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Reviews
Title
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Author
Liz Kessler
Review
This book was very captivating and I couldn't stop reading. When the chapters ended on cliff-hangers, I couldn't wait to read the next one. I recommend this to someone looking for a fiction adventure book! Can't wait to read the next one in the series!
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The Sea of Monsters
Author
Rick Riordan
Review
This is the second book in the series, "Percy Jackson and The Olympians". I enjoyed the first book, The Lightning Thief, so I couldn't help but read this one. This book had a different approach to it, but I still liked it. The story line wasn't as good as the one in the first book, but I would still recommend it to fans of The Lightning Thief.
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Title
Four
Author
Veronica Roth
Review
This book is narrated by Four or also known as Tobias, from divergent. It has different stories such as his choosing day ceremony. I really like this book because I liked reading from a different perspective and how you get to see some of the characters how they were before they meet Tris. I like this book better than Allegiant and maybe Insurgent.
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Sisters
Author
Raina Telgemeier
Review
Sort of a sequel to the book "Smile" this book focuses in on the personal lives of the Telgemeiers'. It also shows that however much you fight with your sibling you know that they always love you as you do them.
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Title
House of Secrets
Author
Ned Vizzini
Review
This book is about 3 kids who have to move into a new house because there dad mysteriously lost his job. Once at the house they move into they soon learn that there family heritage and this house are tied together and they will learn secrets that no ordinary person should know.
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Title
The Loser List
Author
H.N. Kowitt
Review
This is a story of a regular middle school boy, Danny Shine. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the diary of a whimppy kid.This book is not only for boys but girls too.
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Artemis Fowl
Author
Eoin Colfer
Review
Turns out that all the Irish fairy beliefs are true. Young greedy Artemis who is also an evil genius is looking for more gold to replace what his father lost. He captures a L.E.P recon officer ( a Leprecon) as a hostage so the fairy police can pay him in gold to give her back.
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The Incredible Journey
Author
Sheila Burnford
Review
This is a story of a Labrador retriever, a bull terrier and a Siamese cat and there journey to find home. this is such a beautiful story and i reccimend it to people who liked the call of the wild. This book is also very emotional and sad.
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Title
The Heir
Author
by Kiera Cass
Review
In the end I loved the book but it was definitely hard to get into because in the beginning Eadlyn seemed like she was really spoiled and bratty but eventually it became a really good book. This is the fourth book to the Selection series.
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Title
Perfect lies
Author
Kirsten White
Review
This book is the second book to Mind Games. I love this book and there characters. I really thought the twist with James at the end really was nice, though I've Kind of expected it. I loved how Fia's sister's reaction when she realized that Fia did not kill her.
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Title
Graduation day
Author
Joelle Charbonneau
Review
I extremely recommend this book to everyone!! My favorite part is when she figured out that the person in her group cheating and if she did her portion she would be redirected. This is the third book to the Testing series.
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Title
Independent study
Author
Joelle Charbonneau
Review
I love this book so much!!! My favorite Character is still Cia!! This is the second book in the testing series and I really recommend it!!
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Title
The Upstairs Room
Author
Johanna Reiss
Review
During the Holocaust, many Jewish families went into hiding. Annie and Sini were one of those families. Annie is the main character of this story. She is adventures and is not very keen on being cooped up in a tiny room, hiding form the Nazi soldiers. Annie tries to look on the bright side. Maybe the war will end in a month or two. Right? WRONG! Unfortunately, Annie and Sini were stuck upstairs for a little over two years!!!! Luckily, the family that was letting them stay upstairs let them go outside for short periods of time. Will they get caught and get sent to death camps. Read The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss to find out!
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Title
Boy
Author
Roald Dahl
Review
This book was about known author, Roald Dahl's childhood. I loved this book! Roald's childhood stories were funny and entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh.
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Title
The Outsiders
Author
S.E. Hinton
Review
This book filled with conflict and suspense. It was a good read and I enjoyed it.
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Title
The Outsiders
Author
S.E. Hinton
Review
This book had crazy conflicts and a lot of suspension. It was a great read.
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Title
Land of Stories
Author
Cris Colfer
Review
Alex and Conner Baily are brother and sister. There lives, well, are probably further from normal than anyone you could have met. But what makes these two thirteen year olds so special? Well Alex and Conner had been to another world. A world with princesses, villains, fairies, oh and did I mention talking frogs? The Land Of Stories was what they called it. It truly was an outstanding place to live- it truly was happy ever after over and over again. But that all changed one day. Evil was lurking out there in the woods plotting revenge, and it just ago happens that on that day what ever that evil was was ready to strike and not just on the Land of Stories but on the world too. Are Alex and Conner ready to step up and save the universe? Well you'll just have to wait and see.
