The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Katniss Everdeen is just a girl trying to help her family survive in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. She illegally hunts in the woods with her best friend, Gale, and tries to protect her sister Prim.

But every year there is a reaping, in which a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised competition from which only one kid can return alive. Katniss has taken steps to keep herself and Prim from being chosen, but on Reaping Day, her sister is selected.

Desperate to save Prim, Katniss volunteers to take her place. But as she continues down the road to the Hunger Games, she realizes that it will take everything she has to survive this game – and to retain her humanity.

 

The Hunger Games, book 1

 

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Also Known As by Robin Benway

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

This is Maggie Silver’s first spy mission on her own. She’s the daughter of two world-class spies, and they all work for a corporation that brings down villains to do good for the world. Her entire life has been spent breaking into secure facilities and performing her specialty – cracking safe codes and stealing their contents.

But now she has to attend a normal high school in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and the guy whose safe she’s supposed to crack is the dad of the coolest boy in school.

Suddenly, Maggie has issues with forming ordinary friendships, being fashionable, and guys who really like her. She’s faced tough stuff before, but nothing like this. What’s a girl who’s never had a social life to do?

 

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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

It was just a day like any other for Michael Vey when he discovered that he wasn’t the only one with strange electric powers. Taylor, the gorgeous cheerleader from school, has them too, and their genius friend Ostin is eager to help them learn to optimize these powers.

But when Michael’s mom takes them to a pizza place to celebrate Michael’s birthday, she is kidnapped by a mysterious man with a couple more kids with similar powers to Michael’s. Suddenly Taylor is missing too. It’s up to Michael, Ostin, and a couple of bullies from school, the only ones who will give them a ride, to investigate the kidnappings and save them – but it may be a trap.

Someone is after Michael and Taylor’s powers, and it will take everything they’ve got to escape.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ender is only six when he is discovered by the Battle School to be a brilliant leader. Taken from his family, including his beloved older sister, Valentine, Ender is isolated in space, where he must learn all he can, as quickly as he can. There is a war going on – a war against the buggers, creatures from deep space who want to destroy the humans on earth so that they can colonize the planet.

Ender finds himself excelling at everything, even while he is loathed by the other children in the school. He plays game after game of simulation, but in the end – is this a game? What are they training them for?  Or is he training himself?

 

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The Leveler by Julia Durango

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In a world where the primary entertainment is a virtual reality called the MEEP, where you can go into the video game itself as an avatar, Nixy Bauer is a successful bounty hunter who returns kids to the real world if they go over the legal time limit of four hours. When she is called on her hardest case yet — returning the game developer’s son, Wyn, from the virtual world where he’s hiding — she accepts happily.

But this is not just a game, and Wyn is not hiding. Someone is holding him prisoner and is determined that no one will get him out. Nixy faces the biggest challenge of her career, but she was never prepared to fall head over heels for the guy who got her into this mess in the first place!

 

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The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam, book 2)

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Jennifer Strange thought her troubles were over when she killed the dragon and Big Magic showed up to fix it. But now she and her handful of insane wizards at Kazam are locked in a power-struggle with their rival magic company, iMagic, and preparing for a competition — rebuilding the bridge in the city entirely by magic.

When their most reliable sorcerers begin to be arrested and the Amazing Blix takes over the position of Court Mystician, Jennifer suspects foul play. It will take a Quarkbeast, a mysterious woman named the Once Powerful Boo, a missing ring, the Transient Moose, and Jennifer’s sort-of boyfriend Perkins to fix this mess — and the bridge.

 

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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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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 Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The deadly Ringwraiths are searching for a hobbit — Frodo Baggins. They want what he carries: The Ring of Power, which will enable the Dark Lord Sauron, its creator, to reclaim his rule. If Sauron recovers his Ring, all will be lost.

Battling Orcs, greedy men, and the Wraiths themselves — and aided by his gardener Sam, a wizard named Gandalf, and a mysterious Ranger named Aragorn — Frodo makes his painfully slow way across Middle-earth to Mordor, Sauron’s kingdom.  This is the only place where the Ring can be destroyed. Its seduction is so great that no one can wield it. All Frodo can hope for is the Ring’s destruction.

 

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