The Perfectionists

by Sara Shepard

This book was about five girls who all share a hatred of one common person. They pretend to plan out his murder, but only meant to prank him, not murder him. The night of their prank, their victim dies, exactly the way they planned. They now have to find the killer before it's too late.

The book was an interesting one to read, because it was suspenseful and kept you guessing throughout the entire book. It was good to read from all the switching perspectives throughout the book, showing you how each person thought.

 

I would recommend this book to others who like to read from different perspectives in a story. I would also recommend this book too people who like a suspenseful story. However, if you don't like switching perspectives, then this book might not be for you.

Natalie, 14

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Blood Ties

by Garth Nix

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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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Eight people arrive on Soldier Island, invited by their friends Mr. and Mrs. Owen.

The housekeeper and butler inform them that their hosts are not yet on the island.

Things seem fairly ordinary until, one by one, people start to disappear.

And Then There Were None is basically like the game of Clue. Everyone is trying to figure out who the murderer is. The language; however, is a little old, which may make it boring for some people.

I would recommend this book to people in their teens and over. Anyone younger wouldn't find it interesting, as it is a complex murder mystery.

Alex, 15

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Twenty-four teens are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Awesome book, I couldn't stop reading it. It has a lot of action. What I like about this book is that Katniss never gave up even though she faced some hard situations.

Yes, I would recommended this book others because it shows how hard life could be sometimes, but you never have to give. People who like a lot of action would like this book.

Yessica, 14

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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino, busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone. Inside her own head, but even that’s not safe. There’s something she’s trying not to think about. Something about the night of the party that, if she let’s it in, it would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak.

Speak is a book about depression. Depression is the unspoken theme that defines Melinda's behavior. I like how the book was well written.

I would recommend this book to everyone. This is such an important book for the he content and message it presents.

Yessica, 14

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Tracked

by Jenny Martin

Earth as we know it has changed. The climate has become unstable, unsafe (in most areas) for human life. Major corporates now rule the land and oppress the people. Welcome to the world of Tracked. Phoebe Van Zant is a 17-year-old rally racer, the best on the streets. Her many victories catch the attention of Charles Benroyal, an owner of the most powerful corporation. She and her best friend, Bear, are blackmailed into joining Benroyal to race for him. When Phoebe finds out the Benroyal is playing a more dire game than she figures, it's up to Phoebe and her rebel friends to dethrone Benroyal and restore Earth to its former glory.

This book was amazing. There was plenty of action in the book along with adrenaline-pumping details of races. This book is something to die for.

The world in Tracked is almost exactly the same as the world in Hunger Games. Substitute the Games for rally racing, President Snow for Charles Benroyal, Gale for Bear, Peeta for Prince Cash, Katniss Everdeen for Phoebe Van Zant, and you've got the general idea of its similarities. For those who love Hunger Games, this is the book for you.

Hieu, 16

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The Chimera's Curse

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 14 year old girl, who has a unique power with mythical creatures. The shape-shifter, Kullervo, has an army ready, and is preparing for a war. In the meantime, Connie's brother is becoming a companion, and Col has to learn to handle his conflicted feelings.

 

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about mythical creatures, or animals and nature in general. This book is a bit of cliffhanger, and keeps you wondering what will happen next, after the book is over.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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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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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it laying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, and crush; who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his their town with Hannah's voice as his guide. He becomes a first -hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

I liked this book it was very interesting. I also liked the way it was written. The bad thing about it is I can't get it out of my head I just feel sorry for Hannah and it made me see that even the most littlest thing can really affect someone, it was sad.

Yes, I would recommend this books others because it teaches you how a couple of rumors could ruin someone’s life. I think it's a very good book and everyone would like it.

Yessica, 14

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter finds out on his 11th birthday, that he is a wizard and can finally escape his horrible aunt and uncle. He is now set to attend Hogwarts, a school for wizards. Harry is known all around the wizarding world as the Boy Who Lived. He has to face difficult obstacles with his two best friends, who help him along the way.

Harry Potter finds out on his 11th birthday, that he is a wizard and can finally escape his horrible aunt and uncle. He is now set to attend Hogwarts, a school for wizards. Harry is known all around the wizarding world as the Boy Who Lived. He has to face difficult obstacles with his two best friends, who help him along the way.

I liked this book because it is a thrilling story that makes you imagine a world where magic is real. The book is full of twists and turns, and it leaves you guessing until the very end.

I would recommend this book to people who are looking for a fantasy to read, people who love reading about magic, or someone looking for a suspenseful book.

Natalie, 14

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Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Miles Halter is a teenage boy from Florida who decides to spend his junior year of high school at Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama. He says that he is going to seek the "great perhaps," something more than himself. Everything changes for Miles when he meets Alaska Young, a girl with a troubled past. The book takes Miles and his new friends on an unforgettable journey that teaches them about the greater truths the world holds.

Looking for Alaska is one of the best books I've ever read. It makes you consider how in a flash, your entire life could change. It is extremely inspirational and well written. The characters in the book were so detailed and I almost felt like I knew them.

I would definitely recommend this book to young people, teens especially. I think that teenagers will definitely be able to relate to at least one aspect of the book. If you like stories that are emotional and about life, then Looking for Alaska is something you would enjoy.

Alex, 15

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Geek: A Fantasy Novel

by E. Archer

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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Of Sound Mind

by Jean Ferris

Theo, who is a senior in high school, is the only hearing son of deaf parents. He meets a new girl at school, Ivy, and discovers that she is in a similar situation as him, as her dad is deaf but she is hearing. Theo's dedication to his family and Ivy is put to the test in various circumstances.

Of Sound Mind was a very intriguing book because it gave insight into Deaf Culture. I enjoy how loving and relatable the characters are in this story.

If you want to learn a little bit about Deaf Culture yet still get connected and fall in love with characters, you'd love Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris.

Janae, 16

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The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

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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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

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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