BuzzKill by Beth Fantaskey

buzzkillRecommended by Genesis T.

“She, of all people, knew the sacred trust that word — ‘librarian’ — implied. Because a librarian was supposed to to be a spiritual, intellectual mentor who kept your secrets and didn’t give you a funny look when you checked out a book on the care and feeding of pythons…A librarian opened up new doors for you,intellectually, too, without shoving you through them”  – Beth Fantaskey, BuzzKill



To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect. In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Kildare. This book was very new for me, because I don’t read mysteries often, but I think that this novel is very funny and witty. I give it a 4 out of five review. I think you’ll enjoy this book if you like mysteries and odd romances.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

diary of wimpy kid bookRecommended by Simone H.

Have you ever wanted to be popular? Fit in to be one of the “cool kids”? In Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” Greg is an ordinary kid who’s tired of being lame and wants to become a cool guy. But at home his family wants him to be this kid he doesn’t want to be. What’s unique about this book is that is realistic. Anyone who reads this book, I recommend you read all of the other sequences. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Butter by Jade Lange

butter bookRecommended by Airyanna H. (winner Dominos gift card)

Have you ever been overweight in high school? Unpopular in high school? Imagine that. In this book the main character, Butter, was an unpopular overweight high school kid with no friends. Butter believes he has nothing else to live for so one night he creates a website and announces his plan to eat himself to death live on the Internet! He gets an unexpected reaction: he begins to gain popularity at school and the popular kids invite him to school events and out for Saturdays nights. It felt good to finally have “friends,” so good he started to not want to kill himself, the thing that gained him popularity in the first place. He starts to think, if he didn’t do it would he still be popular or would he go back to the nobody he was before? This book reminds me of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Greg has problems with fitting in and so does Butter. One thing that’s unique about this book is that it is about a boy wanting to kill himself because he is unpopular but in a twist it is also very funny. You would expect him to be sad every moment but he had more funny moments then you would think. When you start reading this book you won’t want to put it down; it’s a real page turner. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. If you like books that make you laugh, cry, and have you on the edge of your seat this would be the book for you.

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

badkittyRecommended by Jasmine M.

Some of the things she says can be interpreted the wrong way, but Jasmine gives the story her own little twist. Jasmine is an aspiring model daughter. She’s trying to enjoy a vacation in Vegas and gets tangled up in a crazy adventure. She has to outwit a crazed killer before he ends lives, one being hers. This book reminds me of CSI because they’re trying to figure out a killer before they risk anything. This book is unique because at the end it gives you a surprising twist that you wouldn’t expect. Jasmine’s very doubtful about what may happen. The author should keep on writing because I really enjoyed this book. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like humor and adventure. You never know what’s going to happen.

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

ungiftedRecommended by Mr. Stephens

Have you ever rooted for an underdog that you just knew had no chance to come out on top? It can be heartwarming, but the ending is simply inevitable. In Gordon Korman’s Ungifted, Donovan Curtis, a middle school student with a yearning for pranks, takes one too far. Instead of getting expelled, his name is accidentally placed on the roster for the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), the district’s gifted school. Not able to go back to Hardcastle Middle School in fear of facing the superintendent, Donovan must do whatever he can to fit in at ASD. This is a book that watches a mistake turn into a unique bonding adventure of students with wide-ranging intelligence levels. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for Korman’s creativity with the characters at ASD and their ensuing educational adventures. If you want a good laugh, then Gordon Korman’s Ungifted can provide that from the opening line.

Outside of Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

outside of beautyRecommended by Genesis T.

My mother had four daughters by four different men.

  • Cynthia Kadohata

This story centers on the four daughters of a vain and restless mother, each with a different father. Their mother is obsessed with her charm and beauty, and her ability to get what she wants from a man. As a result, the girls know how to pack up and leave town quickly, how to fend for themselves, and how to take care of one another. This story reminds me of This Lullaby because both of the main character’s mothers are married numerous times. What is so great about the book is how the author is able to give all the daughters a personality without really focusing on one, even with one daughter being the narrator. I think that the only time that you may get confused is when you get to the letters that the girls start to pass to each other, you may have to go back and reread them; I did. I give this book a 5 out of 5 review. I think you will like this book if you like a wickedly funny and insistently thought-provoking book.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

green eggs and hamRecommended by Daija W.

Green Eggs and Ham is a very good book to read. Everyone knows about this book. If you don’t like green eggs and ham or if you do I think you would love this type of book. This book is about a talking cat that absolutely hates green eggs and ham. You would also like this book if you like poems, and that’s what this book is full of (poems). This book remindes me of The Cat in the Hat because in both books they rhyme, have poems, and the same author. The thing that makes this book unique is how it has a talking animal and how he hates green eggs and ham. My advice to readers is if you’re a kid you would love this book. More advice is if you don’t want to read a funny, fiction kid book, don’t pick this book to read.