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A Book Blog Farewell

In consultation with the primary staff reviewers, we have decided to discontinue the InfoSoup reading blogs. Since 2008, InfoSoup users and staff have posted over 3000 reviews to Books to Hoot About!, the book blog, & Books R Us. It has been a fun ride, but now seems the right time to bring the blogs to an end.

We would like to thank all the users who participated in our reading challenge in 2013 and 2014, all the kids and teens who posted summer library program reviews, and the InfoSoup library staff who gave their time and shared their insight.

We will keep the reviews up for the rest of the year and, relaunch the site in in the new year with more of a focus on booklists and other resources for readers.

Thanks, and happy reading!


Title: Smile
Author: Raina Telgemeier

I loved this book. I would rate it as 5 stars. This is a true story. Smile is about a girl named Raina Telgemeier (the author). After girl scouts one night, Raina tripped while running to her house and her 2 front teeth fell out. They were permanent. I would recommend this graphic novel to anybody. Raina goes through tough times. You'll have to read to find out what happens to Raina.

Author: Steve Sheinkin

What?!  A plot to steal a presidential corpse and hold it for ransom to free an imprisoned counterfeiter?  Yep.  Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.  But were they successful? I love Steve Sheinkin's books because they are nonfiction that read like fiction.  This one will not disappoint.

Author: Gae Polisner

This was a wonderful, heartfelt contemporary novel about two kids trying to fulfill their friends dying wish. Nick Gardener is a young boy with a dysfunctional family. Jaycee is a odd quirky girl. The one thing these to have in common is there friend, Reginald "The Scoot" Reyland." Scooter has a fatel disease, and his father walked out on him when he was a baby. The Scoots task for his friend is to find his father and give him a copy of Mice Of Men.

This was a funny, heartwarming story of friendship. I recommend this to anyone!

Author: suzanne collins

the hunger games was a very good book. if you like action you might like this book. there are many parts of the book i like.

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

This is an adventure that includes dragons in a mystical land.  Jack and Annie use magic to solve the mysteries and bring

Christmas back to Camelot.

Title: Gone
Author: michael grant

The book titled Gone is centered around Sam, a nobody surfer dude. He is sometimes called School Bus Sam because of his hiroic deed he had done when he was 13. The bus driver had a heart attack while driving on a bridge and Sam jumped up and guided the bus to a safe stop on the shoulder of the road. One day he was in Math class when suddenly his math teacher was just gone. It took him a couple minutes to notice the lack of his monotoned voice, but when he did notice the rest of the class was whispering. Sam asked where the teacher went and other kids said he was just gone. There was no poof, no disapearing, he was just there one minute and gone the next. In the next few pages you are informed that all the adults in this large beach town were also gone. It seemed everyone over the age of 14 was gone. The rest of the book was gripping, and each chapter was told by a different person's point of view, which was very interesting. The writing style was fantastic, and I couldn't put this book down for the life of me. I was so glad to see that the second book was at the library when I had finished with this novel, I don't think I could have handled waiting for a week or more to get it. I would highly recomend this book and this series to anyone who loves misteries, conflict, fighting, and a constant struggle for power and survival. Great book!

Author: Hillary Jordan

Welcome to a not-so-distant future where felons, rather than wasting federal resources in prisons, are instead "melachromed:" a process where their very skin is dyed to represent the crime that they committed. These "Chromes" are patronized by society and treated brutally, often banned or segregated in many areas of cities. 

The story's protagonist is the young woman Hannah Payne, a skilled Texas dressmaker who lives with her parents and sister in a fundamentalist Christian town. She has committed the worst crime of all- murder. For she has had an illegal abortion, the product of an affair with a man whose identity she is determined to keep secret. Hannah's skin is dyed scarlet to forever remind herself and warn others of her crime, and she is imprisoned in a Chrome ward where the struggles of millions of Chromes are televised to the nation. When she is released, she finds that nothing will be the same.

Hannah must face danger, steel herself, and question everything she believed in to survive as a Chrome in the world she once loved. "When She Woke" is a brilliant new take on the classic "The Scarlet Letter," in addition to a thorough examination of religion, ethics, government, and what relation they should share. 

Author: keith giffen

This is a manga book, that is for teens not a childrens book, not what i was expecting, not a bad manga just not my favorite.