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Hello everyone :)!

Hello new member! I'm Beth I'm a teen...obviously and I love to read.

Some of my favorite books:
Harry Potter (of course) by JK Rowling
Pirates (it's a really good susepnsful story) by Celia Rees
and my all time favorite series...
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. If you haven't read the His Dark Materials books yet you HAVE to read them. They're so emotional yet fantasy and SO good.

As you can see I'm slighly obsessed with fantasy. :) My parents keep trying to get me to read nonfiction...ugh. Lol...does anyone know some good non-fiction books I might like?

Getting there...

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot                  pgs. 247

Hard to buy storyline…

            As someone who has read many YA books, I have to admit this one doesn’t stand out, except maybe for the sheer outrageousness of the storyline. Samantha Madison is teenage artist living in Washington, D.C. One day while skipping her art classes her parents force her to attend she inadvertently saves the president’s life. Along with her newfound celebrity comes…yup, you guessed it, a romance with the president’s son. I could see most “twists” in the story from a mile away. I do like the minor plot about art however. 2/5


Burger Wuss By M.T Anderson           pgs. 192

Good writer, bad plot…

            I really do believe that M. T Anderson is a good writer, and you see glimpses of this in this book. Those few glimpses aren’t enough to pull this mixed-up plot of feuding fast-food chains, bullies and love into a coherent, entertaining novel. Anthony, who caught his girlfriend cheating on him with a guy (Turner) that works at the local fast-food joint, O’Dermott’s, decides he should work there too to get “revenge” on Turner. Anthony’s crazy ideas end up getting him in some very odd situations, none which reflect very well on his employer. Just…blah…. 2/5



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#32. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale pgs.383
Dragged on FAR too long…
As someone who has never heard the actual Grimm fairy tale about the goose girl/princess, I can’t exactly judge this book against the original story. As a story in itself, I found it just okay. We are first introduced to Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree when she is just a young girl, and helped by her aunt, discovers she has the ability to speak to animals. As the first child born to the King and Queen, she is supposed to be first in line to the throne, but Ani (as she is called) doesn’t really feel like she fits in. After her father dies, the Queen announces that Ani’s younger brother will take the throne and Ani will be send to marry the prince of Bayern, a nearby country that Kildenree has only a “civil” relationship with. Ani, her guards and her lady-in-waiting, Selia, set off on the long journey to Bayern, only to find out that Selia has other plans. Ani eventually arrives in Bayern, but must be careful to blend in. She ends up taking a job as goose girl. While I think this first book by the author was good, it wasn’t GREAT. Too many characters and the fact it dragged on in some spots made me not like it as much as I could have. I think I might check out the next book by Hale however, because it centers on interesting and little developed character that appeared in this book. 2/5

#33. Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse pgs.158
Not a fan of poetry? You don’t have to be!
This book, a collection of short poems, tells the story of a little known event during WWII. In 1942, Japan attacked the Aleutian Islands. Vera, the narrator tells of how the native people, the Aleuts, were removed from the islands and relocated to the Alaskan mainland. The military claimed it was for their own protection. Over the course of three long, hard years, we see how Vera and her fellow people deal with prejudice (because of their resemblance the Japanese) and daily life in an internment camp. Hesse is wonderful at conveying many emotions to the reader. Though it was a short read, it made me want to learn more about the Aleutian Islands and maybe attempt to read more poetry, and that’s saying a lot!3/5

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fantasy genre

Abarat by Clive Barker

This is a great read for people who enjoy fantasy stories as well as amazing images like the ones Clive Barker provides throughout the book in illustrations. This is only the first book in the series (or pair...I'm not sure, I know it has a sequel), so it only gives a taste into where the storyline is going to play. It all starts out with Candy Quackenbush who is given an assignment about writing a paper on her hometown of Chickentown, and her incredible thirst in finding something truly strange about her rather simple town. But what she ends up finding is a whole 'nother world in itself filled with unforgettable characters and gigantic secrets. This book is an easy read, but do beware that it will leave you yearning for more as you turn the last page. I recommend this book to those that enjoy reading fantasy (Philip Pullman, Madeleine L'Engle [butchered her name which I'm very sorry about]), but want an easy read, or those that liked the Wizard of Oz.

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hmm I am most definately new to this community...yeah:-) anyways, I guess ill just start out by saying what my fav. books are...sounds like a good way to start:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

InkHeart by Cornelia Funke

The Alex Rider Series (Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, and Scorpia) by Anthony Horowitz

The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Ballet Shoes & Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Harry Potter books by JK Rowling

A Series of Unfortuante Events by Lemony Snicket

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Olvier Twist by Charles Dickens

The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer

soooo anyone like any of these books...And does anyone have any suggestions on books to read?!?!


Two more books!

27. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli pgs. 210
Strange story…
Napoli has written numerous enjoyable retellings of folk and fairy tales for the young adult audience. In this book, I felt she faltered. She tells the story of the Greek Sirens (which are pictured to be mermaids).Sirena, the main character, knows that she is cursed, being half-human. The only way to lift the curse is to convince a man to mate with them. Then, she will become immortal. Sirena decides to separate from the other Sirens and finds a castaway alone on an island. They are initially afraid of each other, but begin to fall in love. Will Sirena want to be immortal after falling in love with a human man? I found the story dragging a lot, and perhaps because the story of the Sirens isn't as well known as some of Napoli's other retellings, it seemed a bit boring to me as well. I think she has written better. 2/5
28. Truth or Dairy by Catherine Clark pgs. 268
Hoped it was going to be better…
Yes, another teenage journal book. Except even thought it seemed promising, I never felt I could connect with the main character. Courtney Von Dragen Smith is starting her senior year of high school, and it's far from perfect. Her boyfriend has broken up with her because he is going to college 30 minutes away and doesn't want to have a "long-distance relationship". One of her ex's friends is flirting with her. And oh yeah, her family is strange, of course. She decides to not date for the entire year and also run for vice president of student council. These events and others are detailed in her journal, which skips all over the place. The journal follows her up until the New Year, when I felt like all the stuff that happened should have been put in a longer time frame. It also make the reader feel like they were hanging to stop at such a awkward point. My last problem with the book was the main character. She just wasn't that likable! There are better teen books written in this journal style. 2/5
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A Terry Pratchett YA novel!

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett pgs. 241 He does better...
Maurice is a very clever talking cat. He travels from town to town in Discworld with a band of taking rats and a boy (who probably talks the least). Together, they run a "Pied Piper" scam. Now they've just arrived in Bad Blinitz, but what they don't now is this town is different from the others they've swindled. They join up with the Mayor's daughter(probably the best character) to try and solve the strange going ons the town is experiencing. Got quite confusing in a couple of bits, which is
one of the reasons I gave it a lower rating. Also, I felt like Pratchett's usual originality was sort of stifled in it. 2/5
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24. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig pgs. 243
WWII from a different perspective…
It’s during 1942 when little Esther Rudomin’s life changes forever. A resident of Poland, who lived a comfortable life with her parents and extended family, Esther, along with her father, mother and grandparents are arrested by the Russians, suspected of being “capitalists” and ripped from their home. They are piled into cattle cars, their destination unknown. When the train finally stops, they realize they are in the harsh region of Siberia. For the next long five years, Esther recounts the struggles her family go through for food, clothing and shelter. We also see how Esther tries to fit in as a young teenager in the Siberian society. I found the book opened my eyes to an event I knew nothing about, while at the same time revealing to me the Siberian way of life during WWII.3/5
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