The battle of the Labyrinth 

by Rick Riordan
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure battles movie mythology

Battle of the Labyrinth coverThis is book four in the Percy Jackson series. Percy, now 15, hurries to Camp Half-Blood where he is sent on a quest through the Labyrinth to protect his camp from the army of lord Kronos.

This book is interesting because the plot is really good all the way to the climax.

I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in Greek mythology and wants a good book to read.

Alexis, 14


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Fahrenheit 451 

by Ray Bradbury
09/06/2012 Categories: censorship classic dystopia movie

Fahrenheit 451 coverFahrenheit 451 takes place in a worst-case scenario future, where the brilliant are censored for their knowledge, creativity is demolished, and books are burned by firemen. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman, who meets a seventeen-year-old girl who talks about a past where people could think.

Fahrenheit 451 is a bit difficult to read at first, but once you begin to understand its meaning, it becomes a spectacular read. It details how censorship can ruin and degrade a society.

I recommend this book to not only Science Fiction lovers, but also to any big thinkers out there. Fahrenheit 451 details a topic that is rarely touched upon in our society- censorship.

Jakob, 15


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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/06/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie murder

Hunger Games coverThe Hunger Games is set in district 12, where a girl named Primrose Everdeen, gets reaped (picked to be a tribute in the Hunger Games). Her sister Katness Everdeen volunteers as a tribute in order to have her sister saved from the fight to the death to entertain the Capitol. As the fight continues, Katniss finds her love, Peeta.

The Hunger Games is an incredibly detailed book that writes with raw power. Suzanne Collins writes this novel is such a realistic way, despite the fact that it is fiction.

I would warmly recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who loves action, suspense, and romance. The book was so good for me that I read it in less than a week!

Francesca, 12


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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/09/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie suspense

Hunger Games coverTalented and resourceful Katniss Everdeen is the breadwinner of the family--except there hasn't been much bread to go around for her impoverished family. Set in a dystopian society far into the future, The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she is forced to venture into a deadly, gladiator-like battle, solely for the elite's entertainment.

The Hunger Games was one of those books that I just couldn't put down, but at the same time, I felt like it was very depressing, so I couldn't make it on to the next book. Although I can't deny that the plot, characters, and setting were both enthralling and imaginative, I just couldn't find the motivation to pull myself through another bittersweet book.

Honestly, I think that everyone should at least give this book a try, but 7th graders and up would understand it better than younger kids. Also, this book is not for the squeamish! If you're afraid of some gory (but not too elaborate) details, feel free to revisit this book when you're a little older.

Erica, 16


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Girl with a Pearl Earring 

by Tracey Chevalier
02/29/2012 Categories: art movie romance

Girl with a Pearl Earring coverThe novel ,Girl with a Pearl Earring is actually inspired and was named after a real painting. The novel is based on a servant girl, Griet, who becomes an assistant to a painter, Johannes Vermeer, whom she greatly admires and secretly loves.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a stellar novel that takes the reader into the world of art and its amazing history. Griet behaves and looks like a shy and modest girl but, when threatened and severely angered, she can become a fierce animal. This novel proves that you should not judge a book by its cover. 

I hghly recommend this book to others because even though you might not be into art history, you will love it after you read this book. The author, Tracey Chevalier, makes art history fun and interesting. So, If you like books that not only contain romance, but are also educational, read this book!

Lauren, 16


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