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A review of Before we were Free by Julia Alvarez

From real life experiences and tragedies comes a story written by Julia Alvarez that shares the struggles for freedom in the Dominican Republic around the 1960’s. Incorporated with pieces of her own life, she writes a book about a fictional character, Anita. Just like her, Anita de la Torre was once living happily and peacefully along with her family in Latin America, but then her world gets thrown upside down when secrets start to spill and an assassination of the dictator comes into play. ...read more

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July 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This is an amazing graphic novel. It offers the perspective of many different people and characters from different places. It also busts a lot of stereotypes from different categories. It shows what can be felt when a new person comes that is easy to assume things about. I think that this is a great book to read in your free time as it is funny as well as educational. It does not, however, show how it is educational, you just read it and understand it and enjoy it. I would definitely recommend ...read more

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July 10, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

A new kid is always the main attention for a while. But there is something different about Stargirl when she comes to Mica Area High School. First off is her style. It’s very different from everyone and varies from long dresses to shorter outfits. And she has a pet rat. Not your stereotypical girl. Then her personality kicks in. She sings happy birthday to everyone, looks out for everyone, cheers for everyone. But the kids don’t like it. They do their best to make it miserable for her. This is ...read more

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June 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Moo by Sharon Creech

Think you know everything about cows? Think again. Take a journey into twelve-year-old Reena’s life and learn about her adventures with a particularly stubborn cow named Zora in Sharon Creech’s book, Moo.Reena and her little brother, Luke, are so used to the city life, until they help their parents make the decision to move to Maine. In Maine, they meet an unexpected elderly lady Mrs. Falala, who sets them to work on her small farm. Follow Reena and Luke’s story as they try and survive the farm ...read more

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April 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Being an immigrant can be challenging but Jasmine managed to forget that - until she found out her family was in the U. S. illegally. Her dreams about college and careers are shattered. She needs to find a way so that her family can stay. This is a great story about a teenager who falls in love but also has problems with her family and future. It is full of stuff that could very much happen in real life, and being told in first person really aids to the understanding of the story. The reader ...read more

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March 31, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada and her brother face a lot of issues. They have their mean, selfish mother to worry about and the violent and scary war. Even though the war is awful, it ends up saving their lives. This book leaves you wondering what will happen next at the flip of every page. Read this wonderful and exciting book to enjoy all of Ada’s adventures. -- Eva B., guest reviewer and Girl Scout ...read more

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March 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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A review of The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales by H. P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft's The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales have had a profound influence on horror throughout the 21st century. Even if many haven’t read the stories almost anyone you ask will still know who he is just though cultural osmosis. From "The Nameless City" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", references to his stories have appeared in all manner of fiction throughout the ages. This collection in my opinion has all the essentials needed to become a true Lovecraft fan. While not all his ...read more

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September 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies

Don’t like snakes? Neither does the little girl in “I Don’t Like Snakes”! But, as her family explains more about how snakes move (they slither), smell (with their tongue), and are born (from eggs) she realizes that snakes aren’t all that bad. She even surprises her family with some snake knowledge of her own! I Don’t Like Snakes is the perfect combination of a story and snake facts that both parents and kids will learn something from. ...read more

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May 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen

A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen tells the story of Shana, an aspiring photographer, who is thrust into the middle of a natural disaster. This disaster forces Shana to address her priorities: her family, which is slowly falling apart, and a boy who is turning her idea of love upside-down.    Shana meets this boy, Quattro, while trying to take a life-changing photograph—an image that could get her into the college of her choice. He bumps into Shana and ruins her perfect ...read more

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April 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a celebrated book by Lois Lowery. It melds dystopian fiction with action and drama to make a great combination. In fact, The Giver paved the way for the entire genre with help from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; together, these texts started a movement for this once unrecognized and even unpopular part of science fiction writing. The Giver tells the story of a post-apocalyptic, gated community, where a boy named Jonas is thrust into a job he had not even ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 1, 2016 | 0 comments