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Threading The Needle
by Marie Bostwick

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Tessa Woodruff and Madelyn Beecher were best friends when they were younger. As adults they came back to New Bern,Conn. and rekindledtheir friendship. They thick and thin and ups and downs they turned their hobbies into viable income and discovered new friendships.

Little Red Writing Book
by Joan holab

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3stars

The Radium Girls
by Kate Moore

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Conclusion: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is one of those books where, once you get past the volume, you realize that it is such an important, yet sadly-concealed story that we all should come to understand because of its future repercussions. In its pages, it holds various controversial topics involving gender, workers’ rights, and corruption that still remain issues in today’s society. Seeing how so many women were actively neglected by most of the world, despite the extent of their outcries, versus how one male chemist’s death starting changing the playing field manifested the gender inequalities in society. While such inequalities would likely not be ignored in today’s American society, we see how there are still unfair standards between women and men today. Also, workers’ rights from the early 1900s to now have improved significantly proving that (unfortunately) it takes bold voices in the midst of tragedies to make a difference. Truly, I think I were in these women’s shoes, I would not have pushed through because I would be in constant fear of when my end would be nearing. It might just be a storyline, but when you see the faces of people actually experiencing such excruciating pain, you wonder how they were able to power through and manage to shed light on such important problems. Overall, I think this is a book that students should definitely read in their classes to really appreciate how far America has luckily progressed and the importance of having our voices heard. Personal Evaluation: Evidently, I believe this book is a great one to add for readers that want to uncover a dark secret in our American history; however, it should be considered that a book of such volume (400 pages) and complicated storylines (from the characters in both the New Jersey and Illinois firms) can be difficult to read. It was only after finishing the entire novel that I noticed that I continuously reread sections to remember which character I lost track of or which event happened where to clear up the confusion. From there being three different Catherines, over forty characters to recall, and two alternating locations, I personally found it to be very tedious to keep rereading. In the end, my interest to see the aftermath of this tragedy pulled me through the book, but I feel as though the same cannot be said for every reader. Thus, if readers are genuinely interested in the topic, I would definitely recommend it!

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney

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This book made me get into books. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is one of my all time favorites because of how fun and realistic it is. It showed me how realistic the book is to real life high school. The different the characters and their traits explain how some people are and that to me was very cool. This book had a lot of funny and embarrisng moments that I could relate too, and was a great first edition book of the series. This book had no flaws, I enjoyed it.

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

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I liked The Hunger Games: Catching Fire it was a very good book in my opinion. The setting of a new nation world controlled by one government, divided into districts was very unique and pleasant to me. The tributes selected and the love Katniss displays for her sister, Prim put a smile on my face. The book shows action, love, suspense and a lot more which I loved. The Hunger Games ceremony and the skills that were shown all led up beautifully to the actual Hunger Games, which I loved the idea of. The different tributes, as the careers show different personalities and different ideas on how they want to win which to me was definitely something I enjoyed. The pairing of Katniss and Peeta which eventually came was also great after the new rule was declared. The Hunger Game itself had moments which put me in awe like when Thresh let Katniss loose and many more. The end was awesome, the suspense of who will actually take the win after it was declared only one person may win again put me, the reader in a hole trying to figure out how is this going to work out, and the end was amazing as they both end up winning due to a last second rule switch. Them going back home and holding hands even though having the capitol on their back made me happy. This book was very good and I cannot ask for anything more.

The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton

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In The Outsiders, Ponyboy lives with his siblings who have lost their parents. He is a part of the Greasers, whose enemies are the Socs. Ponyboy and Johnny are close to getting in a fight with the Socs. When Ponyboy comes home, his brother Darry is truly enraged and Johnny and Ponyboy then go out to cool down, however they get into a fight with the Socs. The fight concludes in Johnny killing Bob, and the boys then go to hide in a church. Bob's girlfriend is willing to testify in court. Additionally, Ponyboy forgetting a cigarette causes the church to burn down, which injures Johnny. He dies in the hospital, and Dally's death occurs after he robs a store. These deaths take a toll on Ponyboy's mental health which encourages him to write about how one must fix things before anything ends bad. In my opinion, the book is well suited for any age and it is a good reminder of how you must do the right thing before it's too late. I would recommend The Outsiders to anyone wanting to read about why you must make the right decisions and why it's important to be mindful of the decisions you make in life.

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.

Damien
by the_rebellionxx

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This book is hands down one of my favorites of all time. The singular title of the novel alone misleads readers into thinking that it will be a direct and straightforward story, however, it is quite the rollercoaster. At first, the plot behind the protagonists, Damien and Serena, seems so out of this world and borderline unrealistic but as the author slowly peels off each layer of the complex characters, we start to realize that we might be very much like our fictional friends. Damien is absolutely worth five stars and it is a novel I would recommend to all.

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.

A Study In Scarlet Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Canon Doyle

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While this book is a more mature read, the suspense and mind of Sherlock Holmes is simply amazing. He tends to figure things out quickly, but twists and turns get in the way. For someone looking for a harder murder mystery and more mature read, this is it. The plot is simply outstanding and the way the book is written in Dr. Watson's perspective instead of Sherlock Holmes really helps understand Sherlock Holmes' psychology and thinking to the outside world. This is the start of the rest of the Sherlock Holmes books (not series per-say) and shows the friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Watson bloom. This is probably one of my favorite mature mystery reads simply from the fact that it's Sherlock Holmes, but once actually reading and understanding it, it helps make a deeper connection with the text itself and the characters.


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