Teen Book Review: Idi Amin


Title: Idi Amin
Author: Steve Dougherty
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book was very explanatory about the era of the 60s-70s in Uganda. Enter Idi Amin, a ruthless, brutal man will stop at nothing to get what he wants, to be the leader of Uganda.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review: The Selection


Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book is about a girl named America Singer who gets selected for the Selection. The selection choses 35 girls and one of them might merry prince Maxon and become the princess of Ilia.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review: Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow


Title: Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow
Author: Tommy Donbavand
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: I gave this book 5 stars because the excitement in the book is crazy. One minute the doctor was winning the next he was trapped. I loved it so much but it got really boring in the middle then it got better so I am happy I stuck with it!

Teen Book Review — Wonder


Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Wonder is about a boy named August. August was born with a gene that made his face look different, and so he gets teased at school. It is a really good book and I would give it four stars.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — 13 Little Blue Envelopes


Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review:
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a fictional book about 17 year old Ginny’s trip to Europe. But this trip wasn’t just to one country; it was a tour of a big part of the continent. The tour was lead by her crazy Aunt Peg, who also happened to be dead. Aunt Peg wrote 13 letters to Ginny before she died, the first containing a task and giving her instructions to open the second letter when she completed that task. Same thing with the second one, and the third, and so on. By opening the letters at the correct time, she was getting a tour of Europe. Ginny was basically being forced into an adventure by her dead aunt with nobody to accompany her and thirteen letters as directions. No wonder she was confused! I would give 13 Little Blue Envelopes three and a half stars (out of five.) It is sort of interesting, and the ending is suspenseful, but it didn’t end up answering one of my biggest questions. I thought it would be more exciting and mysterious when I signed up for it. This book connects to my life because I have traveled to a country where English is not the main language: Ecuador. However, I can speak some Spanish and I was traveling with my mom, who is fluent in Spanish. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is unique, I haven’t read any books like it, but I guess I can compare it with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is the main character in The Hobbit, and both him and Ginny are forced into adventures. I would recommend this book to you if you like stories about traveling, but if you are looking for adventure, I don’t find it as exciting as it seems.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Fault in our Stars


Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Fault in our Stars is a really good book about two teenagers with cancer. I really enjoyed it but it was sad especially the ending.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — When Zachary Beaver Came to Town


Title: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This book is about a 13 year old boy and his friend leaving in a small town in Texas. Antlar can get very boring for them sometimes. But when Zachary Beaver, who claims to be the fattest boy in the world comes to town, their summer turns out to be not so boring after all.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Reason to Breathe


Title: Reason to Breathe
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: Emma lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Her aunt abuses her (physically), but Emma wants to protect her cousins, and doesn’t say anything. She is creating a perfect profile for herself so that she can get into a good college — straight A’s, three varsity sports, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper — but when Evan Matthews comes into her life, she’s afraid he will destroy the “perfect” balance of her life. A great book for mature teens who love romance and thrillers! NB for sensitive souls: Although this book can make you laugh until your stomach hurts, it can also make you cringe and cry.

This review was written by a 10th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Breadwinner


Title: The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review:
I LOVE this book. Despite the fact that it’s a realistic fiction book, it’s set halfway across the world in Kabul, Afganistan, and it seems nearly unreal. The Taliban have taken over Kabul and forbidden women to go outside, as well as arresting people for things like having a foreign education. This seems extreme and almost impossible, but this was a very real time not very long ago (the book is set in the 1990s). You can really get a sense of how people really lived from this book. Deborah Ellis is a superb author, and I plan on reading the sequels to this book. It was excellent!

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Fault in our Stars


Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Fault in our Stars is an amazing book about two teenagers with cancer. They meet at a cancer support group, and then fall in love. Both of them are worried about making the other one sad by dying of cancer. This is a really sad book, but it is worth reading.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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