Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
Title: Poisoned Apples
Author: Christine Hepperman
“Christine Heppermann’s powerful collection of free verse poems explore how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends–as consumers, as objects, as competitors.
Based on classic fairy tale characters and fairy tale tropes, the poems range from contemporary retellings to first person accounts set within the original stories. From Snow White’s cottage and Rapunzel’s tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations.
Poisoned Apples is a dark, clever, witty, beautiful, and important book for teenage girls, their sisters, their mothers, and their best friends.”
Author: Rysa Walker
Summary: From the moment Kate’s grandmother tells her that she can travel in time, things start going very badly. Someone in the past is trying to alter time so that Kate will never be born. Kate must hurry in order to fix things before she disappears.
Six Word Review: Girl trying to not disappear forever
I give Timebound 8/10 stars because it’s unique and funny and unlike any other time travel book I’ve read. I hated not knowing if time was a circle as it is in some time travel books. I loved the characters and I couldn’t get enough of how realistic their emotions were.
If the main character was stuck on a deserted island they would… find a way to build a raft, even if there weren’t any trees.
In a yearbook, the main character would be voted most likely to solve the world’s biggest problems.
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Anything else we should know? This is the first book in the series. The second book is called Time’s Edge, which to me sounds very promising and hopefully will answer all the questions Timebound leaves readers asking.
–Xanith, University Branch
3-Sentence summary: Beka Cooper is a new trainee (Puppy) in the proto-police force known as the Provost’s Guard, or the Dogs. Almost immediately after joining up, she gets caught up in two big cases, one involving multiple murders to protect the whereabouts of a vein of extremely valuable fire opals, and the other involving a mysterious child killer known as the Shadow Snake. It’s tough going for Beka, but she has a secret: she can hear the voices of the dead.
Six word review: Pierce rocks a new writing style.
I started reading because: Tamora Pierce is covering new territory with this book, as it is not only narrated differently (first person past tense, in the form of a journal, instead of third person omniscient past tense), but it stars a non-noble heroine, and is a detective story (although it doesn’t skimp on the action). I wanted to see how she did with it.
I kept reading because: She did great. It’s a very engaging read, with an awesome heroine, an interesting plot, and diverse and fleshed out supporting characters.
I loved: The chemistry between the characters, especially Beka and her trainers Goodwin and Tunstall.
I hated: Well, I don’t really hate anything, but for someone trained to rely on her memory as much as possible and is writing the story as a memory exercise, Beka sure has trouble remembering plot points that aren’t supposed to be revealed yet.
I couldn’t get enough of: Beka and Rosto. Those two have such fun chemistry.
If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted most likely to: Catch a crime lord.
On a deserted island, the main character would probably: Immediately start working on a way to get out. She’s a city girl at heart, and practical enough to know that she doesn’t have the right survival skills.
–Thea, 16, Douglass-Truth, Teen Volunteer
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Summary: A young girl by the name of Jane Eyre is an orphan without any family as far as she knows. The closest thing to family she has is her abusive aunt and bratty cousins. Jane is a passionate girl and she is very deeply affected by injustice. Because her aunt wants to get rid of her, she sends Jane to school. Lowood isn’t the most ideal school, however. It is lorded over by a strict religious man named Mr. Brocklehurst and Jane can’t stand him. Jane is intelligent, though, so after many years at the school Jane is hired as a governess at a place called Thornfield. She meets Mr. Rochester here, a man whom she grows to love, and she tutors a young French girl by the name of Adele. While here, Jane notices strange occurrences in the house. These strange occurrences increase as the mystery of Thornfield unfolds.
I started reading because: I was interested in reading British literature written by a woman in Victorian society.
I would give this book 8/10 stars because it’s really really slow to pick up and get interesting, but once you finish the story you’re glad you did because it becomes rather compelling.
I loved that Charlotte Bronte originally published the book under a male pen name because of the gender prejudice of the time, let the book get really popular, and then revealed that it was written by a woman. The book also contains feminist elements. I hated how dense it was at times. The settings’ descriptions can be a bit too wordy as well.
If Jane was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: Sit In The Corner At A Party.
Anything else we should know? The main chunk of the action and astonishing reveals are towards the end of the novel. I didn’t want to spoil anything in my summary.