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Airborn
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Airborn
Oppel, Kenneth

2004
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Age: 11 and up
Adventure
Canadian
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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!!!
Other Favourite Books I've Read=Sunwing, Firewing, Silverwing, Shadowgate, Dragonsnest
Pen name: Boneye
City: Calgary


The Amber Spyglass
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Amber Spyglass, The
Author: Pullman, Philip

2000
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy

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Subtle Knife
The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman is a fantastic book; it’s full of surprise and endless suspense. I was on the edge of my desk reading every page wondering what was going to happen next. It has a sophisticated plot and I’d suggest that ages 14 up read it. Its vocabulary is enormous and every 20 minutes I had to go find a dictionary to look up a word. It improves your learning substantially and is part of a trilogy. I plan to read the last of the trilogy sometime very soon. The Subtle Knife is the 2nd in the series and you never grow old of the books because the plots and events change every time. Phillip Pullman has a great imagination when writing fantasy books. In the book it holds a fantasy side and a realistic side. Lyra is the protagonist in this book and she travels from world to world, searching for a weird thing called dust or otherwise known as dark matter. It’s not all fantasy and it holds realism to. She goes to a world just like the one we are in now. It has a McDonald’s, cities, houses, and places just like the ones we have. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fantasy book that has a realistic side to it too. Out of 10 I would rate this book a 12.
Pen name: Crim
City: Calgary


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

2001
Age: 13 - 15
Speculative Fiction
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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
City: 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
City: Calgary


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

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1998
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction
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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.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter, Darren Shan, The Snow-Walker, Burnt
Pen name: Natasha
City: 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
City: Calgary



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

2002
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction

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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
City: Calgary


At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Author: Hooper, Mary
2003
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction
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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.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Lord of the Rings, High Hurdles and The Immortals
Pen name: Eggy
City: 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
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction

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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
City: Calgary


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The Breadwinner
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Breadwinner, The
Author: Deborah, Ellis

2000
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction

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The Breadwinner
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
City: 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?
Other Favourite Books I've Read=Harry Potter
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Carved Box, The
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Carved Box, The
Author: Chan, Gillian

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2001
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction
Canadian

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This book is about a boy named Callum who trades all his money for a dog. Callum must overcome many obstacles when he moves from Scotland to Canada, where he must work on a farm. This book is pleasurable, and kept my interest but I think the author could have spent more time describing what Callums life was like in Scotland before he moved to Canada.
I would recommend this book if you like stories about farming, history and the friendship between a boy and his dog.
Overall, I think the Carved Box by Gillian Chan is a good book for 13-16 year olds to read.
Pen name: ~*luxurious*~
City: Calgary


Carved Box, The
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Chalie Wilcox
Author: Mckay, Sharon E.
2003
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction
 

This book is good. I wouldn't say it's so good, but it is good if you like books about war and adventure, this is the book.
It's about a boy named Charlie who wants to become a sea man but is accidentally boarded to the wrong ship! He sails to Europe where WW2 was happening. He then helps out in the war. Its full of adventure!
DON'T FORGET TO READ THE SEQUEL "CHARLIE WILCOX GREAT WAR"
Other Favorite Books I 've Read: Harry Potter

Pen name: Reyman
City: Calgary

Daughter of Venice
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Daughter of Venice
Author: Napoli, Donna Jo

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2002
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction

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Captivating, thrilling, and romantic, these would be the words I would use to describe this novel. This book was well worth the read. It took me back to a totally different century, when things were done differently than they are done today. The main character, Donata, really amazed me. She courageously escaped from her lifestyle where her fate and decisions were made for her. Donata was determined to experience life adventures of her choosing. I also really enjoyed how the author was able to describe what Venice was like in the 15th Century. Even though this book took place a long time ago, it can relate to the lives of teens today. I would definitely recommend this book. It will take you into a totally different world.
Pen name:
~*Sugar*~
City: Calgary


Diary of a Young Girl, The
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Diary of a Young Girl, The
Author: Frank, Anne
1947
Age: 13 - 15
Non-fiction

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This is the diary of a 13-year-old Jewish girl while she and her family are in hiding. Anne, her family and another family, 8 people in total, hid from the Nazis for 2 years in Amsterdam. She tells about the war and the impact it had on people. Anne and her family were living in constant fear and isolation from everything they had known before. This story really gets you thinking about what it would be like living in a war. It was a sad story but it really teaches you to appreciate what you have.
Pen name: ~*Candy*~
City: Calgary

