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    1. Their Eyes Were Watching God
    by Zora Neale Hurston
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    Asin: 0060931418
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 3113
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    At the height of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston was the preeminent black woman writer in the United States. She was a sometime-collaborator with Langston Hughes and a fierce rival of Richard Wright. Her stories appeared in major magazines, she consulted on Hollywood screenplays, and she penned four novels, an autobiography, countless essays, and two books on black mythology. Yet by the late 1950s, Hurston was living in obscurity, working as a maid in a Florida hotel. She died in 1960 in a Welfare home, was buried in an unmarked grave, and quickly faded from literary consciousness until 1975 when Alice Walker almost single-handedly revived interest in her work.

    Of Hurston's fiction, Their Eyes Were Watching God is arguably the best-known and perhaps the most controversial. The novel follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford, a woman living in the black town of Eaton, Florida. Hurston sets up her characters and her locale in the first chapter, which, along with the last, acts as a framing device for the story of Janie's life. Unlike Wright and Ralph Ellison, Hurston does not write explicitly about black people in the context of a white world--a fact that earned her scathing criticism from the social realists--but she doesn't ignore the impact of black-white relations either:

    It was the time for sitting on porches beside the road. It was the time to hear things and talk. These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment.
    One person the citizens of Eaton are inclined to judge is Janie Crawford, who has married three men and been tried for the murder of one of them. Janie feels no compulsion to justify herself to the town, but she does explain herself to her friend, Phoeby, with the implicit understanding that Phoeby can "tell 'em what Ah say if you wants to. Dat's just de same as me 'cause mah tongue is in mah friend's mouf."

    Hurston's use of dialect enraged other African American writers such as Wright, who accused her of pandering to white readers by giving them the black stereotypes they expected. Decades later, however, outrage has been replaced by admiration for her depictions of black life, and especially the lives of black women. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston breathes humanity into both her men and women, and allows them to speak in their own voices. --Alix Wilber ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good read
    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston is a book about the life of a Negro woman in the 1900s. The story begins with Janie telling about her life, but then the author takes over the book. In the beginning, Janie returns to see some people she used to know sitting on their porch. After they dine with food she brings, Janie begins to tell her story, with Hurston soon taking over the point of view.

    We first hear about Janie's grandmother wanting her to marry Logan Killicks, an older man. She protests her decision, but her grandmother wants her to have someone who can offer Janie the security and protection of his older age and a large potato farm. The marriage occurs in the next chapter, but soon after Janie leaves her new husband to be with another man - Joe Starks.

    Joe and Janie go off to another place in Florida. Joe becomes mayor of a new town, named Eatonville, of all black people. Joe also builds a store in this town. At first, Janie is enjoying this relationship. But after the town starts developing, Janie doesn't enjoy life with Joe as much. This is partly because Joe is becoming the man of the town and Janie feels left out. She is asked by Joe to run the store, as Joe is busy doing town duties as the mayor, such as getting a new street light installed.

    Later, many other events happen in the story, but if I told you anymore I'd spoil the book.

    The author, Zora Neale Hurston, uses the dialog of Negroes in the story. Phrases such as "Aw, Tea Cake, you just say dat tuhnight because de fish and corn bread tasted sort of good" let you imagine the dialect used by southern black people. The characters created by the author really do let us know that they were blacks. We know this because of the way they talk, and because of the life that they are living as explained to us by Hurston.

    One theme of this novel relates to man versus society. In this case, man is Janie and society is the men of the south. Janie finally realizes all the hardships she has been through and how her life has changed. In a nutshell, this novel tells the life a Negro woman trying to live a happy life through difficult times.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful language, memorable characters, amazing story
    This book was originally published in 1937 and brought back into print because of an article in MS Magazine written by Alice Walker in 1975. It is considered a classic now, and is often required reading in South Florida high schools, and elsewhere I suspect, as well as being the book selected for Read Together Palm Beach County and for Read Together, Florida, a statewide reading project in 2004. Hurston was a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement, but was abhorred by Richard Wright who criticized her severely. Nonetheless, this book was an alternate pick of the Book of the Month Club when originally published. A short time later, some very ugly charges were leveled against Hurston; she eventually cleared her name but she never really got over it. Her books went out of print and she died, penniless, and was buried in an unmarked grave. Alice Walker found what was presumably Hurston's grave and erected a monument that reads, in addition to her name and dates, "Genius of the South."

    Their Eyes Were Watching God has quite a bit of Hurston's life, and more importantly, her beliefs invested in the main character of Janie Crawford. The novel is framed by Janie's return to Eatonville, the first all black incorporated city in the United States. Everyone in town is gossiping about her, and Janie tells her story to Pheoby, her best friend, and asks her to tell the townsfolk. Janie was raised by grandmother, Nanny, a former slave, who marries her off to an older farmer, Logan Killicks, when she's 16. She's not happy in that marriage and she leaves and marries Joe Starkes, who takes her to the new town of Eatonville. He becomes mayor there, and builds a store that becomes the center of town life. Twenty years later he dies, and she hooks up with the love of her life, Tea Cake, who is much younger than she is. He takes her to the Everglades where they survive the hurricane of 1928 that wiped out the 'Glades, but Tea Cake gets bitten by a rabid dog in the process. After his death, Janie returns to Eatonville, completing the frame.

    This is the story of a strong black woman's search for happiness and independence in a time when neither of those things was easily attainable. It is written in dialect, and is not an easy read. I listened to the beginning of the book on CD, produced by Recorded Books and read by Michele-Denise Woods, which it made it much easier to read on my own. It is also available on audiocassette read by Ruby Dee. Reading it aloud also helps - hearing the dialect makes it much easier to read. It's a terrific story and the language is incredibly beautiful, making the life of Janie Crawford a memorable one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Zora as Muse
    Criticized for not writing a protest novel by some of her fellow African-American writers of the time, Zora instead wrote one of the most poetic novels ever written in the United States. Written in the vernacular of her African-American characters while narrated in standard form, this novel is a blues tale which uses both variations of the language to tranport the reader into the heart and soul of Janie, a young African-American woman in the 1930s on a search.

    Musical, heartbreaking, endearing, hilarious, and a novel where the issues of the day enter in horrific ways, this book's title has to best describe Zora as she wrote this book, divinely inspired. There is love, there is marriage, there is separation, there is an irrepressible woman who still speaks to all about the search all meaningful lives undertake.

    Alice Walker so loved this book and this author she restored her grave.

    4-0 out of 5 stars God is with us
    Sometimes it takes forty years of life, many tragedys and three marriages
    before we finally get it right.
    Janie got it right towards the end. Zora Neale Hurston was ahead of her time ... writing about a black female hero, a woman who had opinions, a woman who didn't accept tradition, a woman after my own heart.
    Janie is a black woman with attitude.
    "What does he mean I can't do that, do I not have a mind, an opinion, a soul?"
    Janie is black, not the color to be in the 30s, 40s, 50s, even now, sometimes....but she endures, lives, loves.
    Tea Cake is her shining star; the younger man, the one most likely to leave her, since she's a forty year old has-been...but
    he is her beautiful prince, her young Lolita, her life.
    Janie is a survivor, a woman we all want to be like, a believer in the human experience, a woman...(Watch me Roar!)

    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is about a woman outliving heartache, humiliation and death...
    She is still living...
    inside every woman who believes life can be caught in mid-air, sucked up, absorbed, and changed
    if one so desires...
    How about you?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Their Eyes Were Watching God
    I was required to read this book in class. Although many of my peers disliked it, I found Their Eyes Were Watching God to be an interesting book. The vernacular dialect made it hard to read but I enjoyed the theme of love throughout the book. I was interested in the lessons that Janie, the main character, learned through each person that she met throughout her journey. I was interested in all of the African-American culture that filled this book. I would not recommend this book to everyone but it would be good for anyone who wants to broaden their horizons. ... Read more

    2. Among the Enemy (Shadow Children)
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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    3. The Outsiders
    by S. E. Hinton
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    Asin: 014038572X
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Prejudice
    I really liked S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders because of the unique way the book was written. Instead of the "conventional" writing style, Ms. Hinton wrote the book like she is Ponyboy Michael Curtis, "Greaser." This book was very interesting, it had many unexpected twists and turns. The Outsiders is a very believable book, and in many ways there are real "outsiders" today.

    The Outsiders dealt with prejudice, and as you are reading this book you begin to understand what life is like for other groups and how they act towards each other. It's sad because no matter what or who is in the group, they are all classified as "bad," "good," "smart," etc. It made me realize that I too judge and group people too easily, we all do.

    I would recommend this book to anyone (over the age of 11 or so) who wants to read an awesome novel about life, family relationships, friendships, social groups and prejudice.

    A Student at Secrist Middle School, 3rd period Language Arts

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Outsiders - A Timeless Read
    Even though S.E. Hinton's young adult novel, The Outsiders, was first published 35 years ago, it is timeless. Just like Romeo and Juliet, or West Side Story, it is a story of rivaling groups and the emotional and physical scars that the rivalry plays on the individuals of both sides. There is no love story, but the relationships among three recently orphaned brothers and their gang of greaser friends tells of deep attachments, love and hate.

