January 5, 2011

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

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Witch and Wizard is easily my favorite book, I couldn’t put it down. It was about two siblings named Whit who was 18 and Wisty who was 16 that had just found out they were Wizards. One night their parents were arrested by a special force. They force was coming after Whit and Wisty when they magically got away. Throughout the whole book they were going through a magical world trying to figure out how to use their powers. I think this book would be perfect for teenagers because we can relate to the characters.

Delaney B., Class of 2014

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May 19, 2010

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

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The story unfolds when high school sophomore Laurel Sewell wakes up one day to find something resembling wings growing forth from between her shoulder blades. With few friends, she manages to find herself torn between the only two people who know her secret. When a dangerous enemy appears on the scene, perhaps threatening both the safety of Laurel’s family as well as the faerie kingdom itself, both boys do their best to rush to Laurel’s rescue.

I liked this book because it was interesting from the beginning to the end. And I can relate to a lot of things Laurel feels in the book.

I’d recommend this book to teenage girls because it tells a story about a girl who is a normal teen going to high school. And teenage girls would be able to relate to some things Laurel deals with.

Melanie, Class of 2012

The WHS Library owns this book.

Check out Melanie’s interview with the author of Wings, Aprilynne Pike.

May 3, 2010

Magic or Madness by Justine Larabestier

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Esmeralda believes  in magic and practices horrifying dark rituals on her daughter Sarafina. This wicked evil mother tortures her own child because she wants to make her believe in magic, too. Since her daughter won’t believe she locks her in a cell. When that didn’t work, Esmeralda tried by killing her daughter’s cat. Sarafina gets scared and runs away from home and gets pregnant. Sarafina passes on stuff to protect her daughter, Rican. She teaches Rican that magic is bad.  Over time Sarafina goes crazy because she  regrets the lies she is telling her child (she has not been telling her the truth  about magic.)  Rican is forced to live with her grandmother, Esmerelda: the place she fears the most. Nothing  about the house or Esmeralda  is what Rican expected. For the first time she finds herself questioning her mother’s teachings, I like this book because  it has a lot of mystery and suspense. It was easy to read and quickly.
I would recommend this book to anyone  who likes mystery with a hint of fantasy.

Susan Z., Class of 2010

The WHS Library owns this item.

February 9, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I know Greek mythology sounds boring but the first book of the Percy Jackson series opens a whole knew series of fun excitement. This book along with its sequels are all excellent books written by the cunning author Rick Riordan and the series leaves you dying for more if you like the Harry Potter series you will probably like this series also. I did not think i would like this book until I opened it and started reading it. These are very humorous adventure I love all of them. You should start reading them too.

Arianna, Class of 2013

December 10, 2009

Dragonseye by Anne McCaffrey

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DRAGONSEYE  by Anne McCaffery is about a land called Pern that has dangerous storms and volcanic eruptions. The land is  populated by the “Weyrs” and the “Holders.”  They have to train the dragons to protect the people.  Many people have lost their lives to disease and old age. The Weyrs are trying to get Lord Chalkin out of power so the lands of Pern can be secure and safe.

I am still reading this book and I find it interesting because it is filled with fantasy. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books or books about dragons.

Tim, Class of 2011

Dragonseye is available in the WHS library, along with many other Anne McCaffrey books.

November 9, 2009

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

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homelandDrizzt escapes from his kin, in order to stand by his own moral code and fight against the evil of his brethren.

The story is set in a different fantasy based realm in underground caverns, known as “The Underdark”. The story follows a young dark elf or “Drow” named Drizzt Do’Urden, as he takes steps as a child to a man that rebels against his culture and leaves his home in order to find a better life.

The culture in the city revolves around religion which follows the evil deity known as “The Spider Queen, Loth”. There fore the female Drow are in more power than the males, and if they’re priestesses they are in more power than other females. As a culture, the Drow are cruel and causalities are common, what’s more common than most, during most rituals or any-form of social meetings, is casualties.

Salvatore uses rich but, not full blown vocabulary, making it easy to read for the people with a limited vocabulary, yet it can still give an extra chuckle or two to those who don’t. The world that Salvotre has created seems well flourished and with no loose ends. What’s more, as a critic of many different forms of media, I wasn’t capable of finding any major plot holes, which brings a satisfying feel once you’re finished with the novel and are waiting for the next book.

The first out of a ongoing series of 15 books, Homeland gives a great introduction to Salvatore’s work, and the Drizzt Saga, leaving you wanting more.

Age Recommendation: 13+
Release Date: 1990 (Original) 2005(Rerealease)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Rating: 5 stars

– Dmitri, 10th grade

WHS Library owns many books by R.A. Salvatore. Check our catalog for more information.

April 7, 2008

Eragon

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon cover

Eragon is just a teenager living with is cousin and his uncle on a farm on the outskirts of town. One day while hunting her finds a polished blue stone. he think his luck is about to change and heads back home. After horrible events take place, he has to leave his home with a dragon and Brom the town story teller. After a run in with enemies whose breath smells like rotting flesh, they finally escape. . . Will Eragon be able to take the place as a legendary dragon rider? Read the book to find out.

Craig C., Sophomore

The Golden Compass

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Golden Compass cover

If you like fantasy, science, or are just looking for a great read, The Golden Compass has it all. Lyra Belacqua, a smart, witty young girl lives in her parallel universe of Oxford, England. She lives among the scholars at Jordan College, completely unaware of what her future beholds for her. Lyra’s world is filled with daemons, armored bears, Gobblers, witch clans, and en every increasing powerful church. Lyra’s life is every young kid’s dream until she hears talk of Dust, a secret particle that proves to hold amazing powers. She is soon pulled into the mess of this hushed world of particles and Dust; and into her destiny which she must fulfill in another world, without ever suspecting anything Lyra is thrown in the path of danger, and so many other things from our world and hers as she tries to discover the truth and fulfill her hidden destiny. Pullman’s Golden Compass is a book filled with suspense, corrption, and adventure. It is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rachel J., Sophomore