Midnight Hour: A Shadow Falls Novel
C. C. Hunter
St. Martin's Griffin
The Nazi Hunters
This is a true story about a group of people who captured Adolf Eichmann, the person who ordered the death of six million Jews during WWII. The book starts with the story of a Jew whose family was killed by Eichmann’s men. It continues by explaining what happened to Eichmann after the war. He fled to Argentina and lived under an assumed name with his family. The book covers a fifteen-year period, and jumps around a lot; it tells about several people who were essential to his capture. One man’s teenage daughter dated one of Eichmann’s sons for a while, but when they realized it was Adolf Eichmann, they contacted the Israeli police, because they realized the Argentine government was sympathetic to Nazis. After the agent they contacted disregarded their story, another man picked up the trail and asked the MOSSAD (the Israeli secret police) to help track him down. Eichmann was eventually apprehended, and executed in 1962.
It was interesting to read about the components that went into capturing him, like the struggles that the countries were going through (Argentina, Germany, Israel). The book was written in a gripping, fascinating way, with great dramatic tension.
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral
Cyberbullying is a widespread problem in today’s increasingly computer-connected society. With so many online interactions, it stands to reason that some of these would be both harmful and degrading. Many teens who are on the receiving end of cyberbullying feel helpless and despairing. This book helps them overcome their feelings of hurt and fright, and also gives bystanders and the bullies themselves ways to end cyberbullying.
The book contains some good tips for general good online habits. It has some tests you can take to determine if you are depressed, being bullied, or if you are bullying others, and also to see if you are suicidal due to bullying. There are a lot of stories from those whose lives have been affected by cyberbullying. It is a major issue for teens today because they are so reliant on praise from their peers and are constantly barraged by text and other online messages. The authors encourage teens to recognize the impact of their messages to each other and find words that build others up rather than tearing down. However, I feel that the target audience will not have much interest in trying the recommendations of this book; I hope that I am wrong.
Real Mermaids Don’t Sell Seashells
A tropical island vacation sounds like the perfect way to spend fall break, even for an aqua phobic mer-girl like Jade. She can’t wait to enjoy the warm sunshine and all-you-can-eat buffet with her best friend Cori and boyfriend Luke. But when a body splashes into the water as a cruise ship enters the harbor, Jade realizes there might be trouble in paradise. The mysterious boy selling conch shells on the beach definitely knows more than he’s letting on. Jade promised herself no mer drama on vacation! But it couldn’t hurt to check things out, right? I absolutely loved Real Mermaids Don’t Sell Seashells! It was a hilarious book and it gave a modern twist to mermaids. Jade is an excellent role model for girls who like adventure and mystery. Now I really want to go back and read the other books in the series as well as any upcoming books! I loved how it was mystery and fantasy mixed together. I would recommend this book for girls who like mystery, fantasy, and mermaids. I think Helene Boudreau is a wonderful author and I feel like this book deserves five stars.
Ranger’s Apprentice: Book 12: The Royal Ranger
This is book twelve and it says it is the last book in the series. I haven’t read all of the books yet, but I have read some of them and I love this story. The main character, Will, started his apprenticeship with the best ranger, Halt, when he was just a kid and now he is faced with an issue that makes him feel like giving up and walking away. Halt thinks this is not the way to help him and tells Will he is good enough to take on his own apprentice and this might help him.
This book might look really big but the words are nice and big and it makes it easier to read, especially for kids who really want a challenge because this is the best series to start with. It is full of action, mystery, and might remind you a little of a kids’ version of Lord of the Rings. I hope they make a new series with the princess ranger. I would definitely buy this entire series and start with the first one. You won’t be able to put them down!
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
This book was creepy but still a good story. The story begins as Jacob, Emma, and the other Peculiar children leave the island home they have always known to escape the evil Wights. Their protector, Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird, and to help her they have to find another protector to change her back. Unfortunately, the Wights have been capturing all the protectors for an unknown purpose, so the children have to journey to WWII London in search of someone who can help. Along the way, they meet many other Peculiar people, not all of whom are good. Jacob is in love with Emma, and she shares his feelings, but feels that Jacob should leave the Peculiar world and go back to his own family while he still can, while the other children can’t. But they have to save Miss Peregrine, and Jacob is also trying to pick up his grandfather’s legacy of being a Hollowgast slayer.
In the story there are lots of black-and-white vintage photographs which illustrate the characters and the scenes. They were intriguing and creepy, and it was an interesting story woven around these genuine photos. I think sometimes the author just added in characters to go along with the photos, but I enjoyed the story.