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Running Out Of Time

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Image result for Running Out Of TimeJessie, a thirteen year old living in a village in 1840, realizes that the people in her village are dying of diphtheria. Her mother reveals to her that it is actually 1996 and she is living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. Jessie is the only one able to escape into the outside world and get help to save her family.

I really enjoyed this book and have read it about four times. It has adventure and thrills throughout the whole story. It also shows what one might feel to be thrown into the future alone.

I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. It contains drama, corrupt leaders, and thrills.

Emily, 16


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by Jeff Stone

Fu is the Cantonese name for Tiger. Fu is a strongly built boy who finds himself in the evil clutches of his older brother, Ying(eagle). The brothers are all monks, and they barely have the time to mourn over their so-called 'Secret Temple'. Ying turned evil because of the Grandmaster's mistake. This book is one of many of the Five Ancestors series.

I fell in love with this series. Especially this book, Tiger. The boy's name was chosen by Grandmaster because of his body type. He was also trained to be taught in the way of the tiger. Or in other words, Tiger martial arts. I hope you enjoy this book!

I would definitely recommend this book to like, everyone. Why? Well, obviously it's a good book. Who doesn't like martial-arts-butt-kicking monks who go on journeys with cool names? Hok, Fu, Maolo, Ying, and countless others.

Priscilla, 12


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The Isle of the Lost

by Melissa de la Cruz

The Isle of the Lost is about Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay going on an adventure looking for Maleficent's scepter. In their adventure, each of the characters have to go through a puzzle based on their life. Also, the book talks about how Mal, Maleficent's daughter, feels about her mother and her own future.

I liked this book because it talks about each of the characters emotions and how I can relate to them. Also, it was great to see Mal standing up to her mother, even though her mom has always put her down and compared her to her "weak" father.

I would recommend this book because I think that many people enjoy dramatic and powerful books, such as this one. If you like fantasy with drama, you"ll like The Isle of the Lost! Lastly, I would recommend it to others because if you enjoy going deeper into the characters lives and getting more details, you'll like this book!

Michelle, 11


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