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The Golden Ball and Other Stories

by Agatha Christie

Golden Ball coverAlthough The Golden Ball and Other Stories is not your typical Poirot or Marple mystery, Christie delights readers with 15 mind-boggling mysteries that keep the reader hooked until the end.  Above all, the romance, crime, and supernatural themes create twists in the plot that only Agatha Christie is capable of writing! From a Grand Duchess in hiding, to the ghost of a child who had starved to death, each passage in this book is completely unique from the other. 

Because of this, I found The Golden Ball and Other Stories to be very addicting; I couldn't keep myself from reading it!

This is a book I'd definitely recommend to mystery-lovers. Agatha Christie does not fail to amaze the reader 15 times with well-hidden clues and intricate explanations.

Julie, 14

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Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure

by Charlie Higson

Silverfin coverIn Silverfin, a young boy arrives at Eton Academy, a private school for young boys. His name is Bond, James Bond, and this is his beginning. While at the school, he makes friends as well as some enemies, including the Helleborne family. This would seem to be a normal school issue; after all, everyone makes friends and a few enemies in life, but Bond chose the wrong people to anger. James thinks nothing of the Hellbornes' until he goes on vacation in Scotland, where his aunt and grandpa live. He hears of the odd disappearance of Alfie, a small local boy. And then he finds out that the Hellbornes themselves own a top secret area surrounding a giant lake in Scotland. The name of the Hellborne's land? Silverfin...named after the legend of the giant powerful eel that inhabits the lake. Then James learns that Alfie loved to go fishing and what better place to fish than Lake Silverfin? Bonds knows something is going on in Silverfin and he knows that Mr. Hellborne is at the bottom of it. He has made it his mission to find out what it is, even if it costs him his life.

Silverfin is an amazing, gripping page turner. As you learn more about the mysterious enigma famously known as Agent Bond, the world's greatest agent, you find yourself quickly dragged into the action and fast-pace of the story. Higson does a great job creating a young James Bond that lives up to the well-known agent and makes you want to learn more about the great agent.

This is a book that I would definitely recommend to all others, especially if you're a fan of the great James Bond. Even if you've been interested in Bond's life and missions, this book is still a great action and adventure that leaves you wondering till the very end and it may very well be the book that gets you interested in the great James Bond.

Jana, 16

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The Nine Lives of Chloe King

by Liz Braswell

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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Mr. Monk is a Mess

by Lee Goldberg

Monk coverThis book is about the further adventures of Mr. Monk after the T.V. series ended. He and his assistant Natalie help Monk's brother Ambrose to find his missing girlfriend. With the help of some old friends and a few new ones, Mr. Monk solves the case.

If you haven't seen the T.V. series, you might not think anything is wrong with this book. But if you have, then you will notice that while it is a good attempt to put Monk on paper, it just can't be done. There was a sense of falseness about the story, and it didn't feel quite right.

If you've read all the books in your house, feel like a crime/mystery story, and have never watched Monk the show, then maybe you can consider this book. But otherwise, go find something better to read.

Brian, 15

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Mathilda Savitch

by Victor Lodato

Mathilda Savitch coverMathilda Savitch is a story about the troubling time Mathilda goes through after her sister's death. Mathilda sees the world in a different light; she vies for attention, especially her mother's, and the only way to get that attention is by becoming bad. And yet, Mathilda is still trying to find her place in the world; she, like any other teen, is trying to discover who she really is. But she's also going on another quest: to find the guy who pushed her sister in front of the train. As she rummages through her sister's things, she uncovers secrets that her sister has always kept hidden, but that's not the only thing she uncovers: she discovers the truth about herself and the world.

This book was amazing despite some issues with language and a bit of content. The ideas and thoughts explored are ones that plague people today and Lodato does a great job bringing them to the forefront. It really gets you wondering about issues that many times we try to ignore.

I would recommend this book to anyone who find him or herself wondering about the mystery of life. Anyone who likes to wonder and who likes to feel and get his or her heartstrings pulled would love this book, although as a warning there is some very foul language and mature content.

