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Tales from a not-so-talented pop star

Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 3

Mackenzie Hollister witnesses something that Nikki desperately wanted no one to see- her dancing and singing at a pizza joint for little kids with her little sister Brianna. Mackenzie had recorded that act and threatened Nikki that she'll post it on YouTube! But Nikki didn't think that anyone would stoop that low and boy was she wrong! Mackenzie had shown it to everyone in the CCP clique and even Brandon (her secret crush)! And to make matters worse, Makenzie had deliberately brought bugs in to the school so that Nikki's dad would've been brought in to exterminate them and therefore exposing Nikki's secret! Fortunately Nikki told the principal that her dad was too busy with his other clients. Soon, Nikki recieved a shock in her mailbox- a bill that was required to be paid by her parents because she had given the principal the false impression that her dad didn't want to work for him anymore! So when tryouts for the talent show at her school comes around with the prize being a scholarship, Nikki has to participate and win! She makes a band with Chloe, Zoey, Brandon, Violet and Theo but Mackenzie is still desperate to make Nikki pay after her humiliating defeat at the art show! It turns out that the bill she recieved was fake courtesy of Mackenzie and her evil friend Jessica! So when Nikki's band doesn't win it doesn't matter, but a huge production company offers to publish their songs! It's more than what she could hope for!— Review by shiuli_k


Drama by Raina Telgemeier

This graphic novels features your typical teenager who loves plays and enjoys helping backstage. For the most part she lives a typical teen life which involves boys, drama and best friends.— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-popular party girl

Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 2

After beating Mackenzie in an art competition at her private school she's officially Mackenzie's arch-nemesis and Mackenzie is out to get her and to make her life as miserable as possible. She is the school's most popular girl after all... Mackenzie invites Nikki to her birthday party which is being held at a fancy country club and though Nikki, Chloe and Zoey were suspicious, they decided to put it aside and go anyway and have fun! As Chloe and Zoey were asked by their secret crushes to dance, Nikki was left alone and in the mercy of Mackenzie and her BFF Jessica. An incident happened and although it was Jessica's fault, the blame was put on Nikki.— Review by shiuli_k

Tales from a not-so-fabulous life

Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries Series, Book 1

Nikki Maxwell is new to Westchester Country Day Middle School and wants to earn a spot in the CCP clique (Cute, Cool and Popular) but when Nikki's mom buys her a diary (and not a phone) to vent out all her personal feelings, she starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to fit in at her new private school. To make things worse she has a locker right next to Mackenzie Hollister the most popular girl in her grade and gets on her bad side. Nikki also has a huge secret which she can't afford anyone at her school to find out (especially Mackenzie)- the only reason she's going to this fancy private school is because of the scholarship she earned because her dad exterminates bugs as a career! But Mackenzie does find out and she threatens to spill the beans about Nikki's embarassing family but Chloe and Zoey (Nikki's new BFFs) were determined to not let that happen. It's a great book!— Review by shiuli_k

I funny

I Funny by James Patterson

I Funny Series, Book 1

The book is very funny . It was very cool when I first opened the book it shows a little bit about what will happen when you read on and then it goes right to beginning or right were it all started.— Review by Kesian12

How I survived bullies, broccoli, and Snake Hill

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

Middle School Series, Book 4

Very funny book and want to read more.— Review by Kesian12

Revenge of the killer worms

Revenge of the Killer Worms by Nancy Krulik

George Brown, Class Clown Series, Book 16

Book was very interesting and was good to see a famous person that is fictional in the book.— Review by Kesian12

I totally funniest

I Totally Funniest by James Patterson

I Funny Series, Book 3

Very funny and the jokes were very funny as well— Review by Kesian12

Middle school, get me out of here!

