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2013 Reviews by Library: Waupaca

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Author: John Green

Colin Singleton is a prodigy, not a genius…a prodigy. This is a fact that has gotten him down and to make matters worse, his girlfriend Katherine just dumped him. The thing about Colin is, he only dates girls named Katherine (“K-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E”, not to be confused with “C-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E”)…and the most recent dumper has earned the moniker “K-19” –being the nineteenth Katherine to break Colin’s heart.

After graduation, Colin and his best friend Hassan, go on a road trip to get Colin’s mind off of Katherine XIX and along the way, they stop in Tennessee to visit the alleged resting place of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Enter Lindsey Lee Wells—paramedic-in-training and tour guide to the tomb of the Archduke. Colin, Hassan and Lindsey hit it off right away and the boys soon find themselves employed by Lindsey’s mother, Hollis, to interview the residents of Gutshot, Tennessee for an oral history of the town.

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Author: Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman, 16, spent his childhood looking at strange old photos and listening to the stories of very peculiar children as told by his grandfather, Abe Portman. Abe tells of his escape from the Nazis (and other evils) to Wales, where he was taken in by Miss Peregrine—a bird-like woman—in her orphanage. His stories seemed like sheer works of fiction—tales of an invisible boy, a girl that can create fire in her hand, another girl who was so weightless she had to wear cement show in order to stay grounded, and other amazing entities that you’d only see in a “freak show.” After Abe’s mysterious death, Jacob sets out to find the truth about the orphanage, the bird-like woman, and the peculiar children, leading him to an epic battle and the task of making the most important decision of his life.

This story will keep you on the edge of your seat as you journey with Jacob to find truth, meaning, and a place to belong. Riggs includes many photos throughout this book to help facilitate the imagery. These photos help to add an eerie component to the book, giving it a spooky feel.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves old photos, adventures, and oddities. This book is appropriate for anyone in grade 6 and up.

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Author: Francisco Stork

Pancho has vowed to seek revenge on the man who killed his sister, Rosa. Since he cannot legal live alone, being only 17, he finds himself at St. Anthony’s orphanage in New Mexico. There, he meets D.Q., a young man suffering from cancer who is now wheelchair bound. D.Q. shares with Pancho some of his writing, called the Death Warriors’ Manifesto. These writings are about how a true “death warrior” recognizes that life is short and lives his/her life for the better.

Pancho proves himself a true friend by standing with D.Q. while he attempts to emancipate himself from his estranged mother. His mother comes out of the woodwork when she finds out about his condition and attempts to control his medical care. At first, Pancho’s support is only due to the possibility of getting closer to his sister’s killer, in Albuquerque, but as time goes on, the boys meet Marisol and though interactions with her, their lives change.

Grade 10-12; The main characters in this book are older teenagers and so, I think this book would be most suitable for that age group (16-18). Generally, I have found that readers are most engaged when the main character is around the same age as they are. Also, the philosophical depth in this book might be difficult for some younger readers. Finally, the parallels between this book and Cervante’sDon Quixote might be missed altogether by younger readers.

My reaction: This novel was very deep. It is very much a modern spin on Don Quixote, one of my favorite pieces of classic literature. I felt as though I could relate in a lot of ways to the main characters though, it did take me about 100 or more pages to warm up to Pancho’s character. This book would be good for reluctant teen readers or a young men’s book club—if you can get teenage boys to participate in a book club.

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Author: Robert Anthony Salvatore

An amazingly good book by Salvatore, the book begins at Ex-Gal 4 , an extra-galactic research facility on Belkadan, where a man named Yomin Carr is working. The scientists see an asteroid breach the galactic edge. This asteroid is the first of a series of breaches. Soon, Yomin Carr is found to be a Yuuzhan Vong, a species of alien from a different galaxy that use organic technology, and they're bent on conquest. Then the scene shifts to Rhammammol, where another Vong, Nom Anor, who has lived in that galaxy for a quarter century. Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker, and Leia Organa Solo come to see him and shut his criminal activities down. At the same time, Mara is infected with a Vong disease. Soon, Han Solo is told by Lando to make a shipment to Sernpidal, whose natives worship the moon. The Vong plant a dovin basal, a gravity-manipulating creature, on Sernpidal's surface to pull down the moon. When Han tries to save the natives, Chewbacca stays behind just as the moon hits and he dies. This drives a wedge between Han and his son Anakin, who is blamed for the death. Meanwhile, the New Republic hatches a plan to fight off the Vong by researching Belkadan. It has been poisoned by Carr, who has exposed himself as a Yuuzhan Vong. The Vong plant a yammosk on an ice planet in order to control their starships. What happens next is only the stuff of legend.

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Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer

This fast paced and well thought out sequel to Cinder was a fun read.  It has all the fighting any guy would want to read and just enough romance to satisfy those who want a love story.  You might never really know if the wolves are good or bad.  Meeting Marissa Meyer at last year's Book Festival in Waupaca added to my interest in this series. Already looking forward to the next installment of the series!

Inkheart

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Title: Inkheart
Author: Corneilia Funke

     This is about Meggie and her father who can read things out of books. He hasn't read in a long time

do to the incident with Inkheart...

THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!!!

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Author: Chris Mowry

My book report is on the well known known transformers graphic novel series. These books are about a very smart race of a population of robotic aliens from space that come to earth after thier planet was destroyed. The robotic aliens have been on planet earth for a very long time with out any humans finding out. Sooner or later after hundreds of years the talk to the humans as in sam the main character in the motion picture as in the book and the army. The to groups fight the war together. I like this book because it is an animated series and it is action packed. I dislike this book because it has to less of an amount of pictures.

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Author: sean o'reilly

I like this book beacause it was fast pace and exiting. The book was about the kids that whent on a school trip and got lost and found king tuts boby. King tut woke up after 1 thousand yeasr and thought he was still back in egypt. It took him a while for him to get through his hollow head that he was no longer back in his home town. The school shaperones where looking for them abd got suspeciuous. Later the zombie made his way back on ther bus with a little help.