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Teen Book Review — Okay for Now


Title: Okay for Now
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: this book was a great book and i loved how doug changed over the course of the book. he went from being a sad and unhappy person to a kind caring one and i liked that.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — First Term at Malory Towers


Title: First Term at Malory Towers
Author: Enid Blyton
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: I like these books, because they are funny,interesting and have real-life situations in them.I would recommend these books(there are 6 of them) to children from the age of 10 up to 12 years of age.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Beautiful Days


Title: Beautiful Days
Author: Anna Godbersen
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: (Spoiler alert! This is the second book in the series.) [set in 1929] Everything should have separated Astrid Donal, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur. But after living together for a month in New York, the girls are freat friends. Astrid is engaged to Charlie, Cordelia’s brother. Letty is trying to make her dream a reality: dancing and singing on Broadway. Cordelia is trying to make sense of her father’s death and the part she played in it. She wants revenge — so she gets to work with her brother Charlie and his gang. But the Hales, the Grey family’s arch-enemies, will stop at nothing to preserve their reputation… I loved this book as it feels fictitious (car-chases at night, spying on the enemy by plane) and yet so ground in reality (the historic details are specific and well-researched). I can’t wait to read the third book in the trilogy!

This review was written by a 10th grader.

Teen Book Review — Second Form at Malory Towers


Title: Second Form at Malory Towers
Author: Enid Blyton
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: I think that the Malory towers books are nice and very easy to understand for children of the ages 10 to 12.The girls have lots of tricks up their sleeves (for their teachers ,of course!) ,especially Alicia which makes these books fun to read.I think that they are a very nice series of books to read.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Reviews — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: I really liked this book. it did take a little while to get into but after i got into it i couldn’t put it down i really liked the traits the auther gave the peculiar children such as making fire in the girls hands and the girl floating on the ceiling.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Smart Dog


Title: Smart Dog
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Smart Dog is about a dog named Sherlock who can talk. Amy finds him on her way to school and he asks her to help him. Amy agrees but only because otherwise scientists will start researching Sherlock. Amy and her two friends, Sean and Minneh start trying to keep Sherlock hidden by lying to their parents. In the end, Amy gets to keep Sherlock.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — A Room with a View


Title: A Room with a View
Author: E.M. Forster
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The writing in the novel is really compelling and the plot is compelling in its portrayal of fascinating characters.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — Speaking from Among the Bones


Title: Speaking from Among the Bones
Author: Alan Bradley
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: The Flavia de Luce Mystery Series is one that is compelling and full of warmly inviting characters. The novel is both eloquent and exciting, horrifying and heartwarming. It has been a true pleasure to see the evolution of Bradley’s stellar sleuth Flavia from the very first book. It is with impatient enthusiasm that I await the next novel!

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud


Title: The Death of Life of Charlie St. Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The premise is so touching and interesting that I overlooked the underdeveloped relationships and characters.That being said, this book will definitely produce a tear or two against your will. You’ve been warned.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — A Free Woman on God’s Earth


Title: A Free Woman on God’s Earth
Author: Jana Laiz and Ann Elizabeth Barnes
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: A Free Woman on God’s Earth is a biography of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Bet or Mumbet, a former slave in Massachusetts during revolutionary times. This book is written like a story, putting all the events in her life in chronological order and writing about her emotions, making it easier to understand and enjoy than some other biographies. Elizabeth Freeman was a very important woman for history, particularly in Massachusetts. She was separated from her parents when she was only seven years old, and sent as a gift to the Ashley family, where she would stay until the end of her slavery, but not the rest of her life. She was a smart woman, and she wanted to be free from slavery, so she worked hard, and eventually found a way to free herself. During her later years as a slave, there was talk of a revolution. Elizabeth Freeman served lawyers during their meetings with Mr. Ashley, and heard their talk of freedom for America. These meetings were also where she learned that owning slaves in Massachusetts was illegal. Elizabeth Freeman, along with her friend, Brom, sued for her freedom under the Massachusetts Constitution, which stated, “All men are born free and equal.” She won the suit, and her Freedom along with it. I am going to rate this book four out of five stars. It was interesting and it caught and held my attention. However, it was an easy read, and I found it lacking some action and excitement, which was what I expected since I prefer fiction to non-fiction books. I think this story is similar to the story of Harriet Tubman. Both stories are about brave women who did amazing thinks to win their freedom from slavery, and helped others do the same. However, there is also a major difference between their stories. Elizabeth Freeman sued for her freedom, proving slavery unlawful in Massachusetts, and making it impossible to defend in court, while Harriet Tubman ran away from slavery and her way of helping was leading others to freedom. This book doesn’t compare much to my life at all, except that I sometimes wish I could make most of my own choices. However, there is a reason adults make some choices for me. It is for my own good.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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