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Teen SRC 2018- The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild RobotRoz is a robot. She doesn’t know where she is or even who she is, all she know is that she helps you. Roz is a robot unlike others because she learns. So when she finds herself on a remote island she learns how to survive by watching other animals. Meanwhile theres a buzz around the island with the animals that theres a monster. All the animals are scared of Roz. When Roz adopts a gosling the animals learn to realize that Roz isn’t a monster. As the gosling Brightbill always new that Roz was her mom. When winter comes Brightbill flies south with the flock. Roz is worried, Brightbill has never been away from her. All the other animals help Roz prepare for winter. Will they survive?

I thought the Wild Robot was kind of boring at the beginning but then got better. It was very creative and something would always go wrong, but then the animals would find a way to solve the problem in a unique way. I want to know what happens next in the next book the Wild Robot Escapes.

Teen SRC 2018 – Pugs and Kisses

Pugs and kisses is a book about a girl named Ana Ramos, and she lives in New York. She may not have a dog, because her parents are really strict and they don’t like dogs or cats, but she does help one of walk her neighbor’s pug, Osito. One day, Ana was walking in the park and she ran into a guy named Calvin, who also owns a dog, named Pancake. Osito and Pancake became best friends. They talked for a little bit and Ana started to catch feelings for Calvin. But! She forgot to tell Calvin that that wasn’t her dog. Ana thought that she would never see him again, but she was wrong, Calvin just moved to New York and he went to her school. Ana thought that this would be the right time to tell him, but she can’t admit that Osito isn’t her’s. Will Ana mess up and figure out how she feels for Calvin before her lies catch up to her?

I really enjoyed reading this book, every time I finish a chapter, I want to continue reading it. I highly recommend this book!

Teen SRC 2018- Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

Image result for pax by sara pennypackerPax is book that has two different perspectives, the chapters alternate between the perspective of a boy named Peter and his fox named Pax. Peter’s dad get enlisted into the army. He forces the inseparable pair to break. Peter is forced to leave Pax in a forest. Peter is at his grandpa’s house while his dad is at war, but then sneaks out to find Pax. Meanwhile Pax is confused of why his owner didn’t come back for him. Peter explores the forest looking for Pax, but then breaks his leg. He finds this private property, he settles there. A lady named Viola tries to kick him out but realizes his leg is broken and helps him. Together they build Peter’s strength back. Pax meets a small pack of wolves, they teach Pax how to survive in the wild. Will Peter and Pax ever be reunited?

I loved this book, it was in a great style of writing and I thought that it was very exiting. I liked that you would never know what was coming next and you always thought something but it went the other way. I think you should definitely read it.

Teen SRC 2018- 365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

365 Days of Wonder365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

This isn’t a story book but a book of everyday of the year with a quote for each day. It is about different precepts that diverse people wrote and put into a book about friendship, kindness, courage and love. The quotes are from books, movie/book characters, famous people etc. Here is a few spoils of some of the quotes: “The best things in life are not things.”-Ginny Moore “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” -Anne Herbert

I personally like the book even there isn’t any story to it. There is a lot of inspirational words and quotes in the book that can actually help with real life. It really is amazing how the author found so many great precepts. This is a wonderful book for Wonder fans and people who need some inspiration and comfort. I would rate this book 5 stars. Hope this review is helpful!

Teen SRC 2018 – If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

The book is about racism, but it is expressed in a more kid friendly way.  Kristen’s world is crumbling because he parents are constantly arguing.  At school, a new child Walker Jones who is African American arrives and helps becomes her friend.  Kristen eventually finds something shocking about Walker that surprises them both.

The book is short, but is very interesting.  As I read through the book, I could understand how the characters felt and could imagine being in their world.  The book shows the day to day problems in the world that we always overlook.

Teen SRC 2018 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Set 19 years after the events of the deathly hollows, Harry Potter and his friends are now an adult. The story centers on Albus Severus Potter, the son of the great Harry Potter, who got chosen to be a Slytherin student at Hogwarts. Albus, struggling to keep on his family name, thinks that his father, Harry, does not understand him and thinks Harry likes James Potter and Lily Potter more then him. At Hogwarts, Albus befriends Scorpius Malfoy and hears that Cedric Diggory died for Harry. He also hears that the ministry of Magic has a time turner, which can take you back to the past. So Albus, Scorpius, and a mysterious girl named Delphi steals the time turner and tries to saves Cedric Diggory. When Harry and his friends figure out what happened, they try to save Albus and his friends from certain danger. what they do not know is that a new threat has rised from the ashes of Voldemort. A threat that may destroy Harry Potter’s wizarding world as he knows it, forever…

A good story overall, but confusing for those who do not know or read the adventures of Harry potter. If you want to read this, I suggest that you read all the Harry Potter books first to not get confused. happy readings!

Teen SRC 2018 – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Twelve year old Meggie and her father Mo live in a small farmhouse, acting as “book doctors,” people who repairing and restoring books. One rainy night, a strange figure arrives at the door. Curious, Meggie listens at the door, and hears her father and stranger talking in low, hushed voices, which turns into an argument. Soon after, Meggie is suddenly dragged into an adventure she has only ever read about in books, where the main character must stop an evil villain. Trying to control the power she’d just learned that she possessed, she needs to change the course of the story that will change her life forever.

I read this book assuming that it is a kids’ book, but that was not the case at all. Even though Meggie, the main character, is only twelve years old, the story is very believable, with likeable characters, magic, and adventure. I also found Meggie and her father’s power is really cool. Seriously, who doesn’t want to be able to make their favorite characters from a book come to life in the real world?

 

Teen SRC 2018- The City Of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?

I originally watched the movie first in 2008 on a plane, because typically I like to see films out of comfort zone (and also because I can’t sleep on planes.) I loved the actors, and I loved the premise, so, later on, I searched in the library to see if they had this book.

The book is as amazing, but a bit too short. It is written in a way a group of sixth graders would understand. (It reminds me of the book, Holes by Louis Sachar, in its content of children with a greater purpose against the adults with power.) The reason why this book resonates with me is the fact that it is completely plausible,  fictional.

I recommend this book to anyone who has read Holes, and likes dystopian novels.

Teen SRC 2018 – Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

The book I will talk about today is Apollo : The burning maze. here is a brief description of Apollo: the burning maze: as Apollo and Meg goes on to a quest to defeat the roman emperors, they team up with Grover underwood to stop the mysterious fires in the labyrinth from destroying what Grover is trying to protect. Jason Grace and Piper Mclean aids Apollo on his journey but something has happened between them and will shatter them apart forever. And Apollo faces sacrifices along the he cannot bare. Will Apollo survive his Quest to become a god again, or will he die trying…

I would not recommend it to people who do not know much about the heroes of Olympus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I would recommend it to people who generally understand the whole Rick Riordan series and understands both Greek and Roman mythology. I would say 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. enjoy!