Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Teen Book Review: The Empire Strikes Back

Title: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Author: Archie Goodwin

Rate It: 5 stars

Review It: I really feel that this book deserves 5 out of 5 stars because it is in my opinion the greatest work of science fiction fantasy out there. What makes this book really great is that it tells the story of Star Wars episode 5 completely in comic book form. Everything from the dialog to the action sequences is spot on to the movie, with slight variations in between. Even if you have seen the film this is still a great graphic novel to be enjoyed by anyone who likes reading comic books. I also enjoyed the fact that Marvel comics took on the task of putting together such a project along with seeing “Stan Lee presents” printed on the book. This particular comic is also a great collection piece to own not because it is worth a lot but because it was printed in 1980. George Lucas’s engaging storyline with action packed adventure along with the vintage aspect make this a great comic to read or to own.

Reviewed By: Jacob, age 19

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Teen Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird

Title: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Rate It: 5 stars

Review It: This book was written with such a powerful, moving voice, even though the narrator, Jean Louise Finch(Scout), is a young girl about eight years old by the story's end. She describes these seemingly small and unimportant events that go on during her life in Maycomb County. Then, in Part Two, the stroy suddenly erupts into a suspenseful climax when the trial of Tom Robinson, an African American, takes place for rape against a white girl. The evidence is substantial against the girl, Mayella, but she still wins the case because she's white...Like I said, I won't ruin anything else for you, but it's just a really gripping must-read-before-you-die classic.

Reviewed By: Monica, age 14

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Teen Book Review: Saving Maddie

Title: Saving Maddie
Author: Varian Johnson

Rate It: 2 stars

Review It: This book is about Joshua Wynn, a pastors son. He is a real model, he visits the elderly and he dosen't even kiss in public because  hes afraid of giving his father a bad rep. But that all changes when an old friend Maddie moves back. She is anything but the prodigal child of her also pastor father. This book is about Joshua growing and finding true love and Maddie finding a kindred heart.

Reviewed By: Nicolette, age 13

Friday, August 03, 2012

Teen Book Review: Life of Pi

Title: Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel

Rate It: 5 stars

Review It: Being as an assigned book from my English teacher, I wasn't really excited about reading it. The beginning of the book was making my eyes droopy until the end of the book where it make me question why such things had happened, and opened up new perspectives.

Reviewed By: Tracey, age 16

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Teen Book Review: Dragon Champion

Title: Dragon Champion (Age of Fire, Book #1)

Author: E.E. Knight

Rate It: 5 stars

Review It: It was very detailed and presented dragons in a very positive way as opposed to most books that make dragons seem more negative.

Reviewed By: William, age 15

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Teen Book Review: Into the Wild

Title: Into the Wild (Warriors series, #1)

Author: Erin Hunter

Rate It: 5 stars

Review It: This book, the beginning of the 24+ book saga,kept me in suspense the whole time and is one of the best books I ever read!

Reviewed By: Sydni