Student Reviews

Farmingdale is proud to present our collection of book recommendations for students by students. This is a rotating selection of some of today's top books at Farmingdale presented by the students who love them.

Unstoppable by Tim Green

Reviewed by Bryan Birkl, 8th Grade

Unstoppable, by Tim Green is a great sports book that was very interesting to read for the first time. I gave this book a four out of five stars because I love sports and reading about them is fun but I would not recommend this book if you do not like sports. The book Unstoppable is a book about a boy who lives in a cruel foster home and wants to play football and knows that his dream of one day playing in the NFL is a long shot for him. Then Harrison's luck changes and he is brought into a new foster family with kind and loving parents, and his new dad is a football coach. Tim Green wrote this book as a former NFL defensive end and wrote this to show how you need determination and put in a lot of work to make to the NFL. The thing I like about this book is that he ties in lessons that he has learned about playing in the pros all throughout the book.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Reviewed by Michael Connolly, 8th Grade

The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells is about a man who travels to the year 802,701 AD where he finds himself surrounded by small humanoid creatures called Eloi which are small fragile and peaceful. They give the man fruit and make him feel safe. The twist is the man cannot find the time machine which brought him to the world of the Eloi. I really enjoyed this book. If I were to rate it out of five stars I would honestly give it a solid five. The book makes you draw a picture in your mind and tries to make you feel the way the character in the story feels. It is pretty captivating trying to think of what these little humanoid creatures look like and what the world they live in is like. I find other non existing worlds fascinating despite that they may not be real, this book makes the reader actually feel like they are in the story. The only complaint I have is that the book is not longer! It is the type of book where you build up a relationship with the characters and you want to be able to continue the journey along with the characters. The book is great for kids or young teens trying to take a break from stress and schoolwork and all the other things, and break away from reality a little bit and experience something incredible. I have never enjoyed a book so much and I hope there is a sequel to the story because I want to learn more about the world of Eloi.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Reviewed by Dacia Crawford, 8th Grade

Life As We Knew It is told from the perspective of a 16 year old girl named Miranda. In the beginning of the book the main focus was that an asteroid was going to be hitting the moon and it should be a beautiful sight for everyone to see. The night the asteroid was due to hit the moon everyone was very excited people had put out chairs on their yards to witness what was about to happen. As the asteroid is coming it seems to be more dense than expected and ends up hitting the moon completely out of orbit. Because of the moon's misplacement everything on earth begins to turn into a disaster starting with tsunamis and floods and even summer days becoming very cold. For most families every day becomes an opportunity for survival.

I would rate this book a five star and recommend it to someone because it's very interesting and does a good job at keeping the reader's interest.

Ice Drift by Theodore Taylor

Reviewed by Michael Holding, 8th Grade

Ice Drift is about two brothers living with their tribe in Greenland and are on an iceberg. When they are hunting for seals on the floe that is attached it breaks off leaving them stranded and floating away with little supplies and no way to get back to their tribe. Both brothers Alika and Sulu have to try to survive and hope someone rescues them. I recommend this book to people who want a feeling of fear and not know the outcome of the character. You will always be on the edge of your seat when reading this book. I give this book 4.5 stars.

In my opinion, this book is great and you will love it. Something I dislike is in the beginning it is a little hard to understand what is happening because they did not introduce the characters or where they are and what they are doing.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Reviewed by Tameena Qurashi, 8th Grade

This book is about a grandfather riveting stories about the exceptionally gifted children known only as the "Peculiars," ordinary Joe teenage Jake sets out on a journey with his father to find the mysterious Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; a haven for all those born with unusual and extraordinary abilities. Persecuted through the ages, the Peculiars live protected from the outside world under their Headmistress' wing inside an enchanted and well-hidden orphanage that seems to defy the laws of time, perpetually looping the same day, every day. When Jake starts to realize that, in a way, he somehow fits in Miss Peregrine's Home. I would give this book 5 stars because it explains that even if something seems like a fairy tale from words, you can't just judge it and think it's not real just like the quote "Don't judge a book by its cover."

The part I liked most about this book is when Jack found out his special power also and how he had used it in such different ways.

Dorothy Must Die

by Danielle Paige-Fantasy

Reviewed by Grace Lazicky, 8th Grade

The book takes place in modern day Kansas and revolves around a girl named Amy Gumm who wants to leave Kansas and her miserable, boring life. She gets into a fight with her mom who leaves Amy and her pet rat, Star in their trailer with a tornado on its way. The tornado sweeps up Amy in the trailer and she finds herself in the Land of Oz, but not the Oz that she thought she knew. Amy finds that the land is being destroyed by a power hungry, manipulative, ruthless tyrant. Amy joins in a revolution to end her rule by becoming an undercover assassin to kill the abusive ruler, Dorothy Gale. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5. The book was very good and had many unexpected twists and betrayals. The book made me laugh and gasp and really connect with the character. The idea was so bizarre and creative at the same time. It was definitely my favorite book of this series. I would probably recommend it for teens specifically girls since it is in the point of view of a teenage girl.

Paper Valentine

by Brenna Yovanoff

Reviewed by Krystal B. Velazquez, 11th Grade

In the quiet city of Ludlow someone is murdering young girls and Hannah is determined to find out who is behind this with the help of her dead best friend, Lillian. This is one of my favorite books because of how detailed it is and because of how the suspense draws you in and makes you think and question the characters. I feel like this book is really unique because of how the overall setting plays a major role and it makes you really think about who could be the killer. I highly recommend you to read this book.