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Peter and the Starcatchers – The next best thing to Harry Potter

peter-and-the-starcatchers-book-cover_350x525Title:  Peter and the Starcatchers

Author:  Dave Barry

Summary: Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magic star dust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

Gut reaction: Amazing! The next best thing to Harry Potter.

Why: It does a great job of telling how everything came to be in Disney’s Peter Pan. It is very suspenseful and managed to keep my attention to the very end. It has everything one could ever want in a book, romance, suspense, fantasy, action, and humor. The style of writing used a lot of descriptions, but not too many to bore me.

Who would like this book: Peter Pan fans, children, and people who enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

–Catalina, University, Teen Blogger



Teen Reviewed: One Piece

One PieceTitle:  One Piece

Author:  Eichiro Oda

Why I started reading?  It was so long ago I can’t even remember.  The cover looked interesting?  😀

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  charge in headfirst without thinking!

This book reminded me of Dragon Ball because they’re both manga, they are the same genre, shonen, which is action-adventure that isn’t too mature.  The main characters are similar in personality and they both are written by the same formula of “story arcs,” so they have similar progression.

One Piece is very popular.  It’s aimed towards a younger teen audience.  The main character has an interesting ability and is very charismatic and distinctive.  It’s fun to watch him work towards his goal, and it doesn’t ever get too confusing.  It’s a series, and the first half of it is pretty straightforward, but as you get more into it, the plot thickens and the setting becomes more and more complex.  The main theme seems to be camaraderie, but there are other minor themes such as equality, justice, government oppression, and dreams.

— Lexie, 15, West Seattle


Teen Review: The Princess Bride

Princess BrideTitle:  The Princess Bride
Author:  William Golding
Summary:  Buttercup is being forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck, when three eccentric strangers kidnap her at dusk one day.  Whisked away on a mystifying adventure, Buttercup longs only for one thing; her childhood love, Westley.
I started reading it because… I saw the movie and loved it!
I kept reading because… The book was way less dense than I thought it would be; it was hilarious. The story completely sucked me in.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Buttercup: Cause entire populations to faint due to her ethereal beauty. Westley: Never lose at ANYTHING.
Six Word Recap: “As you wish” works for Westley.
Websites of interest:  The Princess Bride

Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser

Book Shorts: Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

Title:  Beauty Queens

Author:  Libba Bray

Summary:  When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

I started reading it because… I honestly can’t remember why I requested it now. It had an interesting cover though.

I kept reading because… it was hilarious.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  become a Charlie’s Angel.

Six Word Recap:  Beauty queens crash, survive, and thrive.

This book reminded me of Swiss Family Robinson (a bit) maybe even Hunger Games in an odd sort of a way.