It’s All Chinese to Me by Owen Penner

This book is an overview of Chinese customs, culture, etiquette, and business practices. The subject matter and writing were both very interesting. At some points, however, the writing seemed biased and presented facts in a more negative light. Still very good.

–O.M. (15)

My Friend Dahmer by Charles Kachman

My Friend Dahmer is about a boy who grows up to be a serial killer. My Friend Dahmer is a graphic novel and I like how the story line is written.

–A.A. (age 13)

The Power of Half by Kevin & Hannah Salwen

Though this book had great tone, and I loved the humor and the familial details, I couldn’t ignore the simple facts. The family was not sacrificing a lot and was just moving around the corner. Though they talk about how much they want to give up, they wrangle down the price of their new home instead of buying a cheaper one. Finally they do a TV feature and write a book even though they “don’t want publicity.” Overall this book just annoyed me.

–A.L. (age 14)

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent by Thomas B. Allen

This novel tells the tale of how Harriet Tubman played a vital role in the Civil War. Also, this book explains the events leading up to and during the Civil War, and how free blacks and slaves changed the war by assisting the Union. After reading this fascinating novel, I learned a lot and enjoyed what I read.

— A.S. (age 13)

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

I liked it because it was about how all the Diary of a Wimpy Kidbooks became movies. Zachary Gordon, the person who played Greg, read the books and thought they should become movies. And they did!

— S.H. (age 11)

Oogy By: Larry Levin

Before the Levins met Oogy, he was just a dog with only one ear. Before he entered the dog fighting ring, he was a normal, happy-go-lucky puppy. At only a couple of months old, Oogy was put into a dog fighting ring as bait. After the fight was over, the puppy was left with no left ear and many scars on his face and body. After he was brought into the hospital, the vets couldn’t do much because there was no one to pay for the surgery in order to help heal the dog. After Diane, an employee, couldn’t stand to see the dog in any more pain, she offered to pay for the surgery. After about four hours in surgery, Oogy was healed and good as new, with the exception of an ear. But the only problem now was that he does not have a family. Would Oogy be able to find a family that would love him as much as he should be loved?

—K.D. (age 14)

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

I like that the book because it gave seven helpful tips to make you successful in life.  Sean made it interesting and teen friendly.  I enjoyed the book and wold recommend it to others.

—S.C. (age 13)

Throwing 7′s by Denis Hamill

This book describes the gambling in New York and the underground casinos in New York.

—N.D. (age 13)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

This book is narrated by the author, Mitch Albom, as he tells his story of the last fourteen Tuesday of his former professor’s life – Morrie Schwartz. Morrie discovers he is dying of ALS, and he appears on the news and Mitch, a former student, happens to see, so he decides to pay a visit, something he always promised to do but never actually did. Mitch ends up visiting Morrie every Tuesday, right up until the last Tuesday before he dies. Morrie continues to teach Mitch about life, love, family, marriage, money, and everything in between.

—L.R.

Trail of Bones by Martl Manhein

The book was ok it was boring at times.  It was about some of the cases that Mary Manhein helped solve.

—K.R. (age 15)