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Out from Boneville
The Great Cow Race
Eyes of the Storm
The Great Gatsby
Harry Potter and the
Half Blood Prince
 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  The House of the Scorpion  Lemony Snicket 12
The Penultimate Peril
 Loamhedge  Of Sound Mind
 Rakkety Tam        


Bone: Out from Boneville; Book review by Matthew Myers: There's nothing I can say about Bone that Ihaven't said about other great books… except that is a full-color comic book! It sells as a hardback though. It is one of the best books I've ever read, though short. I think there are nine books in the series, but I have only read one. There isn't anything missing from this book. Fone Bone, the lead character, is a kind and friendly bone form Boneville (No, not actually a bone, they are just called bones for some reason), he doesn't have a blemish in his personality, and wishes only to get along with everyone, which explains why he's still hanging around with his cousins. Phonicible C. Bone, or Phoney as his cousins call him, is Bone's cousin. He's rich and selfish and his lack of discretion got him kicked out of town, now he needs Bones help. Smiley Bone, another of Bone's cousins, always has a smile on his face despite the circumstances, and really gets on Phoney's nerves. Bone and Smiley help Phoney escape an angry mob that's chased him out of town, but now they're lost. They are separated in the desert and stumble upon a beautiful valley, but someone or something is lurking in the forest. It's up to Fone Bone to find his brothers and get out of the valley as soon as possible. 10 out of 10. This is a good read for anyone no matter how old they are. 

Bone: The Great Cow Race; Book review by Matthew Myers. In this installment of the bone series bone finally gets to go to the fair with Thorn, his friend. He is having the time of his life until Thorn meets Tom, a honey seller from somewhere down south. Bone is crestfallen and goes into the woods to soak in self-pity when he is surprised by rat-creatures. He runs for his life and finds himself, along with a hoard of rat creatures, in the middle of the great cow race. Phoney is in trouble, Thorn is hanging out with another guy, and Smiley is in a cow suit? What has Fone Bone gotten himself into this time? Another great book by Jeff Smith! He knows when to heighten the suspense and has a great idea about when to throw in a good joke. We have another Bone book getting a 10 out of 10.

Bone: Eyes of the Storm. The fair is nearly over, the house is fixed, and it’s time to pay off that 100 to 1 long shot bet made by Phoney and Smiley Bone. They’ll be working all summer to pay it off at the Barrelhaven, but danger lies on their path back to town. Fone has decided to stay at the farm with Grandma and Thorn, for obvious reasons, but his summer with Thorn may be cut short when Ned visits with some alarming news. Once again Jeff Smith has mixed comedy with adventure and added a dramatic twist to enrich the Bone experience. 10 out of 10. Book review by: Matthew Myers

The Great Gatsby- Nick, a well-educated man, moves to a quiet, peaceful part of Long Island called West Egg. All is well until he receives an invitation to a party from his neighbor Gatsby. Nick soon finds out that Gatsby has an air of mystery about him. Why is he constantly holding parties? Why doesn't anyone know anything about him? Why doesn't a rich man like him live on the more fashionable East Egg? Nick will eventually find out all this and more. F. Scott Fitzgerald has a way of putting in too much detail. Even an avid reader will find this to be a "long read." But don't be discouraged a lot does happen in the book. Some people die, some people cheat, and a lot of people get drunk. Besides all this it's not very exiting, though it does have a satisfying ending. I give The Great Gatsby a 4 out of 10. If you have to read the book I would suggest just watching the movie. The movie is similar to the book in as many ways as it can possibly be. And because it doesn't drag at a very slow pace it actually isn't that bad, but it still only gets a 5 out of 10. By Matthew Myers

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince; Book review by Matthew Myers - The sixth book in the series finds Harry in the closet under the stairs in the Dursley household. He is going to be escorted to the Weasley's to spend the summer there. Everything goes great over the summer, but then school starts. Harry is faced with Quidditch try-outs, mounds of homework, Ron and Hermione are quarreling, he thinks Malfoy is up to something, and Snape is now Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher! - I love this book. I was so exited when it came out I read it in three days. I hope the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends never cease! 10 out of 10. 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - WAIT!!! Before you make any pre-rendered decisions about the book, because you saw the movie just wait a gosh darn minute!!! The book is one of the best reads out there, and I myself got 35 AR points for it! It's a small chapter book that took me only 3 days to read, and I didn't have to read for another grading period because the points I got off it. If you're into fantasy-fiction-futuristic stuff then this is the best thing out there. I was captivated. I was so exited I 'm going to finish the entire trilogy and keep you updated. A great book, a great read, an easy AR test worth A LOT of points. Check it out. By Matthew Myers  

 Lemony Snicket 12-The Penultimate Peril, book review by Katie Guenther: If you have read the whole Lemony Snicket series then you must know by now that his books can be a little confusing. Well, this book is no exception. The book contains many more questions then it does answers, as the others do. This time we find that the Baudelaire have been picked up in a taxi by the infamous Kit Snicket. The Baudelaire's told that they will have to work in the hotel as concierges (a worker who waits on guests). As their bells ring they must go to serve these "wonderful" guests. All their past enemies seem to have united in this one last safe place. Including Count Olaf , who is eviler than ever. I don't want to give away too many secrets from this book though. I just want to know what the heck VFD means. As many others do. Overall this next to last book is very good. If you are looking for a confusing book, though, this is a read for you. 

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer, book review by Aleisha Myers: This is for people who like suspense and drama. A young boy, Matt, has been kept inside his whole life by Calpurnia, the cook for "The Big House". One day Matt escapes from the cook's small hut, and his life is turned upside-down. All of the sudden he realizes he is different from everybody else, but has no idea why. And why does everyone despise him so much? Everyone seems to hate him. Does it have something to do with the numbers tattooed to his foot? Matt will go through a lot, but he will need the help of some real good friends. This book was great. I couldn't put it down. The suspense grabs a hold and keeps you guessing until the end. I give this book a 10 out of 10. This story is one of a kind. 

Of Sound Mind, by Jean Ferris: Book review by Matthew Myers: I'm going to get this said now. This is a Rosie book and is not intended for guys. I had to read it for school though. It's an okay book, but too boy meets girl for me. It greatly expresses what it is to be a normal person in a deaf family. If I was a…ugh…girl I'd give it a 8 out of 10. Thankfully, I'm not. It's a good book for guys if you Absolutely HAVE TO read it, though. 4/10 (This rating is for guys.) 8/10 (This rating is for girls.) 

Loamhedge, by Brian Jacques: Book review by Matthew Myers: If you're a Redwall fan then you have to read this. Why did they leave Loamhedge and go to Redwall? Where is Loamhedge? What perilous beasts will our heroes go up against in this adventure? Find out this and more. As a Redwall fan I couldn't keep my nose out of this book. Be prepared for Adventure, songs, and more than a hundred vermin tearing after our heroes. I give this book a 10 out of 10. Brian Jacques has weaved another heart-warming tale. 

Rakkety Tam, by Brian Jacques: Book review by Matthew Myers: All right Redwall fans get ready for another adventure. Our hero is a member of a Squirrel tribe not far way from Salamandastron. But they are ruled by an obnoxious king and queen who could care less about their subjects. Tam and his pal Doogy (what a name!) are locked in the dungeons for speaking harshly to the queen. But when a band of foxes and ermine ruled by Gulo steal the precious flag the queen has made, Tam and Doogy are promised their freedom if they can return it safely. Expect a great adventure as they meet up with the Long patrol, Gousim, Redwallers, and even some new Characters as they battle there way across Mossflower. I give this book a 10 out of 10. Brian Jacques has done it again. 


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