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Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

posted Nov 8, 2016, 10:56 AM by Connie Tyree   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

Have you ever wondered how the atomic bomb was made? How does it create such a big explosion? What materials were used to make it? All of these questions can be answered by the nonfiction book Bomb, which was written by Steve Sheinkin. This book tells how the first atomic bomb was created during WWII, a project led by a man named Robert Oppenheimer . Bomb has won numerous awards including the Excellence of Young Adult Nonfiction Award and the Robert F. Sibert Medal. Steve Sheinkin had very accurate details throughout the book, which really helped to create a better understanding of the setting. Sheinkin also divided the book up well. Each individual chapter would usually include different characters and situations than the previous one, so it helped keep the book interesting all the way to the end. Something Sheinkin also did was include occasional pictures throughout the book, which gave a better understanding of the characters and settings. Furthermore, Sheinkin proved his book was accurate by providing credible sources after the story. Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb told the true and compelling story of the atomic bomb, and it’s definitely a great read for all middle schoolers.

Submitted by Grant L.


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

posted Nov 8, 2016, 10:34 AM by Connie Tyree   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 11:15 AM ]

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, is a must-read for anybody looking for amazing books. In this book (which has been made into a movie, Dashner creatively combines logic and tension to produce an ingenious book that is near impossible to put down. The altered language, unorthodox government system, and impeccable timing of events only enhance the excellency of Dashner’s novel.

In the outskirts of the disease-infested world, there lies a Maze, inhabited completely by teenage boys, of which Thomas is among them. And all of them share just one thing in common: the desire to escape. But escape is by no means easy. The people who sent them to the wretched place made sure that leaving the dungeon is as difficult as possible. Survival is made as difficult as possible. And many will die trying.

The Maze Runner is the result of flawless creativity and suspense. Using real world ideas to shape an alternate reality, philosophy to decode the most treacherous of codes, and the quest to clarify unanswered question of who the enemy is comprises only a small portion of the reasons on why you won’t regret reading this book.

Submitted by Aristo L.





Josh Baxter Levels Up

posted Sep 2, 2016, 11:23 AM by Connie Tyree   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 11:35 AM ]

7th grade video game lover Josh Baxter is not afraid to level up and win at his new school!

Josh Baxter is sick and tired of hitting the reset button. It's not easy being the new kid for the third time in two years. One mistake and now the middle school football star is out to get him. And Josh's sister keeps offering him lame advice about how to make friends, as if he needs her help finding allies!

Josh knows that his best bet is to keep his head down and stay under the radar. If no one notices him, nothing can touch him, right? But when Josh's mom sees his terrible grades and takes away his video games, it's clear his strategy has failed. Josh needs a new plan, or he'll never make it to the next level, let alone the next grade.

He's been playing not to lose. It's time to play to win.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

posted Oct 2, 2015, 10:34 AM by Connie Tyree   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 10:56 AM ]


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.



Tombquest by Michael Northrop

posted Sep 8, 2015, 7:23 AM by Connie Tyree   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 8:16 AM ]

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From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand-new epic Egyptian adventure!

Nothing can save eleven-year-old Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells -- the most powerful piece of the Egyptian Book of the Dead -- can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients known as the Death Walkers are also brought back to life.

Now terrible things are starting to happen. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpion messengers. And worst of all, Alex's mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. Alex and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to save his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Read the book, then continue the adventure online! Build your own Egyptian maze, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!



Wonder by R.J. Palacio

posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:32 AM by Fiona Casida

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Gone by Michael Grant

posted Nov 12, 2014, 7:35 AM by Unknown user



The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian sci-fi saga,Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King.

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

Michael Grant's Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view

Mortal Instruments Series

posted Sep 5, 2014, 6:47 AM by Unknown user


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