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10 Things to Do Before You're 16
10 Things to Do Before You're 16
Author: Caroline Plaisted
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/12/2007


Reviewed by spongebob183_1991 aka shandel for TeensReadToo.com

This is a book about two girls, Anna and Beth. They're about to turn sixteen, and want to do something to fit in better. So they make a list, the title of which is 10 Things to Do Before You're 16.

The list consists of:

1. Get gorgeous hair
2. Anna get ears pierced/Beth get a tattoo
3. Get and wear a pair of super high stilettos (WITHOUT FALLING!)
4. Hook up with the two school hotties, Baz and Greg
5. Get a job and earn loads of dosh, or money
6. Get into a club
7. Get perfectly tanned and fuzz-free legs
8. Get cleavage
9. Have fantastic nails
10. Be dead cool and sophisticated

Beth, throughout the whole book, admires Anna's brother, Joey, for being a perfect brother compared to her own. Plus, as you read this book, you can guess that she starts to like him.

This is a perfect example for the many girls out there who are trying to be something they're not. There are lots of girl that are trying so hard to fit in and who change themselves, sometimes for the worse.

Read this book...it is an excellent one!


10 Things to Do Before You're 16
10 Things to Do Before You're 16
Author: Caroline Plaisted
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/3/2008


Reviewed by spongebob183_1991 aka shandel for TeensReadToo.com

This is a book about two girls, Anna and Beth. They're about to turn sixteen, and want to do something to fit in better. So they make a list, the title of which is 10 Things to Do Before You're 16.

The list consists of:

1. Get gorgeous hair
2. Anna get ears pierced/Beth get a tattoo
3. Get and wear a pair of super high stilettos (WITHOUT FALLING!)
4. Hook up with the two school hotties, Baz and Greg
5. Get a job and earn loads of dosh, or money
6. Get into a club
7. Get perfectly tanned and fuzz-free legs
8. Get cleavage
9. Have fantastic nails
10. Be dead cool and sophisticated

Beth, throughout the whole book, admires Anna's brother, Joey, for being a perfect brother compared to her own. Plus, as you read this book, you can guess that she starts to like him.

This is a perfect example for the many girls out there who are trying to be something they're not. There are lots of girl that are trying so hard to fit in and who change themselves, sometimes for the worse.

Read this book...it is an excellent one!


10 Ways to Cope with Boys
10 Ways to Cope with Boys
Author: Caroline Plaisted
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 11/7/2007


Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

This book is the sequel to 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 16. Beth and Anna now both have boyfriends. Beth is dating Joey, Anna's older bother, and Anna is dating Sam, Joey's best friend. While reading a magazine Anna and Beth come across a quiz called You and Your Lad: Suit Him Or Boot Him?

The quiz contains the following questions:

1) How often does he text you?

A) At least 10 texts a day
B) A couple of times a day
C) Once a day
D) A few times a week

2) How often do you see him?

A) Every day
B) About 5 times a week
C) On weekends only
D) It depends

3) Does he have a nickname for you?

A) Yes
B) Only in private
C) When he's feeling romantic
D) No

4) What's your idea of a perfect date?

A) Snuggling up in the back seat of a cinema
B) A candlelit dinner for 2 in a restaurant
C) Watching football on the telly
D) A double date with your best friend and her lad

5) What's his idea of a perfect date?

A) Snuggling up in the back seat of the cinema
B) A candlelit dinner for 2 somewhere expensive-and he's paying
C) Watching football from the side of the pitch
D) Watching football on the telly

6) Is he a grown-up or a groan-up?

A) His favorite thing is a whoopee cushion
B) His favorite thing is his MP3 player
C) His favorite thing is his dog
D) His favorite thing is his teddy bear

7) Is your boyfriend your best friend?

A) You could tell him your deepest darkest secret and he would keep it
B) He's always ready to hug you when you cry
C) He spends as much time with the lads as with you
D) You'd never tell him you were fed up about something

8) Has he told you he loves you?

A) Yes
B) No
C) He's just someone you go out with for a giggle
D) You don't love him

9) Would you rather have a date with your mate than with your boy?

A) Yes
B) No
C) It depends on where you are going
D) You'd be happy to go out with them both at the same time

10) Could you live without a boy?

A) No-never
B) Yes-but only while you suss out the talent
C) You always two-time anyway
D) Boys are only ok if you haven't got a good friend to chat with on the Net

This is a fun, fast read at only 155 pages. The only thing that I didn't suspect about this book is that it is set in modern-day England. I had to keep reminding myself of that to avoid confusion!


