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Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories 

by Agatha Christie

Image result for miss marple short storiesIn Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, the scatter-brained Miss Marple has yet again solved 13 mysteries that prove her uncanny ability of seeing through lies and seeking the truth!  From a serial wife killer to a fortune teller predicting someone's death, this elderly detective is the only one who can clearly see the person at fault, the motive, and the means of committing the crime.

I find mysteries thrilling, so 13 of these treats in one book was like paradise! I really enjoy Christie's portrayal of Miss Marple as a dear old lady who actually has an acute sense of evil.

For those who like flipping to the end of a mystery book to find the solution, this book is perfect since it only takes 15 pages to find out who the criminal is!  If you enjoy reading mysteries as much as I do, I'm sure these short stories will entertain you for a couple of days!

Julie, 14

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The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow 

by Ann Turner

CoverIn January of 1864, a Navajo girl named Sarah Nita loses her family to some American troops. She and her sister Kaibah must flee to a canyon, where she finds people in the same tribe as her father. Once they get caught as well, she makes it her mission to find her lost family.

It was an interesting book. Not much big vocabulary, but Sarah Nita does tell nice stories. I liked it, and it was a good book.

If you are into Native Americans and nature, then this is the book you've been looking for!

Francesca, 12

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My Heart is on the Ground: the Diary of Nannie Little Rose 

by Ann Rinaldi

Heart coverIn 1880, at the Carlisle school for Indians, a girl named Nannie Little Rose has to keep her friend out of trouble while she's on a mission of her own in the book named My Heart is on the Ground.

In my opinion, it was just another book. My Heart is on the Ground is average, nothing special.

I would recommend My Heart is on the Ground to children who like Indians, and the mystical world of spirits.

Francesca, 12

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The Golden Ball and Other Stories 

by Agatha Christie
08/14/2012 Categories: classic mystery paranormal suspense

Golden Ball coverAlthough The Golden Ball and Other Stories is not your typical Poirot or Marple mystery, Christie delights readers with 15 mind-boggling mysteries that keep the reader hooked until the end.  Above all, the romance, crime, and supernatural themes create twists in the plot that only Agatha Christie is capable of writing! From a Grand Duchess in hiding, to the ghost of a child who had starved to death, each passage in this book is completely unique from the other. 

Because of this, I found The Golden Ball and Other Stories to be very addicting; I couldn't keep myself from reading it!

This is a book I'd definitely recommend to mystery-lovers. Agatha Christie does not fail to amaze the reader 15 times with well-hidden clues and intricate explanations.

Julie, 14

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Orphanage 

by Robert Buettner
08/13/2012 Categories: battles military sci fi war

Image resultIn the novel Orphanage, extraterrestrials fire projectiles at major cities on earth leaving thousands orphaned and alone. The military needs volunteers to fight back and these kids are quick to sign up, having nothing to loose, they are sent to fight back.

I like this book because it has lots of action, humor, and amazing details throughout the story.

If you are a die hard sci-fi fan you will love this book!

Liam, 15

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Bunker 10 

by J.A. Henderson

Bunker 10 coverIn Bunker 10, several children living in a military outpost are left alone with nothing but their wits to figure out what happened. When a team of heavily armed killers arrives at the base things go from bad to all out warfare.

I liked this book because it is exciting and suspenseful. People who would like this book would be people who enjoy sci fi novels or video games.

Liam, 15

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World War Z 

by Max Brooks
08/13/2012 Categories: dystopia zombies

World War Z coverWorld War Z is the written oral history of the zombie war. It is a series of interviews of survivors and people who fought on the front lines.

I like the book because the writer's diction gives it a feeling of reality and you can almost see the person being interviewed talking to you directly.

I would recommend this book to people who love zombie stories and suspense.

Liam, 15

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The Help 

by Kathryn Stockett
08/13/2012 Categories: african americans friendship inspirational

The Help coverThe Help is about a white woman named Skeeter helping African-American maids get their voice heard. This book is set in the early 1960's, where the risk of Africans speaking out is extremely dangerous.

I liked this book, because it gave insight on what it was like to be both a white, and an African person during this time, instead of just one group's perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who like reading about historical and inspirational books.

Alexis, 15

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The Graveyard Book 

by Neil Gaiman
08/13/2012 Categories: art ghosts horror paranormal

Graveyard book coverThe Graveyard Book is about a boy named Nobody Owens (often shortened to Bod) who was adopted by the ghosts in a graveyard after his family was killed. He has to learn the secret abilities of the dead, but once he leaves the graveyard, he has to confront the man who killed his family. 

