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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire 

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back to his fourth year at Hogwarts. This time, he is getting roped into taking part in the Tri-wizard Tournament; the problem is, he didn't enter. The whole school is against him, and he has to ignore that, while also trying to stay alive.

I liked this book because it was very action packed, and was interesting to read. It was very descriptive, and made me almost feel like I was there.

 

I would recommend this book to people who want to continue with the Harry Potter series, or anyone who likes reading about magic.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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The Ghoul Next Door: A Novel 

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver, Frankie Stein and Cleo De Nile. While they try to save their friends and their family, they must find a way to stop a video that exposes their secret monster identities. If they can't, the whole monster community will be in shambles.

This book was okay to read, the chapters are fairly short, which may make it a little confusing to read, considering that the chapters switch perspectives each time. The book did have a nice level of suspense, and made the ending an interesting one.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about monsters, but without all the gore and horror. The book can be a bit confusing at times, especially to those who don't like switching perspectives.

Natalie, 14

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Blood Ties  

by Garth Nix
04/09/2016 Categories: adventure animals fantasy

In this third installment of the series: Spirit Animals; Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find themselves in danger once again. They must travel to the Lake of the Elephant, to find the talisman of Dinesh, the great elephant. To save their land, all of the great animals talismans must be united.

This book was very well-written. There was plenty of action and side stories, all tied together to the plot. As the book went along, my interest in the book waned a little, but it is very good overall.

This book is perfect for anyone who likes animals or distant lands.

Hieu, 16

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the epic conclusion to the Harry Potter series. In this book, Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, embark on a journey to find and destroy the seven “horcruxes”. Each containing a piece of Voldemort's evil, and dark soul. Throughout the journey, the three friends will encounter many obstacles and enemies, which they’ll have to overcome in order to finally defeat Voldemort and bring peace to the wizarding world.

This book was a grand finale to an epic series. J.K. Rowling has created an amazing story, and many things that were kept a mystery throughout the series are now explained in this book. All of the books in the Harry Potter series are great.

If you like exciting and action packed fantasy novels, then Harry Potter is the series for you. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a real page turner and a satisfying conclusion to this great series.

Bryan, 13

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Geek: A Fantasy Novel 

by E. Archer
03/25/2016 Categories: adventure fantasy funny

There is a world where wishes do come true. All you need is a magical fairy godmother, Meet Ralph, your average tech geek. There is nothing special about him, except for one fact: He is forbidden from making a wish. This rule becomes apparent when he meets his Great Aunt Chessie, who happens to be able to grant wishes. Soon Ralph finds himself embarking on all sorts of wish-adventures, all of them dangerous. The question asked though, is if he will survive to tell the tales.

 

This book had all the great idea in it. The only thing that was lacking was how the story was told. The narration was poor. Although this migh be intentional, it still took away from the overvall effect of the story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy (or those who enjoy exploding dust bunnies).

 

Hieu, 16

 

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The Grapes of Wrath 

by John Steinbeck
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure classic realistic fiction

The Grapes of Wrath follows the Joad family as they try to escape the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma by heading out west to California to try to make a new life. Ma, Pa, and Tom carry the rest of the family, along with Jim Casy, as they face the hardships and cruelness of migrants heading west, dealing with the law, religion, and social interactions that the define the Joad's and the rest of the migrants. The unity of love and community and the idea of a whole rather than individuality during the harsh times is seen through out Steinbeck's work.

This book is one of my favorites, as it depicts the hardships of people who are trying to make a living in a fast paced society such as America. Also, how Steinbeck was able to capture what was going on in the era the book was written about through people that were going through it. The use of multiple symbols and motifs are what really made me think and what Steinbeck intended and they way he made everything fall into place.

This novel is for those who like the seriousness side of books rather than the over zealous books. This is for those who are moved by words and what is happening in their society that is affecting them. If you want to see change in questionable parts of your society, then The Grapes of Wrath will positively motivate you in doing so.

Anthony, 16

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Into the Wild 

by Jon Krakauer
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure identity true stories

Chris McCandless takes a one way trip into the Alaskan wilderness, in which Jon Krakauer documents the journey from when it began to when the untimely death came to be. Krakauer, restates what occurred in Chris's journey, from meeting the people he met during hitchhiking, the various jobs he acquired, and the numerous places he stopped before heading into the wilderness.

Overall, the book was impressive in various ways. The organization in which the book was written is interesting and opening as it develops into further detail. Also, how the author established his credibility by mentioning a similar trip to that of Chris's trip, and how they both had the same desire in life. But most of all, I like how Jon Krakauer defends McCandless on why he did what he did, that it was part of human nature.

If you have a desire for exploration and the wilderness, then this book will sure give you some tips on how to properly do it and what the consequences are, both good and bad. Also, if you are a young adult who has desire to do something desperately, then this book would sure change the mentality and the way of approaching the desire.

