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“I am so glad my sales & support manager told me about SEBCO’S Student Review Program. Although we are a very small school, we currently have two students participating. Being a part of this program has further fed their desire to read while making them explore different genres. (It has caused these good readers to grow even further!) Not only that, but this has made them into local celebrities! Okay… not really, but our local newspaper did run an article on each of our reviewers (kinda cool) which was fun and exciting for both of them. In addition, being a part of this program reinforces writing skills, is a self-esteem booster, and gives the students something productive to include on future college and/or scholarship applications. As the library director, I decided to go online to see one of their published reviews. I read quite a few of the reviews and LOVED reading about these books from a student’s perspective. From now on, the Student Review section will be my starting point when looking to purchase books from Sebco. What a great program!!
--Lisa Scroggins, Director, Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library, Rocksprings, TX

Read. Review. Post.

It’s that simple! This exclusive program is a great way to promote reading in your library. The program is available for all reading levels and offers advanced copies of the latest titles from best-selling authors and popular fiction publishers. Your students will receive a complimentary book we provide. Then, they simply read it, review it and we post it. And, they get to keep the book!

For information on how you can become involved in The Sebco Student Reviewer Program, please send an email to mailto:Rachel@SebcoBooks.com with your name, name of your school/ library, email address. We will send you a response including details we need about each participant and a parent consent form.

Click here to see a list of the 2015-2016 STUDENT REVIEWS.

2016 - 2017 STUDENT REVIEW TITLES


Academy at West Birdville, Haltom City, TX

Student Reviewer: Jorge Salinas, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: Mutant Rat Attack (The Spy Next Door #1)

Author: Cooper, Jay

Publisher: Scholastic Press

“If you like funny, easy to read chapter books, this book is for you. Dexter has a dream that he is a super-secret spy kid.  He finds a skateboard which flies and saves him from mad scientist.  The mad scientist is trying to get all the information on Dexter (Dex). He wakes up and remembers he has a report for school and hurries and writes down his report on Toby Falcon, who he wants to be when he grows up.

I thought this book was funny and fun to read.  It was entertaining and I read it in just a few days. I liked how the illustrations worked with the story.  I recommend to 3rd through 5th graders who want a fun book to read.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Jorge Salinas, 4th Grade Student, Academy at West Birdville, Haltom City, TX

This book will be published February 2017. To pre-order, click here.


Beth Jacob School, Hollywood, FL

Student Reviewer: Ma'ayam Tzur, 9th Grade Student 

Book Review: Kristy's Great Idea (The Babysitter's Club Graphix #1)

Author: Martin, Anne M.

Publisher: Scholastic

“This Babysitters Club graphic novel, Kristy's Big Idea, is a fun read. The characters are relatable, and the book has so much excitement. In this novel, Kristy starts a club where parents can call one line and get access to four reliable babysitters at once. With each babysitting experience, they learn for the next job. On Kristy's first job, she realizes the babysitting company was mistaken for a dog sitting company, and she watches two dogs for her first gig! In all, Kristy and her friends have a blast with the company and their funny experiences are very enjoyable to read.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Ma'ayan Tzur, 9th Grade Student, Beth Jacob School, Hollywood, FL

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

Book Review: No Good Deed

Student Reviewer: Natalie, 9th Grade Student 

Author: Moldavsky, Goldy

Publisher: Scholastic

“No Good Deed by Goldy Maldovsky in my opinion is a HORRIBLE book. I didn't like the story line or the plot which was unrealistic even for the fiction book. I also felt some points in this book shouldn't have been talked about because they were to controversial. They should have been left out especially being focused toward teenagers who don't have total grasps of how they feel about those topics. It was written very slow and was boring in on the introduction which I feel should hold the reader not make them fall asleep. I will not recommend it to anyone and will be throwing it in the trash now that I'm done with it.

--SEBCO Student Review, Natalie, 9th Grade Student, Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

Book Review: The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise)

Student Reviewer: Natalie, 9th Grade Student 

Author: Stolarz, Vincent, Rachel

Publisher: Random House

The Flame Never Dies is the second book in The Stars Never Rise series written by Rachel Vincent. I felt that The Flame Never Dies is an outstanding book, one because it carries over a lot of information from the first book,(even if I read the first book) I could have read it the second book and never had read the first one and still have understood the story line. The second thing is set in a post-apocalyptic world but it’s not like what you would expect from a story like this. It also has a little romance, and mystery mixed in with it all. I felt the plot was awesome and had twists and turns from start to finish. I felt how concluded the story in the epilogue was smart because it left it open for another story. I would recommend this book to others. Some of my classmates who don’t always like to read liked it too.”

 

--SEBCO Student Review, Natalie, 9th Grade Student, Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

Book Review: Shutter

Student Reviewer: Natalie, 9th Grade Student 

Author: Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

“Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz is an excellent teen read, it has the murder mystery theme without all the gruesome details. It's also viewed from a teen’s point of view. One of the things I liked most about shutter was that it always kept me on my toes. Also I feel I can relate more to the main character more since she is around my age. Plus the ending was something I never saw coming, Laurie had you think you knew who the murder was but you actually don’t. My mom also read this book and she thought it was excellent as well. I would definitely read this again and would recommend it to my friends.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Natalie, 9th Grade Student, Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

Book Review: Today Will Be Different

Student Reviewer: Natalie, 9th Grade Student 

Author: Semple, Maria

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

“Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple in my opinion was not a very enjoyable book. I didn’t like how the main character was an adult women with a child and husband, I felt that way because I don’t believe that teenagers would like to read about a mother and her home life/ personal adult problems. I also didn’t like how it started off very boring and didn’t get out of the introduction stage until more than a few chapters went by. In my opinion this book is not the type of thing high schoolers would look to read. Also I don’t believe that it is suited for that type of audience on the fact that it can’t be related back to the reader.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Natalie, 9th Grade Student, Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

Book Review: Losing Gabriel: A Love Story

Student Reviewer: Natalie, 9th Grade Student 

Author: McDaniel, Lurlene

Publisher: Delacorte Press

“The book I read was Losing Gabriel… A Love Story by Lurlene McDaniel, when I read this book I enjoyed it very much. I feel that teenagers my age would enjoy this book very much for it shows the struggles and enjoyments of a teenager and young adult’s life. A few things I enjoyed was how Lurlene McDaniel wrote this book in third person point of view. Also I think what she did with having it in third person but, still having you know the thoughts and feelings of Lani, Dawson, and Sloan's feelings (the three main characters). I also think that Lurlene McDaniel gave very good backstories to all the characters. Plus how she brought the three main characters together was amazing and ingenious. I feel the she wrote a very interesting plot, and there were many points that I didn’t expect to happen. This book always kept me on my toes and wanting more, I never wanted to stop reading. What I also liked was how she gave Lani, Dawson, and Solon a goal/dream. I feel that this book is a good read and I would definitely recommend it to my friends, because it shows that even though there are struggles in life you can always overcome them to reach your goals/dreams.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Natalie, 9th Grade Student, Clear Lake Jr. and Sr. High School, Clear Lake, WI

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


 Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Alexis Lamey, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Ruby Lee and Me

Author: Hitchcock, Shannon

Publisher: Scholastic

“Ruby made me feel happy and Sarah made me sad about her sister and happy Cathy was OK.  Granny was so nice that I wish I had her.  Robbin was good.  Robbin is hit by a car and goes to the hospital.  Sarah has to stay with her Grandma, Sarah learned how to make biscuits, and she went to pick berries for the dinner she made for Ruby. 

 

I loved the book!  My favorite part was when Ruby made biscuits for her grandma and it was so nice of her.  The scary part was when they heard the news from her dad.  The funny part was when she threw the glass and she did not even feel it.  It would feel it!  How does she not feel it?  I would recommend this book to others.  I haven’t recommended it yet, because no one asked!”

 

--SEBCO Student Review, Alexis Lamey, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.

