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A Scandal in Bohemia

Doyle, Arthur Conan. “Adventure 1: “A Scandal in Bohemia”.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Lit2Go Edition. 1892. Web. <http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/32/the-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes/345/adventure-1-a-scandal-in-bohemia/&gt;. December 03, 2013.
ISBN: 1-59308-034-4

Year Published: 1892

Language: English

 Country of Origin: England

Genre: Mystery

Recommended Audience: Young Adults/ Teens

Keywords: 20th century literature, British literature, mystery, Sherlock Holmes, sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherloch Holmes an story revoled about two friends work in many cases that had been abanden by polise try to solve the “Ultimate Myster” cases after cases. The two of them began their jorney when Wasten looking for a job to work for after he retier from the milatary force.  Once day, Wasten saw Holmes’ flier looking for an assistence

After Watson got marriage, it had drifted them away from each other. My “own complete happiness, and the home-centered interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own  establishment”. Once day, I returning home from journey to my patient when my way lead me to Backer street. Where Holmes’s house, whom the ” most perfect reason and observing machine” also, he is my best friend and a partner in many cases. As i stand infront of this door, i can imagin him under a pial of abook and cases, walking back and forth, back and forth. They I nock.

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Criss Cross

Criss Cross is a novel that is set place in the nineteen-seventies.  In the book the main characters are named Debbie, Hector ,Phil and Lenny.  The whole story is about how they listen to a radio show called ”criss cross” on Lenny’s dads truck radio. Most of the plot  describes how they are bored of their small town lives and how they want to do something to change it ,but they don’t how because they are only teenagers.

I wouldn’t suggest this book because the story line doesn’t have a good enough plot to follow.The plot is very slow and boring causing a lack of interest and an unpleasant book to read. The characters are realistic however because they show real teen emotion.  In my opinion don’t read this book  you may not like it.

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Tigers Curse

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Colleen Houck,Tiger’s Curse ,New York: splinter publisher , c2011

ISBN: 1-40278403-1

       Author: Colleen Houck 

Reviewed by: Calvin Lai

Recommended Audience: middle schoolers, and high schoolers

          This book is about a girl from Oregon and she lives with her foster parents, because her parents pasted away. She and a white tiger meet at the circus she works at. Then a guy comes to the circus to buy the tiger from the circus. After that she is sent with the tiger to India to let the tiger lose in a reserved area.

         In the beginning Kelsey signs up for a job in the circus. she is to go there to work as a ticket seller and to help feed the tiger. She tells her foster parents about this and Mike her foster dad asked if she need a ride there. Then the next day she goes there and looks for Mr. Maurizio at the circus. When she found Mr. Maurizio he tells her to help out Matt with selling tickets and help out Mr. Davis with feeding the tiger.

           Later on Kelsey is asked to come with Mr. Kadam and Dhiren (white tiger) to go to the a reserved area for Ren. When she agrees with the request Kelsey’s foster parents decides  throws her a leaving party. The next day Kelsey is driven to the airport by Mr. Kadam. Then they board a private airplane and go to there seat and then a flight attendant askes them if they want anything to drink or eat. Later Kelsey goes into the bathroom and sees that it is a very fancy bathroom with a standing shower and a dispensing soap machine. Once she was done showering she sat down in her chair and saw that there was lunch set up in front of her. When the flight attendant opens the cover she sees that it is crusted hazelnut halibut with buttered asparagus, and garlic mashed potatoes

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by | December 21, 2013 · 5:19 am

Lock and Key

Dessen, Sarah. Lock and Key. New York: Penguin Group, 2008. Print.

ISBN: 9780142414729

Lock and Key

Written by: Sarah Dessen

Reviewed by: Aisha Malek

Recommended age group: High School

Lock and Key is a fantastic book written by Sarah Dessen. Ruby and her mother moved around a lot and their lives were very unpredictable. It is not unusual for ruby when her mom to disappear for a few days time,but she knows something is different when her mom doesn’t come back for months, leaving ruby to live on her own. She tries to forget the fact that she is underage and she is living by herself, eventually her landlords find out. The state sends Ruby to live wit her older sister Cora. Ruby and Cora haven’t seen each other for years ever since Cora left for college. Cora worked really hard to get scholarships and raise money to go to a college and escape her mother. Ruby thought that her sister had abandoned her.

