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Alice 19th Vol.22 by Yu Watase
By: Macy Duong
This book was about a girl named Alice that is a
Lotus Master and has to master all the Lotus words so she could defeat
the darkness named Darua. She also has to go save her sister and win the
heart of Kyo. I liked it because it uses all kinds of different magical
words and I disliked her sister and Alice’s cheesiness. All teens with
good taste in books [will enjoy this books].
Angel Sanctuary, Vol. 3 by Kaori Yuki
By: Angela Ho
This is a Manga book about forbidden love. Setsuna,
and his sister, Sara, [are] in love with each other and things try to
break them apart. Setsuna is actually an angel called Alexiel. Demons
and angels try to awaken Alexiel in Setsuna. Sara goes to heaven and
Setsuna goes to hell to look for Sara. Setsuna needs to fight through
the hell gates to find Sara. I like how the author shows nothing could
stop love between two young people. What I didn’t like was that the
author shouldn’t keep the couple apart and should end in a happy ending.
Mostly teens would like this book because there are happy and
heartbreaking events in this book. Teens are more mature and fitted for
reading this Manga book.
Anima, Vol. 4, 5, 6 by Natsumi Mukai
By: Ronnie Chan
This [book] is about a woman with animal powers. I
like that all the Anima friends defend themselves. I like how the
characters work together to save each other and how they save other
humans. Ier. Everyone who enjoys reading Manga should enjoy reading
this. dislike the Anima friends who don’t cooperate when they should be
Animal Farm by George Orwell
By: Johnny Huynh
I gave an interpretation like none I’ve been ever exposed to. Orwell has
done a splendid job in portraying what often happens when a population
turns back or makes exceptions to their values. The farm animals ranging
from pigs, as being the higher class, to chickens, as being the lower
class, shows how they wanted and “equal” society, but don’t want to give
up this hierarchy in benefit of themselves. In my view, I would suggest
it to everyone who is interested in dystopian novels and tales regarding
place in society. Anyone can see the “big picture” and make or have
interest in politics might enjoy this class as well.
Animals of America by Tom Jackson
By: Rui Jing Zhong
The book "Animals of America" by Tom Jackson is an encyclopedia of
amphibians, reptiles, and mammals for the U.S., Canada, and South
America. The book has insightful text on characteristics, color, size,
behavior, breeding, life span, habitats, and more. Also, this book with
over 650 amphibians and more than 900 beautiful color inllustrations,
Above all, is the main infomration about the encyclopedia book. I hope
you like book as much as I do.
The Atmosphere by Gregory L. Vogt, ED.D
by Huytran Nguyen
[This book is about how] the atmosphere is a vital and dynamic part of a
complex systme of interacting spheres [that] make up the planet. The
mass of air surrounding Earth continually changes and mvoes in a highly
intricate system. I like this because it is awesome.
The Au Pairs: Sun Kissed by Melissa De La Cruz
By: Ebony S. Crear
An entertaining vision of how "the other lives." It's about three girls
who get thoegther at the Hamptons each summer: Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui.
They each come from a different environment but bonded right from the
beginning. They all share one passion: shopping. They have to deal with
scandals, boyfriend issues, and personal problems. I like how much the
girls relied on each other and trusted each other. They plot was very
good. I also like the endings. They are all going off to college but vow
to get together every now and then and to keep in touch. People who
enjoyed reading the "Gossip Girl" series or who like the show "Sex in
the City" would enjoy reading this.
Be Mine by Sabrina James
By: Candice Romero
This book is about a girl who had to find a date for the Valentine’s Day
dance and the “Most Romantic Couple” contest. I liked that everything
worked out great and how romantic it was. I think teens who are into
romantic and funny books would enjoy reading this.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
By: Michelle R.
It is a story about a slave mother who was forced to do the unthinkable:
kill her baby girl. Now, nearly twenty years later, sealed wounds are
reopened by the appearance of Beloved, a lost girl. Throughout the book
and sometimes in different narratives, a town's reaction towards the
murder of a baby girl in the ending years of slavery is explored. And
the mother, Sethe, opens up her heart to the future. I disliked the too
graphic portrayals of some acts, however it was necessary for the
psychological impact that slavery left on its victims.
Bleach, Volume 5 by Tite Kubo
By: Macy Duong
[This book] is about a guy that was just human until he met a Soul
Reaper then everything changed. He then turns into a soul reaper,
himself, and hunts Hollows. He meets a Quincey that also has the same
goal. I like that the book was filled with action and the art is really
good and all teens should read this.
