Thursday, September 10, 2009

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, has to be one of the best books written in its time. It centers around three major characters: Artemis Fowl, Butler and Officer Holly Short. Artemis is a scrawny, spoiled son of a prominent and legendary criminal, who wants to restore his family’s fortune and their billionaire status. However, he is no ordinary boy. No, Artemis Fowl is a child prodigy, and his genius will play a big role as the plot takes it’s many twists and turns. Along with his butler, full-time bodyguard, and only friend, Artemis steals precious moments with "The Book," a living code of living for the world of the fairy race. This act begins a war between technologically advanced fairy race versus the intellectually advanced Artemis Fowl and weapons specialist, Butler. Who will win? Eoin Colfer did an amazing job writing this book, which is packed with action, humor, and unexpected twists in the plot. Also, it shows how someone who seems to be cold and hard-hearted, is still capable of compassion. Some of the action can get gory. Teens will eat up this novel, and beg for more. Good thing it’s a series, because there are five more books to enjoy.

-Reviewed by CM, grade 9


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Trigger, by Susan Vaught

Trigger, by Susan Vaught, is about a boy who pulled the trigger on himself and happened to survive. Jersey Hatch leaves the hospital with one blind eye, a limp, a bad arm, and a very highly damaged brain. Jersey also doesn't remember anything from his sophomore year. With the help of his ex-best-friend's grandma, he tries to figure out why he tried to kill himself. During his adventure Jersey faces bullying, love, and trust from the people around him. This book is an outstanding book for teenagers and will somewhat teach them not to judge people by the way they act. Also it's not quite as easy to get sucked into as one might hope, but once readers are sufficiently pulled into the story, they won't be able to put this book down. Susan Vaught does an incredible job with Jersey and his damaged brain. It really helps and puts you in his position. Trigger is a great book, and I think everyone should give it a try.

- Reviewed by Amir, grade 9.