After finishing college Cora had built a life for herself: a successful career, a big house, and a great husband. She is living the American dream. Ruby has never lived a life close to that, and she certainly doesn’t want to start now. Being tied down like that and being a burden on her older sister who doesn’t want her. Somehow, even though she keeps trying to escape, she ends up going to a fancy private school, staying with her sister, finding a job, and making new friends.

Authors Website: http://sarahdessen.com/book/lock-and-key/

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKYorL18sKc

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Speak

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. New York: Penguin Group, 2oo3. Print.

ISBN 014131088x

Speak

Written by: Laurie Halse Anderson

Reviewed by: Carter Jabarin

Recommended Age Group: 10 and above

The book speak by LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is a book about a teenage girl who in middle school had friends and people liked her, but when she got in high school people just ignored her and she had a hard time fiting in, she makes nicknames for her teachers and a lot of people hate her, but she has on good friend that is nice to her and name is heather and she is active and  the opposite of her, she one day gets invited to a teenage party and evreything falls apart, her teachers have diffrent personality in the book like her art teacher is an art freak and her P.E teacher is strict, She is having trouble not only fiting in at school but her grades are bad she is almost falling all of her classes.

The book is full of suspense and emotions they make the character face deferent problems and challenges, that’s what I like about the book, She thinks that nobody cares about her but her parents actually do care because they ask her to do her work , And the teachers that she has all have deferent backgrounds she knows some stuff about her teachers because she talks about it in the book, the message of the book is toget to know people and talk to them you never know how they are felling, at least she has another friend named david an outcast like her, she faces a problem that she dosen’t want to tell anyone but eventually she has to speak the truth.

http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/yr/speak.html

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/439288.Speak

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLermZxL1wc

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by | December 20, 2013 · 2:38 pm

Anne Frank’s Story

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Lee, Carol Ann. Anne Frank’s Story . United States: Troll, 2002. Print.

ISBN: 0-8167-7427-7

Written by: Carol Ann Lee

Reviewed By: Giselle Rodriguez

Recommended Audience: 10 & up

             In this book it explains in more detail the really hard times that Anne Frank and her family had to encounter. This would be a really good book to read before reading the actual Diary of Anne Frank because you really get a good understanding of the harsh living conditions that took place throughout her life. This book focused on Anne’s life since she was born up to the point where her life changed forever. Although this book talked a lot about the terrible times that Anne had to go through, it also talked about how “normal” her life was before she had to go through the rest of her struggling life. It explains the strong bond that she had with her father, and a rocky relationship with her sister, Margot. This book also showed photographs taken of Anne as she grew up, as well as the secret annex.

           In this book it also explained in more detail the hard times that went on in the secret annex, like making sure they had enough soap and food for everyone. As explained in the book, it wasn’t always bad living in the annex because Anne always had someone to communicate and she loved this because she was very social. Quotes from the Diary of Anne Frank were often used in this book to elaborate on how just one sentence had such a huge meaning. Although this book isn’t at intense as the Diary of Anne Frank it’s a good book to read for background information. In this book it also explains to us how exactly her life changed in a matter of seconds.

Short review of Anne Frank’s Story

http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141309262,00.html

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Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray, Penguin Group, 2011.

ISBN: 9780142420591

Between Shades of Gray

Written by: Ruta Sepetys

Reviewed by: Taylor Nguyen

Recommended Audience: High School

In 1941, 15-year-old, Lithuanian Lina receives the news that she has been accepted into the most well-known art schools in all of Europe. A daughter who has a beautiful mother, sweetest brother, and a professor father has the typical support her family gives. One night, Lina’s home is invaded by the Soviet officers (the NKVD) for a crime that they do not know; while her father is on his way back home. The NKVD gives them only a few minutes to pack their most precious belongings before they are deported to Siberian work camps. Lina’s mother breaks all of her valuable merchandise making her children question her why. The NKVD arrest Lina, her brother, and her mother, tearing their family apart. The three are stuffed into dirty cattle cars along with people who do not know why they are there and have had contact with her father. Lina’s romance with a captive 17-year-old, Andrius, slowly builds at this point. Lina starts to document events and messages through her drawings; hoping the drawings will reach her father or someone later in the future

As the novel progresses, the chances of surviving are even smaller and the reason for their presence at camps is revealed. Between Shades of Gray, is Lina’s story as she, her mother, and her brother fight to stay together and to survive. The group is separated into a new list to serve brutal labor, but then again in the Arctic Circle; they do not know why, except one. Most of the deaths were caused by diseases; some deaths were caused by suicide and some by working.The moral of the story is to never take anything for granted.