Bleach Vol. 22 by Tite Kubo
By: Linda Lam
This is basically about the beginning of the 2nd arc of Bleach. These
two arrancais appear and they're bad guys. They have come to look around
and Ichigo and friends come to fight them and etc. I loved everything
about it and all Anime/Manga/Bleach/Action lovers and random that want
to try something new [should read this].
Boys Over Flowers, Volume 26, by Yoko Kamio
By: Angela Ho
A girl, Tsukushi, chooses Tsukasa over Kiyonaga. Tsukasa’s friends force
them to be to together and lock them up in a room. Kaede, Tsukasa’s mom,
sent spies to stop them from being together, Tsukasa and Tsukushi must
escape from the grasp of Kaede’s hands. I like the way the author plots
the story. What I disliked about it was the way the author wrote too
short of a story. She could have extended it by adding more details in
the books. I think that mostly teens would enjoy reading this kind of
book because it talks about high school and friendship.
Chess by Claire Summerscale
By: Alvin Wong
This book was about chess, chess pieces, and chess strategies. It tells
you the role of each piece, the most effective opening and checkmates,
and strategies that give you the edge. I liked that the book taught me
new strategies and tactics like defending myself from Scholar’s Mute,
using the Fried Liver, how the Greek Gift works, and what Seventh Heaven
is and what it does. People interested in learning how to play chess or
people who like chess and play it would enjoy reading this.
Death Note, Volume 5 by Tsugumi Ohba
By: Macy Duong
After a week locked up no one but Ryuko from company, Light is ready to
give his Death Note and all the memories of it. Freed from his past
actions, Light is convinced he is innocent, but L is ready to keep Light
under lock and key forever. I like that you would never know what
happens next and people have wits to outsmart everyone. All teens
[should read this book].
Don’t Read This! And other tales of the Unnatural by Margaret Mahy
By: Angela Ho
This book was about scary stories and events tat happened all over the
world. In this book, it talks about people who passed away, dolls,
uninvited guests, haunted mirrors, and many more. These ghost stories
come from New Zealand, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany,
Japan, Canada, and others. I disliked the way there was no scary endings
to the stories. But I like the ones that talked about thrilling, scary,
suspenseful events. This books I is a good book because it contains many
stories in one book. I would recommend this book for mostly pre-teens or
children who love ghost stories good endings.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
By: Roxanne Ramirez
Victor Frankenstein begins his journey for knowledge and power at the start of an early age and continues his obsession until the very end. The need for excellence, knowledge, and power of knowledge ultimately leads to the creation of his creature. Once the being comes to life, Dr. Victor Frankenstein realizes his actions and regards his experiment of assembling body parts from graves, what is now his stitched up creature, as not a friend, but a monster. He, in effect, shuns out his creation, and then the chase begins all across Europe and the Antarctic. The quest for true meaning and answers unravel.
I liked that the story involved not only the elements of Romanticism,
but also Gothic [elements]. After reading each chapter, I reflected on
internal appearance vs. the reality of the characters and how they were
portrayed by other. Both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation dealt with
emotions beyond their comprehension. Neither could grasp the comfort of
life. They yearned for true understanding. I loved everything about this
novel from the creative beginning to the shocking and the heart breaking
ending. Those who love the detailed descriptions of nature and emotions
and the contrast of: life/death;
Game Pro Magazine
By: Jonathan Paul Camano
This is about video games and and I enjoy them and reading these kinds
of magazines a lot. I like it because it tells me about upcoming games
that are interesting/not interesting. A lot of people would probably
enjoy them, but I am not sure who!
Generation Dead by Dan Waters
By: Alicia Le
This book is about dead people coming back to life and life like a
normal person. I likes hoew it grabs your attention so you are focused
on the book. Teens would enjoy reading this book.
The Golden Goose by Dick-King Smith
By: Jonathan Lay
Farmer Skit and his family had difficult times until the birth of Joy, a
golden goose. Joy has power to make people happy and give good luck to
whoever touches her. I liked this book because it is strange how a
golden goose has the power to make people happy. My sister would enjoy
Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
By: Alicia Le
This is about teens who gossip and fight for each others boyfriends and
always have drama. I liked the gossip part.
