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A Child Called It

by Dave Pelzer

Child coverThis is a very sad book about the abuse that a kid suffers at the hands of his mom.

It was a very hard book to read but makes you become aware of people's lives behind closed doors.

I would recommend it because you will get the actual meaning of someone who is being treated very badly by his own mother.

Rebecka, 14

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The Summer I Turned Pretty

by Jenny Han

Summer coverThis book is about a girl who falls in love with two brothers at the same time. When she goes to the beach house she does not know which one to choose, so all she does is go for one of them. They both call her Belly. By the end of the summer she starts dating the guy who she really likes, but he goes to a completely different school, so he has to make trips to see her so they could stay together.

This was an amazing book because it made me laugh and cry. I would recommend this book if you're into romance.

Rebecka, 14

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Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little LiarsPretty Little Liars is about a group of girls that lost their friend. Now that summer break is over they are back in school and there is someone who is threatening their lives. They must find out who it is before someone gets hurt. 

I think that this book was amazing! I read this book three times because it was that awesome. 

I would recommend this book to others because I think they would enjoy it - especially if they are interested in mystery series.

Rebecka, 14

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Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II

by Jack Canfield

Chicken SoupChicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II is a book of powerful and inspirational short stories written by teens, for teens. These life lessons cover a wide variety of topics, including relationships, acts of kindness, physical and emotional struggles, and many more.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II was the first book I've read in the series, and hopefully will be the first of many that I'll get. This book had many stories that I related with, and made me smile, laugh, and even get some tears in my eyes.

This book, along with others in the series, is a must-have for teen readers, as it has something for everyone. This book basically tells teenagers that when they are dealing with harsh times, they are not alone.

Jakob, 15

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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 coverFahrenheit 451 takes place in a worst-case scenario future, where the brilliant are censored for their knowledge, creativity is demolished, and books are burned by firemen. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman, who meets a seventeen-year-old girl who talks about a past where people could think.

Fahrenheit 451 is a bit difficult to read at first, but once you begin to understand its meaning, it becomes a spectacular read. It details how censorship can ruin and degrade a society.

I recommend this book to not only Science Fiction lovers, but also to any big thinkers out there. Fahrenheit 451 details a topic that is rarely touched upon in our society- censorship.

Jakob, 15

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Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

Liars coverPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard is about 5 best friends, Alison, Emily, Hanna, Spencer, and Aria. Ali, the head of the clique, made the four girls do terrible things and taunted them with their secrets. When Ali went missing, they began receiving messages from someone who knew everything from their past and the deepest secrets that only Ali knew.

Pretty Little Liars is a mysterious book because you don't know what's going to happen next which makes you want to keep reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love high school secrecy and friendship.

Janelle, 15

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Fang: A Maximum Ride novel

by James Patterson

Fang coverIn book 6 of the Maximum Ride series, Max and the flock face their biggest challenge yet as Angel, on a CMS mission to Chad, predicts that Fang will be the first to die. Max becomes worried about this prediction especially since she and Fang had just finally started hitting it off. Tensions rise in the group itself as Fang and Max become a couple and the rest of the flock feels left out. They feel especially in danger when they're attacked and neither Max nor Fang are there to save them. And to add more to Max's list of troubles, she now has to deal with another crazy evil scientist, Dr G-H, who wants to use the bird kids as test subjects. What makes this time worse is that Dr. G-H has created a bird kid of his own, Dylan, and Max finds him to be perfect...is it possible that he's to replace Fang?

I truly did like the idea behind Fang. The story, and the entire series as well, is one that keeps you hooked and interested. There are quite a few twists and turns and you'll always find yourself on the edge of your seat and the balls of your feet as Patterson throws surprise after surprise at you with every new page. The only thing that was a bit troublesome was the writing style. It was a bit too childish at times and seemed to wander from the topic at hand at some parts.

I would recommend this book to all others, especially those of you who love a great adventure. Fang gets you thinking about the possibilities with human genetics, but also brings up the ethical and moral responsibilities behind it all. 

Jana, 17

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Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe

by Robert Pacilio

Image result for Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe book coverMeetings at the Metaphor Cafe is about a book of four unique teenagers who meet at the Metaphor Cafe to discuss the inspiring lessons of their English teacher, Mr. Buscotti (or Mr. B, for short). Mr. B inspires his students in many different ways, from music to dancing.

Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe is among one of the best high school books I have ever read. The story is written in four points of view, from the four main characters, making it easier to understand their personalities and conflicts. Mr. B is an amazing teacher, and the author's writing makes you feel like you're in his class!

EVERY high school student and teacher should read this book! Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe gives you a highly inspirational experience that few other books can replicate!

Jakob, 15

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games coverThe Hunger Games is set in district 12, where a girl named Primrose Everdeen, gets reaped (picked to be a tribute in the Hunger Games). Her sister Katness Everdeen volunteers as a tribute in order to have her sister saved from the fight to the death to entertain the Capitol. As the fight continues, Katniss finds her love, Peeta.

The Hunger Games is an incredibly detailed book that writes with raw power. Suzanne Collins writes this novel is such a realistic way, despite the fact that it is fiction.

I would warmly recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who loves action, suspense, and romance. The book was so good for me that I read it in less than a week!

Francesca, 12

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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

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

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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