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Teen SRC 2018 – The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas

SImage result for three musketeers booket in France in the 1620’s, this is a tale of adventure, esponiage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. There is the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory, the evil seductress “Milady,” the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu, the weak King Louis with his unhappy Queen, and, of course, the three muscketeers themselves. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto of “all for one, one for all” has come to represent friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, stolen letters, and great bouts of swordplay and fights, this book is infinitely entertaining.

This book was so engaging that I managed to finish it almost in one go in a single day. It was one of the first actually classical book I’ve ever read, and it was GREAT!!!!! I seriously recommend this book to anyone who loves action and historical fiction.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Related imageEight strangers were invited by a millionare as weekend guests to his own private island. After the ferry left, a storm suddenly began, leaving them stranded on the island, with their host nowhere to be found. After sitting down for dinner, a recording begins playing, accusing all the guests and the two servants present of having committed murder in the past, but have escaped justice. Its claim that everyone present were brought to the island to pay for their crimes was initially scoffed at… until one of the guests died soon after. As time progresses, and more and more are killed, the survivors notice something strange: All of the deaths that have occurred are following an eerie nursery rhyme that seemingly reflects the victim’s manner of death…

This book was SO GOOD!!!! It was so suspenseful and scary, but I couldn’t stop reading it until I finished. Every time someone dies, I get more nervous and curious about why the killer is doing this to seemingly innocent people. It was so worth reading, and anything you are still confused about is explained in the last chapter, which includes the killer’s motive, and how the victims were killed.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Image result for the mysterious affair at stylesEmily Inglethorp, the wealthy lady owner of the Styles Court suddenly dies early one morning after a violent fit. With even the Scotland Yard uncertain of the identity of the murderer, our narrator, Hastings, brings in his old friend Hercules Poirot to investigate this case. With many people on the estate who were all more than capable of committing the crime, each with something to gain from Ms. Inglethorp’s death, will Hastings and the detective be able to bring the murderer to justice?

I love this series (and author) so much. I’ve probably read almost half of the 42 books in the series, and I just can’t get enough of these murder cases!! Agatha Christie is so good at scattering the clues around in our plain sight that I get super frustrated whenever I see how Poirot solved the case because all the clues were RIGHT THERE. The completely clueless Hastings provides some comic relief in a serious subject, whiles also blocking the reader’s view into Poirot’s head. There are many plot twists, and we are kept guessing until the very end!

 

Teen SRC 2018 – Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm

Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm is a sad but true story. The characters are animals that are meant to portray key characters during the Russian Revolution. The overall message of the book is that an uprising is useless since everything would either be in the same or worse condition as before. This book was a page turner that really made me think about each page. George Orwell is such a brilliant writer. I really enjoyed reading this book and would happily read it again.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a very intriguing book. The main character, Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old rebellious boy growing up, is definitely a character you have never seen before. The book shows what growing up is really like, which makes the book such an enjoyable read. I definitely recommend everyone to read this book at least once in their lifetime.

Teen SRC 2018- Lord of the Flies By William Golding

Lord of the Flies By William Golding

Lord of the Flies is a classic that explores the dark side of humanity that lives in every person. It is about a group of school aged boys stranded on an island after having their plane crash on route to a school trip. The boys quickly split into two groups – Jack’s group and Ralph’s group. Jack is very smart and tries leading the group away from Ralph’s senseless violence when killing wild animals ruthlessly.  

I enjoyed reading this book very much. I felt connected to the characters and couldn’t stop reading in fear of what was next. The overall theme of the book was very interesting to read. I recommend everyone to read this amazing classic.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Imagine if everything in the world was black and white. No conflict, no sadness, no emotions. Society is perfect in the Community, but too perfect for Jonas. Once a rule following, robot-like citizen, now a rebellious free man, all because of the Giver, the only person in the Community who is allowed to feel emotions. As Jonas learns more about the forgotten history of the human race, he realizes that not everything is as it seems. But everything he believes is now put to the test when his family is put in grave danger.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The story of this book is told mainly from the perspectives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids who try to change the town they live in for the better, in 1962, Mississipi.

Aibileen is a wise, regal woman helping white couples raise their children. After the death of her own son, she has become devoted to the white children in her care, while knowing that the hearts of both her own and the child’s will be broken when she is forced to leave the household. Meanwhile, Minny is a short, fat, and sassy woman who is not appreciated for her work even though she is an amazing cook. Due to the fact that she cannot keep her mouth shut, she has been fired from multiple jobs. Minny finally finds a new position working for someone too new to the town to know her terrible reputation. But, her new boss keeps secrets of her own.

These two best friends, as well as the black community and some white people come together to collaborate in a dangerous project that puts all of them at risk. Why? They wish to change their town and how different races view each other forever.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

This book is a collection of all the Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels, including A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, and fifty-six short stories. Follow Holmes and Doctor Watson on their adventures to solve gruesome murders and disappearances.

This is, like, the BEST book in the world for mystery and detective fanatics like me! Some of the cases were so creepy but intriguing that I couldn’t read them at night because I was afraid I would get nightmares. It’s also a really good book for a binge reading challenge as it has 1796 pages full of Holmes action. I don’t know if any other mystery novel will ever top this book in my heart.