Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wild Boy and the Black Terror, By Rob Lloyd Jones

The book Wild Boy and the Black Terror, by Rob Lloyd Jones is about Wild Boy, the freak, and Clarissa Everett, the acrobat and lock picker, who have been dreaming for a case to solve. Their guardian, Marcus, is part of a secret organization that solves crimes with the Principal as their leader. When Wild Boy and Clarissa receive a case from the Principal to stop a madman who poisons people leaving them trapped in their worst nightmare right before they die, it gets way more complicated than they want it to be. It’s even harder when the whole town thinks you’re a monster and a murderer, but that won’t stop the dynamic duo. 

I really liked this book because Wild Boy and Clarissa are just kids who have had bad pasts and nobody really trusts them. When the person they least expect hands them this case, they work as hard as they can to solve it, and the challenges they face are so incredible especially when they put their skills to the test. 

I could not put the book down because the way the author wrote it I could imagine myself in the old London setting. I could picture everything going on in the book. The way everything was put together was amazing and unexpected. Wild Boy and Clarissa put everything on the line to save Marcus, the city, and themselves. I would recommend this book to teens. This book is one where you just want to get to the ending and figure everything out. There are so many questions during the book and it really gets your brain going. There is also lots of drama and secrets that will all be revealed. There’s lots of action as well. Anyone who loves mystery will love this book too because the whole book is one big mystery all the way to the end. I think teens who love these genres would enjoy this book the most.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hit and Run, by Nora McClintock

Hit and Run, by Nora McClintock is a book is about a 15 year old boy named Mike who lives with his uncle because his mom was killed in a car crash. Mike is getting bad grades and he is surrounded by examples. One day Mike finds out that his history teacher used to be a cop and was the person who was in charge of his mother’s case. 

From there, Mike tries to figure out who killed his mother, but it’s not as easy as he thought it would be. I like and disliked this book. One reason why I liked this book is because it always left you hanging on the edge of your seat. One reason I disliked this book is because it had a slow start before it got interesting. It starts out very slow and boring explaining that his mother died and he lived with a uncle that partied a lot, and he had bad examples around him. 

Another thing I liked about this book is that there are always new surprises that happen right when you think you know how the book will end. Another thing I disliked about this book is that it was too short. I feel that Norah Mcclintock could have put in more detail and events and at least made it 350 pages instead of 232 pages. But other than that it was a good book. I would recommend this to boys ages 10-14 because is very easy to read. It is short and there is not much challenging vocabulary. All in all this was a good book and I think all boys ages 10-14 should read it.

-Michael Sampino 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Wicked Will Rise Again, by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige is the The sequel of Dorothy Must Die, is as exciting as ever. Amy Gumm a Kansas girl who was whirled off to Oz during a tornado, now finds herself trying to kill Dorothy. After the first attempt on taking Dorothy’s life fails, Amy flees with the Wingless monkeys in tow. She meets with Mombi at the wingless monkey’s kingdom. 

There she is instructed to meet up with the rest of the Witch Order, and to figure out another plan. Will she succeed? Or will Dorothy outwit her and turn Amy’s plan to shambles again? I liked this book because it has a very adventurous plot. Every new event is unsuspected and exciting. You never know what’s going to happen. After every chapter, Danielle Paige makes you want for more, and more, and more. 

I also liked how she imagined a future for all the original Oz characters, and in a surprising turn, she makes the original characters evil! I would recommend this book to teens, but probably girls. It puts a refreshing twist on the original fairy tale. The story is told from Amy’s perspective, so girls could have an easier time relating to her. Also *YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED* As like most teens, Miss Amy sometimes has a dirty mouth, so occasionally she mutters curse words, but nothing really bad. This is such a good book and I hope whoever reads it liked it just as much as I liked it.