Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Keys to the Kingdom Lord Sunday written by Garth Nix: Review by Tim F.

This is the final battle of Arther's army. He has been sent into the incomparable gardens with Superior Saturday in an assault ram of nothing (a thing that is inky black and destroys everything and makes up everything). He was being watched by Lord Sunday who was in the form of a gardener. Arthur was ambushed and his signs of power or keys of power were taken from him. He was taken on a giant dragonfly and was bound to a clock that has a trap door in it that contains puppets that rip your eyes out. Luckily he is not mortal any more so his eyes will grow back. What is he going to do? He had a elephant that was a stuffed animal. He made it into a nithling (a monster that is completely made of nothing). Will he get the key from Sunday or will he die first? Will he get destroyed or will he live? Read the book to find out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Groosham Grange

Groosham Grange By Anthony Horowitz Review BY Olivia K

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get expelled from your school, have abusive parents AND to not be loved at all? Well you can ask David Elliot and he will know. David lives in England and goes to a fancy private school that of course he gets kicked out of! His father hearing this goes to stab him, but his mom jumps in front of David and gets stabbed instead . They act like it never happened. The next morning David receives a mysterious letter of acceptance to a boarding school and they only have a 30 minute deadline to reply. The school is in an ancient castle complete with its own graveyard and a thick forest. Did I mention it is on an isolated island that is unheard of even by the locals? When David gets there he has to write his name in his own blood. The teachers and the students all have something to hide. Slowly, even his two friends are falling under the inviting spell of Groosham Grange and remember wrong is right, and right is wrong. Once you are in, there is no turning back.

I loved the book Groosham Grange. It was full of some disturbing images that will never leave my mind, as well as laughs and some surprises. The genre is fantasy and horror. I would recommend it for people that love adventure and horror. All I know is I only wish I was the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter so Icould get accepted into Groosham Grange.. Why would I, you are asking? You will just have to read it to find out.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: Review by Sara K.

As some of you might know, The Titan's Curse is the third book of the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This book is about, Percy's 8 grade year when Grover, the satyr which is half human and half goat, called them for an emergency. The main characters in this book are Percy Jackson,Annebeth,grover,The hunters,and the gods. The main plot about this was that there was an emergency call from grover, because he just recovered 2 half-bloods. Half-bloods are sons and daughters of the gods, so they are half human and half gods. Percy's father is Poseidon. Luke, Percy's worst enemy is against him, he serves the great Titan Kronos. He is the olympians father. And percy and his friends are afraid that he will rise back and destroy olympus. This book is has action,mitholygy,comedy, and a little bit of romance. For readers who have read the Harry Potter series, I think you will enjoy reading this book. I hope you enjoy this book as I enjoyed it. Bye, Sara.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pendragon the pilgrims of rain by D.J.Machale

The book I read is about a boy named Bobby Pendragon and he had to protect the island he lives on called Ibara. He had to protect it from the rest of the Veloxx, like the fighters and Dados. Dados are mechanical robots from another world that Saint Dane the villain of the book brought. Before that Bobby almost died from the Quigs that attacked him when he came to the island. Also it is said that this world had two turning points. That mean that Saint Dane once ruled it, but some people escaped. Those who did are the people who live on this island or colony built by them. So that is when Bobby joined up with these people who were kids and thieves but weren't bad people. So he and these kids hijack a ship from the tribunal who is the leader of the village. So then they take the ship to a city called Rubic City. There they meet fighters which I mentioned before. They were the ones who Bobby had to protect the Island from. Then he meets up with some travelers who are on his side and with thier help and his friends (the thieves) they are able to take down that fighters. After that they take down Saint Dane, but Saint Dane didn't die because he is immortal. That is part of this book. Read it to find out what Bobby does and what happens at the end.

Reviewed by: Ricky P.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

For my 4th quarter blog post, I read The BFG by Roald Dahl. This book is total classic with lots of magic and wonders. It all starts with Sophie. Sophie, is an orphan. She live an orphanage called, The Clonkers House for girls. One night, Sophie can't sleep. Instead of trying to fall asleep, she goes over an peeks out of her window. Now Sophie doesn't know this, but, she is in a time called the witching hour. The witching hour is a time when all of the dark things crawl out of their caves or holes and have the world to themselves. So, while Sophie is looking out her window, she sees something tall and black. It was very tall, and very black. Suddenly, the giant swivels its huge head towards Sophie. Terrified, Sophie jumps back into her bed and hides under the covers. She doesn't hear anything for a moment. So Sophie peeks over the covers. And she sees a giant hand coming toward her! It swoops her up and carries her off.