 

Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Alexis Lamey, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Ruby On The Outside

Author: Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“The characters are Matoo, Rebecca, Rebecca’s mom, and Ruby.  I loved the characters because they made me feel happy.  They made me laugh so hard, but sometimes they made me feel sad and emotional.  It was fun to read for sure!  Ruby’s mom cannot come home and she’s upset.  Her mother and Nick sands drove eighteen and a half miles to a drug store when she came home.  Her mom went to jail when she was about to start sixth grade.  I liked the book.  All the parts were my favorite.  There were lots of funny parts that I liked.  I would recommend the book because someone could learn something; if it inspired me, it could inspire you!”

--SEBCO Student Review, Alexis Lamey, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Brylee Rimlinger, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Posy the Puppy (Dr. Kitty Kat)

Author: Clarke, Jane

Publisher: Scholastic

“Dr. Kitty Cat, Posy, and Peanut are the main characters.  I love all the characters, but my favorite is peanut.  He is my favorite because he is cute.  It is very fun to read.  It was a busy day.  Then when the busy day was over a customer called and said, “Posy is hurt!  Come help!”  Dr. Kitty Cat did, and then Posy was all better.  There weren’t any scary bits, and I didn’t learn anything.  My favorite part was when Posy was OK.  I loved the book so much!  I would recommend it to somebody else because it is very good!”

--SEBCO Student Review, Brylee Rimlinger, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Fortune Falls

Author: Goebel, Jenny

Publisher: Scholastic

“The characters were Cooper, Petey, Feriday, Sabrina, Betsy, Wink, and Sadie.  I liked them because they made me feel interested. First Sadie needs to pass the luck test buy she is getting unlucky and loses her brother and dog.  She finds a black cat, crosses its path and it leads Sadie to her brother.  After that Petey and Sadie try to find Wink.  They finally found her when they follow the cat.  Last, she passes the luck test!  It was fun to read.  I liked the book.  My favorite part is when she finds the black cat.  There were a lot of funny parts.  I give the book five stars and recommend it because it was a very good book.  I would like to see if you like it too.”

--SEBCO Student Review, August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Mission Hindenburg (39 Clues)

Author: London, C. Alexander

Publisher: Scholastic

“I really liked all of the characters.  They find a giant blimp in the air.  It was flying to a building and when it landed there was a bomb in it.  It exploded, but nobody got hurt.  After that, they found out that an outcast was going to blow up the ship that wins so that he can win.  It was a fine book to read.

I liked the book a lot.  My favorite part was the solution because I finally got to find out what happened!  I would recommend this book to others because I would like to see what they think of the book.”

--SEBCO Student Review, August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.

 


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Not As We Know It

Author: Avery, Tom

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

“The characters were Jaimy, Ned, Dad, and Mum.  I liked them a little bit, but they mostly make me sad.  Well, at first they find a merman or some kind of sea creature.  He is very sick, feels ill, and needs to go to the doctor who can communicate with the merman. Someone gets pulled into the water and died and that was the end.  I hated the fact that this book was so sad.  It didn’t have any funny or scary parts because it was so sad.  I didn’t enjoy the book because it was so sad.  It also had a bad word in in and probably wouldn’t be good for kids.”

--SEBCO Student Review, August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.

 


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Chapter Books)

Author: Nichols, Catherine

Publisher: Animal Planet

“The main characters are dad, Zach, Atticus, and Maddie.  I liked them because they made me feel interested.  There is a person dumping trash all over the place, and they are trying to find out who it is.  They also went to the aquarium and the beach.  At the beach, Zach got saved by a dolphin and named it Star. They also saved a baby dolphin!   It was fun to read.  I didn’t like it, I loved it!  There weren’t any scary bits or funny parts, and I learned not to litter.  I liked it because it was a mystery.”

--SEBCO Student Review, August Nabholz, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Morghan, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: The Truth About Stacey (The Babysitters Club)

Author: Marti, Ann M.

Publisher: Scholastic

“I really liked all of the characters.  They made me feel happy and shocked (the good kind of shocked!)  Stacy gets diabetes and has to eat a healthy diet.  Mary Anne has to babysit Jamie and she brings the kid-kit.  Stacy becomes best friends with Laine and Laine becomes a babysitter.  I liked the book.  My favorite part was when they told Jamie’s mom a babysitter was smoking and put a hole in her seat.  They told Jamie’s mom that his babysitter was irresponsible.  I recommend this book because it is a good book for tweens and under.  It also has great details.  It is very thrilling!”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Morghn 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Morghan, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Gabby and Gator

Author: Burks, James

Publisher: Yen Press

“An alligator gets flushed down a toilet and grows.  The gator finds Gabby and doesn’t eat her.  Gabby tells Gator to think about trying to eat tofu.  I liked Gabby and Gator.  Gabby had red hair, was shy, and not bright.  Gator was hungry and lonely.  My favorite part was when Gabby taught the mean football some manners.  The part where Gabor dropped the football player in the mud was funny.  The story had a moral.  It was you can always find a friend.  I give the book five out of five stars.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Morghn 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Colton Makara, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Oone Finda an Egg (The Oodlethunks #1)

Author: Yang, Gene Luen

Publisher: First Second

“The coders think there is something weird about their school, mostly the janitor.  They go on the janitor’s closet and find a turtle robot.   It was fun to read.  I liked Ehi, Hopper, and Josh because they made me feel good.  I liked the book.  The funny part was where Hopper got pudding in her face and got mad.  There were no scary parts and I didn’t have to learn anything.  I would recommend this book because it is very detailed.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Colton Makara, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Taylor, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: A Whole New Ballgame

Author: Bilder, Phil

Publisher: Square Fish

“In the start, they find their new teacher.  In the middle, they start to practice basketball, and in the end, they go and beat every team.   The characters are Rip, who is good at basketball, and Red.  My favorite part is when they do a presentation.  The book is kind of hard to get into, but once you get past page 70, it was a lot better. If you are a basketball person, you would really like this book.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Taylor, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Brooke Wanamaker, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: The Mean Girl Meltdown: A Sylvie Scruggs Story

Author: Spratt, RA

Publisher: Roaring Brookm Press

“After Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she spends her reward money to send her to the most exclusive boarding school in the country…where there are more mysteries!  Will she solve them?  P.S.  She did!  Friday Barnes is smart and funny and I liked her a lot.  I’m on her side!  Melanie is smart and kind and I really, really like her.  The book was amazing.  There were so many details, drama, and more!  My favorite part was when Melanie and Friday met.  There were dozens of scary and funny parts, but it wasn’t informational.  I recommend this book with five stars.  It would win a Newbery award and any other good book award!”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Brooke Wanamaker, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Hannah Jane Hammond, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School!

Author: Holm, Jennifer and Matthew

Publisher: Random House

“Babymouse is starting middle school and joined a club with her friends (AKA the Gang) called film club. They all made a movie together called Au Revoir, my locker. Baby Mouse is the director, Duckie is the producer, Lucy is the camerabat, Caden is the sound recorder, Wilson is the scenery & props, Penny is the wardrobe, makeup, & hair, Georgie is the lights, & the two main characters are Felicia who is Veronique & Henry who is the mysterious figure. At the end when they finally showed their movie after having the good and bad times making the movie it turned out not at all what they thought it would be like.

I like that the story is about a girl (mouse) that wants to stand out. So, she joins film club with all her friends and they make a movie together.

I also like that Babymouse learns that she doesn’t have to stand out. She just has to be herself.

I don’t like that Babymouse decides to be the mean girl.

