The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas
Review by Lila H.
The Hate U Give is a realistic fiction book about a 16-year-old African American girl who witnessed one of her best friends, a boy named Khalil, get shot by a police officer. The story follows the girl, Starr, as she tries to find justice for Khalil.
This riveting book was one of the best books I have ever read. It gave me another perspective on a lot of heavy social issues. It helped me realize what is going on with police shootings and made me want to do something about it. I think that everyone should read this book because it confronts social issues that everyone needs to be aware of.
It’s not me it’s You
By: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Have you ever made the same mistake over and over again and wondered why? Well read on to learn the hilarious story of Avery Dennis’s senior year tragedy through her friends, family, and foes point of view.
“Avery: I had aged in only a matter of days, and it was all because of . . . the incident.” (pg. 2)
A hilarious story of a girl’s dramatic dating life told by her friends, families, and foes.
When Avery Dennis finds herself single, days before the most important event of her high school career “prom” she dedicates her last high school history project to researching her previous relationships. Her investigation hysterically unfolds as she interviews her past boyfriends to figure out why her relationships always end. As she goes through her interviews, Avery finally understands the person she is now and along the way discovers who she wants to become.
I really loved this book because it’s very different from books I’ve read before. I’ve never read a book with more than three points of view, so it was nice to get to read others views on the same situation. Filled with many laughs and awe moments “It’s not me it’s You” will always be my go to book for a great read.
Review by Nia, 2023
"But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies."
As a beautifully written, adolescence memoir, Jacqueline Woodson tells a moving story of her childhood in free verse. Her eloquent poetry reflects how she discovered her voice through writing stories.
Growing up in South Carolina and New York as an African American in the 1960s and ‘70s, she shares what it was like with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Each poem is a snapshot of how she searches for her place inthe world. Despite how she struggled with reading when she was young, her love of literature crafted her into a talented writer.
This vivid, award-winning memoir in free verse is recommended for fans of How I Discovered Poetry and Hidden.
“Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse. . . With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience” - School Library Journal, starred review
Review by Caitlyn, 2024
One of us is Lying
By Karen M. McManus
Review by Lila H.
Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy are all stereotypical high school kids. Cooper is the Jock, Addy is the pretty one, Nate is the criminal, and Bronwyn is the smart one. So it makes sense that they are confused when they all get detention for something they didn't do. But thier confusion morphs into bewilderment when Simon, the only other kid in detention, mysteriously drops dead.
This who-done-it mystery was very good. I could barely force myself to put the book down as I tried to figure who killed Simon. I loved watching how the relationship between the four teenagers develops as they try to figure it out. Even if you don't normally like mystery novels, you should read it because there is so much more than just a mystery in this book. Only if you pay the closest attention will you figure this insane mystery out.
The Name of This Book is Secret
By Pseudonymous Bosch
Review by Daniella H.
“He’d only bent his head for a second, but it had been long enough for Cass to get a glimpse of the back of his neck—and to get the proof she was looking for.” … “What?” “The birthmark on his neck. It was shaped like a crescent moon.”
One might say that Cass and Max-Ernst are absolute opposites. Some may say that they are the same. Cass is a survivalist. She is ready for any type of disaster thrown at her at any time. She is always prepared. In fact, as you read this, there is a 99.9999% chance that she has all of survival necessities at the ready in her backpack. Some of which include a flashlight one of the most important, a compass, which is always a good idea, and if she can remember, she will have her homework.
When a box of old junk is delivered to her Grandpa Larry and Wayne’s junk shop, she finds a curious little box called the Symphony of Smells. The old box of junk was delivered by Gloria Fortune, a common donated to her grandfather's store. Gloria sells houses after the owner has died, and is often coming to donate the previous owners belongings. Gloria says that the owner was an old magician who died in a common home-kitchen fire. When Class starts to dig deeper into the story, she realizes that something isn’t right about Gloria’s story. After meeting Max-Ernst on the playground one day at school, they become collaborators to try and solve the strange mystery. One day they take the dangerous trip to the magicians house to look for some clues. After a very close call with almost getting caught during a house tour, Cass and Max-Ernest realize that the people who visiting the house really didn’t want the house, they wanted something else. They soon realize that they have endangered themselves, and that by visiting the magicians house, they have gotten themselves into quite an mission. Why did those strangers want the personal files of the magician so badly? What really happened to the magician and his home? Most importantly, and though it’s an awfully dark thought, are Cass and Max-Ernest safe?
