A blog for reviewing YA, children's, classics and whatever I feel like.
Also for discussing developments in the the book world, specifically in the St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Does my Head look Big in This?

Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Review Writer: Book Girl
Amal is a Muslim girl who decides to wear her hijab full time. A hijab is a shawl and head scarf which Muslim women wear in public. This is very hard because Amal is about to start at a fancy prep school and the teacher won’t allow it. When she finally does Amal is very pleased, even though a lot of kids are teasing her. This is a very good book, and I highly recommend it.

Shadow of the Dragon

Author: Kate O’Hearn
Review Writer: Book Girl
Kira is a girl whose life is governed by the first law. All girls must marry at age 13. But when the king’s men come to arrest her family, Kira and her younger sister Elspeth must run for their lives. They take shelter on a large mountain, home to Ferarchie, the most ferocious dragon in the land. When they rescue Ferarchie’s son who is just a baby, they have no idea how much trouble they are getting into.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Walking Backward

Author: Catherine Austen
Review Writer: Book Girl
Josh’s mother has died in a car crash, and now his family is falling apart. His dad is constantly in the basement working building a time machine. And his little brother Sam is talking to a Power Ranger like it’s his mom. Josh really needs a break, so he decides to make death his summer project. He finds out how different religions cope with and talk to people about how death affects them. Struggling in a home where every day is party day, he tries to find his place in the world.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Vote 4 Amelia

Author: Marissa Moss
Review Writer: Book Girl
This book is Amelia’s journal about an election. Amelia is running for secretary and her friends Leah and Carly are running for treasurer and president. They work very hard to be able to win. They make posters and hand out fliers. But their main competitor is handing out free candy and promising candy machines everywhere. Will they be able to win?

The Magic Thief

Author: Sarah Prineas
Review Writer: Book Girl
Conn lives in Twilight, a city of darkness and fear. He lives on what he steals. But on day he accidentally steals a wizard’s locus magicalicus. The locus magicalicus is a stone a wizard uses to focus his or her power to make spells. The wizard is surprised when the stone doesn’t kill Conn, and decides to take him on as his apprentice. The problem is that Conn needs a locus magicalicus by the end of 30 days. And behind that, the city is slowly losing its magic, and it is up to Conn to save the city.

Discovering Pig Magic

Author: Julia Crabtree
Review Writer: Book Girl
When three friends decide to try and ancient spell for fun, they have no idea what is going to happen. They all bury something important to them. Mattie buries a ceramic pig because everyone thinks she loves them. Ariel buries a small spoon because she wants to be a chef. Nicki buries a small Indian doll to represent her heritage. The book says they will start discovering the results right away. But then everything goes horribly wrong. Mattie’s mom becomes an agoraphobic. Ariel accidently submits a bad recipe for an original contest. Nicki’s brother needs an operation to survive. The three friends decide they need to reverse the magic. There is a surprise ending too. Enjoy!

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Sisters Club

Author: Megan McDonald
Review Writer: Book Girl
In this book there are three sisters: Alex, Stevie, and Joey. They live in Acton, and everyone in the family loves the theater. This book is a play of their lives literally. And all forces are set in motion, getting ready for opening night. I highly recommend this book, and it is one of my all time favorites.