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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Writing a Book Review

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A book review gives a description of the book that you have read and offers your opinion of the book.

Think of the book review as a movie preview. A movie preview will show only the main parts to get you interested but not give away the ending!

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Below are some suggestions to include in your review.

Points to Ponder:

  • What was the story about?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • Did the main characters run into any problems? Adventures?
  • Who was your favorite character? Why?

Your personal experiences

  • Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?

Your opinion

  • Did you like the book?
  • What was your favorite part of the book?
  • Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
  • If you could change something, what would it be? (If you wish you could change the ending, don’t reveal it!)

Your recommendation

  • Would you recommend this book to another person?
  • What type of person would like this book?

Bill Asenjo (2002) How to Write a Book Review, Writing World.Com.

http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/asenjo.shtml Retrieved via internet March 12th, 2010.

We have 2 very good resources giving great information on writing book reviews as well as annotated examples of good book reviews. The books are called Senior text types: a writing guide for students and Text types: a writing guide for students. Both books are available at the call number  808.042

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  1. “The Adoration of Jenna Fox”
    By Mary E Pearson

    “I use to be someone, somene named Jenna Fox” Jenna Fox wakes up from a year long coma after a horrific accident, with no memory of what happened or even who she is. The only memories she does have are those created by the home videos she has been told to watch. Why does her grandmother hate her? And why can she remember the details of the french revolution, but not if she ever had a bestfriend?

    This book was captivating from the very start. Mary E Pearson used the voice of Jenna Fox to narrate, showing you a young innocent girl with no memory or concept of the world. Overall i thought this book was very good, it kept me wanting more, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a interesting read.

    Comment by bronte | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult

    The novel “House Rules” is about an eighteen year old boy called Jacob Hunt who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism. The fact that Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder distinguished by obsessive attachment to routine and order, means he also has a tendency to take comments literally, being hopeless at interpreting social cues, hypersensitivity to sound, touch and sight, lack of empathy and resentful to make eye-contact.

    Like many people with Asperger’s Syndrome, he has an obsessive focus on one subject. In Jacob’s case it is forensic analysis. Since having this obsession he frequently sets up fake crime scenes at home for his mother Emma and his fifteen year old brother Theo to solve.

    Jacob’s obsession with forensic analysis becomes an issue with his tutor Jess Ogilvy is found dead and the police come to interview him. But not making eye contact and stimulatory twitches can all look like guilt to the police.

    “House Rules” was a breathtaking novel of extreme love and what a family must do to conquer impossible situations. I would recommend this novel to those who have a lot of time on their hands as it is a very long novel.

    Nina Mossop

    Comment by Nina Mossop | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

    After the devastating sinking of the cargo ship, Tsimtsum, on the way to Canada, Pi Patel is left to fend for himself against the unpredictable conditions of the Pacific Ocean. Everything he was taught growing up in the Pondicherry Zoo of India is irrelevant now that he is stuck in a small life boat with a fierce, 450 pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. He must no turn to his faith in God to guide him if he is going to survive.

    Yann Martel may not be a familiar name. His first novel was rather unsuccessful, but “Life of Pi” certainly does not follow in its predecessor’s footsteps, having sold over seven million copies and winning the Man Booker Prize in 2002.

    The central focus of the novel is around a young boy name Pi and his terrifying adventures while being stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    Although this fantasy adventure story is very captivating, Yann Martel’s writing style sometimes leaves the reader puzzled as to what is fictional truth and what is Pi’s manifested madness.

    Overall, this is an uplifting book that shows that even if you think you have lost everything, the human spirit can still find something to live for.

    I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an uplifting adventure story about perseverance and the strength of the human mind to overcome adversity.

    Gaby Bolton

    Comment by Gaby Bolton | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  4. “The Knife of never Letting Go”
    “The Knife of never letting go” by Patrick Ness, is an adventure about Todd Hewitt’s, desperate journey for survival and the truth.
    On New World noise is everywhere. Or so Todd thinks, until one day he stumbles onto a spot with no noise, silence. Now Todd has run, he has to get away from everything he knowns and go into the unseen.
    Throughout his journey, Todd faces life threatening situations, stravation, dehydration and utter loss of purpose and reasoning.

    Comment by Ned Vasey | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. “If I stay”, by Gayle Forman

    This is a story about a 17 year-old girl named Mia who has just experienced a car crash that woll change her life forever. She narrates her story, how she deals with her prestent trauma of the car crash and reflects on significant moments that have happened in her past. “if i stay” is an account of the 24 hours from Mia’s breakfast through to the aftermath of the accident.