Anne Frank was a great book. It was very confessing at times. I think that was because it was just all of it was pretty much her writing about the times she went through. I think that no fourteen year-old should go through what she did. Her brothers and sisters should have live and she should have too. Her dad survived and was given her diary when the war had ended. They all were betrayed and sent to the concentration camp where they were for many years and most of the family died there. This book was very touching to read I would have never been able to do what she did and she is the same age as me. She is a very strong person to do what she did and I give her lots of credit. If you want an emotional book read this one. It is very good.
Pen name: Penh
City: Calgary

Anne Frank was a great book. It was very confessing at times. I think that was because it was just all of it was pretty much her writing about the times she went through. I think that no fourteen year-old should go through what she did. Her brothers and sisters should have live and she should have to. Her dad survived and was given her diary when the war had ended. They all were betrayed and sent to the concentration camp where they were for many of years and most of the family died there. This book was very touching to read I would have never been able to do what she did and she is the same age as me. She is a very strong person to do what she did and I give her lots of credit. If you want an emotional book read this one. It is very good.
Pen name: Pen
City: Calgary


Doomed Queen Anne
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Doomed Queen Anne
Author: Meyer, Carolyn
2002
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction
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When Lady Anne moved back from France, she was one of the queen’s ladies-in-waiting. She was attractive – even to King Henry VIII (who was an evil king). She was different from everybody else. That’s when the story began. Yes, Lady Anne was indeed very ambitious – she wanted to be Queen Anne. This is a realistic tale of aggression, power, relationships, and is fraught with intrigue. I really enjoyed reading this book. This story is considered as a history, yet it’s in a form of a novel. The language is really well used. It has an amazing plot and a good setting. It’s a great book and it’s addictive.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter series
Pen name: DPKer
City: Calgary

This book was very delightful, intelligent and easy to follow. It was scattered with fear and gruesome tidbits. I liked this book mostly because of its medieval reference and old speech patterns. Though some of the language I found unfamiliar, I truly enjoy this book to the peek. I found that the protagonists that plagued themselves at Queen Anne's presence were the characters that I hated too. When the anguish of her baby girl was born, I felt that she was harsh, but realistic. When King Henry chose another woman to make his wife, I felt pain and sorrow, just as she did. I believe that this book is good for any reader who likes a historic lesson, which chooses to hide itself in enveloping characters. This truly is a good book.
Pen name: CatWoman
City: Calgary


Eldest
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Eldest
Author: Christopher Paolini
2005
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Fantasy
Adventure
Age: 11 - 15

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A thrilling sequel to the first book in this trilogy, Eragon. It was full of adventure. A touch of comedy here and there, and even a romance unfolds in this story. The story opens with Eragon a young boy who finds a dragon egg. It is on his shoulders to become a legendary rider. Individuals that could use magic to ride dragons and become immortal, Eragon joins the varden to oppose the king Galbotorax ruler of Algelasia. It is a must read (but I would suggest reading Eragon first or else it won't make sense).
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Eragon
Pen name: Nexopia
City: Calgary, AB


Eldest is a great book. Even for kids who hate reading. It makes you wanna keep reading and reading....I loved it so much I would recommend it to everyone!!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Eragon
Pen name: Wonder
City: Calgary


I read Eldest by Christopher Paolini. it is a new book in the 13-15 year old section and is 684 pages long, overall rating: 9 out of 10. First off I just want to say how long I’ve been waiting for Eldest to come out. I read Eragon when it came out and loved it and I knew there was going to be a sequel just not when. Although it was a long wait it was well worth it, Eldest was a fantastic book and I’m going to look for other books by Christopher Paolini just in case he has any written any other books I have missed. I found Eldest a relatively easy read although it is quite long. The plot is full of betrayal ad heroism and shows how the boy bonds with his dragon (Saphira). Well anyways I really enjoyed this book and I’ll wait with great anticipation for the next one in the series (but seeing how long it took him to write the last one I won't get my hopes up).
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Halo series
Pen name: Cooler then you
City: Calgary


Firewing
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Firewing
Author: Oppel, Kenneth

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2002
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy
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This is a fantastic book! Kenneth Oppel ends the series with class like no other. The story follows Shades' adventure to rescue his son Griffin, who gets sucked into the underworld by mistake. And always, in the shadows, lurks the threat of the evil Goth and his sinister god Cama Zotz. It is a must read! sure to keep you turning pages till the end!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter
Pen name: AJ
City: Calgary


