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What If... Everyone Knew Your Name?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel by Liz Ruckdeschel
What If... Everyone Knew Your Name?: A Choose Your Destiny Novel

MIssyC101, June 9, 2010

What If...
Everyone Knew Your Name

Choices, Choices are something you will always have to make no matter if they are good choices or horrible choices you can not live your life being indecisive. Think about your dream life is like,.......... now how would you like to make choices for someone else, completely choose what there lifestyle, clothes, friends and their social class they have. Well that is precisely what you get to do for Haley a fifteen-year-old that is going to New Jersey Public School for the first time in her life. This is a 340 page book that is a good read for 9-13 year old kids, but yet does not show good values, also on a aside not I thought this book was not a bit challenging. Also opinion is that it gives a false example of what high school is really like, but does keep you interested to see what you Haley is going to do and what yopu will. If you have an hour or to on your hands I would suggest you try and get your pre-teen child [or you] a copy of this book. You decide her life and how she lives it, should she be popular and prom Queen or lie low and have abnormal friends, the choice is yours pick up What If... Everyone Knew Your Name.
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Double Identity by Margaret Pet Haddix
Double Identity

MIssyC101, June 9, 2010

Double Identity
Cloning; 1. A cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.

What do you think about it, cloning the biology behind it, coming up with a cell that you will grow into the clone of a person, or as some might say...... a surrogate. The science behind it, the money, the time, and who would ever volunteer there child [dead or alive] to try and make a exact copy who would never know about there duplicate? Well this is what Double Identity is about, your average 12 year old girl who has grown up not as fortunate as the other kids, and tries to find her true identity. The author Margaret Peterson Haddix [Among The Hidden series, Palace of Mirrors, House on the Gulf, Turnabout, Running Out Of Time, and much more] is a accomplished writer that makes it seem like it would be very easy to set the mood so mysteriously. It has a tempestuous feel to the book the tempts you to read on, but does not foreshadow or reveal to much about the ending. I believe this book is suitable for higher elementary students or lower level middle school children. Overall I believe that the best part of this book is when...... you will have to read the book to figure it out.

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The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain #1) by Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain #1)

MIssyC101, June 7, 2010

Every child imagines a fairytale world with magical creatures, animals that have powers and evil witches that roam the land, right? Well what would happen if all of this came true, and lots of people were dependent on you to try and save what is rightfully theirs. Well that is exactly what the book of three is about. It is a fairly well written book and definitely deserves to take the time out of your life and read it. I personally think that this book is a good read for the young adults, it has good literary elements [ especially cliff hangers. ] This story has a very good theme/mood it teaches you a life lesson, probably one you have heard before, but a very important one. It teaches you that mistakes are just another path to your destination even if it takes longer, you will eventually get there. And who knows you may learn a lot from your mistakes, just like the protagonist in this story, Taran. Reading The Book Of Three you get the feeling that the author Lloyd Alexander [ wrote Time Cat, Firebirds, The Iron Ring, and Town Cats and Other Tales ] seems to have a special writing style, I would call this style very informal, or relaxed. Some examples are when he has the main characters just talking to each other and not resolving the problem at hand, of course this is just my opinion and some people may say that is just the flow of the story but, you will never know until you read this good book written by Lloyd Alexander. So pick up a copy of The Book Of Three, and read this interesting and action packed story about a land with magical creatures, evil roaming and spreading darkness throughout and meanwhile there is hope through one person.
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