Jana, 16

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Gentlemen

by Micheal Northrop

GentlementIn Gentlemen, Tommy, Mixers, Bones, and Micheal are a tight-knit group that no one in school or outside of school dares to mess with. One day, while in class, Tommy throws a "tantrum" and is sent to the vice-principal's office, but he never makes it there nor does he go home. Tommy disappears and the rest of the group can't find him anywhere. They begin to worry that something is wrong and are convinced that Tommy has been brutally murdered, especially when their English teacher, Mr. Habermann, the one man who actually calls them "gentleman", begins acting very strangely, speaking of murder and the ideas of crime and punishment.

Gentlemen is definitely a book that I liked. It's very fast paced and gripping and has you enthralled until the very end. The ending itself is unexpected and although it may seem slightly disappointing at first, continue reading on till the end and you'll find that feeling of disappointment replaced with one of content. By the end of the book, you'll find yourself wondering about the true meaning of friendship and respect.

This book is one that I would recommend to everyone and anyone who loves to read and wonder about the deeper things in life. Yet, I believe that those who like reading crime thrillers and stories about the dark side of society would greatly appreciate this book.

Jana, 16

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

by E.L. Konigsburg

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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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones coverCity of Bones is a story about a girl, Clary Fray, who finds out more about her family than she could have ever imagined. She finds that her mother used to fight evil monsters, that the boy she likes, or might even love, might be her brother who was supposed to be dead, and to top it all off... her father was the most evil and manipulative man in universe. Clary has seriously wished that she never went out that faithful night.

City of Bones is a very magical book. It makes you want to look into your family history and see what is hiding. The story itself has so many interesting parts that it can not be put down. I would recommend City of Bones to anyone who loves a great action and adventure page turner. You have to have a lot of time for this book because you'll never be able to put it down!

Aleck, 14

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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

by Ally Carter

Cross my heart coverThe Gallagher Girls are back--and Cameron "Chameleon" Morgan has been tangled up in her newest web of troubles: this time involving a mysterious spy school just like the Gallagher Academy for Girls, but for boys! What's even worse, one of the boys has his eyes on Cammie...the battle between the Gallagher Girls and Blackthorne Boys has begun.

I loved this book! The Gallagher Girls series is always spunky and exciting, and there was not one moment where I got bored. Any 7th grade and up girl would enjoy this book! If you like spy genres or books with strong female protagonists, this series is definitely for you.

Erica, 16

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The Case of the Left-Handed Lady

by Nancy Springer

Left-Handed Lady coverIn this sequel to the young adult spinoff of the classic Sherlock Holmes (the first book was The Case of the Missing Marquess), Enola Holmes, the unconventional and resourceful little sister of the greatest detective in London, discovers yet another strange case while on her escape from her older brothers. As she solves the mystery, she must also dodge her brother's observant eye as their paths cross in London.

This book's language had a really "classic" taste to it, but it was easy to read! It wasn't too long and was the perfect book for light perusal. The plot had me hooked, although I did get a little scared at some points.

Anyone who likes mysteries and/or classics will enjoy this. The series is geared more towards girls, with Enola as the heroine of the story.

Erica, 16

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, a quirky detective, is trapped on the famed Orient Express, a famous luxury train. Unfortunately, being the type to often become stuck in the oddest situations, a murder has occurred and Hercule must get to the bottom of it--with the murderer still on the train. 

It was interesting, to say the least; I felt like although the words and writing style were poignant, it was a bit boring and felt a bit rushed. The hints throughout the book were TOO well hidden, and at the end when Hercule Poirot spilled the secrets of the mystery, it felt like it was altogether too much information at once. 

I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys classics or mysteries (or both) and has a higher reading level (e.g. high school). Preferably Sherlock Holmes fans, because if you're used to the language of Doyle, reading Agatha Christie will be a breeze.

Erica, 16

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