This book is another one of Kenneth Opal’s fascinating writings. This book is about the child of the Silverwing legend. Trying to steal fire from the humans, Griffin, Son of Shade Silverwing, drops fire on his best friend Luna. Devastated that his friend has died he goes to a hole and hides. A earthquake opens a fissure and sucks him in the underworld (world of dead). While Shade is battling to find Griffin in the underworld, it seems he has a competitor. A evil flesh eating bat named Goth is on a quest to find Griffin and suck the life out of him. He has orders and help from his god, Cama Zots (god of the dead) to kill Griffin and sacrifice Griffin's life to his god.
Pen name: Torob
City: Calgary

I have read Silverwing and Sunwing before, but Firewing is for sure the better of the 3. It is a riveting story of the father bat, Shade, looking for his son, Griffen, in the underworld. Griffen tries to steal fire for his city when a terrible earthquake hits the forest. Griffen falls into one of the cracks, and ends up in the underworld, controlled by the evil Cama Zots. Cama’s servant, Goth, is constantly trying to capture Shade and his son to drain out their souls. I couldn’t stop reading it, until the end.
Other Favourite Books I've Read=Harry Potter
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City: Calgary


Gathering Blue
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Gathering Blue
Author: Lowry, Lois

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Age: 13 - 15
Speculative Fiction

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Although Lois Lowry has dubbed Gathering Blue the companion book to the Giver, it realistically could have nothing to do with it. That fact aside Gathering Blue is much like the Giver where Lowry creates another society that is seemingly better than the one we live in. And once again like the Giver you soon realize something is utterly wrong with the people that are ruling the society. The book is filled with surprises and keeps you puzzles until the end, and even leaves some things a mystery (for a possible sequel??? A sequel is mention in the pages between the end of the story and the back cover). Suspense was high at the beginning of the story and keep escalating at every twist and turn. The content in some parts of the story would be too violent or cruel for sensitive reader and the end of the story may leave a very grim preview of the future. An example of the cruelty is when you learn people are dragged into a field to die. It also contains some odd language, which makes following the plot difficult. Otherwise Gathering Blue is a very good speculative fiction book for those that do read it.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Giver

Pen name: Cao Cao
City: Calgary

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Goddess Of Yesterday
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Goddess Of Yesterday
Author: Cooney, Caroline B

2002
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction
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This book was frustrating but very rewarding. The characters are so black and white that it’s easy to get involved so much in the plot you actually become very upset with the characters, as if you knew them too. Over the years you follow Anaxandra through the book of a new untold story of the start of the Trojan war. The descriptions are so detailed that it’s not hard getting a solid mental image of the settings and character’s physical and psychological appearance.
Just when you feel like putting the book down something new, surprisingly, amazing happens and you have to turn the page. If you like anything about Ancient Greece and behind the scenes looks at a gargantuan story then this is a book I’d recommend.
Pen name: personwholikesbooks
City: Calgary


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J. K. Rowling
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2005
Fantasy
Age: 7 - adult
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I loved this book! It was impossible for me to let go of it! J.K. Rowling did an astonishing job on this novel. This book in the Harry Potter series is much more suspenseful than all of the other books in the series. The way of using the old textbook to bring back Voldemort was unpredictable. I was even more surprised when I found out Snap was still on Lord Voldemort's side along with Lucius Malfoy. When Snap killed Dumbledore, I was shocked. I could not believe Snape would do such a thing after all the chances Dumbledore gave him. Overall I really liked the book. WIth all the characters changed a lot from the previous books, it made it very interesting.
Pen name: Chris
City: Calgary, AB


This Harry Potter book was just like all the other books in the series. It was very captivating. The events that happen in the story made me cling to the book all the time. Harry Potter and his friends went against an even stronger Voldermort this time and during the battle, someone really important passed away. Harry went through obstacles with his friends and relationships with his new defence of the dark arts teacher. This book, in my opinion, is the most thrilling book in the series yet! I absolutely loved it! I'm sure many of you will too!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Skinny
Pen name: Cherry
Calgary: Calgary

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry finds out that he is a wizard. In the book he meets Ron Wesley and Hermoine Granger. I like this book because it deals with fantasy and I like fantasies.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Wish upon a Unicorn
Pen name: Unicorn
City: Calgary

Harry potter and the half-blooded prince is a superb book. In this book friendships, loyalty and trust are tested. I think this is the best book J.K. Rowling has yet written. In this book Harry goes through lots of new adventures and he learns that not everyone should be given a second chance.
Pen name: Harsh
City: Calgary.