The Graveyard Book was very thrilling and ominous, but still had humor and was hard to put down once I started. I personally liked its compelling and well-done artwork, which really matched the atmosphere of the book. 

It is definitely one of the more creepy books, but anyone who can accept that will be satisfied. I highly recommend it.

Jakob, 15

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The Strand Prophecy 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: action sci fi suspense

Image resultIn The Strand Prophecy, a mysterious superhero named Strand discovers that the Earth is going through a rapid evolutionary cycle, which means that monsters of all kinds are threatening and killing humans. Strand has to protect the innocent, such as his niece, from both the monsters and the government, while dealing with his own internal struggles.

The Strand Prophecy is an incredible, well-written novel that is full of action, drama, and surprises. Even though its details and descriptions may go a bit overboard sometimes, it's full of pictures and sketches that help readers visualize the ideas and characters.

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recommend this book to all science-fiction lovers, from teens to adults. This
book is extremely underrated and unknown for how fantastic it is!

Jakob, 15

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Time Riders 

by Alex Scarrow
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Time Riders coverTime Riders is a novel about three teenagers from different times in history who are drafted before death to keep history from being changed. While they are learning the ropes, another time traveler alters the course of WWII so the Nazis won.

I like this book because it is thrilling and has many different parallel futures that keep you guessing till the end. 

I would recommend this book to fans of books like Timeline and die hard sci-fi fans like myself.

Liam, 15

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The Time-Traveling Fashionista 

by Bianca Turetsky
08/13/2012 Categories: fashion time travel

Fashionista coverLouise Lambert does not know what is coming to her when she tries on a vintage pink dress! All aboard the Titanic, with rich guests, and just gorgeous gowns for every occasion. When Louise is mistaken for Mrs. Baxter, she is loving the new life on the Titanic, until the moment that she remembers that the Titanic was known for its sinking! She then tries to save her friends and loved ones, and when she returns back home, she knows more about the Titanic then she ever thought possible!

The Time-Traveling Fashionista was an amazing book to really understand everything that went on during the Titanic voyage. It was a very easy read if you are looking for something interesting but not confusing!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the story of the Titanic, or anyone who is into high fashion!

Chanel, 13

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Atlas Shrugged 

by Ayn Rand
08/13/2012 Categories: classic dystopia sci fi

Atlas Shrugged coverThe world is falling apart at the seams; orders and shipments are late, the country is in debt, problem after problem keep on arising and everyone is at a loss as to what to do. And through this chaos, Dagney Taggert wants to make sure that her railroad keeps on running, but she finds herself facing multiple obstacles as the "destroyer" tries to stop her. And now Dagney finds herself struggling to save the industry and keep real honest hard working men from the destroyer's grasp. And she finds herself realizing the true meaning behind the question: Who is John Galt?

Atlas Shrugged is by far one of the greatest and most thought-provoking books ever written. Rand forces you to stop and look around at the world and makes you wonder what is in store for the human race and if there's any hope for the future. The story, although complex at first, ties together nicely at the end. Although a simple story, Rand is able to write it in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves the classics and doesn't mind reading a very (and I mean very) big book. Atlas Shrugged is definitely for those readers who love to read about the world around them and want to be introduced
to a new train of thought.

Jana, 17

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Strand Book II: Extinction's Embrace 

by J.B.B. Winner
08/13/2012 Categories: sci fi

Image result for Extinction's EmbraceContinuing the Strand series, the world has taken refuge from the evolved monsters, finding new and more technological places to live. However, while discovering new evolved species, Strand and his team have to find out why millions of people are migrating north, as it houses a dangerous threat.

The second addition to the Strand series, Strand Book II: Extinctions Embrace, is an interesting follow up to the first book, taking place quite some time after the first. Personally, I found it to be a bit underwhelming compared to the first book, as it introduced way more characters than I think were necessary.

I only recommend this book to those who have read the first, as it  is way easier to follow that way.

Jakob, 15

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Blood Fever 

by Charlie Higson

Blood Fever coverThe novel Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is about the adventures of a young boy named Bond, James Bond. Upon visiting his cousin on the island of Sardinia, he learns of a relative of one of his schoolmates was kidnapped by pirates on the Mediterranean sea. Soon he is caught up in an island-wide war and must save the prisoner and escape with his life.

I like this novel because it has all the elements of the original James Bond books and has all new characters. I recommend this book to all James Bond fans and people who love adventure.

Liam, 15

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