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Teen Review: A Child Called “it”

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on May 8, 2013 by juniebeth

Book CoverThis book is based on the unforgettable events of one of the most severe child abuse cases in history. This book is told from the point of view of a young boy, (Pelzer) who is brutally beaten by his alcoholic mother. Dave’s mother, would play brutal, tortuous games that left Dave nearly dead every time. This young boy, had to learn how to play these unnecessary games in order to stay alive. Dave was no longer considered a human being. He was considered a slave, by his own family. Not only was Dave brutally beaten, he also lived under terrible, unsanitary conditions. Dave wore the same torn clothes everyday. Dave’s bed was an old army cot, that was in a moldy basement. Dave was barely fed, and was nothing but skin and bone. Dave had to work for food by doing difficult chores, playing mothers game, or of he was lucky; he’d sneak some from the kids at school.
No one outside of Dave’s family knew about what happened in that household. Dave’s brothers were forced by their mother to bully Dave around and to treat him like a “slave”. While on a camping trip, Dave’s father and brothers went out on a fishing trip while Dave stayed at the cabin and played one of mothers games; ending in Dave having to eat his younger brothers soiled diaper.
The only thing that kept Dave alive with his courage, and his dreams. Dave believed that one day he would be saved from this horrible household. Maybe the school nurse, or a neighbor. Eave knew that one day he would have a loving home with a family that looked at him as a son. Not a slave, ‘it’, or that boy.*****

Review by Samantha


Teen Review: Unlikely Friendships

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 28, 2012 by juniebeth

Book JacketThese 47 friendships in the wild will amaze you. There’s bird and monkeys, Lions and deers, Lemur and a cat. It’s crazy how two completely different species can become friends. It shows you which animal takes care of which or if they are best friends. Most of them can’t be separated from each other no matter how different they both are. This story will amaze you with life and definitely will have you wondering who has is friends in the wild. My favorite is the Monkey and The cat because the monkey takes care of the cat as his own. The monkey even knows that it can’t climb and holds it in his hands all the time. He even makes shelter when it rains for the cat and feeds it. Its incredible and the cutest book i have ever read.***

Review by Cassandra

Teen Review: The Girl Who Was On Fire

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 17, 2012 by juniebeth
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An unauthorized companion book to the Hunger Games trilogy. This book has a wide range of authors contributing to it, and analyzes the three books and breaks them down for the reader. The underlying themes make you stop and think, an parallels to today’s society are often draw. Well written and thoughtful essays on the epic series that touch on all the aspects of the books. A very interesting book.****

Review by Marina

Teen Review: The Glass Castle

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 17, 2012 by juniebeth
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A very interesting and compelling memoir that brings a lot of questions to mind. It makes you think. The life of Jeannette is an amazing one, going from one coast of the nation to the other, all while growing up. Her independence shines through as she becomes a strong woman in New York.***

Review by Marina


Teen Review: A Child Called It

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 17, 2012 by juniebeth

Book CoverEver since I read the first few pages of this book, I could not stop reading. Dave Pelzer’s childhood story was so interesting, but sad and very aggravating because you couldn’t help him as he was going through all of that emotional and physical abuse.*****

Review by Meghan

Teen Review: Supergods

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 17, 2012 by juniebeth
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Supergods is an encyclopedic-like novel regarding the history of the American comic book industry through the eyes and opinions of legendary comic book writer, Grant Morrison. It describes the industry’s rise, fall, and crawl into mainstream, but occassionally goes off topic and talks about Morrison’s life during that time period as well.

The main problem with Supergods is that it requires someone with an exceptional amount of comic book knowledge to truly appreciate. Even an avid fan who isn’t at least 85% diehard might have some problems staying completely alert and focused on the book over a long period of time. Regardless, it supplies a great amount of information on the industry and the extensive research on superhero comic mythos, origins, trivia, and evolution is bound to interest even someone who’s only slightly invested in ccomics. It’s just recommended that you don’t take in too much in one sitting.

Supergods has a bit of a tendency to fall on a tangent of the author’s life story. Not that it isn’t interesting; it’s just that it feels incredibly out of place in a book that generally talks about the history of a whole industry. Grant Morrison might as well have also written an autobiography if he felt like spreading his ego to the readers.

Supergods is not recommended for people who only recognize superheroes for their movies and shows. It’s wordy, long, and tiresome after long read throughs. But if you consider yourself a true fan, it’s definitely worth at least one read-through***

Review by Jennifer

Teen Review: Extra lives : why video games matter

Posted in Non-Fiction, Teens Read on August 10, 2012 by juniebeth
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A must read for all gamers. While written. Great read. I could relate to the games he was talking about.****

Review by Gabrielle