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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
12/07/2011 Categories: dystopia survival stories

Divergent coverSet in a dystopian futuristic society where people are split into five factions that describe their character, Divergent follows the story of meek Beatrice Prior, who becomes caught between following her peers' words and her heart. As she encounters various trials that she'd never imagined before, she becomes stronger-- both physically and mentally. 

I liked Divergent, possibly even more than the Hunger Games, maybe because it was still a dystopian society but with a breath of hope in it, while the Hunger Games had a mainly dark and hopeless feel to it. The characters and plot were awesome, and I look forward to the sequel! 

There are some brutal moments in the book as well as some between Beatrice and a male character that may not be appropriate for younger kids. Therefore I would recommend this to a more mature audience, such as 8th grade and up, of both genders.

Erica, 16

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Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl 

by Anne Frank
12/06/2011 Categories: biography survival stories true stories wwII

The Diary of a Young Girl is set in the 1940's during the Holocaust. The story is a translated version of the real-life diary of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who hid with her family from Nazis occupation.

This book gives a real life look into the lives and minds of Anne Frank and her family, who had all been living in hiding for two long years. This book was simply mind-blowing; it's nearly impossible to believe that Anne, a normal teenager who struggled with little problems like the rest of us, was able to stay so strong till the very end. It is an inspirational book because it shows Anne's constant perky spirit, but it is also a very serious memoir of one of the millions of victims of concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

I would recommend this book to people ages 13 and up because it is a deeper read touching on the delicate topic of the persecution of the Jewish people during WWII. If you enjoy real stories about the persistence of the human spirit, you will love this book.

Gillyn, 15

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The Dead and the Gone 

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dead and the Gone coverThis is the second of three books that tell the story of different families who must survive horrible natural disasters when a meteor hits the moon and pushes it into the Earth's gravitational pull.

Not exactly like what's happening with all the flooding and tornadoes in the south and the earthquake in Japan, but a similar type of survival situation. There is so much action and sadness that each page is filled with events both wearying and terrifying and the characters are infused with honest emotions.

Eric, 15

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