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Balls!
by Random House Large Print Books

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This book was about how Elmo likes balls. He tell us all the different things you can do with balls, like kick, and dunk.

Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott

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Five feet apart is a story about a 17 year old Stella who has cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes her lungs to fill up with fluid. Her life is full of routines and boundaries, all of which is put to a test when she meets Will Newman. Will is also a cystic fibrosis patient which means they must maintain a safe distance between them. The only thing that Will Newman wants to be in control for is getting out of this hospital and go see the world. He doesn’t care about this treatment or his fancy new clinical trial. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety, but more like a punishment. I thought this book was amazing. It took me only two days to read before I just couldn’t put the book down. It is a really heart touching book. I think this book wasn’t just a love story, but a story of struggle and true commitment. It tells me how everything is just not about touch and the real meaning of loving enough is to let go.

Travel team
by Mike Lupica Books

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Amazing book

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime
by Mark Haddon

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"The curious incident of the dog in the night-time," an intriguing and eccentric book that leaves readers hooked from the start. Haddon portrays Christopher's struggles with life and existence through a variety of mind-twisting, thought-provoking actions and scenes. Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autism spectrum, struggles to find his place and part in this coming-of-age novel, and the murder of his neighbor's dog doesn't seem to make things easier. Christopher deals with the death of a beloved animal, the discovery of his mother, departing from home and accepting the fact that his father is a murderer all within the span of a year. The novel builds on the theme of honesty, trust, and identity exploiting the weaknesses of each character. While Christopher's positive attributes include diligence and curiosity, his weaknesses weigh him down. This national bestseller was well thought out and well written, I recommend it to anyone who wants to follow the mystery of the death of Wellington and enjoys a good bildungsroman. Despite the flaws of various characters throughout the narrative, Haddon ties it together flawlessly.

Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut

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Slaughterhouse Five follows the story of Billy Pilgrim in a extremely puzzling way. Throughout the book Billy Pilgrim is unable to control what time period of his life he can be in. This results in him being "unstuck in time" as he tells his story in a non-chronological way. We follow Billy Pilgrim's story as we are taken on a journey "led" by Billy in places such as Dresden during World War II, a radio talk show in America and even an alien ship piloted by creatures from Traflamadore. I have mixed feelings about this book as it was extremely confusing to follow. At one point Billy was fighting in Dresden then blacks out and ends up in a different time period. I was also confused as another character known as Kilgore Trout possibly knew about being "unstuck in time" as he talked to Billy about "time windows" but Vonnegut leaves us in mystery about this character. Overall, I did not dislike this book as there were some interesting time periods in Billy's life but overall I would not read it again.

Doc mcStuffins starry, starry night
by Bill scollon

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This book was about Doc, her brother Donny and her neighbor watching a meteor shower in the sky. Her telescope, Aurora has blurry vision so Doc fixes her by replacing her eyepiece. Now everything is clear and they can see the meteor shower clearly.

Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games series is one of the most common series of books. Every kid knows the Hunger Games even if they have not read the book. The book lives up to its hype. With the action and the character development in the book readers learn to love the main character Katniss who is introduced in this book.

The Universe In A Nutshell
by Stephen Hawking

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The Universe In A Nutshell is a great book for those who have just drawn upon an interest into the field of theoretical physics and have an interest to learn more. The ideas presented in the book are easy to comprehend due to Hawking’s words and the pictures provided to help. Although the beginning is easy to understand, some chapters may be difficult for those that do not have prior knowledge of some aspects of theoretical physics, such as the quantum theory or time travel paradoxes. The book also discusses the hopeful existence of a unified theory to explain the origins of the universe. Hawking as well discusses with the audience the intelligence of creatures and the future of humankind and technology. The book is a great insight and introduction to the field of cosmology and physics, but requires the audience to have some knowledge of theoretical physics as some passages and chapters may be challenging. For someone who harbors an interest in theoretical physics, I very much enjoyed this book and had the privilege to step into the mind of one of the greatest physicists to ever exist. This book was a great follow up of his previous works. The book holds a tremendous amount of informational value and does not make you fall asleep while reading, something that many science books tend to do. I would recommend this book to those who want to be challenged and have a wonderful curiosity that makes them think. Other great books to read by Stephen Hawking are A Brief History In Time and The Grand Design. He has written 15 books, with The Universe In A Nutshell being one of my personal favorites.

Of Mice And Men
by John Steinbeck

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I chose to read the book “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck. It is a novella about the story of George and Lennie who are two migrant ranch workers who are constantly on the move around California seeking work during the Great Depression. George and Lennie seem to be complete opposites and it is evident from the begininng that Lennie suffers from some sort of mental disorder, which sort of puts George in a caretaker position that impacts their dynamic and relationship throughout the book. The main motif in their storyline, however, is their dream of one day owning a farm on their own with rabbits and crops and being free of the worry of not being able to have a place to live or being able to pay for food and what not. Their dream literally is meant to represent the American Dream and what it meant to George and Lennie and probably many other similar people at the time of the Great Depression. However, by the end of the novel, they haven’t managed to accomplish their goal/dream, which is one of the major themes of the novel. The novel focuses on the impossibility of the American Dream and this notion manifests itself in a number of characters throughout the book. Many of the characters had their own version of an American Dream, but what they all had in common was the fact that they never achieved it. For one, Curley’s wife wanted to be a movie star. However, she finds herself dragged down by her marriage that she is unhappy with. Similarly, Crooks and Candy both join onto the idea of one day living on their own farm with George and Lennie and living off the fat of the land, as they would say in the book. And then most obviously, George and Lennie never made it to accomplish their dream, which also stopped Crooks and Candy from getting to live it out with them. All of these characters’ desires for happiness and to follow their dreams is a common idea but at the end of the day achieving them was impossible. “Of Mice and Men” is one of my favorite books and I regularly re-read it because it just left such a memorable impression when I first read it. I loved the kind of bleak undertone that was omnipresent throughout the book, despite some of the characters’ attempts to stay hopeful at times when they knew their dreams were impossible and out of reach. I also really enjoyed the ending because it is refreshing to have a book with a more harsh ending because I think it gives a more realistic story for the reader.


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