    The story is told by fourteen year old Ponyboy who is the youngest of the Curtis boys. He reveals his opinions, insights and feelings towards the people and events going on around him. Throughout the story Ponyboy's sensitivity to the complexities of peoples thoughts, motivations, and actions, including his own, increases dramatically. As Ponyboy develops an understanding of his world, so does the reader develop an understanding of how a teenage mind works and grows.

    Hinton's greasers and socs (socialites) represent the cliques that forever seem to reign in middle and high schools. For this reason most readers will find it easy to relate to one or more of the characters. If the reader is an adult, like me, Ponyboy's revelations will shed some light on who some of those other kids in school were, and why they did what they did. For the teen reading the book for the first time,Ponyboy offers insights that might make the road they're travelling easier to understand now.

    If you have a teen in your home, don't show them the movie. Give them this book to read. They are sure to appreciate the gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Outsiders - A review
    This book is very good. i have read it in 2 days, and you can read it very good. it is not bad.keep cool, Heiko Rabus

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Outsiders is the best book ever!!!!
    Hey everyone we had to read the book the Outsiders this year(8th Grade) and then we had to watch the movie we had to do a BIG report on it and it was so0o0 much fun and I got a great mark on it..I liked it so much that in the summer I went out and bought the book and then I rented the movie and I have read the book like 4 times and watched the movie like 5 times it's the best ever if you are looking for a good book to read, read The Outsiders!! It's worth it!!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A girl's review on the outsiders..
    I have read this book 3 times and everytime I learn something different. I think everyone can relate to atleast one caracter in this book. I related myself to Ponyboy (the caracter that's telling the story from his point of view.)
    The author made me feel like he really went threw all of this, and this book wasn't fiction at all. Many life lessons come out at you as you read...and you don't want to put it down. The main caracter is an intellegent, opinionated teenager who is willing to hide himself and his feelings in order to fit into the world he is forced to live in..but some people he'll trust to open up too. He comes off as a poor troublemaker by the way he dresses, but he is really purer and golden than anyone.
    I recomend this book to everyone, especially teenagers. ... Read more

    4. Out of the Dust (Apple Signature Edition)
    by Karen Hesse
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    Asin: 0590371258
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Introduce your students to a Newbery Award winning book with this engaging teaching guide. Includes an author biography, chapter summaries, creative cross-curricular activities, vocabulary builders, reproducibles, and discussion questions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Dust Critique
    I think the novel "Out of the Dust" is a great, emotional story. It was very touching and I thought that it was neat that Karen Hesse wrote the story in free verse poems. The poems gave me enough information for my imagination to fill in. I could read the story at many levels.

    It is about a 14- year old girl, named Billie Jo. She suffered terrible dust storms in Kansas, the death of her mother, a non- communicative father, and the burning of her hands. She really liked to play the piano and was the smartest kid in the state.

    In the beginning of the book, her father worked on the farm, her mother did work around the house, and Billie Jo helped out, played the piano, and went to school.

    In the middle, a terrible accident happened. The Dad placed a pail of kerosene in the kitchen, and Ma thought it was water. She tried to make coffee using the kerosene. Then the pail caught on fire and Ma ran outside. Billie Jo picked up the bucket to keep the house from burning, and ran outside with it. As soon as she was outside, she threw the pail. Ironically, Ma was running back inside. The burning pail hit Ma and she was engulfed in flames. Billie Jo pushed her down and tried to put out the flames, burning her hands badly. A month later, Ma died, giving birth to a baby, who died shortly after. The tragedy was so horrible that I was drawn to find out how the story would end. Yet, the author didn't overwhelm me with morbid details.

    Billie Jo and her dad barely talked. It took time for the two to work out their problems. At the end of the book, they met a woman who acted like Ma. She was called Louise. Pa married her and Billie Jo forgave him and vice versa. They overcame the past and moved on in life.

    I like how Billie Jo gradually developed the problems and gradually solved them. In doing this, the author made everything believable.

    The whole story improved with the addition of Louise. There was always tension between Ma and Dad. Louise's influence brought calmness to Dad and Billie Jo. She also re-introduced Ma's good ideas to Pa, who finally acted on them.
    Louise also helped Billie Jo's confidence and sense of family increase. Through all this, these three characters grew in positive ways.

    In summary, the free verse poems, which encouraged my imagination and the gradual positive resolution of Billie Jo's and Dad's problems, left me feeling stronger and more positive about life. This story touches anyone who reads it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Dust
    I recently finished reading the book "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse. We are studying the Great Depression in history, and my History teacher thought it would be appropriate to read this book for further knowledge, and in depth descriptions. I think that reading this book, while studying the Great Depression is a great combination, and results in a rapid increase of knowledge. One of the most unique characteristics about this book is that it is written in diary format, completely in free verse poems, by Billie Jo, a 13-year-old girl living in Okalahoma, during the dust bowl. The best thing about expressing literature in poetry is that it adds emphasis on the dramatic parts; they also add emotion to places where emotion makes history a reality. Page upon page, Billie Jo describes how the dust storms impact the crops, as well as everyday life, and also how it feels to be living in the middle of the biggest dust storm in all of America; the Dust Bowl. As Billie Jo describes life during a dust storm, you are swept from your everyday life and brought into the reality of being in a dust storm. The descriptions are great, you feel as if you are Billie Jo, venturing into the wind, not being able to see, dust filling your mouth. This book explains the causes, effects, and impacts of the Great Depression, as well as many aspects of The New Deal. The FERA (federal emergency rescue association), a program in The New Deal, helps Billie Jo and her family with the farm, the CCC is also mentioned in the book. The story is not all about the dust storms however; "Out of the Dust" has a great plot, with many different things to pull you in farther. Many events happen that will alter Billie Jo's life forever, a horrible accident scars Billie Jo both mentally and physically, after which her relationship with her father will never be the same. As Billie Jo pursues to sort out her many family problems she surprisingly digs deeper into her soul than she ever thought was possible, finding things out about herself that she had never known before. I enjoyed this book very much, and I know you will too. If you enjoy learning more, while having suspense and a great, enthralling plot, this book is definitely for you!

    4-0 out of 5 stars it's a good story
    I recommend this book to anyone that's 13 years old and up because the first part of the story is emotional. Billy's mom died. "Ma died that day giving birth to my brother." Billy's mom died because of the fire in which she was burned badly. This is why I recommend this book to older kids. I like this book because when people that are close to you pass away it shows how you can get on with your live. "I was invited to graduation, to play the piano." This citation shows that people start to think that Billy is normal, and she can play the piano again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Makes you think about what you have.
    I read Out of The Dust when i was probably 11, and i LOVED it! For me, i love stories with a lot of drama and stories that make me cry. Some people don't like that feeling when reading a book. like i said though, i like it. As well as tears, there were also some laughs. it's a quick read and deffinately a good one!

    1-0 out of 5 stars NO GO FOR BILLIE JO
    I'm sorry but unless you are looking to throw yourself in a state of depression, this book is of no use to you.
    The story is about a girl who loses almost everything she has in a fire taking place around the time of the Dust Bowl. Sounds happy, huh?
    And when I say that the girl, Billie Jo, loses almost everything, which is closer to 'everything' than 'almost', I mean, she loses almost everything.
    Family? Her mother and unborn brother die in a kitchen fire, and the saddest part is that their deaths could have been prevented if Billie Jo hadn't flung boiling water out the door her mother had been walking through, and as you might imagine, that causes grief for Billie Jo, and her father as well. In fact, he goes on to become an alcoholic, or something like it, who lives in oblivion to pretty much everything. Even Billie Jo suffers from physical pain, when her hands were severely burned from the pot of boiling water she had unintentionally flung at her mother, causing her death.

    Belongings? Well, her family, or as the previous reviewer put it, 'what was left of it'..(I give you credit, whoever you are!) ...lost their fields, which were their main staple of income, in the dust bowl.
    Now, you might think that I'm exaggerating, but I assure you I am not. Before I had read it, my friends had told me how sick a book this was (and darn it, I couldn't agree more) and I just read it because I thought THEY were the ones exaggerating.
    So, you can be like me, If you wish, and go along and read it, which might not be such a bad idea, so you can get a taste for yourself how morally depressing this book is, or you can play it safe and not risk the nightmares. ... Read more

    5. Among the Hidden
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Asin: 0689824750
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

    Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

    Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Exciting
    It was against the law to have more than two children. Luke Garner, the main character in AMONG THE HIDDEN, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a third child. He had to hide all his life. He couldn't go to school ride in cars, watch TV or even use the computer. At least Luke could go outside because the woods were protecting his backyard from sight. That is, before the woods came down. The barons(rich people) built their houses where the woods used to be. Luke could never set a foot outside again, he couldn't even look out a window. One day, after everyone had left, Luke saw a child's face in one of the new neighbor's houses. The only thing was, two children already had left that house. Luke starts watching more carefully and realizes another child luves where two children already live. Could it possibly be another third child? Does he dare venture over there, through the exposed farm, where anybody could see him? I liked this book, like Running Out of Time(another book by Margaret Peterson Haddix),because it was exciting. It starts slow but gets better as it goes on. Each event led to another, and kept you on the edge. Margaret Peterson Haddix did a good job of making the book suspenseful and it makes you want to keep reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Among The Hidden
    ISBN 0-689-82475-0

    What would you do if you were just born and had already broken the law? This fantasy-adventure type book is all about Luke's life as a third child. He is forbidden by the law. Luke has to spend his whole life hiding from windows, open doors or anything like that. Until one day when both his brothers and parents are gone, he sees a girl in a house that has two brothers already. Could this be Luke's new and first friend? Or is it a burglar and he will get caught by the Population Police? Read the book to find out what decision Luke makes and how much it affects his life.

