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Friday, October 14, 2016

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger DeepReviewed By: J.H.

Reading Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman will make you say “this is weird” while scratching your head. But, that is the point, it is complex….mental illness is complex. Caden Bosch is a teenage boy that is sharing his experience with his battle and takes us along for the ride. The book is told in alternating narratives taking us through his day-to-day life while being disrupted by his mental illness, and his other life as an artist aboard a ship headed for Marianas Trench and Challenger Deep. This is Caden’s perspective, his world of reality and delusions. Is there a connection between both worlds? Go ahead pick up the book and find out. It’s funny and real and very much worth your time. #fourstars

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

RMS Chat Pack

Hey, kids from Roselle Middle School. Chat Pack book discussion is starting up again on September 28, and the new books are ready to pick up at the school media center. We're starting off with The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

We had a lot of fun last year talking about all kinds of books. Take a look at a few reviews written by RMS Chat Pack members of some of their favorite recent reads.

Gray by Pete Wentz
Title: Gray
Author: Pete Wentz
Reviewed By: P.A.

Everyone should read this book, because although it's a biography, it is really good. His life is so interestig that it would seem like a biography. Also, because I love him and he is from Fall Out Boy.

Also Reviewed By: E.C.

If you are a fan of Fall Out Boy this is a must read boy. It goes very in depth about how being famous isn't glamorous. It is also a very good book to read if you want to know how drugs and mental disorders affect the brain and everyday life.

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Title: I am Number Four
Author: Pitacus Lore
Reviewed By: T.K.

It is action packed. It is full of violence. It is funny.

Title: The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire
Author: Dan Howell
Reviewed By: T.S.

Others should read this book because it is extremely interesting. It's written by two famous YouTubers and it's like an autobiography. It's very funny and filled with amazing pictures and quotes.

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Reviewed By: S.C.

People should read this because the plot is very well developed. Secondly, the character descriptions are really descriptive. Lastly there was some romance (sorry Tammy), which I like.

Title: Almost Home
Author: Joan Bauer
Reviewed By: C.S.

This book shows that it can be hard if you don't have a lot of support. Finding a friend could be all you need. Sugar found a dog in a time where her mom couldn't support the family, but they made it. Then they lost their home. Read this book to see what happens next.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Reviewed By: D.T.

Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels delicate. The after-effects of treatment has taken Jeffrey's ability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents worry about him. Jeffrey begins to do a little soul searching, which begins with his escalating anger at his brother, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he's cute.

Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it's a classic.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to see how the girls end up.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves to read American classics.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reviewed By: D.T.

Cinder is a modern science fiction of Cinderella with a little action. Cinder is a mechanic who lives in the Eastern Commonwealth, part of earth in a corrupted future. She lives with a step-mother that treats her like a servant and doesn't let her do what she wants. Cinder has two friends, an android named Iko, and her little sister Peony. Cinder's life is filled with ups and downs, but all she wants is a normal life--well, that and to escape from her step-mother. Her dream, though, leads her into trouble. Big time.

Why I Picked It Up: It looked interesting.

Why I Finished It: I needed to know what happened to Cinder.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves dystopian novels.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Reviewed By: D.T.

Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March are four sisters living with their mother in New England. Their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. The sisters struggle to support themselves and keep their household running despite the fact that the family recently lost its fortune. The girls learn to work together and to love each other. Along the way, they make new friends, meet new people, and fall in love.

Why I Picked it Up: I picked it up because it's a classic.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to see how the girls end up.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves to read American classics.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Teen Winter Reading Book Review: Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

Reviewed By: D.T.

In this book, Maya Angelou is talking to the daughter she never had, but sees all around her. This book tells Maya's story in poems and short stories. Maya uses her life to teach lessons to women all over the world. Maya tells women that we shouldn't be looking at how empty the glass is, but how full it is. There is always something positive in every situation.

Why I Picked it Up: It was recommended to me by my mom.

Why I Finished It: I learned great lessons.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who loves poetry or autobiographies.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed By: Teen Librarian

This work of non-fiction recounts the history of two strangely compelling and intertwined crimes: counterfeiting and grave robbing. Apparently during the 19th Century, counterfeit money was a huge problem for the American economy, at one time accounting for half of the currency in circulation. The book begins by introducing some of the more successful counterfeiters, including Benjamin Boyd, a master engraver whose "coney" (counterfeit money) is so convincing that it is in high demand from the many "pushers" who profit by passing it along undetected to legitimate businesses.

The book veers into truly odd territory after Benjamin Boyd is arrested by U.S. Secret Service agents. Fearing for their livelihood without a supply of quality counterfeit money, the pushers hatch a ghoulish scheme to free Boyd: steal the body of Abraham Lincoln and ransom it in exchange for Boyd's freedom. The story of the scheme and the schemers is a lot of fun, with plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages.

Why I Picked it Up: We read this in our Roselle Middle School Book Discussion Group, Chat Pack.

Why I Finished It: This book explores some truly odd and fascinating corners of American History.

I’d Give This Book to: Anyone who might enjoy true crime with a historical focus.

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