I do recommend this book.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Hannah Jane Hammond, 4th Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book will be available July 2017. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Hannah Jane Hammond, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: Space Dumplins

Author: Thompson, Craig

Publisher: Scholastic

“The main character is Violet.  She is brave, playful, funny, and a risk taker.  Another one of the main characters is Gar.  He is the dad of Violet and he is friendly and a serious man.  Cera is the mom of Violet and she is friendly, a serious woman, and a very good mother.  Violet saved her dad from inside a whale.  I liked that it was funny, a comic, and the daughter saved the dad.  There is nothing that I didn’t like and nothing I would add to it.  I would highly recommend it.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Hannah Jane Hammond, 4th Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

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Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Dylann Barnhill, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny

Author: Himmelman, John

Publisher: H. Holy and Company

“I like the book a lot….I mean a lot, but a first grader would need to ask the teacher what a Bun-Jit-Su   Bunny was.   I like the characters.  I love everything about this book.  The characters are Betsy, Max, Kyle, and Isabel.  Isabel made me feel good like if a bunny could do something like that, then I could do something like that.  I did not like the book at all….I loved it!  I can’t wait until Bun-Jit-Su Bunny’s next move!  I would tell someone else to read it because I love the characters and everything about it.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Dylann Barnhill, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Candee Mosley, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

Author: Lambert, Mary E.

Publisher: Scholastic

“Lots of catastrophes happen. A bunch of newspapers fall on Emily’s sister.  She goes to a sleepover and her house is a disaster and then it is cleaned.  She almost leaves home for two weeks.  When her family is together, she finally realizes that everyone is broken.  I did not like Emily’s mom because she should have never let things get as bad as they did.  I kind of liked the dad, but he should have helped.  I liked Annabelle.  She seemed pretty.  I liked Leslie, but she made me feel bad.  Chad was alright, but he should have stayed with the family. 

I loved the book.  My favorite part was when Annabelle was talking about the sleepover because it’s like she is having the time of her life and she actually sounds normal.  I would recommend this book because it has everything you could dream of.

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Candee Mosley, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

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Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Candee Mosley, 3rd Grade Student

Book Review: The Trouble With Twins

Author: Siebel, Kathryn

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

“The characters were Arabella, Henrietta, and Gus.  Arabella made me feel bad for Henrietta.  I liked Henrietta, but she made me feel bad for her and scared.  I also liked Gus.  He was very helpful, sweet, and nice.  There are two girls.  Henrietta cuts her sister’s bangs uneven and she gets sent away.  Her sister, Arabella, sets off to find her twin.  On the way she meets a big friendly giant and they look for her twin together.  Henrietta, meanwhile, makes a friend, cooks awful food, and burned down a house, but in the end they lived happily ever after. 

I’m more into modern books and some words I didn’t understand, but I love adventure books, so I didn’t hate it.  I would not recommend it.  Let’s just say I didn’t love it, I just liked it.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Candee Mosley, 3rd Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

This book is currently available. To place an order, click here.


Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Spencer, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: Lucy and Andy Neandertha: The Stone Cold Age

Author: Brown, Jeffrey

Publisher: Random House

     “Lucy and Andy are cave men kids.  Andy is always eager to go on a hung.  When he watches a hunt, he thinks it is so gross that he will never eat mammoth meat again.  Lucy makes some new friends and discovers the humans.  She is very curious, so she takes her family to see the humans.  They have a huge feast together.  Andy is really suspicious about the humans.  Then he overhears them saying, “let’s raid their cave!”

     My favorite part of the story was when Lucy found the humans.  The reason that I like it is because it completely turns the story from Lucy and Andy to the humans.  They have a huge feast.  Andy wants the humans to leave.

     I liked the book a whole lot!  The only thing I did not like about it is that the book does not have any bright colors.  If you have more color, it would make the book a whole lot more interesting.  Other than that, the book was very good.  I cannot wait for the next book to come out.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Spencer, 4th Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

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Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Spencer, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: To Catch A Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel

Author: Varian, Johnson

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

“Jackson Green and his crew are trying to find out who flooded the school.  Someone made a video of them flooding the school.  The principal thinks it is Jackson and his crew, and she also thinks Jackson is a troublemaker.  Jackson Green assembles a team to go on a series of plans and actions to catch the criminal.  There are a lot of people who think Jackson did it.  After everyone thinks it is Jackson and he pushes through to catch Victor in action admitting he had the video.  Victor wanted the answers for a test in exchange for a video.  They finally turn in the criminal, Victor Cho.  Everything returned to normal after they caught Victor.

I loved this book because it’s a cool action book about solving a mystery.  I did not dislike anything about the book.  You did a great job on the book.  I loved how Hash was an inventor.  I want to be an inventor someday.  It was cool how they planned their ideas and carried out the plans.  My favorite plan was when they ran to hide from trashcan to trashcan.  I liked how they caught Victor unexpectedly.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Spencer, 4th Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

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Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

Student Reviewer: Spencer, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: The Missing Grizzly Cubs (Wild World of Buck Bray)

Author: Young, Judy

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

“Buck got to be the star of the new movie.  Then, Buck met Toni and then went to Denali.  They find bears and moose and sheep.  Then, they get captured by Rex.  They escape and save two baby bear cubs that have gone missing.  I could not think of anything I did not like.  It was interesting how Buck came to the woods and saw a moose.  It was cool how each chapter gave a little bit of information about bears.  I liked how Rek captured Buck and Toni.  I loved this book because it had a lot of action in it.  It was really wild!  I like how Buck is the star of the book and he is adventurous and brave.”

--SEBCO Student Review Program, Spencer, 4th Grade Student, Jim Stone Elementary School, Conway, AR

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Lucille Moore Elementary School, Panama City, FL

Book Review: VIP: I'm With the Band

Student Reviewer: Isobel Cook, 5th Grade Student

Author: Calonita, Jen

Publisher: Little, Brown

“VIP: I’m With the Band, written by Jen Calonita, also the author of Flunked and the Secrets of my Hollywood Life series, was a great book! It is about a girl who gets her ultimate wish. She gets to tour with her favorite band, Perfect Storm. My favorite part of the book was when Mac was in the studio getting energy drinks and accidentally shook it up before giving it to her favorite band member! I really enjoyed reading the book, because I can only imagine how much fun it would be to experience what Mac did in the book. It’s a perfect book for tweens everywhere!”

 --SEBCO Student Reviewer, Isobel Cook, 5th Grade Student, Lucille Moore Elementary School, Panama City, FL

This book is currently available. To place an order, please click here.


Oxford High School, Oxford, MS

Student Reviewer: Gillian, 10th Grade Student

Book Review: Starflight

Author: Landers, Melissa

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

“Starflight is a dystopian teenage novel that, plot- and character-wise, fits almost perfectly into the mold of modern romance dramas. The main characters are predictable, the plot is kept interesting only by an overwhelming number of cliffhangers, and the book is set apart from others of its kind only because of its cosmic setting. Villains are quickly introduced and eventually given a bare-bones explanation that leaves readers looking fruitlessly for more information. The one main fatality - which is required to keep the story from being too unrealistic - is forgotten mere pages after the character is killed. Clichés are sprinkled throughout: long-lost twin brothers are reunited; a rich, pretty-boy quarterback is the "surprise" love interest. As for the romantic part of the book, relationships are forced and don't come about naturally, making the eventual relationship seem like a product of circumstance and not because the characters actually like each other. The book is slightly redeemed by its real-world details; for example, overpopulation, the importance and cost of fuel, and corruption in the intergalactic police department help make the whole thing seem more realistic. The book overall wasn't incredibly different from any others, but was a good thing to escape to when I didn't want to think very much at all.” 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Gillian, 10th Grade Student, Oxford High School, Oxford, MS

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Student Reviewer: Gabby 10th Grade Student

Book Review: Doreen

Author: Manaster, Ilana

Publisher: Running Press Kids

“Doreen is a book about a girl who transfers to Chandler Academy to escape bullying focused on her appearance. On the first day, she meets up with her cousin and quickly makes friends with Heidi Wehlan, one of the most popular girls in school. Heidi agrees to help Doreen become popular, and the first step is taking some pictures for social media.  In one picture that they took, Doreen’s cousin transforms Doreen’s regular self into a fashion model. Doreen does not use the picture for social media, but instead keeps the picture to look at. But, the next day when Doreen wakes up, she finds that she has become the supermodel and the picture is of her old, regular self. She is astonished and gets accustomed to living with her new appearance. She becomes popular and starts to become evil in the process. The book also has many unexpected turns. Just when I thought nothing else could happen, something happened and it made the story even more interesting. I constantly wanted to read it. I really enjoyed this book and all the surprises it had to offer. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting, shocking book.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Gabby, 10th Grade Student, Oxford High School, Oxford, MS

