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  Moderately difficult 

most Honored National Book Award

Tan, Amy.  Joy Luck Club.  New York: Putnam Publishing Group. 

  

In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and say stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mothers lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember

5

Easy

Taylor, Theodore Air Raid - Pearl Harbor! 

Tymon, ninth grade   

I gave this book five stars because I really liked how it was written.  It started with what was going on in the U.S. and their diplomatic relations with Japan .  Then it led up to the attack and it had excellent descriptions of what was going on.  I have a whole new perception of the attack.  After the author described the attack, he went over the ships and what they did to counterattack.  This book is a definite read for anyone interested in World War Two.  It is suitable for all ages.

5

Easy

Newberry Medal Book 

Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  

Mr. Greenlee

Follow along with the Logan kids as they wreck a bus that carries cruel, ignorant (45), and moronic (48) White kids.  A voiceless and predictable tale of African-American victimhood - very disappointing for a Newberry book.  

8

Moderately difficult

900L

Oppression under National Socialism

Boom, Corrie Ten.  The Hiding Place. 

Two Amsterdam sisters and their aging father are caught hiding Jews in their house during the Second World War.  

5

Easy

Newberry Honor Book

Tolan, Stephanie.  Surviving the Applewhites.

Mr. Greenlee

10

For Advanced Students

 

Biography

Toibin, Colm.  The Master.  New York: Scribner.    

Eric Cowell

The Master by Colm Toibin was a very agonizing read for me.  I had to read through nearly 400 pages of slush just to get to the chewy filling.  I absolutely would not recommend this novel to the light reader for fear of them getting bored to insanity!  No but seriously, I actually enjoyed this novel on a sub- conscious level but I repeat I would not recommend this book to any of my friends.  So there you have it, another novel, another review.  I hope that my next few reads are more eventful than this one. 

6: 

Somewhat Easy 

Tolkien, J.  R.  R.  The Hobbit.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 

Thomas R., eighth grade 

JRR Tolkiens The Hobbit the prelude to the lord of the rings is a very good book it is full of adventure and mystical creatures.  There are wizards, Evil Dragons, and hobbits.  Bilbo Baggins the main character of this book is on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard called Gandalf to kill a dragon called Smaug who lives in the Lonely Mountains on the other side of Middle Earth.  On the way, Bilbo and his companions encounter big ugly trolls, Orcs, Wargs (they are like wolves), Eagles, Giant spiders, and Wood Elves.  I would have to say this is one of my favorite books.  It is a moderate reading level and if you like action, you will definitely like this book. 

Jason, senior 

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings.  It's about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who is a normal quite hobbit that rarely has anything exiting happen in his life.  Until many dwarves appear at his house to tell him their going on a journey.  On the journey Bilbo makes many friends, fights many enemies, and discovers many things.  The one thing he discovers is a very unique ring which can make him invisible, and saves his lives many times.  This is one of J.R.R. Tolkien's best books, and has sold over 7 million copies.  This book is a great success and is a must read for anyone who likes a book with a great imagination and a lot of adventure.

  Mr. Greenlee

It bothers some people that so many of the characters in The Hobbit are undeveloped.  Its true - only Bilbo, Gandalf, and Gollum shine.  This, however, is still workable.  With Thorin as a distinct personality among the Dwarves, the others function all right as a group with whom Bilbo doesnt really interact on a personal level. 

A much more serious problem exists in The Hobbit the mid-book action is too good!  Riddles in the Dark makes such a memorable literary impression that following adventures, even if good, would pale.  Worse, after Mirkwood, the book just peters out.  The interview with Smaug stands out as an island amongst otherwise mediocre action.  Tolkien almost skips writing about The Battle of Five Armies, definitely lacking the excitement he instilled by the skirmishes with the Goblins in and beyond the Misty Mountains.  Bilbos stealthy dealing with the Arkenstone adds some interest, but the end of this otherwise marvelous book just falls down. 

Nevertheless, dont mistake criticism for dislike.  Even recognizing its shortcomings, The Hobbit stands as an adventure in the same class as Treasure Island or The Wind in the Willows.  The stay-at-home off to a grand quest makes for a wonderful beginning, the Trolls are fine, the eagles soar, Beorn is intriguing, and Mirkwood is haunting.  The child who misses the experience of The Hobbit must face the only remedy he or she must read it as an adult! 

