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Teen SRC 2022 – Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is one of the only classics I have enjoyed reading because of its satire and witty reflection on our history. The fable accurately depicted how corrupted our society has become and the mindset the public has about our government. I would recommend this novel to more mature teens because you need some historical and background knowledge before you will find this interesting.

I was first motivated to read this because my peers in school were forced to read it for English class. However, I set aside personal time to read it because I was actually interested in its plot. Although I haven’t studied the Russian Revolution, which the book is supposed to be a parallel to, I still noticed the hints and clues that George Orwell included that really made the story relatable. For example, the “Seven Commandments” are the laws that govern their farm, but the pigs in power kept breaking the rules and manipulating the other animals to believe they were righteous. I laughed at their infamous quote: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” because this resembles politicians SO MUCH in their sly ways with words to cover the truth and fake the justification. This ironic statement is just so ridiculous.

Anyways, I’m glad to have finally read a classic that wasn’t boring and tedious throughout the story (I used to hate classics for that). Overall, I would give it 7.5/10, and I hope other people will enjoy Animal Farm too.

Teen SRC 2018 – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty - Sewell, AnnaBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell

Okay, okay, I may have let a little fib slip. Remember when I said how Anne of the Green Gables was one of my very favorite books? Well, I realized that I may have read this book, Black beauty, over 50 times! (43, to be exact) I actually own 3 different copies of Black Beauty at home! Two of them are so worn out and the pages have yellowed so much that I can’t really distinguish the words from tear and tea stains! Yes, I admit, Black Beauty was a little sad, and I may have cried a little. I KNOW, WIERD, RIGHT? I cry over books and not movies.

Anyhoo, Black Beauty is the name of a horse in the 19th century England, who gets passed on from his first master to his second, from his second master to his third, and so on. He meets countless amounts of horrible, cruel masters, but also, in turn, finds a few kind ones. Black Beauty’s journey is retold in this beautiful tale.

Teen SRC 2017 – Bailey’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Image result for bailey's storyThis book was very heartbreaking and emotional. The cover, especially, seems sad and cute, with a dog and all. If I haven’t taken this book out, I would have never learned as much as I learned today.

Whenever I think of dogs now, I know that they feel neglected when abandoned in an empty house — especially when there is a cat taunting them maliciously.

More than that, at the end of the book, there is a list of facts about dogs that can help you learn more about them. When I was reading this, I felt many emotions swirling around my head, and my main thought was, wow. Who knew dogs have so many feelings? I feel that all humans treat dogs as merely a ‘pet’ than a living creature with feelings.

This book is about a dog named Bailey who talks about his life with a boy named Ethan. In his chapter of his life, he encounters hardship, friendship, neglect, and most of all, love.

I rate this a 5 out of 5!