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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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Mia just wants a normal life, with a date to the school dance, a better grade in Algebra, and a mom who’s not dating her dreaded algebra teacher. But then she finds out her dad is the prince of Genovia, a small country in France!

Suddenly everything gets a lot crazier. Mia’s grandmother is teaching her to be a “Proper” princess, and her dad is donating $100 a day to her favorite charity to get her to comply. And she still has no chance of getting to go to the dance.

 

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Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ann Putnam is tired of being outshone by everyone around her — ready to be different. Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant with a troubled past — ready to put it behind her. And Margaret Walcott is madly in love and jealous of Mercy — ready to follow Ann. When the three of them, along with three others, Abigail, Elizabeth, and Betty, begin to accuse women and men in their town of being witches, they are opening up something huge.

They wanted to be celebrities — but is this the way?

 

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tab, Em, and Bridge have been best friends since fourth grade. Now they’re in middle school, and things are starting to change.

For one thing, Patrick is interested in Em — and he wants a picture from her. And Bridge has met Sherm and is having friend dates for cinnamon toast at the local diner. An anonymous teenager is struggling with the fact that she betrayed her best friend to get in with the popular girl on Valentine’s Day. Through it all, Bridge, Em, and Tab stick to their best friendship, which has only one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through this craziness?

 

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Asylum by Madeleine Roux

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is going to a summer program for gifted students at New Hampshire College Prep. Here Dan doesn’t have to worry about standing out and can show his weird fascination with history and psychology without being thought weird.

When Dan arrives he finds that the normal dorms are closed and students are being housed in Brookline- a former psychiatric hospital bought by the school. As Dan and his two new friends Jordan and Abby explore the  dorm they find hidden secrets connecting them to the dorm and uncover that Brookline wasn’t any ordinary psych ward.

Including creepy and odd pictures this book is about three friends discovering the dark past of an asylum. So if you want a horror that’s not too scary but different, try Asylum and its sequel Sanctum.

 

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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Carley’s life is a mess. Her stepdad Dennis attacked her and her mom, landing them in the hospital and him in jail. Now, while her mom is recovering, she has to go into foster care. Her family: a kind couple and their three boys, named the Murphys. Julie Murphy is determined to help Carley’s heart heal, the boys are working their way into her affection, and she has found a new best friend: Toni. Just when everything is finally starting to get better, Carley’s mom sends her some news: news that might just destroy everything.

 

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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A book review by Madeline Soucie       

 

Ever since Gretchen Muller’s father died while protecting her uncle when she was a child, Gretchen has grown up in Munich under her Uncle Dolf’s wing. She is like his little pet, protected by the National Socialist Party from the bad parts of the world and taught to hate the “dirty” Jews.

But when she meets a Jewish reporter who claims to know a different side to her father’s death, she must choose between taking a leap of faith and trusting him — and altering her life forever — or staying safe under her uncle’s protection. After all, Uncle Adolf would never lie, right?

This story uses fictional characters and real events to tell a part of Adolf Hitler’s life that not everyone may know about: How he became the head of the Nazi’s and their anti-Jew campaign.

 

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 Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Gaby has a happy life, living in Berlin, Germany with her astronomer father and violin teacher mother. She and her best friend Rosa are in the same class, her teacher is her idol, and her sister Ulla has a nice boyfriend. They spend their summers at the lake house next door to Albert Einstein’s. But all is not right — World War II has broken out right there in Berlin, and Nazi activists are turning up everywhere, trying to get Gaby and Rosa to join their ranks. And there is something weird about Ulla’s boyfriend, something not quite right. Worst of all, people are burning Gaby’s beloved books!

 

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