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: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Book Reviews / September 4, 2018

“Dogs are a man’s best friend.” Not everyone believes this saying. Yet, after reading the enthralling novel, “Where the Red Fern Grows,” by Wilson Rawls of the heartbreaking story of Billy Colman and his two hard-earned coonhounds- Little Ann and Old Dan, you will definitely become a believer of this quote....

Book Review: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Book Reviews / September 4, 2018

World War II was a great catastrophe in the 20th century. Jews were faced with persecution and unprecedented holocaust, struggling to survive. “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry highlights the courage and wisdom of heroes who helped their Jewish friends to escape from Nazis....

Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Book Reviews / September 4, 2018

After losing her beloved mother, Kira was in a devastating state of loneliness and despair in the beguiling book “Gathering Blue,” by Lois Lowry. Her father, who never knew of her existence, had supposedly passed away before Kira was born. Some villagers in her neighborhood despised Kira and regarded her as a waste of space due to her crippled leg. Kira felt her life was taking a downfall when Vandara, a ruthless villager, intended ...