Middle School, Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson

Middle School Series, Book 2

Book was very funny and couldn't resist looking at over and over again.— Review by Kesian12


Loser by Jerry Spinelli

Donald Zinkoff is a social outcast and always has been one due to his awkward and 'different' behaviour. From grade one to grade five no one has really noticed him. He was always that one kid who'd get left out of conversations or that one kid who'd always be picked last by the team captains in a sport. That's is until Donald stood up for himself and stopped being a 'punching bag'.— Review by shiuli_k

What she saw

What She Saw by Gerard Stembridge

Lana (Turner) Gibson has taken a vacation to Paris to escape the monotonous life of hers in Dublin with her husband who's always at work nowadays. She checks in at a fancy hotel Le Chevalier and has been told that there is a special elevator that is absolutely forbidden to her and is only for VIP guests. It just so happens that Lana forgot to take her meds which she needs for her overexcitement and her sudden feeling to overindulge and she went into the forbidden elevator. What she saw at the top floor was something she had never seen before- it was a young woman being harassed and assaulted. The assaulters immediately noticed Lana but the elevator started to go down just in time. Lana gets chased around in Paris by the assaulters and was nearly drowned by them in a lake. It's a great novel with many twists and turns.— Review by shiuli_k

To all the boys I've loved before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series, Book 1

Can't wait for the second book. I love the thrill of reading this book!— Review by MelaBela


Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider Series, Book 7

This book is the 7th edition to the Alex Rider series. Alex Rider books are always full of action and mysteries. This book has a bit of a twist because Alex actually finds his godfather and he finds more about his parents, John and Helen Rider. This book takes the reader through a journey from Australia, to Bangkok, Indonesia and back to Australia. Readers who like action and mysteries will find this book as a very good read.— Review by Vishal P.

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 4

It was an awesome book! Way better than the movie!— Review by Somerset1

Saints and misfits

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

This was an amazing book that showed the difficulties anyone may face in the world. I LOVED IT! Really relatable and funny and it properly dealt with the abuse that was in the story. Just one thing I didn't like was the lack of attention placed on Janna's irrational actions she did for Jeremy. There wasn't really an 'after the fact' which would've been REALLY important to show how she actually perceives what she did. BUT other than that, it was amazing, funny, beautiful, and totally relatable for anyone struggling to figure out their place in the world.— Review by maryam162424

The memory of light

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

I love this book so so so much! It is one of my all time favourites.. This book is all about healing and recovering and trying to figure out how to live life. I love the support that the group of friends show, how the protagonist tries to explain her unambitious side to her family, which really opened my eyes to a whole new perspective of life. Please read this one, it is so important and amazing.— Review by maryam162424

Count all her bones

Count All Her Bones by April Henry

Great, quick read! I loved the action and how Cheyenne is so capable of taking care of herself. A real strong protagonist! The plot was great and TJ's character was so fascinating as well! Overall, a very good book!— Review by maryam162424

The hate u give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was book was so heartbreaking and beautiful!!! The issue that was being discussed in this book is such an important one because it's still something that is common in today's world. I LOVED the characters, the family bond that was shown, the way all these issues were handled, sometimes impulsively and sometimes properly. It was such an amazing read and a total eye opener as well. It was funny as well but so sad! Please read this book!! It is amazing!!!— Review by maryam162424

Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

This was such a sad book about a genius girl who was only trying to fit in the world. There were many times I found myself relating to Willow's incapability to connect with people and form strong relationships. The heartbreaking event that happens in this book was so sad but so needed to show Willow's development as a tween. The only thing I didn't appreciate was the fact that Willow got out of going to school for many months due to the tragedy that had happened. Missing a few weeks is understandable, but months? This book was still amazing and touching. Please pick this up!— Review by maryam162424


OCDaniel by Wesley King

Oh this book was so important and so beautiful and so amazing! Daniel's struggles with his disorder seemed so real and heartbreaking that one just has to cry along with him. I loved all the characters in the book, especially little Emma and Sarah, of course. This book really shines light on struggles young teens would face with a mental disorder and I think this book is mandatory for people to read to educate themselves about these struggles. Please read this!!!— Review by maryam162424

The next time you see me

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones

This was an interesting read. I'm not quite sure how I feel though. It was interesting to see the various characters with their own personalities but I think some parts of the story, like an affair, made it seem... weird. Also the ending left me so confused because I was unsure if it was a flashback or the present. The characters and some of the few scenes that happened in the book are reasons why I liked this book. Good read.— Review by maryam162424


Bang by Barry Lyga

Oh my goodness... this book was BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, HEARTBREAKING, REAL, FABULOUS, and ALL AROUND AWESOME. I loved the characters, the pain that was shown in the book, the issues around Islamaphobia, the interactions, EVERYTHING. I literally couldn't put the book down and by the last 50 or so pages, I was a sobbing mess. MUST READ!!— Review by maryam162424

We are all made of molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

This book was something... I think as much as this book tried to be funny, I couldn't laugh as much as it wanted me to.

