a realization of her own life while telling Phoebe’s tale that will change her outlook on life.

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Mr. K Recommends

  • Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Challenging
    Melinda was once popular. But things changed when she went to a party with her friends the summer before her freshman year of high school. Now her life has changed and her secret turns her life upside down. Note: This book contains mature themes and language.

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  • And Then There Were None

    And Then There Were None

    by Agatha Christie Year Published: Challenging
    Ten adults are invited to Indian Island by a mysterious host. But then one by one the guests start dying. Find out who the killer is in this mind-bending murder mystery.

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  • Artemis Fowl

    by Eoin Colfer Year Published: Average
    Artemis is a twelve-year-old evil genius who attempts to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold. But the fairies fight back, trying to obtain the kidnapped fairy. We will read this novel in seventh grade.

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    by J.K. Rowling Year Published: Easy Reading

    In my opinion, this is the best of the five books. Harry is back for his fourth year at Hogwarts. Read as Harry takes on Draco Malfoy, Professor Snape, and Lord Voldemort, while all along trying to win the Quidditch World Cup.

     

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  • Out of the Dust

    Out of the Dust

    by Karen Hesse Year Published: Easy Reading
    Billie Jo and her family struggle through the Dust Bowl, living in Oklahoma during the 1930's. A terrible accident disrupts her life and she has to come to grips with herself and those around her. I really enjoyed this novel because, while written entirely in free verse, it tells a meaningful story about self-realization and acceptance.

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  • The Pigman

    The Pigman

    by Paul Zindel Year Published: Average
    High school sophomores Lorraine and John have a unique friendship. This novel entails their description of the sad life of Mr. Pignati, the Pigman.

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  • No Promises in the Wind

    by Irene Hunt Year Published: Easy Reading
    Josh, his little brother Joey, and his best friend Howie are growing up during the great depression. Since there is no food and tension is building with their families, they decide to venture out on their own. While traveling across the United States, they beg for food, work odd jobs, and struggle to survive.

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    by Ray Bradbury Year Published: Challenging
    Montag is a fireman, but not a typical fireman. In a futuristic world where all books are banned, he doesn’t prevent fires, he makes them! Life as he knows it is fine until one day, when he meets a young girl who opens up the beauty of reading. After that day, life as Montag knows it is turned upside down, on the run from certain death.

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    by J. K. Rowling Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book quickly became my favorite of the series, surpassing Goblet of Fire. Harry is back for his sixth year at Hogwarts. This book marks the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and has a dramatic conclusion that will shock you. After this year, life as Harry knows it will never be the same!

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  • Holes

    Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Easy Reading
    Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. While there, he befriends Zero and discovers a family secret buried for over 110 years.

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  • Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting

    by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: Easy Reading
    After drinking from a pond, the Tuck family gains eternal life. Both a blessing and a curse, they live their lives as normally as possible without telling anyone. When eleven-year-old Winnie Foster finds out the truth, she vows to protect them. But, at the same instance, a stranger also learns the truth and attempts to expose the Tucks in an attempt to find the "magical" pond, market its water, and make a fortune.

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  • A Northern Light

    by Jennifer Donnelly Year Published: Average
    When her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Mattie makes a promise that she is determined to keep for the rest of her life. As she grows up, however, this promise gets harder and harder to uphold. Ultimately, she has to make a decision: does she stay with her family and help raise her younger siblings, or does she pursue her dream of going to college? To help her make this decision, she juxtaposes her life with the victim of the Gillette murder case. Throw in a love interest, New York City, and her favorite author come to life, and Mattie's head starts spinning.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by Douglas Adams Year Published: Challenging
    The series for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is made up of five novels: 1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe 3. Life, The Universe and Everything 4. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish 5. Mostly Harmless Throughout this series, Arthur Dent is on a quest to find the ultimate question and the ultimate answer to life. Douglas Adams is a comedic writer and utilizes science fiction to tell his story. Mt personal favorite of the five is Life, the Universe and Everything.
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  • She Said Yes

    She Said Yes

    by Misty Bernall Year Published: Easy Reading
    Misty Bernall's daughter, Cassie, was one of the victims of the Columbine shooting. It wasn't until after her death that Misty really learns about her daughter's struggles with life. Because she was so blind to her problems, she wonders if other parents are blind to their children's issues as well. In order to help with this, she tells her daughter's compelling story. Learn of Cassie, her religious beliefs, and how she died for what she believed in.

