Category Archives: Student Book Recommendation

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when Yellowstone erupts. The town starts to turn into very crazy situations. His neighbors become murders, trying to survive in the new way of life. His family is 140 miles away in Illinois. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait—to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together they fight their way to Alex parents.

I liked this book very much. It shows what some people will do for survival. Sometimes it brings out the worst in people. I really like how the author moves the story along in a good enough pace and also in enough detail. I like how he goes to try to find his parents 140 miles away. I liked that he finds a person to help him on his way to find his parents. So will Alex along with Darla find Alex’s parents?

NK

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Seventeen year old Rosie is stuck in the middle of a HUGE issue in the book Someone Else’s life by Katie Dale. Her mother, Trudie, has just died from Huntington’s disease and she is left with her grandparents. Her father died on the day of her birth so she has no one. Her mother’s nurse and also her mothers best friend told Rosie something that would affect her life more than anything in the world. “Trudie is not your mother.” Rosie goes on the hunt of her life to find her real mother who ends up being a huge famous person. It only turns out that she finds her father to. Rosie’s life ends up taking a turn for the worse.

When I read this book it gave me a whole new perspective on life. That when you take a walk in someone else’s shoes, the ride is so much different. You may think you have it bad or don’t think something is fair, but on the other side, someone has it way worse. Try taking a walk in someone else’s shoes and she what their life is really like.

KS

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Rory Deveaux is finally figuring out who she has become. She recently moved from her hometown to London, England to further her education. Rory is the kind of student who crams before a test; she is not sporty and really has to try to fit into the early schedules and hockey playing. Then she finds out that London has something big happening. Jack the Ripper, a serial killer, is destructing everyone in London. She becomes close to a few friends, and has a small brush with death when she chokes on her meat at school, and that’s when her life changes forever.

She begins seeing things that nobody else around her sees. Jack the Ripper has been killing about three people a night, and even on camera nobody can see him killing these innocent people. Rory and her friend Jeremy are determined to figure out what is happening to Rory and how they can catch the Ripper…

I found this book very hard to put down. It is for anyone who enjoys paranormal encounters, and gory situations. It gave me very good visuals, and sometimes made me a little sick to my stomach. When I was reading the book I felt as if I was there with Rory, and it felt totally real.

JM

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Josh and Sophie never believed in the magical universe on planet earth. Nick, who is Josh’s boss, is an alchemyst that can live forever. Sophie and Josh are brother and sister while their parents are traveling for their job. Sophie and Josh saw too much of a magical fight over a book that has all the powers in the universe, so they have to go with Nick to hide from Dee. Their enemy wants the powerful book. They find themselves in big trouble throughout traveling America fighting Dee’s followers.

My reaction to this book was that it was exciting and energetic. The Alchemyst has surprising twists around every corner and this just scraped the surface of the book along with four more books with the series. It’s very hard to predict what would come in the book since there are surprising twists on every page.

MS

Shatter Me by Taherek Mafi

Juliette was placed in an institution for nearly killing her parents. Little did she know that her touch could cause so much damage and destruction. Growing up, she had been made fun of and humiliated. None of the other kids at her school would attempt to become friends with her. She’d learned to ignore the glances people had given her after she had accidentally killed a little boy at a grocery store. Juliette’s touch was like poison, but addicting to her recipients.

While she is faced with the emotional challenges of isolation, there is a Reestablishment going on. One night, a man is thrown into her cell. She recognizes his face, but isn’t sure if he recognizes her. He attempts to touch her, but she won’t let him, knowing what she’s capable of. Before she knows it, she’s falling in love with this new “friend” of hers. How will she be able to share her life with a man that she can cripple with just one touch?

When I first picked out this book, I didn’t really think that I would enjoy it as much as I did. It’s full of twists and turns that kept me glued into the book. The author, Tahereh Mafi, shares her emotions through Shatter Me. While I was reading Shatter Me, I felt as though I was right there with Juliette as she overcame and struggled with a life of isolation and adventure.

