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made in korea

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk (2021)

Review by Anna- Grade 9

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Romance

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Rating: 6 out of 10 

REVIEW 

Set in the Pacific Northwest, two Korean-American teens vie for the most successful Korean beauty-product business in their high school. A 17-year-old senior at Crescent Brook High School, Valerie Kwon is a self-inspired entrepreneur. Selling merchandise out of her locker, Valerie and her cousin, Charlie, run and manage V&C K-Beauty, a Korean beauty-products business. Since sophomore year, Valerie has been saving her profit, hoping to accomplish her dream of bringing her grandmother to Paris.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (2017)

Review by Jenna- Grade 10

GenreScience Fiction, Romance

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

REVIEW 

How would you spend your last day on Earth if you knew it was your last day? This is the question Adam Silvera answers in his novel They Both Die At the End. In the book, Mateo, an introverted teen, receives a call from Death-Cast that he is going to die by the end of the day, as does Rufus, a teen across town.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FItzgerald (1925)

Review by Anastasia- Grade 11

Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Rating: 9 out of 10

REVIEW

Beginning in the Spring of 1922, The Great Gatsby is a story of rivalry between two wealthy Long Island villages: West and East Egg. The book's narrator, Nick Carraway, rents a small cottage in the west, finding himself stuck in the middle of this feud, with a foot in both the eccentric West Egg and the old-fashioned East Egg.

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (2012)

Review by Alexander- Grade 12

Genre: Humorous

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

REVIEW 

What do you get when you mix the holiday season with Jeff Kinney's classic Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? You get Cabin Fever, the 6th entry in the series.

cujo

Cujo by Stephen King (1981)

Review by Ava- Grade 11

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Action/Adventure

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

REVIEW

Only Stephen King can capture the somber internal conflict of a dog. Although the book is gory, that's not nearly as unsettling as the incredible tension that builds up over the story, each character struggles and issues intertwining with one another. Even the most horrible monstrosities are described in such a way that the reader can't help but feel bad for aggressor and victim.

Cujo is an amazing book. The never-ending tension and descriptive imagery just makes you feel truly empathetic for each character, and despite the absurdity of the situations they seem so real.

People Like Us - ebook

People Like Us by Dana Mele (2018)

Review by Stephanie - Grade 12

Genre: Fiction

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Rating: 7 out of 10

REVIEW

"People Like Us" takes place at an elite boarding school, Bates Academy. The story is narrated by Kay Donovan who enrolled in the school to get a fresh start. However, her popularity and status are threatened when she and her friends discover the dead body of a fellow Bates Academy student Jessica Lane.

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Lore by Alexandra Bracken (2021)

Review by Melanie- Grade 9

GenreFantasy, Mythology

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Rating: 7 out of 10 

REVIEW 

"Lore" by Alexandra Bracken is a creative take on the world of Greek gods and goddesses that combines the best elements of the classic Percy Jackson series with the high stakes of the Hunger Games.

Dear Martin - ebook

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017)

Review by Jenna- Grade 10

Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW

Navigating your way through your teenage years can be difficult, but especially after you are placed in handcuffs when you are just trying to help a friend. Justyce McAllister is at the top of his class at his private high school, but after a police officer attempts to arrest him on a false claim that Justyce must be causing trouble because of the color of his skin, the way he perceives the world around him drastically changes.

Two Can Keep a Secret - ebook

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus (2019)

Review by Stephanie - Grade 12

Genre: Fiction

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Rating: 9 out of 10

REVIEW

"Two Can Keep a Secret" follows and is narrated by two Echo Ridge High School students, Ellery and Malcom. Ellery just moved to her mother's home town of Echo Ridge with her twin brother Ezra. The twins quickly become friends with their fellow classmate, Malcom, who shares a dark connection to the town of Echo Ridge with the twins.