The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a great read for ages 12 and up. Lady Kestrel lives in the wild world of Valoria, where the country has warred with Herran and enslaved its defeated citizens in a Greco-Roman style. One day, she goes to an auction with her friend and sees a slave so perfect she pays a steep price for him—both financially and emotionally. Kestrel figures out quickly that what she sees in Arin on the outside is not who he truly is on the inside. Kestrel’s head and heart are torn apart as her formerly utopian world falls to pieces around her.
I loved this book so much that I used it in a school project! It made me think hard about the effects of the different conquests and wars in The Winner’s Curse. Everything twisted and swirled in my brain as I dug deeper into the book. My favourite part was when Kestrel daydreamed of silvery and beautiful ideas. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes serious novels. It has a little bit of violence and a hint of romance. This book is fantastic!
This book, A Snicker of Magic, was amazing! It was written in a way that took me straight into the book! It is a great book for people of all ages! It is the kind of book that made me cry happy tears! It made me smile and laugh! It also made me want to cry. It was written with lots of love and it shows in the writing. I read this in one sitting. The characters were well-crafted and unforgettable! Five stars!
I enjoyed this book a lot. The only thing I didn’t enjoy about it is that in many of the short stories there was at least one typo. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested or involved in the Performing Arts.
— Lily, 13
I loved the book!! I would definitely recommend it to my friends. It was pretty similar to this book that I read which was called The Never Girls in a Blink. The book was about these girls that found a box and it was magical. It brought them to a magical place were this mean person hid a thunder bolt that made everyone unhappy. The girls had to find it. As soon as I started reading it I wanted to read more. It was called The Secret Kingdom.
— Sofia, 8
Dylan has crossed the line. After taking a joyride in a car stolen from the junkyard, his mother decides to send him to live with his uncle for the summer. He’s not expecting a nice trip. He’s not expecting to like his uncle either. What his uncle is planning to do is far different from Dylan’s dismal expectations - a trip into the jungle of Papua New Guinea to search for one of the many World War II planes that crashed there and have never been found. During his stay, Dylan begins to learn the horrors of war and eventually the dangers of not taking is malaria pills as he wanders from the group and finds himself lost in the jungle. It’s an amazing book that shows how a shift in location can change how you view the world.
I really enjoyed the book Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow. The story takes place in a dark forest, among a tribe of women called the Shadowed people. It tells the tale of Otter, the girl who transformed their way of life. Otter and her mother, Willow are binders of the dead, one of the highest positions in the tribe. But when Willow’s power causes the bindings to reverse, Otter must find another solution to keep the dead from returning. Bow’s writing style is very poetic, and truly conveys the intended meaning. Some parts of the book made me laugh, some made me cry, and others made me shiver in fear. If you want a deep, meaningful story, I recommend this book to you, as it is more than a mere adventure.
— Shira, 11
This book is about Brenda. She is a Daddy’s girl. When her dad dies, she has to move to Grandma’s house with her mom, younger sister, and older sister. Everyone in her family is going to be in beauty pageants except her. She goes to a charm school. This book is similar to In Two Worlds, a book I read at school, because both stories are about people who moved to different places. I liked how it was written. I think that kids ages 8 to 12 would like it. Sara Danielle Wessland, almost 8 ½
I picked up The Lost Planet from the teen books bin expecting a action-heavy sci-fi novel with a bit of mystery. That’s exactly what I got. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For anyone with a love for fantasy and science fiction, this book is just fine. It is good enough to want to keep reading, and the action is nicely interspersed with moments that shed a little light on the situation and drive the plot along. A fine book.
But there’s nothing new about it. The shady underbelly of this galactic empire, full of strange aliens and rampant crime makes me feel like I’m reading a Star Wars novel, and the moments on the ships of the “Fleet” (a galactic police force that keeps tabs on the many planets of this imagined universe) reminded me of Star Trek so much that I was constantly waiting for a one of the captains to be introduced as “Kirk”.
This is mainly because there’s nothing in the writing to distinguish her universe from that of George Lucas or Gene Roddenberry. The reason for that is the writing. Not the story - like I said, that’s nicely planned out - but the actual writing. The author doesn’t seem to trust the reader to understand words longer or more obscure than “synthesized”, and even then only when she’s trying to make things sound high-tech. And it’s a pity, since this universe is clearly well thought out. There are planets, species, and technologies that are only mentioned in passing but feel like they have been given a history in the authors mind that her writing and the plot could not fully convey.
The thing is, there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the book, it’s just that I wasn’t able to see the universe she was creating. The authors job is to give you a picture. The readers is to visualize it. I can’t extrapolate a whole spaceship from two lines of text written so simply a 2nd grader could understand. All in all, this was a decent book. The pacing kept me turning pages until the end, and the mystery was complex enough that I couldn’t get it from the beginning and have to watch the characters flounder about for fifteen chapters until they figured out what I had back when they started. If you don’t mind the sensation of the whole thing being a derivative of previous phenomena, it is a genuinely enjoyable book.
But you know what? I still don’t have a clue what the title is supposed to mean.
Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking by Cyndi Marko is a good book for 6-8 year olds. It has lots of pictures some in color, some in black and white. Kung Pow Chicken saves the day for some cold naked chickens who just got tricked by a granny called Granny Goosebumbs. It’s a funny book. I recommend this to kids who like books with lots of action and lots of pictures.
— Maisy, 8
I really liked the book Grave Images. I thought that Bernie was very suspicious of Mr. Stein. Mr. stein was very creepy. My favorite part was when Mr. Stein just walks in. I would recommend this book to other people.