In her memoir The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande reflects on her rough childhood and teenage years. Her story recounts those heart-breaking moments and her growth through the dark time in her life....

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It is commonly known that the moon is a key force for controlling gravity and tide waves. What will happen to us if the moon is off track? We might not want to imagine the consequences since it could raise immense concerns, but Susan Betha Pfeffer’s science fiction novel “Life as We knew it” delineates an imaginary aftermath of such a disastrous moment for us. ...

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Bang! The gun shot. In the blink of an eye, a boy fell to the ground. In the book “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, black boy Jerome Rogers felt his spirit fading and rising up high in the clear, blue sky…...

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You’ve probably heard of a lot of superpowers, like flying, being invisible, or turning into steel. In the captivating novel “When” by Victoria Laurie, Maddie Fynn was born with the powers to see everyone’s death date. Maddie grew up without a father and lived with a alcoholic mother. She and her mom made a living by telling clients' death dates....

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We all make mistakes, but most mistakes would not lead to a terrible consequence. For example, you might break a cup, but it won’t be the end of the world. However, in “Aru Shah and the End of Time,” Roshani Chokshi, when Aru Shah lighted a lamp just to impress her friends, it turned to be a huge mistake. ...

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Have you ever borrowed your mom’s credit card and assured yourself it was going to a good use? Well, in “Slider” by Pete Hautman, this was exactly what David did to bet for a half-eaten hot dog from his role model’s eating contest. Originally, he wanted to bet $20. Now, you might think, what could go wrong? It’s only $20. But, an unwanted swipe on the keyboard costed him $2000 from his mom’s credit card....

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Sailing off a roof, slamming into the ground, having a concussion, and then having amnesia, with a series of dramatic events, Chase Ambrose, the protagonist of the book “Restart” is presented to readers by Gordon Korman, an award-winning author....

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In a monotonous community where everything was planned in advance and obeyed without argument, no one had ever made a choice or truly knew about feelings and the basic knowledge of life, such as snow, except for the special “Giver,” in the novel “The Giver” by Lois Lowry....

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Guilia was a smart and wealthy Jewish girl from Venice and Cenzo was a fisherman who led a simple life that only involved fishing, eating, and sleeping. Life was normal, until World War II started and the Nazis rounded up Jews. “The Girl from Venice” by Martin Cruz Smith tells a story about how Guilia and Cenzo met and their adventure to hide her away from the Nazis....

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Nothing is more heartbreaking to a child than knowing her family is leaving her. This is unfortunately what happened to Galadriel (Gilly) Hopkins in the novel “The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson. At a very young age, Gilly’s parents abandoned her, leaving her to live with foster families. However, Gilly was not an ordinary kid. She still clung onto the faint hope that her dear mother loved her and wanted to live with Gilly....

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Book Review: Life as We Knew It by Susan Betha Pfeffer
Book Reviews / November 11, 2018

It is commonly known that the moon is a key force for controlling gravity and tide waves. What will happen to us if the moon is off track? We might not want to imagine the consequences since it could raise immense concerns, but Susan Betha Pfeffer’s science fiction novel “Life as We knew it” delineates an imaginary aftermath of such a disastrous moment for us. ...

Book Review: When by Victoria Laurie
Book Reviews / October 24, 2018

You’ve probably heard of a lot of superpowers, like flying, being invisible, or turning into steel. In the captivating novel “When” by Victoria Laurie, Maddie Fynn was born with the powers to see everyone’s death date. Maddie grew up without a father and lived with a alcoholic mother. She and her mom made a living by telling clients' death dates....

Book Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Book Reviews / October 21, 2018

We all make mistakes, but most mistakes would not lead to a terrible consequence. For example, you might break a cup, but it won’t be the end of the world. However, in “Aru Shah and the End of Time,” Roshani Chokshi, when Aru Shah lighted a lamp just to impress her friends, it turned to be a huge mistake. ...

Book Review: Slider by Pete Hautman
Book Reviews / October 15, 2018

Have you ever borrowed your mom’s credit card and assured yourself it was going to a good use? Well, in “Slider” by Pete Hautman, this was exactly what David did to bet for a half-eaten hot dog from his role model’s eating contest. Originally, he wanted to bet $20. Now, you might think, what could go wrong? It’s only $20. But, an unwanted swipe on the keyboard costed him $2000 from his mom’s credit card....

Book Review: Restart by Gordon Korman
Book Reviews / September 28, 2018

Sailing off a roof, slamming into the ground, having a concussion, and then having amnesia, with a series of dramatic events, Chase Ambrose, the protagonist of the book “Restart” is presented to readers by Gordon Korman, an award-winning author....

Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Book Reviews / September 10, 2018

In a monotonous community where everything was planned in advance and obeyed without argument, no one had ever made a choice or truly knew about feelings and the basic knowledge of life, such as snow, except for the special “Giver,” in the novel “The Giver” by Lois Lowry....

Book Review: The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith
Book Reviews / September 6, 2018

Guilia was a smart and wealthy Jewish girl from Venice and Cenzo was a fisherman who led a simple life that only involved fishing, eating, and sleeping. Life was normal, until World War II started and the Nazis rounded up Jews. “The Girl from Venice” by Martin Cruz Smith tells a story about how Guilia and Cenzo met and their adventure to hide her away from the Nazis....

Book Review: The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Book Reviews / September 4, 2018

Nothing is more heartbreaking to a child than knowing her family is leaving her. This is unfortunately what happened to Galadriel (Gilly) Hopkins in the novel “The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson. At a very young age, Gilly’s parents abandoned her, leaving her to live with foster families. However, Gilly was not an ordinary kid. She still clung onto the faint hope that her dear mother loved her and wanted to live with G...