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Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson is a troubled boy who finds out that he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon. He then moves to Camp Half-Blood. In the midst of this, he is blamed for stealing another god's weapons, and he sets off on a journey around the world to find it while encountering friends and enemies along the way.

The Lightning Thief is an excellent beginning to the Percy Jackson series. This book definitely shows its research on Greek mythology (it might get a touch out of hand when describing things though), as it gives all of its elements a more modern look to it. The characters are all easy to get attached too (whether you love some or hate some) and the story is quite compelling.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try. This is a must for Greek mythology fans.

Jakob, 15

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Rebecca

by Daphne Du Maurier

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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Animal Farm

by George Orwell

One fateful night, the wise, but elderly pig Old Major gathers the starving animals of Manor Farm and speaks of an impossible dream, in which the animals throw off their tyrannical human masters and are free to enjoy the fruits of their own labors. After Old Major's death, two other pigs, Snowball  and Napoleon lead a revolution that drives their cruel master from his land and leaves the animals in charge of their own destiny. For a while, everything is perfect, but Napoleon soon becomes intoxicated with power and forces Snowball into exile, eventually turning the other animals against him. Napoleon leads the animals on a campaign of self-denial and hard work that promises security and freedom; however, it soon becomes obvious that Napoleon and the other pigs are growing fat while the other animals are starving, and are quickly becoming the sort of creature they once waged war against.

I loved this book because even though it was made to address the Russian Revolution and the spread of communism, it remains relevant today as a warning against big government. I was surprised how a story with meaning, power and an enjoyable plot could fit in a book so short. It is simple, but powerful with heart-wrenching scenes and an ending that comes with unstoppable force.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because even if you don't like stories that make you think, this book is good enough to just read as a fable or short story. You don't have to love history or understand the symbolism to enjoy this book.

Rebecca, 17

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Planet of the Apes

by Pierre Boulle

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems. They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation?

I love science fiction, so I was drawn to this book when the Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in theaters. I wanted to see what the original story was since I never saw the original 1968 film.  I love the social commentary Bouelle dishes out and the shocking ending that I never saw coming.

I would definitely recommend this book because it is a short read that opens your mind to crazy possibilities and makes you really think about the future of the human race. It also has plenty of irony like picturing inarticulate humans being subjected to degrading, invasive experiments and chimpanzees ruling the planet with intellectual might.

Rebecca, 17

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Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

This epic historical romance depicts the turbulent love affair between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler during the Antebellum Era, Civil War Era, and Reconstruction Era. Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, struggles to survive in a world destroyed by the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Scarlett uses every means at her disposal to claw herself, her loved ones, and her beloved Tara out of the poverty and out from under the heel of the victorious Yankees.

This book is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, book of all time. I was expecting a lengthy novel glorifying slavery and revolving around a sappy relationship between the perfect Southern gentleman and a Southern belle. I couldn't be more wrong! While it is a long book, the story never gets boring or repetitive. While many of the characters represent ideas, they have amazing depth and never fail to touch your heart and stay there. 

Yes, I would recommend this book, but beware!  This book is a real commitment and takes a long time to finish, but it is more than worth it in my opinion. The action is balanced by beautiful imagery and the character development, especially in Scarlett. It is definitely worth reading. One problem I had was keeping all the characters straight, since there are a lot of them, but since the book is so long you'll have a lot of time to get to know all of them before long.

Rebecca, 17

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Sea of Monsters

by Rick Riordan

Sea of MonstersPercy Jackson and his friends must go to the Sea of Monsters in order to save Grover and Camp Half Blood. There's a monster guarding what they need, making it the hardest quest they have ever received. 

I really liked it because Percy and his friends are brave. They take risks for each other; even Clarisse gets to be part of the team. The mythological gods help their children even though they may not see. The Gods are greatly involved trying to defeat Kronos.

If anyone doesn't understand mythology gods they can read the Percy Jackson series. Percy Jackson makes it fun and easier to remember the myths.