What I liked: -the few times Ashley and Stewart got along -Stewart's cat -Stewart's dad and Ashley's mom's relationship (pretty cute) -Phoebe and Violet were nice -Jared's jerky character was well established

Dislikes: -Ashley's narrative, she was snobby, rude, selfish, I just couldn't keep up with her thinking, goodness. -I hated how Stewart sounded like a 7 year old... people treated him like he was 7! -Stewart's description of the boys changing room (his incapability to deal with the male body) -the way many issues were brushed off (an almost rape scene, almost child pornography, hate crime towards a gay couple) I just couldn't deal with the narratives! Surprised I got through this, only reason I kept going was because I wanted to know what was the climax. Just pass this book.— Review by maryam162424

The way back home

The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton

This was a nice, quick read that dealt with really important topics in an extremely amazing way. I loved Zoe's and her Gran's relationship, the love that was shown was tremendous. I also liked how the author really showed how misunderstood and lonely Zoe felt, at home and at school, which I think anyone can relate to. Do check it out! Loved it.— Review by maryam162424

Breaking faith

Breaking Faith by E. Graziani

This is now one of my favourite books! This book was simply amazing. The issues, tango from drug abuse, mental illnesses, dysfunctional families, bullying, were handled EXTREMELY well!!! I couldn't help but sympathize with the characters, especially when the girls were young. I loved reading Faith's journey, from her lows to her highs. This is an amazing and important book. Please read!-— Review by maryam162424

Revenge, ice cream, and other things best served cold

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

This book will keep you amused the whole time. The revenge war between Hallie and Gemma is extremely funny and will get you cracked up in seconds to spare.— Review by Husky796

The bodies we wear

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts

A book about revenge, drugs that take over the world and girl wanting to avenge her best friends death. Really good book. I loved it!!— Review by MCTWD128

The sea of monsters

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 2

This book is about a boy named Percy Jackson who goes on an adventure to heal a tree that protects their camp. This tree keeps monsters such as bulls, Agrius, Oreius out of their base/camp. This is the second sequel to Lightning Thief. This book was very interesting.— Review by Mohammad A.

The lightning thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 1

Great book and very nice book.— Review by Mohammad A.


The BFG by Roald Dahl

Sophie is an orphan whose curiosity gets the best of her as she looks out the orphanage's window late at night and sees a giant! The giant took Sophie far away to a land where only giants live. The Big Friendly Giant is the only 'non-flesh eating' giant. And so he tries to protect Sophie from the other carnivorous giants because the BFG can't send Sophie back because she knows about his magic. He blows dreams into children's heads late at night. But the human eating giants are creating chaos in the human world by eating people and the BFG and Sophie plan to stop them by telling Her Majesty the Queen! She believes them and the giants get defeated and then marooned on an island being forced to eat what the BFG ate instead of humans- snozzcumbers!— Review by shiuli_k

It's not my fault I know everything

It's Not My Fault I Know Everything by Jim Benton

Dear Dumb Diary Series, Book 8

This is the fifth book in the Dear Dumb Diary series. I actually used to read these books when I was younger but when I read it again I felt that anyone can read it and enjoy it! It's Jamie Kelly's diary about funny things in her life. Angeline her arch-nemesis is actually related to her and her dog and Jamie's dog had puppies together! Jamie also learns more about her best friend Isabella and that looks aren't everything...— Review by shiuli_k


Doon by Carey Corp

Doon Series, Book 1

Was an okay book, but really slow. Was boring as well and it was hard to try to get to the end. Also didn't like the changing POVs and I'm not a fan of Jamie either. Seemed like a children's book more than a teens. 5/10.— Review by MidnightLily


Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Not really sure what the purpose of this book was? Would be a good book for music lovers maybe but not really something I enjoyed. The ending was also very vague and kind of like a cliffhanger. Would give it a 4/10.— Review by MidnightLily

