Apr-18-2015

Under the Cover Review: Kinda like Brothers

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by Coe Booth
Reviewed by Aisha A.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Kinda Like Brothers is an book about a boy named Jarrett and a foster kid named Kevin. Jarrett’s mom is a foster mother, and she take cares of different kids. One day she brings in Kevin and his little sister to take care of. Jarrett doesn’t like Kevin, and they have some problems living together. After living together for a while, do you think that they can be friends or will they still be enemies?

I would recommend this book to ages 13 and up because there are some inappropriate words in this book. Overall, this book is really good and interesting it makes you want to keep reading. People who like exciting and engaging books should read this book.

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Apr-17-2015

Under the Cover Review: Rooftoppers

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by Katherin Rundel
Reviewed by Aisha Ali
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Rooftoppers is a adventurous book about a girl named Sophie and her guardian, Charles. Charles rescues Sophie from a shipwreck and takes her home. Sophie grows up living with Charles. People think that she is an orphan,but she believes that her mother did not die in the shipwreck, because she thinks that she saw her mother’s hand waving for help. A child services organization threatens to take Sophie to an orphanage. Then Charles and Sophie set of an adventure to Paris to find her mother to prove that she is not an orphan.

I recommend this book to all ages, because this is an interesting book. If you are a person who loves adventures, then this is the book for you. Characters travel to many different cities around the world, and they have fun doing it. They find new challenges through their journeys. Fantasy fans would also enjoy this book.

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Apr-16-2015

Under the Cover Review: The Vault Of Dreamers

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by Caragh M. O’Brien
Reviewed by Leland M.
Lincoln Junior High School, 8th Grade

How would you like to go to a drama school that films everything you do with your classmates and get posted on a famous, popular television show? If this sounds exciting to you, then attending The Forge School is the choice to make! A teenage girl named Rosie Sinclair, who has a dream to become a filmmaker, studies at The Forge School. Everyday she has to face drama that will be shown on a popular show called The Forge Show. At this school, every night, students must take a sleeping pill in order to go to bed, and students must sign a contract saying they agree to always follow these orders.

However, one night, Rosie skips her sleeping pill and finds out the principal, Dean Burg, is up to no good! She overhears the school’s staff and the principal saying something about mining dreams and she even sees them doing surgery on a boy’s head! This makes her very scared, but she does manage to film it, but somehow her film was erased next morning. The rest of the book is filled with nonstop surprises and lots of plot twists and turns. It ends in a very exciting point, and the story will be continued in book two of the series.

I’m really eager to read the next book and disappointed that it’s not yet out. This is a terrific book that made me think about my dreams. It combines fiction and romance while making the reader want to read more; at least, that’s what happened to me. I think this book would be awesome for teens ages 12 to 18. All in all, it’s an awesome book definitely worth reading it!

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Apr-4-2015

Under the Cover Review: Saving Kabul Corner

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by N. H. Senzai
Reviewed by Gabriela A.
Lincoln Junior High School, 6th Grade

In the beginning of the story, Ariana– a 12 year old girl– just moved from Afghanistan to California. Her cousin Laila also just came, but she knows how to cook sew and sing. Ariana is jealous of her, and things get even worse when her cousin has to move into her cramped bedroom. And even worse, she is stealing Ariana’s best friend Mariam. Things get stressful when another afghan grocery store opens near her family’s store. All of a sudden, a rumor goes around saying that Ariana’s family store sells horse meat.  You will have to read the book to find out who did it.

In my opinion, I would give it an eight out of ten, but anybody could have a different opinion about the book.

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Apr-3-2015

Under the Cover Review: Fault Line

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by C.Desir
Reviewed by Raemari O.
Lincoln Junior High School, 8th Grade
Fault Line starts out as an average love story, the boy and girl meet, hang out, get to know each other, and all that stuff. Ben and Ani’s relationship ignites fast; each chapter leaves off like a cliffhanger, that you just want to know more and more.

Ben and Ani may seem to be like any average 2 people you may meet, but it’s much more. The book Fault Line is much more. It seems to be about the boy who could date anyone but only has eyes for the new girl ( cliche right? ). Then, it even gets more cliche; Ani likes him back ( shocker ). Ani’s the new girl, and all the guys want her, but she chooses Ben. Ben is everything that Ani could ever imagine in a boyfriend just as Ani is everything that Ben wants and could ever imagine in a girlfriend.

Then, everything changes, and I mean EVERYTHING. This all happens after just one party, the one Ben misses, and Ani goes to alone. Now, Ani goes through life as a completely different girl. She went in the same and came out a total stranger. Ben’s confused, angry, and fragile. He can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened at that party? Who’s fault is it? Who’s to blame? Ben just wants to help, but Ani isolates herself and pushes everyone away. Ben would do anything to be her superhero, but is it worth the risk?

If you like realistic fiction, you will definitely want to read this. If this book was a movie, I would say it may be rated either PG-13 or R due to some of the subject matter. I hope you enjoy, the book if you decide to read it. I guarantee you, it’s worth reading it! : )

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Apr-2-2015

Under the Cover Review: Brother, Brother

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by Clay Carmichael
Reviewed by Anna A.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Brother Grace is a seventeen year old orphan who is on a search to find out who he really is. He gets the chance to do this when his charming and enthusiastic grandmother, Mem, dies. He discovers he has a twin brother, who is the son of a powerful and controlling senator named Gideon Grayson, also called “God” by his children. Brother also finds out that his friend Cole disappeared, leaving him with the responsibility of Cole’s younger brother, Jack. Determined to find out the truth, he embarks on a journey with Jack, his dog Trooper, and the ashes of his grandfather and grandmother. On his way, he meets a girl named Kit. She helps him throughout this intriguing and shocking journey. Does Brother find all the answers to his questions? Will he ever find the reason for his separation from his twin? To find out, read Brother, Brother.

In my opinion, Brother, Brother was a very interesting and thought-provoking book. I could not stop reading it! I wanted to find the answers to Brother’s questions and help him throughout this tragic and shocking time. It made me realize how evil and corrupt people can become just to get what they want. Overall, I believe that Clay Carmichael did an amazing job writing this book. The heartbreaking tale of a boy who knows nothing of his past or his family immediately pulls you in. You can step into Brother’s shoes and witness this whole new life style. This book is for anyone who loves realistic fiction.  People in seventh grade and up should definitely read this great book.

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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

Trust-Me-Im-LyingTrust Me I’m Lying
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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