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Born Confused
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Born Confused
Author: Hidier, Tanuja Desai

2002
Realistic Fiction
Age: Young Adult

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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
City: Calgary


Calling a Dead Man
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Calling a Dead Man
Author: Cross, Gillian

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2002
Mystery/Suspense
Age: Young Adult

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Calling a Dead Man is a thrilling story that intertwines the historic culture of Russia along with the corruption and power of the Russian Mafia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The story begins when an explosives expert named John Cox from America is mysteriously reported to have been killed while working on a project in Siberia. Their suspicions aroused, John’s girlfriend and sister (named Annie and Hayley) decide to travel to Siberia to learn the truth for themselves. They arrive in Siberia to meet with his employers only to soon learn that they are actually a division of the Russian Mafia. The two women escape from the Mafia and trace John’s tracks though the forest to a remote settlement that depends for its basic needs on Frosya, the only capable human in the settlement. Frosya had provided John with shelter before John decided to leave and make his own way back. The story continues with the Mafia pursuing Annie and Hayley who are in turn pursuing John. The suspense builds in the story and is sure to entrance any reader. Overall this story is a wonderful and captivating read that will surely entrance any reader.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Jurassic park
Pen name: Bob The Builder
City: Calgary


Comfort
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Comfort
Author: Dean, Carolee

2002
Realistic fiction

Age: Young Adult

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What makes this story so amazing is that within the middle of the story they show you how the other characters felt about what happened, which gives you a different perspective of things. This book is about a teenager named Kenny Wilson, at the age of 15, who just like other boys his age starts thinking about things differently. On top of the times of him maturing he also has to deal with his father coming out of jail, and he hates his dad for “abandoning his family” as Kenny puts it. But the twist to the story is that his father isn’t as bad as he thinks. And all his friends aren’t really there for him as they should be. This book gives you the advantage to see as a third person what really happens in situations like these.
Pen name: Snowing penguins
City: Calgary


Dancing with an Alien
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Dancing with an Alien
Author: Logue, Mary
2002
Fiction

Age: Young Adult

I really liked this book because there were a lot of funny parts. With Branko being an alien, he would sometimes say the wrong thing or do something unexpected. I also really like books when they switch between two people so that way you get an idea of what the main characters are thinking. This book had a sad, unexpected ending that made you wonder about what would happen to Tonia and Branko.
Pen name:Lisa
City: Calgary



Dating Hamlet: Ophelia's Story
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Dating Hamlet: Ophelia’s Story
Author: Fiedler, Lisa

2003
Adventure
Age: Young Adult

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"Dating Hamlet: Ophelia's Story" is a really good book. The origin story is "Hamlet" which is Shakespeare's production. The origin story talks about he story of Prince Hamlet, who is urged by his father's Ghost to avenge his murder at the hands of the dead king's brother, now King Claudius; to make matters worse, Claudius has married the widow, Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude. This book is similar to the book Shakespeare had written. The difference is in the book the main characher is not Hamlet, it is his lover Ophelia's. In the origin story, her suicide leads her brother to fight with Hamlet, which eventually causes the death of every major character. But in this story, she is willing to stand by her man. I like this story because it's not so sad, like "Hamlet". It's from another character's point of view to rewrite this story. I think that's really smart.
Pen name: T.
City: Calgary, AB


The Dragonstone
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Dragonstone, The
Author: McKiernan, Dennis
1996
Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

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This is a story mythical about an elf named Arin. She has a horrible vision of an invasion by many ferocious dragons. To prevent this catastrophe from happening, Arin must find a green stone called the Dragonstone. To aid her quest, Aiko, a female warrior, joins up to help Arin find what she is looking for. Through many dangerous adventures and encounters, they travel across the lands of Mithgar in order to find the stone.
Pen name: Zero
City: Calgary


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Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The zero tolerance approach to punctuation
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Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Author: Truss, Lynne
2003
Non-fiction
Age: Young Adult

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Lynne Truss will take you on a mysterious journey to show how one little punctuation error can change the whole meaning of a sentence. If you are a book-writer or just enjoy reading books I strongly recommend this book. This book is witty, thought provoking, and brief. Lynne Truss is passionate about punctuation. She has an urgent desire to be the head wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society. Lynne Truss will change the way you look at punctuation.
Pen name: Haloguy
City: Calgary



Even the Stones
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Even the Stones
Author: Jakober, Marie
2004
Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
Canadian


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This book is amazingly awesome. It is devoid of the author's opinions, but never once did it lack in passion. Unlike some novels, 'Even the Stones’ is catchy all the way, realistic, & tangible. Everything was developed perfectly. Also, Marie's characters are all completely alive. Nothing should surprise me less than to hear people say Shakespeare’s skill in portraying human nature is reviled by Marie Jackober.
Pen name: Kelly
City: Calgary

