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AUGUST 12, 2008
Turok (Rated 5.0)

The game is about a guy named turok who is on a mission to kill one of his old trainers because he is going to kill every one with a gas that has neurotoxins in it and as his ship is going to the planet it gets blown up and you and one other person were split from the rest of the group during the crash. so as you are trying to relocate your group you find out that the planet is filled with dinosoars, giant bugs and your former trainers armies. you get a knife a bow and guns when you find them that is. You finally meet up with your group only to split up to find a transmitter so u can get off of the planet. then you have to get in their base to find a ship to get out since the transmitter is busted. you find one ship , but its ruined so you look for a different one. when you find a way out though your old trainer is about to fly away. and you choose to try and kill him. but are you good enough is the question. the best thing about the game is that it is long fun and a first person shooter. one bad thing is that it doesnt have a lot of achievements on story mode for the 360. it is for the ps3, and xbox 360.

(David recommends this game for players 10 and up.)

Note: This game is rated MATURE 17   Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons 17 years and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.

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AUGUST 8, 2008
Because Of Winn-Dixie (Rated 5.0)

I really liked this book! I liked that it has a lesson to show compasion and help people and animals. The thing that I did not like was the land lord telling Opal that she could not keep the dog.

(Mackenzie recommends this book for readers 10 - 13 years of age.)

Because Of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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AUGUST 8, 2008
Jewel of Truth (Rated 5.0)

This book, Jewel of Truth, is the third in the series Boundary's fall. This series is equal to or better then the well known Eragon and Eldest books. Jewel of Truth is compared to a tapestry of political intrigue, military prowess, with personal and racial tension. The Best thing I found in this book is its great story line, climax, and extravagant details of the characters. The worse thing I could find was it wasnt long enough. This book is a 5 out of 5 stars for my rating.

(Andrew recommends this book for readers of all ages.)

Jewel of Truth by Bret M Funk

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AUGUST 8, 2008
A Really Nice Prom Mess (Rated 4.5)

A Really Big Prom Mess by Brian Sloan was a hilarious book of misfortunes that occur on Cameron Hayes senior prom night. The book started out kind of slow and was difficult to get into. The farther I read into the book, the more exciting it became. There were points in the book where I thought to myself, "Wow, could his prom become any worse?" And oh boy his prom did get alot worse. One thing that I didn't like about the book was the long description that were written in between all the exciting parts. I got bored and just ended up skimming through them. I couldn't believe that even though during the prom things were the best for Cameron, the ending all worked out. I learned alot about how prom isn't everything, and you shouldn't worry about it. I also learned about how difficult it is for homosexuals to come out with there sexuality. I know that when Cameron "outed" his boyfriend to his bestfriend his boyfriend was very upset, and there relationship was never patched. Over all I thought this book was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys funny books that keep you guessing.

(Kayla recommends this book for readers 14 - 16 years of age.)

A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan

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AUGUST 8, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Rated 5.0)

Wow! I know that I may sound crazy, but I read this 754 page book in less than a day with only a few hours of rest on August 2nd at 12:01 which was the day this book was released. Breaking Dawn is different from the other books in the Twilight Saga for many reasons. Bella becomes pregnant on her honeymoon with Edward, and although the baby growing inside her will likely kill her, she choses to suffer the pain so her child can live. Her choice devstates Edward, and Jacob said that how he looked was like looking at a burning man. Jacob also strugles because he has broken away from the large pack werewolves in La Push becasue he doesn't want to kill the Cullens like Sam ordered them to do. In this final book of the Twilight Saga, I feel that the maturaity level of the characters was raised greatly. If there are any other Twilightlighters out there who haven't read Breaking Dawn yet, I urge you to read it now. And, for anyone else cautious to read the Twilight Saga, I strongly recommend it. This series contains lots of my favorite books that I rank very closely to Harry Potter. This final book in the Twilight Saga is phenomenal, a must read for all.

(CrazedTwilightFan recommends this book for readers 14 and up.)

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

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AUGUST 5, 2008
Welcome to my zoo (Rated 5.0)

Michelle Tanner has always wanted a pet of her own. So she trys to prove to her dad that she is responsible enough to care for one. but she takes on too many pets because she cant say no to her friends that need her help. She has three pets: a rabbit a bird and a snake. Her dad wants to clean out the garage where she is keeping the pets and she only has a couple of days to get rid of them. She walks around the neighborhood. Eventually she has all the pets gone. But then all the new owners are not happy with their pets for random reasons. So Michelle has to find them all homes again. This is a very good book and i hope many read it.

(Jessi recommends this book to readers 10 - 13 years of age.)

Welcome to my Zoo by Jean Waricha

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