Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why You Should Read Percy Jackson

A year and a half ago, I saw kids at school reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  The book looked as if it would be a good story, so I went to the library to check it out.  It was truly a captivating novel about a young boy, Percy Jackson, who discovers that he is a son of the Greek god Poseidon, and trains at a hidden camp called Camp Half-Blood.  Percy with the help of his friends, the satyr Grover, and Annabeth who is the daughter of the Greek goddess Athena, goes on a perilous adventure that keeps you at the edge of your seat from cover to cover!

Later, I'll add more on this blog about Rick Riordan books.  All of these books are amazing, I suggest them to friends all of the time!

Lily from the Highland Teen Advisory Board

Big Nate "True Blue Review" from Highland TAB

"The point is, I want to use my talents for more than just memorizing useless facts.  I'm meant for bigger things.  I am...DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!" - Nate Wright.

Big Nate - In a Class by Himself is a humorous book about 6th grader Nate Wright who believes he is "destined for greatness".  Nate goes to school one day, but realizes that he forgot his lunch bag. Teddy, Nate's friend, offers to share his lunch with him; leftovers from a chinese eatery.  During this day, Nate ends up with numerous detentions, but at the end of the day, Nate surpasses everyone (but I can't tell you what he did!!).

Here are my ratings:

Story: 3 out of 10
The story is fairly simple to understand, and the plot is simple.

Humor: 6 out of 10
Nate is really funny, and so are some of the characters that surround him.  However, the jamority of the jokes are insults about Nate's social studies teacher, Mrs. Godfrey.

Age Rating: 4 out of 10
While the book isn't innapropriate, there is a repetitive use of the word 'butt' and Nate has a tendency to insult friends and teachers (mostly teachers).

Overall: 8 out of 10
Big Nage is hilarious, but he does seem overconfident and he thinks he is the best. But he is an unforgettable character and you won't want to miss out on this book and its' sequels!

By True Blue Reviewer, GadgetJax (Highland Teen Advisory Board)

Book Review from Highland Teen Advisory Board

     The Clock Work Angel by Cassandra Clare. 

I thought this book was very intense.  It is a new series of books called The Infernal Devices.  In Book 1, the story starts in America and moves on to England where Tessa Gray, encounters many scary and unforgettable characters.  Memories are formed - such as when her brother goes missing and she them becomes a captive of the dark sisters.

Tessa is a downworld person, and she discovered that she has the power to shape shift into living or dead people.  Downworlds are vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, fairies and such.  Three of my favorite characters are Tessa, Will, and James.  Tessa is the main character and she is brave and confident because whe is willing to risk her life for her friends and family.  She is overwhelmed with her new powers because they can be dangerous to people she cares about.

Although this book is fiction, it would be totally creepy if it was real! The pain and suffering that the characters encounter is scary and awesome at the same time.  I highly suggest you read this book if you are not easily scared.  Getting to know so many cool characters really motivated me to read more!
MVM - Highland Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teen Prom Books

Prom is right around the corner.  Here are some great prom reads!

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. 

Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
Nicolette Antonovich was dumped two days before the prom by the hottest guy at school. As a result, she became the proud owner of one unworn, perfectly magical pink vintage dress. Now older, wiser, and completely overwhelmed by a new set of problems, Nic realizes the dress might hold the answers.

Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel
Dorks, Dweebs, Debutantes, and Jocks-Where would you fit in? Being the new girl is tough-just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier for her.Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach. And Kristi isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don't mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys).At first Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in this jet-set crowd, she figures out there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: Don't cross Kristi .

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless. Even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.