Reviewed by Hannah, age 13
Mia had everything: a loving family, an affectionate boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and happiness. Then, in a split second it is all ripped from her. Mia is caught between life and death, with the only decision she has left, the most important she’ll ever have to make.
If I Stay messes with your emotions, in a good way. It has you rooting for a life that is on the line, it has you biting your nails as you turn the pages. This book will leave you in tears, not full on sobbing like The Fault In Our Stars, but enough to make rethink what you take for granted.
If I Stay is an emotional and inspiring book that will leave you begging for more. Beautifully written, Gayle Forman captures your heart as you read a young woman’s fight for something worth living for.
Watch for the If I Stay movie Coming soon!
“Okay, I thought, here goes. I said, ‘ May did you ever know a Deborah? Deborah Fontannel? A white woman from Virginia? It would have been a long time ago.’ . . . ‘Oh, yes, Deborah Fontannel. She stayed out there in the honey house. She was the sweetest thing,’
And there it was. There it all was.”
The Secret Life of Bees is about a young girl named Lily Owens. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father T. Ray and her black “stand-in-mother” Rosaleen, her best and only friend. When Rosaleen gets in trouble with some local racists, Lily won’t take anymore and runs away with Rosaleen. They go to the town Tiburon, which hides the secrets of her mother’s gloomy past. They’re taken in by a kind group of black women that have a mysterious connection to her mother. Lily learn the values of truth, friendship, and true love.
The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful read. The book has great transitions and meshes Lily Owens life and America’s unfair pastimes quite well. The book flows in and unpredictable series of events and it will grab your heart. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read and also people who like historical fiction and America’s great pastimes.
I read Hatchet in 5th Grade, and I really enjoyed it. It is short, but appealing. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this book, but some believe it is unrealistic.It is actually very realistic, and could really happen. It doesn’t take long to read, so if you don’t have much time, Hatchet is a great choice because it’s a real page-turner. To stop reading it is very hard, because you just want to read and read and read. Hope you enjoy it! ;)
Hatchet is about a boy named Brian. His parents are divorced, so after the school year, Brian is to fly to Canada to be with his father for the summer. The plane holds just Brian and the pilot, and it very small. Brian’s mother gives him a hatchet as a gift when he leaves. During the plane ride, the pilot has a heart-attack. Unfortunately, it kills him. So Brian is alone on a plane with the pilot dead and him extremely vulnerable for death. He soon realizes he must take charge and fly the plane. Big uh-oh. So Brian flies solo, without any sense of where to go. Suddenly the engine cuts out. The plane begins falling. Fast. It ran out of gas.
Melody can’t talk. Or move. She can’t do anything herself, and she can’t change that- she was born that way. But if Melody could send one message to the world, it would be that she wasn’t dumb. Melody had photographic memory, so she remembered everything. Everything. The phone numbers for businesses on TV, every lyric of every song she listened to, every artist of every painting she saw. But Melody’s problem was that everyone thinks she didn’t know anything. She drools, she screeches. Nobody knew that Melody was extremely smart. Soon, Melody starts going to school, but she longs to be in a regular classroom with regular kids. Unfortunately, she’s stuck in the H-5 classroom, with all the other disabled kids. A program starts when the H-5 students visit the regular classrooms. Will Melody be able to show her smarts?
I really enjoyed this for many reasons- it showed a story about a girl who had to show the world who she was, when everyone doubted her, including herself. It shows life from a very different perspective, and makes you feel so thankful and lucky if you don’t have any disabilities.
Our Makey Makey event was a ton of fun. I was so impressed with what everyone came up with and how they worked together!
A boy named Luke has been forced into hiding since he was born, by law. Luke lives in a society where only two children are allowed per family. Luke is a third child, so he must stay hidden or else he is executed. Soon, Luke’s family’s woods is to be cut down for a new neighborhood. Now Luke is going into extra extra precaution in case he is caught. The reason for this is because the woods blocked out most vision of the house, therefore Luke. With the woods gone, Luke could be much easier caught.
One day, Luke peeks through a slat in the attic (his bedroom) to the new houses. Then, Luke sees a flash of a face at a nearby house. But there were already two boys walking to the car for a ride to school. Could the house next door to Luke really have another third child?