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Mines of the Minotaur

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 13 year old girl, who has a unique ability with mythical creatures. She is now being called to by a dark force, making her cause storms and disasters to happen. The Society does not believe her when she says she isn't responsible, and they remind her membership.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

This book is good for those who like reading about mythical creatures, or just animals and nature in general. It is a suspenseful book, with many twists and turns, and will have you guessing until the end.

Natalie, 14


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Blood Ties

by Garth Nix

In this third installment of the series: Spirit Animals; Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find themselves in danger once again. They must travel to the Lake of the Elephant, to find the talisman of Dinesh, the great elephant. To save their land, all of the great animals talismans must be united.

This book was very well-written. There was plenty of action and side stories, all tied together to the plot. As the book went along, my interest in the book waned a little, but it is very good overall.

This book is perfect for anyone who likes animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16


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by George Orwell

19841984 was a story set in a futuristic, dystopian society. The society had telescreens everywhere and they watched everyone at all times. If you showed any signs of rebellion toward the leader, Big Brother, the Thought Police would take you away and you would disappear. This story followed Winston, the main character, and his rebellious journey in a world where everything is manipulated and everyone is watched.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was intriguing to see how a society like that works and lasts that long. Most of my favorite books are set in a dystopian, futuristic society, so this novel fit perfectly with my interests.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is intrigued my those sort of societies. It is a classic and everyone should be exposed to it.

Chanel, 15


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Nine Lives of Chloe King

by Tracy Lynn

Nine Lives

The Nine Lives of Chloe King follows teenager Chloe King as she experiences weird changes upon her sixteen birthday. She learns that her biological family belongs to a race of cat-like people called the Mai. The book follows Chloe as she discovers more about her past and has to make hard decisions about her future.

I like the book a lot, it was an easy read and only took about a week to read. The story line was really interesting and I found myself getting attached to these characters as the story progressed.

Yes, I would recommend this book to someone else because the story was really fascinating and the characters were too. Especially to those who watched the TV show because you will find that the book is much better and it also provides a different look at Chloe's life.

Daisy, 17


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Wild Things

by Clay Carmichael

Wild ThingsImagine that your mom was mental and left you to your own devices to survive. Then she died. That's what happened to Zoe, a nearly 12 year old girl. Taken in by her uncle Henry, a blacksmith, she quickly warms up to him and befriends a wild cat and her wild half-brother along the way.

This book was really awesome! It was also nominated for an award!

Yes, I liked this book because Zoe showed a lot of maturity and trust. This is definitely a story for all to read.

5 stars

Hieu, 13


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Animal Farm

by George Orwell

Animal Farm is a book about a farm that is taken over by its overworked animals. They wish to create a world where all animals are equal, but many conflicts arise from all areas.

Personally, I found the book to be so-so. The book may seem silly and childish from the title and base description alone, but it is actually a very deep symbolic novel. Animal Farm has a few emotional thrills inside of it, but is an easy and fast read.

The book is difficult to give a recommendation. Despite being about talking animals, the story isn't exactly always happy, and anyone can die. If one wants a dystopian that stands out from the rest, Animal Farm might be a good choice.

Jakob, 15


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