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  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    by Edward Bloor Year Published: Average
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  • The Sledding Hill

    The Sledding Hill

    by Chris Crutcher Year Published: Easy Reading
    Eddie had a tough summer...a really tough summer. After finding his father dead at work, he finds his best friend crushed. because of this he becomes mute. When school resumes, he joins a class where he is required to read a novel that is not accepted by all. The book is challenged and he fights to make it acceptable because, in his isolation, he finds comfort in the read. The author of the challenged book...Chris Crutcher himself! This novel is unique because its told from the point of view of Eddie's best friend (Billy) after his death. Billy watches out for Eddie and helps him through this tough time.

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  • Stuck in Neutral

    Stuck in Neutral

    by Terry Trueman Year Published: Average
    Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel has cerebral palsy. He can not control any part of his body or communicate to the world. But, inside his head, he remembers everything. He considers himself a "genius" despite his physical limitations. To make matters worse, he is convinced that his father is going to try and kill him... This novel is told from Shawn's perspective as he sees his surroundings.

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  • Twisted

    Twisted

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Average
    Tyler Miller is a high school senior who used to simply blend in to his surroundings. But, after pulling a prank at school, everyone knows who he is. Every day becomes a struggle for Tyler as he attempts to shake his new label at school, all while trying to regain normalcy in his life.

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  • The Chocolate War

    The Chocolate War

    by Robert Cormier Year Published: Challenging
    At Trinity High School, an underground association, made up of juniors and seniors, unofficially "runs" the school. One day, this groups picks on Jerry Renault, a freshman, to not take part in the school-wide chocolate sale. When his "mission" is released, Jerry continues to disassociate himself with the fund raiser. This one act creates a war between himself and the rest of the high school.

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  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: Easy Reading
    Rusty-James is your typical hood. He likes fighting and getting into trouble. His idol, the Motorcycle Boy, often leaves Jerry alone to fight his own fights. This book is about Rusty-James's self-realization and he grows up and finds out what the Motorcycle Boy really all about.

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  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

    Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

    by Eoin Colfer Year Published: Easy Reading
    Twelve year old genius, Artemis Fowl, is back at Saint Bartleby's School for Young Gentlemen. But his search for his father is anything but complete. The People accuse Artemis of smuggling weapons underground. When they call him in, they find that they need his help to find out who the smugglers really are. In order to provide his help, Artemis makes a deal to have Holly Short and Captain Root help him travel to the Arctic Circle in an attempt to rescue his father once and for all.

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  • The Thief Lord

    The Thief Lord

    by Caroline Funke Year Published: Easy Reading
    After their parents die and are handed over to their evil aunt's custody, Prosper and Bo run away to Venice and live with The Thief Lord and other runaways. When The Thief Lord is given a task to steal that is too good to pass up, the group suddenly is on the run from getting caught and delivered to the local orphanage. The group gets help from an unknown source and they try to slip their way to eternal independence.

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    by J. K. Rowling Year Published: Easy Reading
    Alright, by now you should realize that I recommend this entire series! This is the last installment of Rowling's ground breaking work. In this novel, you'll read about Harry's final battle with Voldemort and have all of your questions answered.

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  • Playing for Pizza

    by John Grisham Year Published: Average
    Grisham is easily one of my favorite authors. This is one of his novel where he "steps away" from his typical courtroom setting. Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns (yeah!). After a humiliating performance in the AFC championship game, no team will sign him. The only team his agent can convince are the Parma Panthers of the Italian-American football league. Alone in a foreign county, Rick must adapt his "typical" lifestyle in order to fit in with his new group of teammates.

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  • Night

    Night

    by Elie Wiesel Year Published: Challenging
    This novel is about a young boy as he is taken away from his family and tries to survive internment camps such as Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the Holocaust. This novel is shocking and detailed as Weisel depicts realistic accounts of events during Nazi Germany.

