The Unwanteds Book Review
Book Review by Margot S.
Quote from book:
“Don’t die,” when Alex, the main character, is going to take yet another risk.
★★★★★ (5 stars)
This book is about named Alex and his twin Aaron who live in the stark gray land of Quill. The day of The Purge, all thirteen years old are to be reunited. The useless ones, The Unwanteds, are sent to their deaths, and the useful ones, The Wanteds, are sent to a college of some sort to learn to be in the Quilitary, a military in Quill. Alex is Unwanted but Aaron is Wanted. Just as Alex thought he was going to be killed, a magician saves him and brings him to the colorful land Artimé, where creativity is a weapon. But with this comes challenges Alex wouldn’t have thought of.
It’s also a book about how creativity shouldn’t be considered a bad thing, and that everybody is creative and should be able to grow up to be whatever they want to be.
This book is fiction. I would recommend it for anybody who is a fan of adventure, risk taking, or for anybody who likes being creative. This book is part of a series with 7 books in it. For people who liked the first book, I recommend the rest of the series, as the other books are just as good and anybody is likely to enjoy it.
Review by: Olivia
★ ★ ★ ★ (4 stars)
"But this. This was like dropping an apple and having it fall toward the sun."
The Cage is about six people that get trapped in an alien environment and are told to follow three rules. When they find out the truth about their captors they realize how much trouble they are in.
Cora Mason doesn't know what to think when she wakes up in the middle of a desert. Just a minute ago she was sitting in a car with her brother. Then she meets Lucky a mysterious boy that seems to know more about her past than she would like. All of the captives come up with a plan to escape, but then their jailer appears proving that their situation is worse than they thought, they aren't even on Earth anymore. The Cage tells the story of Cora and her friends and how much escape costs.
I think this book is a good action read and I recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Book Review by Katherine B-R
This realistic fiction story shows the hardships of moving and the special connection of empathy between her and her younger brother.
I would definitely recommend this book. It is a little sad and very sweet. It pulls on your heartstrings and keeps you attached all throughout the story. Anyone who appreciates realistic fiction and great writing will love this book.
Counting Thyme is about Thyme, a girl whose family suddenly and unexpectedly moved to New York. Her brother got accepted into a new cancer trial but there are many complications and they don’t know when they will get to move back. She misses her friends, her parents are keeping secrets, her brother’s in pain, her sister is being mean, and her neighbor’s just being very strange. The one thing keeping her sane is her jar of the slips of time her parents give her when she does something well. She’s saving up for something special but how could she ever reach it with all that’s going on in New York?
Book review by Daniella
“ ‘ Where is she? What did they do to her?’ ‘She’s gone.’ Becky said. ‘Gone?’ I repeated. ‘Gone where?’ Becky studied her shoes again. ‘Sold’.
Disaster strikes when Isabel and her sister Ruth are taken to New York at the start of the Revolutionary War after their previous owner dies. The Locktons, their new owners are possibly the worst people to step foot on Earth (or at least Isabel thinks so), and to add on top of that, they are on the side of the British! Upon their arrival on the New York dock, they meet their soon to be close friend Curzon, a servant to a high ranked Patriot. As life becomes harder and harder as the war continues, it comes to the worst possible point after her sister is taken away. Is it possible for life to improve?Will she ever see her sister again? All Isabel knows, is that nothing will be getting better by staying in New York.
In this beautifully written book by well known author Laurie Halse Anderson, we take a glimpse of what life was like during the Revolutionary War as we follow Isabel through her exciting (though tough) life.
This is a great read for any age above 10! Though the book starts out slow, it quickly picks up speed and it’s off to the land of the Revolutionary War! Continue to read this series with the trilogy!
Review By: Olivia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 stars)
"'If I reach the egg, I’m going to split the prize money equally among the four of us.'"
Ready Player One is a dystopian fiction story about a poor boy named Wade Watts who shares how he won a video game creator’s entire will of more than a billion dollars.
Wade Watts lives in “the stacks” a stacked mobile home town in the year 2045. His entire life is centered around OASIS a video game created by the late James Halliday. After Halliday’s death OASIS users around the world are given the opportunity to find his entire multi billion dollar will. Ready Player One tells the story of his struggle to win the money and stop a company trying to make people pay to use the OASIS.
I thought this book was a great example of perseverance because Wade continued to persist even though times got tough and it seemed like he wouldn’t be able to make it through.
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
During Stalin's cleansing of the Baltic Region, 15-year-old Lina fights for her life and takes comfort in her art.
This beautifully crafted novel is told from the perspective of a fifteen-year old Lithuanian girl, Lina. During the evening of June 14, 1941, the Soviet Police deports Lina along with her mother and younger brother. They are forced into a dirty train car where the destination remains unknown. It soon becomes clear that they are being sent to a forced-labor camp in Siberia. Meanwhile, her father is being sentenced to death in a prison camp. As Lina fights for her life, she takes comfort in her art, and writes messages that she hopes will make it to her father's prison camp. Through arduous labor, cattle cars, and living in the Arctic Circle, Lina persists through a harrowing journey with great determination and fear.
This award-winning historical fiction novel is recommended for fans of The Book Thief, Salt to the Sea, and The Nightingale.
“Few books are beautifully written fewer are still important; this novel is both.” - the Washington Post
Review by Caitlyn, 2024
Book Review by Margot
★★★★★ (5 stars)
This book talks about a boy, August Pullman, who has a deformed face who struggles through 5th grade because of bullies and other challenges.
It’s also a book about overcoming setbacks in everyday life with
perseverance and resilience, and how you shouldn’t judge someone by their looks. This moral relates to the quote: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”.
This is a fiction book. I thought this was a great book, and it’s moral applies to everyone. If you like books about friendship and uniqueness, than this book is for you. I think everybody would like this book if they just gave it try. It has a meaningful life lesson, and any reader is likely to also read the sequel. A line from the book is: “But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.”
★★★★ Book Review by Katherine B-R
This realistic fiction novel discusses the meaning of friendship and finding your voice.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good realistic fiction read. It makes you want to read more and more. You don’t know what to think of the different characters and your perspective keeps changing making you never want to put the book down.
Amina likes just blending in and hanging out with her best friend Soojin. Although, one day Emily sits down at their table
and Soojin starts “changing”. Soojin and Emily’s friendship develop but Amina feels left behind and accidentally spills a secret. Does she need to change too? At the same time troubles occur at her local Mosque and at home while trying to be the perfect child for her visiting uncle. Her life gets twisted around and she needs to find a way to understand what’s going on so she can get herself through it.