    This book was excellent. To be honest, I would recommend this book to just about and kid thats around my age (11-15). Anyone that enjoys reading would really like this book. This book was a real page turner. I finished it in about 5-6 days. I just could not put the book down because it had such good parts to it and the end of the chapters just kept you hanging and you had to go on. I really like this genre because my favorite kind of genre is fantasy. I also enjoy adventure and war-like kind of books. Like I said anyone would enjoy this book that is in Middle School.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a great book!
    In a future where the government enforces a strict policy of allowing only 2 children to a family, illegal third child luke garner must lead a secretive and cocealed life in his family home and the surrounding wood. But soon his life becomes even more secretive when a housing development is built across from his house, and his parents, fearing for his safety, restrict him only to the confines of his home.

    Following the exploits of luke as he longs for freedom and a better life, this book is exciting interesting, and a heart pounding page-turner without much even happening. In fact, the plot is so simple it could be paraphrased into ashort story; but that is th beauty of the book, how the author wraps you into this frightening reality and portrays luke's feeling with such skill and description that the bookeasily recieves five stars from me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like your teh one hidding illegal he's a third child, but thats not agenst the law here, but maybe it will be in the future. Margaret keep's you guessing. This books is thrilling with excitement, you never want to put the book down. Luke, is hiddin and he hates it, but one day looking out of a vent in his room, he saw in another window, a face, but everyone that was saposta leave in thats house already did, Luke's heart had raced. Another third child. Luke waited eagerly to see his new friend, but when he arrived he finds a spunky, tomboy, named Jen, she's got some big plans for her and Luke, before Luke even knows whats going on. She wants to be free she wants all shadow children to be free. Fake ID's are out of the question,and Luke slowly begins to understand why she hates the goverment so much, and he relises he does to. On the big night(im not going to tell you what the name is you shoud just go find out your self), when Jen is saposta make everything right, and have illegals come out in pupblic and be safe, she comes into Lukes home and ask's him to go with her, Lukes says no. And it was the right desishion. Luke dosent hear from Jen for days after the big night, so he gets the courge to go over, there he meets Jen's dad and learns a horrifing secret about him, there he gets a Fake ID and he makes a promise to his family to make a diffrence in the world. So hes comeing out of hidding........But he's walking into danger. Wait why am i saying all this????Go read the book, for me, for Luke, For Jen, For Margret.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Among The Hidden
    I thought this was a great book. It's about a boy named Luke. He is an illegal third child in a community where you are only allowed to have two or less children. Instead of normal police, they have population police. If a third child like Luke gets caught, they have to take them away from their family, and kill them, then pretend like it never happened. So luke's goal is to stay away from the population police and everyone else except his family. Then he finds out that his neighbors who have been there for a while, also have a third child. Then secretly he sneaks over to her house during the day because everyone is at work. They eventually become meet and become friends.His barrier to stay hidden is his parents. They feel bad that he has to stay hidden so they do something about it.
    This book is character driver. I know this because most book is based on Luke hiding. About his goal of not being found. The other part is him trying to find out who the other child is, because he has never seen anyone but his family.
    I really enjoyed reading this book, I wouldn't even mind reading it again. It is different because it has a strange goal. Instead of Luke trying to find or get something. He is trying to not be seen to keep his goal. I thought it was very well written. ... Read more

    6. Among the Betrayed
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Margaret Haddix
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    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    What does it mean to save yourself?

    Nina Idi -- a third child in a society where families are allowed only two children -- has been betrayed by the boy she loved, and arrested by the Population Police for exposing other alleged third children. Angry and confused, Nina knows only one thing for sure: She is innocent of the charges. But now she is faced with the most difficult choice of her life: Get three other prisoners to admit they are shadow children and be spared herself, or refuse to cooperate and be killed.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars this is a great book
    You have read the book Among the Betrayed. I think it is the best out of all three in the Among the Hidden series. If you liked the other two you will like this one. If you don't read the other two then you probably be lost through parts of this book. I hope you read this excellent book.
    I have been telling you that this is an excellent book but not why so I'm going to tell you why. In the book the main character is Nina. She has been convicted of being a third child in a world where you can only have two. Now she is given a choice. She can betray three children or die. Of course she chooses to betray. As she spends time with these children she finds it hard to betray them. Time starts to run out. She has twenty-four hours. A guard is poisoned and she grabs his keys while nobody is looking. Another man takes her to her cell, but he doesn't have the right key for it so leaves her there and locks there exit door. It is time to make her decision what will she do. I geuss you will have to read the book to find out

    5-0 out of 5 stars Among the Betrayed
    Hey! ... this book by Margret Peterson Haddix is a story about love, hatred, betrayal, and surivivsl. the main character is Nina Idi, or is it? Nina ( thats is her fake ID name) is an illegal third child. her real name is Elodie. The setting takes place at a prison. It adds to the mood because everyone acts depressed. It is not a normal jail it is a jail for illegal third children. Unfortunatly Nina was found at Harlow school for girls. I love this book! I would recommed this to anyone! That's why I gave it 5 stars

    5-0 out of 5 stars Among the Betrayed
    Aladin Library, 2003, 176pp.,
    ISBN 0-440-22672-4
    Among the Betrayed
    Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Everything was going pretty well at Hendricks School for Boys and at Harlow School for Girls, until a boy named Jason slips a note under the door to Harlow School for Girls.
    The note was an invitation to meet in the woods, right outside Hendricks, a couple times each week to discuss issues on what's going on at each of the schools. The most popular topic was the discussion about third children, who In this series of books are illegal, because the government is afraid of a food shortage.
    Jason is a betrayer and tricks all of them into confessing they have fake I.D. cards. This is a very dangerous for the third child and the family of the third child, if Jason tells the Population Police. The Population Police can kill you if you are an illegal child and for having a fake I.D. card.
    Nina is one of the kids who were betrayed and something and might happen to her and maybe even Jason. Luke might be accused too; for being a third child. To find out what happens to Luke, Nina and Jason read Among the Betrayed, a third book in the Shadow Children Series. (It is recommended that you read the first two books.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Among The Betrayed is a wonderful book!!
    This book is great!! It is very exciting and it never leaves you without something to think
    about. Margaret Peterson Haddix is an excellent writer and she definitely showed her skills
    off in this book. I love how she makes this alternate reality seem so real. When you're
    reading it's like a movie is playing inside your head because the story is so awesome! Can
    you imagine what would happen if you were an illegal child? What if this was happening
    to you? You HAVE to read this book and put yourself in Nina's shoes! What would you
    do? Think about it while you read Among The Betrayed for yourself!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, This book is great!
    Okay, It's obvious that Margaret Peterson Haddix likes subjects about the Population Police. She's written many books about it. But this one's by far the best one. You might be a bit bored in the beginning because you don't understand. But that feeling doesn't last very long. Okay, so Nina Idi is an illigal 3rd child, hiding with her grandma. Soon enough she is caught. To save her life, she must betray 3 children... or so she thinks. Read the book to find out what happens! ... Read more