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Student Reviewer: Haille, 10th Grade Student

Book Review: The One Thing

Author: Curtis, Marci

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

“In the novel The One Thing, Maggie has lost her eyesight and struggles to adapt.  Maggie is a witty, sarcastic character to whom I relate.  The story itself actually had me in tears at some point because it is so good! I actually told a friend about this book and read her a sentence or two, and she asked for my copy when I was done. It's a great book. I love the fact that it shows that people who have physical handicaps can move past things and be happy. I love the concept of what she can and cannot see. That is great symbolism.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Haille, 10th Grade Student, Oxford High School, Oxford, MS

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Poolville High School, Poolville, TX

Student Reviewer: Katie Smith, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Unbecoming

Author: Downham, Jenny

Publisher: Scholastic

“A young girl’s life in London is uprooted when her long-lost grandmother comes to live with her and her mother and brother. As she cares for her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, Katie learns hidden truths concerning her family’s past. She understands better the relationship between her mother and her grandmother while keeping her own secrets intact. She’s in love with someone, but is afraid to let anyone know who it is.

I loved reading about life in London, but I rated it as a 5 on a scale of 1-10 because I didn’t really care for the subject matter. Recommended for those who like sad books. Contains references to homosexuality.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Katie Smith, 12th Grade Student, Poolville High School, Poolville, TX

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Student Reviewer: Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student

Book Review:The Only Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Barr, Emily

Publisher: Penguin

The One Memory of Flora Banks was indeed a quick read, yet it was definitely a good read. This book made me put my life into perspective, because I can relate to the idea that sometimes to find yourself, you have to lose yourself. Overall, The One Memory of Flora Banks was for sure a fantastic read.”

 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student, Rio Rancho Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM

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Student Reviewer: Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student

Book Review: P.S., I Like You

Author: West, Kasie

Publisher: Scholastic

"P.S. I Like You wasn't necessarily my normal cup of tea, as it was a love story, and I don't usually gravitate toward those. Though, it was intriguing on how the events of the plot played out. I would recommend this to those who seek out "gushy" love stories, because it was cute and fun."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student, Rio Rancho Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM

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Student Reviewer: Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student

Book Review: Because of the Sun

Author: Sanchez, Jenny Torres

Publisher: Delacorte Press

“Because of the Sun is certainly a good read. Although, I did become a little confused in the middle of the book due to it switching point-of-view and going back into the past. Overall, it was a good book, as it showed the relationship between a mother and her daughter.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student, Rio Rancho Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM

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Student Reviewer: Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student

Book Review: Frosted Kisses

Author: Hepler, Heather

Publisher: Scholastic

"I must confess that I developed an emotional attachment to the characters. Overall, the books was written in great detail. Although I normally do not read love stories, this teenage love story was worth the read. The exposition was a little slow, but isn't every exposition in every story!?! I was on the edge of my seat during the climax, waiting for what the next action would be. I would certainly recommend Frosted Kisses for those seeking love adventures!"

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Ashley Bradshaw, 8th Grade Student, Rio Rancho Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM

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Student Reviewer: Kayla Monroy, 8th Grade Student

Book Review: Shuffle Repeat

Author: Klein, Jen

Publisher: Random House

“The only thing that was unappealing about the book Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein was that it had a lot of swear words. But, the book was well written and made me absolutely in love with the story! I cannot wait to get the next book and find out the rest of the story.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Kayla Monroy, 8th Grade Student, Rio Rancho Middle School, Rio Rancho, NM

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Student Reviewer: Dayana, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: After the Red Rain

Author: Lyga, Barry

Publisher: Little, Brown

“After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga is a post-apocalyptic novel that takes you on one big of a ride. In the book, our resources here on Earth are scarce, so life is not very easy. The story starts when Deedra meets Rose who has some special ability. However Rose has some sort of mysterious past and is accused of murdering the Magistrate’s son. During the story, we get to explore Deedra and Rose’s relationship and how it changes their lives on dying Earth. The story was very exciting and interesting. Once I grabbed the book I couldn’t stop reading. However when I reached the end I was so disappointed that it was over, I wanted to keep reading more. This is a very good book for anyone who likes apocalyptic stories.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Dayana, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Dayana, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Goodbye Days

Author: Zentner, Jeff

Publisher: Crown

“The book, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, is the story of a boy named Carver Briggs who had a fatal accident that killed his 3 best friends. All of this happened because of a text message and to make things even more stressful the police is doing an investigation on their deaths. The name Goodbye Days comes from the fact that one of his friends’ grandmothers asks Carver to help her remember her grandson through a goodbye day together. With this he start to also help the other families with their own memorial day. The book was a heavy read and it got me crying through most of it. Zentner does an awesome job at expressing the fear, stress and despair that came with the accident. Not only Carver’s despair but also that of all of the families. With this situation being one that could happen to any of us and has happened to many it made it even more real and emotional to me.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Dayana, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Dayana, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Chantress Fury

Author: Greenfield, Amy Butler

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“In Chantress Fury, Lucy is a chantress that can control water and wind with a song. She is close to King Henry as he uses her powers to help him rebuild England. But because of a series of events the King and the people begin to mistrust Lucy's powers. This story has magical powers, evil witches, mermaids, kings and queens, and love. All of the things that make a good book. I really enjoyed this book, it has a fairy tale like quality but with a twist. It was very mysterious and intriguing, it was a story that kept you guessing and wanting more. I loved this book and I will definitively be reading the previous books of this series.” 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Dayana, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Dayana, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Julia Vanishes

Author: Egan, Catherine

Publisher: Knopf

“Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan is a story about a girl with powers living in a city where powers are punishable by death. Because of her powers, she is able to take on work that leads to dangerous situations. This book has everything that I love: witches, magic, mystery, and a little bit of romance. Julia Vanishes kept me hooked till the last page. It had a great mystery that kept you wondering and guessing what was going on. Overall, it was a really good and exciting book and I would definitively recommend this book to everyone.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Dayana, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Overturned

Student Reviewer: Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Giles, Lamar

Publisher: Scholastic

"Overturned by Lamar Giles is an amazing book. It is about a girl trying to live a normal life, even though her dad was wrongly convicted for murder and she lives in a casino. When her father comes back, things get a little shaken up in her life, and it seems to her that her father is just a disturbance in her lifestyle. When all of a sudden her father dies, she all of a sudden misses him. She goes on a frantic search to find out what happens. This causes a great deal of big of life threatening things to happen like threats and henchman breaking into her suite. I liked this book because of how everything was so unexpected. Nobody expected who the killer was or why a lot of things happened, but the author did a good job of explaining everything at the end. All in all this was a great book that I would love to read again and would recommend to a friend." –

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: No Such Person

Student Reviewer: Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Cooney, Caroline B.

