By: Nicola Yoon
Length: 384 pages
The Sun is Also a Star is a book from multiple perspectives, the two main ones being from Natasha and Daniel. Natasha believes in only science and facts. Fate and true love aren’t real to her. Daniel is on track to become a doctor, though he secretly wants to be a poet. Fate and true love could very much be real to him. Their lives cross and are forever changed in a music store.
This is such a beautifully written book. The connection between the two was beautiful, and it did seem like true. I questioned the concept of fate for a few days after reading this book. It also gave me a perspective on someone who might be or is being deported, since Natasha is an illegal immigrant. This is a great book to just sit down and read cover to cover in one sitting. If you like philosophy and romance, then this is a good book for you.
Reviewed By Ellie, 2023
By: Maile Meloy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Length: 362 pages
The Apothecary is about a young girl named Janie Scott and her adventures through London with her new found friend Benjamin. Janie has just moved to London when she meets Benjamin at school. They become fast friends and go on an adventure to find Benjamin’s father, the apothecary.
I love this book because it is a fun adventure with plot twists and a little magic. As you learn more about each of the characters you become more attached to them and every time something happens you feel like you are as much a part of it as the characters themselves. Meloy has written a story full of magic, where challenges must be overcome and stories must continue. When I finished reading this book all I could think about was reading the next one and finding out what was going to happen to Janie, Benjamin and all of there friends. The Apothecary is one of my favorite books and I love it to this day.
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Reviewed By Hannah, 2023
By: Gary D. Schmidt
Length: 192 pages
A beautifully written tale of friendship, love, and second chances, Orbiting Jupiter is one of the best books I have ever read. The book follows twelve year old Jack (Jackson) Hurd, the average kid living in the Midwest, whose family takes in a fourteen-year-old foster child named Joseph. Joseph is withdrawn, running from a tumultuous past that is rapidly catching up to him.
This book is on the shorter side, but it is an emotional rollercoaster and an excellent read. I loved it because even though it was fairly concise, it was a wonderful story.
Reviewed by Emma, 2024
By: Angie Thomas
Genre: Realistic, Young Adult
Length: 464 pages
The Hate U Give is a realistic fiction book about a 16-year-old African American girl who witnessed one of her best friends, a boy named Khalil, get shot by a police officer. The story follows the girl, Starr, as she tries to find justice for Khalil.
This riveting book was one of the best books I have ever read. It gave me another perspective on a lot of heavy social issues. It helped me realize what is going on with police shootings and made me want to do something about it. I think that everyone should read this book because it confronts social issues that everyone needs to be aware of.
Reviewed by Lila, 2023
By: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Length: 288 pages
When Avery Dennis finds herself single, days before the most important event of her high school career “prom” she dedicates her last high school history project to researching her previous relationships. Her investigation hysterically unfolds as she interviews her past boyfriends to figure out why her relationships always end. As she goes through her interviews, Avery finally understands the person she is now and along the way discovers who she wants to become.
I really loved this book because it’s very different from books I’ve read before. I’ve never read a book with more than three points of view, so it was nice to get to read others views on the same situation. Filled with many laughs and awe moments “It’s not me it’s You” will always be my go to book for a great read.
Review by Nia, 2023
By: Karen M. McManus
Genre: Realistic, Mystery
Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy are all stereotypical high school kids. Cooper is the jock, Addy is the pretty one, Nate is the criminal, and Bronwyn is the smart one. So it makes sense that they are confused when they all get detention for something they didn't do. But their confusion morphs into bewilderment when Simon, the only other kid in detention, mysteriously drops dead.
This who-done-it mystery was very good. I could barely force myself to put the book down as I tried to figure who killed Simon. I loved watching how the relationship between the four teenagers develops as they try to figure it out. Even if you don't normally like mystery novels, you should read it because there is so much more than just a mystery in this book. Only if you pay the closest attention will you figure this insane mystery out.
