fiction

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

by Rena Rossner “If people hate each other, they will blame each other, and eventually they will kill each other. And what better group of people to start with than the Jews?” A fairytale-inspired multipoint of view page-turner. From the first four chapters, I knew if I didn’t put The Sisters of the Winter Wood […]

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The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer

Sannette Viljoen The Kid Who Wants to Become and Engineer is an informative children’s book about the potential career paths of an engineer. Alvin is on a holiday break from school. His family takes a trip to visit his grandparents, while there Alvin realizes he wants to be an engineer like his grandfather. Alvin’s grandmother […]

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Wonder

R. J. Palacio MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND. Fellow readers have been recommending Wonder for me for years, I didn’t understand why a kid with birth deformities–meh how powerful or impressive could this story be?  Let me tell you, after reading Wonder it has […]

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We Were Brave

Karla M. Jay We Were Brave is a multi-perspective holocaust fiction. The themes are heavy, the characters excellent, and the view of America is eye-opening. I enjoy holocaust fiction and nonfiction, if you do too, I recommend you give We Were Brave a read. Wilhelm Falk is trying to bring light to the crimes of […]

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Lord of the Flies

William Golding “I know there isn’t no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn’t no fear, either.” Piggy paused. “Unless—” Ralph moved restlessly. “Unless what?” “Unless we get frightened of people.” I was so excited to see Lord of the Flies on Time’s Best 100 YA List, not only because […]

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The Two Towers

J.R.R. Tolkien A thing is about to happen which has not happened since the Elder Days: the Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong. We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching […]

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