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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

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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.

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The Dead by Charlie Higson (2010)

Review by Aidan- Grade 12

GenreThriller, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Dystopian

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Rating: 7 out of 10 

REVIEW: 

This dystopian novel begins directly after “the disaster,” in which everyone over the age of 16 contracts a disease that either kills them or turns them into zombie-like creatures. In a private school in London, the students are forced to flee the school due to the zombie-like teachers. They catch a bus to the inner city, but the bus driver begins to show symptoms of the disease.

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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

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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.

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1967)

Review by Stephanie- Grade 12

Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Rating: 10 out of 10 

REVIEW: 

A classic coming of age story, "The Outsiders" is told from the perspective of 14-year-old Ponyboy Curtis who lives with his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop. The three boys are part of a gang known as the Greasers who face many conflicts with a rival gang known as the Socs. The Greasers become a second family to Ponyboy and his brothers, who became orphaned after the death of their parents.

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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

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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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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (2017)

Review by Stephanie- Grade 12

Genre: Realistic Fiction

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

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Taking place in the author's home town of Shaker Heights, Ohio during the late 1990s, "Little Fires Everywhere" follows two families: the Richardsons and the Warrens. The Richardson family is made up of four children: Lexie, Trip, Moody, and Izzy. The Warrens are made up of a mother, Mia, and her daughter, Pearl. The wealthy, upper-class, and seemingly perfect Richardson family could not be more different from Pearl and her artistic, free-spirited mother.

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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.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)

Review by Manpreet- Grade 11

Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Bildungsroman

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Rating: 9 out of 10 

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The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is a bildungsroman novel that tells the story of Amir and Hassan, who are close friends and live in Afghanistan. Their town is having a local kite tournament, and Amir wants to win this competition to make his dad proud. Little do the boys know that this kite tournament is going to change their friendship forever.