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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, by Matthew Dicks

Memoirs of an Imaginary FriendMemoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a clever premise! Budo is 6 year-old Max’s imaginary friend, and he has survived longer than most imaginary friends (who typically disappear in kindergarten, when children make their own, real friends) because Max is “on the spectrum” and doesn’t have any real friends. Budo helps Max navigate the confusing social environment of school, and protects him as best he can from bullies and from “getting stuck.” But there are limits to Budo’s power in the real world, and when Max faces some serious danger, Budo feels helpless and incapable of mounting a rescue effort. Budo is also in danger, but of a different kind. If he is successful at getting Max to be independent and help himself, will Budo cease to exist like so many other imaginary friends? The book gave me great insight into the thoughts and challenges faced by autistic children while at the same time telling a faced-paced and thrilling story of manipulation, deceit and derring-do. I could have done without the author’s obvious agenda when it comes to certain styles and strategies of teaching, but it didn’t detract too much from the good story. ~ Ms Dimmick

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Student Review: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson (reviewed by Tajea B)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first female Muslim superhero is finally here, and she’s not afraid to kick some butt. G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel successfully caught my eyes with its amazing illustrations and storyline. Reading Ms. Marvel is almost like going on an adventure through your imagination. The plot in this adventure breaks a new ground. When we meet Kamala in her non-super state she’s a 16 year-old geek, who’s loyal to her close friend and disinclined to rebel against her observant family. Don’t get me started on her “sad nerd obsession with the Avengers” (3). She writes elaborate fanfictions about them and tries to get her parents to understand, but of course they don’t. Kamala seems out of place, even in her diverse high school. She can’t seem to “fit in” with the other teens. Throughout the comic we see how it is a struggle to not only learn new superpowers, but also live a double life. I will say this book is a big deal to American Muslims, and the children of Muslim immigrants, to see themselves represented in an amazing book like this. It also shows how wonderful teenage Muslim minds think and how they cherish their faith. If I could, I would give every single student in high schools everywhere a copy of this comic. I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about Muslim culture or who loves a good laugh and superheros. ~ Student: Tajea B

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Student Review: The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (reviewed by Brandon L.)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The thriller of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief exhibits the adventures of Percy Jackson. Zeus’ lightning bolt is stolen and Poseidon, his brother, is blamed for the theft. Zeus demands his weapon is to be returned by the summer solstice. As Percy and his mother leave for vacation, an unlikely event occurs and the two are separated; Percy enters Camp Half-Blood and Sally, his mother, is held captive. In Camp Half-Blood, a very important topic is covered. Percy learns more about who he actually is; he learns about his identity. When the demigods discover that he is the son of Poseidon, they set him, along with his friends Grover and Annabeth, out on a quest to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt. If they don’t before the summer solstice, a war will break out between the gods. Out in the real world, all of the monsters are set out wanting to kill Percy. But during these adventures of fighting these creatures and reaching places of dismay, Grover, Percy’s protector, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, ultimately help Percy get to the Underworld, where they believe the bolt is, and bring it back to Olympus. Though this is his main goal to others, the topic of love overthrows this goal. Percy’s love for his mom makes the retrieval of Zeus’ lightning bolt seem small. Percy’s ultimate goal is to be with his mother again. Whether he chooses to risk his life to stay with his mom, or to stay safe and live with his kind in Camp Half-Blood, it ultimately shapes who he is meant to be.

Readers of all different kinds of genres will enjoy Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. Whether comedy, or mythololgy is interesting to the reader, it has a little bit of both. The personality of Percy and his friends will make a reader laugh out loud. At the same time, the adventures they take down relate directly to ancient Greek stories. It also exhibits the love between friends as well as love between family members. A reader that is into the explicit fight scenes that are present in violent books, this one might disappoint as the fight scenes do not go deep into the blood and gore. But whether the reader believes it will definitely not be interesting, or it will be the greatest ever, everyone should read this book. ~ Student: Brandon L.

