Into the Wild

by Jon Krakauer

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

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

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

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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Sir Thursday

by Garth Nix

Image result for sir tuesday garth nixSir Thursday is about a boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is on a quest to save the world as he knows it. He has to venture into a different dimension (known as the "House") in order to protect his family and the earth, with the help of his new found friends, and find Keys that are the "key" to saving the universe. He has since been drafted into an otherworldly army, and must learn how to survive on his own.

Sir Thurday was an interesting book to read, because it was full of suspense, and kept you guessing throughout the story. I liked how the chapters were all told in third person, but from different vantage points throughout. The main character was also easy to sympathize with, as he started out as a normal person, like ourselves, but changes as the story continues.

I would recommend this book to people who like to read stories with a bit of mystery to them, and when everything isn't revealed to you right away. The books would also be good for anyone who likes suspenseful plots, and an action filled story line. The change in perspectives could be confusing to some people, so if you don't like the shifts, it might not be a good book for you.

Natalie, 14

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The Wonder of All Things

by Jason Mott

The people of Stone Temple, North Carolina have only a matter of seconds to cope with a tragic plane crash before they are faced with an even more earth-shattering realization; Ava, the sheriff's daughter, has healed someone with nothing more than the touch of her hands. This book centers around the life of thirteen year-old Ava and those of the people close to her in Stone Temple as they deal with not only the tragedy of the crash, but the international spotlight brought on by the girl deemed a Miracle Child. Jason Mott's The Wonder of All Things is a book that deals with more than just the miracles that surround us.

This book includes a discussion on a wide variety of topics that most books fall short on even covering. Similar to all of those dystopian YA novels publishers are intent on mass producing, this book features a young, average girl that no one seems to think much of; until of course everyone makes her out to be a miracle-maker. Mott, however, does not make out his young protagonist to be the only readable character in this tale; her friends and family face many struggles that are deeply rooted in the past and surface in light of the more recent dilemma. Through all of this, we see a picture of people who face the same trials we all do; whether it's the lack of autonomy in youth, grief, or mental illness, this novel displays them in a way that many can relate to.

The Wonder of All Things is a book that begs to be read in one sitting; the story is intriguing, the relationships are realistic (even if the characters occasionally lack depth), and the message has an impact. For those who are interested in books that subtly question that meaning of humanity, this book is for you. 

Melina, 16

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The Pluto Project

by Melissa Glenn Haber

As his home life spirals downward and hope for a romance sputters out, thirteen-year-old Alan Green tries to convince his friends that their spying game has uncovered a real conspiracy to assassinate the governor.

I thought this book was quite interesting. I like how the code words in the game change into very serious interpretations leading into a possible conclusion.

I would recommend this book to those who love spy type books as well as interpersonal relations. This book is simply well-written. 

Melissa, 13

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Shutout

by Brendan Halpin

Image result for shutout by brendan halpinFourteen-year-old Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.

I really liked this because it showed how friendships could change after decisions are made. I liked it because it was a real-life example.

I recommend this book to all because its a friendship crisis. For those interested in soccer stories this book is definitely for you 

Melissa, 13

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Pretty Crooked

by Elisa Ludwig

Willa, a 15 year old teenager, moves to Arizona and starts going to a private school thanks to the paintings her mother has been selling. Fortunately, Willa befriends Cherise, a girl who belongs to a popular group. Willa then decides to start stealing money from rich kids and starts giving it to three other girls who are bullied based on the way they dress.

I personally liked this book because there is suspense, and a bit of action. I also liked it because there were a lot of cliff hangers and it made me want to read the next book in the series right away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book full of suspense, friendship, romance, and action. 

Diana, 14

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Go Ask Alice

by Anonymous

This story is about a teenage girl who gets served a drink laced with LSD at a party. Since then, she gets addicted and she can't stop. This novel is about the hardships she goes through in being addicted to drugs.

I liked this story because it was sort of a graphic novel. It successfully showed the side effects of drugs and what the teenage girl had to overcome when taking drugs.

I would definitely recommend every teenager to read this novel. This story seems very anti-drug abuse and it shows teenagers what the affects of drugs are. Aside from teaching teenagers a lesson, it is also a great read.

Analyss, 17

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Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is a story about two 16-year-old misfits who find themselves sitting by each other on the bus everyday and sharing things they enjoy with each other. The novel tells the tale of a first love and the heartbreak and happiness that comes with it.

I enjoyed this story very much because it can relate to teens in a variety of ways. It talks about first love which I, as well as many other people, are going through.

I would highly recommend this book to teens! It relates to everyone and it has an great plot that I think many people would enjoy. Most teens can relate to the characters in the story in how they act, what they do, and their rebellious side.

Analyss, 17

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Breakaway: beyond the goal

by Alex Morgan

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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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.

I absolutely loved the book. It was simply amazing. I really liked this book because of the love story and the fight scenes it had.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others of an older age of about 12 because of some the the intense fight scenes and the sort of love triangle that goes on. But over all I really like this book.

Melissa, 13

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

The 75th Annual Hunger Games. The tributes were chosen from the existing pool of victors from each district. District 12 only has three victors indicating that Katniss Everdeen will have to go into the arena once again along with Peeta Mellark who volunteered for Haymitch. They will have to fight for their lives again.

I really enjoyed the book Catching Fire because it was so well written, it could easily be imagined. The book was so intriguing, it had sudden changes in the events and unpredictable outcomes. With the character Katniss there was a great example of what true will power, determination, power, and bravery.

I would recommend this book to all. It has a bit of everything in it. I'd advise those who love books that make you imagine the scenarios and love action packed books Catching Fire is definitely the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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Chasing Normal

by Lisa Papademetriou

When Mieka Baker's grandma has a heart attack, her summer plans (if she had any) were turned upside down. She has to stay with her normal cousin in her normal house, go shopping for normal clothes, and attend a normal religious summer camp. What follows is anything but normal.

I really enjoyed Chasing Normal. It addresses a growing girl's concerns about periods, religion, body image, and (of course) boys, all the while inserting humor.

I recommend this book to any girl who feels like the odd one out. The main message is to embrace your inner different. Any mature girl between 11-14 will love this book.

Payton, 12

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