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Undone by Brook Taylor August 24, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Death/Dying, Family/Friendship, Realistic.
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Cheyenne
@ Ferndale
In the novel Undone, Brook Taylor leads the reader through the broken life of Serena Moore’s. After losing her best friend since eighth grade after a car accident in tenth grade, Serena decides to finish her former friend’s list of five things to do if she could. Through completeing tasks like getting a tatoo, working thing’s out with her best friend’s boyfriend, she begins to realize she was forgetting who she really was. Plus, there was figuring out the answers to the tasks, “Confront D” who was that? or “tell Serena” what? And how was Serena supposed to sing with Bleeder Valve if she couldn’t sing in front of people? Undone really relates with every reader even if their life isn’t as messed up as Serena Moore’s.
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Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty August 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Realistic, Slow start, week 8.
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Jessica Darling is devistated when her best friend, Hope, moves away. Jessica doesn’t fit in at school, the guy she likes doesn’t even know she excitsts and she doesn’t fit in at home, with her dad who only talks to her when it has to do with her track meets. With Hope gone Jessica feels like nothing, just nothing. But Jessica is thrown for a loop when Marcus Flutie, known as a “Dreg” at school suddenly takes intrest in her. Jessica soon finds herself taking a false pee test and spending more time with strange but compelling Marcus.
This book started out really slow and kind of depressing but as soon as Marcus enters the picture the book really heated up. This is the first in five books and I am un-clear if McCafferty is planning on writing more or if there are only going to be five. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton August 4, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Realistic, week 8.
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In this sequal to Chanda’s Secrets, Chanda finds herself faced with new problems but all as equally hard or harder. Chanda has this dream. It’s filled with lots of kids running down the road, the ditches on each side filled with blood and they’re in Trio. These dreams start to happen more and more and soon Mrs. Taft suggests it must have something to do with Chanda refusing to go to Trio to see her family. Chanda refuses to go but soon can’t take the dreams any longer and when her grandma calls saying that she is sorry for the past and wishes to give the children their blessing before she dies, Chanda doesn’t say no. But what she finds in Trio she can’t help but wish she hadn’t. And soon Chanda is on a hunt to find her siblings and save them from what most likely will be death.
I loved this book but like the first one it is really intense. Both Chanda and other characters have to over come their pride to do what is best and what they know is right. No matter how dangerous.

Love and other four letter words by Carolyn Mackler August 2, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Romance, Week 7.
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When Sammie’s parents split up and she is forced to move to New York City with her mom, Sammie feels like nothing will ever work out. But soon Sammie meets a quirky girl in the dog park. Sammie and Phoebe soon become great friends but Sammie’s problems are still not fixed. Her mom is constantly reading self-help books and is scared and uncertain when it comes to getting the job she wants. Sammie feels like nothing will ever be the same and continues to get madder and madder at her parents.

And then Eli, the son of her mom’s friend, is thrown into the picture. Sammie met Eli when she was little and remembers an embarrassing moment that Eli was sure not to forget, so Sammie tries to avoid Eli. But what Sammie soon finds is that she likes him.

This is a story about a 16-year old girl going through divorce, friendship and romance all in one summer. I really like this book.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta July 22, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Boarding School Stories, Family/Friendship, Mystery, week 6.
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I thought this book was really good. When I first began reading it I thought it was really confusing; it’s the kind of book that doesn’t give you all of the information at once so I was forced to trust that the author would later make it make more sense. Jellicoe Road is about a girl, Taylor, who was abondoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road around the age of eleven and hasn’t seen her since. She lives at a boarding school where a “war” is going on between the six boarding school buildings against the Townies and The Cadets (they are what sound kind of like boy scotts and come for two months or so in the fall). Taylor is the leader of the boarding house kids but when an old accuantance shows up to lead the Cadets, Taylor’s life becomes more confusing than it was. In this amazing novel Taylor tries to learn the secrets of her past and along the way finds some surprising facts about her and her family.

Wuthering Heights July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Classics, Dating, Family/Friendship, General Fiction, Historical, Romance, week 6.
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Lynden

I agree that Wuthering Heights is not your typical love story and is not for everyone. To keep up on what was happening I really had to pay attention. The characters are extremely complex. Heathcliff and Catherine cause more trouble than they thought when they decided not to marry each other. The story is told by a housekeeper who has witnessed everything going on, but she is a great storyteller. I recommend this book to any who likes Pride & Prejudice or anything like that.

Pendragon July 18, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Fantasy, week 5.
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Pendragon: Black Water Book 5 by D.J. MacHale

Warning: May contain spoilers for the previous book.
This book is the fifth in the series Pendragon. After Bobby lost his first territory, Veelox, he is off you find his friend Gunny who is on Eelong. But what Bobby finds their throws him for a loop. Instead of humans being the dominating creature they are cats called klees and humans, who are called gars, are considered animals. As Bobby tries to find out what the turning point is for this territory he begins to think it is the fact that the klees are starving and are about to resort to eating the gars, which were previously their slaves. But what Bobby doesn’t know is that his friends back on second earth, Courtney and Mark, know what is actually going on. The only way they can tell Bobby what they know is if they disobey his orders and go against what they had previously believed was right. Saint Dane had said that the rules had changed and so they have. Courtney and Mark are now able to flume to see Vo Spader on Cloral and there they make their decision.

In this book Bobby is forced to make many desicions that will either make or break their fight and will put many of his friends in danger. Not to mention tell someone he is now the traveler of Eelong who doesn’t want to be.

The Witches July 18, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Adventure, Family/Friendship, Fantasy, week 5.
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The Witches by Roald Dahl

I started reading this book because I was flying on a plane and needed a book to read so I borrowed it from my grandma’s house. I didn’t expect to like it but I actually found it really interesting and kept me entertained. The kid in this story had his parents killed when he was young and is now living with his grandma in Norway but soon are forced to move back to England (?) where they take a trip to this nice hotel for the summer. Grandma always loved to tell stories about witches to the kid but these stories were about real witches who always wore gloves and were bald. The kid loved these stories and was able to recognise the few witches he saw. But one day when he was teaching his mice to tight-rope walk he was trapped in a room with eighty-five witches. Grandma had told the kid about the Grand High Witch and the yearly meeting with all of the witches from that country and now the kid was stuck in this room during the meeting. Now he only has to figure out how to get out.

Every Soul a Star – Wendy Mass July 8, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, week 4.
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mini-Nikki

library: Bellingham
Moon Shadow camp is preparing for an eclipse and a ton of visitors. During this exciting event three kids meet, Ally a girl who lives at Moon Shadow camp, Bree the future homecoming queen that is here because of her parents and little sister and Jack a guy who is coming to Moon Shadow for school. Each chapter is from another character’s perspective so you can get the whole picture with is pretty neat. I really enjoyed this book because of the friendship that this book is filled with!

Each Little Bird That Sings- Deborah Wiles July 8, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Must Read, week 4.
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library: Bellingham
Comfort Snowberger’s family doesn’t run the most usual business, they run a funeral home! Each Little Bird That Sings is a bitter sweet book about a 10-year-old girl who is dealing with the death of her Great Uncle Edisto and Great-Great Aunt Florentine, an annoy cousin Peach, a best friend that isn’t acting like a best friend should and adventures with her dog Dismay!
I absolutely love this book! It can be pretty sad but it all evens out with love and laughter! This book is a must read!