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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.

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.

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.

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

Title details for A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz - Available

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.

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.

Title details for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Wait list

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.