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1. A Northern Light
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2. The Ides of April (Ray, Mary,
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3. Silver Is For Secrets
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4. Shakespeare's Secret
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5. The Mediator #2: Ninth Key (Mediator)
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6. Deathwatch (Laurel Leaf Books)
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7. Blue Is for Nightmares
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8. The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart
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9. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls
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10. The Quotable Slayer (Buffy the
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12. Spy High Mission Two: Chaos Rising
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13. White Is for Magic
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15. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
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18. Acceleration (Edgar Allen Poe
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20. What Janie Found

1. A Northern Light
by Jennifer Donnelly
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Asin: 0152053107
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 28267
Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.

Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.

Includes a reader's guide and an interview with the author.
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5-0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR YOUNG ADULTS--FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES A GREAT READ
I finished A Northern Light in a weekend; what a pleasure! I don't fit the intended young adult demographic, but I've always had an interest in children's and young adult literature as a result of my many careers.

Ms. Donnelly brilliantly captures the boom era of the 1900s New York Adirondack Mountain region. The story of Mattie Gokey, a young woman coming of age and struggling with difficult life choices, is a familiar story to most female readers. Her determination to become a writer reminded me of my own career aspirations. I found myself holding my breath and sighing with relief when Maddie finally decided her fate.

A Northern Light will stir passion, and even raise ire, among the young women who are fortunate to discover this beautiful book. Many readers will recognize themselves in Mattie, her teacher, Miss Wilcox, or even Weaver, her friend and fellow wordsmith. Most importantly, A Northern Light can be appreciated by readers of all ages, not just young adults, who appreciate great writing. A truly enjoyable read; I hope there's a sequel on the way.

Also recommended: The Lightkeeper's Daughter, Witch Child

5-0 out of 5 stars An Historical Fiction Masterpiece
This is one of those books where about a third of the way through, you anxiously thumb the remaining pages, knowing that despite your best efforts to savor it, the book will be over all too soon. When A NORTHERN LIGHT falls open, you,the reader, will fall in. Descriptions of this book by previous reviewers, while excellent and accurate, still do not prepare you for the sheer delight and pleasure of reading this story. While it has been classified as a Young Adult novel, as it does contain some language and situations, every word is absolutely true to the character who is speaking or being spoken of. I urge every teenage girl to read this, then pass it on to her mother, all of her girlfriends, aunts, a favorite teacher--in short, anyone who has a love of words, of learning, of mysteries, and a belief in the power of young women. A NORTHERN LIGHT is a most extraordinary book. Don't miss it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book! i couldn't put it down!
I found this book at the school library's new book shelf, i decided to read it and i was so glad that i did. This is about a girl living with her family and how she solves her problems and deals with the people she meets. After reading this book, I thought about life and people differently. I would recommend this book to people 12 years or older because it deals with some issues that may be....yea you get the idea. Overall, this is a great book. After reading this book, I also read other books by Jennifer Donnelly, they were also very good, but i felt this one was the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars Not only for young adults...
I read this book after reading Jennifer Donnelly's novel "The Tea Rose"(which I loved). I enjoyed the characters and the their voices, but I especially loved the focus on words and the power that they have to change a life. I found myself aching for Mattie and her longings to stretch into the wider world.
Some of the scenes were quite graphic, so it would not be appopriate for some younger readers. "A Northern Light" is among the best young adult books I have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book-Not for Kids
I think this book is wonderful. I read it three times because it is so delightfully delightful. However, kids should'nt read it. It has some inapropriate stuff in it. Anyone else interested in books should read it. ... Read more


2. The Ides of April (Ray, Mary, Roman Empire Sequence.)
by Mary Ray
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Asin: 1883937434
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Sales Rank: 85246
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ides of April, review from a teenager
I think that Mary Ray is a wonderful author and writer, with a great imagination a descriptive skills.
The plot was intriguing, and carefully thought over.
I could feel everything happening, as though I were right next to Hylas, the 17-year-old slave, and Camillus, the 18-year-old tribune.
There are intense scenes, but nothing that an 8-year-old can't handle. ALmost no romance, and there is a large dipslay of compassion, loyalty, and discerment in the two boys.
I thorougly enjoyed her book, though it was a LITTLE confusing. (but it was almost midnight when I read it, and my brain was half-way asleep by then).
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well! Only three other reviews...?!
The thing about this book was that it felt _REAL_. It was hard to remember it was *just* a book.

You felt the danger; you felt the bruises on the ribs. You wanted the hero to make it. You just didn't find yourself doubting the realness of it.

Now, it's been a couple years since I read this, so perhaps I was just more gullible. But I don't think so. I still remember it, after all this time. Its magic was a special fete considering I had NEVER been interested in the Roman era or historical mysteries.

When the book was over, I wanted it to keep going.

An excellent historical mystery. I highly doubt you'll regret reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book!
This was a very good book. Sometimes a bit of a slow read, but such and intriguing murder story set in anciet Rome you won't even think to put the book down! Great for everyone!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for young adults
People fantasize about the ancient world and as an ancient historian I'm often amused and annoyed by what these fantasies entail. This is especially true in books written for children and young adults where the nastiness (by our modern standards) of the ancient world are often overlooked and underplayed. Mary Ray's "The Ides of April" does a fairly good job of looking at the concerns of citizens, young people, and slaves in mid-first century Rome. While the murder mystery kicks off sharply I do wish she'd spent more time on the characters before the entire legal nightmare began so that we could be more emotionally invested in the characters. Likewise it ends a bit aburptly. I haven't read any of the other books of the series yet, but it seems like the same characters may not be encountered which is a pity. The characters are well done, they seem to grasp the mindset of the people of that time though I think holding onto a Greek identity when one is born a slave in Rome is a bit awkward. I'd recommend it to anyone between 14 and 20 who is interested in the ancient world or in power dynamics in history. For those of us who are older, it can be entertaining as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most riveting modern historical fiction out there!
Part Agatha Christie, part Eloise McGraw ... this book totally blew me away! Mary Ray is terrific, practically creating a whole new genre of books - children's historical mysteries. The plot flows beautifully from one catastrophic event to another, creating a tale of incredible skill and baffling turns.

Not much has been written in the Ancient-Roman category anyway, and this book is made even more unique by its point of view - that of a slave. It exposes the so-called 'glamour' of Rome to be merely a circle of cruelty and struggle. This book is not for the very young, but discerning readers 12 & up will find this book absolutely wonderful. I can't endorse it too strongly! ... Read more


3. Silver Is For Secrets
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Asin: 0738706310
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Sales Rank: 46896
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4. Shakespeare's Secret
by Elise Broach
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Asin: 0805073876
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Sales Rank: 49860
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Hero changed into a T-shirt, grabbed a book, and padded barefoot into her sister's room. The large windows overlooked the backyard. She could see the moonlight streaming over the trees and bushes, making long, crazy shadows across the grass. Was there a diamond hidden out there somewhere? She looked at Beatrice, already settled under the covers. She wanted to tell her about the Murphys, but at the same time, she didn't. She wanted to keep the secret. To have something that belonged only to her.