    It was a cold winter’s day and the snow had caused school to cancle. Mia’s mum took the day of work and decided to go for a family outing. Mia and he family are on there way to visit her grandparents when there car suddenly skids on the icy road and crashes into another vehicle.

    Mia shorlty finds out that her parents have died instantly in the impact of the crash but dose not know yet if her younger brother Teddy has survived the fatal accident. Mia was rushed into intensive care where she narrates her thoughts and feelings of what she she is experiencng whilst her her body is in a coma. She reflects on her past life experiences and about her relationship with her boyfriend Adam

    Comment by Sarah Cameron | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  6. “Magician” by Raymond. E.Feist

    Pug is a young boy on the fontier of the kingdom. he is about to be swept up into a war between worlds where he will control the outcome with his immense power.

    I would recommend this novel to any lovers of fantasy. This book has easy to relate to characters and a plot that will keep you guessing and engrossed from start to finish.

    This novel has firmly planted Raymond on the fantasy throne right next to tolkien.

    Comment by Timothy Hinrichsen | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  7. “Nukkin Ya”

    Nukkin Ya by Phillip Gwynne is a funny, yet clever novel set in a costal little town surrounded by shacks in Adelaide. The story is about a teenage boy who falls for a girl from the other side of the port, the point. But as Garry ‘Blacky’ Black finds out, maybe it just isn’t meant to be.

    Since the death of Dumby, Clarence’s older brother, nothing has ever been the same between the two towns. Nungas have stopped coming to the port and Blacky’s mob (the Goonya’s) have stopped going to the point. The town is now dried up. And everyone is worried. No tourists or vacationers means no business for shops. The Port needs a publicity stunt, so a meeting is held for all the residents. Many suggestions are laid forward, but a decision is made to recreate the ketch. Apart from this, Blacky has other worries on his mind. He’s fallen for Clarence and the whole town has something against it, especially Lovely, Clarence’s older cousin. And he means business.

    The main character that the novel is Blacky. Garry Black is just your normal teenage boy who lives in your ‘average’ Aussie family, nothing special. But during the book and throughout the bizarre situations, we get to see right into his thoughts and sense what he is feeling and I guess, feel what he feels. At the end however, you soon come to realize that Blacky doesn’t quite fit your ‘normal’ teenage boy.

    I highly recommend reading this novel. Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. This novel left me wanting more and more.

    Comment by Will Little | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  8. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is a science fiction/ adventure novel for young adults. It is the first book of the “Hunger Games Trilogy”. The story is told from the point of view of a sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic world of North America, which is now known as Panem.
    Panem consists of a rich Capitol (located in the Rockies) and twelve surrounding, poorer districts; the thirteenth district is said to have been destroyed during the districts rebellion against the Capitol. As punishment, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 are randomly chosen from each district to participate in “The Hunger Games”. It is televised event and is treated as a sporting event by the people in the Capitol, “may the odds be ever in your favor” is usually said when the participants are chosen. The participants, or “tributes”, must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. And it is mandatory for everyone in Panem to watch, it is like the Capitols way of saying “look how we make your children slaughter each other while you watch helplessly”. Apart from surviving the Games, the winners, or “victors”, get to live in the Victors Village where the houses are more luxurious and the whole district gets supplies for a year.
    Katniss Everdeen lives in the Seam in district twelve; it is the desperately poor mining community. Her father was killed in a mine explosion and now she is responsible for keeping her family alive. Before the accident she and her father often venture beyond the fence protecting the inhabitants of district twelve from the forest surrounding it, when in the forest they hunt the animals that live there. It is mentioned that her father is an extraordinary singer; whenever he sings even the birds would stop to listen. After shooting a few rabbits or squirrels with their bow and arrows they would go to the Hob, sort of like the black market of district twelve. After her father’s death Katniss’ mother went into a kind of state where she would only sit on her bed and stare blankly into space. Now she has become the leader of the family, she still gathers edible plants and hunts animals in the forest to feed the mouths of her mother and younger sister. It is illegal to hunt in the forest and she could be shot or punished on a daily basis, but some of her buyers such as the mayor and peacekeepers (kind of like the police) keep that from happening.
    When her sister, Prim, gets chosen for the Hunger Games she volunteers to replace her sister in the Games. The male tribute of district twelve is Peeta Mellark a boy she knows from school, and he’s the baker’s son. He risked a beating to give her two loaves of bread when her family was starving. So this person is important to her and she is in his debt, but now she has to kill him. Further complicating her situation is her unsure feelings for her hunting partner Gale Hawthorne, he also lost his father in the same explosion that killed Katniss’ father. They both hunt and gather together in the forest to feed their families and split their profits after selling some of their game in the Hob.
    “The Hunger Games” kept me on the edge of my seat, always guessing what will happen next and when I think I got what’s happening there’s a new twist to the story. We can easily relate to the characters in the book because they are about the same age as most of the readers are, because of this we can almost feel what Katniss and Peeta are feeling. It is a truly amazing and suspenseful novel and I have read it at least three times already, that’s why I strongly recommend everyone read it.