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Student Recommendations

  • Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Challenging
    Melinda Sordino busted an end of summer party by calling the cops, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know even hate her. The safest place to be is alone, instead of her own head. But for Melinda, even that's not safe. This is because there's something she's trying not to think about, something that happened the night of the party that, if she told anyone, would ruin her carefully developed disguise to pieces. Then she would have to speak the truth. I recommend this book to other kids because it is truly a wonderful novel. You get to put yourself in Melinda’s shoes and think about what you should do. This is a tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenage outcast. I think other kids will enjoy reading about another life of someone your age. Monkey Arms/March 2005

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  • A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember

    by Nicholas Sparks Year Published: Average
    Have you ever had a secret? This is one of Jamie’s conflicts in the novel A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Jamie is not part of the “in crowd” at school. She is a sweet girl who enjoys every day that she has in life. Every day is cherished and loved. She’s the kind of girl that when you have something to say, she pays attention to nothing else except for you. When Jamie takes part of a play at her church, she looks for casting members. When the person she least likely thought she would fall in love with, fell in love with her. But Jamie has a secret. Will her secret keep her from loving? If you enjoy a book with sad, happy, fun-loving emotions all in one, then you will love this story. I personally loved it because it was a story that touched my heart. How will you know if this is the right book for you? Get a copy and read it! I guarantee you wont want to put it down. Captain Mean/March 2005

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  • Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Challenging

    What if you had a secret? Do you have a secret that no one else knows about- a secret that you kept inside yourself for a long time? Well if you do, you may easily relate to Melinda Sordino, the main character of the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is a freshman, just starting high school, and she doesn't seem to fit in with people. Actually, she feels that she hasn't really fit in since she called the cops at a party in eighth grade because things got a little out of hand. Now everyone has turned their back on Melinda, even her best friend. Will Melinda speak up and tell the truth of what happened that night of the party? Find out when you read Speak. Melinda tells the story in her perspective about high school and what she has to do to survive. I recommend this book because it is well written and there are good descriptions in the story. The characters are described well and have different, but interesting, personalities. I think that the whole book is shocking and I love how the author uses flashbacks throughout the book to make the reading interesting and exciting. Read Speak and find out the mystery of Melinda's experience on the night of the party. Billie Joe/March 2005

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  • The Clique

    The Clique

    by Lisi Harrison Year Published: Easy Reading

    The new girl in town, Claire, ends up living in Massie's parent's guest house because her family hasn't found a house of their own yet. Massie is the popular girl in school and is also the leader of "the clique." What will happen when Claire gets into Massie's way? The only thing harder than getting in the clique is staying in it. Kids my age, preferably girls, should read this book because it is very realistic and truthful to how girls are in middle school. It also has a lot of gossip and cat fights in it. I know girls in middle school will really enjoy this book! P.S. If you like the first book, it is part of a series. Guacamollie/March 2005

     

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  • Loser

    Loser

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to always be considered the outcast? Well, this is the way for six year old Donald Zinkoff in the novel Loser by Jerry Spinelli. Donald, whose nickname is "Zinkoff," has always been the kid who is counting dots on the ceiling or pretending he is somewhere else, other than where he really is. One day, he is put up to the challenge to "pretend" deliver the mail on "Take your son or daughter to work day." He was so excited that he couldn't get any sleep and would not eat for three days before this amazing task for him occurred. I recommend this book to fifth grade readers and above because it really puts you right into the life of six year old Donald Zinkoff. JF/March 2005

     

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  • Superfudge

    Superfudge

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average

    Superfudge, by Judy Blume, is a great fiction novel! What would it be like if you had an annoying brother and then your parents tell you that they are having another baby? The story takes place in New York City and in the country during the fall season. The main character is a sixth grade boy named Peter and in every chapter, a new situation occurs. The family loves the city but, what will happen when they try living in the country for a whole year? I think you should read this book because it makes you wonder what you would do in a situation like Peter's. Toes/March 2005

     

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  • The House of the Scorpion

    The House of the Scorpion

    by Nancy Farmer Year Published: Average

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a clone?  Well, that is exactly what life is for Matt Alcoran, a five year old clone of the famous drug lord Matt Alacra`n in the book, The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. Matt the clone has to battle the temptation of going outside because if Matt does, he risks the chance of getting kidnapped. In the story, Matt is taken care of by Celia, a teenager who is a servant at the Alacra'n house. Ceila loves Matt like her own child and is the only one that cares about him as well.   Throughout the book, Celia and this mean, wicked, self-centered woman that is Matt's jailer named Rosa, get in tons of trouble for serious malnutrition, dangerous rashes   caused from chicken litter, and other medical issues that are  serious in young children by old, yet wise Matt Alacra'n the first. Rosa  also tries to get her lover, Willum, the Alacra'n household doctor, in trouble for not taking a good look at Matt during his examinations and for not suspecting neglect from Celia. But Matt had the courage to say otherwise and to say that Celia is his mom.    The saddest part is when Matt turns fourteen. He must choose to live or to die because the first Matt is close to death and wanted to know how life as a little kid was again. The old man had experienced so much pain when he was little If you want to  find out what, you'll have to read the book. Giggles/March 2005