Publisher: Random House

"No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney is an incredible mystery book. Lander, a perfect student at a medical school starts to date a boy named Jason, whom her younger sister, Miranda, deems suspicious due to a boating accident. A few days later when they were on a date Lander is found by herself with a dead body, a gun, a boat, a bag full of a white substance, and no sign of Jason. Miranda knows her perfectionist sister would never do something like this, so it is up to her prove it. I enjoyed No Such Person because of how the author makes sure you never know what happens, even though she gives hints that you didn't realize until you read what happens. I would give this book 5 stars for the way the author was always able to keep me in suspense."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox

Student Reviewer: Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Beddor, Frank

Publisher: Automatic Publishing

Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X by Frank Beddor is a wonderful book. Hatter Madigan has just started school at an academy, and he wants to live up to his family legacy. But he has run into some bumps in the road. One of them, for example, is trying to save his school from a machine that sucks out the souls of cadets. One reason I enjoyed this book is because it shows how Hatter had made wrong friends. He didn't like them but he wanted to be friends with them because they were popular. The book shows how he was able to get himself out of the situation. I also enjoyed this book because of the plot twists. At certain times in the story the author would get you to think one thing and have the truth be totally different. I would give this book a 5 star rating for the authors’ superior writing skill."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Bionic

Student Reviewer: Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Weyn, Suzanne

Publisher: Scholastic Press

"Bionic by Suzanne Weyn is a very unexpected book. The main character Mira gets into a car accident and then she has to get a bionic arm and leg. She has to get a chip implanted into her brain to boost her ability to function with her electronic prosthetics. She starts to have everything in her life become better with her boosted abilities. I found this book to be a decent book because the way the author made sure that the reader does not know what is going to happen next. She would give hints that you wouldn't catch on to at first, but when you read on you realized what this meant. I feel that the author could have done a better job by giving a more detailed explanation on the other characters. I felt left in the dark with all the other characters and friends because the author didn't give a thorough background. All in all the author did a decent job on making an interesting book but she could have added in more details with Mira's friends."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

Student Reviewer: Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: McKenzie, Paige

Publisher: Perseus Book Group

“The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie is a mix of a ghost story and love story. Sunshine is trying to save the world from dark spirits, but she doesn't know how. In the meanwhile she is in love with her protector.  But every time she touches him, she gets a weird feeling. I enjoyed this book because most kids can relate to the way Sunshine feels. A lot of kids know what they should do and what everybody expects from them, but they don't know how to do it. Sunshine knows that she has to save the world, but yet she doesn't how. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a great book, but I feel that the author could have made a little more characters other than just six. I would most likely recommend this to a friend."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Neema Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Valiant

Student Reviewer: Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student

Author: Livingston, Lesley

Publisher: Penguin

Valiant is, overall, a very good book. The plot is innovative, and not something I've encountered before; the main character, Fallon, isn't bratty or annoying or boy-crazy, instead being very goal-oriented and admirable; all other characters are exciting and each of them is original and unique. Every chapter of the book offers something new, and I never felt as though any scene dragged on for too long or had no purpose— everything that happens aids in pushing the plot forwards. This, however, can be a double edged sword. Sometimes, it felt as though everything was too linear, like Fallon met only people that were useful to her, people that would come, be useful, and never be heard from again. Though the author did a great job in trying to incorporate all other characters into the story, it at times didn't work cohesively enough, though this isn't so great a flaw that it ruins the entire novel.

 

There is, additionally, not a large focus on romantic aspects. Because of how the book begins, I was a bit scared at first that the story would be sappy and romantic. This, thankfully, did not come to pass. The romantic aspect lessens as the book goes on, taking a backseat to Fallon's main adventure and conflicts. Something to admire about the book is that it puts together themes of slavery and bravery and family and love very well, and that everything balances out at all the right times. From beginning to end, everything that happens inside and outside Fallon's head comes beautifully together, something which makes Valiant entirely worth reading. I'd rate this book 9/10.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: The Dark Days Club: A Lady Helen Novel #1

Student Reviewer: Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student

Author: Goodman, Alison

Publisher: Viking

“I absolutely loved The Dark Days Club. From the way it's written to the chemistry between the characters, the book began well, and its ending did not disappoint. Though long, every page was enrapturing; every scene was charming and drew me in. Lady Helen, our main character, isn't annoying or unrealistic like many female leads tend to be. Instead, she is strong (though not overly so, in a way that would make her unrealistic) and curious and quite charming. Lord Carlston, too, is amazing. His characterization is mysterious, strong, and unique. Every character, though their loyalty or lack thereof, inspires emotion, and truly makes the book into something of a masterpiece. The plot itself is original, many of the ideas it contains, including the time period in which the story takes place, are things I'd never encountered before, but would definitely like to see again. The ideas of Reclaimers and alchemy and challenging society in order to live out something you truly believe in are prominent in the book, all things which make it all that much better. I, for one, can't wait for the sequel. I'd give the book a 10/10.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Six Feet Over It

Student Reviewer: Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student

Author: Long, Jennifer

Publisher: Random House

“Six Feet Over It, from the silly title, seemed like a less-than-promising book when I began reading it— it seemed to me like Leigh was unlikeable, and her whole family just all-around sucked. All these things, however, opened the way for a radical change (or, in a way, a way for the reader to understand them) in most characters by the end of the book. The fact that everyone seems to be so disappointing and/or annoying at the beginning just helps create a stark contrast that makes this book so special. The transformation most characters go through is immersive; the way you go from hating someone to pitying them in a span of a hundred pages is definitely admirable. 

The book seems to reveal something about humans— just the simple way we die and most of us try and sort out what happens after that. It touches on sorrow, and how sometimes it's easier to suppress so everyone around you won't think badly of you. Its twists and turns don't fail to disappoint, and everyone's characterization adds to the plot rather than subtracts from it. I'd give the book a 9/10.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Paper Hearts

Student Reviewer: Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student

Author: Wiviott, Meg

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

“In reading the summary in the back, Paper Hearts seemed like an interesting enough story— one of those irresistible Holocaust tales, with friendship and heartbreak and pity sure to be in the way. And then I opened the book. The story is entirely told in prose: it shifts back and forth in points of view from Zlatka to Fania, always in verse. At first, this was quite disconcerting, but the more I got into it, the more I realized the powerful effect of such a rare setup. The poems, being mainly composed of emotions and vague images and dialogue written purely in italics, create an unforgettable experience. I read the entire book in one sitting— each poem beautifully leading to the next, all the while the story unraveling through painful, inhuman events. The novel is great for remembering the individual suffering that Jews went through during the War (even children, even women, even those who looked like they belonged). 

Even still, I have to say that I disliked how long it took for the "Paper Heart" the story is named after to come into play. Even more of a problem arises when the Heart, though having importance, doesn't actually play that huge of a role in the story (save for a couple of poems very close to the end). The buildup takes a long time, and what is delivered is, to say the least, lackluster. 

Aside from that, though, emotions are clearly communicated to the reader, and every scene is either heartbreaking or awe-inspiring. Everything fits into place, and because of the way it's written, not a single word is wasted. I'd give this novel a 9/10.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Places No One Knows

Student Reviewer: Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student

Author: Yovanoff, Brenna

Publisher: Random House

“Places No One Knows is, undoubtedly, amazing. The story flows smoothly, and the way everything is described is vivid and realistic. Although I don't often like romance stories, I have to say, this one, I enjoyed a whole lot. The two main characters, Waverly and Marshall, are beautiful together, they complement each other amazingly and every one of their scenes is captivating. 

Separately, the two characters are ever-changing and well-made, each with their own unique characteristics that make the reader either pity them and/or feel connected to them. Although I wouldn't say the book is entirely unpredictable in its direction, every scene is certainly exciting, every separate event a delightful surprise. Every other character: Maribeth, Autumn, Ollie and the Captain are delightful, refreshing and unique. 

