Monday, March 28, 2016

Tangerine, by Edward Bloor

The story is about a young boy who has vision problems and is trying to uncover the truth of why exactly he has them. He goes to school at a high end middle school, where he cannot play soccer, his sport, because of his eyesight. So, he transfers over to another poorer high school where he can play soccer. While there, he befriends the soccer team and a person named Luis. Shortly after, he uncovers the horrifying truth about why he has damaged eyes.

Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, was a great read, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a good book to read. The book starts slow, but picks up fast towards the middle and just never stops. The author never lost track of the real reason why we are reading; to find out why the main character is blind. The ending is unpredictable, and the only way he finds out is through an unfortunate event, and a series of flashbacks. This book has a way of getting capturing your interest, and if there is one book you definitely should read, it is this one.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Grandview Library

Friday, March 25, 2016

Death Note volume 10, by Tsugumi Ohba

As Near’s suspicion grows more strongly towards Light, Mello selects a new partner in crime to monitor over the NPD. With both successors closing in, Light needs to cook up some clever plans and immediately. But it is no fun to have only L’s successors in the game; Light needs some successors to shape his ideal too. Light tries very keenly to pick and give the Death Note to a successor of his choice because now Mogi is monitoring Misa 24/7. But can Light trust another stranger with the notebook as he handles the role of L, his fiancĂ© and a new girlfriend?

Light’s new successor is interesting with a unique characteristic just like Light. But I honestly think that Near is wasting time questioning and pestering the taskforce members like Aizawa and Mogi when he could be going a lot more deeper with the case. Though mostly throughout this volume of the series we just read about Near and Mello trying to get closer to the end of this case while making no progress at all. Death Note volume 10, by Tsugumi Ohba, has a lot of intensity only stirs up during the parts involved with Kira’s chosen successor and how he gets another woman to fall for him with his irresistible romantic act. I do dislike how he feels that women are too easy to get and merely has any respect for them while using them only for his needs and trashing them afterwards.

Reviewed by Ayesha, Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Death Note - Vol 8, by Tsugumi Ohba

In the book Death Note - Vol 8, by Tsugumi OhbaLight Yagami is back in action! Only this time he’s three times as bad and evil. He holds the identity of Kira, the new member of the NPA and the honorable title of L. Just when Kira extends his fingertips to reach for his ideal world hotheaded Mello kidnaps Sayu. Mello offers a ransom but the deal can only made by traveling across the world in the middle of nowhere. Light’s humanity s tested to see whether he would pause his plans for his ideal world and go after to save his sister from Mello’s mafia or just let her be murdered.

Two new successors of L are involved in the action to become Light’s new adversaries. Both Near and Mello may have unique habits of nonstop eating chocolate and the other playing with toys, but now it’s becoming like a mandatory tradition to have bizarre habits. I feel like the story is being taken way too far and crossing the line mostly after L’s death. Now Mello and Near are just a replacement of L, trying to become like him who is just irreplaceable. Its obnoxious how Near’s traits, especially, tries so hard to copy and become L with his messy overgrown hair, silent personality, weird position of sitting and instead eating food like L he plays with silly toys.

Reviewed by Ayesha, Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hunt for Jade Dragon, by Michael Vey

Michael and his friends must rescue a Chinese child prodigy that has learned a way to create more electric children. Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electro clan head to China in search of the child who has discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. The name of this child is Jade Dragon. Jades IQ higher than any one in the world that has ever existed. Later we find out that Jade is a girl. Hatch is the other person that wants Jade but for himself only. He wants more electric children under his control. Michael and the clan have to first get Nichelle to help them fight Hatches electric children. Unfortunately the bad guy or Hatch gets to Jage first and now the clan has to rescue Jade from Elgen where she is being held prisoner in their Taiwan Starource plant. Now the electro clan has to free Jade before Hatch builds his army of electric children. This is the beginning of a journey that will lead to success for some and failure for others.

Hunt for Jade Dragon, by Michael Veyis a great book with a lot of interesting events taking lace. You are never bored while reading the book and want for more action. The author uses her fullest abilities to deliver the best book she can for us the readers. I kind of feel like we are being sucked to the author’s imagination were anything she imagines we feel. You can feel all the action like it’s a 3D movie. This a great book if you’re into movies about people with super powers. This book makes you become the main character like its real life.

Reviewed by Khachik, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, March 14, 2016

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys,that takes your breath away. A fifteen- year-old girl named Lina is an artist and can't wait for summer to come so she can go to art school. One night, the Soviet secret police come to there house and barge in, taking Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, They were being sent to Siberia. Her father is separated from his family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. Lina doesn't give up. She fights for her life and her family's to keep them alive. She meets this guy named Aiden who was in her class. When they get to there destination, they are given certain jobs to do. Girls were supposed to dig holes all day in the sun and in the cold winter. The boys would cut wood. The Russians occasionally would call Lina in their office to draw a map or a portrait of the chief. And as a reward, they would give her a piece of bread. Everyday they would get potatoes depending on how much they dug. If it was a little, they would't get any. One day, Lina saw Aiden eating bread with salami, and sitting at a table with his mother and the soldiers. She got really angry and blamed him for being on the Soviets side. Aiden told her something that froze her. Aidens mother was sleeping with all of the soldiers and the chief just to get a meal and a nice bed. It wasn't something she wanted to do. She was forced to. Also to protect her son. While Lina, her family, and the rest had to sleep in an old barn house with no mattress or blankets. After all of the abuse and torture she doesn't lose hope, that the Americans would find and save them.

This novel was very breathtaking and heart capturing. When I read this book, I started crying at the ending because it was so sad. The author did a great job describing and making us understand things. I disliked that is had some russian words, because I don't understand it, but my parents do so I asked them. Between Shades of Gray, is a novel that makes your heart beat faster and makes you catch your breath. It makes you feel things that you don't normally feel when reading books. I absolutely love this book and encourage everyone to read it. I don't read sad books or books that have nothing to do with romance. But this book is worth taking the risk. This novel gives us a little bit of history that we didn't know about or knew what it was but never went in deep.

Reviewed by K.A., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Monday, March 7, 2016

Eon, by Alison Goodman

Eon, by Alison Goodmanis about a cripple boy who try to become a Dragoneye. A powerful lord able to master a dragons power of wind, fire, wind and more. Half way in the book we discover that Eon is a girl. She has endured being discussed as a boy by her master who was the tiger dragons lord. Eon enters the competition and gains a dragon for herself. After the sacred dragon chooses her she goes to live in the palace with the king and his family. Eon has to team up with his master to take down the evil dragon eye of the rat dragon who wants the throne for himself.

The best part is her receiving the dragons power. It is so cool how the dragon that has been gone for years all of a sudden appear and chooses her. Another part i like is discovering that she is a girl. Then there is the part that she takes control of the rat dragon with her power. It is a very interesting book full of mysteries and interesting parts.

Reviewed by Khachik, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library