    Comment by Ian Leong | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  9. “Conspiracy 365 May” by Gabrielle Lord is an action thriller about a teenager, named Callum Ormond, and his survival and adventure of running away from criminals hunting him down.

    Callum has been put into a mental asylum and has no idea who put in there and there is danger on both sides of the bar.

    The main character, Callum Ormond is an ordinary teen unitl he is chased down the street by a shocking, sick man with a deadly warning saying “They killed your father, they’ll kill you too.”

    This book was entertaining, filled with intense and action the whole way through the novel and I recommend this book to people who enhoy action and thriller books.

    Comment by Sahil | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  10. “Brigands M.C” is a book about a group of young secret agents. Their mission is to infiltrate the Brigands motorcycle club. They successfully infiltrated the club but the mission ended abruptly and unexpectedly. It is an exciting action book written by Robert Muchamore.

    I thought the book was a great read, you wont want to put it down once you start. I recommend it to anyone that likes a bit of action.

    Comment by Dan Jirik | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  11. “When I was Joe”
    Written by Keren David

    Ty is an unpopular, shy and timid 14 year old boy who hangs around with his only friend Arron. The two boys are involved in a violent scenario which sees Arron off to hospital and Ty moving to a new town outside of London. Ty and his mother Nicki are forced to change their whole identity, including their names, looks, ages and friends. Now he is Joe, but unlike Ty who was fragile and weak, he is fit, confident and most importantly popular.

    This book kept me intrigued through out the book. The characters were fascinating and pulled me in, as they were based around the real events that happen in London. I found this book informative and captivating and I would unquestionably recommend this to everyone.

    Comment by CP3 | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  12. “The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull”, by Barry Jonsberg, is quite simply, the one of the most hilarious novels that I have ever read. The novel, narrated by Calma Harrison, is the account of two school friends and how they begin to realize how much they have in common.

    “The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull” is a novel composing of humour and mystery. It has a number of different themes inside the novel: relationships, friendships, bullying, education and family. The author has, occasionally during the novel, switched writing styles. The novel, classified as a humour or comedy, was written to challenge readers from Year 9 and 10.

    Comment by Dave | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  13. “REQUIEM for a BEAST”
    by Matt Ottley

    This is a confusing yet interesting graphic novel. It is a fusion of music, images and words. Composed, illustrated and written all by Matt Ottley. He cleverly uses these aspects to tell the unwinding story of a white boy’s self descovery.
    Throughout the novel each page generates more and more misunderstanding at the purpose of the plot is scattered. At the end however, the story’s intwine with each other to create a apropriate end which leaves you satasfied.
    I recommend this novel to people old enough to understand regret. It isn’t an easy read.

    Comment by Kimberley Jayne Birkinhead | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  14. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.

    This is a jaw dropping fantastic novel by Christopher Paolini. Eragon is the Vardenslast in service rider. He and his dragon Saphira fight the unimaginable, immortals and all although Saphira likes the taste of blood,
    Eragon is not keen to battle, but has just as strong a taste to defeat the empire and Galbatorix. The style of this tantalising piece is written in the third person, it will only leave you satisfied at the end.

    Comment by constantine kartenislis | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  15. 19 Minutes

    Jodi Picoults novel ’19 Minutes’, will have you gripped from page 1! It is a powerful drama that will tug at the heart strings. After being bullied for 17 years, Peter takes matters into his own hands and walks through his school with a gun, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. The novel takes you on a journay to understand why he did and how those around him are affected.