     

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  • Missing

    Missing

    by Catherine MacPhail Year Published: Average

    Have you ever had someone you are close to disappear? This is what happens to Moody Maxine in the story Missing by Catherine Macphail. Throughout this story, Maxine Moody's life is changed forever. Her brother Derek suddenly disappears! But when police finally find a body, they're certain it's Derek. Until she gets a mysterious phone call from...Derek himself? Is Derek really dead or is he a ghost? I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a story with mystery and adventure. This book is a mystery that you won’t be able to stop thinking about until you figure it out! Captain Mean/March 2005

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  • Matilda

    Matilda

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average

    Could you imagine having magical powers at the stare of an eye or the point of a finger? Well, that’s what a young girl named Matilda can do in the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. Matilda was a girl who was born into a family of crooks when all she wanted to do is go to school and read books. One day when her dad got her so angry and yelled at her so much, her eyes started to make magical things happen. When Matilda finally goes to school, she finds out that her principal is out to get her because of a bad car deal from her father. Matilda and her wonderful teacher, Miss Honey, try and battle Matilda’s family and the Trunchbull, (the principal) who happens to be Miss Honey’s aunt. They get through it with a little bit of magic and a little bit of love. Matilda is a wonderful book! It’s so full of magic and danger around every turn. I would absolutely recommend it to all ages! I couldn't put the book down. Stacie equals pink/June 2005

     

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  • Calling the Swan

    Calling the Swan

    by Jean Thesman Year Published: Average
    What if your parents hated to let you out of their sight? This is Skylar's problem in Calling the Swan by Jean Thesman. The story begins on Skylar's first day of summer school. She is taking English during the summer so that she can clear a space in her schedule for design class. She feels confident but starts to get scared. Her gram and her older sister Alexandra try to help, but Skylar's the one who has to deal with the bus, the school, and the kids she doesn't know. She survives the first day, and after a few classes, she begins to make friends. Every day after class, they go to a restaurant nearby and have lunch. Some days they suggest going to a nearby park, but Skylar always lies and says that she has to baby-sit her brother Ben. She feels bad about lying, but doesn't want to end up like her sister. What happened to her sister? You'll just have to read this book to find out! I liked this book because you didn't know what had happened to Skylar's sister. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good surprise. Snow Bunny/June 2005

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Roland Dahl Year Published: Average
    Have you ever won something so big it could change your life forever? Charlie experiences this in the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Charlie wins the chance of a lifetime. He finds the winning ticket, the ticket that will let him into the famous, Willy Wonka chocolate factory. Charlie is not very rich, but every once in a while he has enough money to buy a candy bar. Inside a candy bar rapper, Charlie finds one of the five golden tickets, which wins him admission in the chocolate factory. No one has been in the factory for many years. No one knows what it is like inside. Charlie and four other kids go on a journey though the factory, which brings many surprises! This is a very entertaining book for children. I love this book and I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat. The best part of this book is that you have to use your imagination. It lets your mind drift off. The movie is great, but try the book because it’s five times better! Samantha equals purple/June 2005

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  • The Pearl

    The Pearl

    by John Steinbeck Year Published: Challenging

    Have you ever found something that had a great value? This is what had happened to Kino in The Pearl. Kino is a well adapted man and has a small family. He has a wife Juana and a son Coyotito. Kino needs to protect his family and that is a greater challenge when his only son Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion. His wife, Juana, has sucked most of the poison out but Coyotito still needs a doctor. Now, Kino needs to get to a doctor and he does but this doctor doesn't do pro bono and all Kino has are a few worthless pearls. This book was great I really enjoyed reading this novel. I think you should read this book it’s hard to put down. JH/June 2005

     

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  • A Child Called 'It'

    A Child Called 'It'

    by Dave Pelzer Year Published: Easy Reading

    Do you know what child abuse means? Well if not, you should read this book, A Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer.  You will find out what it means and how it feels to be a victim of child abuse. A boy named David is only about 10 years old and his mother drinks and smokes. Whenever she gets drunk or finds out David tried to eat food she would punish him badly. If he wants to survive he has to depend on himself for food, shelter, warmth and happiness. He has three brothers and his father and they do not help him at all. His imagination takes him far from reality. He learns what his mother is going to do next and waits for it to be over. Sometimes he fights back and other times he just allows her to do it. This book is easy to read, (there are just some words that are not appropriate). You should read this book because once you start you can't stop and you realize how hard it is to be a victim of child abuse. You also realize if you are a victim of child abuse you know there is always a way to become free from the child abuser. It makes you think about why people do these things to their own children or someone else's children. Makes you notice how lucky you are if you aren't a victim of child abuse. D-12/June 2005

