Adventure

Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Author: 
Stewart, Trenton Lee
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Oddball children with specific circumstances. A strange series of tests only some can pass. When these children see an advert in the newspaper asking for children with smarts, these parentless kids meet by chance. Soon after, they get thrown into a world of futuristic danger and must solve one problem after another the only way children can-creativity.

I very much enjoyed this book because while reading, you are just as much lost in the confusion as the characters are! You go through the tests and the challenges with the mains, and the twists never stop coming, yet somehow intricately connect in the end. This book makes you look at the world with more imaginative eyes, and you see the more creative solutions to problems as you take inspiration from the characters. Upon seeing the cover, I was already intrigued, and reading the synopsis only further increased my curiosity. Not at all predictable, yet still an easily-followable plot line, this book was a fantastic read from start to finish.

Reviewer Grade: 9

Reviewer's Name: 
Molly Q.

Book Review: Mutant Message Down Under

Mutant Message Down Under
Author: 
Morgan, Marlo
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This is a fascinating and controversial tale of one woman’s experience in Australia traveling with an Aboriginal tribe. She leaves the hotel one morning to attend a meeting with the tribe and ends up on a three-month trek through the outback. Whether the account is 100% true or not, the message can be relevant and provocative: that our society is pulling us away from our true nature and our innate connection with the environment. I really enjoyed the different lessons from the Aboriginal tribe and how perceiving our society in a totally different light can be very beneficial. This is one of the books I have read that stays with me long after I have read it and that I continually ponder, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a thought-provoking read.

Reviewer Grade: 12

Reviewer's Name: 
Selena Z.

Book Review: Life of Pi

Book Review: Life of Pi
Author: 
Martel, Yann
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Life Of Pi is one of the most amazing books I've ever read!

A book full of mysteries, magic, faith, love and adventures. It is a book about the survival of Pi Patel, the protagonist with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. My favorite part of the book was to understand the love-hate relationship between Pi and the tiger. There are many learning outcomes from this book which include faith, love, hope, optimism and many more!

Reviewer's Name: 
Shivani

Book Review: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Author: 
Stewart, Trenton Lee
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Yes, some might think this is only a children's book, but I am a teen and I loved it! This book is the predecessor to The Mysterious Benedict Society series, but you could read it by itself and still understand what is going on. Maybe that is why I loved it so much.

Basically, the story is about the life of the creator of the Mysterious Benedict Society, Nicholas Benedict, but when he was nine (which makes him all the cuter) and his troubles in an orphanage from bullies to friendships.
In between all of this, he also tries to figure out the mystery behind the orphanage he lives in. The downside: he had a chronic sleeping disorder that makes him fall asleep anytime, anyplace. The upside: he's a downright genius.

I think this is a lovely, well written book that will charm people of all ages. Don't give a second thought about reading it!

Reviewer's Name: 
Margaret

Book Review: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Author: 
Patterson, James
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Okay...I had heard about this book, and then I read it. I thought it was AMAZING. Characters were very good. First person was great, but very funny and realistic. I loved it. I loved Fang, Iggy, Nudge, and the Gasman. I felt like Angel was just a character I personally didn't connect with (she is the kind of character I never like- the kind of character who everyone just adores and dotes over, when, in reality, they are kind of annoying) and Max was great too- tomboyish, but not so much that she was super annoying. I read this book in two or three days (it is around four hundred pages) and the only reason I would say it isn't a five star, is that there is language. Now, mind you, there isn't very much. But what there is is not polite and offensive.
They say Oh my _ , which is extremely offensive to me, and it is used very often in this book. I just wanted to tell you, great book except for these words. I would suggest this book for thirteen years old at the very youngest. I myself am a teen, but I did not enjoy reading the language James Patterson uses. Still, I like the series A LOT, even though some of the characters annoy me more now than when I first started. Great, great, great book! I loved the characters and story!

Reviewer's Name: 
Carli

Book Review: The Raft

Author: 
Bodeen, S. A.
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

When you start reading this, you can't put it down, kinda like the Hunger Games. I would recommend this to people who like to read action/adventure. This is about a girl who goes on a plane and it crashes and all she has is a raft, a total stranger named Max, and a bag of Skittles.
They have no water and there are sharks in the area and no sign of help. Will they survive?

Reviewer's Name: 
Rachel

Book Review: Once Upon Another Time

Author: 
Sawatzki, Diane
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This book mixes western, historical fiction, fantasy, adventure, and romance in a unique and exciting way. The main character gets transported to a different time and has to figure out a way to make it back, all while trying to stay alive. This author is also from Colorado and has based the story in the local area.

Reviewer's Name: 
Tori

Book Review: Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files

Author: 
Butcher, Jim
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

While not as good as previous Dresden adventures Cold Days is a welcome return to Harry's universe. It's always nice to visit with Harry and his friends. He always manages to find himself in the most precarious of situations. And even though it's no surprise that he always gets out of trouble it's still nice to see how he accomplishes it.

Reviewer's Name: 
Michael

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