A missing diamond, a mysterious neighbor, a link to Shakespeare-can Hero uncover the connections?

When Hero starts sixth grade at a new school, she's less concerned about the literary origins of her Shakespearean name than about the teasing she's sure to suffer because of it. So she has the same name as a girl in a book by a dusty old author. Hero is simply not interested in the connections. But that's just the thing; suddenly connections are cropping up all over, and odd characters and uncertain pasts are exactly what do fascinate Hero. There's a mysterious diamond hidden in her new house, a curious woman next door who seems to know an awful lot about it, and then, well, then there's Shakespeare. Not to mention Danny Cordova, only the most popular boy in school. Is it all in keeping with her namesake's origin-just much ado about nothing? Hero, being Hero, is determined to figure it out.
In this fast-paced novel, Elise Broach weaves an intriguing literary mystery full of historical insights and discoveries.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's Secret
My mom called me for dinner but I just couldn't put the book down.Flipping after page after page I couldn't stop reading.This book Shakespeare's Secret was truly a page turner book.After learning about Hero,then her family, the mysterious boy, her neighbor, and many other interesting characters I couldn't stop reading about the diamond and where it's hidden.When I finished the book I knew i would never forget this wonderful book.I have it next to my bed and it is a comfort when I read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great suspenseful novel
In every way, this is a terrific novel.Hero is a bright, thoughtful, funny girl whose anxieties and sufferings in middle school will resonate with every reader.But the most impressvie thing about Shakespeare's Secret is the story.The plot weaves details of English history and Shakespeare's life together with the suspenseful search for a missing diamond.It is a riveting story that kids will love.My seventh and fourth graders couldn't put this book down once they'd started!It is one of those special books that becomes an instant favorite.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book was amazing!
I got an advanced copy of the book, and i was just blown away.it was so mysterious and fun.i really learned a lot from reading it.i think that Elise is a great author and can't wait to read more of her books.I am not the kind of person who loves reading, but this book, i could not put down!
who knows? maybe they'll make a movie of it!(it was that good!) ... Read more


5. The Mediator #2: Ninth Key (Mediator)
by Meg Cabot
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Asin: 0060725125
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 35583
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Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status--not to mention apparent disinterest in her--make him unattainable.

What Suze can’t ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.

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6. Deathwatch (Laurel Leaf Books)
by ROBB WHITE
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Asin: 0440917409
Catlog: Book (1973-11-01)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Sales Rank: 144825
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad. It kept my attention
Deathwatch by Robb White is a easy book to read with a great plot. "The cruel, life-draining environment forms a strong background for the dramatic struggle between 'mighty opposites'"

It's a story of survival, when Ben serves Madec (an evil charecter from the city)as a desert guide to obtain thousands of dollars in return, which Ben wants to use for college. While in the desert, a terrible accident occurs, and Ben wants to do the right thing and report it to the sherrif (about 50 miles from where they were). Madec, in fear of the authorites, tries to persuade Ben from the obvious, and bribes him with thousands of dollars. Ben refuses, and Madec turns into a Madman, and the story goes on from there.

I found that the story had a great intro. In the middle of the book, though, I found myself skipping words and flipping pages. Also, the ending of the book portrayed Ben as a person contrary to the charecter he was in the greater portion of the book.

In essence, DEATHWATCH was an attention catcher and kept me "on my toes." I read it in about 4 hours. It was a great plot, and had some great ideas, but all in all, it got a little flowery in the middle, and lacked a good ending. I still reccomend this book, though, to younger readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars can't kill me - i will survive
Deathwatch - just like the title describes is about a man who struggles to survive the devastating heat of the desert with no water or shelter with the 'deathwatch' ticking away his life.

The book is about Ben, a young fellow who spends one week in the desert to assist a bighorn hunter to earn money to pay for his college. What was supposed to be an easy earning for Ben turns out to be a life or death situation. The nightmare begins when, Madec, the hunter who is authorized by the county to hunt bighorns for one week in the desert, shoots his rifle killing an old man. Madec being insane and scared suggests keeping it a secret. Ben making his judgment that they cannot continue hunting with a dead man argues. Ben ends up being left to die, stripped naked with no supply for him to survive in the hot dry desert. The book was a page-turner with all the element of a thrilling adventurous book. I really liked the book because it was very descriptive of the things that happened for example the power of what a .358 magnum gun can do to you. I think the only negative part to the book was that Robb White stretched a bit too much in the middle of the book with constant description of Ben's painful throat from thirst. I think other than that it was a amazing book with constant surprises and thrilling action. I recommend this book to anyone from a not-so-into-books to an I-am-a-book-worm people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deathwatch Review
I started reading this book one day for the heck of it and as soon as i started reading I got hooked. This is an awesome book one of the best I have ever read. The story is about a boy named Ben and a man named Madec Ben is a hunting guide for Madec who gets a chance to hunt for a big horn sheep. Madec accidentlly shoots and old man and when Ben refuses the bribe Madec offers him to stay silent Madec starts going on a hunt for Ben who is alone with no water in the scorching desert with a man hunting him with a gun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best book I've ever Read!
Honestly, I'm no true book reader, but in school you have to read some books. I have read a fair amount of books though, so I know a good book when I read one. So I picked this book up from the library for an ISU because it sounded interesting, and because it was just over 200 pages, which was the minimum for the ISU. The book is 220 pages long and I picked it because I don't really enjoy long books. Especially when they're rather boring. I'd rather this book be longer because it was so good! Right from the start this book grabbed my attention. If you have the time, you'd probably want to read this book in one reading session. But it's pretty good to stop for awhile and think about things that have happened. Anyway, here's the story: A 22 year old man named Ben is given an opportuny to get the money he needs for another semester at college. He needs to help a man named Madec hunt bighorn sheep in a desert located in California. He wants him to drive him around. Bens accepts because he wants the money for college. Madec spots a bighorn and shoots it with a .22 Hornet. Ben gets in the Jeep and drives to where the sheep was shot to pick it up when he discovers it wasn't a sheep; it was an old man. A dead old man. Ben tells Madec and Ben wants to report the accident. This is when Ben realizes what a cold man Madec is. Madec doesn't like this idea and doesn't want to get caught up in a situation like this with the police. He explains to Ben how a situation like this can lead to consequences that don't have to happen. Ben doesn't agree with Madec and Madec offers him more money to just forget about it and leave the body there, but Ben rejects. Ben just won't comply with Madec so Madec tells him to give him his clothes, and he'll have to find his own way out of the desert. Madec also says he'll harass him the whole way. A cold-blooded man with a .358 Magnum and a .22 Hornet with a scope hunting a man with no clothes, no food, or no water isn't such a good thing for Ben. Anyway, this is where the story really takes off. The last 30 pages or so were so interesting that I couldn't put the book down. It's just that good! If you like the story of this book, then you'll definitely enjoy it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Adventurous
I read this book for an assignment. I would recommend this book to someone that likes hunting and outdoors books. I recommend it to this type of person because this book takes place in the desert on a longhorn sheep hunt, when suddenly the hunter starts hunting people after accidentally shooting a prospector hunting for gold. The reason that he is hunting people, or should I say a person, is because the person is the hunter's guide that witnessed the shooting. I like the way Robb White shows adventure in this book. That is the reason that I recommend this book to hunters and outdoors people; to learn how not to act in the field. ... Read more


