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Friday, October 12, 2018

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Reviewed By: jtr4

Falling Over Sideways is the story of Claire, a typical middle-schooler who studies dance, plays saxophone in band, and gets caught up in typical teen mini-dramas. But her life gets turned upside down when her father, a famous children's author, suddenly has a stroke right in front of her. Claire has to adjust to her father's inability to do even the most basic things for himself, let alone write his novels. The story of Claire's evolving relationships with her family and friends, and even her nemeses at school, is written in an engaging, light-hearted tone that makes for a enjoyable, fast-paced read.

Why I Picked It Up: We are reading this book for Roselle Middle School's Chat Pack book discussion.

Why I Finished It: It's a compelling story that treats the serious subject of strokes with a lot of good-natured warmth and sensitivity.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys slice of life family dramas with a teen focus.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Reviewed By: B.K.

Throne of Glass was a well written novel. It takes place in a fantasy world, and narrates the life of the world's most infamous assassin, Celaena Sardothien. She was working in the mines before getting kidnapped by the Crown Prince and given the offer of becoming the King's Champion. After a couple of years she would be given her freedom. She just has to do a competition in which she must defeat several other nominated assassins and thieves.

Why I Picked It Up: I picked it up because I heard of the book and how it's one of the most famous fantasy novels.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because it was quite interesting with several different elements in it.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels with lots of action and killing.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Reviewed By: A.B.

This book is very interesting. It has very, very major twists. The overall story is really, really good in my opinion. Once you start reading, you will not give it up until you are finished. It also has nice pictures.

Why I Picked It Up: I picked this up because I really needed a good book to read, and I couldn't decide on one. I had gone over to our "March Mystery" stand and grabbed a random book.

Why I Finished It: I did not have a book to read, I found this, it seemed interesting.

I’d Give This Book To: Everyone who likes fantasy or sci-fi in any way.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig

Reviewed By: K.W.

Oh. My. Goodness. This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read in my lifetime! This book is about how the Sun starts expanding and "swallowing" any planets in its way. A girl named Tora, 17, is one of the last remaining humans on Earth, while everyone else is practically dead. The sun is expanding and becoming larger and larger, causing Earth to dry up like crazy. Resources are very valuable at this time, with water being very scarce. In the end, Tora must choose between saving herself or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

Why I Picked It Up: I picked this up because I really needed a good book to read, and I couldn't decide on one. I had gone over to our "March Mystery" stand and grabbed a random book.

Why I Finished It: I finished this book because, like I had stated before, this had been an AMAZING book so far and I was hooked. At times though, I literally had wanted to throw it at a wall because I had been mad at decisions made by the characters, but at other times, I had literally wanted to marry it!

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend this book for grades 7+ because at first, it's a bit hard to understand, but overall, I'd recommend this book to people interested in the Earth, Fantasy, Sun Expansions, etc.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

Reviewed By: C.S.

This is a story about about a girl named Greta and her family living in Germany during the cold war when Germany was divided into east and west. Her dad went over to the west side to look for work and was unable to return, this made it very difficult and dangerous for her, and her mother and brother Fritz. Her brother is of the age when he is to join the Stasi, which he does not want. They decide to tunnel to the west to escape his fate, but how to do it without getting caught...

Why I Picked It Up: My parents had been to Germany, and Poland and saw the hardships. We have been to the Newseum in Washington D.C. and saw a section of the actual wall and videos about it. I found it very interesting.

Why I Finished It: It was an exciting story, and I wanted to know if they make it across the death strip and are all reunited.

I’d Give This Book To: Teens who want to learn about history in a relatable way, some parts are too intense for younger kids.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed By: M.K.

The Bane has risen and Gregor must end the Bane life. Because of the Bane, a war has outbroken in the underland between the oversized rats and the humans. Gregor is summoned once again to end the war. The prophecy foretells that he is to die. Will he? Read to find out!

Why I Picked It Up: This book is the last book of the Gregor the Overlander series. The previous books were amazing so I just had to finish the series!

Why I Finished It: I finished the book because similar to the previous books every chapter left you striving to find out what will happen next.

I’d Give This Book To: I would definitely definitely recommend it to teens and even some adults. Like the previous books in the series, this books fits into the categories of adventure and Sci-Fi. But this time there is one more category: romance. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed By: M.K.

The humans from the underland, a land underneath NYC, are allies with the nibblers. Nibblers are oversized mice. The nibblers are in trouble and a prophecy tells of Gregor, who lives in NYC, will save them all from death and extinction. But he shall not be alone. With him on this journey, will be a violet eyed girl named Luxa, two oversized bats, an oversized rat, and more to come. Will Gregor fulfill the prophecy?

Why I Picked It Up: This book is the fourth book of the Gregor the Overlander series. The previous three books were astonishing so I decided to read the fourth book.

Why I Finished It: This book, similar to the previous books left you thinking and thrilled at what would happen next. Of course, I would read on to find out.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend it to teens and older. This book fits greatly into the categories of adventure and Sci-Fi. I would definitely recommend it.

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