Teen Book Review — The Girl who Threw Butterflies


Title: The Girl who Threw Butterflies
Author: Mick Cochrane
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The girl who threw butterflies is about Molly, whose dad died six months earlier. In the book Molly joins the boys baseball team because baseball reminds her of her father and her friendships help her copes with her father’s death.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Magic Cake Shop


Title: The Magic Cake Shop
Author: Meika Hashimoto
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Magic Cake Shop is a book about Emma whose parents are very skinny and won’t let her eat any sweets. During a summer at her evil uncle Simon’s house she gets involved in a plot to make a special elixir to make anything taste good. This book is very exciting and all the sweets described in the book sounded very appetizing.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Esperanza Rising


Title: Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Esperanza Rising is an intriguing historical fiction novel about a rich family living in a Mexican ranch ten years after the Mexican revolution. It starts by giving you a picture of six-year-old Esperanza’s life as a wealthy rancher’s daughter. It then skips forward 6 years to the grape harvest a few weeks before Esperanza’s birthday. Just before her birthday, and continuing on for a while after, a series of tragedies force Esperanza and her mother to immigrate to California as migrant workers, with their former servants. All of her family’s wealth was gone, and Esperanza was called upon to take care of the babies in the former servants’ family. Esperanza was used to being waited on, and didn’t know how take care of herself, let alone the babies. She had to step up and learn to make the best of her new life. I really enjoyed this book, and I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it because Esperanza’s life kept on changing, and it was interesting to see how she reacted to it. It was great when she finally figured something out, or when her hard work paid off. I might have liked a bit better if it was happier, though. This book doesn’t really connect to my life because Esperanza had to go through terrible things, while I have a happy life. However, it is slightly similar to Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson. In Lyddie, Lyddie needs to work very hard to support her family, as Esperanza does in this book. Also, in both books strikers strike for better working conditions, and neither joined them for fear of losing their jobs. Esperanza Rising is a really good book about accepting change and making the best of every circumstance. If you like historical fiction and don’t mind sad books, you should definitely read it.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Wee Free Men


Title: The Wee Free Men
Author: Terry Pratchett
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This book is about a young girl named Tiffany who wants to become a witch. She ends up having to go on a magical adventure to fight the evil queen who has kidnapped her brother. She learns that the best way to fight this queen is to believe in herself.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Lost Hero


Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: While the plot is mostly predictable, I find this an incredibly fun read. I love Riordan’s works.

This review was written by a 9th grader.

Teen Book Review — Wicked Lovely


Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Stars (out of 5): 2
Review: This book Wiked Lovly is about a 16 year old girl who has the sight to see faeries which other people dont’. Now faeries are stalking her because they think she is the Summer Queen. Which she becomes one in the end of the book. And then she ecomes immortal. I gave it a 2.5 bcouse i didnt realy get what was going on in the faerie world. The main characters didnt have a personality and I didnt like Aislinn’s point of view.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — Divergent


Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review:
This book was definitely gripping- a real page turner!

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — Insurgent


Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review:
I was of course very excited to read Insurgent after Divergent and was especially excited with the direction Roth took with the series. Her growth as a writer is really evident in the second installation of the trilogy, and makes the story and characters even more inviting. Fans of the first will NOT be dissapointed.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Summer of the Swans


Title: The Summer of the Swans
Author: Betsy Byars
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book was well written .It is about a girl Sarah who spent the whole summer taking care of her retard brother Charlie . The book described perfectly, how they felt, the story and mostly every thing.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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.

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