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JUNE 28, 2008
No More Dead Dogs (rated 5.0)

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (my favorite author!) is super funny! The chapters switch out from people to people, but the main character is Wallace Wallace. He is the star football player only because the coach finally put him in the champion game and he scored the winning touch down. In the of the book Wallace Wallace's teacher who is Mr. Fogelman (odd name huh?) assigns homework and they have to read the book Old Shep My Pal. Wallace argues with the teacher about the book (my favorite part!) and has to spend time in detention, but since Mr. Fogelman is running a school play (Old Shep My Pal) Wallace Wallace helps with odd ideas for it. Now someone is trying to ruin the play and everyone thinks it is Wallace Wallace. The worst part I think is when you hear about what a person did to try to stop the play. The best part though is when the teacher and Wallace Wallace talk about the book Old Shep My Pal. This is a great book and one of my all time favorites. If you love this book you should read more by Gordon Korman (I haven't found one by him I don't like!).

(Jannelle G recommends this book for readers of all ages.)

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JUNE 25, 2008
Maximum Ride the Final Warning (Rated 4.5)

I have read Maximum Ride the Final Warning book by James Patterson and I think it is fantastic! This book is about six kids who have wings and raptor vision because of some scientists experimenting on them when they where little (just born). There are many people out to get them for money and lots of other things. They stick together and call themselves the "flock". One of the best parts is when the kids/mutant birds (Iggy, Gasman, Nudge, Max, Angel, and Fang) escape from building (where they are being held captive) during a hurricane. It's so funny! There are some parts when people get hurt which is why I rated it 4.5 and not 5 but the good people get better very fast. This book is cram packed with adventure. Oops, and I forgot this book is from Max's (Maximum Ride) point of view. Max, Fang, and Iggy (he's blind) are all about fourteen and all of the rest are younger then them. Max has an occasional voice in her head that talks to her, but she can't find out who it is doing it. This book is supper good! I hope you read it in the near future! (There is also a 1st 2nd and 3rd book in the series. This is the 4th!)

(Janelle G recommends this book to readers 10 years and older.)

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JUNE 25, 2008
The Waterborn (rated 4.0)

Overall, the book, "The Waterborn" by J. Gregory Keyes was very interesting and unique. The book had a pretty slow start up till the third chapter, then it got a lot better. Some of the content wasn't very appropriate for anyone less than sixteen, but it was an adult book. Some of the good things about this book was that it was a completely different way of thinking about some things that we don't really notice today. It has a lot of events happening at the same time, and really challenged the reader to thing while they're reading. Towards the end of the book, it seemed like Gregory Keyes was rushing his writing, and didn't flow as well as the middle. Anyway, the book is still very good, and high-level readers should think about reading it.

(Patrick recommends this book to readers 14-18 years of age.)

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JUNE 25, 2008
Warriors: Twilight (rated 5.0)

The book Warriors: Twilight is an exceptional book to read. It has action and never gets you bored. The whole book is how Thunderclan and the others are settling in on their new territory. Problems faced in the book give the characters dilemmas. Some of the problems faced is one cat is torn between loyalty to her duty as a medicine cat and the her love. Another cat has a hard time with her best friend and how they are betraying them. But that is not all the dilemmas in that clan. One clan struggles with almost every cat getting sick. Another clan is facing troubles with badgers. Thunderclan pitches in to help. But their help upsets the other clan's strength. But with an enemy attacking, the clans need each other in order to survive.

Warriors: Twilight by Erin Hunter

(Jessica Lynn suggests this book for readers between the ages of 10-16 years of age.)

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JUNE 25, 2008
The Sims 2 Nightlife (rated 5.0)

My favorite computer game of all time is The Sims 2 Nightlife. I love living the live of other people practically! I love making families, playing families, and much more! My most favorite thing about the Sims 2 Nightlife is that you gan drive cars instead of having the carpool pick you up all of the time. Another thing that I like about the Sims 2 Nightlife and all of the other Sims 2 games is that you can create families and Sims. You can choose their hairstyle, clothing, eye wear, personality, and much more. Once you finish creating a family, you can either choose a house for them to live in, or have them buy property, and build a house. My other favorite thing is that there are cheats so you can get more money! The cheat for 1,000 simolones (money) is kaching. The cheat for 50,000 simolones is motherlode. The cheat to control almost anything is boolprop testingcheatsenabled true. One thing I do not like about the Sims 2 Nightlife is sometimes, the Sims do not listen to you when you tell them to do something. For example, if they are really tired or hungry, a school student will not do his or her homework. If any age of a sim is tired, they will not do anything for you. I over all love The Sims 2 Nightlife.