7. Blue Is for Nightmares
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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Asin: 0738703915
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
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Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars wowzers! great book!
Blue is for nightmare
By Laurie Faria Stolarz
S. Shin
Period 3

This book is about teens at boarding girls. A girl named Stacey has physic powers; she can see things that may happen in the future. Now she sees her best friend Drea in her nightmare being stalked by a psycho stalker. Drea is starting to get weird e mails and freaky phone calls. This really scares her now things get even worse! Someone is leaving Drea death lilies like Stacey saw in her dreams. Then however, her dreams get all twisted, another girl at their school gets brutally murder. There are no witness and nobody can give and perfectly innocent alibi. ...I loved this book because it had everything that a teenager wants to find in a book. They have, romance, mysteries, killing, violence and many more! Loved this book so much that can't explain it. You really have to read this book to find out what happens!
I didn't like this book because the beginning started off to slowly. It took me at least seven chapters to get on with the story. If it didn't start really soon I would have dropped the book and never read it again. However, luckily I didn't because I would have missed out a lot of things
I like this book because it would be a book that everybody would be hoping to read. I was always wondering if there would be a book with romance, violence, murder, mystery, and curiosity. By reading this book, I finally found the one that I would be able to read over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blue is for Nightmares
This was a very great book. I found it while walking around a book store. I had no clue of this books existence, when i picked it up and scanned the book i thought "ohh what the heck, I'll give it a try" well that turned right around with the first chapter of the book. I was transfixed in the pages, being unable to put it down and reading it all night. Blue is for Nightmares was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I showed this book to a friend of mine who is Wiccan and she loved the story and the fact that I and other people (Laurie Faria Stolarz) could find a more spiritual meaning to this religion and less of a broomstick, love spell impression. It was just a great book because it has a mix of everything in it, from teen drama and love stroies, to a mystery, and in someways horror. Its just in all a GREAT book and Stolarz is a great author and I cant wait to see what she comes up with next!

5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing book
I loved this book, mostly because of it's wicca and mystery. Every page reveals something to solve, inviting my eyes to read more. Descriptions in my opinion make it almost seem as though your living in her mind, hearing and feeling every thought. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good riddle, with a slight twist of magick.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blue is for Nightmares
This book is amazing and I couldn't put it down! Anyone who is a fantasy fan will love this novel. It's about a girl named Stacey who recieves these dreams about her friend Drea's murder, they turn out to be preminitions instead. Facing danger of being killed herself she is bound and determined to save Drea. Whether she saves her or not you have to read the book to find out!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Suspenseful Mystery
16-year-old Stacy has a remarkable gift, the ability to concoct spells, foresee the future through her dreams, and interpret card readings and omens. If only she could explain the recurring nightmares that have been disturbing her slumber for the past year, causing her to wet the bed. If that's not bad enough, Stacy resides in a coed boarding school where she dorms with her best friend, Drea who knows nothing of her secret. That's the predicament Stacy finds herself in in Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue Is For Nightmares.
The nightmares are always the same; Somehow Stacy finds herself in the woods following a faint cry in the distance. With each step, the crying becomes louder and before long, she recognizes that the sound is coming from Drea. When Stacy starts running towards the whimpering, the displeasing sensation of having to pee overcomes her. She hobbles as best she can , trying to get through to Drea when she walks into a seemingly bottomless pit of muck. She pulls her foot out of the mud but ends up losing her sneaker in the process. Somewhere in the darkness, a male voice whispers her name. With Drea screaming her name and the male voice taunting her, Stacy goes ballistic and grabs a massive rock for defense. Suddenly out of nowhere, a man's figure appears before her. He extends his arms to show that he's holding white lilies- the symbol for death. Stacy runs from the figure as fast as her feet can carry her. That's when a shrill wail escapes her throat as a narrow branch stabs into the arch of her bare foot. Now she could no longer hold it in. Stacy awakes, the sheets wringing wet from under her.
Stacy uses spells and magical recipes to help expunge the nightmares, but deep down inside she knows she can't ignore these dreams. The last time she overlooked her dreams 3-years-ago, Maura, the little girl she used to baby-sit, died. Although Drea may be one of the prettiest, most popular girls in school, and the ex-girlfriend of the boy Stacy has been crushing on, Drea is still Stacy's best friends and she wouldn't want anything bad to happen to her. At first, Stacy's premonitions and Drea's situation didn't connect. But when Stacy becomes aware of the secret admirer that has been calling up Drea and Drea had been going along with it, things start to link up. And a card reading only confirmed her nightmares. When Drea finally starts listening to her friends and stops fooling around with this perv, he begins stalking her, and sending her white lilies and weird letters which count down the days till they meet face-to-face. This pretty much freaks out Drea, Stacy, and Amber.
Drea relies on Stacy and Amber to help her expose this psycho, but it's proving to be very difficult because everyone's a suspect even Chad, the hot stud both Stacy and Drea are infatuated with. But a mishap where Drea finds Chad spending the night in her dorm with Stacy, pins the two friends against each other. If things can't get worse, Drea discovers Stacy's secret that she wets the bed and in her anger, Drea reveals it to their friends including Chad. Even though Stacy was hurt by Drea's malicious act, she's still determined to help her. It just seems sad that there had to be a murder of a girl at school before Drea realized how frightened she was and how much she really needed Stacy. But it seems it's too late and Drea finds herself in a position where even Stacy, with her Wicca, can't save her alone.
I found this book suspenseful and riveting. It started out on a slow note, but once the mystery started being worked into the plot, I couldn't put it down. At times I thought I knew for sure who the stalker/killer was but then the book would throw something at you that would make you think otherwise. It's also a prime example of how friendship prevails all without being too sappy. If you enjoy a good mystery with drama, humor, suspense, and teenaged characters, you'll love Blue Is For Nightmares. Althouh it contains some fould language, I'd advise this book to any young adult. ... Read more


8. The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1)
by PHILIP PULLMAN
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Asin: 0394895894
Catlog: Book (1988-11-12)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Sales Rank: 3903
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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"Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was goingto kill a man." Philip Pullman begins his Sally Lockhart trilogy with a bang inThe Ruby in the Smoke--a fast-paced, finely crafted thriller set in arogue- and scalawag-ridden Victorian London. His 16-year-old heroine has no timefor the usual trials of adolescence: her father has been murdered, and she needsto find out how and why. But everywhere she turns, she encounters new scoundrelsand secrets. Why do the mere words "seven blessings" cause one man to keel overand die at their utterance? Who has possession of the rare, stolen ruby? Andwhat does the opium trade have to do with it?

