Review of “One of Us is Lying” by Karen McManus

*This is one of the first full reviews I wrote, and it's on one of my favorite books. Later this year, I will be posting a full article on my current thoughts on Karen McManus and her books. Summary: Pay close attention and you might solve this.On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk …

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Review of “Beyond the Bright Sea” by Lauren Wolk

Summary: Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor …

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SRB: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Summary "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got …

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SRB: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Summary Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.  When Percy's mom finds out, she knows …

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SRB: 1984 by George Orwell

Summary 1984 is a dystopian novella by George Orwell published in 1949, which follows the life of Winston Smith, a low ranking member of ‘the Party’, who is frustrated by the omnipresent eyes of the party, and its ominous ruler Big Brother. ‘Big Brother’ controls every aspect of people’s lives. It has invented the language …

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Review of “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

For my Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge, I chose “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert for the category "A Fairytale or Myth Retelling in a Modern Setting." While this is exactly a retelling of a fairytale, I thought it was close enough to work, especially because it was one I was eager to read.  For …

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