Summaries: 

https://sites.google.com/site/betweenshadesofgraysjtc/summaries

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http://soundcloud.com/taylor-nguyen-2/between-shades-of-gray-audio-1/s-pSf9F

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by | December 20, 2013 · 12:44 pm

Angels and Demons

Dan. Angels and Demons. NY: Pocket Books, 2000. Print.

ISBN: 9780743501569

Angels & Demons

Written By: Dan Brown

Reviewed By: Morgan Parker

Recommended Audience: High school and above

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is a great book that follows the protagonist, Robert Langdon, on his adventure to solve a mystery. This book is fiction and did not happen, although there are many pieces of this book that are entirely true. This book also follows the antagonist, a murderer through all of his dealings and agreements with people. Robert Langdon is a Professor of Religious Iconology and Symbology at Harvard University. So basically he studies ancient symbols. One day he gets a call regarding a murder at a CERN, a european organization for nuclear research. Physicist Leonardo Vetra was murdered, who was one of CERN’s best researchers. When Langdon gets to CERN headquarters in switzerland, they find Leonardo Vetra’s dead body, branded with the illuminati symbol.

For the remainder of the book, we follow Langdon on his adventure to find a new substance called anti-matter that Leonardo and his daughter had been busy creating. this had never been done before and this stuff was highly reactive. when Leonardo was killed, whoever killed him, stole a canister of anti-matter as well. Langdon believes that the illuminati had taken it to Vatican City, because the illuminati’s biggest enemy is the Catholic Church. So Langdon and Vittoria Vetra, Leonardo’s daughter, go to Rome, Italy to Vatican City to find the anti-matter. on his adventure, his skills are tested to uncover the true mystery of the illuminati.

Author’s Website:

http://www.danbrown.com http://www.danbrown.com

Book Review (video):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdKWoi0PMWg

Book Review: 

http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/angels_and_demons/review/

Movie Trailer: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbP5yPntpEk

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by | December 20, 2013 · 11:57 am

My Friend Leonard

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Frey, James. My Friend Leonard. Penguin Group 2005

 ISBN: 1573223158

My Friend Leonard

Written by: James Frey

Reviewed by: Mazie Wilkerson

Recommended Audience:  High School – Young Adults

James, a young man in his early twenties, has just gotten out of jail after having an addiction to alcohol and other illegal substances. Since he had an addiction he had gone to a rehab before jail and then met a young woman, Lilly, struggling with the same issues as him. Also while being in rehab, he met an elder man named Leonard, a major mobster, who took him in as his own child. They immediately clicked, or at least they did in his eyes. Even though they were not allowed to stay in contact after leaving the treatment center, they did and no one was going to stop them. After getting out of rehab he entered jail for doing other illegal things. While in jail his love for Lilly stayed strong. After serving his time in prison, he drove to Chicago to go see Lilly in a group home she had been staying in. Everything took a turn for the worse. James went into a deep depression after the tragedy that has occurred with Lilly. He finally tried getting a job & even though it might not of been the best job, it was a beginning. Leonard didn’t want James any where near a bar, considering he was an alcoholic in the past. So instead Leonard got him a job transferring illegal drugs and drug money. While doing this job, James was making more money than he could of ever asked for. He had several girlfriends during his journey to getting back on his feet! Towards the end he  goes to several parties, quits the job that Leonard gave him, and figured out how to make it on his own and keep his head up.

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https://soundcloud.com/hawtchick251/book-review-my-friend-leonard

Youtube video describing the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMY1wg8m1yw

Description of book:

http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2005/06/book-review-my-friend-leonard.html

Publisher’s Website:

http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/adult/riverhead.html

Description of the book and author:

http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/memoir/fr/myFriendLeonard.htm

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