Eldest by Christopher Paolini

I recently finished this book, which was second in the Inheritance Cycle.  Seeing that I’m not a big fan on fantasy books in general, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.  I can’t say if I liked it better than Eldest, the first book in the series, because I read Eldest a long time ago, but Eldest was a great read overall.

—submitted by Jonathan W. (age 15, grade 11)

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

What an awesome book.Unbelievable.I was ROARING with laughter after reading this book,and it left me wanting more.Who knew such a disfunctional family could be so incredibly hilarious?! Jeff Kinney is a comedic mastermind,let me tell you,and this is just the beginnig.The next books in the series are Rodrick Rules  and The  Last  Straw.Those are just as good!Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is something I reccommend to those who love a good comic book.

—submitted by Hanna N. (age 10, grade 6) 

Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Princess in Love is about Princess Mia, who has a boyfriend even though she likes someone else. Kenney is her present boyfriend and Michael is her “future” boyfriend, at least Mia hopes so. What happens when Mia sends Michael secret love letters, but Michael knows it’s her? I enjoyed this book and think other girls will too!

—submitted by Erin R. (age 13, grade 8 )

Series: The Princess Diaries #3

Sarah : how a hockey mom turned Alaska’s political establishment upside down by Kaylene Johnson.

This biography was the detailed description of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s life. I really enjoyed reading it because it went through her childhood and moved on to her first career, marriage, family, and of course her political career. Many people only know of Sarah Palin as the Governor of Alaska or 2008 Republican Vice President candidate, so I really liked how this book described so many of her other accomplishments.

—submitted by Sarah R. (age 17, grade 12)

P.S. I really Like You by Nancy Krulik

:::SPOILER ALERT::: P.S. I Really Like You is about how Jenny keeps getting secret admirer notes. She and Chloe try to find out who it is but they didn’t have any luck finding out who it was. At the end, they find out that Addie and her friend Dana were writing the notes. I like this book because I thought that it was interesting because Jenny was getting secret admirer notes. I also like this book because it really surprised me when I found out that Addie and Dana wrote the notes.

submitted by Jessica Z. (age 13, grade 8 )

Series: How I Survived Middle School #6

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

This book is about an 11 year old girl named Zoe Elias,who’s dream is to play the piano at Carnegie Hall. The trouble is, Zoe is stuck with a lame, mangy old organ:The Perfectone D-60. It is no glossy baby grand piano, and it is no prize. How can her dreams of Carnegie Hall come true with this instrument in her life? Besides the organ, Zoe no longer has her best friend, is coming home to a busy mother and a father who is afraid to leave the house. Wheeler, the tough kid, befriends Zoe and learns to clean up his act. Her “organ tutor”,Miss Person (per-sahn),has signed her up  for  the biggest organ talent show of the year, convienently called the”The Perform-O-Rama”. Zoe faces many challenges to get to the show. Will Zoe make it? Will she win the “Perform-O-Rama”? Will she learn to love the wheeze-bag organ?

—submitted by Hannah N. (age 10, grade 6)

The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman

Katya, “Katie” for short is having a tough time adjusting to high school.  Her family has left New York City and moved to a small suburb in New York state, Fir Lake.  The novel follows Katie as she works to adjust to her new life.  Although, Katie quickly finds out that starting over is not easy.  She  has left her beloved ballet studio behind, and it seems her sister has found new friends without her.  Will triumph come from Katie’s stuggle?

I enjoyed this book because of its moral lesson.  It taught readers that sisterhood is often stronger than friendship.

—submitted by Alysa R. (age 15, grade 11)

The Starplace by Vicki Grove

This book is about two best friends who can’t be together because of intergration. It is humorous at times, sad at others but is a really, really good book. It is a great example of how life isn’t  always fair. The main charactors are Frannie and Celeste who live in a strictly racist town called Quiver. It takes place in the early 1960s and is a really good read for anyone who likes the best-selling novel “The Color of Friendship”and “The Skin I’m In”.

—submitted by Hannah N. (age 10, grade 6)

This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger

Okay,this one is my favorite! It’s about a popular girl in the year 2057 who has to move to a reserve on the moon and it’s the cleverest take on teenage science fiction ever. It’s funny, it’s romantic and it’s brilliant. I can read it over and over and over again. It’s the best of Paula  Danziger’s books. I love it and I know you will too!It’s an amazing prediction of the year 2057.

—submitted by Hannah N. (age 10 grade 6)

The Valley Breeze – August 6, 2009

The Valley Breeze is a local Cumberland/Lincoln newspaper featuring town events and activities.  This week, one of the greatest Cumberland events was featured, Cumberlandfest.  The article described the food, rides, and entertainment available for visitors.  In addition, there was an interesting article about proposed historic sites in the Arnold Mills area.  The differing opinions of several homeowners in the community were published.  This week’s edition of the paper also featured several intriguing letters to the editor.  The most common topic seemed to be the controversial health care reform plan in Congress now.

The Valley Breeze is always great to read.  It brings me up to speed on many of the most important local issues in town today.

—submitted by Alysa R. (age 15, grade 11)