     

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  • The Christmas Blessing

    The Christmas Blessing

    by Donna Van Liere Year Published: Average
    Have you ever lost a loved one at Christmas, and then years later you are about to lose yet another one you love at Christmas time all over again? Well, Nathan is in this situation in the novel The Christmas Blessing by Donna Van Liere. Many years ago, Nathan lost his mother to ovarian cancer on Christmas Eve. Now a doctor, Nathan is about to lose another person that he loves, named Megan Sullivan. Megan is a heart patient who fell in love with Nathan in a park, where they both loved to take long walks. One day near Christmas, Megan was diagnosed with hepatitis. Megan was going to die unless she received a liver transplant. Megan lay in her hospital bed getting weaker and weaker as the days grew closer to Christmas. Nathan was distraught, could this really be happening again? Will Megan get the transplant she needs, or will she fade away just like Nathan's mother? Read this heart wrenching, yet heartwarming novel to find out... Fish out of water/June 2005

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  • Katie.com

    Katie.com

    by Katherine Tarbox Year Published: Average
    What would you do if you made such a big mistake that you felt like no one around you was willing to forgive you, and you had no one to turn to for help? That is Katie Tarbox’s problem, living with regret, in Katherine Tarbox’s non-fiction novel, Katie.com. Thirteen-year-old Katie Tarbox lived in New Canaan, Connecticut, with her mom, two sisters, and stepfather. New Canaan is the richest town in all of Connecticut where everyone is suppose to be perfect and beautiful. Katie had an average life: she fought with her sisters, went to school, and played on the swim team. She swam nearly her whole life until she was thirteen, and she was good at it too. One day, Katie went in an Internet chat room and meets a twenty-three year old guy. She began to form a serious relationship with this older man and decides she would like to meet him. Something goes terribly wrong when Katie goes to meet this older man, named Matt. She tries to keep it secret from her mom and her friends, but she can only hide it for so long. “ I thought we all deserved second chances in life. But I had made such a big mistake, done something so shameful, that no one seemed able to forgive me.” (page 135). Eventually, when Katie tells her mother what really happened, she loses almost all of her friends, quits the swim team, and decides she would like to go to a private school. She feels a lot of shame and regret and feels like no one will forgive her for what had happened. Katie has to make a very big decision that effects the next two years of her life. I enjoyed this book very much because it left me hanging on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it. The author made the book suspenseful by leaving you hanging as to what would happen next after every chapter. If you are a young girl who likes suspenseful stories, then Katie.com is the perfect book for you! Guacamollie/December 2005

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  • The Night I Disappeared

    The Night I Disappeared

    by Julie Reece Deaver Year Published: Average
    What if you got caught in your inner world and couldn’t control it? Seventeen-year-old Jamie Tessman is plagued with freaky mind slips where she goes into her inner world which is so realistic she can’t tell what’s in her mind and what the real world is. Julie Reece Deaver takes you into a mind boggling mystery in the novel, The Night I Disappeared. Jamie and her famous lawyer mother go to Chicago for a case. Jamie has had to deal with her mom working on her time consuming cases since she was little with her mom not paying much attention to her, kind of neglecting her. Jamie thinks that it doesn’t bother her but later finds out that she has been affected by it. She starts experiencing kind of daydreams and the same nightmares she had as a little kid. Jamie tries to explain the mind slips by saying, “I keep thinking it’ll stop, but it doesn’t. It’s like I get pulled into a dream only it’s not a dream- it’s real and I’m trapped in side it and I can’t help it”(pg.99). Jamie’s daydreams get so vivid and controlling that they cause her getting into a serious car accident and take over unexpectedly all the time. Jamie finds a friend, Morgan, who helps her through all of this crazy experience. Morgan supports her, gets her help with her Doctor Aunt, and still doesn’t treat her like a crazy person, being a real good, sympathetic, and caring friend. As Jamie gets help from the psychiatrist, a secret starts unraveling and coming out, the reason for her mind slips. Everything gets explained after one huge secret of Jamie’s is revealed. This novel is an intriguing, juicy mystery that I enjoyed while trying to uncover the secret. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, deep mystery adventure with some feeling behind it. You will grieve for Jamie but be happy for her later on all the while using your mind to figure out her mind and what happened. Khlyah/January 2006

