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Hatchet

by Gary Paulson

Brian is flying from the U.S. to Canada to visit his dad. When the pilot has a heart attack, Brian tries to fly himself the rest of the way, but he ends up crashing the plane into a lake. Until somebody comes to rescue him, Brian must survive in the wilderness by himself with only his surroundings and a hatchet his mother gave him.

I thought Hatchet was a very good book. It was very exciting, and it was fun reading about Brian having to survive in the wild by himself.

I would recommend this book to others if you like excitement and adventure in your books. This book also had tips, I guess, of a few survival strategies.

Cailin, 11

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Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants is about an old man named Jacob Jankowski who lives in a nursing home. During that time he gets flashbacks of his youth. From the moment his parents get into a car accident to when he ends up taking care of the animals on a circus. The novel is a mix of adventure and romance.

The novel takes you through all the challenges and feelings Jacob was feeling. Very well written makes you feel as if you're there. As well as heartbreaking at times when romance is involved.

I would highly recommend this novel if you're into adventure, conflict, and a little romance. Very heartfelt and makes you want to read it all over again. I highly recommend you read the novel first before seeing the movie.

Anahi, 16

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See

This novel is about girl named Lily who is about 80 years old at the start of the book. She then recalls her childhood of moments where she went through foot binding, deaths within her family, hardships, romance, and her bound relationship with her laotong, Snow Flower.

The novel is heartbreaking and shows the bonds of her close friend, Snow Flower. It really touches the heart and at times makes you want to cry. Very well written and even shows the history side of foot binding in 18th century China.

If you love touching stories that hit you in all emotions, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is the book for you. You even begin to relate to the characters on an emotional level. As well as a feel for poetry.

Anahi, 16

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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

A futuristic Cinderella tale, Cinder tells the story of a cyborg mechanic girl named Cinder, who catches the eye of the prince of New Beijing. While getting to know the prince, she learns about her history, another race with the power to control people, and how she is a large key into saving New Beijing- and the world.

I found this story extremely intriguing. A girl who is discriminated against yet still saves the world is inspiring, yet it's still a fictional page turner. As it's the first book in a series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's a really nice beginning that picks up speed and sets the mood for the rest of the series. It's a story that I stayed up late into the night reading.

Every book in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. The only thing I don't like are the small romantic bits, I found them awkward. You can't go wrong with this book, as there is something for everyone.

Alexis, 13

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When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me is about Miranda Sinclair, a girl in New York, who begins to receive strange notes. Those notes tell her to record future events and to write down the locations of her spare keys. As the book continues, there is three different storylines.

I liked this book because it has mystery and science fiction. It's always interesting to figure out who's behind everything with the protagonist. Also, I thought it was interesting that the author was inspired by a man suffering with amnesia and the book A Wrinkle in Time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Also, if you like books that deal with the theme of friendship, give this one a chance!

Sandra, 16

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

The book focuses on a poor Irish-American teenage girl and her family as they live in Brooklyn, New York City. The book takes place during the first two decades of the 20th century.

I liked the book because it dealt with a family that was from Irish decent and I though it was interesting because many people came from countries far away and they had to adjust to life in America. Also, the girl's family is poor which I can relate to in a way.

If you like reading books about poverty and overcoming obstacles I suggest this book. Also, if you like reading about the motivation people have to live differently than they're parents try this book!

Sandra, 16

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is about two women. One is named Miriam, who's father arranges a marriage between her and Rasheed. She marries him and tries to have children. She is unable and he becomes abusive. Later, Laila marries Rasheed after her parents are killed by a rocket. She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a girl and he becomes abusive towards her as well. The two women become friends and have to deal with an abusive husband until something changes that.

I liked this book because it talks about how women are treated in a different country. I like that the author didn't hold back because it really makes the reader understand how those women must have felt.

If you have read The Kite Runner I recommend reading this book. It's an emotional story about how two women become friends after having to live with an abusive husband. If you like reading about drama and how women are treated like less than humans you should read this book.

Sandra, 16

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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. Before she dies she records thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why she killed her self. Those tapes are then passed to select number of people, until everyone on those tapes has heard them.

