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Blood Fever 

by Charlie Higson

Blood Fever coverThe novel Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is about the adventures of a young boy named Bond, James Bond. Upon visiting his cousin on the island of Sardinia, he learns of a relative of one of his schoolmates was kidnapped by pirates on the Mediterranean sea. Soon he is caught up in an island-wide war and must save the prisoner and escape with his life.

I like this novel because it has all the elements of the original James Bond books and has all new characters. I recommend this book to all James Bond fans and people who love adventure.

Liam, 15

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Caribbean 

by James A. Michener

Image result for Caribbean by James A. MichenerThe book Caribbean, is actually several stories in one book. It tells the history of the Caribbean islands through the eyes of the people who had a major effect on the archipelago. It contains all points of history from the first tribal conflicts in Cuba to the Revolutionary War to WWII to the reign of Fidel Castro.

I like this book because it has many memorable fictional characters who mingle around with historical events and people. it has detailed accounts of battles fought through letters written by the solders who fought them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and adventure.

Liam, 15

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Inheritance 

by Christopher Paolini
07/23/2012 Categories: action adventure fantasy suspense

Inheritance coverInheritance is the final book in the series that began with the book Eragon about a young farm boy who finds a dragon's egg while hunting. In this final book, Eragon confronts the evil king Galbitorix who killed off the dragon riders and has ruled Aligaisia ever since. Meanwhile, Eragon's cousin Roran leads the armies of the Varden to defeat Galbitorix's solders.

I like this book because it is fast-paced, in depth, and is full of memorable characters. As a great conclusion to the Eragon series, I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first three books and fans of fantasy epics.

Liam, 15

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Gregor the Overlander 

by Suzanne Collins
07/23/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy siblings time travel

Gregor coverThis book is about an 11-year-old boy named Gregor who lived in New York. Gregor's dad went missing about 2 years ago, and nobody could understand why. One afternoon, while Gregor was taking care of his baby sister Boots, Gregor was sucked into a mysterious hole in his laundry room along with his sister. They discover a land called the Underland. It is a world of bats, roaches, spiders, and rats. Gregor finds out that his father had also disappeared in this way. He must, along with various other friendly creatures, go on a quest to save his dad.

I chose to read this book because I enjoyed other books by the author. I liked it because of the suspense involved in it. It also had quite a few humorous moments.

I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in adventure and humor if you don't have anything better to read.

Nathan, 13

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
07/18/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia suspense

Divergent coverDivergent was about a society that was divided into 5 factions. Candor, the honest; Abnegation, those who forget themselves to help others; Amity, the friendly; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the intelligent. This book was about one particular girl, Beatrice, who is from Abnegation, and her story of how she found her own life through the controlling factions!

Divergent was amazing, because just like the Hunger Games, you really feel proud of how we live nowadays. In Divergent, they had to choose one quality to live by, while in our life we get to try all the qualities. 

I would recommend this to those who liked the Hunger Games, and maybe even those who didn't. Compared to the Hunger Games, this book had a bit more romance involved, so for those of you who like action and romance it's perfect!

Chanel, 13

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The Nine Lives of Chloe King 

by Liz Braswell
07/18/2012 Categories: action adventure mystery suspense

Nine Lives coverThe Nine Lives of Chloe King is about how Chloe discovers what her mysterious heritage came with, and it's a lot more than most.

Liz Braswell's novel was a compelling read where she used an amazing amount of foreshadowing; definitely a page turner.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes novels in the genres of adventure and mystery.

Tabitha, 14

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Insurgent 

by Veronica Roth
07/11/2012 Categories: adventure dystopia romance

Insurgent coverIn the continuation of Divergent, Insurgent follows the adventures of Tris and Four as they escape from the Erudite faction and the Dauntless who have betrayed them. They attempt to hide in Amity, but even the peacemakers can't shield them from the power of their enemies--so they turn for help in the most unexpected places and meet familiar faces.

I loved Insurgent! Although it focused more on Tris and Four's relationship than I would have liked, Insurgent was definitely not a letdown from its groundbreaking predecessor.

Anyone who enjoys the dystopian genre, loves Hunger Games (or anything similar), and is in for fast-paced excitement and a bit of romance would love this book.

Erica, 16

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Outlaw 

by Stephen Davies
07/03/2012 Categories: action adventure kidnapping masterminds

Outlaw coverIn Outlaw, Jake Knight, the son of the British ambassador, is suspended from his boarding school because his adventurous nature has once again gotten him in trouble. Jake ends up joining his parents in Burkina Faso. He's overjoyed because now, in Africa, he can have the adventure he has always wanted. But Jake never wanted to be kidnapped. In the middle of a banquet, Jake and Kas, his younger sister, are kidnapped by a man with a spiderweb tattoo. They are told that this man is Yakuuba Sor, the most wanted outlaw in the Sahara desert. But as Jake and Kas try to escape, as they rush to get home, they learn that not everything is what it seems and that a modern Robin Hood may actually exist in this world.

Outlaw is an amazing book filled with adventure from the start. Every chapter is filled with some surprise, some sudden event that was never expected. More than anything, Outlaw shows that nothing is impossible and that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything and everything. And it clearly shows that bigger is not always better; in fact, cunning is always better than force. It gives you hope and shows you that even you can make a difference in this world.

