Pickles09 (pickles09) wrote in teensreading,

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teen/ya reading spree!

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field          pgs. 207

A “classic” of sorts, outdated, but still cute…

                This is the story of the life of one adventurous wooden doll named Hitty. First made for a young girl in Maine, the doll travels around the world and back passing from one youngster to another and recounts her journey along the way. Since the book was written in 1929, it gives it a certain charm to the author’s writing, at the same time though; the author occasionally uses terms that would not be considered “politically correct” today. I know many older books do this, but since this book is geared towards children, I think I might substitute in more appropriate words if reading to a youngster. However, despite this, I found this book a cute story that gives you a look at how people were viewed and supposedly acted during the 1800s, where the story takes place.


Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey                 pgs. 186

Sort of predictable, but has a likable heroine…

                This book was not very memorable. It takes the story of Sleeping Beauty, now named Aurore, and how at the age of 16, instead of pricking her finger, strange happenings afflict the whole kingdom where she lives. She decides to leave and enter the nearby Forest, where no one dares set foot. It is here that she meets Prince Ironheart, who is on a quest as well. The two band together to try and break their curses. While I admit the fact Aurore is very likable, I think the other characters and predicable plot could have used some sprucing up. 2/5


Engraved in Stone By Alice Scovell Coleman    pgs. 147

A cute book for the younger set…

                Okay, so it’s pretty predictable. And the storyline is repetitive quite a bit. However, this is just something about the story of Prince Edward and Princess Elizabeth who take a journey to visit the Engraver to break a marriage contract that makes you want to read on. It might be the adorable drawings. It might be wondering what strange place they stumble across next. Whatever it is, it’s a cute, quick read that had morals at the very center. 3/5


Running Out of Time By Margaret Peterson Haddix  pgs. 184

A book you won’t want to put down…

                What is everything you knew suddenly turned out to be false? That’s what Jessie, the main character of this fast-paced novel has to deal with when her mother reveals that the year is 1996, instead of 1840. Jessie and her family live inside a tourist attraction, where everything is kept “authentic” and only the adults know the truth. However, a diphtheria epidemic has hit the town, and the owners of the tourist attraction are refusing to give the children modern medical care. Jessie’s mother says Jessie is their only hope that one of them can escape to the outside and get the children the medicine they need. Jessie’s escape and reaction to the “outside world” make for captivating reading, as she rushes against the clock in her mission to save of the children of Clifton who have fallen ill, including her younger sister. 3/5



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