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Student Recommendations


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an amazing book! The story is set in the nation of Panem where there are 12 districts. Every year, the government chooses a teenage boy and girl from each district. They are called tributes. In the Hunger Games, the tributes are all forced to kill each other until only one person is left. The winner gets to go home to their families with food and money. In the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen becomes a tribute. She travels to the Capitol where she has 3 days to prepare. What would you do if you were in her situation? How far would you go to survive? With all of the murders and violence, this book is not for the faint of heart.


Fans of horror books would love A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby. This novel is a great mix of real events and fiction. It is set in London in 1888 and focuses on the victims of notorious killer, Jack the Ripper. These victims haunt the hospital grounds where the Elephant Man is being treated for a disease that leaves him horribly disfigured. His caregiver is Evelyn, a woman whose face was burned and scarred in an accident. The elephant man feels her pain of wanting to be locked away forever. I absolutely love the characters who show so much caring for each other. The haunting of the hospital is the most intensely frightening part. This is an amazing Halloween read for horror lovers.


Since I was a child in Egypt, Princess Jasmine has always been my favorite princess. From her, I learned to try new things, to have adventures and to never give up on my dreams. The novel, Aladdin: Far From Agrabah by Aisha Saeed, tells how Jasmine wants to travel beyond the palace walls to get to know her people better and help them, but her overprotective father will not let her. He wants her to marry a prince. One day, a man named Ali comes to marry Princess Jasmine. Because Prince Ali is rich and smart, Jasmine’s father wants Prince Ali to marry his daughter. But Prince Ali is not actually a real prince, he is really Aladdin from the streets of Agrabah. The Disney movie doesn’t tell the whole story. If you read this book, you will learn a lot more about how Jasmine and Aladdin fall in love.


Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar is a fascinating book with a thrilling storyline. It’s set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A girl named Carol goes on vacation with her family to her Grandpa Serge’s ranch. Their goal is to clean up the house, sell it, and put Serge in a senior living center. Carol is not excited about it at all. Spending the summer on a ranch in the middle of nowhere is not as fun as hanging out at the pool with friends. Her grandpa has dementia so he forgets things, scrambles up words, and gets angry mood swings. But when Serge starts telling stories, things get a lot more interesting.


Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Karana, a young Native American girl who lives on San Nicolas Island. Difficult circumstances force her people to search for a new and more suitable home. However, Karana is left behind on the island with her brother. She has little food and little knowledge of how to survive the island’s many harsh challenges. The island’s pack of feral wild dogs draws closer every night. Year after year, Karana waits for the ship to return. Island of the Blue Dolphins has a compelling storyline and perfectly portrays the ambiance of the island and its history throughout the ages. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a thrilling adventure book and to anyone who wants to discover whether Karana escapes the island or if she must live the rest of her life in isolation.


The book, Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, is a horror story about a young boy named Conor whose mother is suffering from cancer. Conor has always taken care of his mom, but lately her treatments haven’t been working so well. Conor’s grandmother comes to their house to help, so that Conor isn’t so stressed. The night after she arrives, Conor is trying to sleep when he hears a loud voice calling his name. When he goes to see what it is, he can’t believe his eyes: the yew tree in his backyard has come alive. Every night, the tree talks to him, ultimately threatening Conor that he will eat him alive after telling three stories, unless Conor tells him a story in return. I recommend this novel because I liked how the tree was helping Conor cope with his mother’s sickness.


If you like reading adventure and mystery books, then you should check out The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier. The many exciting parts will have you on the edge of your seat. A group of five kids lead by Jack Sullivan are trying to survive a monster apocalypse. They have to fight zombies and other creatures, assisted by a cute little helper that reminded me of Kirby from the manga comics. I enjoyed the battle sequences and their humor. Jack likes to make up jokes a lot, and he tells funny stories about his paste. If you like a mix of horror and humor, read this book.


Lost in Ireland by Cindy Gallaghan is part of the “Lost in…” series which has five stories set in different countries. This book in the series is about a superstitious middle schooler named Megan McGlinchy. She gets a letter that she is supposed to pass on to three people. A mean girl at school tricks Megan into sending the letter as an email which brings bad luck. When troubling things start to happen, she goes to Ireland to visit her extended family. She also hopes to break the curse there. I would recommend this book because it has a lot of surprises. I rate this 100 out of 100!


In Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, a boy named Bryce moves into a new neighborhood. The family across the street has a daughter his age named Julie. She has the biggest crush on Bryce, but he doesn’t like her at all. Everyone at school thinks that Julie is weird. She spends all of her elementary years, and most of her middle school years, trying to win his affection. After overhearing Bryce and his friend making fun of her uncle, though, her feelings change. Now she despises him. But Bryce has had a change of heart, too. Now he actually really likes Julie. In Flipped, you get to read both characters’ versions of the story. You won’t want to put this book down!