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The Hate U Give
The Name of This Book is Secret
By Pseudonymous Bosch
“He’d only bent his head for a second, but it had been long enough for Cass to get a glimpse of the back of his neck—and to get the proof she was looking for.” … “What?” “The birthmark on his neck. It was shaped like a crescent moon.”
One might say that Cass and Max-Ernst are absolute opposites. Some may say that they are the same. Cass is a survivalist. She is ready for any type of disaster thrown at her at any time. She is always prepared. In fact, as you read this, there is a 99.9999% chance that she has all of survival necessities at the ready in her backpack. Some of which include a flashlight one of the most important, a compass, which is always a good idea, and if she can remember, she will have her homework.
When a box of old junk is delivered to her Grandpa Larry and Wayne’s junk shop, she finds a curious little box called the Symphony of Smells. The old box of junk was delivered by Gloria Fortune, a common donated to her grandfather's store. Gloria sells houses after the owner has died, and is often coming to donate the previous owners belongings. Gloria says that the owner was an old magician who died in a common home-kitchen fire. When Class starts to dig deeper into the story, she realizes that something isn’t right about Gloria’s story. After meeting Max-Ernst on the playground one day at school, they become collaborators to try and solve the strange mystery. One day they take the dangerous trip to the magicians house to look for some clues. After a very close call with almost getting caught during a house tour, Cass and Max-Ernest realize that the people who visiting the house really didn’t want the house, they wanted something else. They soon realize that they have endangered themselves, and that by visiting the magicians house, they have gotten themselves into quite an mission. Why did those strangers want the personal files of the magician so badly? What really happened to the magician and his home? Most importantly, and though it’s an awfully dark thought, are Cass and Max-Ernest safe?
In this exhilarating story, we take a life risking adventure to help Cass and Max-Ernst try to save the magician, while bounding over obstacles that are put in their way. This is a terrific book for anybody over the age of 8! This is a terrific book for a bedtime read-aloud, and fun for the whole family!
By Daniella, 2023
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.
By: Shannon Messenger
Book Review By: Olivia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
“I would rather be punished for making the right decision than live with the guilt of making the wrong one for the rest of my life.”
Sophie Foster meets Fitz Vacker who tells her that she is a telepath, somebody who can read everyone’s thoughts. After learning to understand everything he told her, she has to go on adventures to save the human world from falling apart. In Keeper of the Lost Cities Sophie learns to be kind, have friends, and how to stay true to herself.
Sophie Foster is a completely normal girl except for one thing. She is a twelve year old high school senior. When she meets Fitz Vacker and learns about his world, she questions everything she ever learned. When problems arise in the human world they have to go and fight for the balance that has been contained for years. This book shows perseverance, hope and friendship.
I recommend this book for fantasy readers!
Book Review By Daniella
“ ‘Would you say the trunk was big enough for, say...A body?’
‘ Sure, I guess.’... ‘ I dunno. Tall. He had some kind of accent.’
Goldie Vance is a one of a kind detective. Goldie works at Crossed Palms Resort in Florida. She is the one to call on when something goes wrong. She is the detective of all detectives, and is ready to spring into action at any point in time. Later a priceless necklace goes missing, Goldie takes this as her chance to jump into action. After interviewing around the hotel for clues to where the necklace could have gone, she goes into a deep search to find the missing necklace. Questions arise when an old friend of Goldie’s sets a suspicion around her. Goldie’s father is the manager of the hotel, and after the risk of losing his job, Goldie wonders if she has gone too far. What happened to the necklace? Is there some kind of twist ending to the story?
In this beautifully illustrated comic book we get the chance to take a look into the mastermind head, as we follow Goldie around her life in Florida. This is a quick read, which makes it impossible to stop reading!
This is a terrific book for all ages! Parents can read aloud this book to younger children, while older kids can read this book in a flash of time. With the other book that are part of this series, you won’t want to stop reading! This book can also give us a glimpse at the genius ways this 16 year old girl solves the toughest mysteries.