(Derek rates this game for players aged from 10-13 years old).

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JUNE 25, 2008
One Hundred Years of Solitude (rated 5.0)

I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a summer English project, and I enjoyed every minute of it. A few factors influenced my decision to read the book: it is on the College Board's list of books to read, my mom and Spanish teacher reccommended it, and just as importantly, the cover was really appealing (I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover...). It is a long novel, 417 pages to be exact, but it was WORTH it. The book tells the story of a town called Macondo through the lives of the members of its most prominent family, the Buendias. It also, I have heard, parallels the story of Colombia, Marquez's home country. To me, the most enjoyable part of the book was getting to know each and every member of the huge Buendia family, so different but also eerily similar. The book deals with themes of the destruction of war, the nature of solitude, and the fluidity of time, each of which made me examine my life and the state of mankind. I really have no criticism of it... perhaps that at some points, I feel Marquez tried too hard to make a point, to make obvious his theme. But overall, I reccommend this book for any lover of literature. It was once said that One Hundred Years of Solitude was the only book, other than the Book of Genesis, that should be required reading for all mankind, and I couldn't agree more.

(Blythe R recommends this book for readers 14 and over.)

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JUNE 25, 2008
The Time Capsule (rated 4.0)

The Time Capsule by Lurlene McDaniel is a great book. I think it's a really good book because of the plot and because of the word choice. The story was also really fantastic because the author did a really nice job of having the reader receive a certain mood or feeling in each and every part of the book. I would say that one good thing I will emphasize about this book is its characterization. In my case, I was able to picture every character and also feel like I knew every one of them in real life. It was very easy for me to picture the characters in this book as the reader of the story. If I were to mention or bring up one bad thing about this book, it would probably be its length. I think it could have been a better book if it would have been a little longer and then I would have liked this book even better. Then the reader could have had a little bit more of a background and conclusion to read. The author also could have put in a few more details in the chapters as well, but for kids that like short books and great stories; this should be a great read for you.

(Marissa S suggests this book for readers 10-16 years of age.)

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JUNE 21, 2008
Twilight (rated 4.5)

Reading the book Twilight I wasn't able to put it down. The reason I marked this book down from a 5 to 4.5 is because the first chapter seems a little confusing when you are starting. Isabella (Bella) Swan is moving living with her newly married mother to live with her father in the rain town of Forks, Washington that she has always avoided. This story is mostly about Bella moving to Forks and getting to know the beings there, most importantly meeting Edward Cullen and seeing there unique family. I don't want to give away the story though the cover itself does contain spoilers. Reading this book you will be brought into the story with the action, romance, and see a picture fantasy meeting reality that never was so vivid. You should go and read this story once you get past the intro I believe you may find it diffucult to put down. I hope you enjoy the story and may be excited to find that it is part of a series. Give it a chance with an open mind, what is that worst that could happen.

(Katie gave the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer a rating of 4.5 and suggests it for ages 14 to over 18 years old.)

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JUNE 19, 2008
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Rated 4.5)

This is a Nintendo DS game that is a lot of fun. You go to different countries and play games in those countries. You try to get the high score in each of the games. You can also change the way your rabbid looks by changing his clothes, color, and the background. There are a lot of different games to play. Some are pretty easy to do good at, but some are really hard and take a lot of practice. It's a game that is good for either boys or girls too. The rabbid makes a lot of sreaming noises. I think it's cool but it can be annoying to the people around you. That's really the only bad thing I can think about the game. It's rated E so it's really a good game for people of all ages too.

(Paige reviewed a video game called Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 for Nintendo DS. She thought the game was appropriate for ages 10-16 years old.)

Paige was also our weekly winner, so she got to chose the next videogame to be added to the collection, she chose Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 for Nintendo DS. Congrats Paige! -- MCPL Staff

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JUNE 16, 2008
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy (Rated 4.5)

This book is about a girl and what happened when her big sister went crazy. Her sister went crazy and had to go to a mental house. The family would go and visit her but it was really hard for the girl because sometimes her big sister didn't even remember her. All she wanted was her big sister to be normal again but that never happened.

Also in the story, the girl told us about the good times when her older sister didn't go crazy yet. The girl would always talk about how good of a family they were and how much fun they had together before the big sister went crazy. When ever the family was over in the mental house and they play games, the big sister would always play wrong but they didn't mind, as long as they had family time. And once, the big sister got angery and threw the board game on the ground and got into this fit.