Mark of Athena

Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3

When Annabeth is finally going to be reunited with Percy, things get worse again. Annabeth fears that Percy may have changed and not like the Greek ways anymore after he spent some time in the Roman demigods camp. Also Gaea is threatening to rise and her whispering in the heads of innocent demigods to turn them to the evil side doesn't help either.— Review by shiuli_k

Mr Stink

Mr Stink by David Walliams

This book is about a homeless man who is known as Mr. Stink because... well... he stinks. But a young girl befriends him and soon finds out about the misfortunes that have befallen him which lead to him to living on a park bench. Now it's up to the girl to convince her sophisticated posh mother to let him stay.— Review by shiuli_k

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

As Alice reads a book with her sister, something more interesting catches her eye, a rabbit wearing a waistcoat and holding a pocket watch! Curious she follows him and falls into what seems like a bunny hole but is a whole new world inside full of cards and Queens and flamingoes!!— Review by shiuli_k

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

This book is really interesting because it's about Greek mythology and it's not just a bunch of old and boring tales of Greek gods and goddesses. They're retold by Percy Jackson with his humour. It makes you want to read it.— Review by shiuli_k

The scorch trials

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Series, Book 2

Just as Thomas and the other Gladers feel like they are finally safe from the Maze and WICKED, they are forced into this place called the Scorch. The Scorch is a vast desert, then a city, then mountains, and finally the Safe Haven. WICKED does not make anything easy for the Gladers. They set-up multiple obstacles along the way to the Safe Haven and also set Group B (a group of girls that lived and survived the same Maze) to kill the Gladers. The Scorch Trails leave you continuously needing to read more.— Review by Lisa B.

Off the bench

Off the Bench by Jake Maddox

Team Jake Maddox Series

Very good book that tells about great sportsminship.— Review by Kesian12

Fire ascending

Fire Ascending by Chris D'Lacey

Last Dragon Chronicles Series, Book 7

It is a book that starts way back in the past in earth and shows how time has been altered into a frightening reality and some funny 18 years later.— Review by FastReader

Fire world

Fire World by Chris D'Lacey

Last Dragon Chronicles Series, Book 6

It's a book that unlocks many truths from a different world with the same charachters but in different dimension from Earth but with a big surprise.— Review by FastReader

Dark fire

Dark Fire by Chris D'Lacey

Last Dragon Chronicles Series, Book 5

It is a book that has a suspensful ending, a little bit of transformation and a lot of action including a bit of horror.— Review by FastReader

Quest for the Spark. Book Three

Quest for the Spark. Book Three by Tom Sniegoski

Bone Series

Has a lot of action and awakenings.— Review by FastReader

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Parts One and Two by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series

It is a book that may confuse when read because there are a lot of twists.— Review by FastReader

Trouble is a friend of mine

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Zoe moves into small-town River Heights with her mum after her parents' divorce. She doesn't know much about it, but she sure knows one thing; she wants out. But when a boy named Digby shows up on her doorstep, her life changes. He pulls her into an investigation of a girl's disappearance in the middle of the night. On this journey she learns a lot. About the mystery, about Digby, and most of all, about herself. This book is an unforgettable tale full of witty dialogue, realistic mysteries, and life lessons. I would give it a 10/10.— Review by TT200206

Of monsters and madness

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

This book is about a girl named Annabel Lee who moves to Philadelphia to live with her father (who she has never seen), after her mother's death in Siam. Living in his dark and foreboding mansion is something that can take some getting used to, as well can the secrets that it keeps. Annabel must find out why exactly everyone warns her against wandering the castle at night, and if her father's assistant Allen Poe, and his cousin Edgar, are who they say they are. Overall this book was pretty good. I'd give it an 8/10.— Review by TT200206


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Although the book was written well, it took an effort for me to finish it. It grew to be very slow moving, and at some points, I did not really understand why the book was still continuing, as nothing interesting was happening. I also really did not like the main character, who I thought was a bit too selfish, and really whiny.— Review by TT200206


Inhuman by Kat Falls

I found this book to be very interesting. The concept of dividing America with a giant wall, and putting the western side of it on quarantine was something that I had never heard of before, and thought to be very original. I liked the main character, too. I thought that she was very brave, to venture past the wall to find her dad.— Review by TT200206

Archie vs. Predator

Archie vs. Predator by Alex de Campi

Archie Series

It was a bloody book!— Review by Somerset1


Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

Gatekeepers Series, Book 5

This book is the final edition to the Gatekeepers series and is full of adventures. This book is also very descriptive which helps me visualize what is happening in the story.— Review by Vishal P.

