Whats New Category: Realistic Fiction

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Books

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Karolina: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Riley: Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Isabella: Gracie’s Girl by Ellen Wittlinger, Beach Blondes by Katherine Applegate

Theresa: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson

 

Movies & TV

PaperTownsMovieMcFarlandMinionsMovieNightMuseumMovieBacheloretteTVRookieBluecelebrity-wife-swapjurassic world movieInsurgentmovieInterstellardancing with the starsthe amazing raceAmerica's Got Talent logopirates of the caribbean DVD cover

Karolina: Paper Towns, McFarland USA, Minions, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, The Bachelorette, Rookie Blue, Celebrity Wife Swap

Theresa: Jurassic World, Minions, Insurgent, The Bachelorette

Isabella: Interstellar, Dancing with the Stars, The Amazing Race, Pirates of the Caribbean

Riley: America’s Got Talent

 

Music

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Isabella: Aretha Franklin

Karolina: Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa

Theresa: Honey I’m Good by  Andy Grammar

 

Apps

Theresa: Heads Up, Quiz Up

Karolina: Wishbone, Minion Rush

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Riley: Covet Fashion

Barbara: Akinator (paid app)

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Book Playlist for The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.

 

 

 

 

1. “Heartbeat Song” by Kelly Clarkson
2. “Outside” by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
3. “Animals” by Maroon 5
4. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
5. “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
6. “Chains” by Nick Jonas
7. “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor
8. “Sledge Hammer!” by Fifth Harmony
9. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

Listen to the Playlist:


Playlist submitted by Anna.

Reviews by You!

perfect chemistry book coverPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
YA ELKELES, S.
Perfect Chemistry, was such a good book. It had twists and turns but it was also a book with romance and people believing in themselves. I loved that about it. I would recommend it to girls and guys ages 14 and up so that they can relate to it.

Review submitted by Lily.

 

OneThe One by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
I read the book, The One, and I loved the book. It was the third book from The Selection series and the last one. I finally found out who Prince Maxon chose as his wife! I liked it because it was romantic and it had lots of cute moments. I would recommend this to teens and young adults.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

Black Duck  by Janet Taylor LisleBlack Duck book cover
YA LISLE, J.
The book is about David Peterson on a mystery to find out who shot the man on the shore and killed him. I like this book because it’s a good mystery book. I would recommend it to those who like mystery books too.

Review submitted by Kasper.

 

FreedomWalkersFreedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
YA 323.1196 FRE
I read a book called Freedom Walkers. It is a non-fiction book and it is about the Bus Boycott. It was interesting to find out about what happened to African Americans before I was born. I would recommend it to anyone trying to find out more about what happened during the Bus Boycott.

Review submitted by Danielle.

mark of athena book coverThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Mark of Athena is a great book. It is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I would recommend it to people who are looking for an adventure, mysteries, and myths to come to life.

Review submitted by Antonios.

 

lightLight by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
The last book is the end game for the children in the Fayz. The whole series is just great for the people who like supernatural and dystopias.

Review submitted by Elizabeth.

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear Me CryRoll of Thunder book cover by Mildred D. Taylor
YA TAYLOR, M.
I just finished the book Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry. This book was a challenging book to read but overall taught me a lot. The language in this book was very southern and took place around the 1930’s. I would recommend this book to 7th – 9th graders looking for a challenge.

Review submitted by Paige.

 

RebelRebel by Amy Tintera
YA SF TINTERA, A.
Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot. The human kids when they die, come back to life and the longer they’re dead the more powerful they become. Wren and Callum take Reboots to a camp but the leader is crazy so they leave with other reboots. They go and rescue reboots out of HARC (the people who control the reboots) and get rid of HARC officials.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

LostHeroThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is mainly about these three friends who didn’t know that they were demigods (half human, half god) and trying to survive from monster attacks. I liked this book because there are a lot of adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series because this series goes after that series.

Review submitted by Leslie.

 

Mockingjay book coverMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Mockingjay is another great book by Suzanne Collins and reminds me of what it takes to win a battle nevertheless a war. It reminds me of what the patriots had to do for America.

Review submitted by James.

Book Playlist for The Swap by Megan Shull

SwapThe Swap by Megan Shull
YA SHULL, M.

 

 

 

 

1. “Switch” by Will Smith
2. “Brotherly Love” by Keith Whitley
3. “A Mother’s Love” by Jim Brickman
4. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
5. “La Copa de la Vida” by Ricky Martin
6. “Big League” by Tom Cochrane
7. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman
8. “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift
9. “Mean” by Taylor Swift
10. “Taps” by Daniel Butterfield

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Theresa.

Reviews by You!

the Running Dream book coverThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

The Scorch Trialsthe Scorch Trials book cover by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

Catching FireCatching Fire book cover by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

sherlock holmes Death Cloud book coverDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivanbiggie book cover
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

Small Steps: The Year I got Poliosmall steps: the year I got polio book cover by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsiders book coverDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.