Overall, I adored this story and most things in it. I'd give it a 10/10.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Alejandra Camacho, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up

Student Reviewer: Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Brody, Jessica

Publisher: Random House

“Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica Brody was an amusing book. It had many climax shifts. It was a book that kept me hooked, I wanted to keep reading it and know what event would take place next. In my eyes I felt like it had a theme that everything is meant to happen at a certain time. In this case, Adeline was meant to turn 16 at a certain time. Jumping from age 12 to 16, she missed crucial life moments. I specifically enjoyed the part when Addie had to participate in the talent show with Clementine and performed a dance her and Grace made up, meanwhile Grace was in the audience and ran off in disappointment and tears.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Summer Unscripted

Student Reviewer: Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Klein, Jen

Publisher: Random House

“Summer Unscripted by Jen Klein was a dramatic book. However, that is not a bad thing. When I started, I was drawn in. I love the plot twist when Rainie goes from wanting to be with Tuck to wanting to be with Milo. In the very beginning I didn't think it would be a good book because I am, not really into stage plays (Olympus camp). Also, I like how the author describes the people so I can create a vision of them in my head. My favorite part was the end of the book when Rainie saves the play by expressing her feelings for Milo while making it seem like it was part of the play all along. In the book, there were many different events all happening which made it a little bit more predictable. All in all, Summer Unscripted was a great book but not one of my favorites.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Frozen Charlotte

Student Reviewer: Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Bell, Alex

Publisher: Scholastic

“The book Frozen Charlotte did not seem very interesting to me at first because I'm the person that judges a book by its cover. When I began reading it, the whole Ouija board experience interested me and I was hooked to read and find out what happens. I usually am not into these type of mystery books. However, Frozen Charlotte was different. I was spooked by the book but not to the nightmare stages. I loved that the author made it so the dolls were practically the murderers. Also, I really loved how when piper was first introduced she seemed all sweet and Cameron was perceived as the bad guy, but eventually we figured out Cameron was right all along. Except, when Sophie was first getting driven home by her cousins dad I did not really see why the ride was so awkward. But throughout the book I started understanding it. Overall, Frozen Charlotte was a great book.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Smash & Grab

Student Reviewer: Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student

Author: Parker, Amy Christine

Publisher: Random House

"First off, I personally did not enjoy the book because of all the action. I typically am not into this type of topic. However, I did enjoy certain parts of this book. I liked the part when Lexi tricked Christian to get a thumb drive by kissing him, and reaching into his back pocket where it was located. Then Lexi went down the chute following the others, but it did not turn out well when the wire securing her from falling snapped. This caused her to fall the rest of the way down. I enjoyed this part because I liked the plot twist when it was all happy when Lexi was kissing Christian, then it became sneaky when she took the thumb drive. It left me wondering what would happen to Lexi when she was falling. I felt relieved when she was fine because Lexi was my favorite character."

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikki Owji, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Good Deed

Author: Moldavsky, Goldy

Publisher: Scholastic

“No Good Deed is a book filled with satire, interesting plot twists, and eccentric characters. Goldy Moldavsky creates a great story that highlights how today's youth will unwaveringly fight for any cause they deem important, no matter how ridiculous it is. An example from the novel is one character's "Eat Dirt" campaign because dirt is "nutritious." I found humor in the fact that she found a way to dramatize how some people will do anything in order to prove that they are right. I liked the relationship between the characters, the main characters Gregor and Ashley being sweet and awkward, like any teen relationship. This wasn't my most favorite book to read, but I feel that it would be better suited for a different age group than young adults.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Once And For All

Author: Dessen, Sarah

Publisher: Penguin Putnam Books

I really enjoyed Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. I've been wanting to read a book by her for a while and I'm glad I started with this one. I loved the characters and their personalities. Ambrose was hilarious, Louna was so sweet, and I loved the relationship between Louna's mom and William. The wedding planner background was something unique that I enjoyed reading about. Dessen really captured the beauty of a blooming relationship between Louna and Ambrose as well as other characters throughout the book. I sincerely enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it for others to enjoy.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Reunited

Author: Houck, Colleen

Publisher: Random House

“Reunited by Colleen Houck is a wonderful book filled with adventure, sacrifice, and love. I personally love reading books with Egypt mythology because it's such an interesting subject that makes any book more exciting. I really enjoyed Lily's story and her fierce character. I wish I had read the first two books before this one, since this book was the third and final in the series, but I could tell from this book that Lily is a strong, intelligent girl who knows how to fight to get what she wants. I think my favorite character was Ashleigh, the fairy and one of Lily's "companions" inside her body because she had such a bubbly personality. I liked the three brothers, as well, and it was interesting to hear their stories in this book and how they all connected to Lily. Again, I think that if I had already read the first two books I would have enjoyed and understood this one a bit more. But, all in all, it was a privilege to read this book as an ARC and to be a part of the adventure that lies within its pages. I'm excited for those who've already read the series! You're in for a phenomena finale.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Hamilton, Alwyn

Publisher: Penguin

“I thoroughly enjoyed The Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I found myself caught up in the suspenseful action, the mystical stories and beings that I wished were real, and the subtle romance between the two main characters, Amani and Jin. I'm a sucker for strong female leads and I feel that Amani is the epitome of the strong, witty, and selfless hero we all yearn to be. I also love the fact that Amani was able to become this hero despite the environment she grew up in, where women were treated like objects with no value. I think this is what made Amani so exhilarating, that she was able of overcome that aspect of her life and be brave enough to make her own path to success. I really loved reading this book and I am glad that I have had the privilege to enjoy the journeys of these characters. This is definitely a book I would recommend to my peers.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Taylor, Laini

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

“I cannot begin to describe how much I've enjoyed this book. Strange the Dreamer is as mystical as its title, filled with magic and wonder and sorrow. The way that Laini Taylor layers the different components of her story beautifully culminates to create an ending that will leave you gasping and tearful. A "nobody" librarian named Lazlo finally fulfills his dream of going to Weep, a place he'd heard about as a boy, where he meets Sarai, a godspawn who is shunned by the city. I think my favorite part of the book overall was the intimacy and delicacy of the characters and their experiences. Taylor was able to capture such profound moments in such simple and elegant ways that made you appreciate the moment ten times more. There's a fair share of romance in the book and I loved the way the author, again, took those intense/intimate scenes and made them graceful and chaste. The unique and uncommon vocabulary words within this book made me appreciate it even more, coming from a person who loves to write. This novel has immense creativity, color, and magic within its pages and it was a joy and a privilege to read it all. I would definitely recommend this book to my peers.”

 --SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Missing

Author: Armstrong, Kelley

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

“Missing by Kelley Armstrong is a never ending loop of action, mystery, and romance. Winter and Jude, characters from two totally different backgrounds, race to find Jude’s brother and Winter’s sister from a mysterious stalker. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire duration of this novel, eager to figure out the mystery through the endless plot twists and surprises. I adore Winter’s independent, headstrong personality and Jude’s honesty and dedication to both finding his brother and to Winter, as their relationship grew. I’m a sucker for a good romance, and this book had just enough sweetness in it to satisfy me and soften the serious plot of the book. The format of the writing was comfortable to read and I didn’t find myself having to go back to understand any of the parts, so it was a pretty easy read. I would definitely recommend this book to my peers. I can’t wait until it comes out.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Caterina, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: Flannery

Author: Moore, Lisa

Publisher: Groundwood Books

“Flannery is a wonderful novel that encompasses all of the drama that persists in those extraordinary four years of high school. The main character, Flannery, is partnered up with her childhood love, Tyrone, to make a love potion for their Economics class. Coupled with conflicts with her best friend and mother, this book offers a bumpy, but sweet plot. All of the characters in the book had individual qualities that made them relatable and likable. Personally, I found the style of writing of the book a little confusing, because there aren't any quotations to indicate dialogue, but overall this book is a great read.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Caterina, 11th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Hearts & Other Body Parts

Student Reviewer: Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student

Author: Bloom, Ira

Publisher: Scholastic Press

“This book consists of three witched Esme, Katy and Ronnie who have their high school wired until arrivals of two students. The first is Noman who is made of bolts and mismatched body parts and is made fun of by students and then there is Zack who is a transfer from UK and all the girls swoon over him.

If you like monsters, cats and love, this book is for you. It is composed of dark humor and wicked intelligence but very creative and powerful. Personally, I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I wanted to but I read the whole book and it wasn’t bad for people who are interested in those things. It was well written and the author is very knowledgeable in the witchcraft of the three sisters. So if you are into dark humor definitely check this book out.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Acid

Student Reviewer: Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student

Author: Pass, Emma

Publisher: Ember

“In year 2113, Jenna Strong is living under a world controlled by ACID. Nothing you say will go unnoticed or punished. Jenna is locked away by ACID for committing a crime she never committed: killing her parents. The only good thing that comes out of this imprisonment is learning to fend for herself and getting stronger every day. As a mysterious rebel group helps her to escape, Jenna has to uncover the truth of what happened to her parents and find the people who she can trust.

