Teen Book Reviews

Teens in the 6th-12th grades are invited to submit a Teen Book Review. Tell us about a book you loved or hated!

Teen Book Reviews

Title: Mr. Stuffins
Author: Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? A disc to bring toys to life is inserted into a bear when its' creator was running away from people. They try to get the disc back but the bear
Why do you love or hate this book? So much action and an urge to read more
Grade: 6
Name: Jonathon

Title: Olympians: Zeus King of Gods
Author: George O'Connor
Rating:
It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? It is the story of Zeus and his brothers and sisters. He was raised by nymphs and listens to Mother Earth to free his brothers and sisters. But when he did there was a war. Zeus won by releasing his uncles from Tartarus.
Why do you love or hate this book? Always something new to learn
Grade: 6th
Name: Jonathan

Title: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Author: Tom Angelberger
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? About a kid who had a Yoda finger puppet and helps other kids. Also other kids try to figure out if it's real.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it's funny. Another reason is because it has a lot of Star Wars in it.
Grade: 6th
Name: Anthony

Title: Olympians: Athena Grey-Eyed Goddess
Author: George O'Connor
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? The story and adventures of Athena. Zeus swallows his wife to stay prime god but he forgets and stops listening to her. But she was pregnant. She raises the baby and one day Zeus has a pain in his head. He gets help from the other gods to open his head and out pops Athena. She then later loses a good friend and gets the cape from Zeus. She then turned Medusa into a Gorgon and later sends Perseus to get her head. When he does, Athena adds her head to her cape.
Why do you love or hate this book? How she was raised and her story was told.
Grade: 6
Name: Jonathon

Title: Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? Seven teens and a satyr go on an adventure to save Rome and a teen named Nico. They also find a valuable statue. They also killed two giants.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it has lots of fighting. It also has epic moments.
Grade: 6th
Name: Jude

Title: Bruiser
Author: Neil Shusterman
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? A boy with a mysterious power that is there to teach everyone why they need the pain the world brings, and how if we don't have it, it makes us weak.
Why do you love or hate this book? it is a great example of how we as humans need the events in life (good and bad). They make us who we are.
Grade: 12th
Name: Pauli


Title: The Enemy
Author: Charlie Higson
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? A zombie apocalypse has struck London. Turning everyone over age 16 into a flesh wanting diseased grown up. The kids band together to find a new home, and rebuild this world as we know it.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the idea that a group of misfit kids could band together and make a difference in a world where it actually counts. This is survival and we will see who wins!
Grade: 12
Name: Pauli

Title: Found
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? This book is about a boy named Jonah and his friend Chip. They are adopted and they are trying to find out who their birth parents are. In the end they are "accidentally" transported to the 15th century.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book because it is a mystery.
Grade: 6
Name: Scottlynne

Title:
Breathing Underwater
Author:
Alex Flinn
What is the book about?
A 16 year old boy who has to go to counseling every day because of his obsession with his girlfriend and because he beat her up.
Why do you love or hate this book?
It shows young lovers how not to treat their companions.
Grade:
8
Name:
Jamiya

Title:
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author:
Ray Bradbury
Rating:
It was ok.
What is the book about? Two boys, best friends, who get tangled up in Cooper & Dark's evil schemes. With the help of Will's Dad, they take on the carnival.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the themes of this book, but it's a bit old fashioned for my taste.
Grade:
9
Name: Megan


Title: The Silent Boy
Author:
Lois Lowry
Rating:
It was really good.
What is the book about? This novel is about a girl who wants to become a doctor just like her father, and along the way she meets a boy who has autism. They become friends in the most mysterious way.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the friendliness in the girl as she helps the world understand the boy.
Grade: 12
Name:
Pauli

Title: Gathering Blue
Author: Lois Lowry
Rating:
It was really good.
What is the book about? This book is about a girl who has the amazing ability to see magnificent patterns in cloth. She is given the task to sew a robe that tells the history of her town.
Why do you love or hate this book?I like the book because it gives a good example of a person who is different making a change.
Grade: 12
Name:
Pauli

Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? This book is about Lina a 15 year old girl and her family. They get taken from their home and deported to Siberia. Her father gets put into a prison camp and her mom and her brother to a work camp. Now it is all about survival.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the idea of her survival. That someone strong willed and determined can save herself and those around her.
Grade: 12
Name:
Pauli

Title: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Author: James Patterson
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? It is about an alien hunter that has the power to create anything he wants. In this novel he fights to the death with an alien on his list--number 6 alien Ergent Seth.
Why do you love or hate this book? I enjoy SciFi, but this book brought it into a new light.
Grade: 12
Name:
Pauli