As our determined and intelligent sleuth sets her mind to unraveling these darkmysteries, she learns how embroiled she is in the whole affair. As riveting andwitty as the sensational "penny dreadfuls" of Victorian England (but thousandsof times better written), Pullman's trilogy (including The Shadow in the North andThe Tiger in the Well)will have readers on the edges of their seats. Ruby is an ALA Best Bookfor Young Adults. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A teenage girl survives intrigue in Sherlock Holmes' London
The 3 Sally Lockhart books, beginning with 'The Ruby in Smoke' are set in London in a time Sherlock Holmes reader's will recognize. All the evil and intrigue are present plus some twists that Conan Doyle never thought of. The difference is a heroine who is not at all typical of the times. In the first book she is a teenager who survives life threatening situations with luck and the help of the loyal friends she makes along the way. In the later books, she develops into a savvy young woman succeeding in a man's world. The villains she faces are darker and more evil than you'll see in young adult books of a few years ago. The books are all very absorbing and leave you hungry for the next one. Don't let the book cover fool you, this is an adult read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrible? I Think Not!
This book is the most amazing I've read. Ever.
Philip Pullman's unbelievable description and detail makes it easy for the reader to be sucked into the story and make it seem real. The book starts off with a bang and never settles down until the end - Sally's life is always in danger. "Her name was Sally Lockhart, and within fifteen minutes she was going to kill a man." What kind of a reader could put down a novel after an entry like that?! This suspenseful mystery is best not read right before bedtime, if you'd like untroubled dreams. The Ruby in the Smoke is real, the realest I've ever seen in a mystery, and the best.

I'd also like to recommend: The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, The Tin Princess, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

5-0 out of 5 stars Ruby in the Smoke Audio review.
If you like Harry Potter on audio your going to love the new audio version of Ruby in the Smoke. Anton Lesser equals if not surpasses Jim Dale in giving the characters individuality and life. If you like hearing the English accent and done just right for every character, Lesser gets five stars. If your out there Anton, great job and I hope you get the rest of the Sally Lockhart books. The story is great but the opium sections may not be for young children. This book like "His Dark Materials," makes a long road trip fly by.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Ruby in the Smoke
The Ruby in the Smoke was full of excitment. There were many twists and turns and betrayals of friends. Sally uncovers many secrets and mysteries of hers and others mysterious pasts. She is joined on her adventures by quite a few friends who she meets along the way. Sally is a very kind and caring young woman who is always eager to help others out when they need it. Due to her loveable personality and her outstanding intelligence she is able to figure out the mysteries left to her after her father's murder. She uses her courage to stand up to evil and win.

3-0 out of 5 stars only ok
i read this book hoping for something similar to Pullman's later work, his dark materials. It isnt that. Its pretty dry, just a regular girl who happens to come into several bouts of both good and bad luck. Ill give it three stars because it kept my attention long enough to finish it, and I'll probably read the other two. hopefully they will be better. ... Read more


9. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls
by BennettMadison
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Lulu Dark is the anti-Nancy—a chic, tough-talking city girl who never meant to get involved in a mystery.

But when her favorite purse is stolen during a Many Handsomes concert, Lulu knows she has to get it back. After all, it was one of a kind—and the lead singer’s phone number was stashed inside!Lulu dives deep into the fray along with her friends Daisy and Charlie, anddiscovers a twisted mystery involving a rock star, a rich socialite, a loony landlord, and a serious case of mistaken identity.
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10. The Quotable Slayer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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"Well, the slayer always says a pun or a witty play on words, and I think it throws vampires off!"-- Willow Rosenberg, "Anne"

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER CAN TOSS A ONE-LINER MORE LETHAL THAN HER RIGHT HOOK -- WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT. NOW FANS OF BUFFY'S WICKED WORDPLAY WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS EXHAUSTIVE COLLECTION OF THE FUNNIEST, MOST TELLING, AND OFTEN POIGNANT QUOTES FROM THE EMMY-NOMINATED TELEVISION SHOW.

"'Her abuse of the English language is such that I understand only every other sentence....'"-- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (quoting Giles) on Buffy, "Bad Girls"

CATEGORIZED, CROSS-REFERENCED, AND COMPLETE WITH A COLOR-PHOTO INSERT, THIS NOTABLE QUOTE COMPENDIUM WILL HAVE YOU EAGERLY ENHANCING YOUR BUFFY-SPEAK.

"If I had the Slayer's power, I'd be punning right about now."-- Buffy Summers, "Helpless"
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3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Compilation But Not For Fanatics
Quotable Slayer is a compilation of quotes and memorable dialogue from Buffy Season 1 to Season 7. Its organized into sections such as Buffy On... and Quotable Slayer (about Slayers. Its very well organized and small enough to carry around in your bag where ever you go. The choice of quotes is good. There are a few minor errors. It includes full color photos.

A highlight is the Quotable Intro which is a nice intro to the book. I would recommend this for fans who'd like to remember things about the show, but for die hard fanatics, this book is not a necessity. You'd probably be able to rant of quotes off your mind right now without the book.

Overall, the book is nice but not something that stands out or a necessity for fans at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hope they do one for Angel too.
Fun little book that compiles many of the most memorable quotes for all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The book covers a wide range of quotes from the hilarious to the touching. I really enjoyed this book but I do have a few complaints. I noticed an error, they have the Xander/Andrew talking about Anya's death quote labeled as coming from "End of Days" instead of "Chosen." I think there may have been a few more mistakes but I'd have to check on those. Also, The book didn't have my favorite quote which is; "For God's sake, man, she's eighteen. And you have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone. Just have at it, would you, and stop fluttering about." ~ Giles to Wesley (The Prom) Still, If you are a die hard Buffy fan I highly recommend this book. It's good for quick Buffy fixes on the go.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quote Book For the Buffy Geek
This book is just so much fun. It has some of the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes.
Well organized because it goes by characters and character status. Could have been more detailed by scenes. However, all , and all. Excellent keep sake.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Quotable Slayer-lets hope for The Quotable Vampire soon
Its every fans dream. 200+ pages of the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking dialogue of one of the best shows television has ever given us.

With sections including: The Quotable Slayer, The Quotable Watcher, The Quotable Scoobies, The Quotable Other People, and Buffy on..., and 8 pages of Color Photos, you really couldnt expect more, unless of course it was a script book.

Of course it wont have all of your favorites, because that is impossible with all of the great quips on the show, but Ostow and Brazenoff do a great job of compiling this essential quote book.

I love the cover which includes Buffy's gravestone "She Saved the World A Lot". I would definitely recommend this book.

Hopefully we get an Angel Supplement soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Remember that time...? No, me neither.
This is an interesting concept, and it's not bad for the price. I just wish they'd done a better job editing the book before rushing it out. There's a few quotes that are attributed to the wrong episode. That's not so dire, though. They did that in the Watcher's Guides, too. No big deal.

