In different generations, from different countries, with different stories, three young refugees embark on a life-risking journey with their family in the novel Refugee by Alan Gratz, fleeing their hometowns in search for a new life of freedom, peace, and happiness....

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It is extremely difficult to survive a zombie apocalypse. It is even harder to survive when you are all alone, surrounded by a raft of zombies. Somehow, Jack, a mindless but plucky boy, manages to survive. So far. In the series of The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier describes Jack’s adventure of staying alive and saving the world....

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The One and Only Ivan delivers a story of compelling events and captivating characters, taking readers on a journey through the lives of animals as they explore the outside world from inside their cage....

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Have you ever wondered what happened after the booming, legendary, world-famous Harry Potter series? Then the rehearsal script edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, is the answer to your thoughts. ...

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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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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 ...