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Nov 23, 2021

15-year-old Frannie is dealing with the death of her father when she discovers that he had made her a 1000-piece puzzle. Frannie is then suddenly transported back in the past to learn more about her father.

I personally did not like this book. It felt way longer than it should have been. This book did not flow very well and felt fragmented.  The plot seemed odd also, considering how she randomly traveled back to the past. I didn’t really like the characters either, they did not seem very redeeming. I would rate this book a 2/5.

Nov 23, 2021

Eliza is a pro at writing poetry. She is so good, that boys in her school ask her to ghostwrite love notes for their significant others. At first, she doesn’t mind using her talents for others, but when Theo Moses, a guy she likes, asks her to write a love letter for his girlfriend Lila, she contemplates what is good for her and what isn’t. What happens next? Read more to find out!


I really like how the author had a way with words while writing this book. The author used vivid imagery as a way of describing. I liked that this book wasn’t just a book about romance, but it was about

Nov 22, 2021

This story is centered around Morgan, who is grieving the loss of her boyfriend, Flynn. Guilt overwhelms her everyday, as she believes she could have prevented his death. Despite this, her best friend Toni, encourages her to post a picture of him on social media to have some closure. That is until the photo is tagged with someone who looks exactly like her dead boyfriend. Who is this “Evan Murphy”?


Forget Me is a mystery/thriller that has many twists and turns. I would give this book five stars, as I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a while. The concept is very compelling and the twists

Nov 22, 2021

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a historical fiction novel with complex themes. It’s centered in Nigeria, and follows the story of Okonkwo, a fierce warrior. Achebe uses vivid imagery to illustrate daily life in his tribe, and uses small details to show the reader the different aspects of the culture surrounding Okonkwo’s village. The book is centered around Okonkwo’s deep rooted hatred of his father, his relationship with his sons, and how he and his tribe will deal with foreign beliefs and ideals.


Overall I think this book is 4 stars out of 5. It carries heavy themes like gender

Nov 22, 2021

Tola Riley is a misunderstood junior in high school. She stands out with her bright green hair and nose ring. Everyone doesn’t seem to get her, except her art teacher, Mr. Mymer. When they both accidentally meet in an art museum, rumors start to spread about the two. Everyone suddenly thinks that they are having an affair. With Mr. Mymer suspended and Tola shunned by her peers, it is up to her to break the silence. Want to know what happens next? Read more to find out!


I really enjoy reading realistic fiction books, so this was a nice read for me. I liked how the author had a message that

Nov 22, 2021

Meri Miller is a teen living in Soldotna, Alaska, (aka the middle of nowhere). She desires traveling to big cities, like LA. Since she is in her senior year, she expects her plans to run perfectly, but when troubles arise in her family and life, she must face the world as she knows it.


I really enjoyed this book. The cover originally pulled me into reading this book, since the cover is artistic and nicely designed. It’s easy to tell how much effort the author put into this book. She portrays the characters as ordinary working people who face tough problems in America. The characters are

Nov 22, 2021

Claire Draper seems to have a good life, she lives in New York with her family, and she has a girlfriend named Vanessa. But when a pandemic hits, she is forced to quarantine with her family. After spending so much time inside, she notices a girl across her apartment, sitting on a fire escape.  Claire decides to write a story based around this mysterious girl. She didn’t expect it to gain much traction, but when it does, she does not know what to do. Want to know what happens next?  Read more to find out!


I personally did not like this book. I don’t like how Claire is obsessed with the girl

Nov 19, 2021

Little Dog knows his mother cannot read, her education put to an abrupt end after the destruction of her schoolhouse by a napalm raid in her native Vietnam. So when he addresses this letter to his mother, he speaks not only to her but also to himself, straining to break free of his past. The words and phrases he knows his mother cannot understand spill out like secrets, truth, or something that lies somewhere in between. He writes of the nail salon where brutal, back-breaking work becomes a way of life for immigrants, of bruises that somehow mean more than purplish splotches radiating pain, of

Nov 19, 2021

The Girl in the White Van is a suspenseful and thrilling mystery novel by April Henry. This book is about a girl who gets kidnapped by an old man who also kidnapped another girl 8 months before. The two kidnapped girls (Savannah and Jenny) hatch a plan to escape their kidnapper, they almost get killed and nearly escape. I love the way the author brings suspense and tells the story from the views of all characters instead of just one, and the way the suspense kills you right from the start. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good thrill. That is why I rate The Girl in the White Van a 5

Nov 19, 2021

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead is a thrilling and funny fiction novel by Rick Riordan. This book is about a guy named Magnus Chase.  He and his friends travel across the nine worlds in search of a way for them to defeat Loki and return him to his chains and delay Ragnarok at the same time. I love the way the author makes the most serious moments really funny and exciting. The sarcasm in this book is so funny and original, I couldn’t stop laughing! I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh with adventure and fighting mixed in. That is why I rate Magnus Chase and the Ship of

Nov 19, 2021

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation is a page-turning and thrilling adventure fiction novel by Stuart Gibbs. This book is about a super-smart 12-year-old girl whose name is Charlie. She is recruited by the CIA, who are looking for Pandora, it is a formula created by Albert Einstein to create bombs faster and easier. The CIA team and Charlie go to different places to get the clues that ultimately lead them to Pandora. I love the way the author pictures the characters and the way he makes them act. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery and humor combined. That is why I rate

Nov 19, 2021

Natalie, a Brazilian teenage popstar is uncertain of what to do after her image is ruined after a publicized breakup. Her managers convince her to fake date a British actor named William. As she spends more time with him, she starts to develop feelings for him. Does she end up dating William? Read more to find out!