10 Ways to Cope with Boys
10 Ways to Cope with Boys
Author: Caroline Plaisted
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/3/2008


Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

This book is the sequel to 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE 16. Beth and Anna now both have boyfriends. Beth is dating Joey, Anna's older bother, and Anna is dating Sam, Joey's best friend. While reading a magazine Anna and Beth come across a quiz called You and Your Lad: Suit Him Or Boot Him?

The quiz contains the following questions:

1) How often does he text you?

A) At least 10 texts a day
B) A couple of times a day
C) Once a day
D) A few times a week

2) How often do you see him?

A) Every day
B) About 5 times a week
C) On weekends only
D) It depends

3) Does he have a nickname for you?

A) Yes
B) Only in private
C) When he's feeling romantic
D) No

4) What's your idea of a perfect date?

A) Snuggling up in the back seat of a cinema
B) A candlelit dinner for 2 in a restaurant
C) Watching football on the telly
D) A double date with your best friend and her lad

5) What's his idea of a perfect date?

A) Snuggling up in the back seat of the cinema
B) A candlelit dinner for 2 somewhere expensive-and he's paying
C) Watching football from the side of the pitch
D) Watching football on the telly

6) Is he a grown-up or a groan-up?

A) His favorite thing is a whoopee cushion
B) His favorite thing is his MP3 player
C) His favorite thing is his dog
D) His favorite thing is his teddy bear

7) Is your boyfriend your best friend?

A) You could tell him your deepest darkest secret and he would keep it
B) He's always ready to hug you when you cry
C) He spends as much time with the lads as with you
D) You'd never tell him you were fed up about something

8) Has he told you he loves you?

A) Yes
B) No
C) He's just someone you go out with for a giggle
D) You don't love him

9) Would you rather have a date with your mate than with your boy?

A) Yes
B) No
C) It depends on where you are going
D) You'd be happy to go out with them both at the same time

10) Could you live without a boy?

A) No-never
B) Yes-but only while you suss out the talent
C) You always two-time anyway
D) Boys are only ok if you haven't got a good friend to chat with on the Net

This is a fun, fast read at only 155 pages. The only thing that I didn't suspect about this book is that it is set in modern-day England. I had to keep reminding myself of that to avoid confusion!


100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, Bk 1)
100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, Bk 1)
Author: N. D. Wilson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 20
Review Date: 1/3/2008


Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Twelve-year-old Henry York's world-traveling parents have been kidnapped, so he has moved in with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins at their old farm home in Henry, Kansas. Even though he's stuck in a tiny converted closet up in the attic, Henry almost doesn't mind living with his relatives. In fact, he's kind of excited about it, because for the first time in his life, he can play baseball without a helmet, sit in the back of a truck, and own a knife of his very own (which his Uncle Frank bought for him).

One night, while Henry's lying on his bed in the little attic closet, a piece of plaster falls off of the wall behind him and hits him in the head. With his cousin Henrietta's help, he rips down all of the plaster on that one side to discover an entire wall of mysterious cupboards. In one, they can see a glowing yellow room and a man's leg. From another, wind howls and rain pours into the room when the door is opened.

Most of the cupboards are locked, but there is another mystery waiting in Grandfather's bedroom, which hasn't been opened since he passed away two years ago. Are all of these locked doors somehow connected? More importantly, what wonderful (or terrifying) things lie beyond them...?

Despite a slow start and a rather convoluted ending, this story certainly delivers for those itching for the blood-curdling and creepy.


100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, Bk 1)
100 Cupboards (100 Cupboards, Bk 1)
Author: N. D. Wilson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 40
Review Date: 8/3/2008


Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

Twelve-year-old Henry York's world-traveling parents have been kidnapped, so he has moved in with his aunt, uncle, and three cousins at their old farm home in Henry, Kansas. Even though he's stuck in a tiny converted closet up in the attic, Henry almost doesn't mind living with his relatives. In fact, he's kind of excited about it, because for the first time in his life, he can play baseball without a helmet, sit in the back of a truck, and own a knife of his very own (which his Uncle Frank bought for him).

One night, while Henry's lying on his bed in the little attic closet, a piece of plaster falls off of the wall behind him and hits him in the head. With his cousin Henrietta's help, he rips down all of the plaster on that one side to discover an entire wall of mysterious cupboards. In one, they can see a glowing yellow room and a man's leg. From another, wind howls and rain pours into the room when the door is opened.

