Crash by Jerry Spinelli

This book is very good because you learn that some times people are mean to you and you just don’t get upset and that person will stop and be nicer.

—H.T. (age 11)

Airhead by Meg Cabot

I enjoyed it because it shows how being rich and famous isn’t that great.  it is funny to see that Nikki/Emma likes Christopher but he won’t pay attention to her.

—T.M. (age 11)

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

This book shows that being famous is very different.  It also shows not everyone is who you think they are.  It was also very funny.

—T.M. (age 11)

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

I really liked (how) they portrayed the story of King Arthur in this time.  I also liked the way everything played out.

—T.M. (age 11)

Keeper: By Mal Peet

Paul Faustino is interviewing a famous goalkeeper named El Gato. El Gato is talking about his childhood and how he became a keeper. Gato says that he started goalkeeping in the forest. An old goalkeeper came out of the forest and onto the turf and said, “There is your place, you belong there.” At first Gato didn’t know what it meant, but after he finished his lessons with the keeper he knew what he meant. Then Gato went onto become a famous goalkeeper who won a World Cup.

—L.D. (age 11)

The Nobodies: By N.E.Body

Fern and Howard were excited to go to the Anybodies camp, but when they got there it all went away. First it was the look of the place and then the camp counselors; they were mean and looked weird. Then Fern found out by a talking dog that a mole was out to get Fern. Then one night, Fern followed the counselors into the forest and faced the mole one on one. She won, but it didn’t end there. Fern had gotten a letter from the Nobodies, they were trapped in a basement and they needed her to save them. Fern was going to do just that.

—L.D. (age 11)

Kingdom Keepers 3: By Ridley Pearson

Finn, one of the Kingdom Keepers, got a video from his old friend Wayne. In the video, Wayne was nervous. Then suddenly, the video turned off and Wayne was gone. Finn called over the other Kingdom Keepers and told them the news. They expect the nasty Overtakers. The next night, the Kingdom Keepers sneak into the Magic Kingdom to look for clues. They found a clue that Wayne left and headed over to Epcot. When the Kingdom Keepers found where Wayne was, he wasn’t there. Will Wayne be saved or will he be killed by the Overtakers?

—L.D. (age 11)

The Outsiders By: S.E. Hinton

There are two gangs in town that have had a rivalry for many years: the Greasers and the Socs. One night, Johnny and Ponyboy were in the park when a car full of Socs drives by looking for trouble. The Socs attack and the two boys do everything they can to try and protect themselves. One Soc tries to drown Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny is quick to react. Johnny pulls out his pocket knife and stabs the Soc. After the event, the other Socs are afraid, so they run. Johnny didn’t mean to kill the guy; he was just attacking in self-defense. The two Greasers run to try and hide. Will they be caught by the police or will they have a clean getaway?

—K.D. (age 14)

Catching Fire By: Suzanne Collins

This year is the 75th Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, and a special “twist” is being put on the Games. The twist for the Quell is that the tributes will be chosen from the past victors from the district. District 12 only has three victors: Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to be the ones to represent District 12. At the pre-games conferences, Peeta announces that Katniss is pregnant; this causes the whole country of Panem to go in madness and the Capitol to grow in fury. The next day… the Hunger Games begin! The arena is a clock and every hour, a different tragedy occurs: bloody rain, jaberjays, poisonous fog, and nine others. The Capitol also throws in some unexpected surprises to try and tear the “couple” apart. Will Katniss or Peeta be the won to win and claim the glory? Only one can survive.

—K.D. (age 14)

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)