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Reviews
Title
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963
Author
Christopher Paul Curtis
Review
Very amusing, yet has a very serious tone because of all the segregation.
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Title
The Adventures of Ulysses
Author
Bernard Evslin
Review
Best book ever! Evslin kept me entertained and fascinated with the world of Ulysses.
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Title
The Prophecy of the Stones
Author
Flavia Bujor
Review
Three teenage girls who are brought together who are first strangers to fulfill a ancient prophecy.
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Title
The Testing
Author
Joelle Charbonneau
Review
I Love this book. It reminds me of divergent and how there is fractions and The testing there is colonies. It is a page turner 100%. Especially when one of there friends become there enemy.
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Title
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Review
The author of the children's fantasy book, The Hobbit, has penned another magnificent work of fiction. The Lord of the Rings is currently an extremely successful franchise, spanning many movies, 4 books, and a lot of merchandise. To find out why these books are classics, we must first examine the second book in the franchise and the first book in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Fellowship of the ring. While you do not need previous knowledge of Tolkien's The Hobbit because the beginning addresses many things from the Hobbit that are important to this story, knowledge of the previous book is recommended.
The book centers around a creature known as a hobbit, a small creature that looks like a human child despite actually being adults, and the adventures that this hobbit, named Frodo, with his friends Samwise Gamgee, Meriadoc/Merry Brandybuck, Peregin/Pippin Took, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn/Strider, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, on their quest to destroy a ring of the dark lord Sauron who died in the past and was revived by the ring which contained his spirit. The ring also wants to rejoin Sauron, is evil, can turn the wearer invisible, and has a few other powers. The dark lord, Sauron, has Wargs, a type of mutated wolf, and orcs, basically goblins, under his control. He also has humans,elephants, and the dreaded black riders/ nazgûl/ringwraiths, who can sense the ring when worn and are extremely dangerous, able to fight with their weapons and amazing powers. That is as simple as I can make it, as Tolkien's tales always involve a lot of detail. There are many characters, events and adventures that are encountered on their quest to destroy the ring, and there are a number of interesting points that are made about each of the characters.
The first character is the main character Frodo Baggins. Frodo is a young, high spirited hobbit who is the main character of the story. Frodo is supposed to represent the average person in this situation, and thus is not as extreme as some of his companions. Frodo is brave, but can get frightened quite easily. To be honest, I personally feel that Frodo's character is less powerful in this book than the other books when the ring starts to change him. In this book, I feel that Frodo is the weakest character in the fellowship, or group. The second character, Samwise Gamgee, or just Sam, is extremely loyal to Frodo, curious, and is very brave. He also trusts Frodo enough that Sam commits an action which could end up killing himself because he trusts that the nearby Frodo will be forced to take Sam with him. Personally, I feel that Sam was single-handedly the most important character in the Fellowship. Personality wise, Sam is extremely down to Earth and incredibly interesting. In the second and third books, we see him develop more, but for now, Sam is an incredible guy. The other two hobbits on the journey, Merry and Pippin, are literally just comic relief in this book. They don't do anything important yet, and they are literally just there so that they can become important later. In this book, they aren't very annoying most of the time, but, occasionally, they can be extremely annoying. My personal favorite character in all of literature, Gandalf the Grey is next. He is extremely intellegent, powerful, iconic, and just awesome. I honestly cannot see any flaw in him except for the fact that he has very little character development in this book. The next member of the fellowship, Gimli the Dwarf, is incredibly intriguing. Gimli is the star of a sideplot, as dwarves and elves often hate each other in this universe. However, while Gimli at first dislikes Legolas the elf, they slowly stop hating each other, and Gimli 3/4 into of the book makes peace with one of the elf lords, Galadriel, because of his simple politeness and his choice of gift from Galadriel when she gives them each a gift to help them with their adventures. Overall, I find Gimli to be a strangely intriguing character who can be interpreted many ways. Finally, we come to the last characters of the fellowship, the humans Boromir and Strider/Aragorn. Aragorn is a ranger, meaning that he is an extremely capable wilderness survivor and an invaluable tracker. He also has many other useful skills and is excellent in a fight. However, he sorely requires character development in this book. Once again, his character will be explained more later, but for this book, his characterization is okay at best. The last character in the fellowship is Boromir. Honestly, this guy is the best developed character in the entire book despite first showing up halfway through the book. His stance is originally completely different from everyone else's. At first, he thinks that the Ring is just a myth even when shown the ring. However, he is willing to help. When he finds out that the ring is real and powerful, his stance is that the team should use it as a weapon to defeat Sauron, as he pointed out that power is not always bad. He wants help to defend his home, Minas Trith from invasion. Minas Trith, the capital of Gondor is the one thing stopping Sauron's dark forces and keeping them at bay. Throughout the book, Boromir's actions end up causing the stakes to be raised and Frodo's path more difficult. He does this accidentally, and in the end manages to redeem himself. Ironically, the obstacles he accidentally placed in Frodo's path end up ensuring Frodo's survival at the end of the book. Overall, there are some excellent characters, some average characters, and the two annoying characters, Merry and Pippin.