This book was amazing full of wonderful characters. This is a story about Queen Marwen who escapes a horrible kidnapping in a violent land, with the help of her best friend, an Amazonian type of girl, and also minstrel, named Kiri. Queen Marwin is very young but very intelligent and wise. She follows a Goddess called Jana, and she has to trust Jana because she has to guide Queen Marwin and help her create a new Kamilan. This story was perfect, it was not to tragic and it was not that predictable so it was great. I think it would be awesome to see everyone reading it and I DEFINITELY hope to see a sequel. Thanks a lot to the author for doing such a great job of writing a book.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Giver and The diary of Anne Frank
Pen name: CRACKER
City: Calgary


Eyes of the Dragon
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Eyes of the Dragon
Author: King, Stephen
1986
Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

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Terrifying! The ghosts were so real it will give me nightmares for life.
Pen name: G-unit Soldier
City: Calgary


Misery
Misery is a novel by Stephen King. The book is about a man who finds himself in a lot of trouble. The main character, Paul Sheldon, runs into problems wherever he goes. He is divorced, drinks and swears too much, and is having trouble writing. Even though he is accident prone, Paul is a best-selling novelist who has written a series of stories. Paul's most beloved series is Misery. The series has taken place in the 1900's, and are about the hardships of life. This is ironic how Paul will experience some of the same hardships within the story. An unfortunate car accident near a small town in Colorado changes everything. Being knocked out and having both his legs broken, he is helpless. If you think that things can't get any worse, they do. Unfotunately his #1 fan, Annie Wilkes, resuces him. Annie is obsessed with Paul's series. When she finds out how Misery dies in the last book, she turns her rage onto Paul. She keeps him in her prison like house, and forces Paul to write a new book. She tortures Paul, until he can't take it anymore, and finally Sheldon decides to fight back

The first thing that I disliked was the cursing in the book. This may restrict younger readers from reading this novel. Also I found the book very graphic. To me this almost made parts of the story not believable. Another part of the story that I didn't like was some of the senario's that King put in. Three chapters would be just senerios that are just make-believe, which is really annoying.

Overall though, Misery is an amazing book. Stephen King writes about horror stories, and i one of his best in my opinion. King provides lots of description and imaging. This helps in characterization. Shephen also writes in a way that makes it hard to put the book down. The suspenseful nature of this book makes it an excellent read for teenagers and adults. Even though there is swearing and some parts it is unrealistic, it still is a fantastic book. Without giving it away, the ending to the story was brilliant. Overall I would give Misery four out of five stars.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Cajon
Pen name: Norco Rider
City: Calgary

Misery
Misery is well thought out book put together by the king of suspense and horror, Stephen King. Misery is thick book at 340 pages and its reading difficulty is mediocre. In the context of the book some foul language is written, and may not be suitable to those easily offended by words. But a book this good is definitely worth the read. The main plot of Misery is when beloved writer Paul Sheldon is hospitalized due to a near fatal car crash. His hospital is a farm in Sidewinder, Colorado, and his nurse is his #1 fan, Annie Wilkes. Through his rehabilitation, Paul Sheldon is forced to write Annie a novel to her interests. It is not long before Paul Sheldon discovers that Annie is a psychopath, and is a mass murderer. Through the duration of the book, Paul faces torture and immense suffering that follows due to his “bad” behaviour around the farm. Paul is forced into a dilemma: to satisfy Annie with the book and endure the torture, or kill the beast himself. Follow through one of King’s greatest novel that makes you feel and think the thoughts Paul Sheldon is thinking! For a rating out of ten, I’d give it a whopping nine!
Pen name: 7005_Sasquatch
City: Calgary


This is a fantastic book. It actually gave me nightmares, after I had read half the book. Overall this book isn’t that bad. I really enjoyed reading this book. In this book there was a king named Roland. Roland was a very old king but he had young children. The children’s names are Peter (the older son) and after nine months after Peter’s birth Sasha Roland’s wife gave another birth to her second child Thomas. After Thomas birth Sasha died. After that the evil magician Flagg poison the king sets up Peter to take the blame. After Peter is imprisoned in a needle tower for life. Then Flagg sets Thomas on the throne and manipulates him. Meanwhile, Peter plans to escape from the needle tower. This was an excellent book to read.
Pen name: Black X
City: Calgary


Going for Stone
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Going for Stone
Author: Gross, Philip
2002
Horror
Age: Young Adult

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Nick leaves his home, fed up with his sister and her boyfriend. He starts performing on the streets where he finds out that a select few people can keep still enough to be mistaken as stone. He finds out he is good at it, very good. He joins the group of people who can do this and gets scouted for a school for advanced "stone turners”. Little does he know what really lies behind the wall of this school...
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Eldest
Pen name: Sup
City: Calgary