If you want to know what happens in the rest of the book, you have to read it to find out. I will tell you a tiny bit. The BFG at 24 feet tall, is the smallest of the nine existent giants. Once again, the BFG is a mystical and magical book full of myteries and marvels. That is what I read for this quarter.

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. Review by Tommy H.

This quarter I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was one of the best books I've ever read, and definitely my favorite. I liked it so much that on some nights I would stay up almost all night just to read it. It is a very adventurous and treacherous story filled with monsters and gods and at least one battle or dangerous predicament in every chapter. I'd recommend it to almost anyone because pretty sure you'll like it just as much as I did, but you have to pay very close attention to every little detail because odds are it will connect with something later in the book.

The story is about a boy in sixth grade named Perseus Jackson, but most people call him Percy. He is a trouble child, and he is dyslexic. One day when he is on a field trip to a museum something happens that changes his life forever. When he is getting into trouble with Nancy Bobofit he gets called aside by his least favorite teacher Ms.Dodds. When he gets there his teacher isn't there. Instead there is a strange bird creature with a beak and talons, and as it attacks his favorite teacher Mr.Brunner (who is in a wheelchair) throws him a pen and tells him to uncap it. He does and it turns into a sword wich he uses to vanquish Ms.Dodds. His teacher is a monster. When he gets outside nobody knows what he is talking about when he mentions Ms.Dodds including his best friend Grover. Grover is a small boy the same age as Percy, but he has a beard on his chin. And he has to walk around with crutches because he is crippled. Or is he? Eventually he finds out he is the son of the sea god Poseidon, and that Grover and Mr.Brunner aren't crippled, they are just magical creatures hiding their real form. Then he is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. And that sends him on a treacherous mission to find the lightning bolt and prevent the gods from starting world war III. And you'll find that an unexpected thief stole the bolt.

As I said I really liked this book and recomend it to anyone looking for a top notch 5 star book. And right now I'm finishing the second book "The Sea of Monsters" and it's another great book by Rick Riordan that I recomend you read too. Also be sure you see the movie too. Although it's not as good as the book, it's still a really enjoyable and fun movie to see.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: Review by Chloe M.

In the world of Harry Potter, nothing is really as it seems.

The story of Harry Potter starts out when Harry is ten years old, and living with his uncle Vernon Dursley, his aunt Petunia Dursley, and his cousin Dudley Dursley, who is Harry's age. Harry's room is a cupboard under the stairs, and is no bigger than a closet. The Dursleys try to ignore the fact that Harry even lives with him, and when he is around they make him as miserable as possible. Harry is absolutely miserable, and he wishes that he could be whisked away by someone and never have to live with the Dursleys again.

Over his life, Harry has been through some very strange incidents. There was one time when he was running away from Dudley and his gang (Dudley is Harry's worst enemy and the biggest bully) at school and somehow he ended up on the school roof! There was also another time when he changed his teachers wig blue. And his most recent event was when he was at the zoo with the Dursleys and in a reptile house, the glass wall between a giant snake and the rest of the zoo customers vanished, and the snake escaped! All of his strange doings, however, had resulted in a harsh punishment in his cupboard. Harry doesn't know much about his life, except for the fact that his parents were killed in a car accident and he had survived, with only a scar on his forehead when he was a baby. Harry's aunt Petunia loathes Harry and especially her no good sister who is Harry's dead mother.

One ordinary morning, over the summer holidays, Harry is forced to get the mail. On one letter it says "To Mr. H. Potter, The Cupboard under the Stairs, Four Privet Drive...". Harry couldn't believe his eyes! Someone had actually written a letter to him! He had no friends, relatives, or belonged to and secret clubs, so why should he be getting a letter? He showed the letter to Uncle Vernon, who turned purple, and gasped. Over the next few days, Harry received more and more letters, all of which Uncle Vernon destroyed. Harry desperately wanted to see the letter, but he never got to. Eventually, Uncle Vernon told the family to pack their possessions, hop in the car, and then he took them to a little miserable shack in the sea, and that was where they stayed for a night, and then Harry turned 11. Then a giant busted open the door, and to summarize it quickly, the giant was called Hagrid, who was the gamekeeper at Hogwarts and he told Harry that he was a wizard, gave Dudley a pigs' tail, and said that Harry was accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and also that Harry's parents had not died in a car crash, but they were murdered by the most fearful Wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort (but people call him you-know-who because they are terrified.) Also, Hagrid told Harry that on the night his parents were murdered, Harry, who was only a baby, made Voldemort lose everything.

