Monday, March 22, 2010

Top 8, by Katie Finn

Top 8, by Katie Finn, was a great book to read and it relates to many people. It's about a girl named Madison who goes on vacation with her family for a few weeks. What she doesn't know is that someone has been pretending to be her through the internet. When she gets back hom, she goes on her computer and finds out she's been hacked on her friendsverse profile. But who hacked her? She has to find out soon before everyone starts to hate her. Oh, and the hacker had apparently ended the relationship of Madison with her boyfriend Justin. Was that such a bad thing to do after all? This book was tons of fun to read, and finding out who hacked her was an awesome and mysterious adventure. I really do recommend this book for teens to read.

-Reviewed by CH, grade 9

The Thief of Always: A Fable, by Clive Barker

Havey Wick is your average 10-year-old boy. He is bored with his everyday routine that never seems to change. One day he meets a man named Rictus who tells him that he knows of a place where Harvey will be free of boredom at last. It is called Mr. Hood's Holiday House, where only children are allowed. Every morning is Christmas morning, and every night is Halloween night. The seasons change every day, and the coook can make anything you want. Harvey agrees to go, and meets Wendell, another boy who becomes Harvey's friend. Harvey and Wendell have a lot of fun, but they start to miss their families. They want to go back home to their families. When they get back, they see that almost 4 decades have passed since they left their homes, and their parents are old and dying. Harvey and Wendell decide to go back to Mr. Hood and demand the years he took from them. Will they succeed? The Thief of Always, by Clive Barker, combines horror, fantasy, and wonder all in one book. It has suspense in every chapter with a mysterious plot and unpredictable characters together to create the perfect mystery novel, while adding a hint of Peter Pan like a children's fantasy to spark everyone's imagination. You will not be able to put down the book until you finish. This book is definitely a book to add to your Must-Read list.

-Reviewed by MH, grade 9.