    Picoults novel is a split narrative. The story starts at the present and continues to go back and forth in time, only to end back in the present. The novel changes narratives every few pages, so you get inside every characters mind.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who can keep their eyes open for days, because believe me, you wont sleep for days because you’ll be reading!

    Comment by Eliza | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  16. ‘Uglies’ by Scott Westerfield.
    ‘Uglies’ is a book that is set in the future. A young girl named Tally Youngblood who can’t wait to turn 16. In this book, if you are younger than 16 you are classed as an ‘ugly’ and then when you turn 16 you get to have plastic surgery which makes you a ‘pretty’. Tally meets a girl called Shay who does’nt really like the idea of having plastic surgery, so on the eve of Tally’s 16th birhtday shay runs away to a place called ‘The Smoke’ which is a place where people go if they dont want to turn pretty.
    Forced to choose between her childhood dream, and saving her friends the story is and intrigueing read and it really shows the value of friendships.
    This book is an adventure in itself and I would definately recommend it to anyone who is interested in futuristic things.

    Comment by Paige Dixon | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  17. “Legacy”, by Alex Duval, is a book that will draw you in and addict you. This book covers two main genres. It covers both Science-Fiction and Romance.

    Jason Freeman, a Michigan boy, moves to Malibu to find there way of life is alot different to what he is used too. The partiers are wilder are the people are more beautiful. When he ends up falling in love with the hottest girl in school he starts to realize something isn’t right. Not only has he fallen in love with a Vampire, but he has fallen in love with a Vampire with a boyfriend. If that wasn’t enough, Malibu has it’s own blood thursty killer on the loose.

    The main Charaters are Jason Freemon and Serenna Dexuerix. They both interact through out the novel as friends although there are serious intimate tension between them and they are unsure what to do.

    They face the issue of the blood lusting Vampire who happens to be someone they know it’s its up to Jason to prevent him from killing anyone else.

    People can relate to the relashinship of Jason and Serenna because it’s something different and is keepen hidden from everyone.

    My favorite charater is Jasons bestfriend, Adam, because he has a funny charater. I liked the book and enjoyed reading it. My favorite part is fight of the blood thirsty vampire and Jason.

    I’d recommend the book to people if they like science-fiction although there isn’t much action in a sence of blood, violence and murder. It’s probably recommended for people above the age of 14.

    Comment by Andrew Jeffries | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  18. Dancing in The Dark is written by Robyn Bavati, it is a realistic book.

    This book is about a young Jewish girl with a great passion for ballet. She atteneds lessons against her parents wishes and becomes tied up in a web of lies. She disobeys all traditions in order to follow her dreams and strive towards her goal to be a professional ballet dancer. Ditty the main character starts off as an honest, loyal, young Jewish Girl who obeyes her extremely strict, religious parents. When she starts ballet, she hides her passion because they would definatly disaprove. Despite loving her parents she feels its necessary to hide it, eventually the parents get suspiscious and she confesses, Ditty’s father throws her out. Throughout the book Ditty struggles to choose between her passion and her parents.

    I would recommend this book to females of all ages.

    Comment by Megan Sechtig | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  19. Deadly Unna by Phillip Gwynne

    Deadly Unna is a tale about a teenage boy called Garry ‘Blacky’ Black. and his relationship with his friends from the port where he lives and the point where his aboriginal friends live. The main relationship is between him and his best friend Dumby Red who is from the point, he is aboriginal.

    It is a great book that drags you in and makes you want to read more. The genre is Drama, Sports. I highly recommend this book to any teenage boy sports lover. I really enjoyed the book

    Comment by Nathan McCoach | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  20. “The Killing” – Robert Muchamore

    The Killing is a mix of action and mystery. It is about a young boy, James Adams, who is a secret agent for CHERUB and has to go undercover as a foster kid with his “older brother” to stop one man from his dodgy car and drug dealings. On the way, James meets a girl and gains infomation about ANOTHER unsolved case about a death of a teenager.
    This book is definitely worth reading.

    Comment by K.c | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  21. Anthony Horowitz – Ark Angel.
    An action packed thriller with drama at every line that grows to an explosive finish. Follows right on after the last one in the Alex Rider series, with the introduction of Force 3 (a group of crazy eco-terrorists) and a shifty billionaire, that can’t end well.
    It’s a good book

    Comment by Jack Chadwick is gay | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  22. Blitzed by Robert Swindells

    Blitzed is about a young boy called george who is obsesed with World War 2 and everything to do with the war, George tells his school teacher about a World War 2 museum and convinces the teacher to take the class on a field trip there, while the class is at the museum they find themselves in a bit of trouble.