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Student Review: Specials, by Scott Westerfeld (reviewed by Jennifer U.)

Specials (Uglies, #3)Specials by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the Specials by Scott Westerfeld. It was the third book in the Ugly series. The book is about a dystopian society. There are two groups of people, the ugly’s, who are the average people in our world, and the pretty’s. Once you turn 16 you can choose to have the surgery performed on you and your whole body gets changed to look perfect. It sounds like a great choice, but what the citizens don’t know is the government plants lesions in their brains which causes them to not care about anything and not challenge the government. However Tally and her friend Shay run away before the time comes to get changed. They meet a whole new group of people, the Smokies. The Smokies tell them all about the lesions and how they have invented a cure but sadly, the government finds Tally and Shay and turns them into not only pretties, but specials. Now Shay and Tally have lost all the information they learned and know nothing. They have to figure out how to get their brains back before the whole town is ruined. It was a good book and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to readers who likes fantasy, romance and books about dystopian worlds~ Student: Jennifer U.

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Student Review: The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey (reviewed by Aaliyah J.)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 5th Wave written by Rick Yancey is a must read book for surviving an apocalypse.
It revolves around the life of Cassie Sullivan surviving an alien apocalypse. The aliens are known as “others” and their attacks come in waves, destroying the planet. You never know when the next one will come and you do not who you can trust. Everyone was taken to a “safe” place and the children were moved to an army base while the adults stayed, unsure of their fate. Cassie didn’t make it to the bus for the children and witnessed many deaths, including her father’s. Now, her only goal is to make it to the army base and find her brother. During that journey she almost dies herself and is saved by a stranger. When she finally reaches the army base, it is not what she expected. Overall, Cassie must deal with losing everyone she cares about and falling in love with an “Other” while looking for her brother. This book is based off of survival, trust and relationships. Cassie struggles to survive the apocalypse, only believing in herself because she is unsure of who to trust. She needs to find her brother but, has some guy troubles along the way. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is a must read book because it is interesting to see what would happen during an alien decimation. This book should attract science fiction readers such as people who read The Hunger Games. It should not attract readers who do not enjoy futuristic reading. Although, The 5th Wave was depressing, I still would give it 4/5 stars because it was extremely engaging. ~ Student: Aaliyah J.

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Student Review: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (reviewed by Brett G.)

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, romance, drama and gore are displayed. This book is about two people from a poor, poor town in a mystical country of Panem. Each year, two people from their “district” are picked from a bowl to fight in what’s called the “Hunger Games,” which is where 24 kids under the age of 18 fight to the death in an arena. In the prequel to Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Games, together. Which is forbidden. Only one victor may be crowned, so this is seen as ludicrous. Throughout Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta fight to prove that what they did is alright.

I recommend this book to any teenager or young adult who is looking for a good read. To understand fully, I would recommend reading the first book, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, then finally Mockingjay, in that order. If you enjoy a book with a lot of action, this is just right for you. If you like a calm, soothing book, then this is not for you. This book is filled with tons of action, as well as drama and love. If you like those 3, then this series is for you. If not, I advise you stay away from Catching Fire.~ Student: Brett G.

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Student Review: My Sister’s Stalker, by Nancy Springer (reviewed by Gavrielle A.)

My Sister's StalkerMy Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In My Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer, 16 year-old Rig finds out his sister is being stalked. Karma is in college and Rig lives with his artsy mom who lives in her own world and rarely understands reality. In his free time, Rig looked his sister up on Google and came across a rather creepy shrine-like website dedicated to his sister. His spacey mother didn’t find pictures of Karma out and about, and in her room creepy at all. As a last resort, Rig secretly contacts his strong-headed, rude, overpowering father who he basically hates. Together they go all out to track down Karma’s stalker and keep her safe from whoever is getting creepier by the day. Rig grows up by taking more risks to attempt to save his sister from the angry and creepy stalker. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast but good read. The reader should enjoy action, mystery, and can handle a little gruesome details. It is definitely not horror. I would recommend it to anyone over age 12 and either gender. As a 15 year-old girl, I liked it but found it too easy. Nobody under 12 who gets scared extremely easily should read it.~ Student: Gavrielle A.