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Title
Deep Zone
Author
Tim Green
Review
A great football book. This story is a sandwich of the FBI, mobsters, romance, and of course football. A must read.
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Title
Vincent Shadow Books
Author
Tim Kehoe
Review
These are 2 fun books about a genius toy inventor. He goes on wild adventures, makes thrilling toys, and finds amazing Nikola Tesla knowledge.
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Title
The Mark of Athena
Author
Rick Riordan
Review
This book is a continuation of the series The Heroes of Olympus. A group of seven demigods go on a quest to prevent the Earth goddess from waking. Annabeth goes on a solo mission to find her mother's statue that was stolen by the romans eons ago. She must face her biggest fear and survive through another maze.
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Title
The Son of Neptune
Author
Rick Riordan
Review
This book is about Percy Jackson who wakes up with amnesia in a new camp for demigods. he make two new friends and goes on a quest to free the god of death.
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Title
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Author
Beth Hoffman
Review
This was a good read. CeeCee moves to live with her great aunt Tootie when her mother dies and her father is a drunk. CeeCee makes many new friends and loves her new home.
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Title
The Da Vinci Code
Author
Dan Brown
Review
This book was a very interesting read. A man named Robert Langdon and a woman name Sophie Neveu work together to uncover the truth behind the holy grail that is consistent in Da Vinci's work when her uncle is suddenly murdered.
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Title
The Island of Dr. Libris
Author
Chris Grabenstein
Review
This is not a direct sequel to Mr. Lemoncello's Library, but it is still a fantastic and hilarious book. It follows a kid who vacations at a house out of town. He hears strange things happening on the island in the lake next door. What is on the Island? Will this kid find what is hidden on the Island? Find out by reading escape form Dr. Libris Island.
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Title
Ender's Shadow
Author
Orson Scott Card
Review
This is a fantastic book. It is not a prequel or a sequel to Ender's Game. Instead it goes along with Ender's Game at the same time. I read Ender's Game first, but I recommend reading Ender's Shadow first.
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Title
Tangerine
Author
Edward Bloor
Review
In the book Tangerine, the main character Paul Fisher moves to Tangerine, Florida. Life for Paul is a big struggle because he lives in his brother's shadow. People say that he wad nearly blinded by staring into a solar eclipse, but he thinks otherwise.... Read this book if your a soccer fan or just looking for a good book. Throughout the book Paul learns about his past and how he lost his sight.
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Title
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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 now examine the third book in the franchise and the second book in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Two Towers. 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.
This book centers around the Fellowship following its destruction after an event happened at the end of the last book. The book is split up into 3 stories. The first of these stories is that of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, with some variations on this group occasionally. They are on a quest to head to Boromir’s home city of Minas Trith and also rescue the captured Merry and Pippin. Meanwhile, Merry and Pippin are trying to escape from their captors, rejoin with the rest of the fellowship, and stop Saruman, the White Wizard, from causing any more destruction. Finally, there is the quest of Frodo and Sam. In the very beginning of their quest, they meet up with an old enemy from The Hobbit who was often mentioned in the Fellowship of the Ring, Gollum, the former owner of the ring of power. The book basically followed the three of them as they adventured through the land of Mordor. Gollum/Sméagol is singlehandedly the best character in the Lord of the Rings other than Boromir in terms of character development. I won’t spoil his character arc, but he is not a villain, hero, anti-hero, or anti-villain. This is how you make a great character in fiction. The qualm that I had with the last book about its complicated plot still exists, but if you can follow it, you get sucked right back into Middle Earth. On to the character analysis!
