Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Deathly HallowsThe book is about a wizard, Harry, who is wanted dead by Lord Voldemort. Harry is on a journey to find things that will help kill Voldemort. When Harry puts his friends life in danger he finally ends the feud.

I started reading the Harry Potter books in seventh grade. When I was reading them I got more and more interested with each book I read. It got my attention because of the mystery. I wanted to figure out why Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry.

I would recommend these books because they are very interesting. If you read this you should be interested in dramatic books

Rebecka, 14

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a WallflowerCharlie is writing to a stranger about his experiences in high school. What Charlie sees and what he endures are many hardships that incidentally make him feel sad.

I loved this book because emotionally you can connect to Charlie when he begins talking about how he feels about high school. Charlie says what your innermost thoughts really are.

This book is great. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit on the sad side but an overall a wonderful book.

Liam, 15

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Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin

Game of ThronesThe Game of Thrones is about turmoil in the seven kingdoms of Westria. After decades of peace, King Robert's assistant dies, leaving an open spot at his court. He appoints his loyal friend Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, to fill the post. Meanwhile, tension is brewing among the other lords, who begin making alliances and preparing for war.

I loved this book because it is full of action and twists that keep you guessing. It has lots of detail that makes you feel like you are really there. This book dives into the more brutal, less romantic side of knights in shining armor and princesses in castles.

I would recommend this book to boys around my age who like books with brutal action scenes and deception. Considering this is not your typical fantasy novel, it is not for people who are fans of fairy tale endings and light-hearted stories.

Liam, 15

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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Invisible manThis book was an extremely confusing narrative about a black man's life during a time when blacks were still struggling against racism. He is more educated than most black men but is thrown out of his school and forced to go North for a job, where he gets caught up in an organization. He thinks a lot about what he does and is a very powerful speaker. However, he decides that he is truly invisible.

I suppose I moderately liked the book, however, it was hard to grasp at times. Nonetheless, it did get me thinking about the deep concepts it was trying to convey. The only reason I would recommended this book is because it is a famous piece of literature that appears frequently on the AP exam. I would expect that people who like to think deeply about society would like it.

Jordan, 1ing7

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Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaThe book is about a Japanese girl who is torn away from her family at a young age. She goes to live in a house with three older ladies, another girl her age, and a famous Geisha. The hope is that someday she will become a Geisha as well. With many set backs, she has a difficult journey, only helped by the handsome Chairman.

It was a very good book. It opens up a whole new culture in such a unique way and allows you to form deep connections with the main character as she makes her way through a life mostly forced upon her.

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because it is a great story that incorporates Japanese culture and history. Most likely, you will like this book if you are interested in Japanese culture, geisha, or narratives of the struggles of a young girl.    

Jordan, 17

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The Necromancer

by Michael Scott

NecromancerThe world is ending. Soon. With Josh and Sophie Newman, two 15 year olds as the world's only hope, every side is battling for the twins to join them. Who will win? Read The Necromancer to find out.

This book was really good. I loved the cliff-hangar endings and mythological references. Anyone who loves action-packed books like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series will like this one.

Hieu, 13

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The Chamber

by John Grisham

ChamberThis book takes place back in 1967 when the KKK was bombing the houses and offices of black and Jewish people. The book is about a grandson named Adam Hall who tries to save his grandfather that he barely knew and is going to be gassed for bombing an office and killing two little boys. Adam tries everything he can to save his grandfather, but he fails and his grandfather gets gassed.

This book was very good because it talks about history. It is interesting to read and learn about what happened to murderers during 1967.

I would recommend this book to people who are interested in history and want to know more about what happened in the 1900's

Josh, 15

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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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Chicken Soup on the Real Deal: School

by Jack Canfield

Real Deal coverThis book will tell you everything you need to know about how to survive high school. Literally your survival guide, this also features excerpts from the editor's life.

I would recommend this book because it was a really good read. It felt connected to me in a way I can't even imagine. If you like real-life books then go for this book.

Hieu, 13

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Chicken Soup for the Teen's Soul II

by Jack Canfield

Chicken soup coverMoving to a new school. Dating. Breakups. Divorces. This is a book written by teens (technically) that tells about their story on a particular subject.

This book was good because these teens tell stories that are not unlike what you are experiencing.

Yes, I would recommend this book because I could connect to the stories and it is heartwarming.

Hieu, 13

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Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game

by Ridley Pearson

Shell Game coverDisney Host Interactive by day. Last line of defense against Overtakers at night. What first seemed to be protecting the Disney World parks now adds another battleground for 2 weeks: the Disney Cruise Ship Dream. The Overtakers are planning to obliterate the Kingdom Keepers on the 2-week cruise through the new Panama Canal locks. Will the Keepers be able to thwart the OTs again?

Th=is book was filled with amazing, non-stop action sequences that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. Yes. If you're looking for action and Disney, this series is for you.

Hieu, 13

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Top of the Feud Chain

by Lisi Harrison

Image result for Top of the Feud ChainThis is the last book of the Alphas series. Charlie, Allie, and Skye are some of the few Alphas left on Alpha Island, where they have been having competitions. Whoever loses gets sent home. In a competition gone wrong, the girls have been challenged to a place race and decide to bring along the Darwin boys. Unfortunately, the plane crashes in a desert and they are left to find a way out.

I thought it was a good ending to the series. The ending totally surprised me and I never saw it coming.

I would totally recommend this book to other people who have read this series along with the Clique book.

Audrey, 15

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City of Fallen Angels

by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels coverThe war against Valentine ended and the Clary won! So everything is supposed to be perfect since Jace and Clary can finally be together...except for the fact that Jace has started to act distant from Clary. There have also been mysterious deaths of Shadowhunters and the death of mundane babies who look suspiciously like they were trying to be turned into half demons.

I thought this book was..eh because it felt like it was kind of a letdown compared to City of Glass, which ended on a perfect note. Clary and Jace's relationship just seem to deteriorate because Jace didn't tell her this one secret which ultimately could have broken them up for good.

I would recommend it only if you have read the other books. But besides from that, it wasn't the best book in the world.

Audrey, 15

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes coverClary just wishes her life would go back to drawing and hanging out with Simon. Unfortunately, it can't after you find out that you're a Shadowhunter, your mom is in a coma, you might possibly be in love with your brother, and your own dad is basically evil. 

I liked this book because it still had those hilarious characters. Plus, the combination of the action and romance is perfect. If you read City of Bones don't stop there! This book is just as good as the first. There are some great moments in this book where you just stop reading and go "Whoa!"

Audrey, 15

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones coverClary Fray is just a normal teenage girl who just happens to witness a killing in a club. Her best friend Simon is convinced she didn't see anything until her mom goes missing and she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Jace Wayland. Together, they try to uncover the truth about what happened to her mom.

I loved this book because I just love the funny and crazy characters and their witty comments. It's cool because each character is entirely different and has their own unique personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any type of fantasy book because its so much more than just vampires and werewolves.

Audrey, 15

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