HM

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven thought his life was fairly simple. He played drums for the high school band when he was only in eighth grade. He had no idea how to talk to girls, but that was ok, his love since third grade is Renne Albert. He has a best friend is Annette. He had no idea the twist his life was about to take. It is safe to say Steven will go through the hardest part of his life in a few short months. He grows as a person to be selfless and to love his little brother Jeffrey and help him through his struggles.

This is the best book I have ever read and is my all time favorite. This book is for anyone who wants to find themselves as a person. I truly believe I grew as a person while reading this book. This is a must read and once it’s started it won’t be put down until it’s finished.

JS

Two Way Street By Lauren Barnholdt

Courtney and Jordan were the couple that didn’t seem to make sense to anyone else, but they made it work. They were so in love, everything seemed right. Courtney and Jordan even planned a road trip together to go to orientation for college. Then Jordan broke up with Courtney for some other girl. To top it all off, Courtney found out she was dumped and replaced by some girl Jordan met on the internet. Courtney is doesn’t know what to think and  it’s too late to cancel the road trip so they still go.

There are two sides to every story.  Courtney is pretending to not care. Jordan secretly cares a lot. There are secrets that Jordan is keeping from Courtney. What could these secrets be? Could these secrets have anything to why they broke up? Will this road trip go over well, or will it be a disaster?

I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time setting it down. Having the book told in two perspectives, one from Courtney, and the other from Jordan, keeps the book interesting and moving quickly. Two Way Street is a great and entertaining read.

BK

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Stolarz

Stacy Brown’s best friend’s life is in her hands.  Stacy and her roommate Drea go to a boarding school.  They’ve known each other for over a year, so they know each other very well.  Stacy practices Wicca; her grandmother taught her everything she knows.  Everything was good until Stacy’s nightmares came back.  Three years ago, Stacy  had nightmares about a little girl Maura that she used to baby sit.  They were about her being abducted and murdered, and they came true.  Now these dreams are back but about Drea, and if nothing is changed, they will come true.

Stacy’s nightmares are the clues to unraveling the truth.  She has to believe them even though her dreams scare her to a point she avoids sleep as much as possible.  She wakes up screaming and even hurt sometimes.  All of these are clues to figuring out what is going to happen to Drea.  To add to her problems, Stacy has a crush on Chad. Unfortunately,  Chad is Drea’s boyfriend.

I loved this book.  I feel like this book can fall under any category.  There is the mystery of Drea’s fate and romance between Chad, Stacy, and Drea.  This book is filled with love, trust, action, and horror. I could not put this book down!  Stacy is the only one who can save Drea.  She has to use her dreams and clues to solve this mystery, but even bystanders had a reason to be scared.  Someone is not going to make it in this book, but whom?

ML

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Allie is lost. When her ‘most-popular, most amazing’ boyfriend Trip, dies in a car accident that almost took both of their lives, Allie is left alone to pick up the pieces. Devastated, dazed, and confused Allie is forced back into the land of the living where she has to face the whispers and fingers pointed in her direction. Because you see, although the case is closed and ruled as an accident, some people just aren’t willing to let it go.

When a new cop is brought to town to further investigate Trips mysterious death, Allie, being the last person to see Trip alive, is questioned and harassed to remember what happened. But the thing is, she can’t. Every once in a while she will remember snippets, but it’s just not enough. Trapped in the past with no way out, Allie wants to forget everything and pretend nothing happened, not too far of a stretch when she has no memory of that night. But, is it just that, or is there something else she’s running from?

This book is a must read. With so much detail and so many things going on at once, the mystery remains. Readers are left to guess the ending and gape at the surprising twists inside. As the mystery unravels, and the truth comes out, you’ll be hooked. I know I was. Having already read this book, I challenge you the reader, to piece together the story, and solve the mystery before the end of the book. I dare you to be right…

KV