The Secret School by Avi

Fourteen-year-old Ida wants to become a teacher.  When her school teacher has to quit school and no replacement teacher is sent, her school is to be closed.  She has to do something to take the exit exam so she could go to high school.  Where there is a will…***


Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

This book is for a mature reader.  Fourteen-year-old Johnney becomes a silversmith’s apprentice after his mother dies. His life changes dramatically, however,  when he has an “accident”.  The chaos of Boston just before the Revolutionary War unfurls as Johnny struggles to become  an independent young man.  Is there a creed worth dying for?***** 


The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Nobody reads books anymore. Why read when you can “probe” and experience almost anything by putting electric needles into your brain? Spatz tries to rob from an old man, Ryter, who hepls him in return.  They form a strange relationship trying to change the world, which has a hideous secret.  Science fiction****


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

The story is unbearably slow (but  witty) until Constance regained her memory of life before she came to live at the library.  Reynie blamed himself for falling into the trap of Mr. Curtain. Will the members of the Benedict Society be brainwashed by Mr. Curtain’s Whisperer? This book concludes the trilogy. ****


The Missing, Book 1: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

An airplane appeared at the gate of an airport out of nowhere.  No pilot, no adults, but only babies were left in the seats. Thirteen years later, Jonah didn’t think much of his adoption… until he received a letter saying that he was one of the missing. His friend Chip, who was also adopted, received the same letter. To find out the secret of their adoption, they go to FBI.  This is the first book of the Missing series.  Science Fiction*****


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Those who read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe know who Lucy and Edmund are.  They return to Narnia with their odious cousin Eustace.  The tree of them join Prince Caspian on the voyage to search the seven lost Loads.  Movie in December, 2010. *****

The Missing, Book 2: Sent by Margaret P. Haddix

The book is finally here at my library.  It is the second book in the Missing series.  Jonah, Chip, Alex, and Jonah’s sister Katherine are back in the fifteenth century.  Chip and Alex are originally from that time period.  They find their own “tracers” and go back to their own life as princes of England.  It is now up to Jonah and Katherine to save them from their fate.  Science fiction ***

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton L. Stewart

Four very intelligent children enter a “school” to accomplish a secret mission.  This is a story of friendship, adventure, mystery.  They have to survive evil circumstances using their wits.   Fun to read.*****



The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton L. Stewart

Usually the second book of any series is not as fun as the first one.  This book is an exception.  This is as exciting as the first one.  The children have to outwit villans.   Page turner. *****