Tuesday, April 24, 2012


      Hi people!  So there are these two websites I really like because you can take a little bit of your time to give things to needy people for free.  (They work because the advertisers on the website that you see pay them, and they can use the money for giving.)  I figured, why not post this on Teen Bookshelf so that lots of people can see it?  Anyway, the websites are:  http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/ and http://freerice.com.  Gracias, amigas!               ~~~~~~Rosalind~~~~~~~~

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Boy On Cinnamon Street

           The Boy On Cinnamon Street by Pheobe Stone is written in a very poetic way.  The book starts with seventh grader Louise Terrace, or Thumbelina, as she renames herself.  She absolutely hates the fact that she looks like a fourth grader, because everyone is always assuming that she goes to elementary school and boys are always looking over her head.  The reader then learns out that she used to be great at gymnastics, but quit suddenly for some reason, which we later find out.  Thumbelina also lives with her hopelessly in love grandma and grandpa in a condo, and her best friends are tall,  Justin Beiber-loving Reni and geeky-in-his-own-way Henderson, who are brother and sister.   There are some foggy, mysterious secrets in Thumbelina's life, which are revealed throughout this interesting book.  Then, love factors in to the equation when Thumbelina gets mysterious love notes from someone who she thinks is the boy who delivers her pizza.  She starts sending him notes back, but I get the feeling that she is more in love with the idea of a crush than the boy himself.  At the very end of the book, we find out who the note-sender really is, and even though Thumbelina was clueless the whole time, I totally predicted this ending from the start.  The Boy On Cinnamon Street is a good read if you like mysterious books about crushes written in an almost poetic style (Another book like this is Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli).  It was worth reading, and it made me think.  All things considered, I would rate this three and a half out of five stars.  Have a good spring break, and don't forget to keep reading!


The Ruby Key

I recently finished The Ruby Key, by Holly Lisle. It was pretty good, I thought, but it was kind of slow, especially in the beginning. It's about a girl named Genna, and her younger brother Dan. They go on a quest so they can save their mom, who is very sick. Their father disappeared years ago. It's really complicated, and all in all, it's OK. It was recommended to me by a girl who reads a lot of fantasy, which isn't really my thing, but I decided to read it, even though the beginning was a little boring. I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. If you're into fantasy, try reading it!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mia Is Now Rosalind

Hi!  I have decided to change my blogging name from Mia to Rosalind (from The Penderwicks).
She is an awesome character!  (If you haven't read The Penderwicks, you should!  It's a great book, and there's even a second book and a third book!)
     I changed my name to Rosalind on all of the posts I have written and on the "About Us" section.  Just so you know! :)

P.S.  Come on people, send your book reviews to teenbookshelf2@gmail.com and we will put them on our blog if we like them!  (See the post entitled "Review Books For Our Blog!" for more information)


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Surviving The Applewhites

     I just finished reading this book today, and I really liked it.  It pretty cool because there was some sort of grant that allowed everyone in my school district to get a free copy of this book.  I might have never even heard about this book if it wasn't for that.
     Surviving The Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan, is what I would call a fun, light read.  It all starts when a juvenile delinquent named Jake Semple, who was rumored to have burnt down the last school he went to, goes to stay at Wit's End, which is the name of a big house where lots of kids in the Applewhite family are homeschooled.  There's Cornelia, a moody dancer, who at first sight Jake thinks is the most beautiful girl he's ever laid eyes on, there's the mysterious artist Hal who never comes out of his room, except when the rest of his family is sleeping, there's cute four-year-old blond-haired Destiny (He's a boy), who takes a liking to the rebellious Jake and follows him wherever he goes, and of course there are pets and a bunch of cool, eccentric grown-ups like the mom Sybil (An author), meditate-y Aunt Lucille, and Grandpa Zedideiah (I don't think I spelled that right!).  But the main character, besides Jake, is a girl named E.D., who is the only organized, not-so-artistic person in the family.  As the story unfolds, we also meet more colorful people (The  great characters are definitely my favorite part!), and the dad directs an interesting version of The Sound of Music.  It's totally worth reading to see how the show turns out!  All in all, this is a fun, interesting read, even though it might be a little predictable in some parts, and I would rate it four and a half out of five stars.  Thanks for reading!

                                                                ~Rosalind  (^ - ^)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chicken Soup For The Pre-Teen Soul

I was just reading Chicken Soup For The Pre-Teen Soul

This book is a collection of inspirational stories. They're each about 2-4 pages long but the book is 386 pages all together. The book is divided into sections depending on what the story is about. The book includes stories about...

Achieving dreams
Attitude and Perspective
Overcoming Obstacles

Chicken Soup (especially on achieving dreams) are amazing inspiring stories. I would rate this book   4 1/2  out of 5 stars. It was really nice for me to read especially when I was feeling down. But it didn't have enough action or adventure.

I hope YOU love it too if you read it!!!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I just finished reading Matched, by Ally Condie. It's about a girl named Cassia, who lives in a society where officials choose everything for you. They pick your job, when you die, and your match, the person you are expected to marry. At first, Cassia is matched to her life-long best friend, Xander. She is very happy and thinks it's a perfect match. Then, soon after, when she is looking at the information that everyone gets telling more about your match, a different face flashes on the screen. It's Ky, another person Cassia knows. Now, she is not sure whom to love. Sweet Xander, or kind but not society-perfect Ky. As time goes on, she falls in love with Ky. Now, Cassia has to hide her love for Ky from the society. But keeping secrets is hard. Cassia fights for freedom and the right to choose her match.

This book is very good and hard to put down. I would rate it five out of five stars, because it's a really cool story and has a positive message. I hope you get to read and enjoy this excellent book too!