Then Hagrid took Harry away to a Wizard store, where he got all his supplies, such as a wand, school books, etc. After about a month Harry goes to Hogwarts, where he meet his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. There are four Hogwarts houses, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff. After the first year students (the students who's first year it is at Hogwarts) arrive at school, they put a hat on their head and it tells them which house they will live in for the rest of their seven years at Hogwarts. Harry is placed in Gryffindor, along with Ron and Hermione. Harry quickly gets used to Hogwarts and excels at his classes, all except for potions, in which there is a teacher named Professor Snape who seems to hate Harry the moment he lays his eye on him.

Harry goes through many adventures throughout his year at Hogwarts, and you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next. There is so much in this book that I can't possibly explain it all, and it is now my favorite book. I would recommend this book to anyone, and it is a really great book that I think everyone should read.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

In this book, a ordinary kid fights monsters and goes on a amazing journey just to find out the adventure just started. What is not to like?

Percy Jackson is a ordinary kid as normal as a kid who drops out of every school he went to. He is also a son of the Greek God Poseidon. Poseidon is the God of water. He and the rest of the Gods are very real. Percy is droped off at camp right after his Mom is dies (or so he thinks) and his friend Grover tells him he is half goat. Percy has a rough time at camp between being new and being Poseidon`s son. Percy makes friends like Annabeth and enemies like Clarisse. Percy soon finds out that he and his friends (Grover and Anabeth) have to get Zeus most powerful weapon in ten days. During this journey he will face a scorpion, a too perfect hotel, old math teachers, sinister carnival rides, and even a God. This was one of the best books I have ever read. I gave this book five stars. The only warning is have the other books in the series on hand .

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: Review by Jane D.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart is a wonderful book. It is the third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series. This story is filled with challenging riddles, huge problems and unexpected solutions!

Four children named Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance have been living together with Mr. Benedict and their families since their last adventure, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. But that's another story. Mr. Benedict has an evil twin brother named Mr. Curtain. The twins were separated at birth. Mr. Curtain designed a brain sweeping machine that is called The Whisperer. During their last journey the kids, with help from Mr. Benedict and Milligan(Kate's Dad), stole The Whisperer from Mr. Curtain. Mr. Curtain wants his machine back and he'll do anything do get it. So, he shuts down all of the city's power and sneaks into the house to take The Whisperer.

During all this madness Constance runs away. They have to find her before Mr. Curtain's spies do. Milligan calls the spies Ten Men because they have ten ways to hurt you. They are always disguised as business men. In their briefcases they keep all their weapons. Who knew laser pointers and pencils could be so deadly?

Will Reynie, Kate, and Sticky find Constance before the Ten Men do? Will The Benedict Society ever get The Whisperer back? Will they defeat Mr. Curtain once and for all? Read this action-packed, and exciting book to find out.

The Vampire Diaries:Shadow Souls Review by: Sarah C

In this book, Elena is looking for Stefan... but she will need the help of an unexpected friend- Damon, Stefan's older brother and the one who betrayed him. When a kitsune, a fox spirit named Shinichi told Damon he could lock away Stefan in the Shi no Shi, the death of death, he tells Damon he would be able to have Elena. Damon tells Stefan that if he goes, he will be able to become human and be with Elena as a human,he falls for it and is locked away. Although Damon Promises to help Elena get his brother back, it takes a long time to figure out where the gate to the underworld is and once they get there, Elena finds herself falling for Damon. They work together to get to Blodewoulds mansion where they will find the key to get to the cell. But they also need the help of Elenas' friends Bonnie, a witch, Matt, Elenas' ex-boyfriend, and Meridith a great friend. However, an old friend of Elenas named Caroline is going to give birth to werewolf babies and Shinichi is hunting them down guarding Stefan's cell. Elena is determined to get Stefan back and even though Damon always said he hated him, he too, needs his brother again. How will he get his brother back... and what will happen to Damon? Read Vampire Diaries: Shadow souls to find out!

