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Island of the Blue Dolphins 

by Scott O'Dell

Karana lives on the island with a tribe of Native Americans. However, one day, Karana and her brother were left behind. She has to figure out how to survive on a island where no one else lives. Karana has no food or weapons. 

I really liked this book, it was the best book ever. I love how she figures out how to survive on an island where she has no help from no one.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes reading survival stories. Even if you don’t like reading books, I really recommend this book to you it’s a really good book, trust me! 

Yessica, 15

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Sense and Sensibility 

by Jane Austen
09/07/2017 Categories: classic dating drama romance siblings

This book details the trials and tribulations in the love lives of the Dashwood sisters. The eldest sister, Eleanor, is logical, reasonable and levelheaded, while Marianne, the younger sister, is emotional, passionate, and romantic. Eleanor finds herself in love with an engaged man, while Marianne is pining after a local rascal.

I liked this story a lot because it kept me on the edge of my seat. Jane Austen novels are wildy unpredictable, but always possess a happy ending.

I definitely recommend this book to others because of its dynamic plot. If you like classic love stories or other Jane Austen books, Sense and Sensibility is perfect for you.

Bethany, 15

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell
08/05/2017 Categories: dating drama romance siblings

Cath and Wren have been attached to the hip from the moment they were brought into the world, until now when Wren decides to go out into the world of college by herself. With Cath alone, she struggles to juggle her favorite hobby of writing 'fanfiction' for her favorite series about the wizard, Simon Snow and her new college work load. Cath has to learn to survive as she struggles to get along with her new roommate and deal with her first love.

I've read the same Young Adult novel about the girl with a troubled past who meets the perfect boy quite a few times now and I was pleased to find something different when I came across this book. Fangirl overall felt like a very fun but real read. You could connect to the characters and the troubles they were going through were quite realistic for a freshman in college. This novel is probably one of my favorites that I've read in a while because of easy it was to connect it to my own life.

I recommend Fangirl to anyone who likes witty humor, realistic characters, and a cute, but not overwhelming, love story. Fangirl is the whole package wrapped up in a novel that isn't like every other one in the Young Adults section.

Karley, 14

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell
06/10/2017 Categories: dating drama friendship siblings

This novel tells the story of a young girl, Cat, and her struggles towards her transition from the comfort of her home to the big and scary college campus life. Along the way, she meets new people that make her stay just the least bit bearable.

I really liked it! It was a light and easy book to read with plenty of humorous, witty dialogue as expected from Rainbow Rowell. The characters are all relatively well written with the side characters being just as memorable as the main characters.

I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to unwind with a good story. It's an entertaining read that does not require much mental stimulation, for lack of a better term.

Hannah, 17

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The Red Pyramid 

by Rick Riordan
05/10/2017 Categories: adventure family secrets mythology siblings

A boy named Carter Kane who lost his mom and now lives with his dad, a brilliant Egyptologist. On Christmas Eve, he is reunited with his sister, Sadie, and their father takes them to the British Museum. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to summon a mysterious figure. The siblings have to fight against the evils to try to get their father back.

I really like this book because it was a fun fiction book. I really like reading books about Egyptian gods and magic because they are really interesting and easy to read. I also liked how the author uses teenagers as characters because many can relate to how they feel after having to face gods.

If you like books about gods and magic, you should try this book. Also if you have read any Percy Jackson books, I would recommend this book because it is written by the same author. The book is fun for all ages and I encourage anyone to read it.

Sandra, 16

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hilton
05/03/2017 Categories: bullying murder siblings

A 16 year old boy named Ponyboy has lived with his brothers since his parents died. He is part of a gang, and one day everything changes. His friend,Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang. The book is through Ponyboy's perspective and it details what happens after his friend kills someone.The boys have been exposed to violence their whole lives and now have to face life alone after they run away.

I really like this book, because the main character Ponyboy, has to deal with so much at such a young age. The book makes you think about how many young boys and girls are exposed to violence and have to deal with losing their parents. It was an emotional book, and has a strong message. The book teaches about the differences in society and how violence is a big problem.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has not experienced violence in their life so that they have an idea of what it's like. Honestly, I think everyone should read this book because it's emotional and makes you think about how young kids have to sometime take care of themselves while they deal with violence and pain.

Sandra, 16

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East of Eden 

by John Steinbeck
03/11/2017 Categories: brothers family drama siblings

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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Court of Fives 

by Kate Elliott
03/04/2017 Categories: contests friendship siblings

Court of Fives starts out as a story of rebellion, a father and daughter who do not see eye to eye. That is until unforeseen circumstances take place leaving Jessamy alone in the world. She uses her strength and wit to try and bring her family together again.

I very much enjoyed this book because of the unpredictability, you do not know what will happen on the next page, which makes it extremely intriguing. The story shows what happens in troubling times.