I would recommend this book to readers who love a good adventure story that keeps them hooked from the start. If you like James Bond, action, and a little bit of humor than Outlaw is the book for you.

Jana, 16

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Brisingr 

by Christopher Paolini
04/30/2012 Categories: adventure battles fantasy magic

Brisingr coverIn the third installment of the Inheritance Cycle, Eragon encounters old enemies and new as well as some unexpected friends as he seeks to fight for the good and stop Galbatorix once and for all. With the help of his dragon Saphira, he embarks on yet another quest--but this time, his enemy may just be himself.

As an avid follower of the Inheritance Cycle, I was pretty excited when this came out years ago. However, I was let down by the fact that the plot not only seemed to die down, but none of the chapters captured me except the part where the "Brisingr" part of the title comes into play.

If you like fantasy, dragons, magic, and action, this series is for you, but be warned that the books get worse as they go. I can only hope that the last book will rectify everything and restore Eragon's world to its former glory. Also, these are very thick books (Harry Potter size) so if you don't like big books, I'd try with something else.

Erica, 16

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 

by E.L. Konigsburg
04/26/2012 Categories: adventure art clean read mystery

Mixed up coverClaudia and Jamie Kincaid have run away from home to--of all places--the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Big Apple. As they explore the museum's nooks and crannies, they eventually discover something bigger: a little mystery to solve and a secret to call their own.

This has been one of my favorite books for years since I was in middle school, and it still is. It's a short read, but is absolutely enthralling and never ceases to draw me in every single time.

Anyone of all ages can read this. It's an easy, relaxing read! If you liked watching Night at the Museum, you'll definitely like this book.

Erica, 16

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Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/26/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia romance

Hunger Games cover12 districts offer up 2 tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, a deadly game created as punishment for when the districts rebelled. One girl, Katniss Everdeen, does the most shocking thing anyone has ever seen or heard... she volunteers for the Hunger Games when her sister is chosen at an event called the reaping. Soon after, she and Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from her district, are then taken away to the Capitol to begin their training to fight for their right to live.

The Hunger Games is the most heart-stopping and palm sweating book I have ever read! Suzanne Collins did the most amazing job in writing this book. It makes you rethink your opinions of the underdogs in any competition.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action, love, and adventure book. It has everything you could ever need in a book.

Aleck, 14

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Lord of the Flies 

by William Golding

A band of boys get stranded on an island, away from society and everything they've ever believed in. As they stray further and further away from humanity's notion of "justice" and "law", what will save the boys in the end? If they ever get rescued, that is.

Lord of the Flies is a classic book that's pretty unconventional. It is chock-full of meaning and depth and because of that, I give it four stars. It lacks one star because I was pretty upset with the ending, but I believe that the ending makes the book THE BOOK.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to challenge themselves. Most kids read this as a required book in high school, which is where I suggest you start, but if you're younger and like to really read in between the lines, go for it! Be careful though, some aspects of the book are gory and the entire story is dark as a whole.

Erica, 16

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Eon 

by Alison Goodman
04/26/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy inspirational

Eon coverThis book was about a girl in China who pretended to be a boy. All she wanted was to be chosen by one of the mighty dragons. She risks her and her master's lives just to get away from living like a peasant.

All in all, Eon was an amazing book. It makes you think of how anyone can become something truly great. Whether a girl or boy, you can do anything if you just set your heart on it.

If you love great fiction stories or magical dragons, you would love Eon by Alison Goodman. She makes the words come off the page and into your minds to really connect with the book.

Aleck, 14

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The Dark Portal 

by Robin Jarvis
04/09/2012 Categories: adventure

Dark Portal coverThe Dark Portal is the first book in The Deptford Mice trilogy. In this book all mice have human-like qualities. Naturally, their mortal enemy are the vicious sewer rats. When a group of small mice get stuck in the sewers and the evil Rat God is after them, things get interesting. 

I really enjoyed reading this book! It starts out a bit slow but once you get into it, its amazing. Things you didn't expect to happen, happen. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a good book about the lives of creatures instead of humans. It really brings out your imagination.

Sydney, 15

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Shanghai Girls 

by Lisa See
03/22/2012 Categories: adventure family secrets romance

coverShanghai Girls is an amazing book that tells of a life of two Chinese sisters, both of whom have endured many hardships. Pearl, the main character, is completely different from her sister, May. They may envy each other, but in the end they know they are all each other has left.

This novel contains many twists and incredible irony. You will not be bored reading this book! The novel starts as a happy setting but with each chapter comes a new problem and a new gruesome secret they must never tell. This novel is amazing in every way possible. Lisa See, the author, is known for writing about women joining together to endure life's obstacles. Pearl and May are different, but they complete one another's lives. In every tragedy and dramatic scene, they have each other. This book will bring you and your family closer and build a special bond. Something I found extremely interesting were the Chinese animals. When I was reading, I found out my animal, and I was amazed how the book exactly told my characteristics. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about how Chinese culture differs from your culture. So, If you like adventure and romance novels, you will enjoy this book!

Lauren, 16

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