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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse
by Rick Riordan

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Out of the three books in the series I have read so far, I’ve got to admit that this one is the most action-packed, heart-wrenching, and full of plot twists (unless you’re good at picking up clues...because in that case, you’ll see them coming)! In this novel, there’s significant character development in Percy Jackson (and Zoë Nightshade as well as other characters who I won’t name in fear of spoiling anything) and a rise in tension in the series due to more involvement of creatures (mortals, demigods, Gods, and monsters alike). The Titan’s Curse was definitely more chaotic (in a good way) because now readers are introduced to the Hunters, more Gods/Goddesses in action (now that Kronos is a growing problem...literally) which include Artemis and Apollo (gosh, I love their sibling tension). Besides that, I can’t really summarize the story without ruining something along the way - but as usual, Riordian gets an 11/10 (if that was possible) for this book from me!

The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan

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A book full of fantastic characters and a great plot! It was really fun to read about Jason, Leo, Piper, and their adventures! Though I miss Percy, and we haven't gotten much Annabeth in this one, it was still a great read!

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

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This memoir was recommended to me by my previous English teacher on the summer reading list for this year. Although I didn't pick this book for my assignment, I still decided to read it for my own enjoyment. This memoir was powerful, enlightening, and painful at the same time. Jeannette Walls wrote her experiences in a way that readers were able to feel what she felt in certain situations, whether it was anger, sadness, or joy. This emotional roller coaster is one of the things that kept me reading. In addition, I found the duality of Walls' feelings for her parents really interesting. Although even I found myself hating her parents throughout the memoir, it can be learned that Walls continued to love her parents despite the constant troubles and disappointments that she had to endure during her childhood. In a way, her parents even inspired her (not exactly in the best way) to grow from a girl with almost nothing to the successful and genuine writer she is today.

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.”

Scythe
by Neal Shusterman

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Scythe is about people being chosen as scythes, who are the only ones who can end lives. Other than that, people are immortal, unless killed by scythes. This book follows Citra and Rowan on their journeys to becoming scythes. I enjoyed reading this book because I enjoy dystopian books the best. I would highly recommend reading this book to anyone who is deeply interested in the dystopia “realm”.

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.

Travel team
by Mike Lupica Books

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Amazing book

St Francis Society For Wayward Pets
by Annie England Noblin

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Funny, endearing, warm characters. This book has been mentioned in Book Pages. It’s always great to discover a new writing talent. Highly recommended.

All The Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy

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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy is a tale about John Grady Cole, who travels to Mexico to rediscover the Wild West. After his family ranch is sold, John, along with his friend Lacey Rawlins, makes his way to a "hacienda" in Mexico where he falls in love with a girl named Alejandra. Reading All the Pretty Horses is a bit different from other books, in that Cormac McCarthy does not use punctuation marks and some of the dialogue is left in untranslated Spanish. This can make reading this novel a tad difficult, but there's a pretty compelling story underneath. John's journey takes him to all sorts of places that are beautifully described by McCarthy. There are lessons about love, life, and the pursuit of happiness in this book, and I'd consider it a worthwhile read, especially if you are a fan of Wild West stories.

Pandemic
by Yvonne Ventresca

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Just like the outbreak of the 2019-Coronavirus in real life, the outbreak of the flu is as serious as ever! Those between the ages 15-50 are in danger of being exposed. The protagainst, Lily Snyder, may have a few of here loved one, but with the help of the sole survivors, they were able to see their way throught the pandemic.


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