Friday, May 30, 2014

Middle School reviews from 25 in 25 Reading Challenge

In case you haven't been following the progress of the 25 in 25 Reading Challenge at :, here are some highlights of reviews written by Wellesley 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!

Find these books and more in the Quigley Youth Room at the Wellesley Free Library!

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Reviewed by JSTeen20, grade 6

Amazing mystery! It had lots of twists and turns.  It's about a boy who goes on the London Eye (the famous ferris wheel in London) and never comes down.  Now Ted and his sister have to find him before it's too late.  This book is great for mystery lovers.

Trailing Tennessee by Cory Wheeler Mimms
Reviewed by SMacAttack, grade 6

This is an adventure/survival book.  Fourteen year old Eli goes to hike the Appalachian Trail and carve his name in a tree trunk under his grandfather's and his father's.  But he runs into lots of conflicts along the way...

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Reviewed by Panic!atthelibrary, grade 7

Al Capone Does My Shirts is about a boy named Moose whose dad gets a job working on Alcatraz.  Alcatraz is an island for prisoners near San Francisco.  Moose has an autistic sister named Natalie who is trying to get into the Esther P. Marinoff school so she can have a good future, but can't seem to get in.  I really liked this book because Moose really cares about his sister, and the way that he solves the problem is very interesting.

Carbon Diaries, 2015 by Saci Lloyd
Reviewed by GoPats, grade 8

This book about a girl named Laura who is living in England in 2015. In 2015, the whole ecosystem has gone crazy from too much pollution. To try and help the environment the British government forces its citizen to only use a certain amount of carbon. For Laura this change pulls her whole life apart. Her parents fight, and her social life is destroyed.

Also Known As by Robin Benway
Reviewed by WellReader, grade 8

This book is about a teenage spy who travels to New York City with her parents to go on her very first solo mission. Maggie finds herself making new friends and surviving high school just like a normal teenager. But what will happen when she finds herself getting to close to the very person she was sent out to destroy?

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