This is the sixth book in the series, and as the characters get older, and more mature, so does the reading audience. This book is full of laughs, romance and suspense, and even some betrayal. I found this book nearly impossible to put down, reading close to five chapters a day. A great book for anyone above the age of eleven, most people under that age might not understand some of the content. On a scale of one to ten, I would have to give it a nine, because there were some parts where I was a bit confused. As always I will be looking forward to the next instalment.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Broken Sky
Pen name: B
City: Calgary

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book of the wonderful J.K. Rowling’s series. Harry Potter is now sixteen and on his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Magic. Since the first book the books have progressed magically. It has now gone from, what you may call, a “kid” novel, to a teenager one. Take away the magic and monsters and you have usual teenagers fighting hormones. You would also find that it is all about our every day struggle with negative people and forces and that what matters is that we conserve the love in our lives which is potential to fight our very own Voldemorts. In this book, many questions that were left unanswered in previous books are now answered. This is a darker book than the others but nonetheless exciting. All in all, do beware. Once you start reading this you won't be able to put it down. This book will suck you in and transport you to another world. This is the best Harry Potter book written yet.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: harry potter
Pen name: Ba ba black sheep
City: Calgary

I read the book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I found the book very interesting because it had a lot of mystery and magic in it and I could not predict anything what was going to happen next throughout the story. The book has been written for all age groups and can be enjoyed by anyone. It is a really good book to be read at night because then you have dreams about what could happen next in the book. I would rate it 5 out of 5.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Silverwing
Pen name: MS
City: Calgary

The most recent series of the Harry Potter will take you on an adventure and mystery you will never imagined. Harry meets his biggest challenges on his sixth year at Hogwarts, and goes through many difficulties during his exciting year. If you are a Harry Potter fan I strongly suggest that you try this book out! It took me on a ride of imagination I could never think of. This book is very courageous and witty.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Pen name: gq.azn
City: Calgary


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the best books J.K Rowling has released yet. I really enjoyed it. She is an amazing author who takes you on a journey through the magical world of Harry and his friends. In his sixth year, Harry begins to learn more about Lord Voldermort past and the past that surrounds it. This book made my imagination run wild. However I feel the books are far better than the films. J.K Rowling has everything in her books that a reader could possibly want. It’s like a giant jigsaw that all fits into place. If you are looking for a story with adventure, friendship, mystery, comedy, love and lines that will make you laugh out loud, then the Harry Potter books are a must read.
Pen name: Gus
City: Calgary



Hawksong
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Hawksong
Author: Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia
2003
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy
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I thought the book as great because it has an interesting plot line where two kingdoms persevere through hardships for peace. I really liked the descriptive phrases and words used throughout the story by Amelia Atwater Rhodes, the author. Hawk Song is an easy read for all and it is very intriguing, Amelia uses words that sound magical to the reader and throughout the story the characters and setting are developed very well through speech and thoughts. I also liked the way the feelings that are experienced by the characters in the story because they seem realistic and sometimes you can feel what the characters are feeling through various descriptive phrases. The plot of Hawk Song is not a common fantasy one where you use tremendous amounts of magical powers or super power but one with unique characteristics that may still seem sensible. This plot also works towards peace, which also sends a message to us, as people, should also work towards peace. I really liked how the story develops and how the characters work with each other in times of need. Overall I recommend this book to people of all ages and I felt this is a great book written by Amelia Atwater Rhodes.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Supernaturalist
Pen name: Zhou Yu
City: Calgary


Hit and Run
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Hit and Run
Author: McClintock, Norah

2003
Age: 13 - 15
Mystery


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This book is about a boy named Mike and his mother died when he was young. His Uncle Billy was his guardian since he had no other family. One day his history teacher was looking in on his mother’s case and his Uncle Billy was killed. Mike had no other family to go with so his history teacher who decided to adopt him. Check out this book!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
Pen name: Linds
City: Calgary


I really enjoyed reading this book because I love playing sports. This book is about a boy called Glen Thomson, who made the little league baseball team along with his friend Jacob.
Glen’s parents got divorced when he was a little boy. His mother re-married a man called Andrew. Glen does not want to become friends with Andrew in case his dad would disapprove. Glen’s older brother, Josh, seems to be getting along very well with Andrew, and Glen can't understand how. Glen will not allow Andrew to takes dad’s spot in the family.
Glen and Jacob are both excited about the baseball season starting. Glen really hoped that his dad could take some time off of work, and come to watch Glen play. Glen’s dad always promised Glen that he would visit him every summer but his promises never came through.
Baseball season has started and East York Eagles won their first game. Glen is very happy. The rest of the team doesn’t like Glen because his anger spoils everything. He always yells and says negative things to his team mates, which knock their confidence down.
After a few games the coach notices Glens anger, and notices it’s turning the team down. The coach gives Glen a warning, but Glen doesn’t stop. The coach puts Glen on the bench for a whole game, and already the team’s confidence is rising again without Glens shouting.
Glens temper get better and better, and if his temper had stopped, the East York Eagles wouldn’t have won the season. Glen was very proud of his team mates, and after a while become good friends with Andrew. Glen’s summer wasn’t easy, but it all turned out well. Andrew tuned out to be a really good step-dad after all.
Pen name: Jack
City: Calgary


