Mar-24-2015

Under the Cover Review: The Nazi Hunters

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by Neal Bascomb
Reviewed by Ryan T.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

This book is about a group of secret agents who are trying to capture World War II Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. The book starts with a prologue so the reader knows right away that Eichmann will probably be caught. The paragraphs in the prologue repeat toward the end of the book. The reader learns right away of Eichmann’s role in killing millions of Jews. Throughout the book, the reader learns of all the clues over many years that lead the agents to Eichmann’s location. The team captured Eichmann, and he was put on trial.

I liked this book a lot, because it tells the true story about catching a war criminal and all the steps and people involved. It also had tons of details, I felt like was there. I also liked how the author, Neal Bascomb, used interviews and also read books and articles to write this amazing book. I give this book a nine out of ten!

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Mar-23-2015

Under the Cover Review: If You’re Reading This

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by Trent Reedy
Reviewed by Razeen A.
East Prairie School, 7th Grade

If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is about a boy named Mike Wilson who is going through high school. His dad died in the war in Afghanistan. Mike is having a hard time trying to figure out who he is. Mike has always loved football, but his mom is too scared to let him play. He gets good grades but always feels like something is missing from his life. When someone starts to send letters from his father, written during the war, this completely changes his life. He takes on many new challenges to help shape himself. If You’re Reading This is a book full of romance, action, drama, and mystery. The author shows how important fathers are. I recommend this book for 7-8 graders.

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Mar-22-2015

Under the Cover Review: The Falconer

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by Elizabeth May
Reviewed by Brandon D.
East Prairie School, 8th Grade

The Falconer is a captivating tale of a young girl who is the daughter of a government official, but at night she hunts a race of human-hating faeries. If you like the steampunk era or a strong female lead, this book is for you. Along with the female lead, there is a male companion named Kieran, who just happens to be faery that hunts his own kind.This book is perfect for people who want to see a strong female lead in a book or want a tale of adventure. This book is appropriate for 7th and up. I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did.

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Mar-21-2015

Under the Cover Review: Trust Me I’m Lying

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by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Reviewed by Imani l.
Lincoln Junior High School, 8th Grade

Julep Dupree tells lots of lies. She is a con artist/grifter– someone who swindles people out of money through fraud.  She is also a sophomore at St. Agatha High and skillful with disguise. One day, she comes home to a ransacked apartment and a missing dad. Unable to tell the police about her father’s disappearance, she starts out on her own little investigation with the help of her best friend, hacker, and sidekick, Sam, as well as the Prince Charming of St. Agatha High, Tyler Richland. She does all of this while juggling her school and apartment expenses and has a fifty/fifty chance of going into foster care with the dean on her case. During her investigation to find her dad, Julep faces a whirlwind of stalkers and hit attempts, and she discovers family secrets. The clues her dad left behind seem to be leading her to a dead end.

This book is action packed with twists and turns that make it impossible for you to put this book down. I recommend Trust Me, I’m Lying to everyone who loves mysteries and intensity. Just when you believe Julep has found something to direct her towards her father, it just ends up leading to another mystery. Trust Me, I’m Lying is filled with mysteries and intensities, and you just can’t put it down.

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Mar-20-2015

Under the Cover Review: The Look

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by Sophia Bennett
Reviewed by Naaz K.
Old Orchard Junior High School, 8th Grade

In the realistic fiction book, The Look, Sophia Bennett tells a tale of two sisters, Ava and Ted Trout, who are both fighting their own battles. The whole Trout family is shocked when a modeling agency offers Ted a once in a lifetime chance to become a model. The family is also taken by surprise because Ava, Ted’s older sister, is considered more beautiful, and Ted is lanky and has an unusual look. At the same time, they receive some devastating news about Ava. Ava is diagnosed with cancer that causes her lymph nodes to swell up. Ted’s modeling career contains a busy schedule and has many ups and downs that sometimes leave her heartbroken. Ava’s treatment consists of many painful chemotherapy and radiation sessions. Can Ted juggle the responsibilities of being a supportive sister and a busy model?

Sophia Bennett tells her unique story clearly and doesn’t confuse her readers. The book reminds the readers the value of family relationships and what it means to be a supportive friend and sibling. The Look contains drama and heartbreak but also romance and heart-touching moments. Sophia Bennett gives readers an insight on a young cancer patient’s journey by explaining the cancer, treatment, and side effects. The Trout family faces 2 problems: Ted’s problem with modeling is not a common issue but it is believable, and Ava battling cancer is a problem many families can relate to. Readers who like books that are filled with emotional moments will really enjoy The Look.