What bothers me is that there are quotes in the book that never made it on air. It seems their only source material was the shooting scripts, instead of actually watching the episodes. I really wasn't ready to see Tara's "Sweetie, I'm a fag." from the 'Dead Things' script be released commercially yet. ... Read more


11. The Rag and Bone Shop (Readers Circle)
by ROBERT CORMIER
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Twelve-year old Jason is accused of the brutal murder of a young girl. Is he innocent or guilty? The shocked town calls on an interrogator with a stellar reputation: he always gets a confession. The confrontation between Jason and his interrogator forms the chilling climax of this terrifying look at what can happen when the pursuit of justice becomes a personal crusade for victory at any cost.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Superb Book
Jason Dorrant is 12 years old and something of a misfit. He is considered "slow" by most of the kids in town. He is shy and he doesn't like to answer questions in class. He doesn't have many friends his age. He likes to hang out with little kids like his 7-year-old friend Alicia Barlett. She and him liked to do Jigsaw Puzzles but one day, after Jason after visiting Alicia he finds out that the visit that he made, was made on the day Alicia was murdered. Unfortunately for Jason, he has not alibi! Jason says the murderer was the last person to see her alive but the entire town thinks he was! Will they be able to get him to confess? Or maybe Jason is innocent.
I really enjoyed the way the author (Robert Cormier) made it seem as if Jason was completely clueless the entire time that he was the prime suspect for the crime. When Jason is brought into the detective's office, it took him a little bit to long to figure out what exactly was happening. I enjoyed the way that the book was written as if the plot was over only a course of 3 or 4 days. Most books make it seem as if the book's plot is supposed to be taking over a year. I didn't like the way that the author never let the reader really meet Alicia Barlett. I didn't get a sense of what her character was like. Other than that, there weren't very many aspects of this book that I didn't enjoy. This was one of the best books that I have read all of this year. It was very suspenseful and one of those books that you just can't find yourself putting down.

5-0 out of 5 stars For older teens: a quick read that packs a punch
The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier's last book before his death, is not for the young or faint of heart.
Interrogated by an expert, 12 yr. old Jason cannot avoid linking himself to the murdered 7 yr old. Does what he say cause him to become someone different? In the windowless interrogation room he perceives the double-edged sword of reality and its underlying currents of suspicion and need. This book is for mature readers because the seemingly simple story twists and turns into a stark fatal attraction. Are truth and justice found in the rag and bone shop? The suspense builds with each answer that Jason gives. Like writing an epitaph on a tombstone, author Robert Cormier lures the reader into formulating and answering a poignant question. And not until the end does he...reader, this is a master at work; you'll not want to close the cover of this powerful, slim book.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good summer read
this book caught my attention and i had to read it. and to my delight found it a wonderful mistery story and a story about the corruption of police investagators and the sadness of a very outsider boy. very good story for teens.

5-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
If you like mystery then this book is for you. This Book is by far one of the best books that I have read in a while. I would suggest that you read this book and tell other people about it. Here is the basic laydown of the book: There is this kid named Jason who lives across the street from this girl named Alicia who gets murdered just minutes after Jason had left her house, now the police think that he could be a possible suspect on the killings of this girl. Does Jason end up guilty or does it remain a mystery? You will have to read the book and find out(don't want to spoil the end for you)!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Chilling
This is one of those teen-age books that is probably much more disturbing for an adult to read than a child. It clearly portrays the ways in which children can be intimidated by adults, something that Jason (the main character) seems to take for granted. He is taken in for questioning as the prime suspect for the murder of a seven year old girl, and most of the book consists of a dialogue between himself and the detective, Trent. Trent's ambition is to always get a confession, and Cormier does an excellent job in describing the detective's feelings and personality. The narration jumps between both Trent and Jason, and I was throughly exhaused and chilled by the time it was over. I found the ending plausible and very disturbing. This was a book that serves as a good reminder of how emotionally dependant children can be and how careful adults should be when speaking to them. ... Read more


12. Spy High Mission Two: Chaos Rising (Spy High)
by AJ Butcher
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13. White Is for Magic
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
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5-0 out of 5 stars White is for magic
this book has everthing i like in books. Love, Mystreries, suspence, adventure, and fantasy! I loved this book!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars White is for Magic
White is for Magic is an amazing book! I loved it! I could not put it down. The series begins with Blue is for Nightmares and I would definetly start with it first. These books are about a teenage girl named Stacey who begins to recieve nightmares about her friend being murdered. The second book follows with a similar plot but is no less exciting! These are amazing thrillers/mysteries and I absolutly recommend them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is definetly one of the best books i have ever read. If you are worried because it looks kind of long.. dont be.. you can NOT put this book down! If you do want to read this book i suggest you read Blue is for Nightmares.. since it is kind of the "beggining" and things from it gets menchaned in White is for Magic .. but you dont HAVE too.. either way i suggest you get White is for Magic DEFENITLY!

5-0 out of 5 stars White is for a Magical Book!!
When you read this book you actually feel like you are one of the characters. the discription is so strong and bright.Another book of Laurie's books to check out is Blue is for Nightmares.This is the beginning book of the series.It is just as great as White is for Magic!!! ... Read more


14. Killing Mr. Griffin (Laurel Leaf Books)
by LOIS DUNCAN
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5-0 out of 5 stars Earns an English teacher's high praise!
Yep, I teach English, and I demand a lot from my students. Should I worry that so many reviewers found the kidnap scene funny? Perhaps, but the true strength of this novel lies in its insight into the confusion and uncertainty felt by Sue and David particularly as they find themselves caught in a plot to scare a disliked teacher which soon spirals out of control. Duncan also does an excellent job of capturing Brian Griffin's dedication to his students and his reasons for being so demanding. Thus, readers are swept along with alternating sympathies, first for lonely Sue, then for the kidnapped Mr. Griffin, then for Mrs. Griffin, who knows Sue is lying about her husband's last hours, finally for David, who suffers a terrible loss himself as the story draws to a close. This is an outstanding book which will grab and hold the attention of any reader who has ever wished to exact revenge on someone in power, be it a teacher, boss, or even parent.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Tale
Killing Mr. Griffin is a story about five kids who just wanted to teach their strict english teacher a lesson and get him to be easier on his students. They had just wanted to kidnap him and scare him a little. However,things didnt go like they planned and Mr. Griffin had ended up dead. Of course they hadn't meant for anything like that to happen, so the kids in a panic did all sorts of things to cover up what they had done, but had just got themselves into deeper trouble than they were in before. With all their work though, they had left one small detail and someone...was going to piece everything together. If you want to find out how the kids got themselves out of this mess....or if they got out of it at all, read this book!

