Monday, March 16, 2009

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This book is about a girl, Katniss, who has been selected to participate in the Hunger Games. Twenty-four people, a boy and a girl, from each district, are chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games, the 24 contestants fight to the death. The last one alive wins.
This was a fast-paced, action packed story. The author includes vivid details which add to the excitement of this book. This book would make a perfect read for anyone of any age.

Ian P.- 8th grader

Monday, March 9, 2009

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

This book is about four teenagers, Julie, Helen, Ray, and Barry,  and their experience last summer. They are keeping a terrifying and shocking secret.  But, someone knows what their secret is. This person won't stop scaring and stalking them---revenge is the goal.

I liked this book because it was very mysterious and shocking. I'm completely sure that if you like jaw-dropping mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat then the novel I Know What You Did Last Summer is the book for you! Read this book to discover who is stalking these teenage friends.

Kyla N. - Grade 8

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Jack's Run by Roland Smith

When Jack A.K.A.Zack's dad was caught shipping drugs for a cartel(the Spanish
equivalent to the Mafia),their dad had to enter the witness protection program.
Jack and his sister are kidnapped by the cartel's henchmen. The head of the cartel:
Alonzo Anzar is head of the cartel. Jack and his sister are shoved on a plane
heading for Anzar's vineyards. They are held hostage by Alonzo's brother, Raphile.
Jack's dad an ex-Navy SEAL and his friend, an ex-Navy SEAL and a former Cold War
Soviet spy, prepare to rescue the children.

My impression of the book is that it is capable of standing on its own or as an
installment of the series it is a part of. I enjoyed the book and would definitely
recommend it to other 8th graders.

Sean M. - Grade 8

Boy at War by Harry Mazer

This book is about a boy who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and his best
friend, Davi, is Japanese. His dad is in the Navy and is on the
battleship, the Arizona, on the day Pearl Harbor is bombed by the
Japanese. Adam tries to find his father after the bombing and gets
caught up in the war. Adam is forced into fighting as an actual soldier
and changes over night. After the bombing, Adam thinks Davi might be a
Japanese spy and is very angry with him.
I would give this book an 8 out of 10 because it was a great historical
fiction story, and it helped me get connected with history. I learned a
lot about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; anyone who likes reading about
history would enjoy this book about Adam and his experiences.

Tyler M- 8th grader