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James and the Giant Peach - ebook

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Fantasy, Humorous

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Rating: 7 out of 10 

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The book, James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, is deserving of reading. In the book, James’ parents are eaten by a rhinoceros, and he now has to live with his aunts. However, his aunts are extremely mean, ultimately making James’s life even more difficult. They treat him like a slave who can not do anything except listen to them. But one day, when James was walking back home, he accidentally dropped some magical crystals

The Eleventh Plague - ebook

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (2011)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

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The book, The Eleventh Plague, elicits all types of emotions. Parts of the story are upsetting and depressing, but other moments are sweet and lovable. The author explores that sometimes listening to your heart is the best option. In the story, Stephen Quinn, a fifteen-year-old boy, is a scavenger who travels around with his dad in the search of food, water, and things that are valuable enough to trade.

The Selection - Audiobook

The Selection by Kiera Cass (2012)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

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Do you like reading romantic novels? If so, then The Selection is the perfect book for you! The Selection is the first book in The Selection series, a series of five books. This book is set about 300 years in the future and focuses on the life of America Singer whose life might change forever. America is torn when she finds out that she might become the wife of Prince Maxton

To Kill a Mockingbird - ebook

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

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The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a great novel that teaches many valuable lessons and depicts a lot of emotions. This story is told from the perspective of a little girl named Scout who lives with her dad and brother. Scout’s dad is a lawyer who is defending an African American in a case. Through the case, Scout matures and learns a lot about society. Join Scout

The Pearl - ebook

The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1947)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Fiction, Novella, Parable, Folklore, Allegory

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

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“Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that make him sick,” as Hippocrates once said. In the novella The Pearl, written by John Steinbeck, Kino, a poor Native American who lives in La Paz, Baja California Sur, sees the downfall of his family due to his inability to let go of the pearl he had found. As his obsession with the pearl grew fervent,

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Alive by Scott Sigler (2016)

Review by Alejandro- Grade 11

Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

REVIEW 

How would you feel if you woke up in complete darkness, confined in an enclosed coffin? Scared right? Well that's how Em, the protagonist of Alive by Scott Sigler, felt when she woke up in her coffin. Eventually, she ends up breaking out and breaks out a few more people from their coffins as well. None of them remember anything, even their names, and end up embarking out of their room of confinement. They begin to wander the hallways and begin to encounter many lurid sites, such as dead bodies and corpses.

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Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (2017)

Review by Aaliyah- Grade 9

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Social Justice

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

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High school is a lot of pressure, especially when you are a young black girl that lives in a poor neighborhood. In this coming of age book, Jade gets the opportunity to join a mentorship program called Woman to Woman. This program may be for the better or for the worst.

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Famous Last Words by Katie Alexander (2014)

Review by Aaliyah- Grade 9

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

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Adjusting to a new place is always hard. Such as going to a new school and moving into a new house. Willa, the main character, has to deal with both of these obstacles. On top of that she also has to adjust to living with a ghost and in a city where there is a serial killer!

This is one of the best books I've read ever!

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (2020)

Review by Ramya- Grade 10

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

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Stella and Desiree Vignes are two twins living in the small town of Mallard in the middle of Louisiana. The town may seem perfect to outsiders and some people living in it, but to Stella and Desiree, it is nothing but a cage restricting them from being free and following their dreams. The town was founded on colorist principles and them being light-skinned blacks made them accepted by much of the town, but not all.