Teen Book Review — The Help


Title: The Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Stars (out of 5): 3

Review: The Help is set in the early 1960s in Jackson Mississippi, and is told from the perspective of 3 people, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. Aibileen is an African-American maid who cleans houses and cares for the young children of white families. During the time covered in the novel, she has a job looking after a toddler girl named Mae Mobley, her first job since her own 24-year-old son was killed in an on-the-job accident. Minny, Aibileen’s confrontational friend who frequently tells her employers what she thinks of them, which has resulted in her being fired from 19 jobs. Her most recent employer was Mrs. Walters, mother of Hilly Holbrook. Hilly is the social leader of the community, and head of the Junior League. Skeeter is daughter of a white family that owns a large cotton farm. She just came from college, as well she wants to get a job as a writer. In conclusion Skeeter wants to write something that impacts the society where she lives. In this way, the help starts.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

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Teen Book Review — The Sisterhood the Traveling Pants


Title: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares

Stars (out of 5): 4

Review: Four best friends are all going to be seperated this summer for the first time! Bridget, goes to a soccer camp in California. Tibby stays home and works at a store called Wallmans while also making a movie with her new friend Bailey. Carmen visits her dad and his new family. Last but not least, Lena visits her grandparents in Greece. All four girls go on different adventures and to remember each other, they each take a turn in the magical travelling pants which brings them a very spectacular summer!

This review was written by an 8th grader.

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Do you have a sweet tooth? There’s a blog for you!

Laura's favorite treat from the library vending machine.


Based on the number of teens who use our vending machine on the ground floor, I would say that the majority of you like candy and pretty much anything with sugar in it! (And this librarian is right there with you, as I frequent that vending machine during my lunch breaks). If you do enjoy your junk food, and you enjoy reading blogs, then I’ve got a blog for you. Obsessive Sweets, produced by a New York blogger, showcases photographs of candy and other sweets from around world. Warning! Do not read this if you’re hungry!

Hunger Games Poster

For those of you who are Hunger Games fans, such as this librarian, the official poster for the March 2012 movie has been released. Read about it from this Amazon blog entry.
Do you think the movie will live up to your vision of the book? What movies based on books have you enjoyed? Which ones didn’t you like?

Teen Book Review — The Power of Positive Thinking


Title: The Power of Positive Thinking

Author: Norman Vincent Peale

Stars (out of 5): 5

Review: The power of faith in action.How poeple moved from low to highh self esteem,etc.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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Teen Book Review — Gregor the Overlander


Title:Gregor the Overlander

Author: Suzanne Collins

Stars (out of 5): 5

Review: This book is about a world underground that the humans retreated to for safety. Gregor accidentally falls into it with his sister, Boots, and turns out to be the warrior in their prophecy. So he agrees to go on a quest with his sister, Luxa, and Henry but only to find his long-lost father. I think this is a good book for people who liked the Ember series. This book is so COOL! I LOVE IT !!!!!!! It just keeps pulling you in, not a single dull moment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This review was written by a 6th grader.

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Teen Book Review — The Lost Hero


Title: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Stars (out of 5): 5

Review: In this book, Jason shows up at The Wilderness School and has no clue how he got there. Then, he, Piper, and Leo are attacked by storm spirits and their guidance counselor risks his own life to protect them. They then get sent to Camp Half-Blood, where they go on a mission to save Piper’s dad as well as the rest of planet Earth.

This review was written by an 8th grader.

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Teen Book Review — Pride and Prejudice


Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author:Jane Austen

Stars (out of 5): 5

Review: I thought this book was a really good; I think that Austen did a really nice job writing about the amount of pride and prejudice people had back then. It kept me on my toes thinking about how society forces Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to keep in their true feelings for each other, and how they would over come it. This book is a must read!

This review was written by an 11th grader.

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Teen Book Review — Water for Elephants


Title:Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Stars (out of 5): 4

Review: The protagonist is Jacob Jankowski. He joins a circus and falls in love with Marlena, the wife of August, who along with Uncle Al, is one of the leaders of the circus. Jacob befriends Walter, Camel and others along the way. I found this book very interesting. I really wanted to read it before I saw the movie that came out earlier this year. The plot moved quickly which made it enjoyable to read. Also, the characters were engaging and invoked feelings of sympathy that made the reading experience more enjoyable.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

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Teen Book Review — 1984


Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Stars (out of 5): 3

Review: This book presented a description of a disturbing future in which there was no longer any individuality and government held complete control. The life Winston lived was very upsetting and the way it was described made me feel sorry for him. It was also interesting because a lot of the references made sense to the time it was written.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

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