The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Volume 4 by Heather Brewer

***SPOILER ALERT!***

This book scores a 10/10. I was so happy when Vlad met Snow! He needs someone to love, Meredith was just a phase, forbidden fruit. I just know he will break up with her soon to be with Snow!

— N.D. (age 14)

What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld

What the Dog Said took me inside a girl named Grace’s life. After her dad’s death, Grace is not the same. She locks herself in her room, shuts out her family, doesn’t clean her room, loses weight, and fails every class. Then, her older sister Regan suggests the idea of getting a dog to improve her college application. Yet, Grace finds that the dog helped her heal more than she ever thought it could. I felt Grace’s emotions as she goes through life, and I even cried after I read this book. Everyone who has suffered a death in their family should read this marvelous and tearful book.

— A.S. (age 13)

The Fear by Charlie Higson

The book was about children trying to survive a zombie apocalypse that only affects people 16 and up. I like it, it was very detailed with lots of action and adventure. It had blood and gore and a lot of moments where your heart stopped or skipped a beat.

— N.L. (age 12)

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Volume 3 by Heather Brewer

This book scores a 10/10. Even though it was a bit of a recap of the previous book for the first chapters, it played along well. Vlad got to know more about Otis and meets a beautiful goth girl named Snow. He feeds off her and makes her his drudge. After this he begins to fall in love with her …

— N.D. (age 14)

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

This graphic novel shows Maggie’s first day and many more days in high school. As if high school isn’t hard enough, she has homeschooled, has three brothers, and a ghost following her around. I was very pleased after reading this book, and wanted more.

— A.S. (age 13)

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The book The Probability of Miracles is about a girl named Campbell who has been plagued by cancer for seven years, and does not have much time left. The doctors have done everything they can, and, in a last-ditch effort to cure Cam, her mother moves Cam and her sister from Florida all the way to Promise, Maine, which has been dubbed a “miracle town.” I thought the book had a good, strong plot, but, given its subject matter, I though it could have been a bit more insightful. It was a good story, but it taught no valuable lesson. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and that’s about it.

— E.M. (age 14)

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

James Patterson hooks me to read another book in the Middle School series, and I was thrilled to get to read it. Rafe Khatchadorian takes me on another adventure summer camp. Yet, thinking having to do schoolwork is hard enough, he must face bullies in order to help his friends, even though he could get in serious trouble. here we go again.

— A.S. (age 13)

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Volume 5 by Heather Brewer

***SPOILER ALERT!***

This book scores a 10/10. It almost broke my heart near the end of the book when Nelly, Vladimir’s guardian, died. This book NEEDS!!! a sequel! Heather left us with a huge cliffhanger when Snow’s eyes flushed green. I need to know what happens next.

— N.D. (age 14)

Dork Diaries Volume 6 by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries explains the middle school life of a young girl named Nikki Maxwell. In this book, Nikki faces the problem of getting her crush to say yes to going to the dance with her, although a girl named Mackenzie has an evil plan. Rachel Russell really can explain and relate to the girl world, and I hoped Nikki succeeded in her quest to find love. I absolutely loved this novel!

— A.S. (age 13)

The Great Blue Yonder by Alex Shearer

The book The Great Blue Yonder was a story about a thirteen year-old boy named Harry who dies and finds that he must take care of the “unfinished business” he left on Earth with his sister before he can move on to the mysterious place called the “Great Blue Yonder.” I liked the book very much, and thought that its unique voice was both intriguing and extremely relatable. For a book about death, it was surprisingly heartwarming and funny, but sad as well. I thought that this book was a great read, very enjoyable, and very well-written.

— E.M. (age 14)