King's cage

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen Series, Book 3

Well the book speaks for itself. It is a marvelous sci-fi book and if you have read the previous books you understand the greatness of the series.— Review by Bibliophile

Valhalla rising

Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

Dirk Pitt Series, Book 16

It was a great Dirk Pitt adventure. Clive Cussler has outdone himself with this book. His self- insert was magnificent and flowed smoothly with the world of Dirk Pitt. I highly recommend this book. Clive Cussler is a must read author.— Review by Bibliophile

Art in the Blood

Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood was a fascinating take on Sherlock Holmes. It had the same level of action, adventure and of course mystery as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books but also presented the perspective of Sherlock as an artist who feels. This is unlike the classical Sherlock who is a sociopath of sorts. — Review by Bibliophile

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison turns out to be the second princess of Genovia (a small nation between Italy and France) with her half-sister Mia Thermopolis.Olivia lived with her aunt, step-uncle, and step cousins.Then one day Princess Mia came to her school and told her that she is the second princess of Genovia. — Review by sarayu12

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This heartbreaking novel is about the different perspectives of a girl and boy in the midst of World War 2. The boy being German and the girl being French. Despite the conflicting situation they still meet each other and get drawn to each other but unfortunately when France's allies terminate the Germans in France they take Werner the German boy away too. — Review by shiuli_k

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus, Book 2

Percy Jackson is alive and well but has lost his memory just like Jason Grace. It turns out that there are two different camps for demigods. A camp for Greek demigods and a camp for Roman demigods. Hera the goddess of marriage has come up with a risky plan that involves both camps fighting Gaea together despite the bloody history they have shared. Greeks and Romans just can't get along. But Hera hopes to change that by switching Jason and Percy. Wiping their memories was the only way of protecting them. Percy, Frank and Hazel go on a quest to retrieve the roam legions eagle which would also restore their reputation. — Review by shiuli_k

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus, Book 1

Jason, Leo and Piper are demigods at a camp called Camp Half-Blood. The problem is Jason ends up there with his memory wiped and Percy Jackson is missing. Annabeth thinks that this is a coincidence. There's a new prophecy and this it's about the waking of the Earth mother who happens to be evil and seven demigods need to be sent on a quest to stop her from waking and wreaking havoc on the world. — Review by shiuli_k


Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

This was about a boy who gets taken in to the spirit world accidentally. He finds his grandfather and with the help of him and some other friends he gets out of the spirit world / Ghostopolis. — Review by Muhammad A.

Stone Keeper

Stone Keeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet Series, Book 1

This book was very interesting and it had many parts that had action. I liked this book because of the mystery that runs through the book. — Review by Muhammad A.

Jacob Two-Two meets the hooded fang

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler

Jacob Two-Two Series

It's weird but funny. It's nice to adventure into a 6 year olds imagination.— Review by hafsaNadeem

My Very UnFairy Tale Life

My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski

5/5 great book!!! Must read if you like fantasy and adventure:). — Review by hafsaNadeem


Sidekicks by Dan Santat

This book was very interesting because it had some really good parts in the book. I would rate this book a 9/10 because it had many action packed scenes. — Review by Muhammad A.

The Crown of Ptolemy

The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Series, Book 3

This novel features Percy, Annabeth, Sadie and Carter battling Setne to restore the crown of Ptolemy to prevent the evil Egyptian god from taking over the world. — Review by shiuli_k


Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

This graphic novel is about a family that moves into a new town because of the younger daughter's respiratory problems. To the older sister's surprise the town that they moved into is all about ghosts and all that. They even have a festival to celebrate the dead! They do eventually get used to the wierd yet exciting ways of their new town! — Review by shiuli_k

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

As Alice reads a book with her sister she notices something out of the ordinary- a rabbit carrying a pocket watch! She follows the rabbit down a bunny hole that leads to another world of surprises. — Review by shiuli_k