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The Donut King
by Jessie janowitz


The book The Donut King is about a 12 year old boy named Tris who owns a donut shop, which is pretty amazing for a 12 year old. The main plot is about how Tris’s shop always runs out of donuts before closing time. This happens for 2 reasons. 1 the homemade donut recipe is very delicious. 2 fyod. Fyod stands for fill your own donut, people love this so much because they get to pick how much cream they put in their donut and the cream tastes very good. One day Tris was looking online for ways to make donuts faster until he stumbled upon a life changing discovery. This life changing discovery was a one of a kind donut maker. It was love at first sight, but there was a problem, the donut maker cost 5000 dollars. The only way Tris knew he could get that type of money was through a TV show abut cooking and baking named “Can You Cut it” where the person with the best main dishes and desserts would win a prize of 5000 dollars. I love this book because you get to see Tris compete in this intense yet fun competition.
 
 


Camp
by Kayla Miller


Olive and her best friend Willow are so exited for camp, and are sure they will make so many fun memories together. But, when they arrive at camp Olive quickly makes so many new friends. However, Willow is shy and has a hard time relating the girls in the cabin and latches to her one friend, Olive. Olive is constantly deciding between Willow and her other friends. Not long after, the stress of being with Willow all day wears on her and the two girls find themselves in a big fight. Will they be able to remain friends by the end of camp? Overall, this was a very good book. It very hooking and I finished it very quickly. Though, it was an extremely easy read, as a sixth grader i would recommend it to a third grader. But, it was fun and exciting and I couldn't stop reading.
 
 


To All The Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han


When Lara Jean has a crush, she writes a letter to the boy about how she feels, seals it, and hides it in box in her closet. She never planned to send any of these letters, but just to use them as a way of coping worth her feelings. But one day, Lara Jean finds that her box of letters is empty, and soon learns that all her letters have been mailed. As these past crushes confront her, she finds that maybe the mailing of these letters wasn't so bad in the end. After all, she gains new friends, and even a boyfriend along the way. But in the end there remains one question: Who mailed the letters in the first place? Overall, I really enjoyed this book. While it could be a bit cheesy, it had an adorable, heart-warming romance which I loved. I also loved Lara jean as a character and her fun, optimistic personality. I feel like she learns and teaches us so many lessons along her complicated journey. In addition, I feel like this book had a really cute plot in general. I would recommend this book to anyone my age, especially those who enjoy a sweet romance.
 
 


Alex Rider: Stormbreaker
by Anthony Horowitz


I thought Stormbreaker was a good book, well written and with a nice plot. Basically, Alex Rider is an ordinary schoolboy living with his banker uncle until he (his uncle) gets killed in a "car crash". This starts a chain of events which ends with Alex going undercover into a factory to find the truth behind a gift to all the schools in the nation. It's easy to think that short books with cliche topics like this are just cheap moneymakers, but I genuinely thought that this was a good book. And being only about 200 pages, this is a perfect summer read.
 
 


The Song Of Achilles
by Madeline Miller


Patroclus is a prince that has been exiled from his homeland. He is seen as a disappointment to many, and of no good use. Just as Patroclus' life slowly starts to crumble, he meets the talented and beautiful Achilles. Achilles, a prince, and son of the sea goddess, Thetis, and King Peleus, is seemingly the opposite of Patroclus. Still, the two find themselves building a deep connection and becoming practically inseparable. After being trained by the legendary centaur, Chriron, in war and medicine, a war begins. The Trojan War. A prophecy promises Achilles fame and success if he fights, but also a certain death. This proposes the question: Would Achilles rather die famous, or live a sad, grief-filled life? And as Achilles chooses fame, the questions only become more difficult to answer. Eventually Achilles will find himself having to make a heart-wrenching decision: Fame or Patroclus himself. Overall, I thought this book had just an okay plot. However, I still enjoyed it because of the beautiful writing and impactful messages. I would go through times in this book when I got a bit bored, but the good writing is what kept me going. I also really liked that this book didn't have a predictable ending (at least for me). Overall, I think this book carries some really powerful messages and beautiful writing. I would recommend this book to anyone because of that.
 
 


Prisoner B-3087
by Alan Gratz


Prisoner B-3087 captures the horror that the Nazis put many innocent lives through simply because of unspeakable hatred for people who did nothing wrong to receive such hate and suffering. This is an intense, emotional, scary story of a courageous boy, Yanek, that learned to stay alive by surviving one more day at time even when it seemed impossible because of the brutal, unfair and random cruelty at the concentration camps during WWII. This is another great book by Mr. Gratz, so I recommend this book if you like history and/or are looking for a story full of struggles and triumph please read Prisoner B-3087, a terrifying true story.
 
 


The Goldfish Boy
by Lisa Thompson


The Goldfish Boy is about a boy named Mathew. Mathew Is not like everyone else. He has OCD and is very scared of germs. As a result of this Mathew spends his days looking outside his window, writing down what he sees, and not going outside, or even leaving his room. Everything is normal for Mathew until a neighbor of Mathews, kid goes missing. It happens that Matthew was looking out at the window Before it happened. Mathew had some clues, but didn’t see exactly what happened. Mathew makes it his goal to figure out what happened to Teddy and overcome his fear of germs. Read The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson, to find out what happened to Teddy and how Mathew overcomes his hear of germs. I would recommend this book to a friend as there are several problems throughout the book that keeps it exiting.
 
 


Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his? I liked this book because it had a lot of action and after each chapter you wanted to read more.Shiloh is a action packed book that makes you want to keep reading. Marty Preston try’s to lie his way into keeping Judd Travers dog because he abuses him. All the lying he did came back to him, now Marty’s family is in danger because of Judd's anger. Judd has a drinking problem so he can’t contain his anger. Will Marty get to keep Shiloh?
 
 


Slider
by Pete Hautman


Slider is about a 8th grader named David. David is just a normal 8th grader except for one thing, he’s a competitive eater. The book starts off when David accidentally buys a hotdog online for 2000 dollars, and needs to pay his mom back before she finds out that he bought the hotdog. So he needed a plan, and the plan was to become a competitive eater and make back the money. This thought crossed his mind because he eats faster then most people when he’s eating at a normal speed. I like this book because you get to see a normal boy become a competitive eater. You also get to see all of his training and learn all about the things competitive Eaters do to eat so much so fast.
 
 


Outliers The Story Of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell


This book has an interesting take on what makes people successful, and it gives lots of interesting stories that people can only thrive when given the opportunities and resources to do so. The book also shows the inequities of inherited wealth and privilege in Western societies. You normally think that just your intelligence and personality traits are enough to make it, but after reading this thought provoking book many questions get answers; such as what people with limited or no opportunities would of have done if given those opportunities, maybe find the cure for cancer, stop global warming, and make our world a better place for all. Mr. Gladwell shows brilliantly that hard work and opportunity in almost all cases are more important than intelligence. It helped me think that I just need to put more hours in if I want to do better. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand, question, and reflect the bias in our society.
 
 
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