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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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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

by Mark Twain
11/25/2016 Categories: adventure classic historical racism

A young boy named Huck Finn ventures out with his best friend Tom Sawyer. They encounter the world of discrimination and racism during their trip. In this coming of age novel, these two characters experience intellectual growth as well. 

I did really enjoy this novel. It dealt with racism and showed how society was back then. As the characters learned, the reader learned alongside them. 

Yes, I would recommended it. For adolescents, it's good to read a coming of age novel since they can relate to it better. If one enjoys learning about the deep racial issues back then and reading how a young boy reacts and learns from it; this is a novel you would enjoy. 

Johanna, 16

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The Crucible 

by Arthur Miller
11/25/2016 Categories: classic historical human behavior play

In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts there's tension rising in the town. Talk of witchcraft was the rumor people were gossiping about. Eventually many girls were accused of practicing witchcraft. This sent the town into a frenzy. Trials were conducted, people lied, and people questioned the situation. 

As a person interested in the history regarding the Salem Witch Trials, I definitely enjoyed this book. It gave me an insight on how people reacted and what they decided to do about this practice of witchcraft. With such little evidence, it was interesting to see how people jumped to conclusions. 

Yes, I would recommend it. It's a coming of age story and it teaches the consequences of lying. If anyone is interested in the Salem Witch Trials, this novel is for you. 

Johanna, 16

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Star Sand 

by Roger Pulvers
11/25/2016 Categories: historical japan mystery wwII

Hiromi, a sixteen-year-old Japanese American girl, lives on a small Japanese island during World War II. Hiromi, not knowing which side of the war to be on, finds a cave that conceals an American and a Japanese soldier who have both fled from the war. Neither able to communicate with one another, Hiromi decides to be their translator while also providing them with food. Hiromi wrote her story in her diary, which is later found in the twenty-first century. Not knowing what happened to the three, one college student travels to the island to answer the mystery of what happened to Hiromi.

Star Sand is an amazing book that shows humans as kind and loving individuals who look past the race of a person and see the good inside one another. It also has an air of mystery to it.

I would strongly recommend this book to those who like to read historical fiction and mysteries. This book will keep you sitting on the end of your seat.

Emily, 15

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee

To Kill a MockingbirdThe book is about the Finch family taking on a court case. Supposedly a black man raped a white woman and it caused a big stir because some people believed he was innocent.

I liked it because it was in a way fighting racism. Back in the 30's a white man's word was always right over a black man's word but Atticus did not care and still took on the case.

I would recommend it to others who like sort of old timely books. I would also recommend it to people who like books on fighting racism.

Sabrina, 14

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Rebecca 

by Daphne Du Maurier
04/25/2013 Categories: ghosts historical movie mystery

RebeccaA shy young woman meets the mysterious Maxim de Winter at a hotel in Monte Carlo and gets swept up in a whirlwind romance and speedy marriage. As soon as she arrives at Manderley, the heroine feels the haunting presence of Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, lingering in the hearts and minds of Manderley's inhabitants. The heroine feels like she is always second behind Rebecca, who was beautiful, talented, and brilliant--or so everyone says--but as the story progresses, we realize nothing at Manderley is what it seems and everything leads up to the one last epic confrontation.

I originally wanted to read this book because my name is Rebecca, and I thought it would be funny to see myself as the heroine in a famous romance novel. I was surprised at the quality of du Maurier's writing which crafted a story I just couldn't put down. There was mystery, suspense and classic romance similar to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This is a good book and it kept me guessing until the shocking conclusion.

I would recommend this book to people that liked the classic romances such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre since there is a lot of figurative language and detail that slows down the story in some places, but there are other parts that have non-stop suspense and action that make the pace very fast. Also you have to have patience since the beginning is a bit slow.

Rebecca, 17

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