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Mar-19-2015

Under the Cover Review: Edison’s Alley

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by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
Reviewed by Jaynard F.
East Prairie School, 7th Grade

Edison’s Alley is the second book in the Accelerati Trilogy and picks up immediately where the first book, Tesla’s Attic, leaves off. Nick is a 14 year old boy who is trying to track down the components of Nikola Tesla’s invention – the Far Range Energy Emitter – after selling them off at a garage sale. Meanwhile, an evil organization, known as the Accelerati, is also trying to track down the pieces for their own nefarious purposes, making collecting the pieces even more important. In addition to the threat from the antagonists, another threat is looming: a huge asteroid was knocked into orbit in the first book and is gradually building up electricity to lethal levels. Nick isn’t alone, however, as he is accompanied by his friends – Caitlin (who is apparently Nick’s girlfriend), Vince (who died in the first book and is now wired to a battery that keeps him alive), Mitch (who is still coming to terms with his father’s arrest), and Petula (who is really a double agent and hinders the rest of the group’s progress throughout the book). There is a huge plot twist at the end of the book, but I’m not spoiling it!

I think this is a superb book, and I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has read Tesla’s Attic. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science fiction in general, since the authors, in my opinion, did a good job summarizing most of the events in the first book that are needed for background information.

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Mar-18-2015

Under the Cover Review: Temple Run Run For Your Life: Jungle Trek

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by Chase Wilder
Reviewed by Ahmed K.
East Prairie School, 6th Grade

Temple Run: Jungle Trek is an outstanding book. I would recommend it for seven year olds and above. I like the book, because it allows you to pick what you want to do. The book is based on the game Temple Run. It is about the reader going to a birthday party and the plane you are on runs out of fuel. Its turns out that Guy Dangerous, the pilot, was flying over a jungle. The next thing you know you are in the middle of that jungle with Guy Dangerous and Scarlett Fox. Chase Wilder, the author, keeps the book interesting by writing many dangerous situations.

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Mar-17-2015

Under the Cover Review: Level 2

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by Lenore Applehans
Reviewed by Liana V.A.
East Prairie School, 7th Grade

Felicia Ward is a teenage girl with a scarred past, but she just can’t seem to get things to go her way until she finds Neil. Everything seems to change when Neil enters her life. Suddenly, all of that collapses the day before her 18th birthday. Shattered glass flys onto the cement floor, shouts come from all directions, and a cry comes from above…

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans, is a fascinating book with romantic twists and mysterious spins. It has a concept based on angels, demons, and the afterlife, one of the many things that pulled me to keep on reading. Felicia Ward, is a sweet and curious girl. I can relate her to when she talks about her conflicts. I, of course, related more to her conflicts regarding her social life. I truly liked the romantic conflicts. Although, very few romantic scenes were inappropriate, they still intrigued me. There were sections where swear words were included, but not enough to classify it as ‘bad’ for middle schoolers. I would suggest this book for seventh graders and up. Overall, this has become one of my favorite books.

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Mar-16-2015

Under the Cover Review: The Glass Casket

the-glass-casketThe Glass Casket
by McCormick Templeman
Reviewed by Kelly Z.
East Prairie School, 7th Grade

The novel, The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman is a very unique take on the fairy tale of Snow White. It begins with five riders coming to Rowan’s village and disappearing. When their bodies are found, it is evident that their deaths were very violent. Once the killer arrives, everything changes in the village for the worse.

This story follows certain points of the plot of Snow White, but, in some ways, it also is very different. Because of its content, I would suggest this book to middle schoolers and above. A main reason why I like this book is that the plot is entirely unexpected. There is an element of surprise every so often that twists and turns. I definitely would recommend this book to others.

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Mar-15-2015

Under the Cover Review: When

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by Victoria Laurie
Reviewed by Gracelyn S.
East Prairie School, 7th Grade

Ever since Madelyn Flynn was young, she could see things that nobody else could. She could see dates– deathdates. Above everyone’s heads, she sees the date that they will die. Not how. Not where. Only when. Madelyn, or Maddie, as she prefers to be called, first discovered her gift when she predicted the death of her father, but it was too late. As Maddie grows older, she must learn to support herself and her mother, who has taken up drinking instead of a career, by using her strange ability. She behaves almost like a psychic, charging others to tell them their deathdates, or the deathdates of people they know. Now a high school junior, Maddie reads to strangers even more frequently. When a woman comes in and shows Maddie a picture of her children, Maddie is startled by what she sees. She has never seen a date so close on someone so young. She tells the woman that her son’s deathdate is less than a week away, but the woman doesn’t believe her. Despite Maddie’s attempts to persuade the woman, it is to no avail. On the exact date that she predicted, Maddie is contacted by the FBI. The boy is missing, and now Maddie is a suspect.

With an intriguing start and a wonderful ending, When will leave you wanting more. I would rate When a 4.5 out of 5 due to the few unrealistic points of the book. This book was a good read and made me question whether or not I would want to know my deathdate, if I had the chance. When would be an appropriate book for those in 6th grade or above.

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