Teen Reviews -- Summer 2014

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Book, movie, and CD reviews that have been written by teens participating in the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program, "Paws to Read." Posted with permission of the reviewers.

Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Newest reviews appear at the top of the list for each star rating.

Book Reviews

Five Stars

  • Let the Song Go On:Fifty years of Gospel Singing with the Speer Family by Paula Becker

I really liked this book a ton! It is a biography of the Speer family. They were a southern gospel music group from about 1921-1998. They were known as the first family of gospel music. This was a great book and it was really accurate. It also has a lot of old pictures of them. My favorite member of the Speer family is Ben Speer. This is a great book for southern gospel music fans and people who like biographies. The only problem is that this book is hard to find since it was written in 1971. If you can find this book it is definitely great to read.

Review by Michaela H.

This book is about the show "The Waltons" which is based on Earl Hamner and his family. It tells about Earl Hamner growing up and when he wrote his books which came before the show. It also tells about the movies before the show. The book also has a section with summaries of all of the episodes and later movies. There are a lot of pictures of the people from the show and of Earl Hamner's family. It also talks about the museum in Schuyler, Virginia(it is really a neat place). This book is really neat.

Review by Michaela H.

I like the Left Behind kids series because it has a lot of action in it. I would suggest these books to kids 9 and up.

Review by Amy H.

I like Anne of Green Gables because it has alot of action in it. I would recommend these movies to kids 10 and up.

Review by Amy H.

Well, I loved the book because I love cats. I loved all the cats in the book.

Review by April

I like this book of the series because, all the characters meet. It is the most exciting book so far. They are always risks and making sacrifices. I like how they are about the gods. This book was awesome.

Review by Isabella

Very good and exciting book.

Review by Zach

Four Stars

Unnatural Creatures was a very interesting novel. It was compromised of many different stories about imaginary creatures. I didn't really like the idea of mashing different stories together because you have to remember the different stories, and some stories were hard to comprehend, in my mind. The novel did keep me reading it for all of eternity, though. My favorite story was definitely the one about the Griffin and the Minor Canon. I think the author, Neil Gaiman, intended for an audience of people who love unrealistic characters. I thought that it was going to be about supernatural animals, but in reality it is really about talking animals.

Review by Rebecca

Three Stars

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Movie, Music and Audiobook Reviews

Five Stars

  • The Fourth Wise Man

This movie is a Christmas movie. It is about this man who was trying to catch up with the other wise men, who were going to see Jesus Christ. This is a great movie. It is great for anybody to watch. My teacher let me bring it to school for Bible class. My family watches it every year around Christmas. It is a wonderful movie.

Review by Michaela H.

  • No Deposit, No Return film starring Don Knotts

This movie is really funny. It has Don Knotts from the Andy Griffith Show. I really liked it a lot. It is a great movie to watch as a family because it is absolutely fine for everyone to watch.I would definitely recommend watching it.

Review by Michaela H.

  • Living Proof Music CD by Awana Clubs

I like (Living Proof) because its the kind of songs I like. I also like the fact that its contemporary Christian music. I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary music or Christian music. I hope you like it because I sure did!

Review by Amy H.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia I really like The Chronicles of Narnia because it has a lot of different adventures in it . I would suggest these movies for kids 8 and over. I am sure you will like it.

Review by Amy H.

Four Stars

I enjoyed this film a lot. There was a lot of action and battle but also journeying. It left off on a cliffhanger ending, which I will not spoil. Also, there are many suspenseful scenes that make you wonder what will happen. I would recommend this movie to everyone who is interested in battle and fantasy.

Review by Simrat

Three Stars

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