I Am Legend by Richard Mathesen
By: Roxanne Ramirez
Robert Neville wakes up every day with little purpose but to fight his
way thorough life being the last human on Earth. Those who come out at
night are not human. They are vampire-like creatures holding a façade of
a “normal human.” Every night he struggles to keep peace outside his
door while they terrorize him on his lawn. As each day progresses he
becomes more aware of his demise and begins to engulf his mind into
finding out what made all the humans change into what now lives on his
door step. Soon the research of medicine will play a role in his
everyday life and the days gets closer to finding the cause and possible
solution. But, time is running out and legend has it that one day…
I was intrigued by the though of a new breed of civilization (vampires)
being brought up and the near extinction of mankind. Robert Neville’s
flashbacks were a good touch to the storytelling. I liked the attitude
of perseverance and the determination to live, even when things looked
grim for Robert. Someone who likes to open up their minds to new ideas,
thoughts, and seeing a world from a different perspective; someone who
likes SciFi; someone who likes to read of struggle and perseverance.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by James Rollins
By: Alvin Wong
This was about Indiana Jones on an adventure to stop the Russians from
using the Crystal Skull to unlock knowledge far beyond what humans know.
Indiana has to return the skull to a forgotten kingdom with his
colleague who has gone berserk, a friend, his former girlfriend, and his
own son. I disliked the fact that the Russians were always causing so
many problems for Indiana Jones. People who love adventures or Indiana
Jones would enjoy reading this book. This is because it is a big
adventure of Indiana Jones.
Inside Girl by J. Minter
By: Vivian Quan
[This book] is about a fabulous girl who is starting high school. Her
siblings were known for having the coolest parties and cutest designer
clothes. The Flodds also knew plenty of amazing famous people, but Flan
had to comeback home and [choose] to go to public or private school. She
picked to go to public school. She tried really hard to be normal and
not let her new friends know about her second life. I liked how it
showed me a view of non-New Yorkers live. It displayed a clear picture.
I didn’t like how the book had short chapters. Also hoe Flan’s crush
wasn’t as cute as other characters in the book. It didn’t fit in. I
think my friend would [read this book]. She loves books and has a big
heart in reading nonfiction like this book. Also, and teen like it also.
Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando
By: Saya Natsumi Kuran
Kitchen Princess is about a girl names Najika who wants to pursue her
dream to her flan prince who saved her from drowning when she was
younger. He gave her some flan and some sweet words. Najika is also a
great cook and loves to make people smile when they eat her food. What I
like about this story is that she gets to find her Flan prince in Volume
9 and something really sad happens in 6,7, and 8/ If you haven’t read it
yet, you should read it!
Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
By: Christina Ma
[This series] is a six book series of a girl named Susannah, or "Suze"
as everyone calls her. She can talk/communicate with ghosts. She has
always treated ghosts as annoying being that need to be a taught a
lesson, until she meets Jesse de Silva. He's a ghost who lives in her
room. In each series, she has to deal with different ghosts and their
problems, and she solves Jesse's murder along the way. In the end, Jesse
and her fall in love and live "happily ever after."
I really like it because the way it is written and is really funny
sometimes and there are "cheesy" romantic moments that are very cute.
The case of each ghost story is pretty interesting too. Teens,
especially girls, will these books. Young adults too, like me will enjoy
it. Who knows, adults might like it too!
Naruto, Volume 21, by Masashi Kishimoto
By: Macy Duong
This book is about a boy named Naruto that has to find his comrade
Sasuke Tsunade. Kohnas Nokage sends Naruto, Neiji, and another to go
find Sasuke’s whereabouts. I like the book because it shows how close
friends are and that they will do anything to bring them back. Teens
will like this book.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
By: Ronnie Chan
This [book] was about Jacob and Bella together. Jacob was trying to
protect Bella from the others. He was keeping his secret as a werewolf
from Bella. Bella soon found out about Jacob being a werewolf when keeps
getting suspicious. Jacob soon told her. Bella kinda got in love with
Jacob and she started spending a lot of time with him. I like how Bella
found out that Jacob is a werewolf and how they spend time together. I
dislike that Bella kinda got in love with Jacob because she is in love
with Edward. I bet you all the girls would enjoy reading this book
because it’s about romance and vampire or werewolves. Whoever enjoys
reading about werewolves or vampires would enjoy this book also.
Now You See It…by Vivian Van Vande
By: Matilda Bunchogchitr
A Piece of Cake: a Memoir by Cupcake Brown
By: Ashley Gonzales
This [book] is a memoir where [Cupcake Brown] tells her life story and
she was related to drugs and was is a gang. She also told how she had
trouble getting a job and finding good and healthy relationships. I like
how she told things that could eveyone whether they're in bad situations
or don't want to get into bad situations. I disliked the fact that it
was so true and how these things could affect everyday life. I think any
teen, or person who has struggles like her, or family like her.