I thought Killing Mr. Griffin was a very good suspense story that will more than likely keep you at the edge of your seat. However, like in many stories the plot was good, yet you just couldnt connect with the characters and how they were feeling. That was how I felt when I read this story, but other than that I really liked how Lois Duncan had made everything happen. Also, I realized that this book is on the banned book list, but I don't understand why it would be. Though the book does have a bit of cursing and violence, there are also good things about it. Like for example, how it shows if you do something bad you can't hide from it, it'll catch up with you sooner or later. In the end, I would definitely recommend this book to fans of suspense stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lois Duncan Books
All of the books by Lois Duncan will keep you reading all night long, you never want to put this or other books by her down! This book Killing Mr. Griffin is extremely good and is a great horror book, you will want to read the whole series and I am 14 and I read them in two days, at most. I hope you enjoy these books including this one
Happy Reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Run!"
"Run!" was the last phrase Mr. Griffin said to one of his 'better students' after a conference with Susan McConnell before he was abducted to a far away place in the mountains. Mark Kinney, a teenage psychopath, planned a very discreet strategy when he was setting up the plot to murder his incredibly strict language teacher who was going to become a father. Mark Kinney, who always knew what to do, arranged the plan certain people, a certain place, and a certain time for everything. Mark even picked the class nerd; Susan McConnell. After Mark Kinney went after his teacher, he went after his friend's grandmother and then he made a challenge to attack Susan McConnell when she made an effort to tell the police. Susan was saved after when Mrs. Kathy Griffin went in so Susan can tell her side of story when she saw her group abduct Mr. Griffin. Luckily, she was saved and she told the truth...and she and the other members were to go on trial.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good story.
Four Kids are the main characters along with Mr.Griffin. A girl named susan narrates the book, usally the geek, she gets invited to a place by a bunch of popular girls and guys where nobody usally goes to. When the evil plot comes into order. The kids want to SCARE there evil english Teacher Mr.Griffin. The kids intended to just scare him, they never intended to murder the poor guy. With Mark as the psycho kid who burns cats, and thinks his life is horrible, he does something else, which is worse. With Dave as the soft guy and with Betsy as the popular girl, look-at-me type. This book shows you different types of people who were well though of and L. Duncan really did a great job in making her books different, being this is one of the last L. Duncan books I have read. I noticed every story is unique and different, one with there dad as a FBI agent to a girl who has a "Third Eye" L. Duncan really takes the cake in this book in making it original.

It is a story of being betrayed by your own "Friends" I would recomend this wonderful story to people who like hanging on until the end for a great wonderful story. ... Read more


15. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
by Chris Van Allsburg
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5-0 out of 5 stars The *best* book for creative writers
My sixth grade teacher used this book for a creative writing assignment. We were supposed to pick one of the pages and write a story based on Chris Van Allsburg's wonderful illustrations.

Chris Van Allsburg, known to me as the author/illustrator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, outdoes himself in this book. It is a book to get the mind thinking, especially for children. Each illustration has a caption that is supposed to get the mind thinking. A child cannot read this book without formulating a story, perhaps unconsciously, in his mind.

Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful artist. Each illustration, done in only simple black and white, is so breathtaking that I could stare at them time and again and be amazed at the detail, the realness. The sentence-long captions that go along with each picture even today cause me to dream up a story. It is a terrific book to get a child interested in writing. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars My Brain's Barbells
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a book where they give you a title, a picture , and an opening sentence. You have to create the rest of the story. It lets you use creativity and allows you to write whatever you want. But the writing you do is in a strict matter.
One example is a picture of a ship the size of the Titanic. The Ship is going through an extremely tiny canal in Venice, knocking down large buildings. The title is Missing in Venice and it gives you the first line of the story. As for the pictures they are absolutely marvelous. They have tons of details , are black and white , and are very haunting.
This book has stimulated my brain to write with the ingredients that the book presents me. It inspires me to write every day. Also it builds my vocabulary and gives my brain a workout. I give The Mysteries of Harris Burdick five out of five stars and recommend it for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Middle School English Teacher's Dream Book
I teach English 8 in a middle school setting, and my student writers tend to grumble and struggle with writing longer pieces of fiction. Whenever I display one of the illustrations in this portfolio, my students get out of their seats and rush for the display easel. They ooh and ahh. Then they start thinking and talking about the stories that pop into their heads--all of them different. They get to work with happy faces and elaborate tales with bright-eyed energy. When they are finished, they can't wait to read to the class. All upper grade English teachers should have this book/portfolio in their bag of magic tricks. Me? I'm waiting for the Mysteries of Harris Burdick Part 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars The portfolio edition is a must-have for any writing teacher
A colleague introduced me to the portfolio edition, and it is one of the best finds I have added to my writing program. What makes this edition better than the traditionally-bound book is that you can post each of the 12" x 16" drawings around the classroom and use them as picture prompts for writing. I have my students use the captions as the first line of their stories. So far, this collection has been a hit with every class I've taught. You won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Been looking for this book for years!
One of my elementary school teachers introduced me to this book years ago. I think I was only in fifth or sixth grade. Being someone who loves to write, I was captivated immediately by the illustrations and the single sentence from the beginning of the stories that went along with them. I lost track of this book, until last semester when I saw it in my college book store. At the time I didn't have enough cash on hand to buy it, and by the time I went back the book was gone. Sadly for me, I had also forgotten the title and author! Thanks to a friend, I finally found this book again, and I cannot wait to get my own copy to share with my elementary students! ... Read more


16. Z for Zachariah
by Robert C. O'Brien
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5-0 out of 5 stars About Being Alone
Ann Burden is alone and she is scared. The world as we know it has ended and Ann has managed to survive and build a life for herself. She has always assumed being alone was how it would be for the rest of her life. Now there is someone else and she's not sure how she should feel about him. Will they survive together or will she remain alone. Robert C. O'Brien is the master of writing about surving alone and of his three major books, this to me is the best. I have not only read it several times myself but it seems to cycle through my family as well. It's one of those books where you say to yourself, "It's time to read Z for Zachariah" again. The book is a page turner which is evidence of how well O'Brien knows his craft. One final, good thing about this book is that it is a great book for introducing people to post-apocalyptic science fiction. Especially those who are a bit wimpy and would not survive such classics as "No Blade of Grass" by John Christopher or "Earth Abides" by George R. Stewart or newer works such as "Shade's Children" by Garth Nix. Although dark, "Z For Zachariah" is more palatable. The awful things have happened almost before you realize what has gone down.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must read type book
Z for Zachariah is a book that deals with what it would be like to be the last person left on earth. After a nuclear war there is only one person left a 16 year old girl named Anne. Somehow the radiation passed over her home that sits in a small valley. When one day she sees smoke of in the distance, she realizes that she is not the only left. From there the book explodes into a fast action plot. Should she trust the scientist in his "safe suit" because he is the only person left with her? Even after he swims in the contaminated river and starts acting different, meaner? I recommend this book to people of all ages. Its makes you feel like you were right there and keeps you sitting up at night to finish the book to see how it will it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Second reading was a flop!
I don't know what happened. I read this book about 3 years ago, and thought it was one of the best, most exciting books I'd ever read. So, a few days ago, I went to the library and checked it out to read it again. I started reading ... and fell asleep! What a snooze-fest! The descriptions were tedious, and in some instances, hard to visualize. I really didn't like Ann Burden at all, in fact. I didn't even finish it. I just got fed up with the way-off-base characters and boring farm description. In conclusion, read it if you're in the 9-12 age group, but beware, it doesn't hold up in a second reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Z for Zachariah
Listened to this book on tape. I thought it was the most fantastic story I had ever heard. Felt the author's imagination was outstanding. I am a senior citizen and use these novels to fall asleep - this is one that would not let me sleep!

