Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

Hold Fast is a wonderful, hopeful book, that everyone should read. It tells the tale of how a girl named Early saves her father and uncovers more than anyone could of ever imagined an eleven-year old to figure out. With the help of friends and people in the shelter Early stay at, Early and her family go on a huge adventure.

–A.S. (age 13)

Precious Bones by Mika Ashley-Hollinger

In Florida, a ten year-old girl named Bones lives with her parents at the edge of a swamp. In 1949, some Yankee men decide to come and cause tremendous change to everyone’s life. With the help of her friend Little Man, she discovers the mystery behind two murder and much more. I couldn’t stop reading this book, due to the suspense and excitement.

— A.S. (age 13)

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

I really liked the book and how it wasn’t completely horror, but it had romance in it which is a plus. It was interesting to read her diary as the chapters go. Also the suspense and trying to guess who was the killer with Jade was entertaining and kept me interested.

— T.M. (age 12)

Nancy Drew, Vampire Slayer Volume 2 by Petrucha, Kinney, and Murase

After getting closer to the newcomer, Nancy discovers that he’s not a vampire. She discovers that he has very delicate skin that would hurt in the sun. Nancy now must help him reunite with his mother and sister.

— L.P. (age 15)

Nancy Drew, Vampire Slayer Volume 1 by Petrucha, Kinney, and Murase

A mysterious new guy moves to town. He seems to be stalking Nancy. She’s the only one that can help him. He only comes out of his house at night. Is it possible that the newcomer may be a vampire?

— L.P. (age 15)

Only The Good Spy Young By: Ally Carter

Cammie is now a Junior at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. However, this school holds a secret that only the students and teachers know. The girls studying there are studying to become international spies. When school starts back up for the year, Mr. Joe Solomon, a teacher, is not there. Cammie has heard rumors that Joe Solomon has become part of “the Circle.” The Circle is a group of young teens and young adults that want to overtake the US Presidential Race. As Cammie gains more information about the Circle, she learns that her father was killed by a member of the Circle. As she gains even more information from her father’s old journals, she learns that Joe Solomon killed her father. Now Cammie has only one question on her mind: Did Joe Solomon REALLY kill my father?

—K.D. (age 14)

Touching Spirit Bear By: Ben Mikaelsen

Cole Matthews has always been the person who everybody was afraid of. Now, after he has beat up Peter(who did nothing), he was thrown in jail. This time his parents won’t bail him out, so they are getting him to learn from his “mistake.” After some rehab and jail time, Cole has been accepted to Circle Justice. Circle Justice is a system in which it sorta replaces being in jail. It ”repays” the victim with replacing what was lost. In Cole’s case, Peter’s injuries are not repairable.  The only problem, Cole doesn’t feel sorry for what he did. Instead, he feels that Peter should be the one punished. As for his punishment, Cole gets sent to an abandoned Alaskan island for a year. There are rumors of a Spirit Bear lurking in the area, but Cole thinks it’s a piece of junk. But then, Cole sees the bear.

–K.D. (age 13)

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix By: J.K. Rowling

This is the 5th book in the Harry Potter series.

 Even before Harry’s 5th year at Hogwarts starts, the adventure begins. Lupin, Moody, Sirius and others come to retrieve Harry from the Dursley’s to take him to the headquarters of Order of the Phoenix. Years ago, this club was put together with dozens of people who were willing to fight Voldemont. Now, since the Dark Lord is again rising the Order is again rising. Finally, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione get to Hogwarts, Harry starts having strange dreams were he is in the body of a snake controlled by Lord Voldemont. Will he fall for the Dark Lord’s tricks or will Ron and Hermione talk Harry out of it?

Rangers Apprentice Book 6: The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan

This book was very suspenseful and action.  I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone.  Some words to sum it up thriller, action/adventure, suspense, and exciting.

—M.H. (age 11)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephanie Meyer is very passionate and addictive.  I loved the way she wove events together so in the end it was like a sandwich that deserves reading.

—S. S. (age 12)