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Teen SRC 2020 – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson was always said to be “special” because of his behaviour but he had no idea how special he really was. After just narrowing escaping death. he arrives at Camp Half Blood and immediately sent back out on a quest. Zeus’s lighting bolt has gone missing and Percy has to return it to him or else a war is going to erupt.

After I first finished reading this book, I was confused about the mythology parts. But after researching and finding out about the relationships between each character it become much more clear. Throughout the entire story, the adventure is written through the eyes of Percy Jackson. Because it isn’t told in a 3rd person’s view, it makes the entire story come to life and each emotion the character feels can be experienced by the reader. I have read many books from the 3rd person’s view, or it changes POV. throughout the book; it leaves less space for surprises for the reader but it gives the reader and anxious feeling on what is going to happen when the secret is revealed. I prefer 1st person view than 3rd person as I do love a good twist. In this story, Percy Jackson is a person who’s fatal flaw is wanting to save his loved ones. His rivals often use it against him, and he is forced to decide on what is more important. This leads the ethical questions that he often ponders about. I would rate this book 8/10. I actually tried to read this book a couple years ago and I had such a hard time connecting everything, so I gave up before finishing chapter 2. Now I am really glad I revisited it and I am excited to finish the rest of the series as well.

Teen SRC 2020 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry and his friends investigates the deadly Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban who they believe is one of Lord Voldemort followers and the reason Harry’s parents died. Now the rumors are that he is coming for Harry as well.

There’s a distinct change in mood, style, and a maturation in the writing and scenes. As the characters grow older, the challenges they faced became more intense and grave. The schemes became shadier especially in relation to Sirius and his connection in the murders of Potter’s parents. It all just got so much better. The entire story felt less soft and less feel-good. For the first time it seemed like if Harry didn’t gather up his confidence he could actually die. He owed tons to Lupin here, a hugely essential one in the development of Harry. This one is my favorite so far and I would rate it 9/10.

Teen SRC 2020 – The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

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The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

As the children finds out about Narnia and witnesses the creation of it, they continue on their valiant quest to save a life. While trying to outrun an evil sorceress who tries to suppress them. I noticed many parts of this book is connected to Christianity. This is another series that my mom is making me read… as it is for my novel study. At first I was reluctant but after finishing the first one I am already quickly devouring the next. I found the old English confusing at times but I definitely recommend it. I would rate this 9/10 as I just loved how Lewis described the creation of Narnia, it just felt so magical and realistic.

Teen SRC 2020 – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Up until now, the three hard working Baudelaire children have lived a fairly regal life; until a devastating fire burns through their home with their parents inside. The deaths are suspicious and no one really knows how the fire began in the first place. Now they have nothing left and Mr. Poe, their banker, has to find a relative that’s willing to take the responsibility of caring and raising them.

“Mr. Poe opened his mouth to say something, but erupted into a brief fit of coughing. “I have made arrangements,” he said finally, “for you to be raised by a distant relative of yours who lives on the other side of town. His name is Count Olaf.” ~ Chapter 2

When the children are arrives at their new caretaker’s home, they desperately hope their life will turn right side up. However, Count Olaf’s only goal is stealing their family fortune and the Baudelaire children must find a way to shield themselves from his nasty schemes and escape from his clutches.

I rate this book 7/10, it was easy to read and has tons of dark humor. It really shows how crazy things can get when unbalanced people take control of other people’s lives especially children’s. I definitively recommend this book and I regret not reading this years ago when I first saw it.

Teen SRC 2020 – Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

When Gregor fell through a laundry shoot while following his little sister he discovered a whole world called the Underland. There humans live anxiously beside beside giant spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats. But their peace is about to fall apart and Gregor will have to decide where to place his loyalties, how to survive, and is given the opportunity to find his lost father. He wants no part in their war, instead he just wants to go home with his little sister. But he falls upon a prophecy that forces a role onto him that he has to play. However, if he goes on this quest, it will change the Underland forever and the decision is in his hands.

I used to have this series at home and it was only after I joined a book club at the library did I find interest in this book. Now I can finally read the rest of the series and find out what I have been missing out on. I rate this book 9/10, as it has really deep descriptions of everything that makes you feel like you can actual see everything. It’s easy to read and it contains tons of emotions.

Teen SRC 2020 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is starting his second year at Hogwarts. Harry expects it to be a normal year after his struggle the year before but going against his wishes a secret chamber opens, muggle-born students are being attacked and Harry must put his life on the line once more.

Harry Potter finds out he can speak Parselmouth and is mistaken for the heir of Slytherin. And on top of that he has to tolerate the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher ,Gilderoy Lockhart, who is a self-centered, fake, lunatic teacher.

I enjoyed this book because it is packed with fantasy, action, and imagination. I would rate it 8/10 as it was dark and mysterious at parts and I really adore this story.

Teen SRC 2020 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Rowling, J. K.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is about a young eleven year old boy, Harry Potter who lives with his cold aunt, uncle, and cousin. The conditions he lives in are miserable until he receives a letter that informs him of who he really is, a wizard. After keeping his magical powers sealed away for so long, he finally felt like he fit in. But even in the Wizard world he was special, as he was the only one that has ever survived the killing curse from Lord Voldemort. Soon he discovers that mysteries and secrets while finding friends, allies, and foes along the way

I always had the collection of the Harry Potter Series at home but I never bothered to read it. It took a LOT of convincing from my mom until she got me to read the first three books…..picture version. But after I read them I realized what I had been missing out for so long on and I immediately had to read the whole series. So far I really like it and I would rate it 9/10 as it has many loopholes in the book. I definitively recommend it and I regret not reading this years ago when my mom first informed me about it.

Teen SRC 2020 – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is an adventure/fantasy genre of book that tells the story of a middle-school aged girl named Margaret (Meg for short). Meg is a pretty average kid, but what isn’t average about her is her peculiar family…

Meg’s mother, Dr. Kate Murry, is a beautiful woman and a really smart scientist, but she’s also an amazing mom. Meg is the eldest of four children, the others being Sandy and Dennys (twins), and Charles Wallace, whose knowledge and wisdom are far beyond his years. He has an uncanny ability of being able to read Meg and her mother’s minds, and even predicting their near future (to some extent). Meg’s father (Dr. Alex Murry) is also a scientist, but he has been missing for almost an entire year. It’s almost as if he disappeared into thin air…

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Teen SRC 2020 – Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes & Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters

This book reflects serious topics like racism, rights and friendship. A lot of adult stuff. This book is written by 2 people with very different perspectives on life. They have reflected on their childhoods and how skin color doesn’t split people into groups. Just because you have a different skin color then someone else, doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. This book is great for middle school students and for anyone really. You don’t have to wear a specific type of shoes to “fit in”. Everyone is a person and should be treated like one no matter how different they look. This is a very deep story and great for middle school teaching.