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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

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In this book, Percy Jackson is the main character and he later realizes that his father is actually Poseidon, which makes him a half-blood. Being a half-blood comes with lots of trouble because he is now more prone to monster attacks, so he must train at Camp Half-Blood where many other half-bloods go to train and to master their skills. However, a conflict arises amongst the gods and Zeus' lightning bolt gets stolen. This incident is blamed on Poseidon because there was already a pre-existing feud between the two. Percy Jackson must go on a quest in order to prevent a war to break out amongst the Gods and to prove that it is not Poseidon who Zeus should blame. Percy Jackson realizes that it was actually one of his friends, Luke, who stole the lightning bolt because he wanted a war to break out amongst the gods since he thought that the Gods had been in power for too long. Percy ends up battling them and he was able to attain the lightning bolt on time. Poseidon talks to Percy Jackson and he calls Percy, "the true son of Poseidon." Back at camp, Luke ends up telling Percy that he is working for Kronos, a Titan, but Luke decided to let a scorpion sting Percy, with intentions to kill him. However, Percy manages to survive.

Mouse Makes Words
by Kathryn Heling

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In this book Mouse finds new ways to make rhyming words. He uses many site words and word families to rhyme words.

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.

Mouse Makes Words
by Kathryn Heling

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In this book Mouse finds new ways to make rhyming words. He uses many site words and word families to rhyme words.

The Last Flight
by Julie Clark

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Had read a preview of this book and couldn’t wait to read the entire book. Not a fan of back and forth, but Clark does a great job of “before and after” a plane crash of the two characters who are both looking to escape their current lives—one a battered wife married to a high-profile husband and the second a former Berkeley College student turned illegal drug chemist and seller mixed up with a dangerous drug dealer boss. Easy to read style keeps the pages turning. Keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

Pete The Cat Rocking In My School Shoes
by Eric Litwin

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This book was about all the differ t things Pete the cat did when her was wearing his red high top sneakers, that he called his “school shoes.” It starts with him going on the bus to school and tells about his school day. It ends with him getting off the bus and his mom waiting for him and he says, “I was rocking in my school shoes.”

Storm And Silence
by Robert Thier

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"Storm and Silence" surprised me as I did not think I would enjoy a book set in the 19th-century. I would typically read these types of books in school, and the language and plot would simply confuse me. This book was the complete opposite as I found it very humorous and easy to read. Since "Storm and Silence" is set in the 1800s, women did not have equal rights and were expected to stay at home. Lilly Linton, the protagonist of the book, acts differently as she defies societal norms and dresses as a man to work under Mr. Rikkard Ambrose. Her resilience and determination is what makes this book special and intriguing to read in comparison to other romance novels. Being the first book in the Storm and Silence series, it definitely makes me want to read more novels in this series and what is has to offer. Filled with strong-witted main characters and an amazing plot, "Storm and Silence" is a must read!

The Bane Chronicles
by Cassandra Clare

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The Bane Chronicles consists of a series of novellas about a character from The Mortal Instruments, which is one of my favorite series. I was expecting a lot from this book because of the content that Clare has consistently brought in her previous books. To my surprise, it definitely disappointed me a little. Although some of the novellas intrigued me, many others failed to keep my interest. The idea of creating a book about a mysterious character from the series was a great idea, but I felt like the majority of the stories provided left me unsatisfied or uninterested. Despite my mild dislike for this book, I continue to love Clare's series as a whole.

Spark The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The Brain
by John J. Ratey

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This book was simply eye-opening...that’s literally the only phrase I can use to truly encapsulate the novel’s wonders. Just eye-opening. From Alzheimer’s, menopause, drug/alcohol addiction to even mental disorders like depression, John Ratey beautifully explains the wonders of exercise on not only our brain/physical health, but also our mood significantly. The difference between a short fifteen minute video on exercise’s benefits on the body versus this book is that “Spark” actually goes into the details of what exercise is, what it does on a biochemical level (neurotransmitters), how exactly it helps each illness/condition, and even gives real-world examples of schools implementing rigorous exercising training who belong in the top-tier education school systems in not only America - but across the globe. What seems to be a rudimentary idea actually turns out to be one of the best forms of medication out there and can even surprisingly change the way we learn and retain information. If anyone wants to read this book, I highly recommend it - 10/10 (or on READSquared, 5/5). :D More importantly, if you’re looking for a solution to some of your everyday problems, try reading this book and running tomorrow morning - who knows what other wonders it could bring to your life! ;)

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

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In Brave New World, an interesting societal difference from our own world is introduced, where offspring are grown in a lab. The original zygote goes through a method called Bokanovsky’s Process, which causes it to bud up to a maximum of ninety-five times to create genetically indifferent organisms. The Director calls this process “one of the major instruments of social stability,” which is likely the same thought that the people in this dystopian setting share. I wanted to dive deeper into this idea, so i looked at how Bokanovsky’s Process supports the social framework of the world, and for that, I started with the motto of the humans, “Community, Identity, Stability.” For each principle, I’ve found evidence for how humans turning into oviparous animals maintains the social structure present in this novel. Community is formed when people share similarities with each other, so they consider themselves mutually related. Bokanovsky’s Process absolutely boosts the notion of community, as the people who are the clones of a single zygote will befriend each other and create their communities. The humans of a single class (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon) will also feel that they are closely related because each class gets different physical alterations while still on the conveyor belt. The government can proudly say that its community is one of the best in the world because of the people that make up the community, who are all essentially the same in most ways.


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