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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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East of Eden

by John Steinbeck

This book follows three generations of the Trask and Hamilton families. Written as a direct allusion to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, it addresses the themes of sibling conflict and the struggle for parental affection.

This book doesn't have a straightforward conflict and solution; it includes a variety of real life familial and existential crises. For this reason, I found this novel to be realistic and poignant. The book is heavy with interesting description and complex character development.

This book is a must-read because of Steinbeck's unique writing style and emotional plot twists. It offers a wide variety of characters from the wise and fatherly Samuel Hamilton, to the sickly sadistic Catherine. Readers should note that it deals with some serious topics, but not to a ridiculous extent. 

Julia, 17


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