Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press
Published September 14, 2008

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About The Hunger Games
The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 … Continue reading

Review: George by Alex Gino

georgeGeorge
Alex Gino
Scholastic Press

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George has a secret. Though looking at her on the outside, everyone assumes she’s George, a fourth grade boy, she knows deep inside that she is a girl. When she decides it’s time to talk to her family and best friend about her identity, she realizes the fourth grade play will be the perfect opportunity. She will play Charlotte in the production of Charlotte’s Web, and everyone will finally see her for who she really is. Problems arise when George’s teacher refuses to let her audition for the part—because George is a boy. Not to be deterred, George and her best friend Kelly come up with a plan that will give George … Continue reading

Review: The Taken by Inbali Iserles (Foxcraft #1)

The Taken by Inbali Iserles (Foxcraft #1)The Taken (Foxcraft #1)
Inbali Iserles
Scholastic Press

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Isla, a young fox, get separated from her brother Pirie and their family by a band of foxes who mean to kill them. As Isla scrambles to find her brother again, she becomes lost within the tangled world of the furless, humans. Lost and alone, she has no choice but to trust the messenger fox to help her. He teaches her how to use her energy to hunt and fight, but Isla begins to suspect there’s more to his story than he’s willing to tell her. With her enemies closing in and Pirie waiting for her, Isla discovers her best chance at finding him lie … Continue reading

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

the-scorpio-racesThe Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press

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Every year the deadly capaill uisce emerge from the sea. Lucky riders will capture one of these bloodthirsty water horses and ride in the Scorpio Races, competing for a prize purse – it’s enough money to change a life. And it’s exactly what Puck Connolly is hoping to achieve. If she can win the race, she can keep her family together in their home. If she loses, she will lose everything.

Sean Kendrick knows too well the risks of the race. As a boy, he watched his father murdered by the violent water horses during … Continue reading

Review: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

The False PrinceThe False Prince
Jennifer Nielsen
Scholastic Press
Published April 1, 2012

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Sage, a clever orphan from a neighboring country, is sold as a servant to a nobleman with a plan that smacks of treason. With the royal family missing and presumed dead, Conner wants to prepare a replacement prince. Sage and two other orphaned boys are faced with a terrible choice: join Conner in his plan or die at the hands of his henchmen. If they accept, one boy will be chosen to wear the crown as prince of Carthya. With Conner as his chief adviser, of course.

The three boys accept and Conner and his men begin a series of lessons and tests … Continue reading

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