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Airborn
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Airborn
Author: Oppel, Kenneth

2004
Adventure
Age:13-18 

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I really thought Airborne was a real thriller. Kenneth Oppel has made another great novel again. It is one of his best books yet GO KENNETH OPPEL!!! WOOT WOOT!!!
Pen name: Boneye
Location: Calgary


If you have ever wondered what would have happened should history have taken another turn, this is the book for you. It's fast paced nature sends readers deep into the plot. An awesome page turner, that is really impossible to put down after you've started.
Pen name: Tiger
Location: Calgary, AB


15 year old Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, which is a huge luxurious blimp that he works on. On one of his voyages a year ago, he rescued a man in a hot air balloon who claimed he saw some sort of creature. Now on his present voyage, he meets the granddaughter of the deceased man. Kate de Vries is now his friend who he talks to every day when her sees her. During the voyage they are boarded by vicious pirates. What will the pirates do? Will the ship make it to Australia? Will everyone be okay? To find out you must read this adventurous and action packed book that I thought was good, but not great.
Pen name: The Cheese Man Who Looks LIke Jackie Chan
Location: St. Albert

 
Among the Imposters
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Among the Imposters
Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson

2001
Non-fiction
Age:13-15
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Overall, I thought that this book, Among the Impostors (a “shadow children” book) written by Margaret Peterson Haddix was really good. I have to admit that the beginning and the early middle did go a little slow for me, but it wasn’t bad, and not to mention the ending was awesome! It was such a surprise and a shock, you would’ve never guessed! This, and as well as the other books in the series so far, are very interesting because of the suspense the author creates throughout pretty much the entire story. I believe it is pretty realistic, and can truly happen in parts of the world, even if it is sad to hear. You can read and learn about the hardships and experiences these children/teenagers have, as they strive for the right of their freedom and trying desperately to survive in this world.
Pen name: V
Location: Calgary


Among the Impostors was a very thrilling book. Imagine if you had to hide your entire life. In this book, if you are a third child, you were killed. This was because the population was too high to feed everyone. The story gives you a whole different view on life as it is today. I enjoyed reading this book very much, and can't wait to read the next one.
Pen name: Sunshine
Location: Calgary


I did the book before this, 'Among the Hidden' for a book report at school. It is a truly amazing book. What makes it even better is how Margaret Peterson Haddix has made such a misfit in a new school seem so strong. It shows you how lucky we have it, and that you should savour every minute of your life, and live it to the fullest. If I had to rate this book out of 10 stars....it would get 11!
Pen name: Money_Penny
Location: Winnipeg, MB


This book was amazing. The beginning was hard to read for me, because it wasn't very exciting, but the end made up for it all. This book reminds me of Lois Lowry's The Giver, but it must be ten times better! It was wonderfully written, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Pen name: Evans
Location: Ottawa

 
An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922
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An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922
Author: Chan, Gillian

2004
Historical fiction
Age:13-15 

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Very interesting!It is about a girl from China. Chin Mei-ling is trying to raise enough money to bring her mother and her brother back to Canada.Based in Vancouver, Canada, in 1922.Dear Canada Series - The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling.
Pen name: Kitty
Location: Calgary

 
Armageddon Summer
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Armageddon Summer
Author: Yolen, Jane & Coville, Bruce

1998
Realistic fiction
Age:13-15
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The story tells of Marina, age 14, and Jed, age 16, as both families sweep them up in the Believer storm. Their only guidance, Reverend Beelson has claimed that the world will end in fire on July 27th, 2000. They both have their own troubles, with Marina and her mother and five younger brothers, whom she finds that her mother no longer as time for, and Jed whose father can’t even puzzle out his own beliefs. In the fury, there must only be 144 that can be “saved” and in strange predicaments, they begin to fall in love. Entwined in something out of their control, the story is placed in 1st person, exploring each person’s thoughts and an amusing 2 sides to each story. Up on Mt. Weepucut, Jed and Marina and both their problems await the end of the world with the rest of the believers. Acclaimed author Jane Yolen and beloved children’s writer Bruce Coville fill in with a collaboration about the powerful exploration of the ties of love, and family, and the understanding of something new. This book is a fantastic and in-depth read, and is a highly recommended book.
Pen name: Natasha
Location: Calgary


This book was really good. I liked the way the author put the story in the main character's point of view. It really helped to build up the surprise and action. I couldn’t put it down for three hours because of how Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville described the setting, and the feelings of the characters themselves. This book is about how the world is supposedly going to end on July 27, 2000, (according to the characters religious leader, Reverend Beelson) and the characters thoughts about this idea. The relationship between the two characters starts when they meet on a mountaintop, waiting for God's wrath to destroy the Earth, and come back down after the destruction to create a new world. Although this was a good book overall, the plot at first is very slow, which makes it kind of boring at first. The plotline is also very hard to follow, as it switches between the two characters through every chapter. I didn’t realize this until I was about a quarter through the story, which makes the book very confusing that way. However the plot picks up speed somewhere during the middle. I also disliked the relationship between the two main characters because it was not really developed enough. The vocabulary in this book is not very complicated though. The extreme violence added to all of the excitement and suspense in the book. Overall though, this book was a great read, with vivid descriptions about all of the characters, and how their personalities change during the course of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone and I am sure they will think the same.
Pen name: OnePiece
Location: Calgary