Lawn Boy-Chris S.

The story I read was Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen. This story is about a 12 year old boy who has little money. All he wants is a new inner tube for his 10 speed. Then one day his grandma comes with his grandfather's old riding lawn mower. First, he starts mowing his lawn. Then his neighbor asks him to mow his lawn. Then before he realized he was booked with jobs. Thats when it all started. He is a very hard working 12 year old that started from a old riding mower to a company. He shows a lot of pride in his mowing and to his clients. Overall I thought this book was great. I liked it because it had action and lawn mowing. Also I liked this book because you never know what going to happen next. He was a very lucky kid to start being a lawn mower person to a half of a millionare. I wish I could be a millionare. I thought this was an excellent book. If it was not for that stock guy he would of been no where with his lawn mowing career. Over all it was a nice book to read. I do not read books that often and this was a good book out of all the books I read.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: review by Sam A

For my fourth quarter book, I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I only read about 250 pages of it so far but I believe it is one of the best Harry Potter books I have read. In this book, Harry Potter, the only person to live through Lord Voldemort's wrath, is back for his fourth year at Hogwarts, the school for witch and wizardry. But this year he will go on an adventure like none before, for Hogwarts is hosting the Triwizard Tournament where one young wizard from different magical schools compete for glory, riches, and for the Triwizard cup. Harry and the rest of Hogwarts  are ecstatic about it but when Dumbledore, Hogwarts' headmaster, states that their is an age restriction of below 17 it puts a reign on most of the happiness of the school. And one person who's happiness was drained a bit was Harry Potter, for he is 14. But after the Goblet of Fire (a magical goblet that picks one person from each competing school to compete for their school in the Triwizard Tournament) had already chosen one person from the three competing schools which were Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang, another name flew out of the goblet.

I would rate what I have read so far as a nine out of ten. This book is full of suspense, mystery, wonder, humor, and by far mostly magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction including magic, and anyone else who would like a good read.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

"The Chronicals of Vladimir Tod, Eighth Grade Bites" By Heather Brewer, reviewed by: Jennifer K

"Eighth Grade Bites", is a book by Heather Brewer. It is the first book from the series called, "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod". The main character of this book is a 13 year old boy named Vladimir Tod, also known as Vlad. You would think that he is just a regular human boy, but he's something more, he is actually a Vampire, a distinguished ancient being. Except there's a catch, he is probably the most special vampire of them all, if you consider being the first vampire to be born both vampire and human. Even though he is a vampire he lives a very human like life, minus the garlic of course. He has to deal with bullies all day and a principle that hates him, pretty normal stuff for middle school, right? Well wrong, on top of that all he has to deal with another vampire that has taken the lives of his parents, a good friend, and now he is after Vlad. But Vlad gets through it all with the help from his best friend Henry, and his Aunt Nelly. Also surprisingly the one who he thought was a murderer is not a murderer at all, but is actually his ******** and ends up saving his life! Talk about an unexpected turn in events. If you like books that are suspenseful, adventures, fictious, and funny than you will love this book, however, I wouldn't recomend this book for readers younger than middle school, some parts can be a little bit gory.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Blind Side Reviewed by Caroline S.

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis is an unforgettable book. Before I read this book, I thought it would almost fully be about football. But I was wrong. This book is about the story of Michael Oher and really how comforting a family can be to someone who they don't even know. Michael's mother is a drug addict, he has an uncountable number of siblings and has been to many foster homes. Michael has never been educated. He was a sophomore and he had the learning ability of a third grader. His life story is very sad. But this was about to turn around.

It was a snowy day and Leigh Anne Touhy was driving and saw Michael... with no shelter. She picked him up and his life completely turned around. The Touhy family did almost everything for Michael. He got a tutor, got fed, and just became a part of their family. They experienced some troubles though. Because of Michael's size, he couldn't even fit in a regular bed! They found a way to comfort him.