    7. House Of Dies Drear, The
    by Virginia Hamilton
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    Asin: 0020435207
    Catlog: Book (1984-10-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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    A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves her was hiding in his house, an Underground Railroad station in Ohio, had been murdered. The house, huge and isolated, was fascinating, Thomas thought, but he wasn't sure that he was glad Papa had bought it-funny things kept happening, frightening things...The secret of the house is revealed in an exciting final sequence that maintains beautifully the mysterious and dramatic story of a black family caught in an atmosphere of fear and danger. Written with distinction, and imaginative and imposing book. (Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books) ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars creeepy book!!
    This book is about a family who a move into a house that everybody thinks is haunted. A long time ago it was a house on the Underground Railroad that housed slaves. Two slaves were caught and killed but the third slave escaped. Mr. Pluto is the caretaker and everybody thinks he is very creepy. Thomas soon hears about a rumor that Dies Drear's treasure is somewhere in the house but the Darrow family are after it too.
    I would give the book four stars because it is very interesting and the book is easy to read. It is interesting because it talks about mystery. The plot was okay since the beginning kind of dragged on and on but it gets better later on. The story is easy to read. Overall, this was a great book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars House of Dies Drear
    This is an excellent book for many readers. Personally, I don't read a great deal, but when I came across this book for a particular class, I was amazed at how quickly I was getting through it. This book was exciting and constantly kept me thinking of what would happen next. There was constant suspense with the haunted house and mysterious openings in the walls. The devilish caretaker also added to the drama in this story. I would encourage others to take the time and enjoy this interesting book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dies Drear
    I had very high expectations for this book because of all the good comments I heard about it. After I read it, I was VERY disappointed.It was dull and very slow. I had no fun reading it at all. I do not reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced and exciting books. It was supposed to be a horror story but turned out to be the opposite.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Jessie From Richview Middle School
    This story is about a boy named Thomas and his family, the Smalls, who move int a new house called Dies Drear. This house was used for slaves who wanted to return to savery or escape from it. Many things happen to them where they point to an old that is mysterious, but for a good reason, as the bad guy. Strange things happen to them while they are there, and it panics them because they are worried that something might happen to their family. Mr. Small, Thomas's father, and Thomas try to find their way through this big secret that they know is being kept from them. Finally they capture the old mysterious man and they find out that he isn't the bad guy at all, he was just trying to protect Dies Drear, because he didn't know whether he could trust the Small's or if they were on the other guy's side. He kept the secret of what the winding tunnels under the house held. Together the old man and the Smalls scare off the bad guys, at least for a little while. The old man now knows and trust that the Smalls will kept the treasure of the tunnels safe, so he doesn't have to protect them any more. That is how the story ends.
    I like this book because it has a lot a mysery and history to it, and I thought it was really unique. I am not a book-reader, but I can tell you that this book isn't just for people who like to read books it is definitely for every type of book reader. I hope you decide to read this book, because it is a really great book in my opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Taylor From Richview Middle School
    This story is about a young boy named Thomas and his family moving to a new house in Ohio. The house that they moved into was known as the House of Dies Drear. Dies Drear was a guy who was in charge of the underground railrad. The underground railroad was used so that slaves could flee to the north and escape slavery. Lets move on to the main plot of the story. The main plot is that the Darrows[ a family] keeps trying to break into the the cave that came with the property of the house. This cave held valubles thst Drear use to own. There was also a guy named Mr. Pluto that lived in the cave so that they could keep up the keep of the cave and to protect it so that no one would steel anything out of it. So once they found out that the Darrows kept trying to steel things they thought of a prank to pull on them. I dont want to give to much a way so t you guys will have to read the book to find out what they do to them. Throughout the book old Mr. Pluto was getting ill so at the end of the story Mr. Pluto gives the belongings to Mr .Small Thomas's dad to look after. I actually really enjoyed this book, and sorry to say but i dont like to read. The book had adventure,mystery, and a little touch of history because of the slavs and all, but other wise I thought the book kept you gussing almost the whole time so that made it a really good. ... Read more

    8. That Was Then, This Is Now
    by S. E. Hinton
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    Asin: 0140389660
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
    Sales Rank: 7599
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Published four years after her phenomenally successful first novel, The Outsiders, That Was Then, This Is Now confirmed S. E. Hinton's place in the canon of young adult literature. Returning to the same working-class landscape, Hinton paints a deeply-felt portrait of best friends Bryon and Mark, as they grow up and grow apart. Puffin is proud to publish this award-winning classic for a new generation of readers.A mature, disciplined novel which excites a response in the readerhard to forget. --The New York TimesBrutal, harsh, yet always credibleone of the best. --Publishers Weekly ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars That Was Then This Is Now
    A friend of yours is killed because of your life style. Do you continue to live like that or change?
    Mark and Bryon are like brothers. They grow up together hustling pool and street fighting. A friend Charlie dies during a street fight, Bryon then turns his life around. Mark sells drugs and is turned in by Bryon. Mark then goes to prison. Mark and Bryon who onced loved each other hate each other in the end. The book That Was Then This Is Now is a realistic fiction story. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read The Outsiders. It's a spin off of this wonderful novel. This book however, is slow moving. It has excitement, but it is slow to reaching its climax. It is a story based off of choices. It relates to everyone; we all have a choice how we choose to live our lives. I enjoyed the book, but not as well as The Outsiders.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book In The World
    What will Bryon do now that he's found out about Mark's secret, how will he handle this?"
    The name of this book is That Was Then, This Is Now and the author of the book is S.E. Hinton. This book takes place back in the 70's and 80's, back when there were socials and greasers. This book is about a boy named Bryon and his friend Mark who grew up together like brothers. Now Bryon and Mark are starting to grow apart from each other Bryon has a new girlfriend, which he spends more time with now, and does not really, spend as much time with Mark. Until one day, Bryon finds out a shocking secret about Mark, and faces difficult decisions that will change his life forever.
    That Was Then, This Is Now is one of the greatest books in the world, because it is so dramatic and intriguing. In this book, the author talks about real life incidents that happen to teenagers when they get in bad crowds. This book is very encouraging to many teenagers, because of its realistic features. The author includes different incidents that teenagers face once they grow up and go to high school; it has a good moral because it shows readers what they should not do. You should read this book because, once you read it, you will imagine that you are the protagonist, facing everything. In this book, a teenager faces very difficult decisions, which he does not really know how to solve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sequel to The Outsiders is outstanding
    This book, which has some of the same characters from The Outsiders, such as Ponyboy Curtis, is a great read. I read this book in practically one sitting it was so good. I don't think this book is as good as the first one, but it still is a great book. The main characters, such as Byron, Cathy, Mark, and M&M, really kept me captivated and kept me wanted to read on. This book deals woith some serious issues, such as drugs, fighting, and betrayal between friends. I honestly couldn't believe it when Byron told on his almost brother, Mark for what he did. In the end, Mark, Byron's former soul brother, ends up in jail. The books end is so sad, with Byron not really caring about anyone, and Mark hating him while he's in jail. It is for all these interesting plot twists, and captivating chracter conflicts that make this this book so interesting that you don't want to stop reading it. This book is a must-have, for anyone looking for a great read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars ...
    That was then, this is now is a great story. It has an ending that is unpridictable and in my opinion not very well written though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I liked reading the book, That Was Then This Is Now by S.E. Hinton.This story was about two teenagers named Bryon and Mark. Bryon wants to think of a future for himself. As for Mark,he lives like whatever happens,happens and is waiting for more thrills in life. They go to a pool hall everyday and play pool,but they have an outstanding tab for the coco-cola they drink. So the bar tender told them to get the money or they would get hurt. And another inciddent was when they were almost beaten up by a lot of Black people because Bryon broke this girl's heart and he wanted to get back at Bryon. This would be a good book for anyone(...). ... Read more

    9. Olive's Ocean (Newbery Honor Book)
    by Kevin Henkes
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    Asin: 0060535431
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Greenwillow
    Sales Rank: 607
    Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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    "Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

    Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

    Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

    And this year Martha's routine at her beloved grandmother's beachside house is complicated by the Manning boys. Jimmy, Tate, Todd, Luke, and Leo. But especially Jimmy. What if, what if, what if, what if? The world can change in a minute.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Side of Kevin Henkes
    As a fan of Kevin Henkes' picture books, I was eager to read this novel. It didn't disappoint. The sensitivity that peeks out from behind the whimsy in Henkes' picture books is given a chance to shine in Olive's Ocean.

    Just before leaving on her family's annual summer trip to Cape Cod, 12-year-old Martha receives a strange gift -- a page from the journal of a dead classmate she hardly knew. Upon reading the dead girl's words, Martha becomes haunted by the knowledge that she and this girl were so much alike, they could have been friends. She's determined to do right by Olive, who was friendless in life, and she's determined to find herself in the process as well.

    Martha achieves both goals, not without a few stumbles and setbacks along the way. Martha has a lot to think about -- boys, her aging grandmother, her father's obvious unhappiness with his chosen occupation (writing) and her excitement and uncertainty over her own chosen occupation (writing!).

    There is a certain epiphany about three-quarters of the way through the book that I feel comes too fast and too easily, but it's forgiveable because the rest of the book rings so true.

    This book reminded me of a sort of "beginner" version of one of my favorite books in the world -- "A Ring of Endless Light" by Madeleine L'Engel. "Olive's Ocean" is great for 10-year-olds and maybe even some eight-year-olds, whereas I'd give "A Ring of Endless Light" to kids ages 12 and up, and maybe a few astute 10-year-olds.

    It's wonderful to see another side of Kevin Henkes. There was already no doubt that he and his colorful books are here to stay, but this piece in a more muted palette is beautiful as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best
    Olive's Ocean is a great book about a girl named named Martha who has a complicated life. After Olive, a girl in Martha's class, dies in an accident, Martha feels somewhat guilty. In Olive's last journal entry she hoped for three things: she wanted to become a writer, she hoped that one day she could go to an ocean, and she wanted to become friends with Martha. Now Martha is trying to fulfill Olive's dreams for herself, and Olive.
    This book has won the Newbery Honor and captures the hearts and minds of girls ten-fifteen who also cherished the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.
    Kevin Henkes is a great fiction author who writes books for all ages. His writing is award winning from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse to Olive's Ocean.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
    Author - Daniel Handler. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.

