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Swing It, Sunny! by Jennifer Holm

Swing it, Sunny (Sunny, Book 2) (2): Holm, Jennifer L., Holm, Matthew:  9780545741729: Amazon.com: Books

In the mid-70's, a girl named Sunny, who thinks of her life as her own personal show, faces middle school and deals with lots of family problems--like when her older brother Dale gets sent off to a military academy because of his behavior. But Sunny learns: when life has you down, swing up!

I LOVED this book! I loved all the colors (it's a graphic novel) and how alive the illustrations look. I just feel like I'm there! Also, I love how it's set in the 70's. I love to see stuff that was YEARS before my time, because I can look back and be like, "Wow, the 70's were insane!"

If you like, funny, upbeat, and sometimes heartbreaking and hopeful graphic novels, then Swing It, Sunny! is a great option for you!

Ofel, 11

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The Importance of Wings by Robin Friedman

The Importance of Wings – Charlesbridge

A girl and her sister face challenges and the boundaries of having their mother leave to go to Israel. Previously, they used to live in Israel as young children, but then they moved to America. The main character, Roxanne, LOVES television. She watched Wonder Woman and idolized her, and Roxanne longs to be all-American, but that's hard in an Israeli household!

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was so entertaining, it was humorous and sometimes quite saddening. Also, it's set in the 80's. And they didn't have phones. BIG SHOCKER. Either way, it makes it even more fun, because there were so many cool and wacky things in the 80's. This story also involves a lot of TV shows, which I like.

If you like really fun, contemporary fiction books with lots of funny things, very detailed things, and present-tense books (which I like, because it feels like I'm really there.), then The Importance of Wings by Robin Friedman is the book for you! Also, I think that people ages 11 and up would enjoy this book, since it's about middle school and eighth grade, so for older kids, it would be a bit more relatable. 

Ofel, 11

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HelloFlo: the guide, period by Naama Bloom

HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern  Girl: Bloom, Naama: 9780399187292: Amazon.com: Books

This book is a puberty book for girls (or for boys who are interested) and it covers a lot of different topics like hormones, brain changes, emotions, and so on.

I LOVED this book! It was so informative, but not in a lecture-like way. It was informal but in a good way, like the author talks to you. It's got really nice colorful illustrations and the book itself has great graphics and a nice layout. 

Girls, if you're looking for a modern puberty book that's 100% honest, funny, real, smart, and sometimes awkward, then this book is all of those things! You should definitely check it out!

Ofel, 11

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Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Amazon.com: Brave (Berrybrook Middle School) (9780316363181): Chmakova,  Svetlana, Chmakova, Svetlana: Books

One boy faces bullies, middle school, and all around confusion, and realizes what it means to be brave. Brave is a story about a kid named Jensen who gets bullied because of his weight. The bullies, Foster and Yanic, are straight-up jerks and call him names like "Fatso." He gets help from friends at the newspaper crew about what to do about these bullies.

I absolutely LOVED this book! The art style is wonderful (it's a graphic novel) and it's so well written and upbeat. Jensen, being the narrator, has such a great mood and he daydreams a lot.

If you like really humorous, sometimes sad or angering books, then make sure to check out Brave. I think the age demographic would probably be ages 10 and up, since this book has some slight bad words. 

Ofel, 11

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Amazon.com: Red Queen (Red Queen, 1) (9780062310644): Aveyard, Victoria:  Books

In Mare Barrow's world, people are divided by blood. People with red blood are commoners and are often poor, while silver-blooded people are the elite with powers. Mare Barrow finds herself in the lowest of the low. Her family is poor, she is red blooded, and she doesn't have a special talent, like her sister Gisa. Mare fears that she will be drafted into the war. When she is caught pickpocketing, from a silver, she is sent to work at the royal palace, where her life is changed forever.

This was an interesting book because as Mare's life is changed forever, she meets many new people along the way, learns a lot about herself, and she even learns the dark secrets held by the royal family. With an amazing plot twist, this book is very exciting.

For anyone looking for a good storyline and fast paced book, this is the one for you! I couldn't put this book down. Any gender will like this book, it has a really good story.

Avery, 15

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