Even though I enjoyed reading the book, it felt unrealistic considering how the main character is only 17. I feel like I am reading a book that is aimed towards younger children, rather than a book aimed for young adults. I liked the diversity of the characters, though. The cover

Nov 19, 2021

While working in a grocery store just before lockdown begins, Maxine bumps into a boy named Jonah. Instantly, they start to form feelings for each other and struggle to maintain contact. Do Maxine and Jonah form a relationship? Read more to find out!


I enjoyed reading this book, considering how the timeline and settings of this book is relatable to many people. I enjoyed how the author formed a question in my head while reading this: is love really meant to solve all problems? This book explores how teens are also vulnerable to tough problems and situations like pandemics. The characters

Nov 18, 2021

When Mary’s father passes away, she decides to move from California to New York, in hopes of starting fresh. She is faced with balancing her old life, friends, and grief, all while forming romance. Is Mary able to face her past? Read more to find out!


I liked how the author portrayed serious themes such as grief in this story. The author managed to show how it’s not the same with everyone, and how serious it is. I enjoyed how Mary had interests and bonds that helped her cope with her grief. I didn’t really like the romance in this book though, I feel like it should’ve leaned more towards

Nov 18, 2021

During a strong snowstorm, two high schoolers, Teagan and Mac, coincidentally seek shelter and spend the night at the Thomas Edison Museum. Both teens are totally different, and live separate lives. Teagan, lives with a disability, while Mac lives as a popular guy in his school. Does romance bloom between them? Read more to find out!


This book is an example of the classic nerdy girl and popular boy romance novel. I liked the book, but it seems a little bland for me. If you enjoy books about heartfelt romance, this book is the one for you! I like the cover of the book, and how it illustrates

Nov 18, 2021

17-year-old Syd works in a bakery while struggling with the aftermath of a breakup. When baking brownies, Syd discovers that they can bake their feelings into sweets. When Syd’s brownies end up breaking up the relationship of whoever eats them, Syd tries to fix the problem by baking sweets with good feelings. Can Syd fix the broken relationships? Read more to find out!


I really liked how this book has diverse and relatable characters. This book is perfect for those looking for books with themes of inclusion and heartfelt romance. I really enjoyed the writing of both the story and the

Nov 18, 2021

A teenage boy walks into a police station with a bleeding leg and a determined face.


Face-to-face to an officer named Rawls, the young boy named Shayne brazenly confesses to a


murder he may or may not have committed. The story is told through multiple perspectives


forcing the reader to decipher what is true and what is fake. The catalyst of the story is when


Mikey, a short boy who loves to wear suits, is framed for holding drugs. From there the story


takes off.


Blank Confession, by Pete Hautman, is a mystery novel that creates tension and


suspense with each page. The

Nov 18, 2021

3 friends, Willa, Britton, and Luz were inseparable for years, until Willa ruined their friendship. Now, Willa is a week away from graduation and is reminiscing on the past to try to piece together the causes and events that caused her to betray her close friends.


This book fully exceeded my expectations. I could not put this book down and was quickly turning the pages to find out what happens next. I enjoyed how the author goes between two timelines for the story to make sense. This book was written well and had provoked strong emotions in me. The cover of the book drew me in to read it

Nov 18, 2021

Peyton Sinclaire is a chef with big dreams stuck in a small town. When she gets the chance to participate in a reality tv cooking show, she jumps at the chance, hoping to pursue her dream. When she is at the set, she realizes it isn’t what she hoped it would be like, she wonders how far she is willing to go to make her dreams a reality.


I really enjoyed this book; I think that that book has a nice storyline that grabs the attention of readers and makes it hard for them to put the book down. I think that Peyton is a character that is inspiring to others and shows how it can be possible for

Nov 17, 2021

This book is about a girl who loses her memory and becomes engaged to her father's enemy. However, she does not remember loving him. Doctors tell Aria that she has lost her memory. Therefore, Aria goes looking for answers, and meets a boy named Hunter. Can she find the answers as to why she lost her memory?


