Ms. Falcon-Ortega recommends:
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
A great suspense and adventure book about the mysteries that lie in
the paintings of Da Vinci. There is a murder, and the book takes you all
over Paris to find the true murderer. The plot thickens as the main
characters hide and try to figure out codes that were left behind by the
murdered victim and the awesome way in which they solve the codes.
Ms. Yanet Rodriguez recommends:
In the Forests of the Night – Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (5.4/4.0) Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will. Would you like to read a book written by someone your age? That's right! In the Forests of the Night was written by a 14-year-old girl.
Rewind – William Sleator (4.1/3.0) Not long after learning that he was adopted, eleven-year-old Peter is hit by a car and then given several chances to alter events that could lead to his death. This is a page-turner! Imagine being able to go back and change things you’ve done in your life. I could not put this book down.
Silent to the Bone - E.L. Konigsburg (5.4/7.0) Thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech after being wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what happened. It’s like playing Clue. Try to solve the murder by putting together all the clues.
Soldier Boys - Dean Hughes (5.4/7.0) Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge. This book has lots of blood, gore, and missing body parts, if you like that sort of thing. This is a definite page-turner!
Soldier X - Don Wulffson (5.7/7.0) In 1943 sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front. This is a book about World War II written from the perspective of a Nazi soldier. I just couldn't put it down.
The Skin I’m In - Sharon Flake (5.0/5.0) Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like. I love all of Sharon Flake’s books- try Money Hungry and Begging for Change also.
Too Soon for Jeff - Marilyn Reynolds (4.6/9.0) High school senior Jeff Browning is upset when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant, and determined not to let a baby ruin his plans to go to college on a debate scholarship, but his feelings change after the baby is born.
Wanted! - Caroline Cooney (5.2/6.0) Alice suspects something is wrong when she gets a call from her father insisting she drive his precious Corvette to meet him, even though she does not have a driver's license, but she realizes someone has set her up when she learns that her father is dead and she is the number one suspect.
When Dad Killed Mom - Julius Lester (4.8/9.0) After their college psychologist father kills their artist mother, young Jenna and Jeremy struggle with the secret each of them keeps. This book requires a mature audience.