Heir Apparent
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Heir Apparent
Author: Vande Velde, Vivian

2002
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy, Adventure
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Heir Apparent by Vivian Vonde Velde is a great book. It tells of how a fourteen-year-old girl gets stuck in a video game. She goes to a gaming centre and uses their equipment. While she is playing a game people broke the machinery. Do you think she can get out safely?
Pen name: Bookwolf
City: Calgary


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House of the Scorpion, The
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House of the Scorpion, The
Author: Nancy Farmer
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2002
Age: 13 - 15
Science Fiction
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This is a fantastic book about a boy named Matteo Alacran. He was a genetically engineered baby and never had a father. He lives at an opium farm South of the United States. Everyone that lives at the farm considers him a monster because of the peculiar way he was created. He develops an important friendship with one of El Patrons Guards, which helps him through the story. Matteo is in danger at the farm and decides he is going to escape. This book is about all the conflicts throughout his life and escape. Overall I think this book is a must read and I am waiting to read Nancy Farmers next book.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Gingerbread Man
Pen name: MikeR.
City: Calgary

This book is a very good and interesting book that you cannot put down. It is about Matt who is the clone of Matteo Alacràn, a powerful, 140 year-old drug lord. Matt struggles to understand his life while not being accepted by his El Patrón's (Matteo Alacràn's) family. After finding out the reason why El Patrón needed him, his only chance in surviving is to escape from Opium, El Patrón's country. Escaping from the Alacràn Estate does not guarantee freedom for Matt because he is considered different in ways he doesn't suspect.
At first, it is a confusing book, because of the number of characters that appear in the story and the change from one plot to another, but eventually, the story starts to make sense. Though it is confusing, it is interesting from the beginning of the story, which makes it a very appealing and hard to put down. One thing that I wasn't satisfied with, after reading the book was the ending. I think it could of been a little bit better than what it was written even though the ending was very amusing. I suggest this book for people from the age of 12 to adults because it may be too complicated for young children to understand but interesting enough for adults of all ages.
I think this story’s theme is a good example on today's serious sociological and moralistic issues that are occurring. It is about how people treat other people different from them coldly which I think is what is happening in the current world that we live in. I hope people will learn from reading this book about the sociological issues that are occurring today.
Pen name: Azngrl
City: Calgary


This story is about Matteo Alacran, a genetic clone, who is a genetically engineered baby, who was created by El Patron, lord of Opium. Opium is a country. El Patron is a evil drug lord who is the leader of Opium. The country is south of the United States and is a drug field. All of the people that live at the Opium farm consider Matt a monster, except El Patron. Matteo is treated horrible by several characters. He decides he is going to escape. Matt is struggling to understand what his place is in society. This book is about all the conflicts throughout his life and escape. Over all I consider this book a great elevating story, and found it hard to put down.
Pen name: Right On
City: Calgary


Invitation to the Game
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Invitation to the Game
Author: Hughes, Monica

1993
Age: 13 - 15
Science Fiction


This is a futuristic tale of a group of teens dropped into the world of the unemployed after school is over. Feeling sad, they receive a secret invitation to "The Game" which propels them into a virtual reality survivor game, with a prize of their dreams awaiting them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction novels or survivor like tales.
Pen name: lemurmonkey


 
Jade Green
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Jade Green
Author: Naylor, Phyllis
2000
Age: 13 - 15
Suspense

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This book was really good because the characters had more description than necessary a lot of the time, but it made the story even better than it would have been without that detail. I thought the plot was very clever and that it has prepared me for many other books which I have not read.
Pen name: Rob

I like this book because throughout the whole book it made you think about how Jade Green died. Also it lets Judith solve the mystery and find true love family. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading mysteries and a little bit of romance. This story also lets you be able feel like you are Judith and are going through the same things she’s going through.
Pen name: Pink chick
City: Calgary

The book 'Jade Green' is a magical, frightful book filled with jaw-dropping events. I felt the book had a lot to say about an orphan child missing her mother. Since it was placed a long time ago I felt some of the humor they used was every interesting. This book is a mixture between a girls' conflict between herself and Jade Green. I would recommend this book because you can get how much or how little, as you want out of it.
Pen name: Crick#2
City: Calgary




The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
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Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The
Author: Tolkien, J.R.R.