Amazing. Awesome. I enjoyed this book. I loved reading how Jenna was able to overcome ACID and stay one step ahead of them. I read this book in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. I especially enjoyed reading her interaction with Max and how she used that to keep going in the worst of times. The most interesting part of this book was even though ACID changed her appearance, influenced her memory and changed who she was, Jenna was still able to remember, little by little, what her purpose was and destroy ACID completely. I highly recommend this book to teens and overall this book was a fantastic read.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Student Reviewer: Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student

Author: Cluess, Jessica

Publisher: Random House

“Henrietta Howel, a girl who can burst into flames, is in London where she is the only female sorcerer with handsome young men. She is declared the chosen one, but she is not. Henrietta will need to risk something to save the city and watch out for her further sorceries because someone betrays her.

I enjoyed this book very much! I especially loved the storyline of Henrietta because it really encompasses how she deals with being the only female sorcerer and even though she has flaws, she overcomes them. This book is filled with magic, romance and monsters and there were many twists and turns that made me guessing what’s going to happen next. This book made me laugh and cry and I couldn’t put it down!”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Kelly Kritikos, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: The Darkest Corners

Student Reviewer: Zhanna, 12th Grade Student

Author: Harrison, Margot

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

“Margot Harrison’s new book displays her talents as a descriptive writer very well, with sharp analogies and writing that is consistently able to convey scenes and characters to the reader. However, The Killer in Me is still a rather disjointed read due to its plot. The book combines horror and typical young adult romance, but the distinctions between the two are treated with such differing tones that they do not blend well into a singular novel. Additionally, the major premise of the novel, a very supernatural ability on the part of the protagonist to read the mind of a serial killer, is rather glaringly unrealistic in a young adult novel that is otherwise very typical in its setting and characterizations. The horror and suspenseful aspects of the book arrive unexplained and poorly integrated, making the story too random and unrealistic for full suspension of disbelief.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Zhanna, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Game: The Sequel to "I Hunt Killers"

Student Reviewer: Josi, 12th Grade Student

Author: Lyga, Barry

Publisher: Little, Brown

 “I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent. In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game. Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

When I picked up the book, I thought it would take me forever to read but it was actually a good thriller. The characters are likeable and it is fun to see how they develop throughout the book. I also enjoyed how one small detail a crime scene can reveal the killer in the most surprising way. Also the book is fast passed and can keep you on your feet wondering what will happen next. Overall, this book is a great read for anyone who enjoys thriller books.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Josi, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL  

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Book Review: Galgorithm

Student Reviewer: Josi, 12th Grade Student

Author: Karo, Aaron

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula?

That's the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice.

After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry.

As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict...

This book was very funny. I laughed a lot throughout the book. There was a lot of math jokes and other funny things from different characters. One things that I loved about this book was how Shane, the main character, was helping others find love without receiving something for it. He was a strong and funny character. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a funny book to read. I also liked the plot twist that happened. I was kind of surprised on how it ended but overall it ended perfectly and made me laugh. Another thing that I liked was how it is unique in that it involves math and love all in a funny book.”

 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Josi, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL 

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Book Review: Earth Flight

Student Reviewer: Josi, 12th Grade Student

Author: Edwarda, Janet

Publisher: Pyr

“Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune systems prevent them from portalling to other planets. Except now she’s the most famous Earth girl in the universe—but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra’s actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity’s worlds. On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth, or the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars, but never to reach them?

When I first read this book, I wasn’t hooked on it but I wanted to try it so I continued to read it. It was starting to get interesting. It had a lot of action and suspense. The ending was so emotional to me. I also loved the romance and the adventure that goes on this book. I would definitely recommend this book to a lot of sci-fi fans who’s looking for a great book to read.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Josi, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL   

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Book Review: Summer of Supernovas

Student Reviewer: Josi, 12th Grade Student

Author: Woods, Darcy

Publisher: Crown

“As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars, so when she discovers a rare planetary alignment she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear-The Fifth House of Relationships and Love—but Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother`s legacy when she falls for a sensitive guitar player.

This book is beautifully written. I was hooked on every page of the story. I love how the main character develops throughout the story and how the storyline is set. I learned new things about astrology that I didn’t know before reading this book and now I have a different perceptive about astrology. I could relate to the main character as I am an Aquarius myself and it was cool to see that her characteristics were similar to mine. I couldn’t put the book down; from the first page I was intrigued. This book is a sweet romance what will grab your attention. I also loved how the story ended. Overall, I absolutely loved reading this book and can give it a 10 rating. The author did a get job in the writing and the plot. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone.”    

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Josi, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Diary of a Haunting

Student Reviewer: Josi, 12th Grade Student

Author: Verano, M.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

“In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, an American teen recounts the strange events that occur after she moves into a new --- and very haunted --- home with her family in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced. Things only get creepier when she learns about the cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost 100 years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…and it won’t be backing down without a fight.

This is the first book that I read about paranormal activity. I`m not really into that but this book wasn’t so bad. I liked how the author made Paige a relatable teenager. Many of the things that she went through, I went through them. I had to read the ending a few times to understand it better. I was shocked by the ending and I didn’t like it. I wished it ended in a different way. Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who likes paranormal activity and horror books.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Josi, 12th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Student Reviewer: Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student

Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Yoon, Nicola

Publisher: Random House

“This book is a love story about a girl named Natasha, who is fascinated by science and facts, not what happens in the future. Natasha’s family are going to be deporting to Jamaica soon enough if Natasha doesn’t do anything to persuade them. On the other hand, a good behaving boy named Daniel, having his eye set on Natasha made his heart melt. He was never one to day dream, or is a romantic type of guy, but Natasha makes him feel so many things he hasn’t felt before. However, Natasha hasn’t taken a liking or a notice in him, just focusing on science and facts. Unfortunately for Natasha, Daniel doesn’t take no for an answer, and will do anything to make her be interested, or at least even notice him.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Kale, My Ex and Other Things to Toss In A Blender

Student Reviewer: Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student

Author: Greenwald, Lisa

Publisher: Random House

“Mia and Justine are getting back at Mia’s ex, Seth, for dumping her at a party. So, while Mia’s uncle Rick has a snow cone and smoothie shop, Mia and Justine took over. Justine wanted to help her best friend feel better, so she thought of an idea for revenge. They set up an online chat and named themselves Katie. While they were chatting with Seth and he wants to meet with “Katie”. So, Mia and Justine put on disguises and went to dinner with Seth. However, he noticed and through a fit. And got kicked out, and Mia and Justine felt better that he went through the pain Mia had to go through.”

 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here

Student Reviewer: Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student

Author: Breslaw, Anna

Publisher: Razorbill

“Scarlett Epstein has a little crush on Gideon Maclaine.  Scarlett swoops toward the direction of popularity, so she decided to turn to the fanfic message boards to reach her goal. Also Ruth, her old neighbor, who comforts Scarlett and tells her stories about her life. However, Scarlett’s feelings turned upside down when Gideon starts becoming a huge jerk to women.  So, when he goes and starts getting more and more popular, she writes more and more stories about what happens throughout her high school experiences.” 

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Nikta Daryadel, 7th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Get It Together

Student Reviewer: Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student

Author: Gough, Erin

Publisher: Chronicle Books

“For a seventeen year old girl, Delilah has a lot on her plate after her dad went on a trip after her mother left him, and she now is managing her dad’s café. Balancing work and school is hard especially having her worker give her a hard time. Del’s friend Charlie is head over heels for his tutor and has asked for Del’s help and the Flaming dancer across the street has caught Del’s eye. With her work, school, friend problems and her new crush, Del needs to get everything together.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: We Should Hangout Sometime (Embarrassingly, A True Story)

Student Reviewer: Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student

Author: Sundquist, Josh

Publisher: Little, Brown

“Josh Sunquist is a Paralympic ski racer, cancer survivor, motivational speaker and video blogger, but yet he’s single. For twenty-five years he’s only had one girlfriend (if he could call her that) but that didn’t even last a day. But why? Why don’t girls find him boyfriend material? Well that’s what Josh is going to do. Josh is a math and science person, so he thought that he should compile all his former crushes and gather data on why they didn’t find him boyfriend material. This story shows Josh wanting to find love and wondering what his flaws are.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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Book Review: Icons

Student Reviewer: Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student

Author: Stohl, Margaret

Publisher: Little, Brown

“The day Doloria’s mother and father died she was founded, she was looked after and protected from the Icons raft.  But since that day she’s been left with a dot on her wrist, to remind her of the day her family’s life was taken from her. The thing that makes her different from others around her was that she survived.