I liked reading Mystic City because it contains good details. For example, Aria loses her memory. I like that she has to search for the answers, and she meets another boy, whom she believes is better for her. I like that the author gives a good description of the characters. It allows

Nov 17, 2021

Jules came to New York City with big dreams and hope for the future. But now that her funds have been depleted, she is desperate for any source of income. Luckily, the perfect opportunity presents itself — Jules is offered a job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of the most glamorous yet mysterious buildings in the city, for an exorbitant amount of money. However, a set of strange rules are given to her when she accepts the job, and as other apartment sitters start going missing, it becomes clear that there’s something more sinister behind the building’s famed residents and

Nov 17, 2021

When Fabiola and her mother are trying to move from Haiti to Detroit to go live with their family there, her mother tragically gets detained. Fabiola is presented with an opportunity to get her mother back, but it results in a messy entanglement in crime and dirty family matters.

I enjoyed this book a lot because the character development and plot kept the story surprising. The main development shown is that Fabiola learns to cope with loss and I think the overall moral is to keep good company because she gets involved in things like drug dealing and gang violence.

Nov 17, 2021

Princess Talia, who is woken by Jack, comes to the future. She realizes that she has slept for three-hundred years and does not know what the new world is.  Princess Talia believes that she can escape her village and live with Jack, whom she must seduce to fall in love with her. However, she must do so before the witch takes her away.


This book is mostly well written. I particularly enjoy that A Kiss in Time is mostly related to Sleeping Beauty. However, there are multiple changes and real-life situations. I also enjoy that each chapter is from different perspectives. This gives me an idea

Nov 17, 2021

The Lonely Dead is a thrilling and wondrous mystery novel by April Henry. This book is about a girl named Adele who can see the dead. Adele's grampa takes her to the psychiatrist and the psychiatrist told her that she has a disease where she could see things that weren't there. One day she finds her ex-best friend (Tori) calling out to her and pleading for her to tell her parents that she is dead. When Tori’s body is reported to the police, they lead an investigation to figure out who murdered Tori. I love the way the author puts hooks in every chapter and page, I didn’t want to put it down at

Nov 17, 2021

Count Me In is a heartwarming and eye-opening fiction novel by Varsha Bajaj. This book is about Chris and Karina who were not friends until Karina's grandfather started tutoring Chris. On the way back from the tutoring session, Karina, Chris, and Karina's grandfather get attacked by an immigrant hater. That attack left Karina outraged. She and Chris tried to change the world’s perspective to look at immigrants not as terrorists but as good people. I love the way the author keeps the story going even though the character hit rock bottom at one point. I recommend this book to all readers wanting

Nov 17, 2021

The Line Tender is a sad and heartwarming fiction novel by Kate Allen. This book is about a girl named Lucy, her best friend Fred who dies in a quarry at midnight. Ever since Fred died Lucy’s been a mess, she finishes an assignment in honor of Fred and she suddenly gets interested in her mother's work. She gets her dad, her neighbor, her family friend and her mom's former colleague to help her figure out things about her mom's beloved sharks. I love the way the author portrays the characters, and how they act and respond to everything happening around them. I recommend this book to people who

Nov 10, 2021

“Ava, wake up! It’s Halloween, remember?” Henry announced. Not announced, more like shrieked into her ear. Ava rubbed her eyes and sat up as her eight year old brother bounced on to her bed.


Halloween. Of course it was Halloween. How could she have forgotten? Henry didn’t understand how horrible Halloween was, how just the word made Ava’s insides squirm and shiver. Halloween.


“Go away,” Ava grumbled. She slid back under the covers, trying not to be annoyed by how happy Henry was. It had been—how many?—two years since she had first seen It. She just called the thing—him—It.


There was

Nov 10, 2021

 


Pariah


...that was when the tunnel emerged from the darkness ahead, and Isaac found that all of his thoughts had incinerated abruptly. It was a highway underpass, through which the ditch water could run to the far side, and a water line had been eroded and stained onto the concrete where the turgid water would lick in the spring and early summer months. Above everything could be heard the roar of cars passing on the highway overhead, and it seemed like the sounds were coming through a cave, the way they echoed and bounced up and along the walls of the underpass. The eerie noises hit the

Nov 10, 2021

Around them the mist continued to drift, seeping into their veins, sapping their spirits. The younger of the two brothers poked his head from out of his sleeping bag which lay on the cold, merciless dirt in the clearing of the cold, merciless forest which was infused with the cold, merciless mist that had awoken his body with chills throughout.


 


 


“Stuart,” he shouted with a whisper. The sack to which he called did not stir. He called again, desperate to be reminded that there was another life in the frigidness of the air. And he was, for the sack responded with a drowsy, “what?”.

Nov 10, 2021

The Ghosts at Tanuki Mansion


(in Verse)


 


 


I’m not sure if I believe the rumor that Tanuki Mansion is haunted.


I’ve been there multiple times on school field trips, and only minor ‘scary’ things have happened.


 


My brother Tino believes it.


I think it’s because his best friend,


Mason, comes up with these crazy stories about ghosts haunting the upper floors.


Now, when the third graders go to Tanuki Mansion on a field trip, Tino stays home and pretends to be sick.


 


This Thursday is when the sixth graders go. Mr. Oar says to dress ‘festively,’


whatever