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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (2016) 

Review by Nicolina- Pace

Genre: Romance Ficiton

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Rating: 10 out of 10

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Love is a difficult subject. It is our greatest high and our lowest low. Humans long for connection and for relationships. Yet, sometimes the one who loves you hurts you the most. Lily, a hardworking woman, aspiring to fulfill her dreams, meets Ryle, a man of passion and strong emotion. When running into her first love, Atlas, their entire relationship seems threatened. Love, does not stay beautiful, but instead cracks into so many pieces, no one can ever put it back together again.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina-Kith & Kin by Nijkamp Marieke (2021)

Review by Lizzie- 11

Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure

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Rating: 6 out of 10

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Critical Role: Vox Machina--Kith & Kin by Marieke Nijkamp is a fantasy action-adventure book based on the very popular Dungeons and Dragons podcast series, Critical Role. The book tells of Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan Vessar, half-elf twins from the first campaign of the podcast series. The book takes place before the events of the first campaign with the twins wandering the land of Tal’dorei. After Vax realizes there is a contract on his sister’s head, he accidentally gets involved with the Guild that put it there in an attempt to save his sister and uncover whoever put the hit on her in the first place. Throughout the book, there is a lot of backstory about the twins and the bond between them.

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (2012)

Review by Lizzie- 11

Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Action/Adventure

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Rating: 8 out of 10

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore is a fantasy book and the second installment of the Graceling book series. It follows Bitterblue, who is now queen of Monsea and is struggling to rebuild her kingdom after the damage and instability left by her father, the late King Leck. However, she meets a boy named Saf, who robs her of a very valuable item. Bitterblue struggles to manage her kingdom, all while juggling the social and romantic life of a teenager.

Perhaps this is just my love of romance, but the reason this book ranks 8/10 for me is that there was all of this building towards Saf and Bitterblue getting together, but nothing came of their relationship. I won’t give too much away, but the ending was disappointing if you were reading the book in hopes of a traditional YA romance. However, the writing style is flawless, the heaviness of the plot is evenly distributed throughout the story, and the characters feel real and loveable.

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Anthem (1996)

Review by Evalyne- Grade 10

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian 

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Rating: 8 out of 10 

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No I, no me, no self, no individuality. Ayn Rand's dystopian novel, "Anthem", is the story of Equality 7-2521, a piece of the population of the City where there is no one but one people. Having been raised in such a place where uniformity determines who is of society and who is evil,

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas by Frederick Douglas (1845)

Review by Korey- Grade 11

Genre: Autobiography

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

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Slavery has always been a subject covered in school and this year I had read it for my summer assignment which I really was not excited for but my mind had changed after reading it. Reading from the perspective of a slave, Fredrick Douglass, really does display how cruel slaveowners had treated their slaves and provides knowledge of how people of color have experienced racism in the past.

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Night by Elie Wiesel (1956)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 10

Genre: Memoir

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

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The memoir, Night, by Elie Wiesel, is deserving of reading. Night is based on Elie’s experience of being in a concentration camp as a Jew. Because of what Elie witnesses and experiences, he starts to question his own faith. Elie, unfortunately, had to change because of what he was experiencing.

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Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick (2013)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Autobiography

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

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The book, I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, is deserving of reading. This book has a great plot and motivates the young audience. By reading this book, people can see how a young girl made a major impact on this world. Through this book, people can realize that not everyone has access to a good education.

Broken Things

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (2016)

Review by Sukhsimran- Grade 9

Genre: Mystery

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Rating: 7 out of 10 

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The book, Broken Things, by Lauren Oliver is deserving of reading. This book is filled with different emotions and has a great, interesting plot. This book is full of twists that make the reader want to keep on reading. It has been five years since Summer was murdered. The book focuses on the lives of Brynn and Mia who are Summer’s ex-best friends.

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (2013)

Review by Evalyne- Grade 9

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

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Imagine a world where stories aren't fiction; where fairy tales are accounts of true adventures and the characters were once your fellow neighbors. Agatha, the village witch and her fair haired, pink-loving friend, Sophie, are two young girls living in a small village surrounded by a seemingly endless expanse of trees. The School for Good and Evil is the tale of their adventure through a world torn by morals, discovering who they are at heart,