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Teen SRC 2018 – Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Image result for scarlet a c gaughenWill Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secret, skills in high demand in Robin Hood’s merry band of thieves who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil and greedy sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one that only Robin and his men know… Scarlet, the slip of a boy who is fast with knives, is actually a girl posing as a thief.

The terrible events that took place in Scarlet’s past that led to her hiding her true identity are and verge of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to get rid of Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne puts innocent people at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin Hood, whose quick smiles manage to always unsettle her.

 

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- Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Image result for paper hearts bookThis book is based on a true story that took place in World War II, during the Holocaust, about two girls named Fania and Zlatka, about the bond that help them hope for the best in the face of the worst.

For Fania’s birthday, Zletka makes something for her that could mean death if it was ever discovered. She makes an origami heart, containing the wishes for happiness and hopes of all of their friends for Fania to carry. This heart is one of the few items created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.

This was a very touching book about a beautiful friendship, found in a cruel, bitter, and unexpected place. These brave girls were able to still hope for a better future after everything they’ve been through, and should be looked up to.

 

Teen SRC 2018- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Image result for hidden figures book summaryThis book tells the story of four women who possibly change our world. Meet Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, these four women are the people who helped the United States launch the first man in space. These women helped out at NASA, they where all mathematical geniuses, at first they’re where about 30 women working in one room. Then Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden,  all got different jobs helping out in other departments at NASA. It was hard for them to fit in because they didn’t look like the others and where not favoured anywhere. This story takes place when there was a lot of racism. But they all fought for they’re rights.

I really enjoyed this book because it shows how Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden all fought for they’re rights and never gave up. This book was also made into a movie that shows what it looked like at the time. Although the book had a little more detail I think the movie is definitely worth watching!

Teen SRC 2018 – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden FiguresHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

From World War II through NASA’s golden age, four African-American women confidently and courageously stepped into the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now known as NASA). Their job? To provide the mathematical calculations that would help increase airplane production during wartime and eventually send the United States into space for the very first time.  Hidden Figures follows the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who participated in some of the United States’ greatest aeronautics successes.  These women lived through and persevered against the backdrop of some of the biggest movements ever to shape our nation’s history: the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, and the fight for gender equality.

Teen SRC 2018 – Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq

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Ramses: Son of Light by Christian Jacq

The first book of the Ramses series begins with 14 year old Ramses II, son of Seth.  He is sent through a test for pharaohs.  Before Ramses knows it, he is surrounded by friends and enemies.  Moses the intelligent Hebrew, Setau the snake charmer and mage, Ahmeni the frail scholar,  Ahsha the politician, and Shanaar his corrupt brother.  Is Seth going to leave his power to Shaanar or Ramses? As I read through the book, it revealed many beliefs in Egypt that I never knew about. It was full of secrets and plans. This book is great for people who like to read for a long time and people who like Egypt.

Teen SRC 2018 – Tamar By Mal Peet

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Tamar by Mal Peet

Tamar has the story of two different groups of people at different times. The first group takes place in the final winter of WWll in the Netherlands. Two young men under the code names, Dart and Tamar stay in Holland sending messages back and forth to the army. Marijke, a woman that lives in the farmhouse where Tamar is staying. As time goes by, Dart slightly goes insane and the trio becomes in danger. The second group takes place three generations later where a young girl, Tamar, and her somewhat cousin, Yoyo, go on an adventure to find out why her grandfather, William committed suicide. The plot and characters in my opinion where very basic and not too interesting. However, the overall potrail of Holland at the time of the war was very good. I felt that it gave a good image of what the people living in Holland felt at the time.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser

The Forgotten Book

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser 

The Forgotten Book is the second book of Mechthild Glaser that I have ever read and I read it because I very much enjoyed the first one and I thought this was going to be a sequel to The Book Jumper, which I have also reviewed. Unfortunately, it was not, but this entirely new story is still so intriguing that I was drawn in anyways. The plot is very complicated and always keeps you guessing, there are many very well written false leads that kept directing me to the wrong path and answer so I was SO shocked when I got to the ending. One thing that sets this book apart from others is that it is actually translated, as was The Book Jumper, because the writer originally wrote this in German, her first language I would assume. I found it amazing that even after being translated, the book was still super descriptive and captivating with just the right amount of adjectives and characterization. I loved meeting the characters and watching them figure things out while going through some major development themselves as well. There were also multiple plots circling and that gave it a little extra touch of special. Overall, this book was a 4/5 stars because I found it a bit cliche that the ending was so resolved but I like it that way because then I don’t have to deal with any of the extra heartbreak. I have a summary below if you want to see what it is generally about.

Summary:

This story is about a girl named Emma, who attends a prestigious boarding school named Stolzenburg, at which, her father is the principal. One day, she discovers an ancient book in the Stolzenburg library. After some trial and error, she finds out that whatever she writes in the book will come true. At first, she thinks that it is very unique and magical and just cannot be harmful in anyway, but after more discoveries, she finds out that the book is in fact hiding a very dark secret within its pages. With the help of Stolzenburg alumni, Darcy de Winter, still looking for his lost sister, she finds out more and more about the book’s history as well as the disappearance of Darcy’s beloved twin.

If reading my review/summary on The Book Jumper is something that interests you, please click here.

Teen SRC 2018 – Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

Prince Aleksander, the would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His country’s own people have betrayed him. His title is worthless. All he has left is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy to be in the British Air Forces. She is brilliant airman, but her secret is constantly on the verge of being discovered.

In the midst of World War I, Alek and Deryn’s path will cross in an unexpected way, taking them on a fantastical around-the-world adventure that will change them both.

For those true fans of Scott Westerfield’s books, this series is one of the best series out there. Literally all the books in this series are so good.

 

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.