Day of Tears by Julius Lester

I thought it was really good but sad because people die and are split up from their families and it was very good but hard to imagine what they felt like and see what was going on.

—T.M. (age 12)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen

The Graveyard Book is a book of a boy who lives in a graveyard and was raised by ghosts.  This book is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.

—A.A. (age 11)

Thanks for the drawing to go with the review. -Jennifer

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?

Main Street #9- Coming Apart By: Ann M. Martin

After Nikki’s dad left her mom, her sister and brother, and her, left was perfect. Now, almost a year later, her parents are going to make their divorce official. As part of the agreement, Nikki’s dad has to come back to the house to retrieve all of his belongings.The only problem… the “new” family doesn’t want him back.     Also, Olivia has recently been asked out by Jacob, and she said yes. Now, she doesn’t feel the same way like she used to about Jacob. Melody and Tanya have sorta been pressuring Olivia and Jacob and that is making Olivia feel uncomfortable. 

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once was about a Jewish boy named Felix. Once takes place during the 1940′s, when Hitler and the Nazi’s are in power. Felix’s parents, before the war started, put Felix in an orphanage. Knowing his parents are alive, Felix leaves the orphanage and “runs away” to home. But why are the Nazi’s burning books? Why do they hate him? Why did they force him into a work camp?

I liked the beginning of this book. It was filled with action. However, I didn’t like the way it ended. It just suddenly ended, and it didn’t tell you what happened to him.
—K.J. (age 13)

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Vera Dietz’s best friend, Charlie, is dead. Charlie haunts Vera to clear his name. Vera’s Dad is dealing with Vera’s Mom leaving and he’s a recovering alcoholic.

Vera, who loved Charlie, has always grown up ignoring things. Ignore the wife-beater next door. Ignore the creep Charlie used to sell to. Ignore the bullys at school. When do you stop ignoring?

I like this book alot. It kept bouncing back from Vera’s history with Charlie to present day. This was a really good book.
—K.J. (age 13)

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Writer-artist Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is a surprisingly nuanced, grim, an intricate graphic novel, on the same level as most modern fiction.  it relates the story of Batman’s return to crimefighting after a decade of absences, despite his growing age and opposition from the new police commissioner.  Batman must defeat a terrifying new gang called the Mutants as well as his old enemies, even as the police are hunting him down.  Along the way, Miller shows the impact of superheroes like Batman on soceity, as well as the impact of the media that follows his every move.  Indeed, the mass media coverage of both Batman’s exploits and a Cold-War-turned-hot scenario eerily forecast the world of today, though the tale was penned in 1986.

Miller also delves into the psychological realm, examining just what makes batman and some of his adversaries tick.  Though this can become dry at times, it furthers the development of characters that, before this, were not very complicated at all.  Those uninitiated in the batman mythos will only need a small amount of knowledge to delve into the truly spectacular tale that is The Dark Knight Returns.

–A.M. (age 15)

Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Dusty Higgins

The book is based off of the childhood story we all know. But it has an unexpected twist, vampires.
–K.R. (age 15)

Weebie-Jeebie

Told by Burt and Lisa Simpson. It’s their take off of the Simpson “Treehouse Horror”
—K.R. (age 15)

The Borden Tradegy by Rick Geary

It tells about the murder a A.J. Borden and his wife Abby. Their daughter was the one who killed them. But was found not guilty.
—K.R. (age 15)