    This book meant to be a thrilling drama but it didn’t thrill me at all, if you are looking for a thilling drama book I sugest you dont get this one it was very slow and boring book, I didn’t like it at all.

    Comment by pierson | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  23. Bronte’s Story
    By Bronte Cullis and Steve Bibb

    Tears, Trials and Triumphs: A personal batte with anorexia. Brontes story is a biography. Bronte was a Melbourne teenager who loved her family very much. She was 15 when she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. She was always in and out of hospital and refused to eat. Bronte’s parents knew they had to do something drastic if they didn’t want their daughter to die. So they sold what they could and sent Bronte to the Montreux clinic, at the time, a controversial eating disorder clinic in Canada. It was Bronte’s last chance at survival. Bronte kept her diary entries from when she become sick with anorxia, there are some of her entries in her book. Ray Martin from the Nine network documented a series of stories about Bronte, her personal battle with anorxia. Bronte”s story has captured the hearts of many Australians.
    This is a truely courageous story that I rcommend anyone to read.

    Comment by Hannah Lloyd | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  24. Ice Station by Matthew Riley

    Genre: Action

    It is about a ship that is found under an ice station in Antarctica. The ship is thought to be alien so a recon team comes to secure the station and it is harder than first thought. This is a really good book and Iwould suggest that it is for anyone that likes action.

    Comment by matthew fisk | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  25. Bravo Two Zero
    by Andy McNab

    This novel is great for people who are interested in war novels. It’s an action packed true story of 8 special forces soldiers that went behind enemy lines in Iraq. There mission was to destroy the underground communication line between Iraq and Baghdad.
    The author, Andy McNab, was also one of those 8 men.
    The story is told from his perspective and explains all the events that happened.
    I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in war books. It is a lenghty read, but it is a great novel.

    Comment by Ryan Burnnard | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  26. “Soldier Boy” The true story of Jim Martin was written by Anthony Hill.
    This book is really good if you are into the Australian history of Gallipoli. The story is about a 15 year old boy who lied about his age saying that he was 18 so that he can go and fight for Australia in Gallipoli. i enjoyed this book because of the way it was written made it more interesting it was also based on a true story.
    He had his 15th birthday while he was it the trenches fighting for Australia in Gallipoli this shows how passonate Australia was back in the 1940’s and how they would come together to save their Country.

    Comment by Todd Rodgers | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  27. Clive Cussler: Treasure
    Genre: Adventure

    I have always enjoyed Clive Cussler books. But Treasure has to be my favourite. Clive writes the best adventure books. Treasure is a book about a UN plane,with Sectary-General on board. That crashes in the icy waters of Greenland, brought down by a terrorist. Dirk Pitt is in the area on an undercover search mission for a crippled soviet submarine, and suddenly finds himself up in an even more dangerous vortex. If any one likes a good a adventurous book you have to read Treasure!

    Comment by Jordan Course | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  28. Bravo Two Zero
    by Andy McNab

    This is a great novel for anyone that is interested in war novels.
    It is an amazing true story about 8 special forces soldiers that went behind enemy line in Iraq.
    Their mission was to cut the communication lines between Iraq and baghdad.
    The author, Andy McNab, was one of those 8 men.
    The novel is told fron his perspective and retells all the events that he and they went through.
    I would recommend this to any fan in war books. It is a lengthy read but it is great novel.

    Comment by Ryan B | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  29. “The Wind Singer”

    By William Nicholson

    This book was interesting at the beginning but the longer I read it the more tedious it got. The more I read it got more confusing but did not get much further in the storyline. I found that the character’s in the book annoying and confusing. It’s a been marked as a “truly imaginative story” I would give it a 4/10 and would hardly recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed reading.

    Jacob O’Connor

    Comment by Jacob O'Connor | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  30. Sweet Dream Baby written by Sterling Watson is a adventure/romance novel .
    12 year old travis gets sent off to live with his grandparents and 19 year old aunty after finally seeing his mother in the hospital for the first time since she was found in the cupboards under the sink with all the cleaning supplies.
    Travis and Aunt Delia become great friends and spend all day together. Aunt Delia tends to get up to no good and the whole town knows about it. Delia tells Travis many secrets which in a way make him gorwn up faster.

    This book kept me interested all the way through the cover, filled with intense.i highly recommened reading this novel.