In this exhilarating story, we take a life risking adventure to help Cass and Max-Ernst try to save the magician, while bounding over obstavles that are put in their way. This is a terrific book for anybody over the age of 8! This is a terrific book for a bedtime read-aloud, and fun for the whole family!
The Summer of Broken Things
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Review by Lila H.
Kayla and Avery barely know each other except for a few playdates they had when they were little. So they are both surprised when Avery’s dad offers to take Kayla along to Madrid, Spain for the summer. In spain they uncover connections about their families that turns their world upside down.
This realistic fiction novel was very enjoyable. I loved seeing the relationship between Kayla and Avery adapt and develop. Even though this book is realistic fiction, it has a huge plot twist I never expected and finishes off with a sweet ending . It is also very well written. I think that you should read this book if you enjoy realistic fiction books and surprises.
By: Shannon Messenger
Book Review By: Olivia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“I would rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life.”
Sophie Foster meets Fitz Vacker who tells her that she is a telepath, somebody who can read everyone’s thoughts. After learning to understand everything he told her, she has to go on adventures to save the human world from falling apart. In Keeper of the Lost Cities Sophie learns to be kind, have friends, and how to stay true to herself.
Sophie Foster is a completely normal girl except for one thing. She is a twelve year old high school senior. When she meets Fitz Vacker and learns about his world, she questions everything she ever learned. When problems arise in the human world they have to go and fight for the balance that has been contained for years. This book shows perseverance, hope and friendship.
I recommend this book for fantasy readers!
Book Review By Daniella
“ ‘Would you say the trunk was big enough for, say...A body?’
‘ Sure, I guess.’... ‘ I dunno. Tall. He had some kind of accent.’
Goldie Vance is a one of a kind detective. Goldie works at Crossed Palms Resort in Florida. She is the one to call on when something goes wrong. She is the detective of all detectives, and is ready to spring into action at any point in time. Later a priceless necklace goes missing, Goldie takes this as her chance to jump into action. After interviewing around the hotel for clues to where the necklace could have gone, she goes into a deep search to find the missing necklace. Questions arise when an old friend of Goldie’s sets a suspicion around her. Goldie’s father is the manager of the hotel, and after the risk of losing his job, Goldie wonders if she has gone too far. What happened to the necklace? Is there some kind of twist ending to the story?
In this beautifully illustrated comic book we get the chance to take a look into the mastermind head, as we follow Goldie around her life in Florida. This is a quick read, which makes it impossible to stop reading!
This is a terrific book for all ages! Parents can read aloud this book to younger children, while older kids can read this book in a flash of time. With the other book that are part of this series, you won’t want to stop reading! This book can also give us a glimpse at the genius ways this 16 year old girl solves the toughest mysteries.
A Novel By: Sherman Alexie
Art By: Ellen Forney
Inspired by the author's own experiences while growing up, this book tells the story of an Indian boy rising above the life he was expected to live.
“And that a basketball game, even between two small schools in the middle of nowhere, can be a difference between being happy and being miserable for the rest of my life.” (pg.184)
Born with a variety of medical problems Junior is picked on by everyone except his best friend. Due to his determination to receive a great education Junior leaves the rez to go to an all white school in the neighboring farm town. Even though the people of his tribe have labelled him as a traitor, Junior lives life with a ton of laughter and wit.
This book is both heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time. While reading this sometimes I will catch myself laughing on the outside while my heart is breaking on the inside. This is an ABSOLUTELY wonderful book that will leave you with both laughs and tears.
Review by Nia, 2023
Book Review by Margot S.
★★★★★ (5 stars)
This book talks about five dragonets, stolen at birth from their homes and brought to live under a mountain to be trained to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The prophecy says that they must end the Great War, which has been going on for 20 years. But not every dragon wants a destiny. Glory, one of these dragonets, was brought in by accident. Their trainers call her a mistake. One day, the dragons over hear the trainers saying they are going to kill Glory, since she wasn't supposed to be in the prophecy in the first place. The dragonets decide to escape early, although they were supposed to be released to fulfill the prophecy in two years. On the way they will run into dangers and problems, making it a challenge to survive.
This book is a mix of fantasy and adventure. It's also a fiction book. This is by far the best book I have read, and I think anyone would like it. There are 10 books in this series, and a new book coming out soon. Although this is all one series, it seems as if it is split into multiple series.
A quote from one of the book in the series is: "It was strange that a dragon who couldn't be hurt on the outside had so many ragged holes on the inside"