King Kelson's Bride
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King Kelson’s Bride
Author: Katherine Kurtz
2001
Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

King Kelson’s Bride is an enchanting story gilded with all the fineries of a great fantasy: suspense, romance, peril and magic. Katherine Kurtz’ novel of the Deryn is a sophisticated and charming fairy tale incorporating the beautiful culture and customs of the Middle Ages. Fantasy lovers who enjoy a little romance, will find this rich read hard to leave even for a minute.
Pen name: Lucy
City: Calgary



The Kite Runner
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Kite Runner, The
Author: Hosseini, Khaled
2004
Realistic fiction
Age: Young Adult

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When my teacher first assigned this book to us as a novel study, I thought it would be one of those boring and hard to get into books, but even so I told myself I need to read this so I can do well on the quizzes. After reading about 3 pages in, I realize I wouldn't be able to put this book down. And guess what, I didnt'. I managed to finish the whole entire thing last night. When I gott back to class the next day, I wasn't the only person. This book is simply put, AMAZING! I love how he grows and becomes more mature as does his friend, and then both learn how hard it is to live while the Taliban is ruling.
Pen name: Silly
City: Calgary, AB



The Life of Pi
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Life of Pi, The
Author: Martel, Yann

2001
Adventure

Age: Young Adult
Canadian
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Martel has written a very compelling interesting novel. Life of Pi challenges you to believe the most of unpredictable events. That is why I enjoyed it. It is unlike most books that I have read because the plot takes the most unexpected turn of events at the most unexpected times. A young teenager from India is on his way to Canada when the ship that he is traveling on takes a turn for the worse and sinks. He only survives by jumping onto a lifeboat that is also the home of a 200 pound Bengal tiger, an orangutan, a zebra and a hyena. This cast of characters really kept my attention as I saw each one of them fall to the superior breed. I was not fond of the ending however because it does not tie the story together but instead keeps you wondering and is letting come to your own conclusion. Overall the novel was a good choice it kept my attention the whole way through and never failed to keep me thinking of extraordinary events.
Pen name: Antonio
City: Calgary


Little Soldier
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Little Soldier
Author:
Ashley, Bernard
1999
Realistic fiction
Age: Young Adult

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Kaninda, an ex child-soldier from East Africa, is orphaned and living in London. When a child from a nearby estate is hit by a car, Kaninda is drawn into an inter-estate conflict.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Skeleton Island
Pen name: Myriam
City: El Alsson, Egypt


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

1974
Fantasy

Age: Young Adult

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Very good and a very long book, sometimes boring.
Pen name: Krack Mat
City: Calgary


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Prey
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Prey
Author: Crichton, Michael

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2002
Science fiction

Age: Young Adult

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Imagine a world of dust that isn't really dust, but nano particles that kill, and must be stopped. Jack works in the field of nano technology, his company has created "the virus"...The virus is a swarm of micro machines...They're loose and evolving more appropriately to their predator prey programming. A page turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The suspense at the end of every chapter wants to make you keep reading the book, and also the amazing detail is one of the best parts of the book, too.
Pen name: I'm Canadian
City: Calgary

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles – micro-robots –has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-producing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive and program as a predator to destroy human race. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Some people want to start over the human race. They want to be the ancestors of human. But unfortunately the lab has been broke out and those predators are release and their targets are we human. And everything that attempts to destroy it has failed.
This is the most fantastic, and wonderful scientific novel I have ever read. I love the conflicts, and the climax. Also the setting is cool. Anyway, it is a good book for you to start reading.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Wringer
Pen name: Swart
City: Calgary


The Princess Diaries
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Princess Diaries, The
Author: Cabotby, Meg
2001
Humour
Fairy tale
Age: Young Adult

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This book is excellent and very exiting. It has lots of twist as Mia Thermopolis' life turns around when her grandma comes to town.
Pen name: J.J. Reader
City: Calgary


I loved this book! It was so funny and it really was very entertaining. I've read all the Princess Diaries books and they all are great. If any one wants to read a funny book then they should read this book
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Three by Tedd Dekker
Pen name: Nancy Drew
City: Regina


This book talked about a girl called Mia Thermopolis. She was an ordinary, not-noticed high school student until her grandma, who’s the queen of Genovia, showed up one day. Mia was all of a sudden put in the spotlight of being a princess. In this book, there are lots of hilarious details that made me fall in love with it. It is so funny and entertaining that I can read it over and over again without getting sick of it. This was a great book to read.
Pen name: Cherry
City: Calgary
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Princess In the spotlight
Princess Diaries 2, “Princess in the Spotlight”-Meg Cabot

