Thanks for all the great suggestions of books for the 7th graders to read. I’ve heard from several authors and publishers and once we decide on a book, I’ll let you know. After the class reads it, we’ll be having a video conference with the author to discuss the book. I’ll be blogging and doing a Drive By Video™ about the event. Now here’s some of the books the YA readers have read this week.
The Line By Teri Hall
Read By Bekah, 17
Since her dad’s death, Rachel has lived exclusively on The Property. Although it can be a boring place, The Property is unique. Unlike any other home, it lies directly on the Line. Maybe it’s all made up, but rumor has it there are strange, human-like monsters of the other side of the Line. Despite her mother’s displeasure about the subject, Rachel is obssesed with the Line. Her curiousity overpowers her and she finds herself at the Line, face to face with one of the monsters she’s heard so much about. Strangely, though, he looks exactly like every other boy she’s ever met. He comes to her seeking aid to help one of his people. As Rachel struggles to help, more than just her mother’s strange employer try to stop her. Before she knows it, old conspiracies lead to new ones and the ideas of right and wrong start to become obsolete.
I’ve always enjoyed futuristic style books and this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It was different from other books because of how complex it was. There were a lot of surprises that I didn’t expect to encounter. Its developement of moral code was extremely accurate and touching. I loved it!
The Gates by John Connolly
Read by Chris, 12
Samuel Johnson is getting a head start on Halloween in Biddlescombe by trick-or-treating three days in advance. When he arrives at his neighbors, the Abernathys, and sees they’re attempting to open a portal to Hell, he realizes he’s in deep doo-doo. This is confirmed when the Abernathys and their guests are consumed by demons who then take on their forms. Afterwards, Samuel’s plunged into a crazy adventure involving jelly beans, an undead bishop, a conscience-riddled demon named Nurd and the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator (LHC). No, really.
Will Samuel save Biddlecombe from The Great Malevolence before it’s too late? Or will he fail, leaving the entire population devastated? Finding out is fun for lots of reasons, including the book’s wacky, Monty Python-esque humor, which will draw anyone in. And if you think a novel with Quantum physics gets boring, don’t worry, because the LHC stuff is in simple terms, and only adds to the general nuttiness of the book. This is a great, creepy, crazy book for Halloween or any time of the year.
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Read by Maddy, 17
Damen is cursed to never to be allowed to touch Ever, his true love and soulmate, again. If Damen does his soul will be in sent into Shadowland, to be forever lost and alone. Believing its her fault, Ever tries everything she can do to find the antidote. Her search leads to more problems then answers. One of them being a mysterious hot guy Jude Knight, that makes her wonder if Damen is her true love after all.
Shadowland is the third book in Alyson Noel’s series The Immortals. I was surprised and excited after reading this, the only problem is now I have to wait until the summer for the next one to come out. I would recommend it to anyone who is in high school.
Bottom Line: Here’s a special Halloween video of a costume sure to win first prize. (Watch it to the end)