The first character is the main character Frodo Baggins. Frodo has changed a lot since the first book. Weighed down by the weight of the ring as they got closer to Mordor and it got more powerful weakened Frodo to the point that he is unable to carry on at many points in time. However, Frodo’s personality itself changed quite a lot, as Feodo is no longer naïve and high spirited but rather tired, and left with little sanity. Frodo hides this well, but Sam takes over as the one who does all of the work. Overall, we see change in Frodo progressively throughout the book. The second character, Samwise Gamgee, or just Sam, is extremely loyal to Frodo, curious, and is very brave. In this book, Sam is tested to his limits, even becoming the ringbearer for a short period of time. Also, the spider Shelob is beaten by Gamgee. This book is when Sam truly develops into the important hero who actually is incredible. 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. Unlike the first book, Sam’s development has been shown. He still misses the Shire, unlike Frodo, but is not tempted to do evil by the ring. He also holds a deep hatred for Gollum. The other two hobbits on the journey, Merry and Pippin, are no longer relegated to the roles of mediocre comic relief in this book. They are extremely important to the plot. Pippin’s naiveté is still there, but it actually helps the group a little. You see, near the end of Pippin’s ordeal with Saruman, he steals the Orthanc stone from the group, which alerts Sauron to the presence of a hobbit with the stone, meaning that Sauron thinks that Pippin has the ring and forces him to turn his attention away from Frodo and Sam. Merry, meanwhile, becomes important to Théoden’s riders of Rohan. Both of these will come into play in the last book, but Pippin and Merry, while still fun loving, have seen war and it has changed them. My personal favorite character in all of literature, Gandalf the Grey/White is next. He is extremely intelligent, 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 the series. The next member of the fellowship, Gimli the Dwarf, is incredibly intriguing. Gimli is now forming a small friendship with Legolas and, like Legolas, will stick with Aragorn till the end. Eventually, we see Gimli’s orc slaying contest with Legolas as Gimli is behind by quite a lot, when suddenly Gimli gets to kill a bunch of orcs at once, ending up with a kill count 1 higher than that of Legolas. Legolas has the same role as Gimli in this book. Finally, we come to the last character of the fellowship, Aragorn. Aragorn has been shown to bond with Legolas and Gimli to the point of being inseperable, and his kingly side is shown multiple times. His characterization is extremely strong. Finally, there is the examination of the only main character who isn’t in the fellowship, Smeagol/ Gollum, or as Sam calls them, Slinker and Stinker. At many points, the character would be forced by one of his personalities to attempt to help or hurt Frodo. The only reason Smeagol actually came out was because Frodo was nice to the bad one, Gollum. Throughout the entire novel their discussions with one another are incredibly intriguing to read about, and they show truly that sometimes the evil and the good are both one and the same. In the end, the problem of lack of characterization was addressed in this book, and all of the characters are unique and stand out for their outlandish personalities and actions.
Overall, Tolkien has made another classic that will withstand the test of time. Everything has been improved upon from the last book. The introduction to new elements of Middle Earth, the details, the writing, and the characters and their development is exquisite. There is very little wrong with this book other than the slightly complicated story, which is less difficult to follow than the first book. If you can look past this flaw, and trust me, that isn’t hard to do, you will be able to find a book that is truly a gem. I would rate it a 9.9 out of ten or five stars. This is my favorite book in the trilogy and one of the greatest books of all time. Read it whenever you want to have a great time.
Rating
Title
The Hunger Games
Author
Suzanne Collins
Review
In the book, The Hunger Games it begins on reaping day in District 12. A reaping is a annual gathering of something. In this case for the choosing tributes of The Hunger Games. For the Hunger Games they need 2 tributes per District and there are 12 Districts. The first tribute for District 12 was Prim Everdeen, her sister Katniss didn't want her sister to suffer so Katniss volunteered as tribute. The male tribute was Peeta Merlark. Once chosen they must travel to the Capitol where they will prepare for the games and meet the other tributes. Also, they will be interviewed. During interviews Peeta admitted to being in love with Katniss. When the games begin they are limited on supplies and must try to stay alive for 2 weeks. By the end of two weeks only one of the twenty-four tributes should be alive. During these 2 weeks each district can get sponsors to give the 2 tributes supplies. Katniss and Peeta must be a fake couple to get sponsors and supplies. In the middle of the games the gamemakers decide to let both tributes from a district win instead of just one person. So when there were four tributes were left (Peeta and Katniss being two of the four) want to get Katniss dead the most. But instead the two unknown people from the other districts died. Before Katniss and Peeta were sent back the gamemakers changed the rules back to only one tribute could win. Katniss had poison berries and decided that they both should teat them at the same time. Before the berries touched there mouth the gamemakers decide to let both Katniss and Peeta both be the winners. When they went back to District 12 everyone was proud of them!!
Rating
Title
My Family and Other Animals
Author
Gerald Durrell
Review
A hilarious book about a kid who lives in Greece with his family and his animals.
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Title
The Eagle
Author
Rosemary Sutcliff
Review
The first book in a series about the Roman conquest of Britain.
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Title
The Silver Branch
Author
Rosemary Sutcliff
Review
The second book in a series about the Roman conquest of Britain.
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Title
The Lantern Bearers
Author
Rosemary Sutcliff
Review
A book about the Roman conquest of Britain.
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Title
Enders Game
Author
Orson Scott Caro
Review
A book about a manipulated tactical genius who saves the world from an alien invasion.
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Title
Unbroken (YA version)
Author
Laura Hillanbrand
Review
A heroic story of a runner/pilot/officer/POW.
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Title
Guys Read Other Worlds
Author
Many Authors
Review
This is a mix of authors with great stories.
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