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  • Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Average

    Have you ever kept a secret that you couldn’t imagine telling? Well that’s what Melina had to do in Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. It all started back at a party during the summer. Melinda had called the cops and crashed the party. Everyone hated her, even people she didn’t even know. The only place she liked to be was by herself. That was even a rough place for her. She couldn’t think about that night when something so tender and sweet, went so wrong. Depression was written all over her face. She had called the cops and has no friends because of it. She couldn’t say why. Even when she thought she gained a friend, she was ditched for someone cooler and better. “You’re the most depressed person I have ever met in my life!”(page # 105) said by the girl who ditched Melinda, Heather. What to do. This is all Melinda could think about. When school started, all of her friends had split up and she was all alone. Then she found Heather. Heather was someone to hang around with, but no one to have sleepovers with. Then Heather had found a group called the Marathas. Heather had ditched her for them. Melinda stayed alone until she had to speak the truth and say what had really happened with “IT.” When her friend doesn’t believe her, she is out of ideas. This changes when they confront IT. Speak is a very suspenseful and exciting book. I would recommend this book for an older age group, 12 and up. This is because it has some things that are not appropriate for a younger age. I really liked this book. It is now one of my favorite books. Stacie = Pink/January 2006

     

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  • She Said Yes

    She Said Yes

    by Misty Bernall Year Published: Average
    Have you ever been asked a question that could end up in a life or death situation? Casey does in She Said Yes, by Misty Bernall. Casey gives the wrong answer. Casey is one of the 13 people who were killed in the Columbine shootings. Before she was killed, she was asked the question “Do you believe in God?”(Page 14) by one of the killers. As you probably know, she said yes. This is known from the student at the table next to her. He overheard the whole conversation. The author, Casey’s mother, tells all the terrible things that led up to her transfer to a new school in which she would soon be killed. It starts at the end of the story where Casey is killed, then it goes to the beginning where Casey is just a small child and how she loves her parents very much. Casey had some bad friends at her old school so her parents decided to transfer her into Columbine High. This friend talked of killing herself, her parents, and started to plan how to kill Casey’s parents. Casey was going along with it. All of this information was found in letters found by her mom. These letters were to Casey from her friend. Her parents got very concerned. Casey begins to hate her parents, especially after they moved her away from her friend and into a new school. Casey finally started to get better when she joined a bible study group. Everything was better again until one tragic event ruins everything. This book is excellent! It gives you a view of how some people live in our world. It has some violent language in it, but I would definitely recommend this to any reader who loves non-fiction stories written about real things and real people. I would read this again any time. This is one of my favorite books. It shows that any day something can happen to you so you should live your life to the fullest. I Don't Care/January 2006

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  • Missing

    Missing

    by Catherine MacPhail Year Published: Average

    Have you ever found something that had a great value? This is what had happened to Kino in The Pearl. Kino is a well adapted man and has a small family. He has a wife Juana and a son Coyotito. Kino needs to protect his family and that is a greater challenge when his only son Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion. His wife, Juana, has sucked most of the poison out but Coyotito still needs a doctor. Now, Kino needs to get to a doctor and he does but this doctor doesn't do pro bono and all Kino has are a few worthless pearls. This book was great I really enjoyed reading this novel. I think you should read this book it’s hard to put down. JH/June 2005

     

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  • Prom

    Prom

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Average

    How would you feel if you put so much effort into something that you didn't want to do, and then couldn't participate in it? In the novel Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson, Ashley Hannigan, a senior at Carceras High in Philadelphia, got “sucked” into planning the prom with her best friend Natalia. After she didn't think things could get any worse, they did. Ashley Hannigan doesn't really care about the prom, but every one is counting on her to make it a prom they will never forget. A prom is the best thing that is going to happen in her urban Philadelphia school, and every one wants to have a great time, especially her best friend, Natalia. Natalia is head of the prom committee, a straight A student, and is very involved in extra activities, such as tutoring. Ashley, on the other hand, could care less about school, homework, and teachers. She can barely count her detentions. The prom is all set and planned out, when something awful happens. Mrs. Crane, the school math teacher, stole the prom money. Prom was hopeless and about to get canceled, but Ashley gets pulled in to the committee and has a brilliant idea, to have the prom in the school gym. She gets help from her loving, pregnant mother, Natalia’s crazy grandmother, the principal, and fellow classmates. In the novel, Ashley stated, “I am taking Liberal Arts now and getting my life back together, I want to learn a few things before I decide what I want to be.”(p.214) At the end of the novel, Ashley realizes that she wants to stop rushing her life, take it slow, relax, and have a successful life. In making the prom happen, I guess she learned some surprising things about making her life happen, too. Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson was a very inspiring novel. I couldn't put the book down, I was so anxious to find out what happened next. I recommend this book to ages 13 and up. This novel was very good and made me realize that it doesn't matter how bad things are, it’s never too late to put your life back together. Monkey Arms/January 2006

