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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of boys who crash on an island with no adults. They have to fend for themselves in order to stay alive. The leader, Ralph, tries to keep everything under control, with his friend, Piggy. Will everything go according to plan? Will they make it or break it?

I believed Lord of the Flies was very well-written. It showed you how a human being would act if placed in the same situation. The book expresses the dramatization of the civil and barbaric side of the human being.

I would highly recommend this book to others because it makes you wonder how a group of humans would act in the same situation the other boys were in. Would we act the same? Or differently? I would recommend this book to readers ages thirteen and up due to the violence and language.

Sara, 14

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Sanctum

by Madeleine Roux

Sequel to bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, author Madeline Roux creates a continuation of the original photo-illustrated novel. The book continues where the last book left off as three friends who had met at the Brookline asylum try to move past their trauma, but are still haunted by the past. Dan, Abby, and Jordan must now return to Camford, where Dan realizes darker secrets than he'd imagined.

Sanctum keeps the thrilling writing style of Asylum that makes the novel hard to put down. Readers frequently realize new secrets the characters discover making it difficult to want to stop reading. The story also has just the right suspenseful tone so it can be creepy even when reading in light of daytime.

I would recommend this book, particularly to people who enjoy mystery, horror, suspense, and psychological. It may be too dark for some and should not be read by the easily frightened, but it does also have its more lighthearted moments such as those revolving around the friendships of the main characters. This book is for people looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.

Hayley, 17

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The House of Power

by Patrick Carman

Atherton, an artificial world, is a three layer world that includes The Highlands, The Tabletop, and The Flatlands. The Highlands sank into The Tabletop and war erupted and now The Tabletop is sinking into The Flatlands. In The Flatlands, there are creatures called Cleaners that will eat every thing in their paths. The Highlands and The Tabletop must unite to defeat them.

I enjoyed reading The House of Power. It was good because it described what it might be like to live in any of the three levels on Atherton. It taught what might happen if the industrial race continues and we don't give Earth's resources time to replenish before we use them again and that we will eventually run out of resources on Earth. We might have to rely on machines to keep us alive and not be able to go outside because of the bad air quality and pollution.

This book takes place around 2105 and Atherton has been completed. It tells of a futuristic time where the Earth has become overly polluted and the sky is black which is why it is named The Dark Planet. I would recommend it to science fiction lovers. It it a great start to the Atherton series. It is one of the best books of science fiction I have ever read. 

Stone, 11

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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

Morrie was Mitch Albom's favorite college professor and the story starts off with Mitch's flashback to his graduation in which he says goodbye to Morrie, promising to keep in touch. Sixteen years after his graduation, Mitch discovers that Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS. From then on, Morrie and Mitch meet every Tuesday to talk about life, love, regrets, and the world.

Tuesdays With Morrie is an absolutely amazing story. It is filled with despair, but also shows a great bond between an old teacher and student. This opens the audience's eyes out to the real struggle of ALS and what individuals truly have to go through.

This book is great for everyone. I highly recommend everyone read it especially if you are one who participated in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge;" it displays the symptoms of ALS and what loved ones have to go through.

Analyss, 17

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Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a story about George and Lennie, who has the mind of a child, who aspire to own an acre of land and a shack for themselves. They are California laborers and work as much as they can to achieve their goal. After landing a job in Salinas Valley, their dreams have come closer, but Lennie's small mind causes him to do things that can possibly end their dream.

Of Mice and Men was a very short book, but very intriguing. I absolutely loved this book because it was so captivating and thrilling! I probably finished it in a whole day. It is a nice book to read and it has a very interesting plot.

I highly recommend this story to others. Teenagers will love this book and it will be one of the least boring books they will read in their high school career. Of Mice and Men is just a great read for everyone! Even my dad loves this story.

Analyss, 17

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The Princess Academy

by Shannon Hale

In the kingdom of Danland, a prince comes of age and the chief official selects a province that the princess will be selected from. This time, the territory of Mount Eskel is chosen, which is filled with rough mountain girls, so a princess academy is organized to prepare the girls. Miri, the main character, is one of these girls who attends the academy and learns about what it takes to be a princess, from reading to poise and conversation.

I love this book because Shannon Hale whips up a great story that is original but still incorporates the best qualities of popular books- romance, courage, and adventure. This is my favorite of Shannon Hale's books!

I would recommend this book to girls who like princess type books, though just about anyone would like it because it isn't your typical princess story. I have personally recommended it to many people and all have loved it.

Emma, 18

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The Forgotten Sisters

by Shannon Hale

Miri had spent a year in Asland but is just about to return home to her family on Mount Eskel when King Bjorn asks a favor. He agrees to give her the rights to the land of Mount Eskel if she travels to the swamp in Lesser Alva to be a tutor to the King's cousins. Miri learns the tricks to the swamp and becomes best friends with the three sisters- Astrid, Felissa, and Sus. Miri manages to save the kingdom once again from war, knits the royal family back together, and returns to her home of Mount Eskel.

I loved this book because there were so many twists and turns I had not seen coming. This book has a different feel then the other two in the series, but the adventure and romance is definitely consistent.

This book is mostly intended for girls. Be sure to read the other two in the trilogy before reading this one.