1974
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy Classic


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The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is extremely good. The book starts off with a birthday party in a small place called "The Shire". Bilbo Baggins leaves the village that night leaving his nephew, Frodo, the magic ring. Gandalf tells Frodo that it is the Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo and his gardeners, Sam start their journey to Mordor, the dark Lords land.
The book has abundant suspense and violence. It is way better then the movie and the emotions of the characters can be deeply felt while reading the book. Although it is long but the author makes the reader keep on reading till the end.
Pen name: Desims
City: Calgary, AB


These books are beyond amazing. Nothing even compares to the suspense, excitement and overall feel of the book. By the time you get to the making of the fellowship you already have a real feeling for the characters. When disaster hits Frodo you just can't put the book down. Never before have I read anything even in the same ballpark!!!!!
Pen name: Ferdgy

"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Rings to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie."


This is a great series to read by J.R.R. Tolkien. I started with The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings is very complicated, but as long as you have a mind for it, it's a great read. The story starts in a quaint little place called "The Shire". The story starts with a birthday party for a certain Bilbo Baggins (the main character from The Hobbit). It goes from there to a very exciting adventure, in which Frodo Baggins, Bilbo's nephew travels from The Shire to a very dark place called Mordor.

This is an exciting story and a very good read. I would give it a try, and I bet you will find it a tale of friendship, adventure and war.
Pen name: Stacey

When Bilbo Baggins (star in The Hobbit) leaves the shire for Rivendell, he leaves his magic ring to his nephew Frodo. When Gandalf tells Frodo that it is the ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Mr. Frodo Baggins and his Gardener, Samwise Gamgee (Sam) set off to destroy it. To destroy it, they have to travel to Mordor, the Dark Lord's land. A great read, but humor is scarce and violence is abundant.
Pen name: Love_To_Read
City: Calgary

These books are COOL! I loved the Two Towers book.
Pen name: veemon22
City: Calgary


The books are better then the movies, the descriptions are awesome. I get better pictures there then I do from the movie. A great storyline, very interesting and fun to read numerous times.
Pen name: SP
City: Calgary

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a great classic. I loved it. It shows the power of good and evil in a very good and interesting way. I loved the adventure and creativity in this novel. I recommend that anyone read it, even if they do not like adventure because if you don't read it, you will miss out on very good literature.
Pen name: D.N. Williams
City: Calgary



Keeping the Moon
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Keeping the Moon
Author: Dessen, Sarah
Date: 1999
Age: 13-15
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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"Keeping the Moon” is about a young girl named Colie battling her peers and her weight. Her mother is a successful entrepreneur and owns a weight loss company. Since she was going on a business trip she sent Colie to stay the summer with her aunt Mira. While there, she meets a boy named Norman who lives in the basement of Aunt Mira's house. Norman offers her a job at a restaurant called Last Chance. There she meets two waitresses, Isabel and Morgan who are best friends. These two girls show her the bright side of friendship and how to be comfortable with herself. This book teaches you to accept yourself for who you are. Also it shows you the importance of true friends. It is filled with humor and drama. This book opens your eyes to what and who really matters in your life. It also teaches you to stand up for yourself when someone is trying to hurt you. I really enjoyed this book and I think it is really pertinent to teenage life.
George, F. E. Osborne, Calgary



Men of Stone
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Men of Stone
Author: Friesen, Gayle

2000
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction

Canadian
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Fifteen-year old boy Conrad thinks he has it bad living in a house with only girls, until his Aunt Frieda comes to visit. She is his dead father’s aunt, who he barely knows. Throughout the book, the two become closer as she amazes Conrad with all her stories of life in Russia, where her family was terrorized and people she loved taken away from her. She helps him through difficult times at school, where he has problems of his own. Eventually though, he comes to realize that he has to accept who he is, and not let it bother him.
Pen name: Dancer
City: Calgary


Millions
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Millions
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
2004
Age: 10 - 14
Realistic Fiction
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"Millions” is a really great book. When I start to read it, its really boring book. I almost give up reading it. It’s only talk about boy who wants to do everything good, but everything he did is really stupid. After I finish reading this book, I realize how good it is. Money can’t buy anything, but if you use it in a good way you will get really happy. I don’t know in what way you can get really happy by using money. This is a really good book.
Pen name:
Kelly
City: Calgary



No Small Thing
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No Small Thing
Author: Natale Ghent
2003
Age: 11 - 15
Contemporary fiction
Canadian
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A great book for horse lovers. You really feel for the characters. I could really understand how Nat felt about their pony.
Pen name: Cricket
City: Toronto