     

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  • Face on the Milk Carton

    Face on the Milk Carton

    by Caroline B. Cooney Year Published: Average

    What would you do if you saw your picture on a missing add on the back of a milk carton? This is the dilemma Jane Johnson has to deal with when she sees her face on a milk carton in the novel The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney. Jane Johnson is a normal sophomore girl in high school. That, though, is exactly what she doesn't want. She is forever jealous of her friends’ unique names and looks. During lunch, she and her friends look at the pictures of the missing and kidnapped children on the back of their milk cartons. When Janie looked at the picture, something evil and thick settled on her, blocking her throat, dimming her eyes. She realized that it was her picture on the milk carton. None of her friends believed her when she told them, but Janie knew that it was her picture of when she was three years old on that carton. Janie started to have, what she called, daymares. “Not daydreams but more like nightmares, only during the day,” (pg.#21) is what Janie described them as. She would have daymares of herself being in a mall and a nice woman buying her ice cream at the ice cream parlor. Janie tried to figure out what was going on by herself but she couldn't handle it. Her next door neighbor, Reeve, who is a senior, helped her and was there for her to rely on when she got frustrated. Janie didn't want to think that her parents were kidnappers but that seemed to be the only logical explanation. Finally, when she broke down, she asked them. They explained to her that they were her grandparents and that her mother had left her with them. Janie was relieved when her parents told her this but was still confused as to where the family that had put her picture on the milk carton fit into the story. She and Reeve decided to take matters into their own hands. On the way to school one day, Reeve and Janie decided to skip school and go to New Jersey from where Janie was supposedly stolen and where the shopping mall was that was in her daymares. She and Reeve had opened a whole new can of worms by trying to find “Janie’s family.” This book is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I would suggest it to anyone who loves suspense and mystery books. I literally couldn't put it down once I picked it up and started reading it. This book makes you think that it is the end and everything has worked itself out, but then it throws another twist at you that makes you want to keep reading it. I really enjoyed this book and I think if you read it, you will, too! Rebecca Needs a Nickname/January 2006

     

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  • Gossip Times Three

    Gossip Times Three

    by Amy Goldman Koss Year Published: Average

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have huge crush on a boy and then find out that your best friend also likes him? This is what happens to Abby in Amy Goldman Koss`s, Gossip Times Three. In this book, there are three main characters Abby, Bess, and Christy. Abby, Bess and thirsty are best friends. Abby has had a huge crush on a boy named Zach for many years. Both Bess and Christy knew that she did. One day, Abby was going off on one of her tangents about Zach, as usual, and Bess says, “Zach’s cute”, out of nowhere. The next day Bess and Zach started going out. At first, Abby pretended not to care at all but she was actually very jealous. She was so angry toward Bess because she felt that Bess should not have gone out with Zach. She felt that Bess should not have gone after her best friend’s crush. She also felt that Bess should not have hid her feelings toward Zach for so long. After a while, Bess and Zach split up. Abby was very satisfied now but was still bitter towards Bess. Abby alienated Bess from the group for a while. Eventually, Bess and Abby became best friends again. One of the main themes of this story is betrayal. Abby feels that Bess has betrayed her by going out with her long-time crush. “Anyway, unless you’re unconscious, you probably imagine how Abby felt when she heard about this …this confession of like, this romantic chat, this sneaky betrayal, or whatever you want to call it” (24-25). I did not like this book at all. I would not recommend it either. There really is not a point to the story. The author, Amy Goldman Koss, talks about things that are not relevant to the main story. Castanza/January 2006

     

