Madison Moore... she's a Jay-Jay
Meet young reader, Madison Moore.
Madison is a founding member of Watermark's Young
Reader's Advisory Group. She attends Robinson Middle School and volunteers at
church and at Hyde Magnet School. Madison enjoys mysteries, adventures, and
biographies, and her favorite part of reading is learning about grammar and new
ideas. She has one thing she wants to say to the world:
ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!
Identical by Ellen Hopkins.
I've never come upon a darker, more twisted
book in all my life. And the sad part was that I couldn't stop reading it.
From what I've heard of Hopkins's other books--Crank, Impulse,
Burned, and Glass--this book runs along the same lines.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical teenage
twins, but couldn't be more different. Both miss the presence of their
politics-hungry mother, they're both neglected by their washed-out father,
though in different ways. As Kaeleigh turns inward, Raeanne throws herself
upon the world through sex, drugs and alcohol. Secrets abound and tensions
run high until one sister will have to try to rescue the other. Or is their
more to it than that? Trust me, reader, there is! The book's ending, for me,
really made it. I recall that I had to read through twice, to get it
straight. While I'd like to explain that I enjoyed it, "enjoy" is too bright
of a word for this dark book. I recommend this to others who will be
comfortable with the strong content.
The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards.
This is a Victorian-age, vampire-heavy, bloody
breathtaking story (am I, as an American, entitled to say bloody?). The main
characters are busy at work trying to find out what REALLY happened at the
invitation-only unveiling of an ancient mummy. Well, the unveiling kind of
came to a halt when the mummy ran out the door. I was a bit shocked. When
Eddie Hopkins spies it jumping into the mysterious carriage, he recruits his
orphaned friends to help solve the mystery. But his new guardian, George
Archer, and his boss at the museum run into trouble.
Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena.
I enjoyed Mexican White boy immensely.
It was a great story about a young boy - half Mexican and Caucasian - who
had a talent for pitching, but not for socializing. Like many teenagers, he
doesn't fit in. In one case, he's a lone Mexican among a sea of whites, then
a white boy among Mexicans as he moves to his aunt's along the border. Until
he meets someone that may help him, and may turn out to become his first
best friend. A girl wouldn't be too bad either. Plus, theres a bit of racy
language and violence. What teen bot wouldn't like this? Hey, I'm a teen
girl and loved the book. You get through the book because its inticing, but
also because you want to find out how the end of the summer pans out.
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry.
So far, this book is... fun to read! I was
planning to say, "considering Ms. Lowry has ventured into a new genre...",
but I predict she has just made another hit. It's centered on a group of
brothers and sisters who consider themselves orphaned (not officially), and
I'm already caught. The characters seem to be quick and strange compared to
kids today (such as myself). I can't wait to finish it.
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass.
Every Soul a Star has been a surprise
to read (so far). The characters in this book alternate chapters, and I
think it fits this quirky book. I don't agree with the characters, but they
still capture my interest. I'm looking forward to the rest.
Juliet's Moon by Ann Rinaldi.
This thrilling book has a different outlook on
the Civil War (the time when it took place). The main character is the young
Juliet Bradshaw, who is living in the deep south - a confederate. With her
brother Seth in William Quantrill's renegade Confederate army, things start
to go wrong. Juliet is thrown into some true, historic situations. She is
faced with things young girls should not yet know so well: chaos, murder,
kidnapping, lies, and secrets. This girl is brave, and tells a different
story than what we're used too. Though this book is fairly easy to read, I
enjoyed it immensely. I recommend this to someone of the age from ten up
interested in history and tales of adventure. One of my favorites.
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy.
The Order of Odd-Fish is straight out
mysterious, exciting, and hilarious! I'm not sure there has ever been a book
like it. The characters are fresh and with no doubt they will make you
laugh, wonder, and may give you the chills. This all happens before you
reach the middle of the book! It will be bittersweet when I finish The
Order of Odd-Fish.
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.
City of Ashes is the thrilling sequel to
City of Bones. The first time I read the book, I literally could not put
it down! This continued story is not disappointing, and the main character,
Clary Fray, has not strayed from her desperate need to save her mother. Her
newfound brother is still as truthful and dangerous as ever... even more
than before. Clary's best friend has also got himself entangled with the
mysterious world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. How much more
exhilarating can you get? Not only do I recommend you to read this book, but
to read it multiple times.
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