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We'll Always Have summerWe’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?

Review submitted by Paige.

 

Confederacy of DuncesA Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.

Review submitted by Jake.

 

 

The Hunger Games book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!

Review submitted by Josephine.

This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!

Review submitted by Julia.

 

Digital FortressDigital Fortress by Dan Brown

This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.

Review submitted by Ellen.

 

Crossing the WireCrossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.

Review submitted by Michael.

 

the Running Dream book coverThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!

Review submitted by Sydney.

 

 

I Emma FrekeI, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson

This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.

Review submitted by Kendall.

 

It Happened to NancyIt Happened to Nancy by Anonymous

When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.

Review submitted by Paige.

 

flowers for algernonFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.

Review submitted by Michael

Reviews by You!

sky on fireSky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

This is a fast-paced, action adventure novel with lively characters. If you like action movies this is a book for you.

Review submitted by Abi.

 

 

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

Red Scarf Girl is a great book about standing up for what you believe in and being strong. The book focuses on the communism in China. Overall, it’s an excellent book.

Review submitted by Amanda.

 

 

Keeping FaithKeeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

After her parents’ divorce, Faith starts talking to imaginary friends and one call her “God” is helping her perform miracles and repeat Bible verses when she has no religious upbringing. When a reality TV show tries to debunk her claims, will they finally believe her?

Review submitted by Paige.

 

the red_pyramid book coverThe Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Riordan has yet again given readers a book that is a genuine page-turner. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of two ancient blood lines. Their lives are turned upside down when their father is trapped. This book is a mystifying tale that will please everyone.

Review submitted by Tania.

 

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne and Otto Frank

This is the touching diary of a fourteen-year-old Jew in the Second World War. When her family goes into hiding in an attic, she records her brave life.

Review submitted by Lea.

 

 

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium is set in a time when people in the USA believed that love was a disease. Thus they found a cure. Now, when anyone turns eighteen they have to get the cure. Lena always wanted the cure but when she meets a boy she finds true love. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.

Review submitted by Christina.

 

AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist draws deep emotions and sparks and thoughts about what is destiny. Learn about your personal legend and Santiago on his journey.

Review submitted by Ariel.

 

 

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard

Flawless was the sequel to Pretty Little Liars. The books are really different than the TV show. The end was also really surprising. I really liked this book.

Review submitted by Nicole.

 

 

Island of Blue DolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Karana’s tribe left her with her brother. Three were killed from a pack of wolves. Karana survives years on the island alone, until she finally gets found.

Review submitted by Sofia.

 

 

Insurgent book coverInsurgent by Veronica Roth

I love this book. Probably mostly because I loved Divergent and I was dying to know what happened next. And now I’m just waiting for the third book. (I hate cliffhangers) x(

Review submitted by Rhiannon.

 

Reviews by You!

MacbethMacbeth by Shakespeare

Macbeth and his wife seek a great amount of power. They will do anything to get it, including murder and other horrified crimes, making them criminals. Do they achieve their goal? Find out!

Review submitted by Atit.

 

 

All Your BaseAll Your Base Are Belong to Us by Harold Goldberg

If you grew up with video games or just like to play them, then this is definitely the book for you! It gives you the amazing history of many famous video games and systems that changed our lives forever! 5/5 stars!

Review submitted by Dev.

 

Change of heartChange of Heart by Shari Maurer

Athletic Emmi learns horrible news: her heart is failing. Throughout the story Emmi meets Abe, who already had heart surgery, and they instantly bond. Emmi goes through many tough times in her high school years.

Review submitted by Brandi.

 

Shug

Shug by Jenny Han

This book was about a girl named Anne Marie, and she likes Mark. But Mark likes Celia. Celia is Anne Marie’s older sister. Also, Anne Marie told her mom about Mark so the mom said try it out.

Review submitted by Kimberly.

 

homecomingHomecoming by Cynthia Voigt

In Homecoming, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy are abandoned by their mother. They go all over the country searching for a loving home. I love this book because it shows really good friendship, motivation, and kindness.

Review submitted by Alice.

 

Kimmie66Kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich

It’s about a girl named Telly and her friend committed suicide and she’s trying to figure out why she did this and what was the point of it. At the end, Kimmie was still her friend and Telly was not mad at her.

Review submitted by Kaitlyn.

 

 

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The book was suspenseful, adventurous, and creative. There are dragons and enchanted things. There are freaky parts, like when Hansel and Gretel hide in a closet when there is screaming in the kitchen and a devil in the house.

Review submitted by Anthony.

 

Wednesday WarsThe Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

If you don’t like Shakespeare, you might want to take a look at this. Holling thinks his teacher hates him, especially when his teacher makes him read Shakespeare outside of school.

Review submitted by Jenefer.

 

 

BewareBeware! by R.L. Stine

It’s really scary especially when you read it at night. The slightest creek or something falling will make you jump.

Review submitted by Gabriella.

 

Between Mom and JoBetween Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters

This book was well written and about how the main character struggles to face the cruelty of kids while having two moms. This book was exciting and thrilling. I highly recommend it.

Review submitted by Emma.

 

There is no Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

There is no Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

This is a book of 40 short stories set in the current moment and told by teen narrators from around the world. The stories are all less than 1,000 words and give a flash of insight into the characters’ lives. Each protagonist is different, many have quirky personalities, and all are memorable. The book includes topics like loss, friendship, enemies, accepting responsibility, and siblings. The one factor that each story shares, is their character’s desire to connect with the world. These connections are made mainly through relationships, but sometimes through actions.

This book is a great summer read for those who want a fast read, with meaning. The stories are really short on words, but leave you thinking about the characters and their lives. You wonder how Amel deals with being made fun of because of her heritage, how Jack comes to terms with his body image, and if Lily will forgive Brianna for judging her when they first meet. With titles that include, We Like you for Your Flaws, Killer Chili,and Will You Hold My Bullet, Please?, you can read one story or the whole book.