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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park - Available

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 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.

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.