I liked this book because it made me realize how much can affect a person. Also how depressing someone can be without showing any signs. I thought it was an emotional book and it was hard to read but it's worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries/crime. Also it's really interesting to read about why someone committed suicide, even if it's just a story. A lot can be learned from reading the book, like how to spot signs of someone who is suicidal.

Sandra, 16

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

The book is set in Florida in the early 20th century. It's focused on a teenage girl named Janie Crawfords. Throughout the book she claims she expects more form life but realizes she has to find out for herself what she should expect.

I really liked this book because it dealt with gender roles. I though it was important that it talked about woman wanting to have more rights and do more things they want to that only men are allowed to do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books that deal with finding your own identity. Also if you like reading  about women being free and doing what they want and the value of women, I suggest this book.

Sandra, 16

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The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

The Road is set in a post apocalyptic time, about the journey of a man and his son.Their journey takes several months as they travel over landscapes where most of civilization was wiped.

I really liked this book because I like reading books that are set in post apocalyptic times. It was interesting to read how a father and son interact with each other after having to live in a place where most people are gone. It made me think about what I would do if I lived in a post apocalyptic time.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about post apocalyptic stories. Also the book deals with survival, and how they have to survive and watch over each other.

Sandra, 16

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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book is about a freshman in high school named, Melinda Sordino. During a party something happens to her and she calls the police. Soon, everyone starts asking her why she called but she doesn't want to tell anyone. Eventually she stops speaking and only expresses herself through art.

I really liked this book because it dealt with violence and victimization, and I have never read anything like this before. It made me think about how many people go through traumatic experiences and don't talk about them because they feel guilty.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes reading books about post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic experiences. Just to forewarn, this book contains topics like sexual assault.

Sandra, 16

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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

This play is about two young lovers who are from different families who are rivals. Romeo is the son of Montague and Lady Montague. Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. The two fall in love but can't be together so they end up killing themselves. At the end their deaths bring the families together.

I liked this play because it's interesting because of how the two decide to kill themselves when they realize they can't be with each other. Also I though it was I interesting that death brought the families togerther instead of love.

I recommend this play if you like stories that deal with love and fate. Also, if you like plays that have symbols of light and dark I suggest this one.

Sandra, 16

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The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

A boy named Carter Kane who lost his mom and now lives with his dad, a brilliant Egyptologist. On Christmas Eve, he is reunited with his sister, Sadie, and their father takes them to the British Museum. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to summon a mysterious figure. The siblings have to fight against the evils to try to get their father back.

I really like this book because it was a fun fiction book. I really like reading books about Egyptian gods and magic because they are really interesting and easy to read. I also liked how the author uses teenagers as characters because many can relate to how they feel after having to face gods.

If you like books about gods and magic, you should try this book. Also if you have read any Percy Jackson books, I would recommend this book because it is written by the same author. The book is fun for all ages and I encourage anyone to read it.

Sandra, 16

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A Place to Stand

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

This book is a memoir about a Chicano boy who is abandoned by his alcoholic father and his mother. In his book, he talks about the crime, violence and drugs he was exposed to. He talks about how his decisions led him to end up prison and he explains what he experienced there.

I really liked this book because it really made me think about how many people end up in jail or dead because of their bad decisions. I thought about how the author did all those things because he didn't have a nice childhood. He was abandoned and that led to everything that happened to him. The book is tragic and really touches you if you read it. I felt that I can better understood how many people end up in violence when they are not raised with love and compassion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about how our childhood experiences lead to how our future will be like. If you like to read memoirs, I recommend this book. It's emotional and doesn't hold back from harsher realities.

Sandra, 16

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a quiet 15 year old named Charlie. The books starts with him writing to an unknown recipient about his life and two traumatic experiences he has gone through. Charlie eventually becomes friends with two seniors and starts experiencing drugs and parties while dealing with his own thoughts and problems.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how many people deal with traumatic experiences. The plot was emotional with some comedy, overall is makes you want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about coming of age. But be warned, this book has content that includes: suicide, sexuality, adolescents and drug use.

Sandra, 16

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