Book Review: I Am Number Four

“Three Are Dead”


Get ready for some sci-fi that will blow your mind! In this book we accompany one of Lorien’s chosen ones which were sent to earth to someday restore their planet and race. His name is Number 4, although we may know him as Daniel Jones or John Smith. He was sent to Earth along with 9 other Loriens, all who have special powers which will one day restore their earth. Only problem is that the race that attacked and exterminated most of their species, the Mogadorians, are looking for them. Thankfully one of the elders from Lorien cast a powerful protective spell that guaranties that they can only be killed in the order of their numbers. Number 1 was killed in Malaysia, Number 2 in England and Number 3 in Kenya. He is Number 4, and he is next…

I strongly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy action, sci-fi, mystery and romance. You can count on my word that this book will keep you entertained the whole time and that you will want to read it again, just for the pleasure. So if would like to see some alien butt being kicked (as well as some jerk’s butt), then this is the book for you.

AbelAvatarSince I believe that you will like this book a lot then I will recommend you read the rest of the series:

  • Book 1: I Am Number Four
  • Book 2: The Power of the Six
  • Book 3: The Rise of Nine
  • Book 4: The Fall of Five – Coming out in August of 2013

Note: This book is available at the library! You can also buy it for your Kindle or on iTunes.

– Review by Abel E., year 12


Book Review: The Lost Hero



LostHeroCoverCamp Half Blood is back with new adventures for the fans of Percy Jackson! This time we meet three new demigods, Jason, Piper and Leo. One day Jason wakes up and can’t remember anything, while his two friends Piper (who is his girlfriend) and Leo are shocked. That’s not the end, because several days later they figure out they are demigods and that they must save the world by rescuing the great goddess Hera! Not only that, but they seem to be part of the next Big Prophecy! These three new heroes will meet many new friendly gods and some which are not so friendly.

For those people that enjoy adventures filled with mystery and action, or for those who wish to see new and old demigods kick some monster butt, this is the book for you! I highly recommend this book; it is filled with mystery and action, it will keep you at the edge of your chair, and even stop you from sleeping at night.

AbelAvatarIf you like this book then I suggest you read the rest of the series:

  • Book 1: The Lost Hero
  • Book 2: The Son of Neptune 
  • Book 3: The Mark of Athena – Coming out in July 2013
  • Book 4: The House of Hades – Coming out in October 2013
  • Book 5: Coming out in 2014!

Review by Abel E., Year 10

This book will be available in the Secondary Library in September when the new book shipment arrives.  Until then, you can purchase these books online as an eBook through Amazon and iTunes.

Book Review: The Seventh Level

“Every step gets him closer to greatness or disaster.”


Brief Summary

The book talks about a seventh grader called Travis Raines who found an envelope in his locker that says he is being chosen to be part of this secret society in school called “The Legend”. He must solve puzzles and mysteries but one question is not answered: who is sending him the letters? Travis Raines is a troublemaker and not a very bright boy but Is he the one making all of those pranks?


I would recommend this book for people who like to read books about mysteries and solving puzzles and problems.

– Review by Year 8 Student, Marcelo Fernandes

This book, The Seventh Level, is available in the secondary library, call # FIC FEL.

Book Review: Shrinking Violet

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This book is about two twins who are really different: Violet is very shy.  She is always in Lily’s shadow, has few friends and she doesn’t really know how to make friends. Lily is popular at school; she has a lot of friends and goes to parties. But one day Violet founds something that Lily doesn’t have: she finds a pen pal, Katie! Violet is so happy to have a new friend until one day where she has to meet Katie.

She will learn how to be friendlier but she will also have some problems.

I really liked this book.  It is not really hard to read and not too long. I think girls will like this book a lot. You always want to know what is going to happen and you don’t want stop reading this book. Read it and I’m sure you’ll like it!

Rachele S. - Year 7 Library Assistant

Rachele S. – Year 7 Library Assistant

Thanks to Library Assistant Rachele S. for this review of Jean Ure’s book Shrinking Violet.

Book Review: Public Enemy Number Two

Review by Forest

Review by Forest

This is the second book in a mystery/thriller series called The Diamond Brothers.  This series was written by Anthony Horowitz, the same author as the Alex Rider series, so if you like that series you will love this book.

Nick Diamond lives with his brother and they are very poor.  His brother is a private eye but he hasn’t had any cases for a while and they are surviving on beans and toast.  He is visited by the police because they want him to go undercover to get some information, but

Nick refuses.  Then, on a field trip to a museum, he is framed for stealing a precious gem and sent to a high security prison.  He needs to prove he isn’t guilty, but first he needs to escape from prison.

Overall this is a really good book, and I would recommend reading this book.  If you are a fan of mysteries or even action thrillers with some added humor, this will be the book for you.

Thanks to our library assistant Forest, year 8, for writing this review.

Book Review – Don’t Call Me Ishmael

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Welcome to our first student review on the LIS Secondary Library blog! Thanks to Nabeeha A., a Year 8 student at LIS, for writing about why Don’t Call Me Ishmael is a great read:

” ‘Don’t call me Ishmael!’ by Michael Gerard Bauer is a hilarious book for readers interested in humor. ‘Don’t call me Ishmael!’ is about a boy with the name Ishmael who is picked on and bullied because of his name. This book takes you through an unforgettable year of Ishmael’s embarrassing life. The book isn’t too long and will leave you laughing, despite the times when you just wish you could slap Ishmael and say ‘Why’d you do that?’ I enjoyed the book very much and I hope you do too.”

– Nabeeha, Year 8

Want to know more? Watch these videos below of Michael Gerard Bauer reading from the opening of his book….

and a Linkhorne Middle School student reviewing the book.