A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sam and Jules have been best friends and fellow ballet dancers for years. They’re beginning their senior year of high school when Jules is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer. Everything changes.

Sam tries to cope with her mom’s love life and her own first boyfriend. Jules is constantly at the hospital, getting chemo, near death many times. Even as they’re drifting apart, Sam and Jules hang on to their friendship, desperate for what little time they have left.

 

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The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

At Ms. Gamble’s School for girls, the Ashleys rule. There are three of them, all the same grade, all gorgeous, all rich, and all named Ashley. They’ve reigned uncontested for years now, but there’s a new challenger to the throne — Lauren Page.  Lauren’s father recently engineered a new video-sharing site that has made his family into multi-billionaires. Lauren’s ready to change seventh grade, but Ashley Spencer, Ashley Alioto, and Ashley Li are not going down without a fight.

Better watch out, Ms. Gamble’s!

 

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Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2) by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Mia’s mom and her Algebra teacher are expecting a baby, and they’re getting married. Her grandmother is obsessed with giving them the royal wedding of the century. And she has a secret admirer who’s sending her letters and emails under a fan name. Her chest is still tiny and her best friend Lilly seems to be infatuated with Mia’s cousin, Hank. And even with all of this Mia still has to take princess lessons from her grandmother and try to be a vegetarian.
What’s a princess who didn’t even know she was a princess to do?
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The Last Dragonslayer by Jaspar Fforde

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In the United Kingdom, magic is drying up. Jennifer Strange, her Quarkbeast, and her young assistant Tiger run Kazam, an agency for magicians, while waiting for the Great Zambini to return. Jennifer may be only fifteen, but she’s more than equipped to handle forty-five crotchety old sorcerers. And there’s nothing else she wants to do.

Until one of her soothsayers sees the future and informs her that the Last Dragon will soon be killed by the Last Dragonslayer. Jennifer, horrified, sets out to prove the premonition wrong, but soon realizes that it’s out of her hands. This is Big Magic!

 

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The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie was adopted when she was young and has a past — a past that haunts her. All she can remember is a huge white wave. So when her uncles and cousins decide to sail across the Atlantic Ocean on their small private sailboat, called the Wanderer, to visit Bompie, their grandfather, she decides to go along to see if she can overcome her past.

On the way, Sophie tells stories about Bompie — stories that none of her family have ever heard before. Her cousin Cody is learning to accept her. But in the face of a horrible storm, can Sophie find the strength to leave the past behind? You will have to read to find out.

 

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

When Jack learns that he’s going to have a new foster brother, he’s eager to help him. But Joseph, age 14, has a unique set of problems — he has a four-month-old daughter. He has never met her, and that’s all he wants. Her name is Jupiter, and when the foster care people let slip who is taking care of her, Joseph and Jack will stop at nothing to find her so Joseph can meet her.

I picked this book because it is set in Maine. It’s funny at times, heartbreaking at times, and very fresh and real. If you like books that tear at your insides, this is a good one.

 

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Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cassie grew up hearing the legends of her mother Gail who was kidnapped by trolls, but never believed them. When she has a run-in with the Polar Bear King, however, who tells her that he can save her mother, she accepts his condition — she must marry him.

When Bear is taken from her right after Cassie discovers that she is pregnant, she embarks on a quest to save him from the trolls, a quest that will take her east of the sun and west of the moon, a quest that may ultimately cost her her life — and her baby’s.

 

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The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The evil Melkor cursed his enemy Hurin’s children, Turin and Nienor, dooming them to a life of woe and misery. They can try to outrun him, but they will never get away. His most faithful servant, Glauthung the dragon, is ready to track them down. It’s his own personal mission to subject them to as much pain as he possibly can.

This story is a tragic romance by the author of Lord of the Rings, so if you like either of those things, this is the book for you.

 

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

When Kira’s mom dies, she is left to the mercy of the Guardians. Because of her disability, she has no way to support herself.  Kira is shocked to find the Guardians happy to give her a home and a job — repairing the robe that is worn every year at the Song Ceremony which relates to the world’s history. All is not as it seems, however, and Kira, her friends Thomas and Matt, and a little girl named Jo are the only ones who can figure it out.

 

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Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Luke’s book, written at church camp, is suddenly a best seller. He’s off on a promotional tour down Route 66 — a tour which might get a little crazy. Matt, Luke’s happy-go-lucky brother, is driving him, Matt’s girlfriend Alex, and Alex’s sister Fran.  Completely the wrong group of people for this kind of road trip! Luke used to be in love with Fran — before she changed — and now he’s desperate to reclaim her as the girl she once was.

 

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