Emma, 18

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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story about a girl named Melinda Sordino who busted an end-of-the-year summer party because she called the cops. Everyone starts to hate her and her friends don't even talk to her anymore. She is secluded to herself and there is something that happened at the party that she is avoiding from her mind. If it enters her mind, she would have to speak the truth, hence the title.

The novel, Speak, was very enjoyable to me and has a great underlying message. It was not an overly depressing story which made it bearable to read. This novel is one of the few novels that I would definitely read again.

I definitely would recommend the story to others. It sends a great, but not harsh message and it just is an overall enjoyable story. I would recommend it to people who are oversensitive, as I am.

Analyss, 17

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The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife, is a story about an art student named Clare and a librarian named Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. This happens only because Henry is diagnosed with Chronic Displacement Disorder in which he finds himself in unusual time frames. The story is about their love for each other and is told from both their points of view.

The Time Traveler's Wife was an interesting story; a little confusing at first, but once I got into it, it became a fairly emotional story. It is a classic love story, but unique on its own. I thought this book was clever and different from the usual romantic novels I have read.

If you enjoy classic love stories, but with a twist, you most likely will enjoy this book. I was instantly hooked from the beginning and it makes it more enjoyable by the fact that it is told by both the character's point of view. I am sure a fair amount of people will love this novel.

Analyss, 17

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Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night is a tragic romance novel about an 18 year old actress by the name of Rosemary Hoyt who goes on vacation to the French Riviera. There she meets the handsome Dick Diver, whom she falls in love with. Dick Diver is a psychiatrist who is the doctor and husband of Nicole Warren. The story depicts the life of Dick Diver, in which the wealth he has encountered provokes him into a different lifestyle other than his own.

This book was to a moderate extent, interesting, but it is very difficult to understand. Fitzgerald writes in a very complex and wordy way that actually makes it strenuous to know what is truly happening. This book also doesn't have the greatest plot in the world and it seems as if I was never really intrigued with what was happening.

I do recommend this book if you really admire a complex way of writing in an author, but if you don't, I don't think you will like this very much. I thought that after reading The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, I would like it a lot. The Great Gatsby has such an interesting and clear plot that the plot. However, Tender is the Night was mildly disappointing but a little disappointing. I know many people who have very much enjoyed this novel, so might as well give it a read. 

Analyss, 17

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

Four friends and one mission that will end in a way that you will never anticipate. The second book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Ashes, is a fast-paced book that will cause many mixed emotions.

I enjoyed City of Ashes very much. I was very excited for the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It was everything that I was anticipating for; the action, romance, and adventure. I loved the secrets that were hidden in the book. I would have never expected them, but was very happy when I did. City of Ashes kept me on the edge of my seat, reading vigorously.

I would highly recommend this book to readers that love novels filled with adventure and supernatural creatures. This book has many life messages such as the importance as family. Cassandra interprets this message in this novel better than any other author could. I would recommend this book to readers fourteen and up due to the violence and the harsh language.

Sara, 14

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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From supernatural creatures to a romantic adventure filled with thrills, City of Bones will be leaving you begging for more. City of Bones is a story about a teenage girl, Clare, finding out she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood. Join Clare as she begins to realize that she isn't your average teenage girl.

I absolutely loved City of Bones. The book teaches many lessons such as the power of love and the meaning of family. I loved the way Cassandra Clare's has a way of captivating her audience and leaving them in complete awe. I also enjoyed the descriptive words the author puts in her writing. You are able to picture the scenes very clearly.

I would highly recommend this book to others that love the supernatural. It includes many creatures such as vampires, demons, and werewolves. I would also recommend it to readers that love novels filled with adventure and romance. I believe it would be appropriate to readers ages fourteen and up due to its crude language and violence.

Sara, 14

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, set in the 1920s, follows Nick Carraway as he becomes acquainted with a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby's dream and ambition for the last five years was to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, after their love was thwarted when Gatsby was away fighting in World War I. Nick aids in their eventual reunion, which puts Gatsby at odds with Daisy's husband.

This novel is considered by many as one of the greatest American novels ever written, and it certainly holds up to that bar. Although the plot seemingly reflects that of a love story, it really is SO much more. Fitzgerald uses the characters (and Gatsby's dream in particular) to explore deeper themes such as the corruption of the rich and the untruthfulness of love and devotion. I liked the book especially for its memorable characters and the amazingly descriptive writing that Fitzgerald utilizes.

I would recommend The Great Gatsby to people above the age of 13 because the type of writing in this book used to convey themes can be hard to interpret for a younger audience.

Giabao, 15

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Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting revolves around a 10-year-old girl named Winnie who stumbles upon a spring that bestows eternal life. The spring is kept secret by the Tuck family, who have been blessed (or cursed) with this everlasting state of undying. When Winnie stays and bonds with the Tucks for a few days, she gains insight into the implications and meanings of such a secret. However, a stranger also knows of the spring and wants to market it to make a fortune.

I liked Tuck Everlasting; the novel was a simple, yet beautiful, read. Thought-provoking themes such as mortality, life and death, and morality are woven into the story and looked at from Winnie's point of view. And above all, these themes make the reader think. For instance, many in our society today look at death with fear, but SHOULD it be seen that way? Or should it be taken as a natural component of the wheel of life, as the Tucks see it?

I recommend this book to children who are old enough and ready to contemplate these themes, as these play a big role in making the book so magical. I would also recommend Tuck Everlasting to adults and anybody who enjoys fantasy.

Giabao, 15

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