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Taking Flight 

by Michaela DePrince
11/15/2017 Categories: inspirational non-fiction war

Everyone has heard of Misty Copeland, the black ballerina, but have they heard of another one? Well, her name is Michaela DePrince, and she has a story to tell. Despite the horror's of her past, Michaela has really taken flight and proven to people that someone who was judged as the lowest of low, can really rise to the top.

This book is yet another war memoir(I know, what is up with all these war books?), and as unique as How Dare The Sun Rise. Michaela DePrince takes you through the journey from becoming the grand ballerina she is seen as today. Fun fact: This book took place at the same destination as A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah(or, 'The Review My Sister Wrote')

I hope everyone reads inspirational bookS like these, because they will see the world at a different angle than when they first begun the book. Even though war memoirs are hard to read, it really explains the hardship that people might not even heard of. This is what people are doing today: helping kids in Africa who has gone through the same things as Michaela. Horrifying scenes from war. It also has it's fun parts!(young black kids have the weirdest images of white people, "Their hair are different colors like Teacher Sarah's crayons. I heard that you could see the sky in their eyes.")

Priscilla, 12

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How Dare The Sun Rise 

by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
11/15/2017 Categories: inspirational non-fiction older teens war

This book is a war memoir of Sandra Uwiringiyimana. It describes the vivid memories that Sandra endured in Africa. War was raging, and people died along with it. Sandra's story is sure to horrify. Horrify you in the means of presenting to you a different point of view as the victim of war, and to explain what it is like not having the rights we have in the U.S.

It was really good. Some parts were very hard to read through(well, it is a war memoir) because I am reading about someone's real life. It was definitely interesting because I learn what it is like outside of the United States. I think everyone has the potential to learn a different point of view, but only a few try.

Like I said in the earlier paragraph, I think everyone should read this book, and I hope many do. This is a story of people who are not really known, who rise up to become a national beacon of hope.

Priscilla, 12

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The Dream Giver 

by Bruce H. Wilkinson

Meet Ordinary, he lives in a place where everyone lives in the Comfort Zone, and everyone is the same. Until one day, Ordinary decides to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream, no matter the Border Bullies that block his true potential.

I think this book is a great reminder that anyone could achieve their dreams. Even though there will be some roadblocks, we can always think our way through the problem, not around. It is a fantastic book that will question your way of thinking, and it will help you explore yourself and your values.

Everyone should seriously read this great book. Anyone who wants to expand their horizons, and create a different way of thinking. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Priscilla, 12

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Tuesdays with Morrie 

by Mitch Albom
10/12/2015 Categories: inspirational true stories

Tuesdays with Morrie is a final lesson between Morrie, a college professor, and one of his students, Mitch Albom, who is the author of the memoir. All the keys to life are mentioned between this pair, topics ranging from marriage, love, death, and the various aphorisms on life are said by Morrie, as he is facing death during the enrollment of the memoir.

How life should be perceived and challenged is what truly made me really like this book. It made me rethink the way I live my life and what was happening around me in a very positive and benevolent manner. Morrie's ability to live life even when he said he was already dead made me want to advance in a life full of accomplishment and success, that is why this book is motivating.

I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling in their lives and who are searching for ways to smooth it out. If you are into the beauty of life, then this book will surely change the way in which you think and live. This book will teach you many lessons and it will help in everyday life situations. 

Anthony, 16

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Breakaway: beyond the goal 

by Alex Morgan
09/29/2015 Categories: biography inspirational soccer true stories

The Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player details her path to success, from her childhood in California to her time on the United States' National team.

This book kept me up all day and night. Alex Morgan's story made me believe that I could accomplish anything. Anyone reading this book would feel as if their dreams could come true.

This book is perfect for soccer fans and people who love stories about overcoming obstacles put in your path in order to reach your goal. 

Melissa, 13

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The Help 

by Kathryn Stockett

The Help coverThe Help is about two black women who are maids in the 1960's and a young white lady who wants to create a book about the lives of the maids in Jackson, Mississippi. There is still segregation in town but it doesn't stop these women from writing their book in secret. These three women's destinies change with the work of a book that tells about the hard work of the black maids in white homes.

I personally loved the book because it tells you the points of view of the black maids and the young lady who was taken care of as a child by a black maid. It made me cry in the end which was very moving. It shows how racism was in the 1960's and how brutally those maids were treated.

This book has a little of everything. There is humor, romance, drama, history, and mystery. I really enjoyed The Help by Katheryn Stockett, and I hope you will too.

Carina, 14

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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
12/18/2012 Categories: death inspirational realistic fiction romance

Macy is a teenage girl who is suffering from the death of her father during one of their daily runs. She gives up running and keeps to herself. Her boyfriend Jason doesn't listen to her about her unhappiness. He is away at camp, and she sends him an email telling him she loves him. Jason rejects her love and tells her they need a break. Macy is hurt but then she finds a job catering food where she befriends her coworkers. Wes and Kristiy learn throughout the story of the toubles Macy is facing. Wes and Macy begin to play a game called Truth where they revel their secrets to each other. They connect more and later throughout the story they become a couple after some obstacles.