Overall, Tolkien has made another classic that will withstand the test of time. One thing he could have done better is giving Merry and Pippin an actual role and deveoping a few characters more. However, the introduction to the world, the details and the writing is exquisite. There is very little wrong with this book other than the slight lack of character development and the complicated story. If you can look past these two flaws, you will be able to find a book that is truly a gem. I would rate it a 9.5 out of ten, or five stars
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Title
Goddess Girls
Author
Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Review
Athena is a girl that lived on earth. When she gets a letter from Zeus the king of the goddesses, she realizes that apparently Zeus is her father and her mother is a fly. Athena was invited to live in the goddess kingdom. Athena knew that Zeus would be disappointed and even might kill her if she didn't come the kingdom. She was sad to leave her friend Pallas. When Athena arrived at the goddess school she realizes that even if you are a goddess people are sill mean. Also, she realizes that she is one of the smartest girls in the school. Athens character traits is smart, peaceful and caring. I really enjoy reading this book. I would recommend this book to people that love fairy tails.
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Title
Pinocchio
Author
Collodi
Review
Pinocchio is a fantastic tale about a young puppet in which magically turns alive just by being carved out of a single bar of wood. Even though this unbelievable event seems impossible- it gets even better! Pinocchio has a mind and heart of his own. He is fearless (in hIs own crazy way) and is the mood for any challenge or risk at any time of day-(even at the stroke of midnight.) Pinocchio goes on a mind blowing adventure to find his "dear" father- it will make you laugh, cry, dance, and maybe even capture your attention so much, that you feel as if you could just sit and stare at the pages over and over again. Pinocchio is an amazing book that all young readers should read!
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Title
The Testing
Author
Joelle Charbonneau
Review
This is a fantastic book, with many similarities to Te Hunger Games trilogy. For example in both books there was a previous war and natural disaster.The Testing is narrated by a girl named Cia from the Five Lakes District after the seven stages of war. The Testing is a test that if you pass you will get to go to collage. No one ever remembers what happens during the testing, but her father who went through the Testing has nightmares about the test. Her and her father both wonder if they are true... read the book to find out.
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Title
The Fault In Our Stars
Author
John Green
Review
This was fantastically amazing, much like Looking For Alaska there are no words. This book has humor, romance, sickness, sadness, and everything a good novel would need. I really suggest this book to read. Also watch the movie, BUT READ THE BOOK FIRST! I have underlined and highlighted my way through this amazing book. I have also read this book about 20 times (like Looking For Alaska) If you are a John Green fan this is a great book of his, if you're just a general love rof great literature read this book, and if you are a guy who thinks you're to tough to read 'sappy romance' books and stuff, just know this is absolutely NOT a 'sappy' romance. It's life, and love just happens in life. I swear on my life it is not 'sappy.' It's amazing! Please be open-minded and read this book!!!!
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Title
Looking For Alaska
Author
John Green
Review
This book is so fantastically amazing, that there are not even any words to describe how amazing it is. Recently I have loaned my copy of it to my friend and I believe he is really enjoying it. As all John Green books are, Looking For Alaska has plenty of heart-warming and heart-wrenching moments. It's a pretty real book. By real I mean that it's pretty realistic. I really really really suggest that you read this book. I have read it about 23 times (no joke) and have highlighted, underlined etc. in it. Once again, I really really really recommend this book, read it to seek a great perhaps. (Read it to get that reference)
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Title
The Outsiders
Author
S.E. Hinton
Review
I read this book for school, English Honors, so I had low expectations because I hate to say it, but most books they make you read in school are less then paragons of great books. However it was a very very great book! It was filled with everything a great book would have, happiness, sadness, fear, lessons and more. Unlike other books it wasn't all sunshine and butterflies. It wasn't exactly what one would call a happy ending, which it what makes it great, it's sweet and sour, like life. I suggest that you read this book, it is a very great read.
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Title
The Shadow Throne
Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Review
This is one of my Favorite book. It is so amazing, and it's a page turner. This is the third and final book in the Ascendance Trilogy. I love the ending and how it works out.
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Title
The False Prince
Author
Jenifer A. Nelson
Review
This is the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy, its a fast paste book with lots of suspense. If you like fantasy or a really good read you should read this book. I just finished this series and I definitely think this is one of my new favorites.
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Title
Mind Games
Author
Kiersten White
Review
This is an amazing book with many twist and turns. The main characters, Sophia and her sister Annie, reminds me of Katness Everdeen and Prim, Adam and James remind me of Peeta and Gale. Every page keep you for wanting to read more. I really recommend it for teen readers!
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