    Publisher - HarperCollins, 2002

    Short Summary - A page-turner of a detective story, the book attempts to solve multiple mysteries, not the least of which could be, "Who is the author of this book, and can the author be trusted?" The reader becomes the spy, who follows clues found in various narrative threads. The result is a scrapbook-like top-secret file of artifacts for examination. As a fusion of genre, perplexing evidence crouches in familiar formats recognizable as pieces of letters, sheet music, theatrical scripts, photo-journalism, newspapers, secret codes, treasure maps, booklists, obituaries and revised diary manuscripts. In the end, the reader is left with unanswered questions, such as: "Is there anything a concerned citizen can do if he or she wants to help the Beaudelaires?" Both the hope of resolution and the burden of proof pass to the reader, upon joining this peculiar spy ring brotherhood. Initiates inherit a set of crucial tools of discovery and the passwords, "The world is quiet here." Join at your own risk. 212 pages

    Brief Evaluation - "What can be hidden in a book?" Here's a book intended to stretch every reader's ability to find out. Junior High School-aged readers will be challenged, as a willingness to venture beyond oneself produces a much deeper sense of satisfaction in this reading experience. The results of any call for "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" on this book remains thoroughly dependent on the reader's level of literature appreciation. Recommendations using VOYA evaluation codes: 5 for Quality/ 2 for popularity. A superior book for younger readers with an interest in knowing more about literature and literary pursuits. An enjoyable, helpful book for readers learning to improve critical literacy skills.

    Read Aloud Pages - ix - xvi, and discuss the reversible cover
    Literary Principle - allusion

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good, But... Not as Good as I Thought
    Ok, again people, Newbery is spelled N.E.W.B.E.R.Y.. Please look up certain words you are unsure of. This will save you from some unecessary embarassment. Knock on wood. :)(Why would someone write a review about a book before they read it)
    Martha Boyle has just strangely recieved a journal entry from a deceased classmates journal. The girl, named Olive, proclaims Martha "the nicest girl in class" (kinda unrealistic, since they had never formally met. While her family ( a mother, father baby sister, and teenage brother) have their yearly visit to Cape Cod, where her "godbee" lives, she finds herself thinking about Olive, forming a strong relationship with Godbee, and realizing that boys can be complete pigs at times.
    Read Olive's Ocean if you can relate to really DEEP people, who write unlike any REAL (...).

    3-0 out of 5 stars It is just so...serious
    The premise of the story is very thoughtful. Kids do have to deal the death of a classmate sometimes. Martha's relationship with her grandmother is very special and Henkes writes very lovingly of their affection for each other. There are lots of intermediate and jr. high readers who love "growing-up-angst" stories. I think girls 4th grade and up would identify with Martha. It definitely has a place in an elementary library though it is important to remember the medal on the cover does not mean it is a match for all readers nor all age groups . Younger readers would not appreciate the issues Martha faces. The "language" referred to in other reviews is very mild. My main quibble with this book is that it is just [so] serious...

    My guess is Henkes likes to go in a completely different direction from his picture books when he writes novels. ... Read more

    10. Tex
    by S.E. HINTON
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    Asin: 0440978505
    Catlog: Book (1989-11-01)
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf
    Sales Rank: 31289
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Jared at Richview Middle School
    Tex was the boy who the story was about. Mason was his older brother. Tex's friends are Johnny and Jamie. Jamie's older brother, Bob, is also friends with Tex and Mason. The book begins with Tex telling how his life has been. The problem is that their dad is in the rodeo so he travels to the rodeo and he hasn't been sending them money. I think the most exciting part is when there was a carnival in the city and they tried to sneak in without getting caught. The story ended with the two brothers happy and Mason was excepted into college to play basketball. Iliked the book because it was about two brothers that learned to live without their parents. Ithink the story was really interesting. The book was really good. If I was going to try to convince a friend to read this book I would tell him that it is a real good book about two brothers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Tex by Hinton
    The novel Tex by S.E. Hinton is an exciting book about a young teen and the problems he faces while growing up. Tex lives at home with his older brother, Mason, while his father travels the rodeo circuit. Tex's troubles begin when his father forgets to send money and Mason is forced to sell Tex's horse Negrito, in order to pay the bills. As things continue to get worse, Tex's easy going happy days come to an end. As Tex grows up he faces problems with all the people who are important to him. His father, brother, best friend, and his girlfriend all play an interesting part in the book. Through out the book, Tex reacts to situations in a careless and honest way even if it brings him trouble in the end. The author, S.E. Hinton, brings the characters to life because of the way she portrays them. I could almost guess the way Tex must be feeling at certain times in the book. She has a way of knowing what teenagers think and feel. The book kept my interest entirely because you never knew what might happen next. She lets the reader know that it is normal to have bad feeling for others sometimes. I believe this book helps teenagers understand that growing up isn't always easy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars watching grass grow is more fun
    Tex is about a young man and his brother. They get into trouble but also find their way out. Tex , the name of the main charter , has a dad but he doesn't live with him. Tex's dad doesn't always come down to visit and Tex holds that against him. Tex has a friend named Johnny and they like to hang out together. Tex has problems with his friends, with his foes, and sometimes with the law. One of the reasons that I didn't really like this book was that that it doesn't live up to The Outsiders a book also by S.E Hinton. This book did not have enough adventure in it. I was expecting something very good and adventurous from S.E Hinton but this book just isn't. I didn't connect with Tex because he's not really adventurous like me. He likes to ride horses and I really do not. If he was more adventurous and liked to get inn to trouble then maybe I would like the book a little bit more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Tex
    Tex was a great book. It was a book about a young boy named Tex. He lived a hard life. As he got older he started making wrong choices, and getting into trouble. I would strongly recomend this book to other students. I think they would find it an interesting and touching story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    i don't like reading but i am required to read for school. this book is awsomee. i actualy enjoyed it. it is perfect for a pree teen and or older children. it is inviting and makes you feel like you are a part of the story.if you don't read it i feel sorry for you. tex is from a mixed up backround but when you understand each puzzle peice it is a magnfficint story. 20 thumbs up ... Read more

    11. Running Out of Time (Aladdin Fiction)
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Asin: 0689812361
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 10782
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    Run For Your Life

    Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana, in 1840 -- or so she believes. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother reveals a shocking secret -- it's actually 1996, and they are living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. In the world outside, medicine exists that can cure the dread disease, and Jessie's mother is sending her on a dangerous mission to bring back help.

    But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Overall Good Book
    Have you ever had a crisis so bad that you needed to go into another time to fix it? Well, Running Out ofTime will take you on that journey.The book is written by Margaret Haddix. It is about a girl named Jessie who believes it is 1840.Then she is told that her village is fake and then she has to go into the real world of 1996 to save the children from a deadly disease named diphtheria. Throughtout the story Jessie goes through struggles with whom to trust and how to get help. Will she get the disease and die or save the village and live happly ever after? People who hate fiction should stay away from this book. The unrealistic twists like how she justs calls a new team and how they help her might annoy someone who hates paying attentionto what they are reading. Also the end might be irritating because of the authors constant need to answer every little question and leave you with nothing to think about. Overall the book was good and if you like science fiction, read it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Read Running Out Of Time..... Don't Waste Time
    Thirteen year old Jessie Keyser lives in a village in Clifton, Indiana with her family. She lives in the year 1840, but outside of Clifton there's a much larger world. It's 1996.
    In the village of Clifton, diphtheria begins to grow. Her mother wants her to go outside of Clifton to get help, but she doesn't think it's right because it's dangerous. Her mother tells her to go outside of Clifton, so Jessie does. She's supposed to call a man named Mr.Neely. There are a lot of things she doesn't know.
    I thought the book Running Out Of Time was a very enjoyable book because it was cool to try and see what Jessie would do in the modern world. The writing was very descriptive. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure and people between the ages of 9 through 14.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my all time favourite book!!!
    Running out of time was the most interesting, fabulous and provocative I have ever read. The book is about a girl called Jessie who lives in a 1940's village, she escapes to save her friends and family and bring them to the year 2000. She has to go through a lot of personal chllenges.

    This could be a great book for any type of reader (even those who do not like reading).