8

  Somewhat Difficult

Tolkien, J. R. R.  The Fellowship of the Ring.  

Thomas R.

This is a great book I gave it five stars because it keeps you attached and you cant stop reading it, This is a really hard book but still most people in seventh grade or higher could read it. Although this book is really long and takes for ever to read it is really good and the way Tolkien writes it keeps people attached.  It is about a Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who out of sheer misfortune comes across a ring of power. If he doesnt destroy it in a volcano on the other side of middle earth, man kind will end and the world will be ruled by dirty mindless orcs.

Robert Cbs., ninth grade 

Frodo Baggins wanted to live in peace but when his uncle Bilbo gave him the evil Ring, it disrupted his plan. This book is about a hobbit that was given the most challenging task in Middle Earth: to destroy the evil Ring of power in the fires of Mount Doom. But Frodo can not do this alone; he has eight companions from all over Middle Earth to help him on his quest- three hobbits, two men, one Elf, one Dwarf, and one Wizard.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes books about adventures, action, and fantasy. One reason why this book was so great is because its description of Middle Earth makes you feel like there and its battle scenes makes you feel like you are fighting along side Frodos company. This is a great book.    

Tyler, junior 

The Fellowship of the Rings, the first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, provides adventure and a deep plot through the thought-provoking story telling of master author J.R.R. Tolkien.  The tale features a host of hobbits (small, plump people) and other creatures journeying into the dangerous lands of Mordor in the southeast in order to dispose of an ancient, evil heirloom.  Evil men and other fearsome beasts under the command of the darkness in Mordor pursue the band of heroes, and only through their loyalty and devotion to each other and their cause do they escape the enemy's brute-force, speed, spies, and trickery.  The Fellowship of the Ring is an interesting read and an example of literary excellence for all who can read the archaic language. 

Richard, senior 

The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is hands down, one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. The "Fellowship of the Ring" is the first installment in this timeless classic. For someone who is impatient, the "Lord of the Rings" my not be the book for them, because there are three books in the series, most of the first is spent building character, plot, and scenery. It is not until the last 150 pages that the action really picks up, and from there it never stops, and as the first book ends it leaves you right in the middle of your journey, and begging for more. Anyone who enjoys far off lands, mystical characters, and has a vivid imagination, would have a great time reading, "The Lord of the Rings". It is a wonderful read for all ages.  

Mr. Greenlee

If you read only one long book, make it this one. 

8

Moderate Difficulty

Tolkien, JRR.  The Two Towers.

Robert Chm,  11th Grade

Although The fellowship of the ring is broken, three small alliances, made up of the original members of the fellowship, are formed and the task of saving middle earth is up to them. This is a great sequel to Tolkiens first installment of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, The Fellowship Of The Ring.This book follows the adventures and travels of the three alliances and it shows how they are doing opposite tasks to complete the same goal, destroy the ring of power before it is too late. This book is a instant classic because Tolkien writing portrays the 3 alliances to be many miles apart from each other but still working as a team to help each other out. I recommend this book to all

6

  Easy by Richard

Tolkien, JRR.  The Smith of Wooton Major

Richard Chf, junior 

If you like any of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy books and want something easy and short to read this is the book.  It is about a child that gets invited to a party that is very exclusive and only happens every 24 years.  At this party the child comes across a star shaped figure and the next day the child woke up and started singing to the birds in a magnificent tone which he could never do before.  As time went on he found out that he could do things he could never do before.  The story follows him through his whole life and how he becomes the master chef's assistance, marries a beautiful women and had a couple of children, became a smith, and through the story it tells about his small journeys he takes.  Until the story follows him to is last journey in which he goes to a magical land which no regular human could get into and meets 

Tolstoio. Anna Karenina.  

Tolstoi.  War and Peace.  

Twain The Prince and the Pauper

6

Easy 

Twain, Mark.  Huckleberry Finn.  

 

5

 Easy

Twain, Mark.  Tom Sawyer.  New York: Puffin Books.

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