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Book Review 2

  1. 1. Book Review DayWhich book should you pick?? December 2012
  2. 2. White Day Titles Trash by Andy Mulligan Last Shot by John Feinstein Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  3. 3. The Face on the Milk CartonBy Caroline Cooney 5 Copies Available  Total Pages = 184  Total Chapters = 18  Each Section = 6 chapters or 62 pages No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar--a three- year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was she. How could it possibly be true? Janie cant believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janies parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened
  4. 4. TrashBy Andy Mulligan 5 Copies Available In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so- distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Total Pages = 222 Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no Total Chapters = 33 parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong. Each Section = 11 chapters or 74 pages
  5. 5. Last ShotBy John Feinstein 3 Copies Available Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association’s Total Pages = 251 contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass Total Chapters = 19 for the Final Four. It’s a basketball junkie’s Each Section = 6 dream come true! chapters or 84 pages But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU’s star players . . . and why.
  6. 6. Million-Dollar ThrowBy Mike Lupica 5 Copies Available  Total Pages = 224  Total Chapters = 34  Each Section = 11 chapters or 75 pages What would you do with a million dollars, if you were 13? Nate Brodie is nicknamed “Brady” not only for his arm, but also because he’s the biggest Tom Brady fan. He’s even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he’s never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars. Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It’s no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most—paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate’s inspiration. He knows she’ll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime.
  7. 7. The Boy Who Saved BaseballBy John Ritter 4 Copies Available Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Toms team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontowns greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasnt spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be Toms only hope for saving his hometown. From the award-winning author of and comes this imaginative tale of one boys struggle to preserve the spirit of the game he loves. Total Pages = 216 Total Chapters = 30 Each Section = 10 chapters or 72 pages
  8. 8. The Westing GameBy Ellen Raskin Unlimited  For over twenty-five years, Ellen Raskins Newbery Medal-winning has been an enduring favorite. It has sold over one and a half million copies. This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westings will. They could become millionaires-it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game involving blizzards, burglaries, and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.  Total Pages = 182  Total Chapters = 30  Each Section = 10 chapters or 61 pages
  9. 9. Al Capone Does My ShirtsBy Gennifer Choldenko Unlimited Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. Im not the only kid who lives here. Theres my sister, Natalie, except she doesnt count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons dont want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I Total Pages = 215 guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless Total Chapters = 40 youre me. I came here because my Each Section = 13 mother said I had to. chapters or 72 pages
  10. 10. Blue Day Titles Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham Travel Team by Mike Lupica Heat by Mike Lupica The Contender by Robert Lipsyte Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  11. 11. Dead End in NorveltBy Jack Gantos 5 Copies Available  Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jacks way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads toTotal Pages =341 another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, EleanorTotal Chapters = 28 Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on aEach Section = 9 chapters trike, a dancing plague, voices from theor 114 pages past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. 
  12. 12. The ContenderBy Robert Lipsyte 4 Copies Available This is a sports fiction novel that tells a story of Alfred Brooks, a seventeen-year- old high school drop-out, living in Harlem, finding his way in the world and in boxing. Alfred learns that getting to the top is not as important as how you get there, and that before you can be a champion, you have to be a contender with the will to get back on your feet after you have been knocked down Total Pages = 227 Total Chapters = 20 Each section = 7 chapters or 76 pages
  13. 13. HeatBy Mike Lupica 5 Copies Available  Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-year old brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone  Total Pages = 220 wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way  Total Chapters = 28 to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight  Each Section = 9 for his cause, Michael’s secret world is blown wide open, chapters or 74 pages and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.
  14. 14. Travel TeamBy Mike Lupica 5 Copies Available Total Pages = 274 Total Chapters = 39 Each Section = 13 chapters or 92 pages Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but dont tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Dannys father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isnt the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.
  15. 15. Theodore Boone: Kid LawyerBy John Grisham 4 Copies Available Total Pages = 263  In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though hes only Total Chapters = 22 thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks hes Each Section = 7 one of them. Theo knows every judge, chapters or 88 pages policeman, court clerk, and a lot about the law. He dreams of a life in the courtroom. But he finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much, maybe too much, he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth. The stakes are high, but Theo wont stop until justice is served.
  16. 16. Silent to the BoneE. L. Konigsburg 4 Copies Available Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldnt have hurt Branwells baby half sister, Nikki. But Nikki lies in a coma, and Branwell is in a juvenile behavioral center, suspected of a horrible crime and unable to utter the words to tell what really happened. Connor is the only one who might be able to break through Branwells wall of silence. But how can he prove Branwell didnt commit the unspeakable act of which hes accused when Branwell cant speak for himself?Total Pages = 261Total Chapters = 25Each Section = 8chapters or 87 pages
  17. 17. Nobody’s Princess By Esther Friesner 3 Copies Available She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods— or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies —such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus" Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi. In Nobodys Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly Total Pages = 296 weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy. The Total Chapters = 16 resulting story offers up adventure, humor, and a fresh Each Section = 5 and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for. chapters or 99 pages
  18. 18. Cryptid HuntersBy Roland Smith 3 Copies Available After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didnt even know they had. The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct. Through a series of perilous adventures, the pair uncover long-buried secrets about their own identities and that of Total Pages = 348 their uncle. Now the twins must play a high-stakes game, where the prize is a Total Chapters = 33 dinosaur egg, and the penalty, death. Each Section = 11 chapters or 116 pages
  19. 19. Al Capone Does My ShirtsBy Gennifer Choldenko Unlimited Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. Im not the only kid who lives here. Theres my sister, Natalie, except she doesnt count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cooks or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons dont want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I Total Pages = 215 guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless Total Chapters = 40 youre me. I came here because my Each Section = 13 mother said I had to. chapters or 72 pages
  20. 20. The Westing GameBy Ellen Raskin Unlimited  For over twenty-five years, Ellen Raskins Newbery Medal-winning has been an enduring favorite. It has sold over one and a half million copies. This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westings will. They could become millionaires-it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game involving blizzards, burglaries, and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.  Total Pages = 182  Total Chapters = 30  Each Section = 10 chapters or 61 pages

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