    If you have read Among the hidden, you will love this book even more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite book
    The book is really interesting because it talks about the past where the main character is thought to believe that it's the 1800's and not 1996.It gets better as you go on because Diptheria spreads around the reservation where she lives killing friends.As you go, you learn new things that you hadn't known before.She goes through a lot of things in her journey because she's sent to look for a doctor to cure the people.At the end she saves all the people in the reservation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars i wish i could give it a 4.5
    loved this book. it has a great concept, a fantastic story line, but the charecters could use some developing. running out of time could be longer, and that would only make it better. though, i must admit it had me thinking about whether or not it's really 2004 or not, who knows? maybe we live in a tourist attraction, and out side this little experimental world, there are aleins living in 4011? anyway, but this book, it wouldn't be a waste of money. ... Read more

    12. Among the Brave (Shadow Children)
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Asin: 0689857942
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
    Sales Rank: 6738
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    In the aftermath of a crisis that threatens the safety of all shadow children -- illegal third-borns in a society that allows only two children per family -- Trey's friends expect him to take charge -- a function he doesn't want or think he can do.

    Trey's new role leads him to travel with Luke Garner's brother, Mark, to Population Police headquarters. There he impersonates an officer to try to rescue Luke, who has been taken prisoner. The nonstop adventure puts all three boys in danger and risks exposing the underground movement to help all shadow children.

    In this, the fifth book in the Shadow Children series, Margaret Peterson Haddix returns to the futuristic setting and compelling characters she created in Among the Hidden. With an adrenaline-fueled plot and surprising twists, Haddix has again crafted a story that is suspenseful until the last page. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars I'm very disapointed
    _ For a normal author, I'd say this book is excellent. But this book happened to be written by one of my favorite authors. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a remarkable writer who posseses a great talent in her field of work. The first four books in the Shadow Children Series were wonderful, as are all of Margaret Peterson Haddix's previous books. I felt, however, that this one just failed to live up to the excellence of it's precedors. I blame this mainly on the pressure which the author was under to finish. This aside, there were many aspects of this book which I liked.
    _ I really liked that it was narrated in the perspective of Trey. It gives the readers a bit of change, considering how many of the books were narrated in the perspective of Luke. Also, this was the first of the books that made the Population Police seem more like natzis than police. Actually, this was the first book where they were like natzis, considering that the government in this book switches from dictatorship to fascism. Anyways, I'm disapointed with Margaret Peterson Haddix, but this book was certaintly good, especially compared to many other young adult books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
    This book,though was clearly aimed for young adults,isn't that bad.Infact,I think that it is great.This book lands you in the perspective of a shadow child called Trey.The book starts off right at thend of the forth book(Among the Barons.)
    After the assasination of the Grant's,Luke(Lee),Nina,Trey and everyone else heads back to the Garners residence.After the others have been kidnapped and the leader of the Population Police comes to power,Trey meets up with Mark,Lukes older brother and together they sneak into the Population Polices headquarters and rescue everyone.My only reccomendation is that you should read the first four books first and that if you are 7 or under,they should read it with someone older.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing....
    I actually didn't expect Among the Brave to star Trey instead of Luke, but it's a nice change and gives more depth to someone Luke knows. In particular, I sense that there are changing dynamics to the relationship between Luke, Nina and Trey. Luke was the de facto leader of the group at Hendricks, pushing other third children to be less fearful and more open, but it seems that the "trial by fire" that Trey had to undergo has caused a newfound recognition of his own capabilities which will probably rival Luke's.

    I felt that there were some amusing aspects to this story - Trey's habit of thinking in Latin and French, for example, or his sarcastic thoughts regarding the attitudes of people in the Population Police. This is a bit of a change from the somber tone of the previous books.

    I have no way of knowing if this is the last book of the series, but the book ends on a note of suspense, and with all the loose ends tied up. It's hard to see where the author could strike out from here, since it's guaranteed that the good people will win eventually if they try hard enough. So even if these five books are all that are written, they'll be an enjoyable read for many people.

    I agree with the editorial review that some of the events in the book are not that plausible at first glance, but if one stops to consider that incompetence in totalitarian regimes might well be overcompensated by slavish adherence to the leader, then the plausibility factor becomes less of a problem. (It strikes me that in the country of the Population Police and totalitarianism, there can't that many people who know French, much less Latin.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    This book is the best book in the whole series of "shadow children" books. It's a great series for people like me that don't like to read or just don't have time to read. This series helped me understand that there are some really interesting books out there, and you don't just have to read those boring books that you are forced to read either in school or at work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Wow. This seris is good. If you're just starting, I recommend starting from the beginning. But, this seris will keep you hooked. The events are believable and the characters begin to feel like family. Most of the time, you won't be able to put it down. It's that kind of book. So, all I have to say is that Margaret Peterson Haddix is an awesome writer and I am having a hard time waiting for the next installment. Check this series out! ... Read more

    13. Dust Tracks on a Road : An Autobiography
    by Zora Neale Hurston
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    Asin: 0060921684
    Catlog: Book (1996-06-19)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 31656
    Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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    "I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows with a harp and a sword in my hands."

    First published in 1942 at the crest of her popularity, this is Zora Neale Hurston's unrestrained account of her rise from childhood poverty in the rural South to prominence among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. Full of wit and wisdom, and audaciously spirited, Dust Tracks on a Road offers a rare, poignant glimpse of the life -- public and private -- of a premier African-American writer, artist, anthropologist and champion of the black heritage. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Dust Tracks seen from the eyes of a Slovene English student
    Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road is a true story of a smart little black girl, who has the intelligence and the perseverance to rise above her all-black community, Eatonville, and become a respected and well known novelist,short-story writer, folklorist and anthropologist.
    However, it is not a typical autobiography, not in any way. It has often been said that Hurston lived her life 'half in shadow' and this is also characteristic also of this book. It is rare that ,after having read an autobiography, the reader is left without the information of the writer's year of birth, for instance. On the other hand, it is, in the words of Robert E. Hemenway, who also wrote her biography, 'a fascinating self-portrait, despite its inconsistencies, of one of the major black women artists of the twentieth century'.
    The main reason for reeding Dust Tracks is its nature, i.e. the way she describes the struggle of a poor black girl to 'secure an education and catch fame'(R.E.Hemenway, Introduction to Dust Tracks on a Road, Second Edition) and the way she manages to collect her reflections and ideas about her own life into three unique chapters at the end of the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Khalia
    This autobiography focuses equally on her opinions (highly untraditional)and her life (also highly unorthodox) giving the reader an unashamed glance to peer into the deepest wells of her being.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    The autobiography of Zora Neale Hurston, "Dust Tracks on the Road", proved to be an incredibly interesting book. This book shows the hardships that Zora underwent during her rise from childhood poverty in the rural south to a prominent place among the leading artists and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. One part of the book that really caught my attention is how Zora manages to give her reader glimpses of a character that is a very public and privet artist, writer, and companion of black heritage. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to deepen as well as straighten their knowledge of the African American Heritige.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
    This autobiography of Zora Neale Hurston was very fascinating. She talks about her childhood on to her others works. I found this very humorous. I recommend this book for anyone wanting a interseting read.

    3-0 out of 5 stars eventually satisfying
    I've just finished reading this book as a summer reading assignment for school, and to my surprise, I found myself actually enjoying it. I went into the reading of this book with reluctance. I've read THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and while I enjoyed that book at first, I was always frustrated that the main character had to find herself through dependence on men, namely Tea Cake, whom I despised because of his controlling nature and ultimate betrayal. However, despite my prejudices against it, this book managed to grab my attention.

    That is, in the last three chapters. I did not think this book was mostly an account of the other books Hurston has written, as some other readers have stated. Hurston only focused one or two chapters toward the middle of the book on other works, but even then it was only to list when she wrote which book, not to go in depth on the process and motivation. However, it seemed to me that it was an account of Hurston's journey through life, including details on her childhood in Eatonville. This is all well and good, except, especially as Hurston gets into the adult years, she tends to gloss over much of the details, omitting names, and mentioning events which obviously impacted her life yet for some personal reason or another, refusing to describe to the reader these events for fear of who knows what.

    This was only the first confusing element. I also had a difficulty with Hurston's writing style. She tends to jump from one anecdote in the middle of another with no explanation before returning to her original story, which left me as the reader, feeling befuddled. The sequence of the chapters, out of her childhood, also does not really seem to follow a sequential storyline.

    I was also bothered with Hurston's portrayal of herself, especially her childhood self. She seems to portray herself as the only child there ever was with an active imagination. Perhaps I am actually a member of the privileged minority, but I know that I told myself stories and had imaginary friends when I was a child. I was also very devoted to literature, and reading, as I still am, though Hurston's individualities in that area are more understandable, perhaps, considering the circumstances.

    Despite all this, I walked away from this book with a respect for Hurston that I hadn't felt before because of the last three or so chapters in the book where Hurston discusses her thoughts and feelings on her race, and the inter-racial strife which hurt the African-American Civil Rights movement. I also enjoyed the appendix in which the reader is allowed a glimpse at Hurston's more controversial writing.

    I don't hold a grudge against Hurston's perhaps unorthodox method of writing an autobiography, far from it. In fact, I think this book would have benefited greatly if Hurston had included more of her personal view points on the world as she did in the last few chapters. Hurston was often criticized for writing African-American literature that was not a rousing cry for Civil Rights, in this book, Hurston finally explains WHY. It also would have been helpful if Hurston either would have detailed the events in her life which were so groundbreaking, or simply not mentioned them at all, instead of saying "Then this happened and it changed my life and for that I will be forever grateful, but I'm not going to tell you anything about what it was." The strange presence of such passages was much more disquieting then their absence would have been.