Michael had an incredible talent in football. Dozens of colleges wanted him to go to their school and play on their team. But the only thing that was in the way of Michael's chances of going to college was his grades. Would he improve enough to make it to college? When people came to the Briacrest (which was the school that Michael went to) football practice, they were all amazed with the talent that Michael has. They had their cell phones out calling the head coach or other coaches to come see Michael and see what talent he has. This book is a book that I'll never forget and I recommend it to everyone!

Bratfest at Tiffany's By Lisi Harrison: Review by Stefanie S.

The Briarwood boys have invaded OCD and are taking over everything.Worse of all the soccer boys are so popular that the Pretty Committee's alpha status is in serious jeopardy.Their brother school Briarwood Academy has collapsed because of burst pipes, so they are forced to share OCD with the briarwood boys. Their popularity has been threatened because the OCD girls are now obsessed with the boys. Alicia loses her spot in the NPC when the girls find out she ditched them to be with her crush. Since there are so many students in the school they are using overflow trailers which the Pretty Committee are picked to stay they and decide to make-over it. They make them look so good that everyone wants to be in their instead of Main Building. Meanwhile, they are on a Boyfast where they cannot interact with the BOCD boys. The NPC gives the trailers and the "Nerds" inside of it a makeover. Alicia can't help but notice how amazing the trailers and the people look, but she has already sacrificed her friendship with Massie. The NPC tries to turn the situation around and end up being the most popular girl in school.What will Alicia do to get back into the New Pretty Commitee?Then OCD holds a raffle to see which students get to have classes in them. Massie uses it as payback and puts all of the NPC's boyish, manly ex-boyfriends in.

I really liked this book.It probally took me the longest to read ;out of all her clique books.This is because at every chapter would hang with suspence.Also it had very rich language,and so many good details it took extra time to understasnd it and enjoy it.I wouldn't say it was my favorite clique book,but its up in the top five.I also liked it because it really explained everything that you could be confused about in the last book.Some books kind of forget about the last book and move on , but this one went back and reminded you of the other ones.My last reason I like this book and all her other books is the is a little summary of what is going to happen to the main character.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Accidentally Famous by Lisa Papdemetriou: Review by Jackie L.

In the book Accidentally Famous there is a girl named Amy and she has a lot of problems. The book is by Lisa Papdemetriou. Next, she has two good friends that don’t really like each other because of a past experience that you’ll have to read the book to find out. There is also this group called the league and Amy is good friends with one of them named Jenelle. There is also Fiona and she and Amy aren’t good friends since she locked her in a box at her birthday party. So, there are some fashion shows that Jenelle’s mom holds and now Amy is in it, but she is also on the Academic team with her good friend Mitchie. All the fashion shows leave her no time to study, so will she blow off the challenge or not? Also, in one fashion show she saw Fiona messing with her outfits and they were all mixed up and crazy. Jenelle said it was ok, but never really looked at the outfits and Amy went on stage with them. It was a huge mess up, but does it turn out to be good or bad? I thought this was an okay book, but it is packed full of stuff.

Nightlight: Review by Carolyn P.

Nightlight By The Harvard Lampoon

Nightlight, by The Harvard Lampoon, is a parody (to make fun of) of Twilight. It is an amazingly funny fantasy set in the modern day. The story starts when a weird, brainless girl named Belle Goose leaves her mom in Arizona. She moves to Switchblade, a small rainy town. Belle has always been super superstitious. When she moves to Switchblade she thinks she is so popular. She always has been a flirt. She thinks all the men love her. When she gets mail from the mailman she thinks that he is sending her things.

The other character in the book is Edwart Mullen. He is a nerd who has no friends and is kind of smart. Belle thinks that Edwart is the most beautiful thing on earth. Belle believes Edwart is so beautiful that he must be super human. Edwart is actually ugly.

My opinion of this book is ***** (five star) -- it was hilarious. I was amazed at the quality of the humor. It was so awesome, I would absolutely recommend it. Also, if you are a big Twilight fan like I was, you may be a little offended. In conclusion, if I had to pick ONE of my favorite comedy books, Nightlight would be the one I would choose.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Island on Bird Streeet reviewed by Leto K

I read the book "The Island on Bird Streeet." I highly recommend it if you like books about young heroes. World War II is happening. The time are very hard in Poland, especially for Jews. A boy named Alex is one of them. His father works in a rope factory owned by Polish men. While his father works, Alex is forced to hide. His mother disappeared and his father has just benn "selected" by the German army to go to an unknown destination. Alone, Alex must find food and water and try to stay alive. He awaits the promised return of his father.

