A mechanic, werewolf and vampire work together to fight mystical creatures. Through many battles, Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, tells the story of Mercy Thompson and Adam Hauptman learning to love each other for who they are. The thing that makes Mercy Thompson: Moon Called unique is how captivating it is. You wouldn’t expect these things to happen to her. Be open-minded and gentle with some topics that are discussed in the book. It will take you on a journey but make sure to enjoy it most of all. I would give Mercy Thompson: Moon Called 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like mystery and drama.
Recommended by Kyajaa W.
Normal kids wake up one morning with the power to grant wishes. John and Philippa Gaunt are twin brother and sister, they wake up one morning with wisdom teeth. They soon find out they are Dinjinn (gennies). Children of the lamp reminds of 39 Clues. What makes this book unique is that it takes you on an adventure that you never even dreamed of. Be open-minded to the new ideas in this book. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like adventure.
Recommended by Janai S.
“Mommy!” Corey cried, his voice high and panicky for the first time. With Basketball action, a murder mystery, a compelling story from history, racial and parental tension, Alphin offers something to please most young readers. Homeboys because it’s very funny and interesting and also an way to explain how some people life is or was. The thing that makes The Perfect Shot stand out is how it is a interesting mystery. You will probably find a book like this but not often because it’s a mystery and sports books. The thing that makes The Perfect Shot was just about someone make an important shot in a game, but it’s really about how this boy is playing basketball because of a bad memory. I would give this book 4 out of 5. You should read this book if you like sports and mystery books.
Recommended by Joseph G.
A story that’ll make you jump with excitement and fear, but most of all curiosity. After Jacob, a young sixteen year old boy, who goes on the hunt for a strange land his grandfather only told him about in fairy tales at bed time. But most of all the motivation comes from the fact his grandfather told him to find it… with his last dying breath. The Light Book by D. J. MacHale, and the reason for this is their similarity in the supernatural horror aspect. There being creatures that only the two can see, both thinking their crazy as well. The thing that makes it stand out for sure is its well done slow pace, while most would fine that boring, normally. This books lets the moment of horror feel real with the suspense of not knowing what is next to come, that is by far what makes it stand out. While it is definitely scary at some moments, it is not fully a horror to me and probably you. But I should also express the direction you’d think it’s going in is far from it, almost disappointingly.. I would give it a 4.1 out of 5, if you like a decent mystery book you should give it a try.
Recommended by Jeremiah S.
The Mystical land of Prythian is a place where no mortal can step foot without being stuck there forever, at the mercy of the ruthless faeries. Feyre is a poor human girl who is the sole supporter of herself, her two sisters, and her crippled father. She hunts for food since they don’t have money to buy it, and in winter food is scarce. But her whole life changes when she kills a wolf who turns out to be a faerie in disguise and one of the elite high fae come to take her to Prythian as punishment for her crimes. Most YA books with female protagonists, the main character spends half the time fawning over some hot guy and I feel like that really takes away from the character. And. while there is romance, Feyre isn’t much like her fellow female protagonists. She can handle herself and knows when to say no and when to get out of bad relationships. At first the book seems pretty cheesy and melodramatic about seemingly stupid things, but as you read the book and get further into the story, things start to make more sense and it’s not as cheesy and cringy. I would give A Court of Thorns and Roses 4.5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like romance or Sci-Fi books.
Recommended by Victoria M.
The 6th grade team shows off their favorite Book Battle books as well as the Panera gift cards they won at the LFLA MS Book Battle April 13.
Katie Alender’s Famous Last Words was voted favorite Book Battle book this year by the middle school students who participated. “It is filled with weird things and mystery,” said Gabi. According to Anihya the book is “scary and interesting.” Amhari-Tene loved the book because it has “the best turning point.”
Other favorites included Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill. Ashley said the book had “mystery and surprises,” while DaMontay liked that the book was about football. Kameron enjoyed Carter Roy’s Blood Guard: “It has to do with a little fantasy and builds relationships between the characters.” Malkia recommends Tim Green’s Lost Boy. “I like this book because the boy, Ryder, never gives up, ” she said. For Shamia, Cherie Priest’s I Am Princess X was a favorite because it was part book and part comic: “I liked that the heroes were girls and that they had a secret society.”
Our middle school students were able to enjoy all of these books and more, thanks to the generous donation of books from our sponsors, BookSource and Turtleback Books.
Recommended by Amonee M
‘I scream,you scream, we all scream” Scary Tales is a series of books that tell different stories about kids that arrived in a new setting.It always starts off saying ”I scream,you scream,we all scream” This book reminds me about the movie ” Child’s Play” when Chucky kills someone they scream and he laughs out loud at the people when they die. The thing that makes ”Scary Tales” unique is the suspense and sarcasm is funny and scary. The book starts off slow but when the character gets in a problem then I’m hooked. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.You should read this book if you like mystery, suspense, and funny characters.