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: 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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SRB: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Summary An intimate portrait of two men who cherish the slim bond between them and the dream they share in a world marred by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness.  Clinging to each other in their loneliness and alienation, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their …

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SRB: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Summary At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys.  At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society.  However, they fail …

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SRB: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Summary Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television …

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Young Adult Books to Read During Pride Month (2020-2021)

When I was growing up, my first experience with the LGBTQ+ community was through fanfiction. While there were people in my family who were part of the community, it wasn’t something that was talked about. Since I live in the South, it wasn’t talked about in schools either. However, fanfiction served as my entry point …

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