5-0 out of 5 stars thrilling
Somebody in my science class reccommended this book to me. It sounded pretty intersting, so i checked it out from the library. i started reading it and i really liked it. But the cover really scared me.

Ann Burden is a 15 year old, trying to survive on her own after a nuclear bomb that never touched the valley that she lives in. Her family went to see what happened, and the radiation from the nuclear fire killed them. so she is all alone, living in her house with the farm animals. She thinks she is the only left in the world. Until one day, a scientist named John Loomis comes to her valley, wearing a "safe suit" that helped him survive. He becomes sick, and Ann helps him recover. But his behaior is very odd, and Ann runs away to her cave the Mr. Loomis doesn't know about. He becomes more and more dangerous as the days go by. He even tries to rape Ann. This is a great book, and i reccomend it to everyone over the age of 12. ... Read more


17. Spy High Mission Three: The Serpent Scenario (Spy High)
by AJ Butcher
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18. Acceleration (Edgar Allen Poe Awards. Best Young Adult (Awards))
by GRAHAM MCNAMEE
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This book is a must read. It's awesome. Personally, I don't enjoy reading that much, but this was a great book and I got hooked after only a few pages. Anyone looking for a good read, this is your book.

2-0 out of 5 stars hmmmm...
Interesting plot, but not well set up. The author kind of rushes you into the story without setting up the characters. I think that the main character was a bit too moronic for me to believe. Though there were some gripping and fascinating parts, mostly I found myself thinking, "ok, is it over yet" There were too many pointless additions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great suspense a la Silence of the Lambs
This fast-paced suspenseful novel about a teen who discovers the diary of a serial killer will capture your attention and keep you reading till the last page. Some scenes are reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs, but without the gore. A great summer read when you need some chills.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book is about a a boy named Duncan who takes a summer job working in the transit lost and found. While looking around, he discovers a diary. He quickly finds out this diary belongs to an arsonist that mutilates animals. In the latter entries of the diary, it talks about getting tired of "kids stuff". It explains how he plans to murder a woman. Ducan teams up with his friend to stop him before its too late.

I thought this book was great until the end. It seemed like the author rushed it and everything just fell into the character's laps. The suspense was great though.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Next Step Up From "Holes"
Working at a bookstore, I was able to read the advance galley version of this book, and the quote on the back more or less sums it up: "The two of us going after this guy is like the Hardy Boys meets Hannibal Lecter."

Graham McNamee has here written the male equivalent of the impeccable "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson, or perhaps a teenage, literary, 'mundane' "Unbreakable". Certaintly, this is the next step for boys 13 years old (at least) who find Louis Sachar's Newberry-winning "Holes" to be below their level. It embraces male stereotypes at the same time it rejects them, and it has a timeless quality in the details of setting that ensure it a lasting place in the hearts of those who found "Catcher in the Rye" to be too downbeat and lacking in action.

All in all, if any of the above sounded even mildly appealing, you'll enjoy this book a lot more than mildly. ... Read more


19. The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 3)
by PHILIP PULLMAN
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Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Sales Rank: 8474
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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"Pullman is fast becoming a modern-day Dickens for young adults. The setting

is the same, the strong eye for characters is there, as are the brooding

atmosphere, the social conscience, and the ability to spin plot within plot.

Sally Lockhart is now a young woman, left alone with a toddler. Nothing

prepares her for the shock of receiving a summons from a man she has never even

heard of, suing for divorce and the custody of her beloved Harriet. Sally

struggles against the net closing around her, seeking to find out who is

persecuting her and why. The writing style is lively and direct, and there's

lots of action. This is a suspense novel with a conscience, and a most

enjoyable one."--School Library Journal.




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5-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to an excellent trilogy
We start the story with Sally living happily in the country, with her friends and her daughter, and everything is wonderful. Then she falls into a nightmare - someone, claiming to be her husband, wants custody of her daughter. Who hates Sally so much that he wants to destroy her utterly, and steal her daughter?

This is a really gripping story with no loose ends. Sally goes on a journey through the underside of Victorian London, ending up in Spitalfields. I used to live in this area, and loved reading the way that Pullman brought its history to life. The baddies are very bad, and get their comeuppance. The finale is worthy of a Hollywood action movie.

I came to these books after reading The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. The Sally Lockhart trilogy has none of the fantasy aspects of these books - it's set firmly in gritty, dirty Victorian England. The stories are simpler, so the books would be easier for a younger reader. Sally is a real role model heroine for a young girl - she never gives up, and is very smart and brave.

For the older reader, the attractions are the quality of the stories (except perhaps for the middle book), and the excellent descriptions of life in Victorian England. These stories rattle along at a fast pace, with plot twists coming from the baddies trying to outwit Sally and her friends. Sally ends up in the Victorian underworld, and the portrayal of street gangs, and the lives they lead, is very believable. A nice piece of social history. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pullman at best
After reading the Golden Compass and Subtle Knife I knew I would have to read more by him while waiting for the end of His Dark Materials trilogy. Once I got past the first three chapters of The Ruby in the Smoke I was hooked, and although The Shadow in the North broke my heart and made no one seem indivisable, the Tiger in the Well tied almost* everything up. I'd like to say that I never put the book down, but I can't. I was just a little too enraged at the beginning ( you understand if you read the series ), but once you get to chapter 20 ( the second book ) you better have time cause there is simply no place to put it down. The ultimate climax though was in the last ten chapters ( the third book ) and you get the feeling that the other books ( meaning Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow of the North ) were just an intro, and this is the only real story. I highly suggest this and I must say that the coversation between Con, Tony, and the Officer in I think the last chapter ( Rabbits ) is the absolute funniest I've ever read. Funny, exciting, with, romance, and drama the absolute best.

*The Tin Princess

4-0 out of 5 stars what does this have to do with the tiger in the well?
From Publishers Weekly
This comical adventure about a girl who longs to follow in her father's footsteps crackles with Pullman's (The Golden Compass; Clockwork) usual flair. Lila desperately wants to be a firework-maker like her widower father. Although he has raised her amid the dancing sparks, he wants her to have a husband rather than a vocation. With the help of her entrepreneurial friend Chulak, the personal servant to the king's talking white elephant, Lila tricks her father into revealing the secret to his profession, then bravely departs to retrieve the royal sulphur from Razvani the Fire-Fiend at the heart of a volcano. Pullman marries elements of fairy tale with slapstick humor as Lila outwits a vaudevillian band of pirates and scales jagged mountains on her quest. Gallagher's (Blue Willow, reviewed above) softly focused graphite drawings lend magical mystery as Lila fearfully contemplates the dancing fire imps at Mount Merapi and emphasize the absurdity as the elephant, his flanks emblazoned with advertisements, kneels before the Goddess of the Lake in order to save Lila from Razvani. If the tale, first published in Britain in 1995, isn't as polished as Pullman's other works, it's worth the trip just for the climactic fireworks scene in which Lila gets to show her stuff. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) FYI: As of September, Pullman's Sally Lockhart Trilogy is being reissued in paperback: The Ruby in the Smoke; The Shadow in the North; and The Tiger in the Well; as well as The Tin Princess, which features characters from the trilogy. (Knopf, $4.99 paper each ages 12-up ISBN 0-394-89589-4; -82599-3; ISBN 0-679-82671-8; -87615-4)
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I was so confused..then I read the reader's reviews and realized you had the wrong review on this page.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best in the series
If you are thinking about buying this book, you probably familiar with sally lockheart and the first 2 books in this series. And you are familiar with pullman "can't put the book down" writing, and already attached to the well known and loved characters.

