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The Serpent's Secret
The Serpent's Secret was an action-packed adventure novel. It has a Wizard of Oz/Wrinkle in Time feel to it as well. The main characters are really likeable.
-Virginia Mailen, 6th Grade
The Prince and the Dressmaker
The Prince and the Dressmaker is a story about accepting differences. The story line is very good, and easy to follow! I would give this 5/5 stars.
- Virginia Mailen, 6th Grade
The Bear and the Nightingale
Journey to a frozen forest hidden in the Old Country Russia and get swept away in the re-telling of a Russian folktale. The author weaves a spell as fragile as snowflakes and as haunting as an ancient melody in the story about a winter demon and a young girl who can save her village. Wrap up in a blanket, grab a big cup of coffee, this book and prepared to get lost.
I loved this book and could not put down. I still think about the characters and the rich world where they live. I highly recommend it for readers 16+ who love fairytales and folktales. I am looking forward to more adventures like this one.
- Melissa Schweitzer, MS Office
Red Queen is a slow-starting, yet thrilling novel about how one girl can change the future by challenging the unfair government.
In the novel, your fate is determined by the color of your blood. If you have silver blood, your life will be filled with unbelievable power and royalty. However, if you have red blood, your life will be filled with disappointment and injustice. Mare Barrow, the story’s main character, begins her life as an ordinary red girl, but is discovered by the silver government to have powers greater than any silver. Mare’s superior capabilities present her with a unique set of challenges, because she doesn’t fit in with reds or a silvers.
One of my favorite parts of the novel is the denoument, since it is so unexpected. The characters you loved from the beginning start to turn against the characters they have been allied with the whole time. The ending is a cliffhanger, but it is a perfect setup for the sequel, Glass Sword.
Although I loved Red Queen for the most part, in my opinion, there were a few downsides. The author chose to leave out some crucial information about the main characters and also chose to leave a lot of unanswered questions at the ending. While some people might appreciate the mysteriousness, I personally wish the questions were answered at the end of the novel. Another challenge was that usually it takes me less than a week to read a book, but Red Queen took about three weeks for me to read, since it started very slow with little action. However, around the sixth chapter the pace starts to increase, and many plot twists happen until the the completion in chapter twenty-eight.
I thought the author chose great diction, and I would definitely recommend this novel for seventh to tenth graders, but anyone who loves action-packed, dystopian novels will undeniably love Red Queen.
- Avery Wyrick, 8th Grade
March 8, 2017
Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
A funny , sarcastic addition to Rick Riordan's Greek mythology. The illustrations are hilarious and beautiful at the same time. It's not an advanced read but anyone that doesn't have dirt in their head will find this book witty and entertaining. Each of the twelve stories take you on an adventure in Ancient Greece. The book is factual but cloaked in middle school sarcasm and is told from the perspective of a teenager. I would highly recommended this book to anyone who thirst for knowledge and who appreciates edgy humor.
- Nathan Redford, 6th Grade
Odysseus in the Serpent Maze
Let me just start by saying that this book is great, and although I say that about every book I read, this one really is a wonderful fantasy, Greek mythological adventure! In this book, Odysseus, the main character, is the prince of Ithaca, but doesn't really act it. He just enjoys hunting and parties and things that common folk would enjoy. However, he does want to be a hero. What happens is he and his friend Mentor get on a boat, fall off that boat in a storm, get on a pirate ship, jump off and find an island, and finally face Ladon, a demon dragon, in the labyrinth that no one ever escapes.
When I first started this book, I was thinking this isn't going to be much. It's a 245 page book with a strange title. But even as early as the 2nd chapter, I realized that this was a book of action, adventure, young love, and cliff- hangers. The moment you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down. I wasn't. By now you're probably saying just get it over with kid. So in short, it's a great book you will love and definitely recommend to others.
- Clayton Ailshie, 6th Grade
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