 

Parvana's Journey
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Parvana's Journey
Author: Ellis, Deborah

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2002
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction
Canadian


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Parvana's Journey
I chose to review this book because I really like the way Deborah Ellis writes her books. This book makes me picture what's happening in the book. The book was really sad when Parvana found the baby and when her father died. The book makes me feel what Parvana feels.
Pen name:
Cutiepie#1
City: Calgary



Pirates!
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Pirates! The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates
Author: Rees, Celia
2003
Age: 13 - 15
Historical Fiction

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Pirates is an excellent book, it had me on the edge of my seat as I read it as it took me on the journey of the main character and her maid as they travelled the seas in search of love, money, and freedom. I strongly recommend it to anyone who liked the movie, "PIRATES OF THE CARRIBIAN".
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Harry Potter
Pen Name: Reenie
City: Calgary



Protector of the Small: Squire
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Protector of the Small: Squire
Author: Pierce, Tamora

2001
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy


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This book was absolutely fantastic. It is definitely a worthwhile read as it inspires teens. Be sure to read the first two books in the series first. They are First Test and Page.
Pen name: Krytzie



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The Sea Trolls
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Sea Trolls, The
Author: Farmer, Nancy
2004
Age: 13 - 15
Fantasy
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Jack, a young Saxon wishes that he could learn magic. When it is his turn to care for the Bard in his village, he goes over and is asked to be his apprentice. Jack is delighted and is soon learning magic. When the Bard becomes sick and Jack is captured by Beserkers, he is thrown into a sick reality that he never knew existed. I enjoyed this story from cover to cover and I think that it deserves a Newberry Honor Award like many other novels from Nancy Farmer. A very delightful book with many twists and turns, it will keep you thinking long after the book is finished.
Pen name: George
City: Calgary

I really enjoyed reading The Sea of Trolls. It was very exciting, with plenty of action through out the entire book. It was clear that the book was based on mythology, which made the story seem even more real. There are many interesting settings and characters, with very complex antagonists. Jack really goes through changes through out the book, making every chapter a little bit different. Another thing I really enjoyed about the Sea of Trolls was how the relationship between Jack, and Olaf One-Brow changes as the story progresses. This is partly because Jack’s point of view changes. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy fantasy, mythology, and most other genres. There is some terminology in the book, which can only be understood if you look at the index in the back. Overall I think this is a very intriguing book with great characters, amazing creatures, and mind-blowing settings.
Pen name: Gymie
City: Calgary


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The
Author: Brashares, Ann
2001
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction

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This book is an awesomebeginning to a great series of books whose theme is very heart-warming and exciting to read all at the same time. During this book, you will find yourself becoming attached to the characters and can hardly put it down!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Bras and Broomsticks
Pen name:Cricket
City: Calgary, AB


This was such an excellent book! I really want to congratulate Anne Brashares for the excellent job she has done! This book has helped me understand the true meaning of friendship and has helped me a lot!
Pen name: Book Lover
City: Settler, AB


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The
Author: Brashares, Ann
2001
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction

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This book is an awesomebeginning to a great series of books whose theme is very heart-warming and exciting to read all at the same time. During this book, you will find yourself becoming attached to the characters and can hardly put it down!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Bras and Broomsticks
Pen name:Cricket
City: Calgary, AB


This was such an excellent book! I really want to congratulate Anne Brashares for the excellent job she has done! This book has helped me understand the true meaning of friendship and has helped me a lot!
Pen name: Book Lover
City: Settler, AB


Something Upstairs
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Something Upstairs
Author: Avi
1988
Age: 13 - 15
Suspense


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Something Upstairs is a great thriller that will send chills down your spine. I would suggest this book for kids aged 11 years to adult. If you like ghost stories and adventure stories you will love this book.
Pen name:
Erin



The Supernaturalist
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Supernaturalist, The
Author: Eoin Colfer
2004
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Science Fiction
Adventure
Age: 11 - 15
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The Supernaturalist is a well-written novel by one of my favorite authors. This book is a perfect combination of imagination, humor and action. Taking place in the future, the plot of this book is well thought out all the way through, from the gloomy beginning to the surprising ending. The twists and turns of the plot had me reading for hours without putting the book down. I personally really enjoyed this book because it reflects the problems of the world today and what is to happen if what we are to keep it up. Also, the occasional humor in the non-stop action of the story was a great technique used by the author. To sum things up, I recommend this book to all fans of science-fiction and is a must read for fans of the Artemis Fowl series.
Pen name: Hidden
City: Calgary