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  • Uglies

    Uglies

    by Scott Westerfeld Year Published: Average

    What would you do if you lived in a world where you got an operation to turn "pretty" when you turned sixteen? This is where Tally lives in Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld. Tally lives in a futuristic world where everyone gets an operation which makes you pretty. After the operation, you move to New Pretty Town, where there are no rules. Unless the rules are to act stupid, make noise, and have fun. One night, Tally sneaks away from her dorm to see her best friend, Peris. They were only going to be separated from each other for three months and two days, but she could not wait to see him. It is easy for Tally to get in, but when she is leaving after she sees Peris, she accidentally crashes the party and sets off a fire alarm. While Tally is running away from the crime scene, she meets Shay, another ugly who was one of the last in her group of friends to get the operation. During the next few days, Shay teaches Tally how to hoverboard. One day, while they are hanging out, they discover that they have the same birthday. According to Tally, “It’s perfect. We'll both turn pretty together!" (37). But one day about a week before the operation, Shay comes to Tally's dorm with some camping equipment. She wants to run away to a place called the Smoke where they don't separate anyone and you don't have to get the operation. Tally is shocked, but does not agree to go. Shay gives her directions in code that only Tally would know in case she changes her mind. The day of the operation comes. All Tally takes with her is a half-full duffel bag with Shay's note hidden among some random things inside. Once she gets to the hospital, she learns that there is a problem with her operation. The problem is, according to Dr. Cable at Special Circumstances, the fact that Shay disappeared. Shay was in a gang which also included some people who did decide to run away to the Smoke. Special Circumstances thought that because Shay had become friends with Tally, she would stay, but they were wrong. Dr. Cable tells Tally that unless she finds the Smoke and reports back to Dr. Cable where it is, she will never be able to get the operation to turn pretty. Will Tally betray her friend? This book is very entertaining because of its futuristic setting. If you want a book with a different type of story and a total cliff-hanger ending, this book is for you! Snow Bunny/January 2006

     

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  • Running Loose

    by Chris Crutcher Year Published: Average

    Have you ever had to go to school, play football, and have a part time job? This is what Louie Banks goes through in the book Running Loose by Chris Crutcher.  Louie is a kid that has a lot of problems. Louie Banks is a seventeen year old kid that goes to Trout High School. On the football team Louie is the starting wide out. His best friend Carter the starting quarterback and Boomer the running back. His girlfriend Becky is the head cheerleader. One day Becky was driving and she swerved around three kids and drove off a bridge. Just before that Louie quit the football team and the accident Becky had had Louie thinking if he made the right decision. After he quit, coach Lednecky and the principal said Louie couldn't play any more sports at school. So Louie would always think about Becky and sports. Louie started to go crazy until he was offered the opportunity to run track from the assistant head coach of the football team who was now the track coach. When Louie had to run a mile in the early start of football season, he finished right behind Carter and Boomer. When track started, Coach Madison made sure Louie could run. Louie asked Coach Madison why he did it. Coach Madison said “I did it because when I was growing up something like this happened to me and sports were the only thing that held me together.” (186). My personal reaction to this book was that Louie put up with a lot of stuff. I think a lot of people couldn't have. The book earns a five out of five from me. You should read this book because a lot of thins that happened to Louie you might not make the same mistakes he did and hopefully you will have the same reaction I did. CUTS!/January 2006

     

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  • Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Average

    Have you ever had a big secret to tell someone but you just couldn't? This is Melinda Sardino's dilemma in the novel Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda and her mother and father live in a town near Syracuse. Melinda was going into her first year of high school at Merryweather. Melinda goes only to find out her old friends won't speak to her and she is a loner. The only friend she has is a girl named Heather, who is a loner also. Melinda has a hard time academically, except for art class, which is taught by Mr.Freeman. She dreads Andy Evens (Beast) who is the major part of Melinda's secret. Melinda has a hard time with her parents, whom she never listens to. After a while, Melinda stops going to school because she is so upset with herself and her secret which she will not reveal to anyone. Melinda even has a hideout in an old janitors room where she goes when she is upset. After her friend Heather abandoned her, Melinda hits an all time low. The only good thing in Melinda's life is art class, which kept her going. Melinda later decides to dig herself out of the deep hole she was in an be,"Tough enough to survive this" (pg. 191). After another incident with "The Beast," Melinda decides to speak and soon everyone would find out what happened that summer night in the woods. This is a compelling novel because Melinda's problems are real and she expresses them in first person point of view. I enjoy reading books that are true to life and if you feel the same way, I suggest that you read this novel too. It has a great moral to the story and you won't be disappointed! Fish Out of Water/January 2006

     

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