Monday, October 20, 2014

See Jane Run, by Hanna Jayne

In the book See Jane Run, By Hannah Jayne, Riley Spencer finds out about the truth... Riley's parents have always been so overprotective, but what if it wasn't for her safety, but to keep her from knowing their secret? 

One day, Riley goes through her parents things and finds a baby book. In it lays a birth certificate belonging to someone named Jane O'Leary . This leaves her wondering.  Is this my birth certificate? and if not, then who's is it? So on a college tour field-trip, she decides to sneak off and figure out this difficult problem. 

From the help from her two friends JD and Shelby, Riley is able to uncover many secrets, but gets herself into a lot of trouble and is left to face the consequences. But the question is, Does Riley found out who Jane is? I really enjoyed reading this book and once I started to read it, I just couldn't put it down. This is a great novel that has many twist's and turn's to keep you interested and just the right dose of teenage life. I recommend this book to students from ages 12-14. I believe students in this age range will found the book more enjoying and will understand it the best. 

 - Jacqueline Zhao, Grade 7

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Six Months Later, by Natalie D. Richards

The novel Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards is about a high school girl named Chloe who loses six months of her memory. When Chloe was in school in May, everything was normal, but then she fell asleep in study hall and woke up in mid November. 

Now, Chloe is struggling to get her memory back, and find out what, or who, took her memories. As Chloe finds more and more pieces of her memory, things get more and more confusing, and it doesn’t help Chloe that her best friend Maggie is mad at her for a reason that Chloe cant even remember.

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author developed the plot. I think it was clever for the author to only reveal certain parts of Chloe’s memory, and to give hints that certain people know what happened, but not reveal what happened to Chloe until the book was ready. I loved how the author had suspense in the book because she only revealed certain details. 

The book had a lot of action, especially during the climax, and it kept me guessing about what the outcome would be. The book was full of suspense, romance, and thrilling events. I would recommend this book to people ages 12 to 16. The book has a little romance between Chloe and her love interest, so that’s why people younger than 12 might not like it. This book was really good, and I would definitely recommend it.

-Sydney Zager, Gr. 8

Friday, October 3, 2014

Crash into You, by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You, by Katie McGarry is a story about two people from opposite sides of town but both share the love of cars. Rachel goes to private school and lives in a nice house but hides her love of cars from her family. Isaiah is a foster child who had been in and out of different homes his whole life. They come across each other in an unexpected situation, and get caught up with Eric, a gang leader. 

When Eric thinks that Rachel stole money from him, Rachel and Isaiah have to get the money fast to pay the debt that Eric claims he is owed. They drag race to get the money, but sparks from the cars won’t be the only ones flying. Personally, I really liked this book. It had both romance and action. It also discussed some family and personal issues that the characters had. 

Although I couldn't relate to these problems, I really felt like I was going through them with the characters. This book showed me that you shouldn’t judge a person by what you see on the outside. Before you pass judgments, you should always get to know the person. I would recommend this book to teenage girls. Although the main characters were seventeen years old, I believe that that thirteen year old girls, such as myself, could understand the book and enjoy taking the “ride” with these characters.

Lauren Cherkin