In the apartment on 78 Bird Street, the windows and door of the building are boarded shut and the whole building is structurally unstable. Each day Alex lowers a rope that he has made himself to go out looking for food. While searching in the streets, he must always be aware of the enemy. At night he sleeps in a dark cabinet. He is desolated, yet hopeful that his life will be as before the German occupation. Then one day Alex hears the voices of intruders who have force their way into No.78. His is filled with terror and dread. If they are Germans, they will kill him, and if they are robbers, they will harm him.

Courage and bravery are not unusual in times of war, but Alex is only eleven. He must find the will to overcome his fear and face cruelty and justice.

Grace's Book Review

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer, epic book that I am almost done this quarter. In the beginning, Bella Swan was not able to talk to Jacob Black, so they passed notes around to each other. Also, what happens, is that Bella, and Edward plan where they will live when they are married, and next, Rosalie Hale (Edward's sister) tells Bella a true story of her life to Bella when she was human, and how she became un-human, and why she wasn't fond of the humans so much. In the middle, Jacob tells the story of the Quillets, and also Jasper tells the story of "New borns". The end is a surprise. Bella Swan, the daughter of Chief Swan, the police of Forks, fiance of an un-human, named Edward Cullen. She has brown hair, and brown eyes, her mother divorced, and re-married with a guy named Phil, and living with her father, Charlie. The setting is in Forks, Washington, and then, in the middle of the book.....Jacob kisses Bella. I really liked it, because there is a lot of excitement, and each page has so many descriptive words, and so un-put-down-able, and many things going on, and, one thing after another. Even though, there are a few swares, I recommend this book to you, and this is better than New moon! And, is Breaking Dawn going to be even better? Find out, and read.

Super Freakonomics review by Jonathan S.

Super Freakonomics

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Review by Jonathan S.

Super Freakonomics was a book about interesting statistics and economics. For instance, did you know that it’s more dangerous to walk a mile drunk than to drive a mile drunk? That is the type of thing you’d find in Super Freakonomics, but some things are much stranger than that! There are five chapters in the book, although there isn’t a solid topic in any of the chapters; the topic jumps around like a kangaroo with its feet on fire. There isn’t an actual plot to the book either. This is because this book just talks about bizarre things in economics. Despite not having a plot, this is one of the most riveting books I’ve ever read.

The authors of Super Freakonomics are almost as interesting as the book itself. Mr. Levitt is an Economist, and Mr. Dubner helped him write a book about bizarre things only an economist would know. They wrote a book (it’s called Freakonomics) and due to the book’s success, a sequel was created. I read the sequel, but not the original. It really doesn’t matter what order you read the books, or if you read both of them or just one, because, besides a few references to the first book in the sequel, the two books don’t correspond much at all. This book covers a wide range of topics, from why car seats are a waste to a relatively cheap solution to global warming. It’s amazing how well the chapters go from one topic to the next. It isn’t choppy either and it’s as smooth as whipped cream.

This book has some inappropriate parts, but I tried to avoid those. There weren’t many inappropriate parts though, and I was able to read most of the book, and I loved the whole thing. This book uses some advanced language, so if you’re not the best at reading, I wouldn’t recommend this book. Also, the authors use a dry, sarcastic approach to most of the topics, so if you don’t like that type of humor, you probably won’t enjoy this book. Despite these few things, Super Freakonomics was a great book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes strange yet interesting statistics.

North or be Eaten By Andrew Peterson (Review by James M.)

We find our heros from On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness in their uncle Artham's (a.k.a. Pete the sock man) house in a tree. Tink, Janner, and Leeli recently found out they were the children of the high queen and king of the shining isle, Anneria. Tink was the high king, Janner the throne warden (Tink's protecter), and Lelli was the song maiden. Their town was about to be invaded by the horrible lizard-like Fangs of Dang. Their only chance to escape was to flee to the Kimmera in the ice prairies where Fangs couldn't fight or run. If they could make it they would be free and possibly be able to return to Anneria to start rebuilding it. They set off and right off the bat have some trouble as they get attacked by an army of 10,000 Fangs, 500 trolls, and 100 giants. Will they make it past this? If so will the make it to the Kimmera? Or even Anneria? Read to find out.

