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14 Hollow Road

14 Hollow Road

14 HOLLOW ROAD

By Jenn Bishop

6th through MS, 280 pgs., published by Random House, 2017.

  “a gorgeous summer tale” for those who enjoy books like THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall or DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos.

This book has a great home feel about it.

When a tornado rips through the neighborhood, Maddie not only loses her dog and her house, along with the other devastating losses, but her friends go pear-shaped on her, a newcomer comes between her and her “boyfriend” and on top of that, other complications surface with her new living arrangements.

Things are hopeful if one can circle back to one’s family.  If one can circle back..

What Waits in the Water..

Reviewed by Liz Cohen

What Waits in the Water by Kieran Scott

Scholastic, 2017

What Waits In The Water

What Waits in the Water is a murder mystery.  Hannah and her step-sister Katie go on a trip to a log cabin by a lake.  They are staying with Hannah’s best friend, Jacob.  But when the girls arrive, everything gets creepy.  There is something in the water.  And the woods around the lake are not exactly peaceful.  What’s more, her step-sister has become very close to Jacob behind Hannah’s back.  Very close!

Hannah thinks the local kids from the small town near the lake can take her mind off of Katie and Jacob.  But the town holds a mystery.  A local girl (who looks a good bit like Hannah) has gone missing, and she isn’t the first.  Is the lake cursed?  Or is someone stalking the lake.

What Waits in the Water is the perfect murder mystery to read on a plane, by the pool, or just on a lazy weekend.  This book is the second in a series, but you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one.  If you enjoy this book, check out What Waits in the Woods, in which a group of teens go on a thrilling camping trip. (This is a nice read for girls in 7th through 9th grade.)

 

 

 

 

 

The Zom-B Chronicles

The Zom-B Chronicles 

by Darren Shan

and reviewed by Liz Cohen

Hatchette Book Group, 2012

Zom-B Chronicles

The Zom-B Chronicles are a collection of 12 books which tell the story of the life and adventures of B Smith.  B is a high school student who is utterly bored and frustrated by life, until a virus breaks out in the high school and all of the students are locked in!

And who are the puss-covered guys hanging around the school, or the guy with owl-like eyes and a poochie stomach? Or Mr. Dowling, the maniacal clown, whose appearance is quite dreadful and who drips spiders from his mouth. I am sorry to say that you have to read pass the first book to find out. This collection of stories takes place in and around (and sometimes under) London. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly, with wickedly drawn pictures to help you feel scared or disgusted along the way. There are loads of bad guys and crazies, but who exactly is bad. It’s kind of hard to tell. And how will this end? Not the way you think.

These books are a great read for anyone who likes zombie books, and the author has a lot to tell us about human nature.

 

Polaris

Polaris

We have a new writer on the block!  Welcome to  LIZ COHEN, invaluable (read indispensable) member of our Winston community! Liz will be sharing some thoughts on books she is reading that she thinks many of our students will enjoy.  Liz has a soft spot for zombies, so wait for her rave reviews on those despicables. 

 

Review by LIZ COHEN

Polaris by Michael Northrop

(Scholastic, 2017)

Do you like an adventure tale? Swashbuckling sailors? Adventure on the  high seas?  Maybe?! How about this: do you like a science fiction story? People running from monsters? Maybe?! How about this: do you like a murder mystery? Scientists and sailors struck down by
the unknown? Maybe?! How about this: do you like an all-boy book? Or an all-girl book? Hang onto your backpacks because this book has it all!

The Polaris is a sailing ship on a mission to the Amazon jungle looking for new plant-life. The botanist finds something else, and brings it back to the ship. What is in the trunk stored in the hold of the ship? Before you can find out, half of the ship’s crew dies, and the other halfabandon ship while trying to blow it up! The only people left are the cabin boy, the botanist’s assistant, and some deck hands, and none of them are older than 12. How will they get back to
America? They will have to sail the ship back while fighting stormy seas and the mysterious thing in the hold.

This book would be great for a book report, a diorama, a poster, or just a good read.
(Best for 5th and 6th graders.)