The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King     4.5 out of 5 Pinecones

This book is 1439 pages long, single-spaced, and in a small font. It has a great story with believable characters and takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States after a huge, extremely fatal, and highly communicable flu pandemic that escapes from a government laboratory which knocks out 99 percent of the world’s population. There are a large number of characters with seemingly unconnected stories that connect after the flu outbreak. After all the sick are dead two societies emerge; one good and one bad. Eventually these societies must fight, for survival and for what they stand for.

This is by Stephen King so there is a lot of extremely violent violence, inappropriate parts, swears, and the flu is described very graphically. It is also slightly anticlimactic, but it’s still a great, meaningful, well-written book. I recommend this book for people eigth-grade and up.

It’s a Magical World

It’s A Magical World by Bill Waterson     4 out of 5 Pinecones

It’s A Magical World by Bill Waterson is about a boy named Calvin and his stuffed animal, Hobbes, that he imagines is real. They both have lots of random adventures. For example, Calvin and Hobbes like to sled down cliffs. I like this book because there is no telling what they will do next, and it’s hilarious. I would recommend this book to students in grades fifth to seventh. You will love this book if you are into funny things.

The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxin      5 out of 5 Pinecones

The Night Gardener is about two kids named Molly and Kip who are orphans fleeing from Ireland. They go to England to work for the Windsors, a family who have grown thin and pale. Molly enters the forbidden room upstairs and finds the big tree in the front of their yard part of the room. Molly finds a big knothole and inside the lapping of sea water. The knothole gives people whatever they wish for. The price is a piece of the person’s soul. Muddy footprints and leaves in the house make Molly and Kip investigate further, and they find out there is a night man, the Night Gardener, who lurks the house at night, and wipes the sweat of fear from the Windsor’s brows, and then feeds it to the tree. Molly and Kip try to catch the Night Gardener, with many fails and near death experiences. I recommend this book to people who like spooky stories and Harry Potter.

The Island of Dr. Libris

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabstein   4 out of 5 Pinecones

The Island of Dr. Libris is about a young boy who is living in a cabin with his mom for the summer, while his dad is working from home. His mom is always busy writing for work so Billy meets the boy one cabin over and they become really good friends. They canoe over to the island across the lake and discover something really unusual. I really liked this book because it is full of adventure and excitement. I recommend this book to people who love mythical  stories and love adventure.

Things Not Seen

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clemens            4.5 out of 5 pinecones

Things Not Seen  is a great book about a fifteen-year old boy named Bobby waking up invisible. His father, the scientist, and his mother, the literary teacher at the local university, are struggling to help Bobby, and so is the family of a blind girl named Alicia who Bobby is close friends with. Things change when Bobby’s parents get in a car crash. While they are in the hospital, Bobby’s school is getting worried. Will Bobby’s parents figure out a way to get him back before the government gets involved? This book offers an interesting first person perspective and a compelling storyline. I recommend this book to anyone eleven or older who likes sci-fi and mysteries.

House of Secrets

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini

When the Walker kids buy a new house, they have no idea what’s in store. There is a wind witch and secret passages and journeys through time. There is so much for you and the Walkers to discover in this story. There is non stop action and you will not be disappointed!

Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell     5 out of 5 Pinecones

 
Animal Farm is a psychological novel about a farm of animals who kick out the owner of the farm and create their own government. Although the government starts out just fine, it soon becomes less and less of a democracy. I recommend this book to people who like to stay up late at night thinking.