Most of the cupboards are locked, but there is another mystery waiting in Grandfather's bedroom, which hasn't been opened since he passed away two years ago. Are all of these locked doors somehow connected? More importantly, what wonderful (or terrifying) things lie beyond them...?

Despite a slow start and a rather convoluted ending, this story certainly delivers for those itching for the blood-curdling and creepy.


100 Days and 99 Nights
100 Days and 99 Nights
Author: Alan Madison
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/13/2009


Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.com

Esme's father is a sergeant in the United States Army. Her family has lived in locations like Korea, Kenya, and Germany. Now they are settled in the United States and they enjoy spending time together as a family.

During one of those happy times her father announces that he must leave for duty. 100 days and 99 nights is a long time, but he knows that Esme will do her best to help her mother. Esme sends her treasured baby blanket along with him.

Daddy is never far from Esme's thoughts. He misses things like her class play and soccer games, but Esme has the hardest time when he's not there to tuck her in at night or make breakfast on Saturday mornings. Grandpa tries to fill in but it's not the same.

At school the students discuss what they can do to help the soldiers. They want to plant a victory garden but that will have to wait until spring. They collect scrap metal and Esme is featured in a newspaper article showcasing their efforts. Daddy is so proud!

100 days and 99 nights is a long time, especially when things don't go so well. Esme becomes angry when daddy's not around. She knows he's a strong, brave person who is doing a great job, but she's counting the days until he comes home!

This is a poignant book about the impact of war on those who are left behind that even younger children will be able to relate to.


100 Days and 99 Nights
100 Days and 99 Nights
Author: Alan Madison
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/26/2008


Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadToo.com

Esme's father is a sergeant in the United States Army. Her family has lived in locations like Korea, Kenya, and Germany. Now they are settled in the United States and they enjoy spending time together as a family.

During one of those happy times her father announces that he must leave for duty. 100 days and 99 nights is a long time, but he knows that Esme will do her best to help her mother. Esme sends her treasured baby blanket along with him.

Daddy is never far from Esme's thoughts. He misses things like her class play and soccer games, but Esme has the hardest time when he's not there to tuck her in at night or make breakfast on Saturday mornings. Grandpa tries to fill in but it's not the same.

At school the students discuss what they can do to help the soldiers. They want to plant a victory garden but that will have to wait until spring. They collect scrap metal and Esme is featured in a newspaper article showcasing their efforts. Daddy is so proud!

100 days and 99 nights is a long time, especially when things don't go so well. Esme becomes angry when daddy's not around. She knows he's a strong, brave person who is doing a great job, but she's counting the days until he comes home!

This is a poignant book about the impact of war on those who are left behind that even younger children will be able to relate to.


100 Girls
100 Girls
Author: Adam Gallardo
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 6/14/2008


Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

Written in the form of a comic book, 100 GIRLS was a very quick read. Sylvia was adopted and even skipped a couple of grades. But those are not the main reasons Sylvia is different from her fellow classmates: she's super-strong and could beat up someone twice her size!

The story starts out with Sylvia having strange dreams of girls in tubes calling out to her. Later that day, she's suspended for getting into a fight and she overhears her parents speculating about her strange behavior. Feeling like they no longer want her, Sylvia sneaks out and comes upon a strange person...herself.

The book goes back and forth between various perspectives, including Sylvia and her new cohorts as well as a group of people that seem to know much more about Sylvia and her newfound powers then Sylvia does.

100 GIRLS, as I said, was a very quick read. I'm not a big comic reader, so reading a book set up in this way was definitely interesting, allowing the story to be seen a lot more then heard. For awhile, I was pretty confused, but so was Sylvia, so it wasn't something I worried about too much. I just continued to read. As the book goes on, you slowly start to unravel this mystery and become more intrigued with Sylvia. As of now, I'd say it's a satisfactory read and I'm highly interested in what happens next.


101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring
101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring
Author: Richard Horne, Helen Szirtes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 10/29/2007


Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

As soon as I read the title of this book, I wanted a copy. Then when I got a copy, I started worrying that I was one of those old and boring people. After all, I'm thirty-one, which isn't as old as, say, Methuselah, but isn't as young as any of those cuties on Dawson's Creek, either. But then I decided I'll probably always be young at heart (which basically means I'll be wrinkled and totally gray, and yet still want to learn to skydive), so this book could be a great guide to see what I've accomplished.