 
Art of Keeping Cool, The
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Art of Keeping Cool, The
Author: Lisle, Janet Taylor

2002
Historical fiction
Age:13-15
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This book is a traumatic story about a German artist living in the U.S. during World War II. That author makes the characters easy to relate to by describing them so well. By reading this story, I learned that people are too judgmental about other people’s races. I think, especially with the war going on in the time period that this story is set in, that people were afraid and that they were only trying to protect themselves. Sachem’s Head, the town this story is set in, is a close-knit town and the arrival of the German artist started to shake things up. I liked the parts where Elliot was visiting Abel Hoffman in the woods in secrecy. I think those parts of the story kept me on the edge of my seat. The author does a good job of mixing humour and seriousness. The climax of the story surprised me. After the town finds out the relationship between Abel and Elliot, the town turns against them and the parts following are very emotional. I hope I can find another excellent book like this to read.
Pen name: I'm Cool
Location: Calgary

 
At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Author: Hooper, Mary

2003
Historical fiction
Age:13-15
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This book was a fantastic read! A real page-turner. To me it was a door to the past about how life was like in the 1700’s. This story is about a girl who goes to London to help her sister run her sweet shop. While she’s in London a plague spreads. This story tells in amazing detail about how dangerous a plague is and how much heartache a deadly disease can cause. When I was reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It was too good! I was really nervous for the safety of Hannah and her sister when the plague was spreading. I kept thinking that the plague was going to get them, but it never did. I was relieved when Hannah and her sister finally got out of the plague infested London. All the remedies, plague preventions and procedures that the government, doctors and priests recommended or enforced were really funny, like holding a gold coin in your mouth. I recommend this book to people who like historical fiction.
Pen name: Eggy
Location: Calgary

 
Bittersweet
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Bittersweet
Author: Lamm, Drew C.

2003
Realistic fiction
Age:13-15
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I liked this book a lot. When I started to read this book I had just lost my grandmother and my grandfather just had a stroke. This book actually helped me get over my grandmother's death. Also if my grandfather died it prepared me to let go, but thank God he didn't. So any ways I thought this was a great book.
Pen name: Calleen
Location: Southern Pines, NC

 
Born Confused
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Born Confused
Author: Hidier, Tanuja Desai

2002
Realistic fiction
Age:16-18
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Born Confused is a good book. I enjoyed it very much. This story is about a girls’ parents who are finding her a “suitable boy” to marry. She doesn’t feel like she needs a husband yet, so she knows that she isn’t going to like him. After a while her friend, Gweyn, starts falling in love with the boy, Karsh. Dimple thinks that Gwyn is totally weird for loving him, but then finds out she has feelings for him too. They go through adventures and problems together. All in all they have a very fun time together. There were some weird parts, some dumb parts, some boring parts, and lots of enjoyable parts. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.
Pen name: imcool22
Location: Calgary

 
Boy at War : A Novel of Pearl Harbour, A
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Boy at War : A Novel of Pearl Harbour, A
Author: Mazer, Harry

2001
Historical fiction
Age:13-15
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Adam and his family moved to Honolulu Hawaii, his father was a place in the USS Arizona two days before the bombing at Pearl Harbour. The event which brought the United States into World War II. Adam finds out how hard it is to live though those times, with all of his new responsibilities. His fears win over his judgement, and that happens when he has to become the man of his house. This book leads to a powerful perspective to this historic event.
Pen name: Kitten
Location: Calgary

 
Breadwinner, The
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Breadwinner, The
Author: Deborah, Ellis

2000
Realistic fiction
Age:13-15 

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I really like the Breadwinner. My favorite character is Parvana. I think she shows a lot of courage when she cut her hair and pretended to be a boy. I have read both of the sequels and I can't wait till the next book is OUT!!
Pen name: Deborah Ellis Reader
Location: Calgary


Living in a world in which women have no power, and unable to show their faces, Parvana is madly disagreeing with that. But when her father is unable to go outside, she has to be brave and cut her hair, so that she can go buy groceries for their family of six. When the Taliban came and separated her family, what’s going to happen? Will they ever see each other again?
Pen name: Fat Tony
Location: Calgary


This book is about a 12 year old girl who lives in Afghanistan. She and her family (2 sisters, 1 brother and a mom and a dad) live in a small village in Afghanistan where there are wars and bombs. The girl’s name is Parvana. The book gets sad but you just have to read it because it is such a nice book. Parvana is the only one that can go outside with her father and her mother can’t go because she needs a man to go with her. Also Parvana's father gets taken away by the police so they can’t go outside otherwise the police will catch her. So her mother decides to cut her hair and make her into a boy. You will have to read the rest to find out
Pen name: Sugar Pie
Location: Calgary

 
 
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