    So in conclusion, I'm glad this book included an appendix, and I do feel Hurston deserves some plaudits for writing what was eventually a stimulating autobiography. ... Read more

    14. Rumble Fish
    by S.E. HINTON
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    Asin: 0440975344
    Catlog: Book (1989-11-01)
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf
    Sales Rank: 10135
    Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A really good novel,everybody should read it
    I think Rumble Fish was a really good book.I have read all of SE Hintons books,and i think this was one of my favorite books.I love the way the plot was and how Rusty-James'character,and how all the other characters,were played out.The book kept me in suspense all the way through.It was very exciting,and matched up perfectly with its name.I dident really know why it was named Rumble Fish until the end.The characters in all of SE Hintons books are alike in one way or another,but the plot is always so different from every other book.After i read The Outsiders,i liked it better than any other book.But when i read half way through Rumble Fish i knew i was going to really like it just as much,and i did.Its really hard to explain how good this book is.You have to read it for yourself.I loved it and you will too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Soldate's Period 1 Review
    Rumble Fish teaches you to stand up for yourself and be prepared for the future. In the story they had many family and drug problems. Tex was very different from Rumble Fish. The author has a good perspective of teen life even though she writes from a male perspective. There are many teens who have family and drug problems like the characters in Rumble Fish. For example, there are no longer that many traditional families because of numerous issues. Rusty James's mom left his dad when he was a toddler. Mr. James's drinking caused them to split up. In addition, there are many young people doing drugs in the story and the world. Biff Wilcox is a pill popper. Cassandra is another drug addict. There are many problems in the story that relate to the world. Rumble Fish was really cool to read and easy to understand. Some people could realte to it. It has good description, so you got to know the characters well. In some parts it was a little slow. Overall, everybody thought it was a good book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best novel by SE Hinton
    Rumble fish is a dark look at life in the late sixties/early seventies . The main character is a tough guy named Rusty-James, who uses his strength and fighting abilities instead of his mind . The story is told as a flashback with Rusty-James meeting his old geeky friend Steve when he is in his early twenties . Throughout the story we see Rusty-James idolize his older brother who looks like a "prince," and whose view of the world differentiates from everybody else in the washed up neighbourhood . Rusty-James talks about one day looking like his older brother and his respect and reputation is gained partially from being related to the myth known as the Motorcycle Boy , his brother . The books charm is possibly because of how vague it is , the Motorcycle Boy is never named , neither is the time period , the location is'nt named and women are considered secondary characters , two dimensional and unimportant . Rusty-James has his crew of pals ; Smokey (the intellegent tough guy who has a silent tension with Rusty throughout the novel) , BJ , (the fat tough kid) , Midget , (the tall lanky kid who informs Rusty-James about his fight with Biff Wilcox) and last but definatly not least Steve Hays, Rusty's best friend , a nerdy blonde haired cautious guy , who looked twelve and acted forty . Rusty-James dad is an alcoholic who at one point in his life attended law school . The father never tells Rusty how to live his life and it seems as if Rusty-James and the Motorcycle Boy are free to do what they want . Rusty-James must worry if his dad will drink up the welare check before he can get his hands on some of the money . Rusty-James also has a girlfriend , Patty , a two dimensional girl who sways any way the wind blows , we find out that shes a hellcat and not a natural blonde , but thats about it . Rusty-James misses the days of the white gangs and rumbles , instead he lives in a washed up town infested with what killed the gangs -dope. Rusty-James looses the most important thing he had in his life and the novel basically ends there with a very depressing last paragraph . The novel is an example of how a simply written novel about a 14 year old wine haired punk who fights , drinks , smokes and gets expelled from his school can be a deep novel drentched in symbolism and interesting characters can be one of the best books I've ever read . And to think its only 135 pages ! The book is great and it prevokes so many emmotions in me , I can relate to everything in the book , the setting ,the characters , its people I've known and places I have been . This novel is amazing and I recomend it to anyone who wants to hear a good yarn .


    4-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Book
    Rumble Fish is a good book because it relaxes you when you need to be relaxed, and if you are really interested, it can sometimes intertain you. Rumble fish is about a kid named Rusty-James. Rusty-James has a best friend named Steve. Steve is the one always giving Rusty-James advice when he needs it, always keeping him company when rusty-james wants it, and always sticking up for him when he is being told on. Rusty-James has a role model who he wants to grow up and be just like. He is a kid who isn't scared of nobody and who everyboyd looks up to. They call him "The Motorcycle Boy." They call him that because everytime he gets near a motorcycle he likes, he takes off with it and disappears. when Rusty-James is always with The Motorcycle Boy, he finds out that being with him might not be so cool. Rusty-James realizes that being just like The Motorcycle Boy might get him into a lot of trouble.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Rumble Fish
    I thought the book was a three, because i wasnt very intersted in the story line. It is about a young boy he is 14 tears old. it was about how hi life changed drasticly. If you are in to a unpreditable book this one is for you. ... Read more

    15. My Louisiana Sky
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    Asin: 0440415705
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-11)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 151382
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Tiger Ann Parker wants nothing more than to get out of the rural town of Saitter, Louisiana--far away from her mentally disabled mother, her "slow" father who can't read an electric bill, and her classmates who taunt her. So when Aunt Dorie Kay asks Tiger to sp the summer with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger can't wait to go. But before she leaves, the sudden revelation of a dark family secret prompts Tiger to make a decision that will ultimately change her life.

    Set in the South in the late 1950s, this ter coming-of-age novel explores a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to accept her grandmother's death, her mentally deficient parents, and the changing world around her.It is a novel filled with beautiful language and unforgettable characters, and the importance of family and home.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Louisiana Sky
    Paige Gallia

    My Louisiana Sky

    Tiger Ann is a typical girl who is bright in school and good at baseball. The unfortunate part about her life is that the girls in her class often tease her about her family. Tiger knows that her family is rather different from many other families. They are mentally slow, and Tiger keeps her embarrassment hidden as long as her grandmother runs the household. Suddenly Granny dies, and Tiger is left to the care of her parents with her aunt. She offers Tiger Ann to come live with her, but Tiger has to make the right choice.

    My favorite part in the story was when Jesse Wade, her friend, kisses her when she least expected it. She ran away from him telling him to stay away from her. She didn't think or what want her friendship with Jesse Wade to become like that. She just didn't think of him that way. After she started talking to him again and forgave him for the kiss, she thought that he wasn't that bad and was actually glad that HE was the one that gave her first kiss. So after that, they still stayed as best friends.

    I enjoyed this book very much. At the beginning, it was boring and I wanted to put it down, but then , as I got further into the story, I found it much more interesting. My teacher, Mrs. Stepp recommended this book. I think it is a great book for students between the ages of 10-13, or even adults too! It tells how someone should not like them because of their family, but how they should like someone for the way they are. All in all, this is a fascinating book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Louisiana Sky
    Tiger Ann is a typical girl who is bright in school and good at baseball. The unfortunate part about her life is that the girls in her class often tease her about her family. Tiger knows that her family is rather different from many other families. They are mentally slow, and Tiger keeps her embarrassment hidden as long as her grandmother runs the household. Suddenly Granny dies, and Tiger is left to the care of her parents with her aunt. She offers Tiger Ann to come live with her, but Tiger has to make the right choice.

    My favorite part in the story was when Jesse Wade, her friend, kisses her when she least expected it. She ran away from him telling him to stay away from her. She didn't think or what want her friendship with Jesse Wade to become like that. She just didn't think of him that way. After she started talking to him again and forgave him for the kiss, she thought that he wasn't that bad and was actually glad that HE was the one that gave her first kiss. So after that, they still stayed as best friends.

    I enjoyed this book very much. At the beginning, it was boring and I wanted to put it down, but then , as I got further into the story, I found it much more interesting. My teacher, Mrs. Stepp recommended this book. I think it is a great book for students between the ages of 10-13, or even adults too! It tells how someone should not like them because of their family, but how they should like someone for the way they are. All in all, this is a fascinating book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Whats a girl to do???
    Tiger is an average girl. Her parents dnot have a lot of money. Although Aunt Dorie Kay does. Dorie Kay lives in Baton Rouge . She is a sweet lady and has a big apartment. Tiger's Momma and Daddy are "different". They are slow. Some people say retarded but that sounds so mean. Jesse Wade is Tigers best Friend and has been forever. They tell their deepest, Darkest secrets. Gram is the one who does everything. She is the glue who holds everyone together.
    Tiger doesnt say that her parents are slow. If anyone says anything she just pretends they arnt there. Then Abby Lynn starts to become friends with tiger or so Tiger thinks. Then Jesse Wade tells Tiger the biggest of all his secrets. She finally finds true love. I think this book was very good i've read it 3 times now. It's very discriptive. It also relates to a lot of teenagers. I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves drama and romance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Louisiana Sky
    My Louisiana Sky is by Kimberley Wills Holt . The publisher is Henny Holt and comany publis date is 1998. Do you like sad,happy,laughing,exciting can't wait for the next word kinda book?
    Well then this is the book for you! Tiger Ann Parker lives in Saitter,Louisiana. With her grandma,mom.and dad. Little does she know
    hr grandma dies, Aunt Dorie Kay ask Tiger to live with her in Baton Rouge!
    Her mother is slow because an axcentent. this book is a great can't wait read the next word kinda book.
    i think others will like this book because it grabs your attioen and you don't want to put it down! On a rating from 1 to 10 i give it a 10!