The Truth About Forever is an interesting book. It makes you realize that not letting your feeling out damages you emotionally and physically. I love how Dessen tells Macy's story heartfully.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance story or a book that gives a good life lesson. You should really consider reading this book.

Carina, 14

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II 

by Jack Canfield

Chicken SoupChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II is a book of powerful and inspirational short stories written by teens, for teens. These life lessons cover a wide variety of topics, including relationships, acts of kindness, physical and emotional struggles, and many more.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II was the first book I've read in the series, and hopefully will be the first of many that I'll get. This book had many stories that I related with, and made me smile, laugh, and even get some tears in my eyes.

This book, along with others in the series, is a must-have for teen readers, as it has something for everyone. This book basically tells teenagers that when they are dealing with harsh times, they are not alone.

Jakob, 15

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Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe 

by Robert Pacilio

Image result for Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe book coverMeetings at the Metaphor Cafe is about a book of four unique teenagers who meet at the Metaphor Cafe to discuss the inspiring lessons of their English teacher, Mr. Buscotti (or Mr. B, for short). Mr. B inspires his students in many different ways, from music to dancing.

Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe is among one of the best high school books I have ever read. The story is written in four points of view, from the four main characters, making it easier to understand their personalities and conflicts. Mr. B is an amazing teacher, and the author's writing makes you feel like you're in his class!

EVERY high school student and teacher should read this book! Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe gives you a highly inspirational experience that few other books can replicate!

Jakob, 15

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The Help 

by Kathryn Stockett
08/13/2012 Categories: african americans friendship inspirational

The Help coverThe Help is about a white woman named Skeeter helping African-American maids get their voice heard. This book is set in the early 1960's, where the risk of Africans speaking out is extremely dangerous.

I liked this book, because it gave insight on what it was like to be both a white, and an African person during this time, instead of just one group's perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who like reading about historical and inspirational books.

Alexis, 15

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Never Fall Down 

by Patricia McCormick

Never Fall Down coverNever Fall Down is based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of the brutal life in the Khmer Rouge, a communist party that had taken over Cambodia. Arn is a normal, if impoverished, boy who suddenly gets thrust into the violent life of the Khmer Rouge, and is made to commit to many things just to stay alive. Learning music is one. Handling a gun is another.

Never Fall Down was an amazing book. Powerful and poignant, it bound my heart and tugged at its strings to make a significant impact. Arn's story is memorable and something that I will read again and again.

I definitely recommend everyone to read this book. History junkies will especially like Never Fall Down. However, there are definitely some graphic aspects to this book, so read at your own discretion.

Erica, 16

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Desert Flower 

by Waris Dirie

Desert Flower coverDesert Flower was written by a well-known model Waris Dirie. The most amazing factor of this book is that this is a true story and is still as or more interesting than fiction. The reader explores the life of a circumcised woman in Somalia and all of her obstacles.

I love this book based on the fact that Waris Dirie's life as a child must have been difficult, and you explore a different country with different cultures. The type of society we pretend doesn't exist is still alive and well in other countries. This book is an eye- opener to our lack of knowledge beyond our country.

I would certainly recommend this book to older teens due to the inappropriate and intense scenes. This book truly captivates the reader and reinforces the lesson that not all of our lives will be easy and there will be challenges we must overcome. The title is a symbol, because a beautiful flower or woman like Waris can grow from anywhere, even in the desert, and still prosper.

Lauren, 16

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Eon 

by Alison Goodman
04/26/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy inspirational

Eon coverThis book was about a girl in China who pretended to be a boy. All she wanted was to be chosen by one of the mighty dragons. She risks her and her master's lives just to get away from living like a peasant.

All in all, Eon was an amazing book. It makes you think of how anyone can become something truly great. Whether a girl or boy, you can do anything if you just set your heart on it.

If you love great fiction stories or magical dragons, you would love Eon by Alison Goodman. She makes the words come off the page and into your minds to really connect with the book.

Aleck, 14

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III 

by Jack Canfield
12/10/2011 Categories: inspirational non-fiction true stories

Chicken Soup coverThis book really is chicken soup for the teenage soul; it's about real life experiences that real teenagers braved through. This book is comprised of over 50 stories, relating to the typical issues that we all face. It reminds us that we aren't the only teens dealing with these problems. 

I think that this book is great because it's a great turn-to book when you need some good old comfort. It's about stories and lessons that have been shared by fellow teens/adults. 

I would recommend this book for anyone 11 years old or older. It's the perfect book to turn to when you're feeling down. If you love real stories on life lessons, you'll absolutely love Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III!

Gillyn, 15

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For One More Day 

by Mitch Albom

For One More Day coverCharlie Benetto is a shadow of his once successful baseball star self. Yet even when everyone else turns their backs, there is still one person there for him; his mother.

For One More Day circles around Benetto's constant struggle to change his life and is a great book because we can relate Benetto's problems and regrets to our own; particularly his inability to thank his mother for all the good she's done for him. It really makes the reader think of how their own parents sacrifice so much for them. 

If you enjoy those a heartfelt family themed book you will definitely enjoy For One More Day by Mitch Albom.

Gillyn, 15

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