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Cedar Ridge student becomes online book reviewer

by:  SAMANTHA FRICKEY

Flamingnet, a teen book review website, boasts almost 800 members from the United States, Australia, England and Canada. Each month, 50,000 readers visit the website.

Members and readers will now hear from the newest Sandy area book reviewer, Samantha Frickey.

An eighth-grade student at Cedar Ridge Middle School, Frickey said she's most excited to encourage other teenagers to read.

As a book reviewer for Flamingnet, Frickey, 13, will review newly released young adult titles from Flamingnet's available book list and provide a two-paragraph review with her rating on a scale of one to 10.

Flamingnet began when Seth Cassel -- now a student at Harvard -- wrote book reviews in fifth grade. His father, a computer programmer, created the website for him to post the prolific reviews.

Authors and publishers including HarperCollins, Scholastic, Penguin and Arcadia requested more reviews from Cassel, and the website took off, accepting student reviewers from across the country.

Frickey said she joined a slew of Sandy students who participate in Flamingnet and thanked her eighth-grade language arts teacher, Carrie Scaife, for getting her involved.

Frickey's favorite book is the 'House of Night' series, and the first book she'll review for Flamingnet is 'The Vampire Diaries.'

In a year, Frickey said she read about 50 books. Outside of reading she enjoys playing volleyball with friends and cooking.

For more information about Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews, call Gary Cassel at 1-410-215-9020 or visit flamingnet.com.