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Caroline B. CooneyBook Reviews    

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1 ThrillGood Enough To Read
2 ThrillsFun To Read
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4 ThrillsGives Me Goosebumps


Among Friends

Caroline B. Cooney Book

4 ThrillsEmily, Hillary, and Jennie have been best friends since junior high and done everything together. Jennie is an over-achiever whose parents expect a lot from her. She is extremely smart and can compose music quite well. Things start going well for Jennie and her friends start to doubt her friendship. The threesome no longer does everything together. Jealousy causes Emily and Hillary to stop speaking to Jennie, who then stops associating with them altogether. Is Jennie happy with her new situation? Yes and no. She got what she wanted, but at what cost? Was it worth it to lose her very best friends. The story is told through the journals of the students, both extraordinary and ordinary, and how they view the whole thing. The sense of loss on both sides of the friendship is apparent, and the way each person copes with it is interesting. Can Jennie and her friends get back on speaking terms? Will they ever be as close as they once were? Read Among Friends to find out!

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The Voice On The Radio

4 ThrillsJanie had found her face on the milk carton she was holding. The little girl with pigtails and the white-collar dress was herself! But that was long passed. She now alternated from her real family to her raising family. But it felt like she was split in half. Her boyfriend, Reeve had helped her through the kidnapping. Reeve was the only one who kept her in one piece. Reeve was now gone at college. Janie was stuck and almost completely torn in half. Reeve had a chance to become a disc jockey at the college radio station. He liked the idea. Reeve got to be the disc jockey for a while in the morning. But he couldn't think of anything to say. There was dead air. The other jockey was ready to take back the mike. Reeve had 45 minutes to fill. Janie and her friend, Sarah-Charlotte were having fun looking at wedding magazines. Janie wished she could marry Reeve. Sarah-Charlotte asked her which one of her dads she was going to walk down the isle with and Janie again felt torn. But when she marries Reeve, it won't matter that she'll walk down the isle with two dads and that she will have her real name, Jennie Spring, on invitations and wedding papers, because she loved and trusted Reeve. At the radio station Reeve tried to think of a topic but his mind went blank. He had told everyone he saw to listen to his broadcast and now he was sitting here like a complete loser with dead air. Then he thought of a topic and without thinking about what he was saying he started. He said, "Once upon a time I dated a dizzy redhead." And started on a story about Janie forgetting that it was wrong and mean to Janie. He had said that she had found the milk carton. When the time was over the other jockey was surprised and offered to let him do this again if he did another "Janie". So he excepted. Who wouldn't except instant popularity? But he forgot about Janie. Forgot to change her name. Told her embarrassing story in front of all of Boston. Reeve than thought that she would never come up to his college so he had nothing to worry about. He was just another voice on the radio. Janie went to her sister, Jodie's house. Jodie said she was going up to Boston to check out colleges. She asked if Janie wanted to go. Janie, Jodie and Brian (Janie's brother) went up to Boston and when they got there they stayed at a hotel. They turned on a radio and Janie remembered Reeve's radio show so she tuned in and heard Reeve telling a story... a story about herself. Janie just sat there paralyzed. How could he? She trusted her? She couldn't think, she could only sit there...

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Vampires Promise

3 ThrillsRandy was not very popular. He was half twerp, half jock. He had a girlfriend who was a dwindle-head named Lacey. His friends were the popular Jock, by and Zach, who was good at everything from sports to school. by was going out with two girls, Sherree and Roxanne. They knew that by was going out with both of them but didn't care because they were just using him until they got out of school. Randy decided to invite some people to have a party at an old house. The house was called the mall house. Everyone who moved into it moved out quickly or disappeared. It was called the mall house because they are soon going to tear it down to make a mall where it was. Everyone tells scary stories about the house. When Randy suggested it to by and Zach they had laughed at the idea of camping out in a creepy old house. When he mentioned scaring girls they laughed harder. But they went along with him any way. Lacey, Roxanne and Sherree agreed because it was something to do. They had told people Lacy was at Roxanne's house and Roxanne at Sherree's house and hoped nobody would call. When they got there they had taken a hammer and pried loose a board on the window. Roxanne had taken the hammer with her. They all showed up and went into the house. Without thinking they all had gone to the second floor. They were having a little bit of fun eating chips and so on... until they felt dampness and a sick, sour stench. None of them had believed at first but it soon became too clear... they were being invaded by a vampire. Or rather they had invaded a vampire. They could smell it. But could barely see it. Then it became visible, it had a cloak on it making it dark. You could barely see his face but you could see his teeth they were sharp. None of them would have believed it was a vampire except it had those teeth and that smell. It was horrible. When the vampire spoke it sounded as if he were the house. And he told them that they had disturbed him but they could not leave because he was now very hungry. They wanted to leave but the vampire had said, "I possess the door." And they believe it. Now they were all stuck in the tower of the mall house trying to choose who will be the vampire's victim. They attempted to get out. by tried to run through the door but couldn't get out he was stuck in midair horrified because he had seen the fate the vampire would give to them. After that he had been in a trance. Zach tried to go out the window but the vampire made him slip and then at the same time saved him. There was no way out but to choose the vampires victim...


The Terrorist

Caroline B. Cooney Book

4 ThrillsLaura is a high school senior at an International school and has a normal life living in London. Then her eleven year old brother Billy is killed by a package bomb he is handed in the subway on his way to school one day. Laura does not know who is responsible for his death, but she starts to suspect everyone - her friends, people she sees on the street, even her best friends. She wants to find out who killed him so she can get her revenge for what appears to be a random act of terrorism, although no terrorist groups have claimed to be behind the bombing. Laura learns something that shocks her and changes everything for her. She begins to follow the pieces and puts them together like a puzzle, each piece leading her to the next. In the process of finding Billy's killer, she becomes involved in her classmate Jehran's plans for her family and herself to flee to Iran. How this family's situation and Billy's death tie together is a mystery to Laura that she must solve.

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Burning Up

Caroline B. Cooney Book

3 ThrillsFifteen year old Macey Clare lives in Shell Beach, Connecticut. Her parents are always very busy, so she spends a lot of time with her grandparents, Papa and Nana. She is assigned a community service project painting an inner- city church. The church is burned down and she begins to wonder why some people have it so hard in life. She meets Venita, who is then accidentally shot to death by a gang while trying to protect a little girl from them. When Macey has to do a school project with her new boyfriend, they choose to do it on a barn that mysteriously burned down years ago, a barn that was across the street from her grandparents' house. As they researched the barn, they found it had been turned into an apartment and the town's only African-American teacher ever had lived there. They also learned the fire had been deliberately set. But the most disturbing thing they learn is that the people closest to Macey may have been involved in the fire and no one would answer any of their questions about it. Why was that fire set? Who set it? Who knew about it and kept quiet all those years? Read Burning Up to fond out!

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