I liked this book alot. In fact, I even researched on Sonya Sones. I learned that this was an actual story and it really happened to Sonya. The inspiration for this book came from her class, because the class was asked to right a poem so Sonya decided to write one on her sister and how she went crazy at age 18 and how hard it was for her even though she was still little. This book was really good and an easy read because it was in a poem format.

(The book Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy is by Sonya Sones. Sing A.T. recommends this book for ages 10 to 13 years old.)

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JUNE 16, 2008
Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager (Rated 4.0)

It was about this one girl and her name was Annie. She was so in love with a boy name Danny. One day Danny went to ask to go out and they went out. Later on Danny kept on doing bad things to Annie, Annie would have to do it. Annine said that she would do anything for Danny and thats to be by Danny. Annie's mom does not now anything about this and doesn't know that they are going out.

One day annie went with danny to a drinking party and when they left Danny took annie home and in the car they stopped and danny tried to kiss her and do bad things but annies wouldn't let so he took her home. One day she went to another drinking party and she told her mom that she was at her friends house but she wasn't. When she was at that party one of her friends started to cry. She also said that she might be pregnant. Than Annie said that she doesn't know too if she's pregnant or not. So she did the birth control and she was pregnant.

(The book Annie's Baby is by Beatrice Sparks & Anonymous. Zoua X. recommends this book for ages 10 to 13 years old.)

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JUNE 16, 2008
Harry Potter Series (Rated 5.0)

A boy was raised by his aunt and uncle. They were really mean to him because they did not want Harry (the boy) to be a wizard. Harry did not know he was a wizard until someone, Hagrid, came and got him. He was the gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Harry arrives at Hogwarts. He thinks that he could not be wizard but there were other kids who parents had no magic. Harry made two friends at school. There names were Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Ron came from a family with all wizards. Hermione's parents did not know magic and they were dentists.

When Harry arrives at Hogwarts, he was quite famous because he was the only one who had survived from a killing curse. Harry also made an enemy, Draco Malfoy. He was from Slytherin and Harry and his friends were from Gryffindor. Harry soon was on the Quidditch team. He was a seeker. His job was to catch the snitch. That would earn them 150 points. It would also end the game. At school, someone was trying to kill Harry all the time. Ron and Hermione would help Harry to find out who it was. Hermione was really smart so when they did not know what the problem was, she would go look it up in the library. Ron was Harry's sidekick. Together, they saved peoples lives.

(The Harry Potter Series is by J.K. Rowling, and Nancie X. recommends these books for ages 14-16 years old.)

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JUNE 16, 2008
Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos - Yugi the Destiny (Rated 4.0)

The good thing is that people get to learn how to duel and the bad thing is that some pople don't so I'm getting this for my cousin so the can learn how to duel.

(The PC Game: Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos is recommended by Yuwesia L. for ages 10 to 13 years.)

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JUNE 16, 2008
"The Clique" by Lisi Harrison

Rating: Good (4)

The Clique  by  Lisi Harrison

This book was amazing! It was something I could really relate to. It had good details. The book was about Claire who moves into Massie's guest House. Massie is the most popular girl in her school with Alicia, Kristen, and Dylan. Massie doesn't like Claire, so then Massie steals Claire's new best friend. Claire strikes back to get revenge on Massie.

This book was a good book to read especially in summer. It really shows how mean girls can get sometimes. A really good thing about this book was that it wasn't boring at all. I couldn't even stop reading it even at night. The bad thing about this book was well I really liked this book and I enjoyed it but it might seem too girly for some people. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great book.

(The Clique series is written by Lisi Harrison. It is recommended by Saira R. for ages 10 through 16.)

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JUNE 16, 2008
"The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Golden Compass  by  Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass is an exceptional book written by Philip Pullman.

One good thing about this book is that it keeps you interested the whole time you are reading it. You become immediately attached to the main character, Lyra, because of her good spirit, and determination. If you have ever seen the movie Remember the Titans, she reminds me of the little girl in the movie. She is extremely brave and will talk to anyone fearlessly, even an armored bear or a king, for example. An example of Lyra's bravery is when she risks her life to save her best friend, despite the fact that she had to do it alone.

The only bad thing that I have to say about this book is the endings of the chapters and the ending of the book. The endings of the chapters leave you hanging each time, which could be a good thing, but it bothers me. The ending of the book leaves you hanging, and even though I know that there is a sequel, I didn't want it to end. If the cliffhangers don't bother you, I don't have any complaints.

I do highly recommend this book and the rest of the series even though I haven't read them yet. But if they are written as well as The Golden Compass, they have to be just as good.

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