Jacki, 16

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Girl with the Dragon TattooJournalist Mikhail Blomkvist is asked by a millionaire to investigate the 40 year old murder of his beloved niece. He gets help from the peculiar and frightening expert hacker Lisbeth Salander in solving the case. Set in snowy Sweden, they go off on a journey full of terror and surprises.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent novel. It is a very enticing story and one of the best murder mystery stories. The book definitely keeps the readers on their toes and guessing.

This book would be recommended for older teens who can handle violence and nudity. The characters and the story are very interesting and will be enjoyed by many who love a good murder mystery.

CJ, 17

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Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

Les MiserablesJean Valjean is a convict who has experienced great despair while in jail for 20 years, causing him to be spiteful. However, when a single act of kindness is shown, he pledges to be a better human being, but is halted by many obstacles that cause great despair.

Les Miserables is an incredible book. It has multiple powerful themes that connect to many people. The characters are very endearing. The overall story is very influential and captivating. Victor Hugo's masterpiece is very touching and leaves people speechless and crying.

This book is recommended to people of all ages. Jean Valjean and the other characters' journey will surely captivate readers.

CJ, 17

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Warm Bodies

by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies

A plague has turned people into zombies. Nobody knows how or why it started, but now everywhere you turn you see gray skin. R, a zombie who can't remember his own name, is the one who must change the zombies' fate.

I liked this book a lot because R, the main character, is trying his hardest to regain his ability to care. With Julie, R can care again and tries his hardest to keep his humanity out for others to see.

This book has romance AND zombies for anyone who needs a little thrill. There is also some supernatural bits with R as he gets closer to saving human kind.

Jacki, 16

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Deathly HallowsThe book is about a wizard, Harry, who is wanted dead by Lord Voldemort. Harry is on a journey to find things that will help kill Voldemort. When Harry puts his friends life in danger he finally ends the feud.

I started reading the Harry Potter books in seventh grade. When I was reading them I got more and more interested with each book I read. It got my attention because of the mystery. I wanted to figure out why Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry.

I would recommend these books because they are very interesting. If you read this you should be interested in dramatic books

Rebecka, 14

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a WallflowerCharlie is writing to a stranger about his experiences in high school. What Charlie sees and what he endures are many hardships that incidentally make him feel sad.

I loved this book because emotionally you can connect to Charlie when he begins talking about how he feels about high school. Charlie says what your innermost thoughts really are.

This book is great. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit on the sad side but an overall a wonderful book.

Liam, 15

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Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaThe book is about a Japanese girl who is torn away from her family at a young age. She goes to live in a house with three older ladies, another girl her age, and a famous Geisha. The hope is that someday she will become a Geisha as well. With many set backs, she has a difficult journey, only helped by the handsome Chairman.

It was a very good book. It opens up a whole new culture in such a unique way and allows you to form deep connections with the main character as she makes her way through a life mostly forced upon her.

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because it is a great story that incorporates Japanese culture and history. Most likely, you will like this book if you are interested in Japanese culture, geisha, or narratives of the struggles of a young girl.    

Jordan, 17

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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

This book is about a group of boys who were on a plane and crash on a deserted island. One boy named Ralph is wandering the beach looking for other survivors and finds one other boy, nicknamed Piggy. Ralph finds a conch shell, decides to blow on it as a signal for other survivors, if there are any, to come to them. It turns out they are all still alive and have to survive until rescue comes, that is, if it comes.

I thought this book was pretty good, but I couldn't really get into it to much. I thought it was a good concept for a book, but I feel it could have been better portrayed.

I would recommend this book to others because it is a good book if you don't have anything else to read. I feel that people who are into books that involve survival such as The Cay and The Hatchet would like this one.

Kevin, 14

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

This book is about a gang generally known as "Greasers" who are in a gang war with high class teens known as "Socs". It takes place in the mid 1960's and involves a boy name Ponyboy who is 14 years old. He and his gang have been fighting the Socs for a while now and Ponyboy thinks it is about time they did something about it. His friend Johnny and he are walking in the park late one night and a group of Socs come up on them with the smell of booze present on them. Johnny ends up doing something crazy, and they have to run away and stay hidden for a while.

I really like this book! It is a very easy book to get into and very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a very versatile book for readers of all ages. Anybody from the ages of 13 and order I feel will find this book very fun to read.

Kevin, 14

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