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A History of the World in 6 Glasses - ebook

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (2005)

Review by Catherine- Grade 11

Genre: Nonfiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW

As other history books become redundant with the same storylines throughout time, readers start to fall into a hole where the same information is being presented to them over and over again. However, Tom Standage’s novel, A History of the World in 6 Glasses takes a unique twist on history

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (2005)

Review by Catherine- Grade 11

Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW

In literature, heavy topics such as sexual assault and abuse can be very daunting to write in a way that is approachable from an author and reader perspective. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s telling of Speak, she shares her story with sexual assault during her high school years and her experiences surrounding the incident.

Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths by Stephen B. Oates (2009)

Review by Catherine- Grade 11

Genre: Biography

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Rating: 7 out of 10

REVIEW

Lincoln is a name that will go down forever in American history for his impact on the country. Even so, much of Lincoln’s life is left in the dark compared to his days in office.

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A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz (2008)

Review by Catherine- Grade 11

Genre: Nonfiction

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Rating: 8 out of 10

REVIEW

While many modern-day Americans know the basic history on the foundations of this country, many events are often left unheard of and lost to history. In Tony Horwitz’s novel, A Voyage Long and Strange, the author embarks on an adventure that leads him around the country and learns of the history from early America and how history has affected these civilizations today.

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (2010)

Review by Manpreet- Grade 11

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW

The novel, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, is deserving of ten stars. This book shows hope, persistence, violence, war, love, peace, survival, hope, fear, and more. In this book, both Salva and Nya face several problems in their life, but they still decide not to give up and to be determined. Nya is a young girl who walks miles away from her village in search of water that is not even clean.

Title details for One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus - Available

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus (2020)

Review by Stephanie- Grade 12

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Mystery

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW:

One of Us is Next is the sequel to "One of Us is Lying" and has just as much mystery and suspense as its predecessor. This story is told from the perspectives of three high school students: Maeve, Knox, and Phoebe. Just eighteen years after the death of Simon Kelleher and his popular gossip app, a new game has started at Bayview High School. After a game of truth or dare is started over text, everyone in Bayview wants to know who is responsible.

Title details for One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus - Available

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (2017)

Review by Stephanie- Grade 12

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Mystery

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Rating: 10 out of 10

REVIEW:

One of Us is Lying begins with five students entering detention, but only four make it out alive. The story revolves around one question everybody wants to know: Who killed Simon Kelleher? The story is told from the perspectives of the four main characters who were in detention with Simon and are now being accused for his murder.

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1996)

Review by Manpreet- Grade 11

Genre: Fantasy

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Rating: 9 out of 10

REVIEW:

This book shows friendship, caring, persistence, hope, fear, and more. In the book, James’ parents were eaten by rhinoceros, and he now has to live with his aunts. However, his aunts are mean, the meanest James has ever met. They treat him like a slave, that cannot do anything except listen to them. But one day, when James is walking back home, he accidentally dropped some magical crystals that were given to him by an old man.

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Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

Review by Ava- Grade 11

Genre: Thriller, Horror

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Rating: 9 out of 10

REVIEW:

Carrie, by Stephen King, is a captivating and thrilling novel with a heavily emotional theme. It details the abusive and humiliative life of Carrie, who - by no fault of her own - has little-to-no experience acting or behaving around others on account of her aggressive and manic mother. The book dives into Carrie's unique mind, and how she deals with her troubles and aggressors, both of which worsen as the book continues.