Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Moose is a fictional character but lives on an island that is real, Alcatraz Island.  There are lots of prisoners, but so far no one has escaped.  Moose has a sister named Natalie and has to watch out for her.  (She has a condition that would be called autism today.)  In the prison, there is a famous prisoner called Al Capone.  The newspaper reporters are always asking about him, but the warden never answers.  In the end, Al Capone helps Natalie get into a special school.

—submitted by Cailey J. (age 11)

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sprots by James Patterson

In the third book of Maximum Ride, the flock keeps on running into trouble with the flyboy.  They’re part Eraser and mostly robot.  The flock later splits max, Angel, Nudge, and total and the other part gasman, Iggy, and Fang.  Max learns that the institute is exterminating all experiments. 

I like the book because of action and suspense.  If you enjoyed the first two books you should read the third book.

—submitted by Michael T. (age 14)

Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis

This is the first book in the Dragons in our Mist series.  Billy has been having super warm breath for awhile and people call him Dragon Breath and he later learns he has dragon blood in him.  Bonnie is a girl who has known she is part dragon for awhile and has wings she keeps hidden.  After Billy meets Bonnie and learns he’s part dragon the adventure starts. 

I enjoyed this book because its fantasy and exciting.

—submitted by Michael T. (age 14)

Freakanomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Stephen Levitt

A book set up to challenge conventional wisdom, or ideas that almost everyone agrees with.  While it lacked an over-arching theme, it gave interesting perspectives on a wide, range of topics based on data and interviews with experts.  Included were ideas on crime trends, incentives, the KKK, teachers cheating, sumo wrestlers, and abortion.

—submitted by David T. (age 15)

Maximum Ride: The Final Warning by James Patterson

I enjoyed this book a lot because it was very exciting and talked a lot about global warming, for a science fiction book.  The book was the fourth book in the maximum Ride series, and I think it is the last.  The book was about Max and her “flock” and how they go to Antarctica to escape capture.

—submitted by Natalie P. (age 13)

Gone by Michael Grant

This book was about a town full of kids who suddenly have no parents, teachers, no adults, at all.  Suddenly, chaos reigns.  Local bullies and viscous students from the private Coates Academy suddenly rule.  Our protaginast, “School Bus” Sam is the number 1 target because he is the bullies’ only threat. 

Reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, Gone is a great read for all science fiction, suspense, or mystery lovers.  The ending leaves me yearning for the sequel.

—submitted by Natalie P. (age 13)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight puts a twist on the classic forbidden love story.   Edward, the vampire, and Bella, the mortal, have fallen deeply in love.  But Bella beign around Edward is dangerous.  There is always the chance that she might die.

This book was excellent and I really enjoyed it.

—submitted by Angelique L. (age 14)


The Final Warning by James Patterson (Maximum Ride)

Max and the flock are asked to help stop global warming.  But then they are kidnapped and almost sold in a hurricane.  They escape and go back to what they had been doing, saving the world.

These books are some of my favorites.

—submitted by Veronica P. (age 11)

The Yellow Yacht by Ron Roy (A to Z Mysteries)

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose go to visit their friend, Sammi, the prince of Costra, on his birthday.  But when his father’s gold is stolen, it is up to the kids to find it.

This book was really easy for me.

—submitted by Veronica P. (age 11)

Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison

After being changed into a mirror by her “sister” Mira waits on a wall for at least a 100 years.  Then she is found by a small, beaten, peasant girl.  Together, they wander and find their paths in life.

I liked this book because it has adventure and suspense.

—submitted by Veronica P. (age 11)