This book is about a young girl, Mia Thermopolis, who just found out she is the princess of a small country called Genovia. She has problems, just like any teenager. Not only is she failing math, described as a 5’9 flat chested freak, has to take princess lessons from her horrible grandmother every day, and her mother pregnant and soon to be married to her Algebra teacher; she has a crush on her best friend Lilly’s brother, Michael Moscovits. Also recently she has received a mysterious secret admirer “Joecrox”, who Mia hopes will be Michael. This novel is a “can’t put it down” kind of story, and there is always something horrible happening. I would recommend this book to any teenage girl, because we can all relate to it. I really enjoyed reading this book, and hope there will be more to the series.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Princess Diaries
Pen name: Munchie
City: Calgary


Princess Diaries 2, “Princess in the Spotlight”-Meg Cabot
This book is about a young girl, Mia Thermopolis, who just found out she is the princess of a small country called Genovia. She has problems, just like any teenager. Not only is she failing math, described as a 5’9 flat cheasted freak, has to take princess lessons from her horrible grandmother every day, and her mother pregnant and soon to be married to her Algebra teacher; she has a crush on her best friend Lilly’s brother, Michael Moscovits. Also recently she has received a mysterious secret admirer “Joecrox”, who Mia hopes will be Michael. This novel is a “can’t put it down” kind of story, and there is always something horrible happening. I would recommend this book to any teenage girl, because we can all relate to it. I really enjoyed reading this book, and hope there will be more to the series.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: The Princess Diaries
Pen name: Munchie
City: Calgary


When I read The Princess Diaries, I had already seen the movie, so I had a bit of an idea of what was happening. The book turned out much better, and very different from the movie. I enjoyed reading it, and couldn’t put it down. The story was very surprising, and unpredictable, unlike you think it would be. I liked this book because it was about a fourteen-year-old girl, going through high school, so I could at times, relate to the story, and her feelings. I guarantee that the book will make you laugh and feel like crying equally because it is simply a remarkable book. I would definitely recommend The Princess Diaries to somebody else. This book is so good, that I can’t wait to read the next books in the series!
Pen name: Nanners
City: Calgary


Shiva's Fire
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Shiva’s Fire
Author: Staples, Fisher Suzanne
2000
Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

This book is very imaginative and believable. It’s a quick read, very easy to get into and difficult to put down.
Pen name: Alicya
City: Calgary



Son of the Mob
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Son of the Mob
Author: Korman, Gordon

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2002
Realistic fiction
Age: Young Adult
Canadian

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I read the book Son of the Mob, which is an amazing teenage drama with one small twist. Vince's (the main character) Dad is the leader of the Mafia. After having his dad’s business mess up his life enough times he decides to no have any part of it. Then finally when Vince does find a girlfriend it obviously can’t work because of another small twist. Her father is the man in the FBI who is trying to catch Vince’s dad. To find out how this book ends pick it up and read it!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Divinci Code
Pen name: Books_rule
City: Calgary


Three weeks with my brother
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Three Weeks with My Brother
Author: Sparks, Nicholas
2004
Non-fiction
Age: Young Adult

In this stirring memoir, bestselling author Nicolas Sparks writes not only about his journey around the world with his brother, but their life journey as well. When a travel brochure arrives at Sparks' desk one day, he convinces his brother Micah to go with him on a trip of a lifetime. Meanwhile, at every stop, they look back on thier lives from the time when they were just kids. Reliving his live story, Sparks captures all of the little, but special moments. Everything from his being a middle child to his fame now, plus all of the times inbetween, are told with vivid details. Readers will find themselves laughing and crying along with the ups and downs of Sparks family. Recommended for young adults, this book is truly an amazing tale about a great family. There is no one in this world that will not enjoy a book like this one.
Other Favorite Books I've Read: American Girl, The Da Vinici Code
Pen nam: S.F.
City: Calgary, AB


The Trumpet Swan
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Trumpet Swan The

Sam Beaver is curious about nature, especially animals. One day he meets a family of trumpeter swans. All of the cygnets make a funny squeak, except for one. Say hello to Louis. He can't make any sound. His father steals a trumpet. Louis ends up on a spectacular adventure. He becomes famous, and saves the love of his life, Serena. I think this was an amazing book, and I hope you'll consider putting on your list of must reads. Read on, fellow booklovers!!
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Eragon, Harry Potter
Pen name: Qwerty
City: Calgary



What Happened to Lani Garver
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What Happened to Lani Garver
Author: Plum-Ucci, Carol
2002
Realistic fiction
Age: Young Adult

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Out of all the realistic fiction I've ever read, this book and "The Body of Christopher Creed" are the two best in my opinion. And a lot of other kids who have read it.
Other Favourite Books I've Read: Body of Christopher Creed
Pen name: PutnamEffect14
City: Stillwater, MN

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