The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

July 18, 2014

The book I’m reviewing is the Hunger Games. The plot of the Hunger Games centers around 12 districts who are forced every year to present a boy and girl from their district to fight in the the hunger games. The winner is the only survivor.

The Hunger Games leaves me hungry for more!

After reading the book, I knew exactly how I felt about it. The Hunger Games was so good at grabbing my attention. This book made me feel sad, mad, excited, scared, and relieved. I definitely loved the book because when I read it, I could never put it down. All in all, the Hunger Games was a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone!

Review by Julia


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

July 11, 2014

Imagine a book that presents you an entire world, with cultures, races of beings, languages and almost everything else that is in our world today. Sounds like an incredible book, right? Well, one of these types of books is The Hobbit, written by J.R.R.Tolkien, a 20th century English writer.

The Hobbit

You are first introduced to Bilbo Baggins, a ‘very well-to-do hobbit’ and the reluctant protagonist of this novel. Bilbo is then thrust into an adventure involving with thirteen dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf to attempt to defeat the dragon Smaug. Bilbo’s adventures take place, presumably, on an earlier form of Earth. En-route to the ‘Lonely Mountain,’ Bilbo and his companions have to deal with: Orcs, Trolls, Wargs and other unpleasant, foul creatures that stand between them and their destination. Tolkien does many things well in The Hobbit that makes the novel enjoyable and powerful. One thing that stands out to me is his use of imagery; the way that he can make you feel what the characters feel, smell what they smell and see what they see. Tolkien also uses exposition skillfully and gives the reader the information they need in a way that seems totally natural; the dwarves and Gandalf show up at Bilbo’s home for dinner and discuss what they plan to do.

Anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy or just an exemplary novel should read this book. Tolkien’s attention to detail makes the book that much more believable, yet The Hobbit isn’t an incredibly slow-paced novel either, which makes it easy to pick up and read. All in all, I think that The Hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read.

 Review by Skylar


Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

July 4, 2014

A little while before Charlie, the main character, starts his freshman year of high school,  his friend commits suicide.  Smart and quiet Charlie is trying to learn to “participate” in life. He soon becomes friends with a group of older kids who introduce him to partying and drugs, but also respect his sensitivity. In the book, Charlie writes letters to an anonymous stranger; he talks about his family, his friends, and his difficult and often overwhelming feelings about growing up. One day before all of Charlie’s friends go off to college, his longtime crush tells him,  “You can’t keep putting other’s needs ahead of yours”.  Charlie slowly becomes more present in his life.

Perks of Being a Wallflower

I recommend this book for people 14 and up, mostly because this book has sexual content.  The characters in this book are drinking, doing drugs, and smoking.  This book has a high school atmosphere, so what do you expect?  But it is still a very good book to read.  If I could, I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.


I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

June 27, 2014

I Am Number Four is narrated by the character Number Four, one of the few Garde children sent to Earth. Each of these children will gain abilities to fight the Mogadorians, the race that wiped out their planet, but for now they must stay separated and hidden for their own safety.

I Am Number Four is number 1!

At the start of the novel, the Mogadorians have begun hunting the children down one by one. Numbers one through three are dead, and now they are coming after Number Four. He and his guardian Henri move to a small town to hide out. While he is there, he will find love, friendship, and learn how to control his new-found abilities to fight the Mogadorians.

Even though the book is lengthy, it isn’t a difficult read. I read this in one day and when I finished, I was eager to read more. It’s entertaining and has mostly good characters that you can really connect with and care about. You learn much more about Number Four’s culture and world as the book goes on. It is a great first book to start a series off with. I highly recommend I Am Number Four.

Review by Gabriel


Library Confessions

May 28, 2014

This week in Reading Corps, we’re sharing our library confessions. Have a library confession of your own? Share with us in the comments!

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Reading Corps

March 8, 2014

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The North Regional Library’s Teen Reading Corps is invading the Teen’s Awake blog!

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TV: Cake Boss

October 28, 2013

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Thank you Netflix for being there during the summer. I’ve discovered this new show called Cake Boss.

It has everything that I would ever want in a show — drama, pranks, love, and best of all, food. This Valastro family may have loud voices, argue all the time, and make dreadful mistakes, but in the end, they all stick together and grow as a bakery. Not to mention, they churn out amazing cake after cake that go past your wildest dreams. A cake that spits fire? Check. A cake that launches like a real rocket? Check. A cake that acts exactly like Bumblebee from Transformers? Check. Any challenge, any demand, Carlo’s Bakery is willing to take it and make it better than you ever believed.

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(I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through three seasons in a week, though. Don’t judge me, please.)

Though sometimes you want to smack his sisters in the face, sometimes you want to put the smaller Buddy in his place, and sometimes you want to yell at the delivery boys to do their job properly, in the end, they grow on you, and you feel like you have this extraordinary, extended, loud Italian family by your side.

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Definitely a 5/5 stars. Do watch. You won’t regret it, unless you start being late to appointments or missing that summer slumber because you’re so addicted.

-hils


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