Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brief reviews by Leon M.

Here are some opinions from a new reviewer, 8th grader Leon M. We usually like to feature reviews that are a little longer and more in-depth than this, but there is a certain satisfaction to Leon's level of succinctness! I have a suspicion that Leon MAY have read some of these for school, but...I liked the array of reading because it was a nice mix of easy, fun fiction, more challenging mystery, and a couple of nonfiction books, which is a variety to which we can all aspire. It's so easy to get stuck in one genre or type of book and never try anything new. Finally, I put them up because these are a great example of the kinds of book reviews you might do this summer on our online Teen Summer Reading Program link! More on that coming soon

Holes, by Louis Sachar
233 Pages
Fiction, not part of series
Middle School reading level

Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great-great-grandfather, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. 
This book is a fun read. Not a particularly hard book, good for new readers.

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
173 pages
Fiction, murder mystery
8th grade up

The book revolves around a group of 10 strangers invited to an "Old Friends Party" on an island, where they eventually get murdered one by one. It constantly keeps you thinking about who the killer really is. In my opinion, it showcases the talent and skill that Agatha Christie has when it comes to showing emotion in her books. It really immerses you in the world of the story.

Editor's note: This book, also previously published as Ten Little Indians, is considered by many readers to be the best mystery novel ever written.

Night, by Elie Wiesel
120 Pages
First book in a three-part series of autobiographies (Night, Dawn, Day)
8th grade up

The book Night is a firsthand account through the eyes of Elie Wiesel, who was taken to the concentration camp Auschwitz in 1944. It shows the hardships and horrors he experienced. This is a great book if you are looking to learn about the Holocaust. It also shows what the Jewish people suffered. I would definitely recommend it to people learning about and/or interested in the Holocaust.

The Freedom Writers Diary, by Erin Gruwell
314 Pages
Nonfiction -- Journal Entries
Not part of a series
8th grade up

The Freedom Writers Diary is a collection of journal entries from the students of teacher Erin Gruwell. The journal entries show the hard life that many kids and teens in bad neighborhoods face daily, including the students of Room 203.
I would recommend it to those looking for a good book to read. Interesting to learn and read about the students' lives.

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