She survived.

Dol survived the Icons.

She and her friend Ro were protected from the Icons but after they were trapped by the Ambassador’s son Lucas. And another hostage Tima, it is shown that these four teens are more alike than they all think. 

They all must work together to bring the Icons down and to bring peace to all residents.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Beeta Daryadel, 10th Grade Student, The Literacy Alliance, Oviedo, FL

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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands, TX

Student Reviewer: Jessica, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: Lemons

Author: Savage, Melissa

Publisher: Crown

“The novel Lemons was a great book! It showed me how the main character felt when she moved after losing her mom. She didn’t want to move away from her friends and her school, especially after losing her mom. Then she went on a journey to find Bigfoot and it was amazing! She found a friend’s father after he had been missing for many years. The novel ends with another mystery of Bigfoot, hoping we can think up the way it will end. I liked this book and think that a lot of kids and schools will like it too!”

--SEBCO Student Review, Jessica, 4th Grade Student, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands, TX

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Student Reviewer: Jessica, 4th Grade Student

Book Review: The Uncommoners

Author: Bell, Jennifer

Publisher: Random House

“The novel The Uncommoners was so fun to read! There were so many twists and turns in the story that I couldn’t stop reading. I bet when this book gets into our library it will have a waiting list right from the start. The book showed me that bravery can sometimes be hard to find, but you can always show it. It also taught me that a yo-yo, a bicycle bell and an uncommon piece of string can all be good, kind and loving friends. They can also be defense devices and lock picks, the more uncommon the better!”

--SEBCO Student Review, Jessica, 4th Grade Student, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands, TX

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Student Reviewer: Joshua Fishman, 7th Grade Student

Book Review: Pottymouth and Stoopid

Author: Pattersobn, James and Grabenstein, Chris

Publisher: Little, Brown

“The novel Pottymouth and Stoopid was very entertaining.  It was about two kids who were bullied in school.  They were able to overcome the bullying and still make friends.  Patterson was able to bring humor to a serious subject.  I would recommend this book to students in 5th through 8th grade, both girls and boys.  I would recommend it be a purchased for libraries and for readers.  I really enjoyed it and will read more of his books.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Joshua Fishman, 7th Grade Student, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands, TX

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Student Reviewer: Joshua Fishman, 7th Grade Student

Book Review: My Name Is Not Friday

Author: Walter, Jon

Publisher: David Fickling Books

“My Name is not Friday would be highly recommended for Junior High students.  It would definitely be considered a young adult book.  The book is a blend of humor and drama and it keeps the reader engaged.  I enjoyed reading the book.  The characters were well developed and the plot was intense.  I would recommend this book to my friends and to be purchased for a middle school library.  I couldn’t put the book down.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, Joshua Fishman, 7th Grade Student, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, The Woodlands, TX

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West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

Student Reviewer: De'Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Antisocial

Author: Blake, Jillian

Publisher: Random House

“This is the ultimate, who-done-it story. In the novel, Antisocial, by Jillian Blake, the protagonist, Anna Solor, is in her final year of high school, and of all her ninety-nine problems, finishing her art project for the showcase is the least of them. There has been a leak of personal information at Alexandria Prep, and Anna has to help her friends get through it while worrying about the exposure of her own information. Though the story begins in the middle of Anna’s drama, there are still plenty of bombshells to be dropped, and the anticipation of the next told secret will have you as nerve-wracked as the characters. While the ending is a bit emotional, the events that lead to it will make it seem exceptional. And the culprit behind the scenes will blow your mind. This is one for the ages, and can be enjoyed by all.”  

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, De’Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student, West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

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Student Reviewer: De'Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Pull

Author: Waltman, Kevin

Publisher: Cinco Punto Press

“Pull, the third book of its series, is about a high school junior named Derrick Bowman who has an innate talent in the B-ball league. Like most with his skill, he finds himself crowded by recruiters. However, due to an unfortunate incident with the guy that has turned Derrick’s best friend into a pot head, D-Bow has to rethink his priorities, which leads to some good things, now that he’s out for the season.

This story is a lament to the teen struggle against peer pressure and the pressure adults put on those who they believe in and want to see thrive. It allows insight into the obstacles and choices teens face every day and gives a good example of how they overcome them.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, De’Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student, West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

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Student Reviewer: De'Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Drag Teen

Author: Self, Jeffrey

Publisher: Scholastic

“In this drama, the current obstacles facing teens today, are mirrored and depicted through the life and actions of JT Barnett. JT is a teen riddled with angst, like most, and his struggles are examples of what some kids go through nowadays. JT is a drag queen, who, after participating in his school’s talent show and being laughed off stage, vows to never show his true self to the world again; however, his boyfriend, Seth, has other plans. Seth convinces JT to drive to New York that summer to participate in a Drag Queen competition with the best and most famous drag queens around.  This novel is an inspiring sentiment to those who pursue dreams, and encourages others who feel like giving up to stand tall and proudly share their gifts with to the world.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, De’Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student, West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

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Student Reviewer: De'Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student

Book Review: Blood for Blood

Author: Graudin, Ryan

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

“The phrase “blood must have blood,” is one that is used in many pieces of writing. Revenge is, after all, everlasting. This fact holds true in the sequel to Wolf by Wolf. For those of you who haven’t read the first book, spoiler alert, Hitler is dead. Or is he?

After Yael fires the shot, heard around the world, chaos erupts from every corner of the Reich. As the resistance marches on the Fuhrer’s territory, the Social Nationalist party begins to come apart at the seams.

Mind you, Blood for Blood isn’t for the faint of heart. Its scenes entail rage inducing betrayals, heartening blossoms of love, strengthened relationships, and fist-clenching stalemates. This book will have you on the edge of your seat start to finish with its unending plot twists.

For those of you who have read book one, this one is a must. If you don’t enjoy sequels, this book might change your views. Yael is teaming up and hitting harder, and blood will have blood.”

--SEBCO Student Reviewer, De’Avion Reid, 12th Grade Student, West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

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Student Reviewer: Robert S. Taylor III, 11th Grade Student

Book Review: The Call

Author: O'Guilin, Peadar

Publisher: David Fickling Books

“The Call, written by Peadar Ó’Guilín, is a story that takes place in dystopian Ireland. The plot is based on Irish mythology. The time setting is not explained but some of the technology mentioned indicates that it's modern or future times. The fairy folk, also called “Sidhe,” are angry because Ireland, known as the multi-colored land, was stolen from them by early humans that settled there. The Sidhe and humans signed a treaty that banished the fairy folk to another plane called the Grey Land. Many years after this event the fairy folk return and cut Ireland off from the rest of the world. Technology stops working and no communication comes in or out.

Nessa, the main character, and the rest of the Irish children are in a fight for their lives. Children between the ages of ten and nineteen are kidnapped by the Sidhe during a three-minute time frame, known as “The Call.” To help the children survive for those three minutes, adults that either have survived, or were too old to be called, help teach them in survival colleges which the children go to from the age of ten. But unlike the other children, Nessa is handicapped.

The story is amazing! I enjoyed that it the heroine isn’t the typical gorgeous looking, supernaturally talented, athletic, and physically strong. Nessa and the rest of the characters are explained very well and you get attached to each of them. The chapters in this book are unique, with most chapters set in the college, until a character is called. After a character is called, the chapter is about that character. The reader finds out what happens during the Call and if the character survives or not. I enjoyed reading this book and being able to see Nessa's transformation.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good horror-survival book.”

--SEBCO Student Review, Robert S. Taylor III, 11th Grade Student, West Creek High School, Clarksville, TN

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