Daughters of the Sea May

In this book, a lighthouse keeper finds a baby floating in a wooden chest in the ocean.  He takes her in a s his daughter, and decides to call her May.  Years later after may has grown up,s he begins to learn truths about her life that have been kept hidden from her.  She learns that the people who she had thought were her mother and father are not, she learns that the reason she feels so different is because she’s actually mermaid, she finds that she has two sisters, one of which she locates, and  at the end she learns to accept herself.  I enjoyed this book because I love mermaids and it taught the important lesson of accepting who you are, no matter what you are.

–R.S. (age 17)

I am Number Four

This book was about aliens coming to Earth because their planet was destroyed by the Magadorians.  They are the last hope to restoring life to their lost planet.  The Magadorians come to Earth and hunt them, but due to a charm they can only hunt them in the order they were numbered.  A boy who has recently changed his name to John Smith and moved to Ohio is next in line, he is number four.  I enjoyed this book because it’s full of adventure.

—R.S. (age 17)

I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has really outdone himself with his new creative effort – his autobiography.  I am Ozzy is the story of one man’s struggles to escape his dead-end hometown, to make it big as a musician, and to overcome addictions and diseases.  Osbourne writes this all in a style that is at times moving an other times hilarious, in his own (often vulgar) words.  The book alternates between material that shows us the progression of Osborune’s life and humorous anecdotes, so the reader is kept interested even if there was a period in time where Osbourne wasn’t doing something interesting.  he also provides answers to the questions that burn in the minds of fans of his music and his reality show The Osbournes:  Why did he bite the head off o bat?  How long has Ozzy been married?  Why does he talk in such an unusual manner?  There are the answers readers think they know, and then there’s the real answer straight from the horse’s mouth, in I Am Ozzy

–A.M. (age 15)

As Ever, Gordy by Mary Downing Hahn

As Ever, Gordy by Mary Downing Hahn is about 13 year-old Gordy Smith moving back to Maryland with his sister June after his grandmother died. Gordy has to go live with his older brother Stuart along with Barbra and Brent already living there. When Gordy left Maryland, he was a bully. But when he returned, he realized that everyone treated him with disrespect because of the way he treated others before. School isn’t the only problem, Gordy has to share a cramped room with Brent because the house is too small for him to has his own room. Fights continue with Gordy at school and at home.

Gordy then shows his nicer side and starts to treat people with more respect.

Harry Potter #7 by J.K. Rowling

This last book was…hmmm…AWESOME!!! The drama, the action, the danger, it was almost too much. All the events from past books were neatly tied together and tossed about slightly in this GRAND FINALE.

–S.S. (age 12)

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is about a girl named Stargirl who isn’t ordinary in an ordinary town. At first, everyone loves her and her oddities, but then she goes too far becomes a social outcast. A boy named Leo doesn’t really care, seeing as he had a small reputation before anyway, and when Stargirl leaves nothing is ever the same.

–S.S. (age 12)

Harry Potter #1 by J.K. Rowling

I LOVE the Harry Potter series because the idea of magic appeals to me greatly. I love how the author pulls different events together and twists it up in the end for a beautiful conclusion.

–S.S. (age 12)

Sweet-Blood by Pete Hautman

This is now one of my favorite books. Lucy is a diabetic. She often goes into internet chat rooms.  There she meets Oraco.  He claims to be a vampire. That is when everything starts to go wrong. She does things she shouldn’t be doing. So finally she starts making choices.

–C.C. (age 17)

Welcome to My World by Johnny Weir

I thought that this book was very good considering this is Johnny Weir’s first book.  It is about his life as a figure skater and the challenges that go along with it.  Johnny had always been different but he found something that he loved, figure skating.

–C.C. (age 17)

Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

Spoiler Alert! Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn is about sixth-grader Margaret and her best friend Elizabeth. Stepping on the Cracks takes place in the 1940s, which means it’s only been ten years since the great depression and World War 2 is at War. Margaret’s brother Jimmy is in the war with Elizabeth’s brother Joe.  Margaret has Ms. Wagner as her sixth-grade teacher which makes the sixth grade hard. Not only is Ms. Wagner a problem, but so is Gordy, the sixth grade bully, always picking on “Baby Mag Pie” and “Lizard.” Which is what Gordy calls Elizabeth and Margaret. Gordy has two older brothers, three younger brothers, and a little sister June. Donald is at war, and Stuart is supposed to be at war but is hiding in the woods. Hiding from the war is against the law, so Gordy makes sure no one else knows. Eventually, Elizabeth and Margaret find out when they follow Gordy to the woods. They find out Stuart lives in the hut. Margaret and Elizabeth tell Barbra, who also helps take care of Stuart. Barbra’s husband was killed in the war sadly. After Stuart recovers, he goes back home to his family. But, Stuart’s father beats him up from hiding from the war. Stuart has to recover again from being beaten up by his abusive father. Since that happened, Gordy’s family moves. After that, Elizabeth and Maragret relaize that Gordy isn’t that much of a bully anymore.

–L (age 11)