This book happens 2 years after the ending if the last one, sally has grown more and matured, as well as her business and her place in life, she made a few more friends, and life seem prefect - until in a brief moment, everything seem to collapse.
What i love mostly about the book and the entire series, except of the intriguing plot, is pullman's ability to examine "serious" social issues and combine them in the story. In "ruby in the smoke" it was a lot about the politics of drugs, in the " shadow in the north" it was about classes and weapons, and in this one is about the pre-word war Jewish immigration and socialism vs. capitalism. it examine the writers opinions without being to preachy and showing some ways of thinking without being to confusing.

I also enjoy pullman's level of research and his many reference to actual London the way it was in the Victorian period, i was reading this book with my sister who just spend a while in London and it was really nice to check if she knows those places today and in what ways have the different part of the city changed.

It's a slightly creepier book and scarier and probably fit for a bit older crowed then the first and second book. I'm 28 and some part of it gave me the chills, so other then young kids, i recommend it highly.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Tiger in the Well
In my opinion, The Tiger in the Well is a good read, but not up to the standard of the Ruby in the Smoke, and the Shadow in the North. The plot drags on, and did not really involve me. The idea was very innovative, and the story chilling, but it did not seem to be portrayed with the suspense and depth of the first or second books. However, there were several positive sides to the book. Sally's growth as a character was central to this book, and her personality and feelings are explored to a much greater extent than in other books. For the first time, Sally seems vulnerable, even afraid, rather than confident, which is an interesting twist in the series. The introduction of new characters is also interesting. Overall, it is still a good book, and a must for any fans of Philip Pullman, if you're willing to put up with a drawn out plot lacking some of the suspense of the previous books. ... Read more


20. What Janie Found
by CAROLINE B. COONEY
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Asin: 0440227720
Catlog: Book (2002-02-12)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Sales Rank: 16204
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Janie’s two families appear to have made peace. Life seems almost normal. She’s even decided to speak to her former boyfriend, Reeve, again. But then Janie’s Connecticut father suffers a sudden stroke, and this tragedy leaves her mother reeling. Janie must step in to manage family finances and to support her mother emotionally.

While handling her father’s business matters, Janie discovers the one undeniable fact that could destroy both of her beloved families. And she alone must decide what to do.
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4-0 out of 5 stars "What Janie Found"
"What Janie Found" by Carolyn B. Cooney

WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ "THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON", "WHATEVER HAPPEND TO JANIE" AND "THE VOICE ON THE RADIO ", THIS BOOK REVIEW COULD GIVE AWAY IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS IN THE BOOKS ABOVE. DO NOT READ FARTHER!

Janie Johnson, or shall I say Jenny Spring? Janie, the name that she chooses to keep, finds out that her parents aren't realy her true parents, but they are the only parents that she has ever known. "What Janie Found" is the fourth book in the Janie series. In this book, Janie's curiosity and hatred toward Hannah (her kiddnapper) leads her to try and find Hannah. Her father had fallen into a coma, and Janie had to help with the bills, cleaning up, and other chores. While she searches through the bills, she finds a file labled "HJ". She knew that this simply means one thing: Hannah Johnson. She peers into the folder and finds a check with an address. That's where Hannah is! All this time her father had been supporting Hannah. Janie had thought that Hannah was dead, in a cult somewhere, in a bad situation, but atleast she was out of there lives! One thing: Janie knows something about the place where Hannah is. This is where... this is the place I shall stop, or I will give it all away. Read this book to find out what happends.

5-0 out of 5 stars What Janie Found
"What Janie Found" was one of the 3 sequels to the book "The Face on the Milk Carton". It is once again about Janie. Some other characters are Reeve, Janie's ex-boyfriend, Mrs. Johnson, Janie's "mother", Stephen, Janie's older brother, and Brian, Janie's other, younger, brother. This time, Janie's father as had a heart attack / stroke and is in the hospital while Janie handles the buisness afairs. Janie finds something that she wants to get to the bottom of, something having to do with H.J. A foulder (dun, dun, dun!). Now Janie goes to Blouder, NC to do some work while "visiting" her brother, Stephen. She goes with Reeve and Brian. They meet Stephen there (because that's where he goes to college) and he's with his annoying girl friend, Katherine, who always wants to know more about Janie and what happened with the kidnapping. I think the book "What Janie Found" was a very good book becuase once again, Caroline B. Cooney brings the character of Janie alive for ME. She makes Janie fun to read about, too. I think that anyone who likes the idea of suspence and reading should read this book because it is very suspenceful and the end of the chapters makes you want to read more and more. :) reading "What Janie Found" was fun for me...I liked the book very much and I think you should read it, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars What Janie Found
Well I enjoyed the book a lot. I really liked the book because it kept my attention.It is a mystery at some points but then later on it revealed the mystery.So if you like mysteries this is a book for you.I also recomend that you read other of her books.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's not over til' it's over!
Caroline B. Cooney has done it again with another sequel to the story of Janie's life with her book, "What Janie Found." Janie's life is beginning to run smoothly for her and her two families. She begins to talk to her ex-boyfriend, Reeve. Janie's brother, Stephen, is now in college in Colorado and is happy to be away from his family and away from the past that used to be so controlling and stressful during his childhood. Everything is turning around until Janie's Connecticut father suffers a stroke and is now in the hospital fighting for his life.
This disaster destroys Janie's mother, and Janie is forced to take care of the finances and also take care of her emotional mother. While she and her mother are going through old files, Janie comes upon a folder that is in the Paid Bills file. She looks inside and the folder reveals a secret that Janie's father had been hiding for all these years. Can Janie ever forgive her father? Should she move on and pretend nothing happened?
This book was defiantly worth reading because it concludes the whole story of Janie's struggle in recovering from the incident of the milk carton. I loved this book because Janie and her New Jersey family really begin to bond and learn to love each other no matter what the circumstances.
I would recommend this book to all of the Caroline B. Cooney fans and also to all of the readers of the Janie books. This book I highly recommend to all teenagers because this book goes over everyday situations that can help others understand and cope with everyday problems and decisions.

3-0 out of 5 stars not a good book
Sorry, I didn't really like this book very much. I have read all the books in the Janie series and they were all great--except this one. The beginning was rather good, but I didn't like that all the suspenses led to nothing. Cooney should have made a MUCH better ending to this book, the conclusion to the series. While I was reading this book, there were many things that I wondered about that I didn't find the answers to in the book. Sorry, I don't recommend this book, only if you want to read the whole series about Janie. ... Read more


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