    Comment by Meg Scott | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  31. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
    The treasures of the world are to be revealed to a man in search of his personal legend.
    The Alchemist, is a book full of adventure and morals. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels from Spain to Egypt to the pyramids in search of a treasure that will define the rest of his life. He does not know what is buried in the rigbht direction. he maust fave faith to overcome the obstacles put before him if he wants to find the unkown treasure.
    I recommend this book to everyone who seeks an adventure or inspiration. The Alchemist is full of faith and wisdom and will teach us how to look at the world and
    everything on it differently. I think whoever reads this book will be one step closer to their personal legend. I know I am. 10/10

    Comment by Jamie Parker | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  32. “Whistle Man”
    by Ryan Ridden

    Whistle Man is an historical fiction about Garret Clancy a close friend of Ned kelly and the Kelly gang.

    The book starts with Garret being age 14 or so and growing up and becoming close friends with Ned Kelly. As they grow Ned finds himself in trouble with the law, by none of his doing and he is on the run. He and Ned regularly communicated and when the police finally track Ned down Garret is in the thick of the action. In this book Ned Kelly is painted as a very trustworthy and reliable charater which is the opposite to what he is normally seen as.

    Overall I think I would recommend reading Whistle Man because it shows you the other side of Ned Kelly and makes you see him as a compassionate human not just a cold hearted killer. I think if you enjoy reading about historical events you will enjoy this book.

    Comment by Nethaniel Giddings | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  33. GOAL II
    LIVING THE DREAM

    Official Tie-In Novelization By Robert Rigby

    The book was about a young athlete who was poor as a young boy and had amazing talent for soccer he got picked to play with the best around where he was living. He was drafted to play for Newcastle as a striker for hi amazing skills.
    He went on to play for Madrid where he earnt lots of money and brought lots of flash utilities such as a Lamborghini.
    One day he found his birth mother and a brother that he never knew he had.
    He had a very successful sporting career.
    Genre: Sport.
    This book would appeal to people interested in soccer or as a inspirational movie to sporting events.

    Comment by lachlan merchant | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  34. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

    This is a novel about families and friends that goes though a lot of struggles and by taking a second chance in their life. Auden is the main character in the book who realised that there is something more in life than studying and not having any excitement. It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce or since the fighting started. Then later it all began by an email from her stepmother Heidi about wanting Auden to spend the summer with her including her father and her new born stepdaughter. So she decided to spend time with them. She spent a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.

    A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls with their talk, their friendship, their crushes. Auden missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her challengingmother. Then she met Eli. He is an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests. For Auden, she wanted an experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied, and for Eli is to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. It’s very enjoyable and it just gives you goosebumps. Also Sarah Dessen is an brillant author in my opinion.

    Malvinder Gill
    I recommend everyone to read it who love this kind of book

    Comment by malvinder gill | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  35. “Crocodile Tears” by Anthony Horowitz
    ‘Crocodile Tears’ is the eighth novel of the Alex Rider series and this is the most thrilling and jaw gripping yet. Alex Rider is a 14 year old spy who works for the Secret Intellignece agency MI6 led by Alan Blunt.

    Alex Rider finds himself in Scotland for new years eve and face to face with Desmond McCain an ex Crim who has now found himself head of the charity First Aid. Alex Rider is just setteling back into school when he runs into a Journalist by the name of Harry Bulman who knows about the 14 year old spy and threatens to tell the world!
    Alex Rider finds himself at Alan Blunt’s feet again, wanting a favour for him to get rid of the journalist but it came at a price. Alan Blunt wanted Alex to investigate the Greenfields bio centre led by the multi millionare Mr.Starik. Alex finds himself looking into Desmond McCain’s eyes again as he has teamed up with Mr.Straik to cause a national disastor. Alex Rider is in deep water again as he takes on Desmond and is army this is the most thrilling novel yet.

    This novel was very intresting and left me at the edge of my seat every page I turned. If your into adventure and jaw gripping adventure this is the book for you! I recommend this novel for teenages who love action.

