"How to Speak Dog" reviewed by Maya on July 1, 2008

Grade: 
7
Title: 
How to Speak Dog
Author: 
Stanely Coren
Genre: 
general
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I liked this book because it was very informative. It Explained things Such as how your dog inturprites your Movements.
Would you recommend this book?: 
yes
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"The Amber Spyglass" reviewed by Kate on June 25, 2008

Grade: 
7
Title: 
The Amber Spyglass
Author: 
Philip Pullman
Genre: 
fantasy
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This book is the final book in the trilogy His Dark Materials. I personally thought that the book was very good, but I was unsatisfied with the ending. The plot is very complicated and it is crucial that you read the first two books in the series, but mainly, Lyra, a young teenager has the exceptional gift of reading a truth telling device. In the second book, The Subtle Knife, she meets a boy of the same age named Will who also discovers a gift of his own, although he comes from a different world. Together travel through dangerous and important worlds until they discover that the fate of all the worlds depends on them and they must make decisions that are truly heartbreaking.
Similar authors or titles?: 
The first two books in the trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife. Another book by Philip Pullman is Lyra's Oxford which is not part of the series, and I have not read it.
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I loved this book as well as the entire trilogy, but as I said, I was disappointed with the ending as I felt it was incomplete and it did not leave me at rest. I don't expect books to have happy endings, but I like it when they leave me feeling like the characters are more connected to each other than Lyra and Will were at the end of this book.
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"Twisted" reviewed by Avery on June 24, 2008

Grade: 
10
Title: 
Twisted
Author: 
Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: 
general
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This book is about a kid who was always told to be tough, but it seems whenever he tried he messed up.
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Speak, Prom, Fever and Trickster
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yes... suspenseful
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"Endgame" reviewed by Avery on June 24, 2008

Grade: 
10
Title: 
Endgame
Author: 
Nancy Garden
Genre: 
general
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Gray is a kid who always gets singled out by the bullies. When he moves because of an incident at his old school he tries to tell himself that things are going to get better but they don't, so finally he gets so fed up with being second to his brother and being bullied he decides to bring his fathers semi-automatic to school... but his plan goes wrong.
Similar authors or titles?: 
Annie on my Mind, Molly's Family, My sister the Vampire,The year they burned the Books are all books also written by Nancy Garden
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yes, it is a very suspenseful novel
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"Trigger" reviewed by Avery on June 24, 2008

Grade: 
10
Title: 
Trigger
Author: 
Susan Vaught
Genre: 
general
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Jersey is the main character of the book and he tries to commit suicide, but fails. So the story is that he tries to figure out why he pulled the trigger because he doesn't remember what caused it.
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Other books by Susan Vaught are: L.O.S.T, Stormwitch,and Big Fat Manifesto
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yes, i think it does a good job of explaining that there are consequences to your actions and even if you think everything is going on don't do something you could very well regret moments later.
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"Dairy Queen" reviewed by Avery on June 24, 2008

Grade: 
10
Title: 
Dairy Queen
Author: 
Catherine Gilbet Murdock
Genre: 
romance
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it is about a girl named D.J and her father owns a farm. She used to play basketball for her school and all her brothers play footbal, but she had to give up sports when her father hurt his hip and she had to take on everything. A family friend, Jimmy, who is also the coach for the rival school sends one of his players over, Brian, to be trained by D.J. In the beginning Brian is just a HUGE jerk but then they realize that they like each other and it doesn't matter what they look like.... then D.J decides to go out for the boys football team and she makes it and really the moral of the story in my opinion is Don't Judge a Book by its Cover!
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none that i can think of
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yes, i would recommend this book... because it is funny but it also gets to the point about that if you have a dream you need to follow it
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"Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" reviewed by janani on June 23, 2008

Grade: 
7
Title: 
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret
Author: 
Judy Blume
Genre: 
general
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This book talks about growing up. The main character, (Margaret) has to decide which religion she wants to be, Christian like her mom's parents, or Jewish, like her dad's. Through the book she also joins a secret club that discusses the good things and the bad things about growing up.
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"Princess Mia" reviewed by Janani on June 22, 2008

Grade: 
7
Title: 
Princess Mia
Author: 
Meg Cabot
Genre: 
romance
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Mia is heartbroken over the loss of her boy friend. (Michael She tries to get Michael back, but ends up going to a pshyciatrist who she thinks gives her no help at all. Her best friend, Lilly, is also mad at her because she blames Mia for making her boy friend (John Paul)break up with her. (Even though it wasn't Mia's fault) On top of all that, Mia's grandmother is making her speak at an all women's society about a speech Mia hasn't even written. Mia feels like she has no reason too live, until she finds the lost diary of a Genovian princess who died from the Plague at age 16. This diary will make a great speech, but may change Genovian history forever. This book is confusing if you haven't read the other books in the Princess Diaries series.
Similar authors or titles?: 
Meg Cabot, Princess Diaries series
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"Jumper" reviewed by Jennifer on June 22, 2008

Grade: 
10
Title: 
Jumper
Author: 
Steven Gould
Genre: 
sci-fi
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So I saw the Jumper movie the other day, and while I would not recommend the movie to anyone, I would recommend this book. The book and the movie are comepletely different, the plot lines and characters aren't even the same. However, on a behind the scenes bonus feature of the movie, the author talked about his book vs. the movie and he was such a good sport about the changes that I decided to read it. Jumper is told in the first person by a young man named David Rice. He finds out, though several dangerous encounters, that he has the power to teleport himself places. The book is part supernatural, part human. The problems that David deals with are very real and the story deals alot with the idea of running from your problems. The plot also has to do with terrorism and moral boundaries. I found Steven Gould's writing style to be very comfortable and entertaining. The book was exciting, funny, and also heartwrenching at times. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
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Yes, I would.
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