Rebound, Volume 1, by Yuriko Nishiyama
By: Ronnie Chan
This is a about different countries competing in a basketball tournament. They even get very competitive during practice. I like that everyone works together to win a tournament. I dislike that everyone treats everything like a competition. Everyone who enjoys basketball and loves reading Manga should enjoy this book.
Seven Deadly Sins: Envy by Robin Wasserman
By: Roxanne Cardenas
This book is about Kane being envious of Adam who is with Heather and
Heather is envious of Beth who is with Adam. So Kane and Heather are
trying to break up Beth and Adam. What I liked about his books is that
Beth is trying to study for her SAT’s and Adam is not letting her. What
I disliked is that Kane and Heather are always getting into Beth and
Adam’s stuff. Someone who likes adventure and romance will like these
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
By: Macy Duong
The book was about a girl named Bella that went to a new school called
Forks high school. At this school she meets a strange group called the
Cullen's. She later falls in love with Edward Cullen, but the Cullen
family has a dark secret...there are all vampires. Bella risks her life
to be with Edward.
I liked reading this book because I first saw the movie and loved it,
then read scenes. I liked that is was really detailed and romantic. I
dislike the main character's (Bella) personality. I also dislike it
because there are parts I don't like.
By: Yanwen Yang
This book is about a teenager who moves to Forks. There she meets a vampire named Edward. Later, they fall in love with each other and Bella is safe because they are vegetarians. I like it because it is really exciting. I also dislike because it can be too descriptive.
Wake by Lisa McMann
By: Diana Chau
This book is about a normal girl named Janie who has this strange power
to go into other people’s dreams without them knowing. Due to this
strange power, Janie faces tough problems along the way. She has no to
tell this to until this boy named Cabel came into her life. Cabel not
only came into her life, but he has a secret that Janie could only
solve. That’s not all, once you think it has ended another thing
happens. To find that out you better go and check this book out. I like
this book because of the love, yet adventurous tales. Janie is a very
strong character unlike some of the other simple love/fantasy books.
Janie ahs an amazing boyfriend (he’s so sweet and kind). In fact this
story must be one of my most favorite books. I believe people who enjoy
a good mystery or love in a novel. The problem she has in this story and
in the sequel are so page turning. I bet one would like to sleep.
What I Meant… by Marie Lamba
By: Angela Ho
This book is mostly about a girl, Sang, who is dealing with many
hardships in life: school, boys, friendship, family, and others. Sand
needs her parents to her, kick her crazy aunt out of the house, persuade
her parents to let her date, avoid being grounded, and make up with her
best friend, Gina. Sand is a normal teenager girl who is trying to calm
every situation she faces. I like it because it describes a half-Asian
American girl like me whose struggling with life. The girl tries to
solve every problem she encounters and tries to wiggle her way out of
trouble. I dislike hoe the author didn’t put a conclusion to it and has
to stop the story at a part when everything was going great. In my
personal opinion, I think that mostly teenage or pre-teen girls would
enjoy reading this book.\
White Like Me (A white man’s view of what it means to be privileged in
America) by Time Wise
By: Roxanne Ramirez
The author gives his reflection on what it means to be white and
privileged. The book concentrates on his goal for anti-racism and
pre-judgment based on the color of one’s skin. He understands that by
the color of his own skin he is put on a pedestal while other are left
in the dust. He understands that these actions and way of thinking must
be stopped. He sees it, hears it, and is tired of it happening. Although
he never experiences it, he understands, from an early age into
adulthood that is hasn’t seemed to stop. And now he is reaching out to
help end it. I like his arguments he poses for those against him and his
reasoning why, where, and when racism mostly occurs. I did not like that
what he wrote about is entirely true because that as it may, it would
that the world we live in is truly corrupt and not what we really think
it is. Someone who would like a change all racism and prejudgment (would
like this book) and someone who does see would like it too. There are
certain events in a day that hold minorities back, and give those who
look “white,” privilege and want to stop it and for everyone for equal
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 5: Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon by Kazuki
This [book] was about Yugi and Jonouchi dueling to defeat the Meikyu
Borthers so they can get into Pegasus Castle. Yugi duels Kaiba before he
heads for the castle. One of them could only get it. I disliked that
Yugi let Kaiba win because if Yugi won, Kaiba was going to commit
suicide. Thus, Yugi left Kaiba win so Kaiba can live to save his borther
from Pegasus. People who like Manga, or Yu-Gi-Oh, would enjoy reading
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