The Summer of Broken Things
By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Review by Lila H.
Kayla and Avery barely know each other except for a few playdates they had when they were little. So they are both surprised when Avery’s dad offers to take Kayla along to Madrid, Spain for the summer. In spain they uncover connections about their families that turns their world upside down.
This realistic fiction novel was very enjoyable. I loved seeing the relationship between Kayla and Avery adapt and develop. Even though this book is realistic fiction, it has a huge plot twist I never expected and finishes off with a sweet ending . It is also very well written. I think that you should read this book if you enjoy realistic fiction books and surprises.
A Novel By: Sherman Alexie
Art By: Ellen Forney
Inspired by the author's own experiences while growing up, this book tells the story of an Indian boy rising above the life he was expected to live.
“And that a basketball game, even between two small schools in the middle of nowhere, can be a difference between being happy and being miserable for the rest of my life.” (pg.184)
Born with a variety of medical problems Junior is picked on by everyone except his best friend. Due to his determination to receive a great education Junior leaves the rez to go to an all white school in the neighboring farm town. Even though the people of his tribe have labelled him as a traitor, Junior lives life with a ton of laughter and wit.
This book is both heart wrenching and hilarious at the same time. While reading this sometimes I will catch myself laughing on the outside while my heart is breaking on the inside. This is an ABSOLUTELY wonderful book that will leave you with both laughs and tears.
Review by Nia, 2023
"Every person has lots on ingredients to make them into what is a one-of-a-kind creation."
This coming of age novel is about being an outcast and discovering the meaning of family.
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, who has a serious passion for plants, medical conditions, and takes comfort in counting by 7s. However, it is hard for her to bond and connect with anyone besides her parents. When a devastating tragedy occurs and both of her parents get killed in a car crash, is leaves Willow alone. Losing her parents propels her on a journey to find belonging, and pushes her through her troubles.
This coming of age novel is recommended for fans of One for the Murphys, Brown Girl Dreaming, and A Mango- Shaped Space
“Willow’s story is one of renewal, and her journey of rebuilding the ties that unite people as a family will stay in readers’ hearts long after the last page” -School Library Journal, starred review.
Review by Caitlyn, 2024
By: Jen Bryant
Length: 176 pages
This book is about a girl, Georgia McCoy, who has faced a lot of challenges in her life, such as her mother dying. Georgia is a good student. She likes art and drawing. But she is apparently on an “At Risk” list. The head of school gives her a diary to write in. Georgia doesn’t understand why she is on the “At Risk” list, but it may have to do with her mother dying. Meanwhile, Georgia has to deal with things like the fact that she only has one friend, and that her dad is depressed. This all changes the day she gets a membership to an art museum sent from “anonymous”.
This is a great book and I would recommend to anybody who can read. This book is in the form of a poem, and is an easily understandable novel.
Reviewed by Margot, 2024
Book review by Daniella
“It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying in the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears’s house. It’s eyes were closed. It looked as it if was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead.”
Christopher Boone is 15 years old and lives in Swindon, England with his dad because his mom died 1 ½ years ago. He knows all the prime numbers up to 7,057. One night when he was taking a walk, he saw Wellington, the neighbors dog, but he was dead. Christopher is going to take his A level maths this year, but not before he finds out who killed Wellington. When he finds some strange letters one afternoon, he questions what really happened to his mom and what might have happened to Wellington. Are these mysteries related? And though a dark question, is he safe?
In this amazing book by Mark Haddon, we take a peek at the life of a child with a mental disorder and the mastermind for solving this challenging mystery. This book has many plot twists that will make it impossible to stop reading!
This tremendous book is great for all ages above 11! Though this book book side tracks occasionally, we get a great idea of the life of this boy, and along the way some ideas for solving this mystery!
“I read your email.” “What?” I look up. “Earlier. In the library. Not on purpose, obviously.” “You read my email?” - Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda
Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda
By Becky Albertalli
No one knows Simon is gay, no one except blue, a boy at his school that he is emailing online. But when one of his classmates blackmails him with a screenshot of a email between him and blue, everything could change.
Review by Lila
This realistic fiction book starts out when Simon’s classmate Martin finds an email from him to someone with the screen name blue. He starts blackmailing Simon and things start to go south. Simon already has other things to worry about, like the high school musical and regular teenage problems. So when this happens, It follows Simons journey through high school and finding out who he is.
I loved this book because It was very well written and the characters were relatable. You should read this book if you like realistic fiction books or coming of age stories. You might not like it if you normally read action packed books because this book has a slightly slower pace.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 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 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.