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The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief follows Liesel Meminger written in the unique prospective of Death. Liesel has faced Death many times before, like when her brother died in her arms. Though, she has never seen Death like this, not like Nazi Germany. After staying in her foster parents' home town, Liesel finds herself assimilating nicely, with Ilsa's library filled with books and even the (somewhat) annoying Rudy Steiner. And no matter what, she always has her stolen books to walk her through difficult times in the basement during bombings. Though, as the war progresses, Liesel finds her life being turned upside down when her parents house a Jew in their basement, risking it all, staring Death right into it's eyes. This book is an amazing read for many reasons. For one, this story is told in a unique and refreshing prospective. Through out this book, we see the relationship of death and Liesel and she progresses through her life. The book also has many metaphors that add to the books depth. Through out this book, you will relate to so many of these characters. Each of the characters feel like real people, which is why the ending is tormenting yet accurate for many who lived in Nazi Germany. This story is a MUST read, even if you don't usually read historical fiction.

Island Of The Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell

I liked this book a lot! The only thing that lowered it to 4 stars was that at the end Carana changed her mind so suddenly that she wanted to go with the people. She seemed so desperate and lonely at the end. The fact that she was so eager to leave and leave her home island behind so quickly was upsetting. She wore the the human clothes even though they were uncomfortable and ugly. She said that she would save her precious skirt, her prized possession only when the people were not looking so she would not get in trouble.

The Fountains Of Silence
by Ruta Sepetys

Another awesome book by my favorite author! I love Ruta Sepetys becase her writing is insightful and important, but easy to read. This book had multiple perspectives, which was very suitable. My only irk with this book is that it was written as if someone was speaking to you, telling the story. For example, instead of Daniel strolls down the hallways of the hotel, it is written Daniel is strolling down the hallways of the hotel. But, that didn't distract from the intricacies of the story. For the first time I liked how it incorporated romance. Overall, Fountains of silence told a very important story, in a readable package.

Dork Diaries
by Rachel Renee Russell

This book was so good! I loved reading this because it can relate to me is some ways, and the drama in it gets me hooked and makes me want to know what is going to happen next. This book was amazing and I would definitely recommend it!

by Mccall Hoyle

I loved this book! It was so sweet and it explained how and why dogs are so attached to their humans. It really made me feel dogs feelings and understand why they act how they do. Stella is such a sweet dog. She is just anxious and misunderstood. I loved how she knew when Cloe was in trouble and would do anything to save her (like getting attacked by a cat) she was a great dog and a great friend to anyone she met.

When The Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales Of Terror
by Joseph Bruchac

It is so scary it is about legendary monster stories of Native American oral tradition.I love this book because it has so many bone-chilling stories my personal favorite is the big tree people where children play at night and their father catches them and tells them about big giants act like trees and they scratch the windows of children like taaacccctttt tact and then the father goes back downstairs right after there is a taaacccctttt tact and they were never seen again

A Children's History Of India
by Subhadra Sen Gupta

Overall a good history book on India by Subhadra Sen Gupta. However, it does not deserve the title "A Children's History Of India", as it is written in a more complex style that younger children might no understand. Also, the book is written in a very boring, not-fun to read way. It's a good book on the history of India, but I feel that it is not entirely geared towards children, and more focused on young adults and teens. A title change removing the "Children's" would be nice. Overall, [the book] piecing together all the dynasties, empires, and periods of Indian is stunning the way Gupta has done it, except it points in the direction of teens more than the title suggests.

The Cardboard Kingdom
by Chad Sell

I liked the different stories within the story

The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling is a great crime fiction/murder mystery novel by Robert Galbraith. Unlike most books of its kind, the murderer is the one right in front of your eyes -- the same man who asked to reinvestigate the thought-to-be suicide, in which he himself was the killer. This book puts together a old private detective, and his temporary assistant, who becomes permanent, and together they solve the crime that even the police couldn't. Overall, a decent book, perfect for teens and young adults

Girl In Pieces
by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces follows seventeen year old Charlotte (Charlie) Davis. Charlie has been through a lot. Her absent father, abusive mother and brain dead friend add to Charlie's emotional scars. To numb the pain, she cuts her arms and thighs. Charlie doesn't want to die and doesn't want attention, she simply wants a bit of control over her life. Glasgow's writing is choppy, but beautifully repsentitive of the mind of a seventeen year old. Girl in Pieces is a wonderful and nessecary book.
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