Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

When Allie's sister Leah commits suicide, Allie is devastated.  Her friends try to support her, like her parents.  As Allie tries to find out why her sister killed herself, she learns things about her sister from other people.

Snake vs. Block (app)

You will be hooked in this game and never wanna stop.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Evicted is about the lives of poverty-stricken families and how most of them were evicted and why - it was very interesting to see how the lives of many people were.  It was in the viewpoint of Desmond, who was a regular middle/upper-class citizen who lived in poverty for months in order to conduct research.

I really enjoyed Evicted and recommend it to people who like research books.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately is about a girl who moves to California to live with her dad.  She meets a boy who happens to be the same guy she was talking to online...

It by Stephen King

It by Stephen King is a good book because it's very descriptive and correlates very well with the two movies that have come out.  It is very good and you should read it.  It is a horror book and very descriptive, so if you don't like horror, then...

Crenshaw by K. A. Applegate

Jackson is a boy who imagined his imaginary cat friend when he was younger, and one day he is lonely and Crenshaw comes back to life.  The book is about the boy's adventures with his new imaginary best friend.

Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp

Lords of the Sith is a novel about Darth Vader and the Emperor, aka Palpantine, trying to destroy a slave rebellion on Ryloth.  It is a good addition to the Star Wars lore.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Very bad book.  Sometimes confusing.  Sometimes inappropriate.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity takes place during WWII.  The protagonist is a female British spy being interrogated by the Nazis.  However, much of the story takes place in flashbacks as the spy recounts for the Germans everything she knows.  Despite this act of cowardice, the reader grows to love and sympathize with the protagonist as she faces choice after impossible choice.  We also grow to love Maddie, the spy's closest friend, as we get to know her through the flashbacks.

This was a great story of bravery, courage, friendship, and war, that I very much enjoyed, and think you would too.

Mouseheart by Lisa Fielder

I like this book because it is two different stories and later in the book it becomes one story and both of the characters meet.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A chilling prediction for the future of physical books and independent thought.  I believe that this novel was very interesting.  It follows the character Guy Montag, a mindless drone who works as a firefighter.  In this (practically post-apocalyptic) world, firefighters burn books, since books are seen as an object for the ostentatiously educated.  As the book continues, Montag opens his eyes and his heart to books as he escapes the grasp of his authoritarian society.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I really enjoyed this book!

A girl has a mom and a dad; she lives with her dad currently.  She runs away with her friend and goes to a honey maker's house.  She quickly finds new friends, and secrets.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A moving character drama that takes place in the early 1900s.  It follows a family through good and bad times.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The book was good overall.  It was action-packed and demonstrates the struggle of teens in having power and no adults on the island.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers is a book in which he argues the true reasons behind success and successful people.  He makes his points using evidence by charts and statistics, and also by literary devices that help make a compelling case on why successful people are successful.

But don't get fooled; this book won't tell you how to become successful.  It may just crush your dreams of becoming successful because being successful relies on more preparation and luck than passion and perseverance.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (movie)

A great movie - it's an amazing story about loyalty and sacrifice.  Also an amazing soundtrack!

Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

The book is adventurous.