I would recommend this book because it is adventure and excitement. Anyone who enjoys excitement and unpredictability will enjoy this book. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Little Women 

by Louisa May Alcott
02/16/2017 Categories: classic friendship romance siblings

This novel follows the lives of four sisters living in New England around the time of the Civil War. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth all face their own personal trials in growing up. They struggle to find happiness and independence while facing heartbreak and lost dreams.

This is an all time favorite of mine. Although the book mainly focuses on the lessons that the girls learn, none of the lessons or situations come off as cheesy or unrealistic. The book emphasizes the importance of finding contentment even when things do not turn out as you expect. The girls find comfort in their loving family when things become difficult.

Anyone who appreciates a heartwarming novel, or who is looking for something with classic themes of love and family, would like this novel. Little Women is a great book for all ages. I first read it in sixth grade, but still enjoy rereading it.

Julia, 17

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Legend 

by Marie Lu
02/16/2017 Categories: plague romance siblings

Set in the ruins of the United States, there lives a fifteen-year-old boy who's the most wanted criminal and a fifteen-year-old girl who is from an elite class. Their lives become intertwined when June goes on a mission to hunt down Day. As the chase continues, June and Day learn that their world may not be so small after all as they come across the secrets that make up their home, the Republic.

I liked it a lot and I thought it was a good book, because it is full of suspense, action, and romance. I love how Marie Lu depicts the characters and is able to intrigue the readers to keep on reading.

Legend is an interesting book because it shows how people can overcome their differences to come together and the theme of carpe diem comes up throughout the story. If you like stories set in dystopian socieities, then you will love this book.

Kirsten, 15

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Shattered 

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl follows the life of a college freshman, Cath, who has to learn to live on her own, while simultaneously worrying about her twin sister, and her father. She meets new people, but her fixation on finishing her fanfiction keeps her from being too outgoing. She does make friends, but not in the way she imagined.

I liked this book because of the realistic setting, and relatable vibe it sent to people. The book also had a good love story, which made it interesting, and worthwhile to read. It also shines a realistic light on how difficult life can really be, and how we have to handle it.

I would recommend this book to those who have a love for realistic books.  The novel might also appeal to those who like to read fanfiction, and can understand the obsession that Cath has.

Natalie, 14

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

by Jenny Han
05/12/2015 Categories: adventure friendship romance siblings

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeImagine if you wrote a letter to every crush you ever had, but they were just for your eyes only? Now imagine what would you do if you found out they somehow got mailed out? Lara Song is just quiet girl who lives in the shadow of her best friend and older sister. When she finds out the letters have been mailed, she goes on a crazy adventure to find out who mailed the letters and to prevent them from being received.

Suprisingly I really liked this book, I thought it would be very cliche from the title of the book. I liked how it showed a different side of Lara when she is in the spotlight and not being criticized by her sister.

I would recommend this book if you like contemporary novels. The problems within this novel are very realistic as they deal with family and friends.

Audrey, 17

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Sweetly 

by Jackson Pearce
04/27/2015 Categories: action siblings witches & wizards

SweetlySweetly by Jackson Pearce, is a twist on an old, but popular, fairy tale known as Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen, had their sister taken by a witch in the woods when they were young. Approximately, five years later, their stepmother kicks Ansel and Gretchen out of the house, and into the woods. That is when they stumble upon a bakery and are invited to stay by a beautiful candy maker. But the longer they stay, the more secrets they uncover, and there is no turning back.

I loved this book because of the way the author creatively changes the story. She makes it more interesting and entertaining. Once you start the book, you can not put it down. It is a real page-turner and I am very glad I got to read this story.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love fantasy and action books. It is a good read for all ages and I believe it also teaches good lessons, or morals. One lesson is to never talk to strangers or enter their home, no matter how nice they seem to be. 

Sara, 14

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hinton
04/27/2015 Categories: bullying friendship gangs siblings

The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, is an all-time classic filled with action, excitement, and more. In the novel, there are two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. They cannot stand each other and always cause trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is a part of the Greasers with his two brothers. Throughout the story, Ponyboy goes through many things that cause him to realize that the Greasers and the Socs are not so different from each other.

Not only is The Outsiders an all-time classic, it is also my all-time favorite. I am very grateful S.E. Hinton took the time to write this novel because it taught me that all the decisions you make come with a sacrifice, and you have to realize that. It also taught me that you create your own destiny with the choices you make. You should not let anyone tell you who to be or what to do. It'll make you burst into tears in some parts, laugh until your side hurts in others, and it'll sometimes make you just plain happy. I hope you take into consideration into reading this book. This book changed my life, and I know it will do the same for you.

I would recommend this novel to readers who are interested in action and dramatic novels. I would also recommend it to readers ages 13 and up because of its violence and inappropriate language. The Outsiders is a real page turner and life-changing book.

Sara, 14

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