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Diary of Anne Frank

by Anne Frank

One word. Wow. This book caused me to read it like, five times before understanding it, and taking it in. The timeline that Anne Frank wrote it in could still strike terror in people's hearts

I would explain it as a truly inspiring book. This book will make you get a new perspective on our history, and our future.

EVERYONE should read this fantastic diary-written book written by a young girl. If you haven't heard about it, you should definitely read it.!

Priscilla, 12


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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

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This book is set in both London and Paris during the French Revolution and shows how the escalation of violence affected both the innocent and the guilty. Themes addressed in the book include loyalty and self-sacrifice. Although it is an older book, Dickens approaches these topics in a way that still seems applicable to today.

I enjoyed this novel because of the wide variety of characters. I felt like it provided insight to all types of people and relationships that everyone faces in their lives. Since the book is set over a period of a few years, the reader is able to watch the development of these characters and becomes attached to them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in historical fiction or in unique, complex characters. It is also a good choice for anyone who wants to start reading some of Dickens' works. 

Julia, 17


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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France

by Leonie Frieda

This biography captures Catherine de Medici's lifetime from a unique and well-researched perspective. This queen is often remembered for the murder of thousands in the massacre of many on St. Bartholomew's Day, however she made many positive contributions to France and the surrounding countries. The book gives a positive perspective of her during her reign and the reigns of her children.

The biography was interesting because it did not display prejudice against her even though she is primarily known today as a murderer. I enjoyed this because history classes do not have the time to go in depth the way this biography does, so it offers a new point of view.

I would recommend this book to someone who finds history a fascinating subject and to someone who enjoys reading biographies. This book tells a woman's entire life story and gives an elegant window into her time period.

Tabitha, 16


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Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Anne Frank is a thirteen year old Jewish girl who hides in an attic called "the Secret Annexe" for two years with multiple other families. She writes about all of her experiences in a journal, which is this book. Anne details her relationships, conflicts, and thoughts about her, the people she's with, and the troubles of 1942.

This book is an amazing look into life during the Holocaust. Anne has a very wide vocabulary for her age, and has very deep opinions about the world around her. Her interesting personality makes it very entertaining to read, and it is very easy to relate to her (more so if the reader is female).

If you'd like a book detailing what life was like during the Holocaust, The Diary of a Young Girl is definitely a story you should consider reading. I recommend it. It's simple to read, but lasts long enough to produce an evident impact.

Jakob, 15


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