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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Johnson

Reviewed By: Maya Kulesza

Paper Things is a realistic fiction book. The main character of this book is Ari Hazard. This story takes place in various places because the character is homeless. This story is about how Ari faces her problem of homelessness along with her brother. Her problem affects her life greatly both in positive and negative ways. Read this book to find out how it ends!

Why I Picked It Up: I picked this book up twice actually. The first time I had picked it up because the cover looked simple yet promising and also because the summary on the back of the book had convinced me to read it. The second time I had picked up the book was for a reading club at my school.

Why I Finished It: I finished this book because it had made really good points and had given me an entirely different perspective on things. The book was also relatable in a way. The pages were filled with interesting events that had all convinced me to not put the book down and continue reading.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend this book to all ages. I think people should really get to see Ari's perspective. This story can definitely change someone's perspective on homelessness. I would give this book a 10/10.


Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Reviewed By: Bahaa Khan

This was a great biographical story about the famous football player Jim Thorpe. The book touches upon the school he went to, Carlisle Indian School, and his coach Pop Warner. Jim Thorpe was Native American, and Carlisle Indian was a school to make Native Americans more "American." The story also talks about the racism and discrimination against Native Americans. The story focuses on the Carlisle Football Team in which Jim Thorpe was in, and Pop Warner was coach.

Why I Picked It Up: I picked it up because it seemed fascinating and I don't know much about football.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to know what happened in the rest of Jim Thorpe's life.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys biographical books that still have a story to it.


The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Reviewed By: Isabella Asenova

This is a good book at least in my opinion. It is about 3 children and their "holy" dog. The children go through a lot of challenges during their journey. At the time King Louis is in power and the children meet him. He is getting ready to go to war with them. He follows them around wherever they go because they want to save some Hebrew books from being burnt by the king. The kids save a few but not all of them.

Why I Picked It Up: I picked up this book because it was in the Rebecca Caudill list and I really like reading books that have awards.

Why I Finished It: I finished it because I wanted to find out what happened to the 3 children after their journey was over. It also seemed really good at the beginning and I wanted to see what happened in the end. In general it seemed really good.

I’d Give This Book To: I would recommend it to people who like magic and adventurous books. Also for people who like a little fantasy and fiction.


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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