Title: Messenger
Author: Lois Lowry
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? This book is about this boy raised in this village meant for those kicked out of their homes. He travels through a deadly forest giving people messages. The people in his home decide to close down the village to newcomers. The last to go saves someone important to him and  he receives his true name.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like this book because it shows that even people in a perfect world have defects.
Grade: 12
Name:
Pauli

Title: Bud Not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? A kid in a foster home with terrible parents tries to walk from one state to another state to look for his father.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book because it had a historical fact about the separation of races.
Grade: 6
Name:
Josh

Title: Dorothy's Double
Author: G. A. Henty
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? This book is about how an English gentleman's daughter, Dorothy Hawtrey, is impersonated. It is mainly about how Captain Hampton, the hero of the book, tracks down the people impersonating Miss Hawtrey. This book is truly the story of great deception.
Why do you love or hate this book? This book has an excellent plot, and is written in a way that you don't know the whole story until the end of the book. The characters are likeable, there are no bad words or cursing in it, and the book Is exciting. I would have liked it if the ending had been different, but all in all it was a good book, and well worth reading.
Grade: 7
Name:
Angela

Title: Demigod Diaries
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? It's about some teenagers that have to survive and kill monsters. This book also explains stuff about the mist. It also explains what happens after the Last Olympian.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is one of the Percy Jackson books and it's got lots of action.
Grade: 6
Name: Jude

Title: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: It's the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? A son of Neptune who loses his memory and goes on an epic quest to stop the giants.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it is funny and has lots of action.
Grade: 6
Name: Anthony

Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? A group of teens that have to defend Manhattan. It also has mythology.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it has sword fights and lots of action. Also I like it because it is funny.
Grade: 6th
Name: Jude

Title: Maximum Ride
Author: James Patterson
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? 6 children with un-discovered powers have no families and no homes and little do they know something horrific is about to occur.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love the graphic details.
Grade: 8th
Name: Jamiya

Title: Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? It's about a group of seven kids who go on a really cool and fun adventure to Rome. (But I really hate the ending).
Why do you love or hate this book? Because it's awesome.
Grade: 7th
Name: Nasya

Title: 95 Poems
Author: e.e. cummings
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? This book is filled with 95 different poems all by e.e. Cummings in New York. They were written every year in between 1950-1958. One of my favorite poems in the book was the 3rd poem. it is called "Now Air is Air and Thing is Thing: No Bliss." One poem I did not like was the first one. It is called "I(a"
Why do you love or hate this book? I am starting to write poetry so reading these poems gives me a little bit of inspiration some how. The poems to me are very good and full of wonderful vocabulary.
Grade: 7th
Name: Katlyn

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: It's the best book I ever read!
What is the book about? This girl named Clary goes to a club one night with her friend and it starts a chain reaction of kidnappings, fights, demons and other stuff (with a shocking twist at the end).
Why do you love or hate this book? Because it has action, romance, comedy and is inspirational.
Grade: 7th
Name: Nasya

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Author: Jeff Kinney
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? It is about Greg Hefley and his wimpy ways writing in a diary.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book because it is funny.
Grade: 6th
Name: Josh

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
Author: Jeff Kinney
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? It is about Greg Hefley and his wimpy ways writing in a diary.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book because it is funny.
Grade: 6th
Name: Josh

Title: How Eat Fried Worms
Author: Thomas Rockwell
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? A kid named Billy made a bet that he has to eat 15 worms.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because it is funny.
Grade: 6th
Name: Josh

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Author: Jeff Kinney
Rating: It was really good.
What is the book about? A kid named Greg telling about his life in a diary.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love this book because it is funny.
Grade: 6th
Name: Josh

Title: Mysteries of the Jedi
Author: Elizabeth Dowsett
Rating: It was the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? About the jedi life. Also their mysteries.
Why do you love or hate this book? I love it because I love Star Wars. Also because it is fun to read.
Grade: 6th
Name: Anthony

Title: Captain America: Man Out of Time
Rating: It was really good!
What is the book about? Captain America has been frozen for at least a thousand years.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like it because it's a Marvel book.
Grade: 6th
Name: Anthony

Title: The Horse and His Boy
Author: C.S. Lewis
Rating: It was the best book I've ever read!
What is the book about? A boy that finds a horse and escapes his hometown. The boy meets friends on the way. The boy turns out to be a prince.
Why do you love or hate this book? I like the book because it has adventure and one awesome battle.
Grade: 6th
Name: Jude