According to Mr. Horne and Ms. Szirtes, there are one-hundred-and-one things everyone should do to keep their life fun and interesting--and to keep you from being old and boring.

What's great about 101 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE OLD AND BORING is that it doesn't just list what you should do; it gives you helpful hints and tips on how to accomplish the goal. It also provides Achievement Stars to mark that you've completed the task, when and where you accomplished it, and, in some cases, a place to rate your fear factor about doing it.

A great book, for teens and adults alike. Order your copy today!


101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring
101 Things to Do Before You're Old and Boring
Author: Helen Szirtes, Richard Horne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/3/2008


Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

As soon as I read the title of this book, I wanted a copy. Then when I got a copy, I started worrying that I was one of those old and boring people. After all, I'm thirty-one, which isn't as old as, say, Methuselah, but isn't as young as any of those cuties on Dawson's Creek, either. But then I decided I'll probably always be young at heart (which basically means I'll be wrinkled and totally gray, and yet still want to learn to skydive), so this book could be a great guide to see what I've accomplished.

According to Mr. Horne and Ms. Szirtes, there are one-hundred-and-one things everyone should do to keep their life fun and interesting--and to keep you from being old and boring.

What's great about 101 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU'RE OLD AND BORING is that it doesn't just list what you should do; it gives you helpful hints and tips on how to accomplish the goal. It also provides Achievement Stars to mark that you've completed the task, when and where you accomplished it, and, in some cases, a place to rate your fear factor about doing it.

A great book, for teens and adults alike. Order your copy today!


101 Things You Need To Know. . . And Some You Don't!
101 Things You Need To Know. . . And Some You Don't!
Author: Richard Horne, Tracey Turner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/29/2007


Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you're looking for a way to simultaneously increase your knowledge and wow your friends with your infinite brainiac abilities, than this is definitely the book for you!

101 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW...AND SOME YOU DON'T! includes just that -- 101 sometimes interesting, sometimes obscure, sometimes downright gross facts about everything from science, nature, and animals to the universe, history, and the human body.

Some of my favorites include "What is the worse smell ever?" Answer: a toss-up between a skunk, a corpse flower, and durian fruit, which smells like raw sewage. Or "Are you only ever a few feet from a rat in a big city?" Answer: pretty much, yes. Which, when you think about it, is quite disgusting. "How much does the earth weigh?" Answer: a little over 13 million billion billion pounds. And you thought you needed to go on a diet!

The book also includes handy-dandy stickers, which you can use to mark your progress when you've learned a new fact, additional facts and data that (mostly) have something to do with the fact you've just mastered, and extras such as a checklist, extra paper, and a list where you can mark down things you'd like to know that weren't covered in the book.

So, although this is a book that can most assuredly make you look smart(er) in front of your friends, results aren't guaranteed to last forever -- unless you put a little brain power into it!


101 Things You Need to Know (and Some You Don't)
101 Things You Need to Know (and Some You Don't)
Author: Tracey Turner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/3/2008


Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you're looking for a way to simultaneously increase your knowledge and wow your friends with your infinite brainiac abilities, than this is definitely the book for you!

101 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW...AND SOME YOU DON'T! includes just that -- 101 sometimes interesting, sometimes obscure, sometimes downright gross facts about everything from science, nature, and animals to the universe, history, and the human body.

Some of my favorites include "What is the worse smell ever?" Answer: a toss-up between a skunk, a corpse flower, and durian fruit, which smells like raw sewage. Or "Are you only ever a few feet from a rat in a big city?" Answer: pretty much, yes. Which, when you think about it, is quite disgusting. "How much does the earth weigh?" Answer: a little over 13 million billion billion pounds. And you thought you needed to go on a diet!

The book also includes handy-dandy stickers, which you can use to mark your progress when you've learned a new fact, additional facts and data that (mostly) have something to do with the fact you've just mastered, and extras such as a checklist, extra paper, and a list where you can mark down things you'd like to know that weren't covered in the book.

So, although this is a book that can most assuredly make you look smart(er) in front of your friends, results aren't guaranteed to last forever -- unless you put a little brain power into it!


101 Ways to Dance
101 Ways to Dance
Author: Kathy Stinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/29/2007


Reviewed by Andie Z. for TeensReadToo.com

101 WAYS TO DANCE is an amazing collection of short stories that each deal with a different aspect of teenage sexuality. The stories vary in length and tone, covering a vast array of topics that include everything from teen pregnancies, mental illness, and terminal cancer to struggling with coming out to friends and feeling inappropriate lust for cousins.