This is an amazing story of battle, close escapes, and treachery. I loved this book, but definitely read the prequel (On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness also by Andrew Peterson) before reading this book. It has a great surprise-after-surprise ending.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is about a young boy named Joey Pigza. It's basically is about his life. Joey has two problems, one he has ADHD and he doesn’t often take his pills. Two when he was in kindergarten his dad ran off and his mother went out to try and find him but now after many years she has returned and wants to take charge of his life. On the other hand his Grandmother doesn’t like that because she has been his guardian for so long and doesn’t think that her taking charge would be good for him. Finally she loses her cool and leaves to be with Joey's dad. When Joey finds out that she left his mom told him that she melted and went down a sewage drain. Now Joeys life is flipped upside down he has his mom back, no more grandma, and his mom’s different rules. He also has new rules at school. The new rules at school he enjoys. Would you like to know why? It is because if he acts up even once then he is sent down to the Special Ed room. The thing he likes about the Special Ed room is that there are some parents there and not all teachers. Joey Pigza lives a normal life after all that. I would recommend this book to people who like documentaries/comedies.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by  Andrew S.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is a fiction book based on Egyptian mythology. It is the first book of the Kane Chronicles. The author also wrote the Percy Jackson series. It is about two siblings named Carter and Sadie Kane. When they were in England with their dad they went to a museum and their dad accidentally blew up the Rosetta Stone; killing himself and releasing five gods all taking over someone. Their dad was possessed by Osiris, Carter was possessed by Horus, and Sadie was possessed by Isis. There are two others who got released Set, an evil god who is building a red pyramid to gain power, and Nypthys, a goddess that knows the key to defeating Set. After Carter and Sadie's house gets attacked, they must wander through the country to try to defeat Set and avoid getting caught and killed by the House of Life because they are hosting gods. With the help of a minor god named Bast (aka Sadie's cat, Muffin), they try to save the world.

One of the characters is Carter Kane. He is Sadie's older brother and before this adventure lived and traveled with his dad. He was possessed by Horus and really good at battle magic. I definitely liked the book. I did because I like the mytholigical fiction books. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series or Egyptian mythology. In conclusion, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is a great book.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson: Review by Natalie K.

In the book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Octavian leads a pleasant life as a black child before the Revolutionary War. It is a little strange, though. In this book by M.T Anderson, Octavian soon discovers that he is really an experiment. He is being educated in Latin, Greek, mathematics and science as an experiment to find out whether Africans really are inferior. Octavian is shocked, but he doesn't really mind, because his teachers are kind and he has a comfortable life. Then, everything changes. The place where he was raised and educated is running out of money! A man named Mr. Sharpe is their only hope. He is a revolutionary, but he thinks Africans should be slaves. Octavian's mother dies, and he runs away from all the sudden cruelty. He joins the revolution, and takes part in the fighting. Around this part, the book is entirely written in letters from other characters. I liked this part of the book because it offers a new perspective.
I liked this book because it's exciting, but also has a lot of the characters' thoughts and views. The characters are interesting, and we can tell what they are thinking. I'd recommend this book to people who like historical fiction and stories about the Revolutionary War. This is a great book, so you should read it!

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner: Reviewed by Carl G.

Before you read this review, you should know that this is volume three of the series, so read the first two books first before you read my review. As you know, if you've read the first two books, Eugenides is now surprisingly the King of Attolia. And that's what this book revolves around. When becoming King, many people thought that Eugenides stole the the throne, and they were not loyal to him. This means that Eugenides has to be on the lookout for assassins and even pranks. And with the Mede Empire approaching, Eugenides and his Queen know that they must fix and unite their country in order for them to have a chance of defending themselves. Unlike the other two books, the story doesn't only focus on Eugenides. One of his guards also steps into the spotlight. This book is also written not from the first person perspective, like the first book, but from the third person perspective like the second book. I did enjoy this book. I think that one of the reasons is because there are many twists in the story, that you really don't expect. These twists are what kept me reading. Another reason why I enjoy this book is because of the suspense. As I've said earlier, Eugenides has to watch out for assassins. While you are reading, every moment you're waiting for an assassin, or some type of danger. It's like the Jaws music is playing the whole book. This is a very interesting and suspenseful book in which I highly recommend.