January 24, 2011

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:56 pm by blueblazeslib

Sold, by Paticia McCormick is a book about a girl named Lakshimi that is thirteen, she lives with her poor family in a village in Nepal. One day all her family’s crops were washed away, which forced her to get a job to support her family. Her stepdad introduced her to a guy that brings her all the way to India. What Lakshimi didn’t know was, her family sold her into prostitution. She is forced to stay there until her family’s debt is payed off. This book is very sad and it really makes you think about all the other people out in the world and what they have to go through everyday. This book makes you very thankful for what you have.

Denise, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Sold.


A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:46 pm by blueblazeslib

The book A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer is about an 11 year old girl that lives in a small African village in Mozambique. When her 12th birthday comes around she has to get married to a cruel man that has 3 wives.  Her grandmother encourages her to escape the village to Zimbabwe. When the time comes she steals a man’s boat. The journey should only take about 2 days, instead it takes her many months to reach her destination because of the many problems that she runs into. Even though her mother got eaten by a leopard and her dad passed away, both of their spirits’ help her to get through these troubled times.

This book sends a great message that children should never give up. As long as you believe in what you are doing and believe in yourself  you can do anything.

Emma R., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns A Girl Named Disaster.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:39 pm by blueblazeslib

Hatchet is an exciting book about a boy named Brian (13 years old) whose parents are divorced. While on a trip to visit his father, Brian’s plane crashes in the wilderness, leaving him alone to survive only with the hatchet given to him by his mother. Injured, hungry, and without shelter, Brian must face the darkness of the forest and swarms of insects. How will Brian survive on his own? You will have to read it to find out.

Ryan D., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Hatchet in print and on audio.

Cirque du Freak #8 by Darren Shan

Posted in book review tagged , , , , at 2:06 pm by blueblazeslib

Cirque Du Freak Book 8 was about young half vampire Darren Shan who is traveling the world with 2 other vampires and a little person. In the book Darren was on the search of the Vampaneze Lord. They searched in the city where Mr. Crepsley was born where they found the Lord in the tunnels under the city. The team of vampires had some help by a young school teacher and Darrens old friend from school who grew up to be a vampire hunter. When they found the Vampaneze Lord in the tunnels. Darren noticed a man that used to be his friend from the Cirque Du Freak. Then the Vampire hunter on there team betrayed them, Because he was working for the vampaneze all along. They took him hostage back at there base. Then the cops came to the apartment home that was there base and had it surrounded and accused them of killers. They were arrested and brought them to jail to ask them questions and the book ended there.

Mike K., Class of 2014

If you want to get started with the Cirque du Freak series, the WHS library owns The Vampire’s Assistant and Other Tales from Cirque du Freak.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Posted in book review tagged , , , at 2:00 pm by blueblazeslib

The book That Summer is about a fifteen year-old girl named Haven. He father has an affair with the ” Weather pet” as the family would call her. Which they end up getting married. Seems that almost everyday Haven is complaining about how she is six feet tall and is still growing! She is just so confused where she fit in anywhere. Before her family life fell apart, Haven had a crush on her sister’s boyfriend, Sumner. Now Sumner is back in her life and charming her, not her sister. Soon in her sister is getting married to a man the haven hates. She just keeps wishing everything was back to normal.
I would say that this book is teen girls. There are many connections that could be made throughout this story. I really enjoyed it myself.

Paige, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns That Summer.

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica

Posted in book review tagged , , at 1:48 pm by blueblazeslib

This book is about a 13 year old basketball player who goes to a summer basketball camp in Maine. Danny and a few of his friends travel to Maine for a summer long basketball camp. What he didn’t know is that some of his old rivals from travel league would be there as well. This book is a fast paced book for any sports lover.

– Jesse, Class of 2014

January 20, 2011

Heat by Michael Lupica

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:16 pm by blueblazeslib

Heat is a book about a twelve year old boy named Michael from Cuba.  His dream it to pitch in the Little League World Series.  Michael can throw 80 miles per hour.  When he is questioned for his birth certificate he has no way to come up with it.  His mother died from cancer at a young age and his father died from a heart attack. Whenever his coach asked where his dad it Michael lies and says hes taking care of his uncle in Florida.  Michael and his brother Carlos are living in an apartment trying to keep their secret save until Carlos is 18.  If child services finds out that they are living alone they could be sent back to Cuba.  When an opposing coach makes a petition to get Michael kicked out of the league, he has nothing to show that he is really twelve.  Michael’s idol is the New York Yankees pitcher El Grande. El Grande  has a daughter who has been watching Michaels baseball games.  Michael experiences his first real crush on her.  Once El Grande hears about Michael and his situation he gets in contact with people back in Cuba to find his birth certificate. Michael’s team ends up making it to the championship game and he finally gets to see Yankees Stadium.

Ryan G., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Heat in audio.

The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:11 pm by blueblazeslib

The book is about a boy named David who loves to go sailing with his uncle Owen in a boat called the frog. His uncle Owen with cancer and the cancer killed him a week after he went to the doctors. His uncle Owen’s last request was that the boat would go to David, also that David must sail to the middle of the ocean and scatter his ashes. While David sails out and scatters his uncles ashes and then a storm roared over the pacific that he did not expect, he has very little food and no flares or rescue devices. Read this book to find out what happens next.

Zach E., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns The Voyage of the Frog in print and audio.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Posted in book review tagged , , at 2:04 pm by blueblazeslib

Thomas is a teenager that wakes up on an elevator lift and the only thing he can remember is his name. The lift finally stops and the doors open and he finds himself looking at a bunch of kids all about the same age and a big open area surrounded by walls. He soon becomes friends a boy named Minho and tells him that kids come up that elevator every thirty days. Every once and a while, big giant doors open up to a maze filled with giant bee like creatures. Minho explains that Most of the older kids will make an attempt to the maze but they either come back scared or get killed. Thomas and Minho start making more friends and enemies but will they get out alive or not?

Isaac T., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns The Maze Runner in print and audio.

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Posted in book review tagged , , , at 1:54 pm by blueblazeslib

My brother Sam is Dead is about a boy (Sam) who comes from college in 1775 and announces to his family that he’s joining the Rebels to fight against the British. When his dad finds out the that he joined the rebels he was furious because his father was on the British’s side.
Sam’s brother Tim has no say in the argument because he claims that he’s a Quaker (a person who doesn’t believe in violent). The main character in this story is Sam and Tim.
If you are looking for a book that has drama, violence, and sadness this is the right book for you.

Abdi, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns My Brother Sam is Dead on audio.

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