As is bound to happen with a collection, there were certain stories that I enjoyed more than others, but each one is brilliant in its own way. Some of my favorites include CHICKEN, which is less than two pages long and involves a game of chicken between two teenagers in a church basement, and the title story, 101 WAYS TO DANCE, which is just that: a very creative list of one-hundred-and-one ways to dance.

Kathy Stinson has created believable, likeable characters and realistic storylines that teenagers will be able to identify with, even if they have not had similar experiences. Each story is a gem, a refreshing coming-of-age tale, and I would highly encourage every teenager to go out and read this book, because it shows us that there truly are one-hundred-and-one (and many, many more) ways to dance.


102 Minutes : The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Review Date: 3/6/2008
Helpful Score: 4


This was an absolutely amazing book. Not just because of the true-life accounts of many who survived (or, in many cases, didn't), but mostly because the authors pull no punches in telling the story of 9/11/01.

This isn't a book that bashes the government, both local and national, but it does tell both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. While I was uplifted and encouraged by so many examples of human kindness, I was devastated to read that so very many deaths could have possibly been avoided, if there had just been better communication between political-minded departments.

Also, the fact that so many shortcuts were taken in building the World Trade Center, simply to create more rentable space, shows just how far people will go to make a buck. It saddens me that so many lives might have been saved if there were more staircases, if they had been spread out more, if they had had proper fireproofing.

If you're interested at all in the story that is 9/11, then this is a must-read.


102 Minutes : The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside The Twin Towers
Review Date: 4/14/2008


This was an absolutely amazing book. Not just because of the true-life accounts of many who survived (or, in many cases, didn't), but mostly because the authors pull no punches in telling the story of 9/11/01.

This isn't a book that bashes the government, both local and national, but it does tell both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative. While I was uplifted and encouraged by so many examples of human kindness, I was devastated to read that so very many deaths could have possibly been avoided, if there had just been better communication between political-minded departments.

Also, the fact that so many shortcuts were taken in building the World Trade Center, simply to create more rentable space, shows just how far people will go to make a buck. It saddens me that so many lives might have been saved if there were more staircases, if they had been spread out more, if they had had proper fireproofing.

If you're interested at all in the story that is 9/11, then this is a must-read.


11 Birthdays
11 Birthdays
Author: Wendy Mass
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 9/13/2009


Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

On the day that Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick were born, a mysterious woman with a birthmark shaped like a duck told their parents that the two newborns would grow up to be the best of friends, and that they should always celebrate their birthdays together.

Through a fluke, one year later, both sets of parents booked the same location for their child's first birthday, and Amanda and Leo took to each other so much that celebrating their birthday together in the small town of Willow Falls became a great town tradition.

Ten years later, Amanda Ellerby is absolutely dreading her eleventh birthday party, the first that she will spend without her ex-friend, Leo. She hasn't spoken to him in exactly one year, ever since she heard him say those nasty things about her at their last joint birthday party.

What's worse is that she's heard all these rumors about the incredible party Leo's parents are throwing for him--with a hypnotist, a band, and a real football player--while she's stuck with this costume party idea that her own mom came up with.

The day finally arrives, and Amanda's eleventh birthday ends up even worse than she could have imagined. She has a pop quiz in History, she bombs the gymnastics tryouts, and only a few people show up at her party (some kids even leave to go to Leo's party instead). When she finally takes off her itchy Dorothy costume with the blistering shoes and crawls into bed, she feels nothing but relief that this horrible day is over.

Except that it isn't. The next day is her birthday again. And the day after that. And the day after that. Is Amanda the only one stuck in this terrible time loop?

I absolutely fell in love with this sweet tale of friendship, magic, and old rivalries. A quickly moving story with some unforgettable characters, 11 BIRTHDAYS takes that Groundhog Day premise and turns it into something much more meaningful.


11 Birthdays
11 Birthdays
Author: Wendy Mass
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/19/2009


Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com

On the day that Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick were born, a mysterious woman with a birthmark shaped like a duck told their parents that the two newborns would grow up to be the best of friends, and that they should always celebrate their birthdays together.

Through a fluke, one year later, both sets of parents booked the same location for their child's first birthday, and Amanda and Leo took to each other so much that celebrating their birthday together in the small town of Willow Falls became a great town tradition.