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Student Review: Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin (reviewed by Joshua L.)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For term 2 (and more), I have started reading George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. It is about various characters in the fictional fantasy world of Westeros and their families’ power struggle for the Iron Throne. Whoever holds the Iron Throne controls all of Westeros. At first, the characters are separated doing their own thing. However, a series of events and dilemmas unite them. I find this interesting when it happens because many of them have different cultures which sometimes causes conflicts to arise because of the different interpretations/opinions of one another’s ways. There is no main character in Game of Thrones as Martin focuses on numerous characters. If there was a character that the book focuses on the most, I would say that this character is Daenerys Targaryen. She is involved in many of the conflicts between the various characters and holds a considerable amount of sway as she is the only remaining child of the predecessor of the Iron Throne. This book covers the topic of power and deceit which play an important role in many of the events that occur. Others should read this book because it compares itself to our world and helps the reader understand what conflict is and how it affects us. It is well-written and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is into the fantasy genre. A reader that dislikes a book that has an abundance of lengthy and/or sexual content should avoid this book.
~ Student: Joshua L.

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Student Review: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (reviewed by Jayesh R.)

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, is an excellent novel, full of suspense, conflict, and surprise. It takes place far in the future, after Earth has been attacked numerous times by intelligent and strange beings from a distant solar system. After years of defending their planet, the humans are preparing for a final attack against the aliens to end the war forever. Ender, a compassionate yet vicious child, is chosen out of millions, on account of his brilliance, and put through a series of vigorous tests to prepare him to be the commander of the fleet, nearing the aliens’ home planet with each passing year. He must prevail against malicious challenges, put before him to prove that he will be the most intelligent and resourceful commander that ever lived. Ender’s Game expresses the value of relationships of those you love, the importance of perseverance, and the fact that the world is not fair, and you have to the best you can with what you have.

This book is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read because of its unforgettable plot, which contains many mysteries and adventures, unlike most other books I have read. I recommend it to those interested in a fantastic book full of action and a deep meaning. Readers who dislike futuristic novels and science fiction would not enjoy the book as much as others. Overall, Ender’s Game is a magnificent novel, and everybody should bring its story into their lives. ~ Student: Jayesh R.

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Student Review: The Fate of Ten, by Pittacus Lore (reviewed by Albert M.)

The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6)The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read The Fate of Ten by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, under the name Pittacus Lore.
The book is about aliens from a planet called Lorien, trying to stop evil aliens called the Mogadorians from conquering and destroying more planets, like they did to Lorien. During this book the main characters are separated, fighting against Setrakus Ra and his minions. John is the leader of the Garde, those sent from Lorien. Sam is John’s best friend and is a human Garde, given powers by the Entity of the Sanctuary in Mexico. Daniela is another human Grade, Six, Marina, Nine, and Ella are the other original Garde. This book covers the topics of betrayal, going against all odds, and mistrust. Five’s betrayal didn’t really help the Garde, so resolving it was always necessary. They are dealing with the strongest fighting force in the galaxy, almost their whole planet, and the Garde have only themselves and a few friends. Nobody wants to trust Adam, the Mogadorian with a Legacy, one of the Gardes’ many powers, and that affects the course of their actions. He is part of their team, like a body. But by distrust they are losing a hand or foot, theoretically speaking. I would definitely recommend this book, due to its fast-paced scenes and excellent use of suspense. Anyone who likes science fiction, action, and aliens would enjoy this book. If you do not like any of the things said above, or mild language, you shouldn’t read this book.~ Student: Albert M.

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