    Comment by David Usain Allitt | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  36. “The Tenth Circle”
    by Jodi Picoult

    Trixie Stone is a 14 year old girl who one night comes home from a party and announces to her father that she has been raped by her ex boyfriend. It is a struggle for her as the majority of the town don’t believe she was raped because of her actions at the party (drinking and drug use) They make her life hell . Trixie goes through many stages of trying to get away from her identity as ” the girl that got raped” like cutting herself and dying her beautiful flamed colour hair black. She finds comfort in self harming and is on deaths doorstep but fails her attempted suicide. Trixie needed the people who loved her the most to support her but even they couldnt do that.
    I think this book is fantastic! It was so interesting mainly because Trixie was a girl around they same age as me. It would appeal to mainly girls around the ages of 15 to 40 years old.
    The genre of this book is mystery.

    Comment by Bec | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  37. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
    John Boyne.

    This historical drama was based in the 1940’s during the second World War. Bruno, the main character,and his family have moved away from Berlin to persue his fathers career as a soldier. At first Bruno cannot stand his new home because he has no-one to play with. All his friends were back in home in Berlin and his sister would never play with him in a million years. one day he was intrigued by a small community, surrounded by a tall fence, which he could see from his bedroom and he decided to go exploring.

    I loved this book. i thought it is a very clever book, it is very different to others I have read. It is very emotional and on several occations also almost brought me to tears.

    I believe this book would be suitable for all ages and people who are interested in suspence and war time.

    genre- historical, war times

    Comment by bec mcdonald | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  38. Liar
    Justine Larbalstier.

    ‘Liar’ is a great fantasy or mystery read for teens who enjoy a great ‘unrealistic’ mystery.

    Miach is the main charachter along with Sarah, Miach’s school enemy and Zach, who is her so called ‘boyfriend’.
    Zach has recently died and the police are looking into it. The rumors start to buzz round the school and the questions are asked who and how did they do it? But then a sudden twist and it is revealed that Miach suffers from a family desease, which is less then normal. Along the way friendships are made and people sent away, but what is left for Miach now that she has the family desease.

    Comment by Kate Elstone | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  39. 5 Sacred stones
    By Mathew Reilly

    I recomend this book to most people

    Comment by Tim Murrell | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  40. “Handle With Care” by Jodi Picoult
    Willow O’Keefe, a 6 year old girl, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. With this disease everyday life is a hastle, and can lead to even more broken bones. While her parents struggle to pay the medical bills, her mother, Charlotte, files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her obsterician which, if won, would pay for all of Willow’s medical needs for the rest of her life. But Charlotte is having trouble saying that if she knew about the disease in advance she would have terminated the pregnancy. And the fact that her obstetrician is her best friend only makes the decision harder.
    “Handle With Care” is a fictional drama about the everyday life of the O’Keefe family and how one decision can change everything.
    I really enjoyed this book because it was well well written and every character had the chance to explain the story from his/her point of view. The pace was slow but was very detailed and rich. I recommend this book for any young adult hungry for a good story.

    Comment by Em Maltman | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  41. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
    Lucy Scarborough comes from a long line of cursed women who all become pregnant at the age of 7. Once their child is born they become the prisoner of an elf knight who cursed them to be his lover forever. The only clue on how to break the curse is hidden in a song passed down from mother to daughter for generations. All the other Scarborough girls tried and failed in completeing the three impossible tasks, it’s now Lucy’s turn to save herself and her unborn daughter from insanity and imprisonment.
    The main character, Lucy, goes through the troubles and worries of not knowing what her future and the future of her unborn baby will be like with the support of her foster parents Soledad and Leo Markowitz who both take Lucy’s wild but true story in their stride and a close friend, Zach Greenfield.
    This is a fiction book that is a cross between romance, adventure and fantasy and would appeal most to adolescent girls.

    Comment by shelby hackett | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  42. ‘Catcher in the Rye’
    J.D Sallinger

    Is at times confusing and hard to grasp, but if you look behind the text, you will find much much more. It is dry, but is interesting at times

    Comment by Jack Chadwick | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  43. ‘The Simple Gift’
    By Steven Herrick

    The novel circulates around relationships between people and being helpful to strangers to make them become friends.
    ‘The Simple Gift’ is about a teenage boy that runs away from his abusive home to find a new life in a new town.
    He finds himself in Bendarrat living in an old railway car next to a homeless man by the same name. He cares for the old man and meets a girl.
    He is hunted by the social services and is adopted by Bill and the he is then ready to start his own life with his girl friend.

    All in all the novel is perplexing, it is written in first person, poem like paragraphs that sometimes observe the same situation from all three characters.
    The only book I have ever read and then been lost for thought for days.

    Comment by Ben MaCathy | June 17, 2010 | Reply


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