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Louisiana Sky
    My Louisiana Sky is about an un-wealthy thirteen-year old girl named Tiger who has two 'slow' parents. Her grandmother lives with them but when the grandmother dies the family does not know what to do. I loved this book because it had so many cliffhangers it kept me thinking about the book even after I finished reading it. This book made me realize how lucky I am and it made me cry for Tiger and Tiger's mom. I do not know what I would do if anywhere I went I was paranoid of my parents making a fool out of me. Throughout the entire book I was scared Tiger would loose her relationship with her mom and dad. I was also scared Tiger would blow up at her mom, which she did a couple of times. I would recommend this book to all girls who feel bad for themselves. Maybe when they see how bad Tiger has it, they will see how lucky they are. I would also recommend this book to all tom-girls who are deciding on becoming one of the followers who follow the girly popular crowd, just like Tiger. ... Read more

    16. Escape from Memory (Golden Duck Awards. Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades (Awards))
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Asin: 0689854218
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
    Sales Rank: 38308
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    "Well, I'm sure I don't have any secrets...," I said, trying to sound certain. "Can't we just tell them that?"

    Mom's steady gaze was driving me crazy.

    "Oh," she said slowly, "but that's where you're wrong. You see, you do have the secrets. You know them."

    When Kira agrees to let her friends hypnotize her at a slumber party, she has no idea that she will reveal secrets even she didn't know she had -- memories of fleeing a war-torn country with her mother, understanding a language she can't identify. Then her mother disappears, and a woman calling herself Aunt Memory takes Kira to Crythe, a place that doesn't officially exist, in order to rescue her mother -- or so Kira thinks. She soon learns that there are memories locked in her mind that place her and her mother in grave danger, but those memories are also the only thing that might save them.

    In Escape from Memory, award-winning author Margaret Peterson Haddix imagines a culture that values its memories above everything else -- and a teen who has to make the most important decision of her life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I've ever read
    This book is the best book I have ever read. Kira, Sophia, Rona, and Lynne are the most remarkable characters in this book. Kira is the best character of all. Kira has a lot of friends in Willistown that care a lot about her,and will be at her side 24 hours a day if they could. Kira is a very good friend because in the book Kira looks out for Lynne through out all the problems with their stay in Crythe. Kira really cares about her mother Sophia. Kira during the story helps try to save her mom from getting killed or injured in any way. Lynne helped Kira get through their plan. Rona is a very evil woman. She doesn't care about anyone but herself and so she can rule Crythe for the rest of her life. Rona has a very negative attitude toward things when they don't go her way. I do think people who would like mysteries, adventures, and very well thought out planning will not like but love this very exciting book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best bookI've ever read
    This book is the best book I have ever read. Kira, Sophia, Rona, and Lynne are the most remarkable characters in this book. Kira is the best character of all. KIra has a lot of friends in Willistown that care a lot about her,and will be at her side 24 hours a day if they could. Kira is a very good friend because in the book Kira looks out for Lynne through out all the problems with their stay in Crythe. Kira really cares about her mother Sophia. Kira during the story helps try to save her mom from getting killed or injured in any way. Lynne helped Kira get through their plan. Rona is a very evil woman. She doesn't care about anyone but herself and so she can rule Crythe for the rest of her life. Rona has a very negative attitude toward things when they don't go her way. I do think people who would like mysteries, adventures, and very well thoght out planning will not like but love this very exciting book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Have 2 read
    This was the book of Margaret Peterson Haddix that i've read and it was really good.Better than good. Just when you think you know that is going on, she'll spit something else at you and you'll be like whoa. when you're done with this book, it'll leave you wanting more, it did for me

    5-0 out of 5 stars Have 2 read
    This is the first book of Margaret Peterson Haddix's that i've ever read and it was really good. Just when you think you know what going on, she spits something else at you. When you finish reading it, it'll leave you wanting more, it did for me ... Read more

    17. Shadow Children (Boxed Set) : Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons (Shadow Children)
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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    Asin: 0689033672
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Aladdin
    Sales Rank: 6342
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    Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. Illegal third children -- shadow children -- must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: Death.

    Among the Hidden

    An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    An American Booksellers Association Kids' Pick of the List

    Among the Impostors

    International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice
    Among the Betrayed
    An America Library Association Quick Pick
    International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choice
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    18. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
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    Asin: 0440229049
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-10)
    Publisher: Yearling
    Sales Rank: 103381
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town.Nothing much until this summer that's full of big changes.
    It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer.And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam.But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world.Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Be Glad You Read This!
    The creativity of Kimberly Willis Holt comes at you full-speed in this novel. What's most impressive is the clever way that the seemingly simple small town of Antler, Texas is juxtaposed with the very complex happenings of its townspeople. Toby, our protagonist, spends the summer of 1971 trying to understand his mother's ambitions, his father's lack of emotional expression, and his best friend Cal's under-appreciation of a brother fighting in Vietnam. Toby is given a chance for adventure when a side-show comes to town in the form of the trailer-home of the anti-social Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world. In the end, Toby is able to make better sense of his own world through what he is able to offer to Zachary. The dead-on descriptions of adolescent boys in any given summer in the 70's is captivating. I highly recommend this book to middle school-aged boys and girls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definately worth reading
    I picked up this book because the cover looked interesting (really!) and I had read about it in a magazine. Toby Wilson is the narrator who lives in the boring town of Antler Texas in 1971. His mom is in Nashville pursuing her country music career. One day a trailer arrives in the Dairy Maid (local restaurant) parking lot advertising Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world. Toby and his friend Cal go to check it out. It turns out not to be such a boring summer after all.

    I really enjoyed this book. You get to know and love the characters, which are very interesting and all have their own quirks. It starts off pretty boring but I was compelled to keep reading just by the first page. The book is sometimes laugh out loud funny. The author is very very good at showing the characters' emotions - sometimes they surprise you. I can't wait to see what else this author will write.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book was good
    I liked this book. It is great how Holt stepped into Toby's shoes. Readers will grow to love Wayne, Toby's best friend's brother who was drafted for the Vietnam War. I loved Wayne, too. He was one of my favorite characters, despite the fact that he is not present and eventually dies. The characters are all very well developed. Kids from 4th grade to 8th grade will want to read this. This book is very good, and I enjoy reading it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When Zachary Beaver Came To Town
    "Nothing ever happens in Antler, Texas. Nothing much at all. Until this afternoon, when an old blue Thunderbird pulls a trailer decorated with Christmas lights into the Dairy Maid parking lot."
    Meet Tobias Wilson, your average American boy. He's short, has a crush on Scarlet Stalling, and his mother is pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star.
    He's about to set off on what seems like the most boring summer ever. His best friend's older brother is off fighting in Vietnam. Toby also has to suffer the agony of watching Scarlet Stalling kiss another boy while Toby baby-sits her sticky-fingered, incontinent little sister.
    Then Zachary Beaver, described as "the fattest boy in the world", moves into Antler, closely tailed by a whirlwind series of events.
    Kimberly Holt has outdone herself with When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. She captures the mind of the reader, drawing them into the story. The reader becomes Toby, feeling his rage and frustration, joy and wonder. The characters become people you know and trust through Holt's use of in-depth description and witty dialogue. I recommend When Zachary Beaver Came to Town to anyone who enjoys a compelling, thrilling read.


    4-0 out of 5 stars When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
    I liked the novel "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" for many reasons. One of witch is that its a story about two boys that live in a small town like the one I live in. Another reason I enjoyed it was that the author Kimberly Walis Holt did a very good job of discribing the characters. I disliked the way that she discribed the delivery of the worms.

    The best part of the book in my opinion was when Cal and Toby defended Zachary from the other kids. Ms. Holt had vivid imagry of the boys. In this part Cal had left food for Zachary on his front step and they waited to see if he would pick it up. While they were waiting some other boys came up and started picking on him. Toby and Cal did the reasonable thing and helped defend Zachary.

    The author had a good discription of the setting and talking about the characters. When she said, "The cotton feilds look like waves" I could imagine it. Toby and Cal remind me of two brothers that were always playing and rough-housing. ... Read more

    19. Their Eyes Were Watching God CD
    by Zora Neale Hurston
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    Asin: 0060776536
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.

    Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.

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    20. The Outsiders
    by S.E. HINTON
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    Asin: 1400085314
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-13)
    Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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