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Their Eyes Were Watching God 

by Zora Neale Hurston

It takes Janie a while to discover her own voice in a society that has ignored her as both a woman and an African American. This novel follows her through various relationships and stages of her life that allow her to realize what she values in companionship and what she values in herself. 

I enjoyed this book because it is not like every other coming of age novel. It focuses on Janie's hopefulness and courage and how this leads her to find a solid understanding of herself while overcoming tragedy. It deals with themes such as fear, love, ambition, and femininity.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Though set in the early 1900's, the themes are still completely relevant to today. For this reason, I believe that most people will enjoy reading this novel. 

Juila, 18

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David Copperfield 

by Charles Dickens
12/13/2017 Categories: classic historical movie realistic fiction

Image result for david copperfield book coverThe orphaned David Copperfield grows up amongst a variety of both comical and frightening characters. He faces trial after trial, but eventually grows up. This is a classic coming of age novel that demonstrates how David learns to deal with loss, responsibility, and love. 

This book is a nice, cheerful story. It is not dramatized or very mysterious, and yet the simplicity of the story allows for many serious themes to be addressed. It is a refreshing reminder of what is most important in life (friendships, love, and courage). 

While I absolutely love this book, I do admit that some people might find it boring. If you like Charles Dickens, then this is a must read since this is considered his most autobiographical work. 

Juila, 18

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Jane Eyre 

by Charlotte Bronte
12/13/2017 Categories: classic historical romance social classes

Image result for jane eyre book coverAs an unwanted child and later as a governess restricted by society's expectations, Jane Eyre must find a way to balance her strong emotions and her unwavering morals. In this dark, gothic novel Charlotte Bronte explores the themes of status quo, romance, and religion in the 19th century. 

The best part of this novel was the unexpected, almost cheesy, suspense and plot twists that are emphasized by the gothic style. Jane perceives everything as almost magical or mysterious. Even into adulthood, she seems to continually witness bizarre events. 

I would recommend this book not only because it is good exposure to this style of literature, but because it is often the source of interesting debate. There are a variety of views concerning whether Jane and Rochester's choices were justified. In addition, it is extremely dense with symbolism and metaphor and would thus be a great book for an analysis essay.

Juila, 18

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Invisible Man 

by Ralph Ellison

Image result for invisible man ralph ellisonThis novel is based in the 1950's and follows the journey of an African American man, who remains unnamed, trying to succeed in a primarily "white" community. He realizes through many challenges he is "invisible" to society.

In my opinion this book was very bad and the only reason I read it was because of school. This book had a lot of adult content.

I do not recommend this book to anyone under 16 years of age. This book has a lot of sexual content including rape and incest. It also shows how poorly African American's were treated in the early 20th century.

Emily, 16

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The Poisonwood Bible 

by Barbara Kingsolver

A father, mother, and four daughters venture off to Africa on a mission to bring God to the people there. This story is based in the 50's and is narrated by all four daughters and the mother.

This was a truly captivating book and I couldn't put it down. But it is made for a more mature audience due to its religious views, death, and poor family unit.

I would recommend this book to an older audience. This is manly for those who enjoy historical fictions and dramas. 

Emly, 16

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Flint 

by Louis L'Amour
10/11/2017 Categories: action historical wild west

Image result for Louis L'Amour FlintJim Flint is a man known by many names: James T. Kettleman, Jim Flint, and the legendary kid at The Crossings, known for being so fast with his gun he killed five men in as many seconds. But now it seems his life has come to a tragic end--he has cancer. Flint is a powerful, cunning, and cold man, a man who has never known a family and has never needed one. But his life has seemingly come to an end, and Flint has chosen to go down fighting. When he unexpectedly starts to fall in love with a beautiful and strong woman, he finds himself fighting for her, risking his life in gun battles, escaping trained assassins, and neatly outwitting his wife and her father, who tried to kill him. But Flint won't live long enough to save them anyway . . . or will he?

This was a fantastic book because Flint is basically a nameless man, and a lonesome one. It's interesting to read about how he views the world from the viewpoint of someone dying. He is a very admirable character for his now-disregard for life, and his determination to go down fighting no matter what the cost. Flint also has many enemies, and it's impressive on how he deals with them.

I would recommend this book to all Western fans who like a good showdown gun battle with a strong and brave main character up against impossible odds. This is a good book to read even if you don't like reading Western novels (like me), and it's good for people who like books about a main character who fights until the end, not just for himself, but for others. And in doing so, finds that he is actually a better man than he ever thought himself to be.

Keila, 14

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The Lonesome Gods 

by Louis L'Amour
10/11/2017 Categories: action historical survival stories wild west

Image result for The Lonesome GodsThe Lonesome Gods is about a man named Johannes Verne. His mother and father were on the run from his mother's father, Don Isidro, who wanted to kill them both for disgracing the family name. But they escape and have Johannes, but when his parents die, Johannes is left in the desert to die alone by his grandfather. Johannes is forced to grow up mostly alone, but always he prepares himself for that day when he meets the men who had killed his father and who wanted to kill him, because on the day Johannes was left in the desert, he never forgave . . . and he never forgot.

The Lonesome Gods was an excellent book because it's a very inspiring growing-up story. Johannes is a inspiring and relatable character, and very admirable because of his quiet strength, wits, courage, and talent with the gun. Louis L'Amour also writes the story in such a way you can't help but think, 'Dang. That guy's awesome.'

I would definitely recommend this book to others because it's suspenseful, daring, adventurous, and has romance, but it's really subtle. For those who enjoy reading tales of the Old West and gun battles, and who don't really want to focus on the romance, than this is the book for you. Johannes is also a very great, complete character, and anyone who gets to know him can't help but be in awe.