Ten years later, Amanda Ellerby is absolutely dreading her eleventh birthday party, the first that she will spend without her ex-friend, Leo. She hasn't spoken to him in exactly one year, ever since she heard him say those nasty things about her at their last joint birthday party.

What's worse is that she's heard all these rumors about the incredible party Leo's parents are throwing for him--with a hypnotist, a band, and a real football player--while she's stuck with this costume party idea that her own mom came up with.

The day finally arrives, and Amanda's eleventh birthday ends up even worse than she could have imagined. She has a pop quiz in History, she bombs the gymnastics tryouts, and only a few people show up at her party (some kids even leave to go to Leo's party instead). When she finally takes off her itchy Dorothy costume with the blistering shoes and crawls into bed, she feels nothing but relief that this horrible day is over.

Except that it isn't. The next day is her birthday again. And the day after that. And the day after that. Is Amanda the only one stuck in this terrible time loop?

I absolutely fell in love with this sweet tale of friendship, magic, and old rivalries. A quickly moving story with some unforgettable characters, 11 BIRTHDAYS takes that Groundhog Day premise and turns it into something much more meaningful.


113 Things To Do By 13
113 Things To Do By 13
Author: Brittany Macleod, Terri Macleod
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/3/2010


Reviewed by Harmony for TeensReadToo.com

113 THINGS TO DO BY 13 is not only full of the things you should do, but also tidbits from stars, tips, and even advice on a range of subjects.

In this book, you'll figure out how to decide if your crush is really into you, crack up at the OMG moments sent in by other readers, and learn about tough but important subjects like cyberbullying. The info doesn't stop there, either. There's tons of fun packed into this little book.

This is pretty much the how-to guide for being a tween. It's sure to inspire many tweens, and I can only say that I wish I'd had it a few years ago. However, if you're 14 or 15, or even 16, you can still enjoy the book - you just may have already completed some of the things listed or already understand some of the subjects.

Overall, this book would make a great gift for the tween in your life!


1212: Year of the Journey
1212: Year of the Journey
Author: Kathleen McDonnell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 11/7/2007


Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

Faith is an interesting thing. Is a person's faith best placed in ideas and beliefs? Is it best put in other people? Can't you do both?

1212 mainly follows the story of three young people: Blanche, Abel, and Etienne. They are extremely unlikely allies, leading a crusade of children from Europe to the Holy Land. Etienne is the one with the vision, literally. Abandoned by his mother, and left to his uncle's charity, Etienne is visited by a vision. A vision that tells him he will lead a crusade of children that will change the world. Etienne is a firm Catholic, and knows he cannot escape a calling from God. Abel is the first person to befriend and believe in Etienne. He encourages Etienne to believe in himself and carry on with his purpose. The truly strange part? Abel is Jewish. It may not seem so strange today, but back in Medieval times most religions didn't appreciate each other. Then again, maybe it's still pretty true. As the crusade grows in size Abel becomes a trusted friend and adviser to Etienne. And the more time passes, the guiltier he feels about keeping his true self a secret. Blanche is a Good Christian, a sect of Christianity that chooses to follow God, not the Pope. Consequently, they are being hunted down and persecuted. Blanche has seen her whole family, her whole town, burned to the ground. She joins the crusade because she believes in Etienne and his cause, but she hides her true self, too.

Both Abel and Blanche worry that Etienne will not accept them if he knows the truth. As time passes it becomes harder and more dangerous to conceal. There is some amount of animosity and competition between the two over Etienne's attention and affection, though they alone know the truth about each other.

Etienne's biggest concern, the thing that nearly ends his faith in his mission time and again, is the animosity of the Pope. The Pope refuses to recognize Etienne's vision or his Crusade. The Pope doesn't believe that Etienne could have had a "vision," and declares them all too young to Crusade. He orders them to stop. How long and how far can they go when it seems that so much is against them? And how true is a friendship based on a misconception?

Historically accurate and based on actual events, this book is a wealth of information and questions. I learned a lot about various religious histories. But, it also made me wonder about a lot of things. I don't know what I think about all of the "religious vision" occurrences, both in this book and in the world, but I think it's odd for someone to be able to say that one person's vision is valid and another's is not. Where exactly is that line? I think it's a great thing that people from different backgrounds and walks of life could all be brought together by an idea; it's just too bad that the whole thing could possibly be destroyed by a declaration of religious ties. It's even more disturbing to realize how little we've accomplished on that front in nearly 800 years.


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