Top 9: Book Review
By Sophia DeGennero with Joe Hawkins
Hi! I’m Sophia and with the help of my friend Joe, I’d like to share my top nine books and book series that I’ve read, and trust me, I’ve read a LOT of books. Anyway, here is number 9, the first one on our list.
9. Percy Jackson series/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
This is a very popular book series about a kid who is a spawn of a Greek god and has powers. He meets friends and mythological ancient Greek creatures. In the Heroes of Olympus, they meet Roman demigods. There is a lot of romance and fighting.
8. Twice Shy by Patrick Freivald
This book was an unexpected beauty. This book takes you through the life of a high-school girl named Ana. Unfortunately for her, she was a childhood carrier of the zombie virus. She died at fourteen years of age, but she didn’t turn into a brain-hungry, mindless corpse. Her controlling mother forces her to join the “emo” crowd at school so she won’t be discovered and incinerated by authorities. Along the road of adolescence (as much of adolescence as being dead will allow), she has unfortunate encounters with bad influences, romantic feelings and other things that send her spiraling into an emotional wreck. The ending… spoilers, dearie. Can’t tell you now. Check it out!
7. The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
This was a wonderful book I found while simply browsing random shelves in our wonderful library. This book takes us through a journey in which we meet Giuseppe, Hannah, and Frederick, along with many other memorable characters. In this story, all three characters meet in unexpected ways. I can’t tell you much else, because if I did, well, let us say I don’t like spoilers.
6. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
This is a graphic novel series about a young girl named Emily (under the moniker of Em) and her younger brother, Navin. They, along with their mother, Karen, move to their great-grandfather’s house in a town after their father, David, died in a car accident and she can’t afford to pay the rent. The locals believe that the house is haunted, but Karen ignores the rumors. But soon, the family discovers a small door in the basement of the house leading to an alternate version of earth. Here the story takes form. Emily finds an amulet in the old house while cleaning, and this is what the story revolves around. I can’t tell you anymore, or I would spoil it for you!
5. Wolves Of The Beyond series by Kathryn Lasky
I put this series on this wonderful little list, because it was truly wonderful despite being a relatively short series with only six books. (And no, I did not only put this on the list because of my love for animals, although that did factor in a little bit.) It takes place in the Beyond, a land inhabited by bears, owls, and wolves that live in a land full of mystery, and quite plainly, AWESOMENESS. Our main character, Faolan is a malcadh or cursed wolf. The series is about his journey to save the beyond several times over in fact.
4. Counting By Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan
I chose this one to be on my list because when I read it, (at the time when I wrote this, I had just finished it a few days ago) I had been working on completing our schools black-eyed Susan program and this had been one of them. I picked it up and said (seeing as I had never heard of it at this point) “Cool. In a day or so, my heart had been broken and reformed by the amazing story of Willow Chance. Her story is one of herself, in which [SPOILER WARNING] her parents die, and she ultimately crashes. She is a child genius and the story is about her journey to find a home.
3. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter! Let’s all admit either we have said this before with happiness, or heard someone else say it. Harry Potter, as we all know takes place in the wizarding world, and of course in good old Britain. Now we also know of the struggles within this world, and for the people that don’t, that’s why I can’t give spoilers. But, I truly recommend this book series for many reasons.
2. The Acorna Series by Anne McCaffrey
This one made second on the list because the Acorna series was not only well-written, but it had a pretty darn good story-line too! The series is about Acorna, who was found in space in an escape pod. Acorna is well….a little odd. She has a horn, hoof-like feet and equine features (along with tendencies including a vegetarian diet). She was discovered by three space miners who went by the names of Gill, Rafik, and Calum. They pretty much adopt her so that they can attempt to find her race once they return to earth. The entire series travels through her adventures as she finds her people, saves a planet they land on from child slavery, among other adventures (and some misadventures!)
1. The Warrior Cats Series by Erin Hunter et al.
I chose this one as the number one book series because it shows a different side of life– seeing as we are used to books about other humans or differentiating versions (like vampires or werewolves), or humanoid beings. It shows a clan of cats, and what I found really interesting in this was that they show the lives of many different ones later in the books. True in the first six books of the main arcs we focus on Rusty or Firepaw, Fireheart, and Firestar as we later know him. In the next few arcs, in the main series, we focus on other characters and switch from viewpoints between characters throughout the books. Another point I found interesting was the complexity and number of the books. There are four main arcs each containing six books and each one coming after the other. Not too complex yet, right? We haven’t even started. In between there are mangas, super editions, short stories, guidebooks that reveal MORE secrets and even MORE questions. It’s awesome! These books appear here and there in between the books, showing us more about the clans then we ever knew! And guess what? There’s more! Erin Hunter is currently working on another arc, and this one is a prequel to the previous books, and truly help us understand the plot line, which twists and turns like no tomorrow. Sadly, I’m not giving any examples because if you want to read the books, then you’ll already know what happens!
We hope you find these books to be entertaining and all around awesome!
Sixth grader Sophia DeGennaro, Thurmont Middle School, Frederick County, never knew how hard it would be to only pick nine top books.
Sixth grader Joe Hawkins, Thurmont Middle School, Frederick County, enjoys fandom and reading fan fiction.