Eoin Colfer’s books have a reputation to keep you hooked from the first sentence to the very last. This book is no different. It’s about Cosmo who is a an orphan and is sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys where the kids are basically lab rats for the newest medicine and technologies. He is able to escape and joins a group of kids who like him, have the unique ability of being able to spot supernatural parasites that feast on the energy of humans. Cosmo and is new found family secretly hunt the parasites at night hoping to save as many lives as they can. This book is a fun read that I truly enjoyed, mainly because the plot is constantly twisting. The Supernaturalist is a humorous, fast-paced book filled with action that reveals what the future might be like…I recommend it to anyone that likes science fiction, adventure, suspense, and of course the supernatural!
Pen name:
Phoenix
City: Calgary

 



 
The Third Eye
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Third Eye, The
Author: Lois Duncan
1991
Age: 13 - 15
Suspense

 

This book is a suspenseful novel by Lois Duncan. Karen is finally one of the popular crowd. But then one child she is babysitting goes missing, and she finds that she has the gift of a third eyes Something that sees fear.
With this extraordinary gift, can she figure out how to win this dangerous game of hide and seek? This book is in the level for ages 12-15. It really makes you stay alert at night. Also some of the language is swears. But it is one of the best books I have ever read. Some of her other books include, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, KILLING MR GRIFFIN, LOCKED IN TIME and THEY NEVER CAME HOME.
These books are must reads. If any books could become a movie, these would be the ones.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Killing Mr Griffin
Pen Name: Joe Cool University
City: Calgary



The Transall Saga
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Transall Saga, The
Author: Gary Paulsen

1998
Age: 13 - 15
Science Fiction
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Thirteen year old Mark Harrison goes on a camping trip into the desert when he comes across a blue light that beams him up into another world. In this new place called Transall, he makes new friends, learns about prejudice and slavery, even about himself. I like this book because it is adventurous and has very good descriptions
Pen name: B-ball
City: Calgary


Watership Down
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Warriors: into the Wild
Author: Hunter, Erin W.
2003
Fantasy
Age: 13 - 15

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Warriors is a great book for cat lovers. It is about four main clans that go to battle with each other. Sometimes there are more then four clans lik on the last book of the first series. It has a new clan called Bloodclan but usually if there are more than four clans they get defeated at the end.
Pen name: Carry
City: Calgary, AB



Watership Down
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Watership Down
Author: Adams, Richard

1972
Age: 13 - 15
Animal

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Watership Down is a good book because it's about rabbits going on an adventure to find a better warren (home for rabbits. One rabbit thinks that the warren that they were presently in was going to have something bad happen to it. So they gathered some rabbits from their warren, and went on a thrilling and exciting journey to their new warren. This book is a wonderful fiction book that will be sure to fill the reader with emotions of all types.
Pen name: READER!
City: Calgary

 

Wringer
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Wringer
Author: Spinelli, Jerry
1997
Age: 13 - 15
Realistic Fiction


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Wringer was a very thrilling book and I think any age should read it. Spinelli made an excellent book. It is very good because the boy is a wringer and he has to kill crows but he has a pet crow! What will happen... read it and find out.
Pen name: A.Iverson
City: Calgary


Wringer is a fantastic book! Palmer is so scared of doing what he doesn't want to do. He has a pigeon that is really supposed to die! Read the book to find out what happens to the pigeon. Pass it on to a friend when you are done!
Pen name:
The Little Pink Hare
City: Calgary


I really loved Wringer. I like the way he feels sorry for the pigeons and how he keeps Nipper in secret. I think the town is really weird for killing pigeons but I raise them. I loved it when my teacher would read the book to our class, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I really hope I can find another book by that author so I can read more. I hope they make a second one and if there is one I would like to get a chance to read it. I only really like Harry out of all his friends. I think his dad is really cool too.
Pen name: Greek Horseman
City: Calgary


Wringer was a really cool book! I wonder if there is going to be a second book?
Pen name: Theo
City: Calgary



The Year of Secret Assignments
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Year of Secret Assignments, The
Author: Moriarty, Jaclyn
Date: 2004
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 13 - 15
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This book is about three grade ten girls from Ashbury High School, Cassie, Emily and Lydia. The girls L.A. teacher hooks their class up with pen pals from their rival school, Brookfield, to try to bring the schools together. This doesn’t quite work because all of the girls get guys as there pen pals. It’s fun to watch events unfold from different perspectives. It told through Diary Entries, Rude Graffiti, Hate Mail, Love Letters, and Date Plans. This book is delightful, suspenseful and very hard to stop reading.
Other Favourite Books I've Read=Jade Green
Pen name: Crick#1
City: Calgary

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