The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket

There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word “stop” written entirely in capital letters STOP. The first is if the writer were writing a telegram… But there is another reason why a writer would end a sentence with “stop” written entirely in capital letters, and that is to warn readers that the book they are reading is so utterly wretched that if they have begun reading it, the best thing to do would be to stop STOP.

 

Opening Lines

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Posted in Book Review, Grades 6-8, Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Sunshine State 17-18

The Nerdy Dozen

Review:

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The enemy fighter jets surged past Neil Andertol, soaring over desolate, sandy terrain.

– opening line

 

 

So, another 6-8 grade Sunshine State nominated book. I wasn’t planning on reading this one because I didn’t think I would like it. That’s what I get for judging a book by its cover. Anyway, one of the 4th-grade students was really enjoying it and she asked me to read it with her. It’s actually pretty good and I can’t wait to talk to her about it tomorrow. Though I finished it and she is probably around halfway through.

Neil loves video games, like most 13-year old boys these days. He especially enjoys one called Chameleon. Chameleon, it turns out is a training tool used by the Air Force to teach pilots to fly an actual plane called the Chameleon that is capable of seeming invisible. Neil and a bunch of other kids get recruited by the Air Force to find a lost plane and save the day. I know, I know. Big suspension of disbelief here, but kids love that sort of thing.

Anyway, Neil ends up meeting a few people in real life that he only previously knew online. So, there are expected surprises there. And the kids make a couple of decisions that mess up something that Major Jones had planned, resulting in more unlikely situations. At least the kids don’t make some half-assed decision based on their guts and end up being right over the Major who is an adult and should know better than them.

This is a fast-moving story that kids will devour. And now that there are 3 books in the series, it will keep the kids reading.

Good for 4th – 8th graders who enjoy video games, strong female characters, soldiers, edge of your seat adventures… it has something for everyone.

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Dystopian, Favorite, Young Adult

Undivided – audiobook

Review:

owlowlowlowlowl

 

An amazing end to this brilliant series. There were times I was screaming in anger, crying with sadness, and slamming my fists in frustration. I loved this series and now must find something else from Neal Shusterman to read.

Stay Whole.

oh and…

Nice socks.

If you like dystopian books, you should try this one, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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Unsouled – audiobook

Review:

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Wow. Another amazing book in the series. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m just going to say that I continue to love this series and the narrator on the audio.

 

The following book trailer is AMAZING, but just so you know, it could give spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books. It was directed by Jarrod Shusterman.

 

Book Trailer for Unsouled

 

 

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Unwholly – audiobook

Review:

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**If you haven’t read Unwind, there may be spoilers in the following review.**

 

 

Book 2 in the Unwind series continues to follow the story of Connor, Risa, and Lev along with a few new and interesting characters. There’s Nelson, a “parts pirate,” determined to track down Connor and turn him over to the Juvenile Authority for “unwinding,” Starkey, a power hungry kid who wants to usurp Connor and take control, and even Cam, a teenager created using the parts from various unwound kids. They call Cam a “rewind” but he is like Frankenstein and he doesn’t even know if he is “real.” The chapters alternate between different character’s POVs and the narrator does a good job giving them different voices and personalities. In between chapters are actual news articles about organ harvesting and abandoned and “feral” teens. (The only thing annoying about that is hearing the narrator spell out the entire websites where the articles are found, something you wouldn’t have to read yourself and would probably gloss over.)

 

This series continues to twist your expectations in new ways. I loved this just as much, if not more than the first one. The plot twists at the end made me jump right into book 3.

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The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket

The book you are holding in your two hands right now — assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you have only two hands — is one of two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word “nervous” and the word “anxious.” The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead.

 

The Ersatz Elevator
Chapter 1

 

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Ersatz Elevator