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Hunger Games Book 2
by Suzanne Collins

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This was a really good book also. I believe as the series goes on, the quality of the books get worse. Though, when I mean worse, they still are really good books that I would recommend to anyone. The games were good but I believe it wasn't as entertaining as the 74th annual games. This is because of the allies and the different picture behind this games. This games wasn't meant for fighting, yet, it was meant for a rebellion on both sides which is going to start an uprising. What Plutarch did was really good author's craft by Suzanne Collins with foreshadowing. The character development wasn't as prime, though, this book showed how big Katniss and Peeta and how much influence they have on the uprising.

Because Of Winn Dixie chapters 24/25/26
by Kate Dicamillo

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I really liked this book it had a lot of twists and turns. One is that it rained a Winn-Dixie ran off and Opal had to find him. I liked the way they just kept adding characters to the story.

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.”

Call Me Hope
by Gretchen Olson

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One of the books that I read this summer is Call Me Hope, by Gretchen Olson. The book is about a young girl named Hope, who's living with her mother, who is verbally abusive. She comes up with a special point system to tally just how much her mother says to her, and she makes a lot of new friends who support her and help her. One thing I really liked about the book was how Olson develops Hope's character, and how the relationships between Hope and the other people in the book truly developed. Every character that Hope meets has a special place in her life, and I really liked how that part of the story was shown. Hope's character is resilient and strong, and Olson shows that in ways that would make sense for a sixth grader. Hope's character especially isn't written to be too old or too young, but the way she acts and reacts to situations is similar to a person of her age. This is one of the few books that have truly made me go on a roller coaster of emotions. It made me laugh, and cry, and I really felt like I was going along with Hope through her life. The way that Olson portrays Hope really makes the reader sympathize with her, and it really makes the reader stop, think, and feel such strong emotions. Olson is able to portray her character as a scared little girl, and not make it seem too awkward or confusing, which is something that other books I've read aren't able to do. This book is a book that truly deserves a 5-star rating.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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The Last Lecture is a novel of biography narrating Randy Pausch, in which the professor is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and has only a few months remaining to live. The book is written from a first person point of view from Randy Pausch’s perspective. A brief summary of this biography is as follows. This memoir, thus biography, lectures, and themes the essence of life as the book compels us through Mr. Pausch’s life. Furthermore, the book is primarily an influence of life’s moral lessons of Mr. Pausch’s life, in which his life’s story in the book compels our heartbeat to feel its beat, and stimulates a range of positive emotions, which connects, and bonds us to it. In simpler terms, we are informed that Mr. Pausch has pancreatic cancer or terminal cancer, and has only a few months remaining to live, so we are told of Mr. Pausch receiving the opportunity of performing his last lecture talk, in which professors pretend like it's their demise, and pass on their wisdom to the world, so Mr. Pausch leaps for the opportunity, while it truly is his last lecture to wrap things up in his work life. Then, Mr. Pausch’s talk begins, but the book takes us into Mr. