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2011-2012 BOOK REVIEW MAGAZINE Written by Students in Mr. Foster’s Class

Mr. Foster’s Classroom - Book Review Magazine - 2011/12


Mr. Foster’s Classroom - Book Review Magazine - 2011/12


Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick A Review by Tricia B. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In Water Balloon, by Audrey Vernick, a girl named Marley Baird had an awesome life. She had two best friends who she did everything with. Her parents were fun, and she thought they would always be together. Her summers were full of long, lazy days of sleeping-in and doing whatever she wanted to do. But all of that is about to change. Things for Marley aren’t going very well. Her parents are getting divorced, her best friends start to grow away from her, and to top it off, she has to spend nearly the whole summer working a job her Dad landed her with. Babysitting two identical twin girls who seem determined to make things hard for her. She thinks that things can’t get better. She doesn’t know if things will get worse. Will Marley be able to survive the summer? Or will she explode like a water balloon, spilling out all of her hurt feelings and anger? Marley, the main character, changes a lot. She feels angry and hurt at her family and friends. She feels that no one will listen to her, and that no one cares that her life is falling to pieces right in front of her eyes. All she wants is for everything to be just like it was a year ago. She was a fun, bubbly, athletic, and interesting girl, but for some reason her friends don’t seem to like that anymore. Now she is almost always sad, irritated, and sulky, and her life feels like a gray rain cloud is above her. She wants everything to be just like it used to be, but it isn’t. Everything has changed. Nothing will ever be same, even though she wants it to be. There are several social issues in this book. The most obvious one is that Marley’s best friends are beginning to grow apart from her. They start to do things without her, and they hang out with different people. They have a special tradition they do every summer, but when Marley does the tradition, her best friends, Leah and Jane hate her for doing it. Another social issue going on in her life is that her parents are getting divorced. Her parents think that it is just between them, but it isn’t. Marley sees everything that’s happening. She sees the toll it takes on her Dad. She hears the stress in her Mom’s voice when she talks to her on the phone. She can’t do anything to change that, but she wishes she could. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was full of surprises, cliff hangers, and excitement. My favorite part of this book was that I never knew what was going happen, and that it seemed so realistic. It was by far the best book I have ever read.

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini A Review by Evan B. Genre: Fantasy Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, is a great book! Eragon is hunting some deer when he finds a destroyed patch of grass in front of him, in it is a blue rock. He goes back to town and tries to barter it for food but the shop owner won’t take it. One night the rock falls of the shelf and shakes around on the floor. Then the rock hatches! Eragon raises his new dragon until the Razak, a mysterious, ancient race, attack his home. Eragon flees to find a way to stop the Razak and the evil king, Galbitorix. Eragon and Saphira, his dragon, and a friend travel to go to get experience and train. Eragon also hopes to master the ancient language, or magic! They face many dangers and still need to train Saphira. Can they find the varden, a rebel organization? You’ll have to find out by reading this awesome book! The two main characters are Eragon and Saphira. Saphira is a little shy in the beginning and very annoyed that she can’t come in to city's with Eragon. she changes over time and is very rambunctious and strong and brave at the end. Eragon is not very careful but over time he gets stronger as a swordsmen and carefuller. One social issue is that a dragon hasn’t hatched for 100 years so saphira can’t be seen. Another issue is the Razak are hunting them down. Lastly Eragon is wanted in all of Aligasea! Eragon faces many problems but he must over come them! I chose five out of five stars because Eragon is a awesome book! I couldn’t put the book down unless I was forced to! You have to read it if you like fantasy, and adventure! Best book ever! You must read this book. I like how it leaves you on cliff hangers at the end of chapters.

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Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix A Review by Erin B. Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy Student Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars In Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, its about this boy, Jonah he finds out he’s adopted, and tries to find out who his parents are. He finds out that his friend, Chip, was adopted to so they end up becoming curious about whats going on. They start thinking how they are going to figure out who their parents are and what happened 12 years ago. The thing is that there was a plane, and it landed in a airport. When one of the employees steps on the plane there was no pilot, but a bunch of babies. What’s happening is Jonah and Chip keep getting these mysterious letters in the mail, which makes them think even more what is going on. They both go looking for who sent it, and why he or she sent the letter. What will happen to them will they relate to the plane that landed 12 years ago? Johna and Chip are changing in different ways. Johna is becoming braver, self confident, and he is now at a certain stage where he is his own person, like he is more aware about how he is. When he finds the letters he becomes curious about whats happening and that changes his life for ever! The story went on and I thought it got more thrilling because they’re now figuring things out. The social issues are that Jonah and Chip are both looking for someone, and they both end up in a lot of deep trouble. What happens is that when the get the letter they ignore it than another one and another and another. They’re forced to be in a social group, and they’re sister is trying to help too. they end up with a very special group and if you read the book you can find out. I have rated this book 3 out of 5 stars. I think it is but it was boring at times and I didn’t feel like. I think it was good because it had a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. I liked this book but not to much.

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Twilight by Stephine Meyer A Review by Kelly C. Genre: Fantasy Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In Twilight, by Stephine Meyer, a girl named Bella moves from her old town, Phoenix, to a cold and rainy town in Washington, called Forks. Her life begins to be a very lonely place, until, Bella meets a group of friends and a very beautiful and mysterious family of five, their names, Emmett, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, and Edward, Also known as the Cullens, And when Bella meets one of their sons, Edward, she found out something about their family that explains so much about them and everything they do. When Bella first meets Edward, she is sitting by him. He is rude to her. He is always staring at her, but never talking. After a week in class she finally is about to talk to him and to her surprise, he is not there, and the next day he was absent again. After a week, Edward is in class and Edward is the first to speak and he is very sweet, nice, and polite person. When Bella is on a trip with one of her friends she gets into a little trouble, and Edward comes to rescue her. They become friends until Bella finds out something about him that changes everything. Bella, the main character, goes through a ton of changes in this novel. When she first moves to Forks, she is very shy and a not that brave. In the end of the novel (after she met Edward) she is very brave and not that scared of a lot. Bella is still kind of socially awkward. There are a few social issues in this book. Probably the one that stands out the most is the awkwardness she feels around everyone. Bella is the outcast in her group of friends. Another social issue is that the Cullens don’t like her that much, they think she dangerous to them. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It kept me reading and I almost never put it down, and when I did it built up so much anticipation that I ended picking it right back up again. I really enjoyed the plot and the turnout of the characters. I’ve read a lot of books that I really liked, but this one is by far one of my favorites. It has a lot of surprises and cliffhangers. The book is a little slow in the first couple pages, but when she meets Edward, it’s all really fast and exciting.

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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass A Review by Dominic D. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass, is a book about a 12 year old boy named Jeremy Fink. Jeremy’s 13th birthday is just in a couple weeks, and he receives a wooden box from his once living dad. According to the box, it holds the meaning of life. There’s just one problem. There are four keys to open it. And he doesn't have a clue where any of them are. Jeremy has a unique background. He and his mom live in an apartment in the middle of New York City. He has a best friend named Lizzy. They do everything together. Now that the box arrived, they are on the biggest adventure of their life. Looking left to right, they find so many different looking keys. Fat keys, skinny keys, tall keys, short keys and more kinds. Jeremy goes through many changes and challenges in this novel. It starts of with the big mistake, where Jeremy and Lizzy first break in to an office of their uncle to find some of the keys. They end up getting caught and are assigned a punishment of community service. They end up working for an old man named Mr. Oswald. There aren't very many social issues in the book. One is that Jeremy’s dad died when he was 39 years old. It has been very hard for Jeremy and his family to move on. Jeremy is also a shy kid, but very kind to people. Lizzy is more of a daring, kind of person and she enjoys collecting cards from decks everywhere around the city. In the end, they become more wise and appreciative thanks to Mr. Oswald. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it is full of adventure, and you get to find out the meaning of life along the way from several different perspectives. You get to hear the meaning of life from a tattoo lady, a grandfather, a flea market worker, a store manager, a fortune teller, and more! This is a great novel for kids from 5th grade to 8th grade. Heart warming and funny, this book is full of twists and turns all over.

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My Life As A Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian A Review by Adam D. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In My Life As A Stuntboy, by Janet Tashjian, Derek, a 12-year-old boy, and his friend, Matt visit a junkyard lot after school and see a man do lots of cool stuff. The man says he’s a stuntman. Derek and Matt get interested. He says that his work is called parkour, the boys become more interested. Derek is an only child and lives with a mom, dad, and a young monkey named Frank. Derek’s family is caring for Frank just like foster care, until he’s old enough to leave. In the story, Derek and his friend get interested in parkour and Derek gets to sign up to be a stuntman in a real movie. He even tried the parkour after school the next day. Derek doesn’t change a lot through the story. His parents made a contract which says to have fun in the movie and change Frank every day. He is confident on the first day on the set. Later, he’s even more happy because he realizes he can have snacks during break time. On the second day, he realizes that the main character is a girl and feels awfully humiliated by that. In the movie, the main character’s name is Chris. But what he didn’t know is that Chris is a girl. I didn’t find many social issues in the book but I can name you some. After the two days off, Derek and Matt got into an argument and stopped being friends for awhile. And kids at school have been teasing Derek because he found out he was filling for a girl. My last social issue is this mean kid, Swifty, kidnapped Frank and Derek came to the rescue. He used his stunt power to save Frank. Swifty’s parents came over to Derek’s house to apologize to him for stealing Frank. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was sort of like Diary of A Wimpy Kid. The cover showed a stick figure on a skateboard. I hope a kid my age will be interested while reading. On the pages, there are drawings on the sides of the pages to explain definitions of words on the page of the book. For example, the word “parkour” was on a page and on the side, it showed a drawing of a person jumping off the building. And the word underneath. I really enjoyed seeing how the book was like a dictionary.

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Kidnapped by Gorden Korman A Review by Emily F. Genre: Mystery/Suspense Student Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars In Kidnapped, by Gorden Korman, Meg and her older brother, Aidan, have been watched by the cops because their parents have been in jail for several years. They were in jail for something they didn’t even do. When Meg and Aidan were walking home one day, and there were no cops watching them, a van pulled up on the side of the car and pulled Meg into the car and drove away. Aidan saw the whole thing. Now Aidan and the cops have to find a way to get Meg. Things are falling apart in Meg and Aidan’s life. For instance, the people who have captured Meg keep raising the the ransom price for Meg’s safety to come home. But her parents can‘t afford it. Aidan keeps running away to go find Meg, but the cops keep stopping him for his own safety. Because Meg disappeared, it has attracted a blogger trying to get all of the information he can. But there is something suspicious about this man. Is he really a blogger, or is he a out to get Aidan? What will happen to Meg? Aidan and Meg, the main characters, go through many changes in this novel. Aidan is gets more courage thought this book. In this book he stands up to the cops so he can go look for Meg. In the beginning of the book Meg has no courage at all. But through out the book, she gains a lot of courage. She has tried to escape many times, but fails. It still makes her brave because if she was at home she wouldn’t. There are a few social issues in this book. One is that Meg got kidnapped. The other is that the people who kidnapped Meg started fighting about how the youngest is treating Meg. Also the kidnappers keep raising the price for their ransom. What will the next price be in the book kidnapped? Can Aidan even trust anyone any more? Will Meg get rescued? I have rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I really enjoyed how Aidan cared about Megs safety. I really didn’t enjoy the beginning because I thought it started really slow. I loved how the ending was a shocking twist. I immediately picked up the second book called The Search! What a great book!

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Swindle by Gordon Korman A Review by Megan F. Genre: Fiction / Adventure Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In Swindle, by Gordon Korman, two boys find a baseball card. Then a store clerk swindles the two boys out of the baseball card. Later on, the boys were watching the news, when they find out the baseball card they found was a million dollar baseball card. They put together a team to get it back. When Griffin and Ben go to the store to get the baseball card back from the store they realize the the Bambino card wasn't there. So to get the Bambino they have to get passed a military like security system. The team... Griffin, Ben, Pitch the climber, Savannah the dog whisperer, Logan the nosy neighbor neutralizer, Melissa the electronics expert , Darren muscle and miscellaneous. Will the team get the Bambino or get caught? Griffin goes through a lot of changes throughout this book. He goes from being “the man with the plan” to the “ man with no plan.” At the beging of the book Griffin was making a plan every day, to not even thinking about a plan. There are a few social issues in this book. the biggest one in this book deals with the main character, Griffin, this family is going bankrupt. Also Darren kind of bully's Ben and Griffin. So there are social issues in this book. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. Swindle kept me interested most of the time. I loved how the author made a prefect picture in my mind. He did amazing job of making the characters come to life. Korman did a great job on making you pick up the next book, Zoo Break, right after you finished Swindle. Gordon Korman did a great job on Swindle.

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Zach's Lie by Roland Smith A Review by Adrian G. Genre: Adventure Student Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars Zach’s Lie, by Roland Smith, is a suspenseful book about Jack who's Dad was in trouble for drug smuggling. One night burglars come to Zach Osborne’s house and threaten to kill them. After that terrifying night, Zach and his family are put into the identity protection program to hide from the horrible men who had come that night. The Osbornes have to change their names, looks, and a different way of living. They move to Elko Nevada to start their new lives. But after they start getting used to Elko, something terrible happens. When the Osbornes first get to Elko, Zach and Wanda (His Sister) aren't very happy about the town. Mary (Zach’s Mom) is opening a book shop in town for a job. The Osbornes are not impressed with their house either. When school starts for the Grangers (Osbornes) Zach gets in a fight with the school bully Peter and gets sent to Sam Sebesta the custodian at the school because he knows the kids very well. He becomes one of Zach’s best friends along with Catalin who is also Zach’s crush. Zach is up in the Basque hills sheep herding with Catalin and her Grandfather. When up there, the criminals from the Osbornes house, come for a little visit. Zach is the main character in this book. I think that Zach had really changed from the beginning of the book. He first was a kid with a journal and had a action figure as his best friend his name was Commander IF. In the end of this novel Zach was brave and was able to trick the head criminal. There are many social issues in this novel. Peter is a big bully and his parents waste their money at the casinos. Zach is living a lie and has a problem making friends. Also, the Osbornes are horribly afraid of the criminals who are out to get them. I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars for its great plot. This book also had me reading until I finished this novel. Roland Smith did a great job at making the reader want to read the sequel. Smith also started the book with a big bang to interest the reader to keep on reading.

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan A Review by Drake H. Genre: Fantasy Student Rating: 4 and a ½ out of 5 Stars In The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, Jason, Piper, and Leo start at a private school when Annabeth finds them and tells them they are demigods. They get brought to Camp Half-Blood. They find out who they are. Piper is the daughter of Aphrodite. Leo is the son of Hephaestus. Jason is the son of Zeus, he also is the brother of Thalia Grace, they got split apart when their mom gave away her son to Hera. Hera is Zeus wife. Jason got a quest with his friends to free Hera from Gaea. After they go to Mt. Orthus, they find Pipers dad is locked up with giants. When they go there they meet Thalia (Jason’s sister) with the Hunters of Artemis. They talked about what happened when Jason got handed away. When they got to Mt. Orthus, Jason started to fight the biggest giant there was. Leo fought the rest of the giants and Piper went to save her dad. Some of the traits of Piper are, she is very convincing, she also got the gift of beauty temporally from her mom Aphrodite when she claims her. Piper also has the gift of persuading people. Some traits about Leo are that he likes to build, he is brave,and he likes to explore with his bronze dragon. Jason likes to battle and going on adventures with his friends. There was a couple social issues in The Lost Hero. One of the social issues is that Jason, Piper, and Leo get in fights monsters often. Another social issue is that they all have ADHD and they can read ancient Greek. I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 because it was one of the best books I ever read but not the best book I ever read. I really liked how they switched point of view each chapter. I liked this book because they go on quests to destroy monsters and retrieve what they want most. I also liked that Jason woke up without his memory and did not know what has happened. I thought Jason would of remembered his friends and his teachers.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan A Review by James L. Genre: Mythology Fantasy Student Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars In The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson used to be a regular kid until his 6th grade pre-algebra teacher turned into a Fury and tried to kill him. Now Percy is sent to Camp Half-blood to train to be a hero. Just when he was just getting settled in, Poseidon (the Greek sea god) claims him. Now he must find the master lightning bolt and find the thief. Also, he must return it to Zeus (the king of the gods and the god of the sky) in ten days by the summer solstice or it will be world war three. When Percy was entering camp, the Minotaur took his mom. That's why Percy is going to the underworld to free his mom from death. This has never been done before. With Annabeth, the daughter of Athena (the goddess of wisdom) and Grover, a satyr, will join him on a impossible quest to save the earth and western civilization. What he thinks about the most is the last two lines the oracle said. You will fail to save the one who matters most in the end and you will be betrayed by the one you call friend. Percy goes through a lot of changes. At first, he was a 6th grade outcast with ADHD and dyslexia but, once he is sent off to Camp Half-blood, he is trained to be a hero. Now he’s feeling uncomfortable because he placed somewhere that believes in Greek gods. Eventually Percy is a great hero. Percy Jackson has a lot of social issues at camp. He does not believe in the Greek gods. He is also the son of Poseidon who was not supposed to have kids so everyone was avoiding him. When he is in the mortal world, he is attacked by monsters all the time. He also has dyslexia and ADHD. I gave The Lightning Thief a 4.5 out of 5 because it kept me interested the whole way through and it was action packed and hilarious at the same time. It had funny chapters like, I Accidentally Vaporized My Pre-Algebra Teacher and We Ride a Zebra to Vegas. I immediately asked my friend to borrow The Sea of Monsters, the next book in the series when I finished this book.

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Bystander by James Preller A Review by Cedric L. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars The Bystander, written by James Preller, is about a boy named Eric. He’s the new kid in seventh grade and is trying to start a new life with his family. He lives in a small town and is trying to just be normal. He’s very careful and doesn’t want to get into trouble. That’s when he meets Griffin. Griffin is one of the popular boys in his grade. Griffin takes Eric under his wing and they become great friends. A few weeks into the school year Eric notices that Griffin starts picking on some kids that aren’t popular. One of the times he is caught, and gets into trouble. As the year goes on Griffin starts getting in more trouble by picking on more kids. Eric tries to be nice to the kids that Griffin picks on, but it only makes Griffin start picking on him. What should Eric do, be a bystander or Griffins next target. Eric, the main character goes through many important changes in the book. One major change Eric had is that at the beginning Eric was really careful with what he did now at the end of the book he doesn’t always have to completely think everything through. Another change is that he doesn’t run away from his problems. Another way Eric changes in the book is the way he acts toward others. At the start he’s not nice to the unpopular kids. As the book progresses Eric begins to care for others. There are a ton of social issues in this book. One main social issue is kids at school teasing each other about how they look or who they hang out with. The kids that were popular would make fun of the unpopular kids and the teachers wouldn’t even notice. Another social issue in this book is that when friends had an argument they would be mad at each other for a long time. For example, when Griffin and Eric had an argument Griffin robbed Eric and didn’t give the money back until later in the book. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. I gave it this rating because it’s action packed, had a ton of social issues, and I could connect to the character. It had me hooked from the first sentence and kept me hooked the whole book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a realistic fiction book that always has you wanting to read more.

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Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix A Review by Bailey L. Genre: Science Fiction Student Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars In Among The Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the story takes place in Luke’s house. There was a special law that the whole city needed to follow. The family has to equal up to two kids and the parents. But if you have more than two children, and they were found by the population police, then they would kill the third child. Unfortunately for Luke, he was a third child. From the very beginning Luke knew to stay quiet. He didn’t need to be asked twice to go and hide. As he was growing up he realized he never got to meet family members. One evening Luke’s parent had to tell him that he wasn’t aloud to sit at the dinner table while they were eating. They wanted him to be safe from the population police. He used to play outside with his two older brothers. But one day he looked out the window and he saw people cutting down the trees. So Luke was no longer aloud to go outside. While Luke was looking outside towards the houses he saw something. Was it another third child? Was it just the parents? Or was it just Luke’s imagination? Luke, the main character, changes throughout the book. He finds out that many shadow children are hidden throughout the book. In the series Luke gains courage to help friends. But in this first book he is some what shy. He doesn’t stand up for his own rights. In Among The Hidden there are a few social issues. One is that there is the law that states ‘The parents are only aloud to have two children.’ If they are found the family will be arrested and the third child will be killed! Also Luke’s friend wants to make a stand for third children rights. It will take a lot of courage. But is Luke up for it? I rated this book a 4.5 out of 5. I couldn’t put the book down. Some parts were slow, but the book only went slow to explain some things. In most of the chapters at the end the author would leave you with cliff hangers. Close to the ending there’s a shocking twist. When I finished the book I couldn’t believe what happened. I instantly picked up the second book of the series called, Among The Imposter's!

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Terror 9/11 by Dong Paton A Review by Connor P. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars In Terror of 9/11, by Dong Paton, this boy named Curtis has to go pick up his sister from her dad’s work at the Twin Towers. The tower’s got hit by a plane with terrorists. Will they get out of the building? It was a difficult time for the Mclvor family, because their parents got divorced. Curtis and his dad don’t really like each other. Curtis had to go and pick up his sister from his dad’s work at the twin tower’s. When he gets to his office he said,” lets go.”The dad said, “why don’t you come to my new apartment?” and Curtis said nothing. Curtis the main character had many changes throughout this book, like when they were going down the stairs the dad had to stop because the dad had breathing problems. Curtis knew that he did,so he stopped. Curtis didn’t like his dad much. He didn’t go to his house much. There are a few social issues in this book. Probably the one most recognizable one is when the dad and Curtis are really not close to each other. Curtis struggles seeing his dad. He avoids him, then regrets it after his dad dies. I have rated this book 3 out of 5 stars. It kept me interested in the book. The McIvor family had many struggles, but overcame them.

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Kick Off by Tiki and Ronde Barber A Review by Bella P. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Kick Off, by Tiki and Ronde Barber, is a really good book. A girl named Tyra moves to England with her family, leaving her best friend, Lacey and her old school behind. Almost instantly, on her first day of her new school, she has a new enemy. Alicia was the star of the failed school soccer team. She was frustrated when she found out that Tyra was better than her at the sport. Tyra was great at soccer, The star of her team back in Florida. She wants nothing to do with Alicia. But whatever Tyra does, Alicia is there, ruining everything. So when Alicia finds that Tyra will be trying out for the school soccer team, she is determined to destroy her chances. Will Tyra and Alicia remain enemies, or overcome their differences and become friends? Tyra goes through some changes throughout the book. She learns to become more confident when dealing with Alicia, and she also learns to defeat her with kindness. As you read, you notice that Alicia is refusing to change. She continues playing vicious pranks on Tyra, lying just to get Tyra in deep trouble, and lashing out in unfriendly ways. In the beginning, Tyra hated Alicia,but in the end, she learns to be more friendly with her. Many social issues occur in this novel. First, when the old soccer coach gives up on the hopeless girls, a new one steps into his place. Coach Wheeler, the new coach, seems to be in favor of Tyra. He appreciates her laid-back style and her superstar soccer abilities. That puts Alicia on edge. Tyra makes the team, and to make things even worse, she’s the new team captain. Another social issue is at school, Alicia and her friends are really mean to Tyra. Molly is one of Alicia’s friends, who feels sorry for Tyra. She listens to Alicia’s plan to make Tyra miserable, then secretly tells Tyra. When Molly discovers Alicia’s next plan, she knows that Alicia is up to something terrible. How far is Alicia willing to go? I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was very entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed reading about how they solved the social issues, and the soccer parts. I loved how in the end, Tyra stuck to her heart and did the right thing. The book was very interesting and Kick Off was a great book!

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Skeleton Creek: The Raven by Patrick Carman A Review by Josh P. Genre: Mystery Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars The Raven, written by Patrick Carman, is about a boy named Ryan and a girl named Sarah who started out being very timid and not wanting to get into trouble. They are best friends and go on a lot of adventures. But recently Sarah’s family has had to move away because of the bad economy. Ryan and Sarah have another mystery to solve but how will they do it when Sarah lives 400 miles apart from Ryan? Even though Ryan works at his dad’s fly shop every day over the summer he still manages to work with Sarah on the Raven Puzzle (The Raven Puzzle is made up of two sheets of paper that both have four to five clues on them. If Ryan and Sarah can figure out what locations the clues lead to they can figure it out and find another Crossbones treasure). One more thing, the Crossbones is a secret society that have three main objectives: To protect, to keep secrecy, and to destroy all enemies. Last time when they solved a Crossbones puzzle it lead to the Jefferson Library that had been hidden for forty years. What will it be this time? Ryan and Sarah, the main characters, go through many changes in this book. In this book Ryan and Sarah start out being very timid, scared, and not wanting to get into trouble after there last experience of all most being killed. But as the book progresses on they both learn that being shy and scared isn’t going work for them. Much less, the Raven Puzzle is not going to solve itself. Finally they get the right concept that they’re going to have to take risks to be successful and become pretty much fearless. This is a definite change from the beginning to the end of this novel. There is really only one social issue in this book. The main one is the often confrontation between Ryan and The Raven. The Raven is always after Ryan so when they met all they could do was fight. Another minor one is the occasional disagreement between Ryan and Sarah. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It really kept me interested the whole time, because about every two chapters the you can watch a video online that shows what just happened in the book. Most of the time I think books have boring endings but this book got better towards the end. Great book, I recommend this book to everyone.

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Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick A Review by Tate R. Genre: Historical Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, a 12 year old boy named Hugo Cabret lived with his father in an apartment in a train station. Hugo’s father has been working on something called an automaton, for a long time. One night Hugo’s father is accidentally locked in his work building. Unexpectedly a fire overcomes the building and Hugo’s father is killed (including the automaton). Hugo is left to fend for himself in the train station. If the Station Inspector figures out that Hugo is living by himself, Hugo will go to an orphanage. Everyday Hugo winds the clocks alone. Everyday he spies on the man who runs the Toy Booth. One day when Hugo was spying on the man who ran the Toy Booth he noticed the man was sleeping. So Hugo went to steal some toys for the automaton. But when Hugo went to grab the toy he wanted, the man grabbed his arm. The old man then demanded Hugo to empty his pockets. So Hugo emptied one of them and all of the toy parts fell out. Then the man demanded that Hugo empty the other pocket. The other pocket held his most prized possession. His father’s notebook that tells Hugo how to fix the automaton. The Station Inspector finally comes and Hugo is forced to give his notebook up. Hugo, the main character, goes through many changes in this book. Hugo gets braver and is more willing to get himself in trouble. Hugo also makes more friends. For example Hugo makes a friend named Isabelle. By the end of the book Hugo is able to tell Isabelle anything! Hugo also makes friends with the man from the Toy Booth in the end. Hugo really grows as a character throughout this book. It helps him as a character, but also goes against him. For example when Hugo got a lot of courage and wasn’t afraid of getting in trouble he got into trouble! There are many social issues in this book. One example is how Hugo lives alone and if anyone figures he will get in lots of trouble! Another social issue is, in the beginning of the book Hugo doesn’t trust Isabelle. Also in the beginning, Hugo is always timid because he doesn’t want people to know that he lives by himself. One other social issue in the book is how the man from the Toy Booth takes Hugo’s notebook from him. To get back Hugo has to bug the man from the Toy Booth everyday so that maybe sometime he gets so annoyed that he gives it back. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book! I thought that it was full of action and a little suspense. I really enjoyed the pictures because it really made me think that I was there! Also, the pictures were really detailed and really amazing! I found a lot of joy in looking at the pictures! Overall, I think that this book was really good! It is one of my favorite books!

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Stolen Children by Peg Kehret A Review by Courtney R. Genre: Mystery / Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In the book Stolen Children, by Peg Kehret, a babysitter named Amy gets called to babysit a 4year-old girl named Kendra. The two girls get quickly kidnapped. They enter a world where everything is a challenge and they must fight for survival. Amy has to fully care for Kendra. It was the prefect babysitting job for Amy. She loved little kids and playing with them, until Amy made a terrible mistake, Amy took a “little” nap outside, but she left the door open. She woke up to the sound of a slam. But where did it come from? It came from Kendra’s room. When Amy went up stairs to check on Kendra, she wasn’t in her bed. All she found was Kendra’s stuffed animal. She checked everywhere! But she wasn’t in the house. Amy started freaking out. She started to call 911, but then someone came bursting in with a gun in his hand. Just before Amy could press TALK, he grabbed the phone and forced Amy into the car. Will Amy and Kendra ever be found or will they be stuck being kidnapped forever? Amy, the main character goes through many, many challenges in this book. Like when she gets kidnapped, she has to live in this dirty cabin, and take care of Kendra. When she tries to escape Amy has to take Kendra with her. It’s hard because she is really squirmy, and she can’t sit still for no longer then 10 minutes. There are a lot of social issues in this book, like the time when Amy and Kendra are trying to escape, but then Amy hears the sound of the kidnappers’ car driving on the road and Smokey whispered to Hugh, “ Stay here and wait until I come back. If you see them, take them back to the cabin.” As Amy heard the car drive away, she thought the coast was clear. She peeked out of the woods, then she saw Hugh. Hugh saw Amy and Kendra and ran toward them and caught them. He brought them back to the cabin. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. The book kept me interested the whole way through. I loved how the author had cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I really enjoy mystery/ horror books, so I’m glad I had a chance to read this book. I fully recommend this book!

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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner A Review by Leah S. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner, a boy named Little Willy and his Grandfather live on a potato farm. They own a big, black husky with a white star on his head. The dog’s name is Searchlight. One day Grandfather doesn’t get out of bed, Little Willy started to get worried and called the doctor. Later that day a man comes and tells Little Willy that Grandfather hasn’t been paying his rent. Little Willie is confused, Grandfather always pays his rent on time. Little Willy has to find a way to collect $500 or else he and his grandfather will lose their potato farm and their house. Every year there is a dog sled race. It has a prize money of $500. Little Willy and his dog Searchlight, just happen to ride on a dog sled everywhere they go. They have a wooden sled that the Indians made for them. The sled is very light and very well constructed. They want to go sign up for the race, but there is one problem, Stone Fox will be there. Stone Fox has never lost a dog sled race in his life. Stone Fox is an Indian, and his land was taken away from him and his tribe. He does dog sled races to buy back his land. Little Willy, the main character, changed a lot in this book. In the beginning of the novel, he has a very happy life. Which meant he didn’t have to be very responsible to be happy. But when Little Willy’s grandfather becomes very ill, Little Willy does every thing in his power to get him healthy. I think that Little Willy matured a lot in this book while helping his grandfather recover. There are a few social issues in this book. People said that Little Willy didn't have a chance against Stone Fox in the dog sled race. They had no hope for him. Grandfather was sick because he was giving up on life, he was so worried about the rent he didn’t pay, that his body collapsed. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was very intense and it kept me interested through the whole book. It had a very sad ending, but it also had a happy ending. I also liked that there was a cliff hanger at every chapter. I recommend this book to everyone, I believe that everyone who reads this book will love this book.

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Showoff by Gordon Korman A Review by Dominic S. Genre: Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In the book Showoff, by Gordon Korman, Griffin, Ben, and Savannah, who has a dog, go to a dog show preview. They show the three time dog show champion on a stage. But suddenly Luthor, a dog, ran at the stage and attacked the dog on the stage. Who could’ve let Luthor loose? Griffin and Ben have to figure out who set Luthor mad, and Savannah has to give Luthor away, but Griffin and Ben have to make Luthor win the dog show to save Savannah's home. Griffin feels bad for Luthor when he was in the pound (where Savannah left Luthor). So Griffin and Ben go to the pound and buy Luthor. Griffin wants to win the dog show, with Luthor to save Savannah's home, but he thinks it’s impossible to teach Luthor. Ben remembers what Savannah said that the greatest dog trainer, lived in their town. So they go and find his address. They go to his house and ask if he can train Luthor, and he agreed. So he trains Luthor, but people find out the he is training Luthor so they might set Luthor loose again. Griffin is really changing through the book. First he hated Luthor because he was really wild, and only nice to Savannah, but when Luthor was at the pound, he really felt bad for Luthor. They got him out of the pound. He really believes that Luthor is the best dog in the show, and realized that Luthor was mean to him before because Griffin wasn't really caring for Luthor. Griffin is really helpful and kind to friends. He will never quit and always has a plan. One of his nicknames is “The Man with the Plan.” There are some social issues in this novel. The main one is that Griffin, Ben and Dimitry, the dog trainer, are being spied on so they wont win the dog show. Plus Luthor is being targeted, and Dimitry was sprayed with hair removal because he was helping Luthor. Another social issue is that Griffin is always under pressure because when he is watching the judge inspect Luthor, he’s afraid the Luthor might attack the judge. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was always suspicious and a lot of cliff hangers. Gordon Korman wrote this book really well, and it didn't tell who did what right away, but it kept the me waiting a little and then it explained. I loved the book because it had a lot of action and took a lot of understanding. It was a great mystery and I loved how it ended.

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Vladimir Todd: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer A Review by Jameson S. Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In Vladimir Todd: Eighth Grade Bites, by Heather Brewer, a boy named Vladimir Todd, an eighth grade student, is a vampire. Throughout the whole book, you learn all about his complicated life, and what he goes through everyday. The book has many twists and turns. He lives with his Aunt Nelly because his parents are deceased. He learns of a whole different life out of his own with a new found uncle, a new tattoo, and a secret almost too hard to keep. Vladimir’s life isn’t normal. He works very hard to keep his vampire life a secret. In the beginning of the book, Vlad is basically just living a normal 8th grade life, with the exception of being a vampire. His teacher basically vanished, so Vlad gets a substitute teacher. He thinks the teacher is suspicious, so he decides to investigate. In the end his teacher becomes someone very important in Vladimir’s life. Can Vlad stop evil vampires from taking his life? Vlad goes through a lot of changes at the end of the book. When he tries to figure things out, he finds a new uncle, and a new life. He also gets a tattoo on his arm, which ends up being a big change. He becomes a mature young vampire. Before he goes through all of these changes, he is a normal boy. I would describe him as shy, because he doesn’t like to talk to other people that much. He is a well-rounded kid who doesn’t really ever do anything to break the rules or to get himself into trouble. He is nice to pretty much everyone he meets. Vladimir has a few social issues. For one, he is a vampire trying to keep a normal life. Another social issue is that he likes a girl, and this girl he likes, is more interested in his best friend than him. So that makes him feel like he isn’t worth the girl, and that he doesn’t really matter to her. It’s sad for him. He also has all of the normal eighth grade social issues, he is bullied by a group of boys, has trouble with his teachers, and doesn’t really fit in with everyone else. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. Vladimir Todd: Eighth Grade Bites kept me interested throughout the whole book, but in some parts, it got boring. Towards the end of the book, it got kind of ridiculous. None of the things that happened were even remotely possible in the real world. At the very tail end of the book, it takes a huge twist that will change Vlad’s life forever. This book is a good, enjoyable book. I am interested in this series, and will most likely read the sequel.

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12 Finally by Wendy Mass A Review by Kari S. Genre: Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In 12 Finally, written by Wendy Mass, there is a girl named Rory who is 11 years old. She is about to turn 12 and she can’t wait any longer for the big day. Rory has been begging her parents for a very long time now about being able to do certain things when her 12th birthday arrives. The things she wants to be able to do takes maturity. Her parents are unsure if Rory is ready. Rory is a very materialistic girl. She thinks that her parents have all the money in the world. She wants to have all the things that girls in her 6th grade class have so she can become more popular. She doesn’t quite know the difference between wants and needs. She wants to be a babysitter, use electrical appliances by herself, be able to have her own house key, go to the mall with just her friends, go to boy girl parties, and shave her legs. I can relate to Rory very well. Not only her age I can relate to, but how she acts towards her parents and treats them. Rory, the main character, is very complicated. If I was Rory I would have just asked for few things and not all of those materials. However, if my parents didn't get me those items I would have just gave up. Rory needs to change her attitude a lot and maybe her parents would take those items into consideration. I think if Rory were more kind to her parents, she would be more successful in receiving the items she wants. There are a few social issues in this book. The most noticeable issue is that Rory’s parents know how much she wants those things to happen to her when that big day comes. The issue comes into play when her parents told her that she won’t be able to get those things to happen to her. Rory is still begging and begging her parents until they give in again, because she knows her parents gave in the first time and now she wants that to happen again. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book kept me wanting to reading like crazy. Because there were cliffhangers that made me want to read more and not want to put the book down. I think all teenage girls could relate to this book very well. I would definitely recommend reading 12 Finally by Wendy Mass.

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Warriors: Firestar’s Quest by Erin Hunter A Review by Ayla T. Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure Student Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

In Firestar’s Quest, by Erin Hunter, Firestar’s sleep has been disturbed by dreams of fleeing cats, and finally, he has an answer. Cloudstar, former leader of Skyclan has sent him an urgent plea to go upstream and assemble his lost clan, scatter to the lives of kittypets and rogues. Although this is a quest Cloudstar needs Firestar to fulfill, Starclan believes this is something that will leave Thunderclan vulnerable. What clan will survive? Thunderclan without a leader? New Skyclan made of rouges and kittypets who know nothing of the warrior code? Will both survive? Or will this quest destroy both clans in the end? Firestar’s quest is next to impossible. It may be leading to ambushes on a “deserted” clan. But there are more problems on the way. On the journey, there is a great storm that washes away Sandstorm, Firestar’s mate and who he is traveling with, into a great river that flows her into twolegplace and shortens the hopes of ever recreating Skyclan; And even when Firestar does find cats with Skyclan blood, will they want to give up their kittypet lives to join them? Will rouges feel comfortable living with so many other cats? Even if Firestar has a full clan, one thing gnaws at his hope. What destroyed the first Skyclan? Firestar, the main character, goes through some changes in this novel. In the beginning, Firestar is hopeful and sure that he can assemble the lost clan. He also feels immense anger with Starclan for deserting Skyclan and keeping them a secret. But later in the story, Firestar believes it is impossible to make this clan. He also seems selfish for traveling all the way to the gorge, finding Sky, and giving up. There are a few social issues in this book. Probably the one most recognizable is the rouges and kittypets mixing. When they first are in the clan, the rouges tease the kittypets about their heritage, even though they have Skyclan blood. Earlier in the book, when Firestar first arrives, two kittypets,Cherry and Boris, prank him because they think he is Moony (his real name is Sky), the last believing descendant of Skyclan, who every cat thinks is mad. I have rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was boring in the beginning, but the farther away from home Firestar went, the better the book got. This book is filled with excitement, adventure, suspense, and all the good traits a book needs. this book also is great for everybody, even if you don’t like fantasy. If you decide you want to read this book, read the first series in the Warriors series, then read Firestar’s Quest. But if you are still mewling for more Warriors, read the rest of Erin Hunters books,including: the New Prophecy series, The Power of Three, The Omen of the Stars, Bluestar’s Prophecy, Crookedstar’s Promise, Skyclan’s Destiny, the Warriors field guides, and the Warriors Manga.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins A Review by Macy U. Genre: Science fiction/ Adventure Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, a sixteen year old girl named Katniss lives in a little place called District Twelve. Her little sister named Primrose gets drawn for this game, The Hunger Games, and surprisingly, Katniss volunteered to go instead of Prim. Two people are chosen to go. The other is named Peeta, a simple bread boy. This book is about Katniss and the adventures she has with Peeta. In one of the adventures, Peeta gets hurt and Katniss has to keep him in a shelter. While he’s in the shelter they become friends even though The Hunger Games is a fight to the death, and only one will win. Although, they still help each other. But while Peeta was in the shelter, Katniss made another friend named Rue. Rue was a look out, she watched outside of the shelter to see if any enemy's from other districts were coming. Katniss, the main character, goes through many changes in the book like, she gains more self-confidence an example is when Katniss attacked one of the other districts camps she wasn't afraid at all. Also, she’s not as tough as she used to be she’s softer from being with Peeta. Peeta goes through many changes also like, he’s more outgoing not the quiet bread boy any more. He is tougher, stronger, and not afraid of anything. There are a couple of social issues in this book. One of the biggest social issues is that you have to kill another person from where you have grown up. Also it’s probable your friend like Katniss might have to kill Peeta to survive. Another social issue is they kill people who have family's who miss them at home, and want them back home. I bet if Katniss died her mom would blame the person who killed her, and that's a social issue for the other person because they had to kill that person to survive so you cant blame the person. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. I rated the book this way because I really enjoyed it. I liked the way Suzanne Collins wrote it in Katniss’s perspective. I also liked it because it has a little bit of romance between Peeta and Katniss. Also, it told us about the people in the town cheering, and I thought that was cool because it wasn't all about The Hunger Games it was also about the district. Lastly I liked it because it had a lot of action and adventure. After I finished this book I read the rest of the series and loved them all. If you read them, you will too.

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan A Review by Nick U. Genre: Fantasy Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In The Son of Neptune, Written by Rick Riordan, Percy is trying to find a camp for kids like him, however he has no memory of his past life (which was in a series before this one). When he reaches the camp two new characters are introduced Frank and Hazel. They were on guard duty, and they escorted Percy into the camp. While Percy’s at camp he discovers that his dad (Neptune) is cursed, at least that’s what the campers say. Also he finds out that a camper, Jason, disappeared. Hazel And Frank become Friends with Percy. They are threatened by a giant who has kidnapped death. All the monsters are coming back immediately after being killed. The main character is Percy. Percy changed when he regained his memory. He knew more so he fought better and remembered his past life. There are many social issues in the book. One of the social issues Percy faces is he has no memory and that makes him upset. Percy is unsure of who his old friends are. Not knowing makes him upset. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars because I believe that this book was writing the best it could be. It was one of the best books I have ever read. Overall, it was a great book.

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Premonitions by Jude Watson A Review by Cloe W. Genre: Science Fiction / Realistic Fiction Student Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars In Premonitions, by Jude Watson, a girl named Gracie goes on a mind-quest to find her best friend Emily who has disappeared. Gracie has a “special gift,” (her aunt says) she can see the past, present, and future. When Emily disappears, Gracie is forced to use her visions to save her! Gracie ends up figuring out everything she needs to know about Emily’s disappearance, (at least she thinks she knows everything). She figures out where she needs to go, who she needs to meet, and what time she needs to be there. But what if her visions run out? What if she ends up being kidnapped herself? Gracie has all these things to worry about! Will she save Emily? Gracie, the main character, changed through the book! In the beginning of novel Gracie starts off being a shy, timid, and an angry person. She always keeps to herself. Ever since her Mom passed, she has been grieving. As the book goes on, Gracie becomes more outgoing. She actually talks to her family members now. That is how Gracie definitely changed through this novel! There are an abundance of social issues in this book. For example, Gracie’s Mom died in a car accident. Also, her Dad abandoned her when she was young. Now, Gracie’s best friend Emily has somehow disappeared. As you can see Gracie has a lot of problems in her life. I have rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because of the cliffhangers and excitement. It made me want to read more! There were a whole bunch of sections in this book where I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what the characters’ decision would be! I rated this book down one star because it was very sad in some parts. Overall this was a amazing novel! Everyone should read the book Premonitions!

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Being by Kevin Brooks A Review by Jake W. Genre: Science Fiction / Action Student Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Being, by Kevin Brooks, is a book about a boy and a girl named Robert and Eddi. They are on the run. He needed Eddi to make him a fake ID, so Robert took Eddi hostage and he fell in love with her. Robert is some sort of alien, but he didn’t even know that. At first Eddi thinks he is crazy, but then she finds proof. He went to the hospital, and the doctors cut open his stomach to see his alien features. So now he is injured and wanted. Eddi is new to all of this kind of stuff and is inexperienced. While they try to find a friend to help they get attacked. They have lots of trouble with bad people. Then they go to some sort of foreign country to stay safe. They will eventually run out of money. Robert, the main character, goes through many changes in this novel. First, He thought he was just a normal human and now he knows he isn't. Second, When he first took Eddi he was annoyed and was constantly fighting her, now they like another and work together to survive and make money. Lastly, He found his true self. Before he was mean, rude, and stubborn. Now he is kind, listens more, and cares for others. There are a few social issues in this book. Robert has been living with foster families. He probably doesn't know what it’s like to be loved by family. Also, he is different from other kids. He is very strong and he is very smart. Eddi’s parents died in a car accident when she was six she lived with her aunt till she left, and is was living on her own as a thirteen year old. She had a really rough childhood, and I feel bad for her. I have rated this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It kept me interested the entire way, but the book has some inappropriate topics. It was good enough to get maybe a four, if there wasn't any inappropriate things. Otherwise it was a interesting book. In my opinion the ending stunk. I was hoping for a lot more, and the author just stopped the book with a slap in the face. I would totally changed the ending if I could, but I can't tell you what I would change because that will spoil the book.

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11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass A Review by Brooke W. Genre: Fiction Student Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars In 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass, there is a girl named Amanda and she is 10 years old. Leo is a kind boy. Leo and Amanda are the same age and best friends. They have always had their birthdays together. One year something goes wrong and their friendship is split in half. Who knows if they will be friends again or enemies for life. Leo told his friends that he didn’t have a choice to have his birthday party with Amanda. That’s why Amanda has not been talking to Leo. Over time they both talked it out and they were friends again. One day they decided that they should have their birthday together again, so they did. Then, a day after their birthdays, Amanda and Leo woke up and she realized that they were reliving her birthday again. Amanda and Leo are the only people that know that they really did have there birthday. Amanda and Leo go through a lot of changes in this book. First off when Amanda and Leo were friends again she seemed a lot happier. As the story moved along Leo wanted to do more fierce things like when he made Amanda and his self cut school to try and figure out why the day kept being the same. There are parts when they are fearless and when they are scared and they have changed tremendously from the beginning of the book. In the book 11 Birthdays, there are a few social issues. Like in the beginning of the book when Amanda and Leo were fighting. Another was when Leo told his friends that he didn't want to have is birthday with Amanda and she herd and then she was crying. Also when Amanda was trying to look the best for her party when she was getting ready. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book kept me reading like crazy, I didn’t want to put the book down. I would recommend this book to all girls and boys. I relate to Amanda in a way because I know how it feels for someone to talk behind a person's back. Overall this was a great book and one of my favorites too. Read to find out if they will ever experience another different day in there life besides their birthday.

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