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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dairy Queen

heath bar, May 16, 2011

Nothing is going right for D.J. Schwenk. Her dad messed up his hip working on their farm, her best friend, Amber, is not very nice any more, her older brothers have moved out, she has to work with Brian Nelson, and she feels like a cow. Now, D.J. has to run her family’s farm all by herself and put up with Brian, the quarter back of Hawley‘s football team, her town’s archrival. Over the summer, D.J. and Brian work on Schwenk Farm and D.J. starts training Brian for football tryouts. D.J. begins to really enjoy football.

During the summer, she realizes that everyone is making decisions for her; just like she does for her cows. She says, “Then I started thinking that maybe everyone in the whole world was just like a cow, and we all go along doing what we’re supposed to without complaining or even really noticing, until we die.” D.J. really wants to make her own decisions. So, she tries out for the football team. After this, D.J. says, “The feeling of freedom this gave me ��" I can’t even describe it. It was my decision. I chose it. I am not a cow.” In Dairy Queen, D.J. learns that no one and nothing can hold her back from her dreams if she sets her mind to it. Readers will walk away from this book looking up to D.J., inspired to make their own decisions, and will immediately begin reading the sequel. I would recommend this book to any reader that needs some inspiration, a boost in self-confidence, or a good laugh.
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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01) by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #01)

heath bar, January 15, 2011

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan makes you constantly question what will happen next. With so many vivid scenes, Riordan makes it impossible to stop reading. The Lost Hero pinpoints the true meaning of trust and friendship. As three misfits go on a quest to save the queen goddess, Hera, and stop the giants from awaking, they grow closer and closer together. They face many challenges along the way making it essential for them to trust each other. “You can trust yourself. For what it’s worth, you can trust me too,” said Leo. Leo says this to prove that they need to stick together, believe in themselves, and trust each other if they want to succeed. For example, when Piper and Jason ran in to a couple of rude Cyclopes that were planning to eat them, they have to trust that Leo will come try to help them, instead of saving himself. These main characters add excitement and humor to The Lost Hero and make it worth reading.
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The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society #01) by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society #01)

heath bar, November 30, 2010

To join the Mysterious Benedict Society children have to pass a series of unusual tests after responding to a newspaper add. There are strict rules; if you don’t follow them or cheat, you will be disqualified. The children who are chosen are given a dangerous, but very important mission. It must be completed correctly; the human race depends on it. “You are our last possible hope. You are our only hope.” This shows you how important it is to complete the mission. The Mysterious Benedict Society is suspenseful and surprising; almost every time I thought I knew what would happen next, the characters did the exact opposite. You are sure to love this book if you like mystery, action, suspense, and humor. I know that these things made the book interesting and exciting for me.
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