Keila, 14

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The Poisonwood Bible 

by Barbara Kingsolver

Nathan Price, an arrogant Baptist missionary, settles his wife and four daughters in a Congolese village determined to spread the word of God. During a time of tumultuous politics, racism, and Congolese independence, Nathan forces the family to stay, despite the risk of increasing danger. The family endures life-altering hardship and battles with feelings of guilt, grief and loneliness. The events that take place during their time in the Congo will haunt them for years to come.

I loved this book. It was definitely one of the best books I've read because of its depiction of historical events, racism, and portrayal of real, raw emotion.

I would recommend this book to others because of its dynamic plot line, important message, and its awesome portrayal of life in the Congo. If you like historical fiction and stories with a powerful message, The Poisonwood Bible would be the perfect book for you.

Bethany, 15

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Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen
07/20/2017 Categories: classic friendship historical romance

Image result for pride and prejudice bookPride and Prejudice, which takes place in early 1800s England, follows the relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. Upon first meeting, Elizabeth thinks the wealthy Mr. Darcy as arrogant, conceited, and rude. The story describes the many twists and turns in their relationship that ultimately leads to a gratifying conclusion.

This book was very enjoyable because of the many unanticipated dips and turns in the plot. I especially liked the witty dialogue between the characters and the resolution of the story.

I would recommend this book to others because it was very well-written and also possesses a very valuable lesson. If you like the classics, then you will love Pride and Prejudice.

Bethany, 15

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Daughter of Fortune 

by Isabel Allende
07/19/2017 Categories: historical wild west

This novel describes the journey of the Chilean-born Eliza Sommers, to California during the gold rush in search of her lover. With the help of her friend, Tao Chi'en, a Chinese doctor, Eliza establishes herself in California and begins to look for her former flame. Her adventure, however, brings her a newfound sense of freedom and her search for her lover evolves into a different kind of journey.

I really liked Daughter of Fortune because it is very descriptive and gives a lot of insight to what life what really like during the California Gold Rush. It also describes the story of Eliza's self-discovery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This novel, overall, was a very good book due to its thorough description of the characters and the message that it teaches the readers.

I would highly recommend this book to others because of its passionate, yet adventurous plotline and the important lesson that it preaches. This books is perfect for those that enjoy historical fiction.

Bethany, 15

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Diary of Anne Frank 

by Anne Frank
07/13/2017 Categories: historical history written like a diary wwII

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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The Miniaturist 

by Jessie Butron
07/13/2017 Categories: historical horror mystery

The Miniaturist takes place in 1600's Amsterdam and describes the story of Nella Oortman. Nella, at eighteen years old, marries a distant, yet wealthy merchant trader named Johannes. Johannes gifts Nella a miniature replica of their home. To fully complete the small house, Nella enlists the help of a local miniaturist. However, the miniaturist continues to send Nella packages of figurines that mimic the family and their secrets in sinister ways. The miniaturist, it seems, is the only person to see the oncoming hazards and the perilous fate of the family.

This book was very enjoyable and I liked it very much. It perfectly reflected the sorrow and mystery that life can bring. The author perfectly captured the sullen mood of the story.

I would definitely recommend The Miniaturist to others, especially those that enjoy historical fiction. I encourage others to read it because of its raw emotion and tumultuous plot line.

Bethany, 15

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The Lost World 

by Michael Crichton
06/29/2017 Categories: action adventure historical

Jurassic Park is gone, never to be seen or heard from again. But as time goes on, people start to find strange, warped carcasses . . . the bodies of dinosaurs? Richard Levine--friend of Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park survivor--thinks so. But when his expedition goes wrong, Malcolm and his friends take the trek across the sea and into dinosaur territory to save their friend . . . before the jaws of a T-Rex close around them.

The Lost World is almost completely fast-paced, but it does have certain parts where scientific debates start, which I actually find interesting. It's a great thriller if you don't mind a little blood, and there are a few funny parts. The only thing I didn't like was the bad language, like 'hell' and 'shit' and the F-word (which I won't even dare to type).

This is a good book for people who don't mind blood and bad language (or who can at least skip over them), who enjoy good chase scenes, and who like being so anxious and scared by the image you see in your head you can't breathe.

Keila, 14

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America's First Daughter 

by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
06/28/2017 Categories: historical older teens

America's First Daughter is about the life of Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha (Patsy) Jefferson Randolph, and her influential role in her father's political views, presidency, and private life. The book begins when Martha was a child, and ends with her as an elderly woman. The storyline navigates Martha's travels, love interests, marriage, children, and her close relationship with her father.

This novel was very well-written and thoroughly researched. The authors did an amazing job of recounting the story of an influential, yet not well-known historical figure. I like the story a lot because I can relate to Martha during her teenage years.

I would recommend the book to others because it is very interesting and informative. It was very raw and realistic, which I think other people will appreciate. If you like history, this book would be great for you!

Bethany, 15

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Night 

by Elie Wiesel
03/04/2017 Categories: biography historical holocaust non-fiction

Night tells the story of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel and what it was like for him and his family to live being isolated from the rest of the world with the Jewish community. Wiesel remembers when he lost his family to the immoral act of genocide and the fears that he had while losing the will to live.

Night is an interesting book because it's one of those books that can shake you emotionally by presenting the life of a Jewish person in the face of intolerance. This story is told all from Wiesel's perspective which shows us what it was like growing up with loved ones being killed and discriminated against during this time of genocide.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others because this story has a theme of how it is important to stand up to injustices even in the face of danger. Informing more people about making a change in the world is needed to create a civilized society. Young and old people should read this book so history can be remembered by all.

Kirsten, 15

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