Anthony, 16

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Lord Sunday 

by Garth Nix
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure fantasy magic suspense

Image result for lord sundayLord Sunday is the conclusion to a seven-book series, where Arthur Penhaligon has to save Earth, and the new world he was thrown into. He has defeated most of the people in his way, and Lord Sunday is the last one to remain. He is also the strongest, and Arthur finds him to be the most difficult to defeat. The ending of this book is a major twist from what was expected, and leaves you wondering what happens next.

I liked this book very much, because it was exciting to read, and made you feel like you were actually there. There was also a lot of suspense and surprises throughout, which made it interesting to read.

I would recommend this to others who like to read suspenseful books, and enjoy plot twists near endings. People who like books who leave you thinking would enjoy this as well. The ending is a bit sad, so if sadder endings aren't for you, you might not like this book.

Natalie, 14

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Superior Saturday 

by Garth Nix
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure fantasy magic suspense

Image result for superior saturdaySuperior Saturday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is trying to save the parallel universe that he was thrown into. In order to do that, he must defeat Lady Saturday and take a key from her. To find the key, he must use the previous ones he has gathered and attempt to find the "Will," an entity that will assist him. He must also come to terms with transforming away from humanity, and having to become the hero he never wanted to be.

This book was an interesting one to read, because it really goes into the magic of the other world, how things worked and how easy it was to break. The different perspectives also made it interesting, while also adding to the suspense.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy suspenseful books, and/or find it easy to follow multiple perspectives throughout the book. If the sudden changes are hard to follow for you, it might not be the right book for you.

Natalie, 14

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The Mysterious Benedict Society 

by Trenton Lee Stewart
10/12/2015 Categories: adventure mystery sci fi

This book was about a man named Leopathdra Curtain who invents a machine called the Whisperer. Mr. Benedict, his brother who invented the Reciever, puts together a team of children to go to his school, the Institute, and stop him. The kids names are Constance, Kate, Reynie, and Sticky (George).

It was good because of how it projected the future. I liked it because it was like a science fiction book and mystery in one. It had a few futuristic machines like the Whisperer which can project thoughts into people's minds and make them think certain phrases.

I would recommend this book because it has cliffhangers between chapters, it leaves off at a exciting part. People who like mysteries should enjoy this book. It has parts that science fiction lovers would like. One example is that a machine can do a brain sweep and erase all memories. That type of machine hasn't been invented yet!

Stone, 13

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The Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale

In the kingdom of Danland, a prince comes of age and the chief official selects a province that the princess will be selected from. This time, the territory of Mount Eskel is chosen, which is filled with rough mountain girls, so a princess academy is organized to prepare the girls. Miri, the main character, is one of these girls who attends the academy and learns about what it takes to be a princess, from reading to poise and conversation.

I love this book because Shannon Hale whips up a great story that is original but still incorporates the best qualities of popular books- romance, courage, and adventure. This is my favorite of Shannon Hale's books!

I would recommend this book to girls who like princess type books, though just about anyone would like it because it isn't your typical princess story. I have personally recommended it to many people and all have loved it.

Emma, 18

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The Forgotten Sisters 

by Shannon Hale
09/26/2015 Categories: adventure boarding school fantasy royalty

Miri had spent a year in Asland but is just about to return home to her family on Mount Eskel when King Bjorn asks a favor. He agrees to give her the rights to the land of Mount Eskel if she travels to the swamp in Lesser Alva to be a tutor to the King's cousins. Miri learns the tricks to the swamp and becomes best friends with the three sisters- Astrid, Felissa, and Sus. Miri manages to save the kingdom once again from war, knits the royal family back together, and returns to her home of Mount Eskel.

I loved this book because there were so many twists and turns I had not seen coming. This book has a different feel then the other two in the series, but the adventure and romance is definitely consistent.

This book is mostly intended for girls. Be sure to read the other two in the trilogy before reading this one.

Emma, 18

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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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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
04/27/2015 Categories: action adventure

The Maze RunnerOne group of friends, one maze, and only one way out. The Maze Runner is a story of a group of kids who are trapped in a maze trying to find their way out. Secrets begin to unravel as they move farther into the maze.

The Maze Runner was one of the best books I have read due to its action, adventure, and drama. It was a good page-turner and I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I like how the author uses descriptive words and phrases to help imagine the scene better.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love adventure books, with a touch of romance. Its keeps you at the edge of your seats, waiting to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers ages 13 and up due to the violence and slight crude language.

Sara, 14

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Things That Are 

by Andrew Clements
04/06/2015 Categories: adventure mystery romance

Things That AreAlicia is blind, but she still sees the events unfolding around her. She sees her parents who want her to live her own life, but still feel the need to protect her. She sees Bobby, who seems to be edging closer. She sees William, a man who isn't only invisible to her, like everyone else in her life, but also to the whole world. Is he really kind and trustworthy like he seems? Or is Alicia mistaken by her instincts? Things That Are is the third in a series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things That Are is an interesting book because it's about learning to trust the things we know but can't see.

If you like adventure, romance, and mystery then you will like reading Things That Are.

Julia, 13

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