CGMS Book Reviews

Young Adult Book Reviews from Our Students and Teachers

The Wizard Test by Hilari Bell

May 22, 2007 by · No Comments · Fantasy

Its about this boy has to go a take a wizard test to see if he is one and it turns out he is and he is devastated cause he wants to be a Guardian. The head master said if he didn’t alter any mans destiny he still could be one. He is also sent to spy on his master and the enemy. With his master he enters the enemies land and has to learn there fighting techniques. He makes a friend. When they go back home the wizards have to help heal the wounded during the war going on. When he sees his friend with a deadly injury, when the wizards want to heal him they wont let them cause he is the enemy. When he finds out it is his friend. He uses the hiding spell to get past the guards and heals him cause he is his friend, and he becomes a wizard.    MG

The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell

May 22, 2007 by · No Comments · Fantasy

It is about a girl named Mekenna and her mom died cause she was a hedgewitch. She is trying to save her mother precious spell book, when she goes into the Goblin Wood. Goblins keep stealing stuff from her when she finally catches’s one but doesn’t kill it. So he stops stealing stuff and starts helping her. Then she helps them by running off anybody who tries to settle in the goblin wood. Then a boy named Tobin is sent to catch her to get back his honor when he was accused of betraying his government thing. He gets hurt and them help get better then he starts helping them. He gets a great sorcers spell books to open a gate to a different world cause people are starting to move into the goblin wood, cause other people drove them out of there land.  MG

House of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

May 22, 2007 by · 3 Comments · Science Fiction

A clone is on his journey to find some friends and he finds a family on the way. This is a good book the beginning was boring but the middle to the end was great. OP

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill by Lemmony Snicket

May 22, 2007 by · 2 Comments · Adventure Fiction, Humor Fiction

This story is about three children Violet, Sunny, and Klas. It’s the same story because Count Olaf  is still trying to steal their fortune. These books are good and I always enjoy reading Lemmony Snickets, because they are very interesting and mysterious. Kids should read this book because they are really funny too. There are a lot of events that go on in this book like when Klas gets hypnotized  by the villan Count Olaf.who will try and try to get that fortune.  CB

The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker

May 22, 2007 by · 4 Comments · Fantasy

Princess Emeralda (Emma) ran a way from her castle and met this talking frog eadric. And eadric begged her to kiss him and he will turn into a prince. And she did than had turned into a frog as well and during the book they try to figure out how to turn back into humans.  My opinion of the book:I thought this book was a good fairy frog tale.It had a lot of adventures.It’s not a bad book it’s a long lasting story of great fiction every one would like.  DO

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

May 22, 2007 by · 1 Comment · Autobiography

This autobiography, A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer is about a boy who was brutally abused by his mother and how he survived his horrible abusive mother. Dave Pelzer is the boy in the story who was and survived his abusive mother. Dave talks about how his mother beat him over and over and over again daily. Each of his chapters tells a different abusive thing his mother did and what his teachers, nurse, and principal did to and for him. In one chapter he tells how his mother told him to lay on the stove while it is on. In another chapter he says that his mother stabbed him, the chapter before this one was telling how he literally fought for food. Now I don’t want to ruin the ending for you so I won’t tell you everything of every chapter, however I will tell you that this story will honestly change your life and open your eyes to all the things that are happening in the world. This will change your life by realizing whether you are doing good or bad in your life. Dave wrote two more books, The Lost Boy and A Man Called Dave. I hope you take my advice and read this book and the other two books Dave wrote.  FS

Welcome!

September 17, 2006 by · No Comments · Welcome

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Sample Book Review 2

September 17, 2006 by · No Comments · Thriller/Horror

The Last Apprentice – Revenge of the Witch by Thomas Ward  March 13, 2006 (From Notes from a Middle School Librarian blog)

     Thomas Ward is a Spook’s apprentice; he sees things others can’t see, he must rid the towns of all things nasty, ghostly and ghastly, and he will learn to live a life of solitude. As the Spook teaches Thomas about boggarts, ghasts and witches, Thomas gets into some witchy trouble of his own. After making a promise to a strange town girl called Alice, Thomas makes the mistake of helping to release the town’s deadliest witch. In order to save the children of the town, his own family, and his future as a Spook’s apprentice, Thomas must prove he is both clever and brave. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch is a spooky and enchanting book that will instantly draw readers in to this vivid and haunting story.

Sample Book Review

September 17, 2006 by · No Comments · Thriller/Horror, Vampire Fiction

Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan

May 25th, 2006 (From the LHS Reading Blog)

Ever wonder where vampires come from, or how they can go about unnoticed? Well, if so here’s a novel for you. Vampire Mountain, by Darren Shan, is about a half-blooded vampire and his full-blooded instructor and how they travel to the home of the Vampire Princes in order to alert them of a coming new danger. Just as all his other novels, this is written for those of you who live for the excellent combination of suspense and horror.