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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace

By John Knowles
3
Rated by
Mariam S.
Nov 10, 2022

A Separate Peace is the coming-of-age chronicle of young Gene Forrester, a studious
and introverted student of Devon, an elite boys’ boarding school. His roommate is a popular,
adventurous, risk-taking athlete: Finny. With their participation in World War II just around the
corner, they savor these last days of boyhood, climbing trees and going to beaches and having
snowball fights. But in the background of their friendship a dark rivalry and jealousy lurks, and

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Poems by Elizabeth Bishop

Poems

By Elizabeth Bishop
4
Rated by
Kayla F.
Nov 8, 2022

Poems by Elizabeth Bishop is a culmination of some of her greatest works. The poems in this
book begin as an outward analysis of the world and move more internally, into the self, as the
book continues. Bishop is a poet who can display her meaning directly while also having a
deeper meaning that requires searching. She explores humanity and all of the effects that come
with it. With the themes, she talks about and her vivid descriptions her poems are an experience
that's worth having.

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys

By Aiden Thomas
4
Rated by
Kayla F.
Nov 7, 2022

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is a YA realistic fantasy. Meaning that it takes place in the
modern day but has fantasy elements and is led by a young adult cast. The book is led by
Yadriel- a trans boy who accidentally raises a spirit and only wants to prove himself to his family.
As the book goes along Yadriel’s relationship with the spirit he summoned grows while they try
to uncover the mysterious circumstances reloving the spirit’s death along with other members of

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
3
Rated by
Kayla F.
Nov 7, 2022

Macbeth is a tragedy written by Shakespeare, loosely based on Scottish history. It follows
Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth on their trials of prophecy. The Macbeth’s deal with a
self-fulling prophesy of gaining and loosing power as foretold by the staple three witches.
Personally I believe that Macbeth is an important piece of literature. Its historical impacts and
influences made it an important piece of work at the time, and it still has reference to today. But

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
4
Rated by
Kayla F.
Nov 7, 2022

Pride and Prejudice; a historical fiction by Jane Austen. The book is about the Bennet
family, specifically the Bennet sisters and their paths of romance. The struggle through finding
their desires within a strict class system and society. The reader follows Elizabeth Bennet and
her relationship with Mr. Darcy. Austen has a very captivating writing style. The way she
connects meaning within descriptions is beautiful and makes it an intriguing read. She

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

By Holly Jackson
5
Rated by
Sahavi B.
Nov 7, 2022

For a senior project Pip decides to investigate the murder of Andie Bell and Sal Singh, that
happened five years ago in her little town. Sal, Andies boyfriend was the presumable murderer.
After killing Andie Sal allegedly took his own life from guilt or fear. Pip has always thought that
there was something off about the case, and the more she investigates the more it becomes
clear that someone doesn't want her to. With the help of Ravi Singh, Sal’s brother. Pip slowly

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The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
5
Rated by
Sahavi B.
Nov 7, 2022

Starr Carter, our sixteen year old protagonist who lives in garden heights, a poor town that is a
predominantly black, crime ridden neighborhood. Completely contradicting to the small town she
lives in, Starr attends Williamson Prep, a fancy, mostly white Prep School. Starrs world comes
crashing down when she witnesses her best friend Khalid die from the hands of a white police
officer. As Starr struggles to balance both of her worlds she has to figure out who she really is.
And to do that she has to confront her tragic past.

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus
4
Rated by
Sahavi B.
Nov 7, 2022

Addy, Brownyn, Cooper, Nate and Simon all walk into detention and only four of them walk out.
Simon is left on the floor dead with the life sucked out of him and the four that are left are
mentally scarred. A big coincidence right?, maybe even too big. All four of our main characters
have very different lives; Brownyn Rojas is a straight A student who is on her way to Yale,
Beautiful homecoming princess Addy Prentiss seems to have an ideal life, Baseball star Cooper

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London
5
Rated by
Rhea S.
Nov 7, 2022

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, is a children's story told from the point of view of a sled dog.

The readers get to experience Buck's (the sled dog) journey as he travels across North America.
Buck is stolen from his owners bedside to be sold to miners traveling across freezing Alaska. The
readers learn about the mistreatment Buck faces, his own rivalries with the other sled dogs, and his
search for his owner.

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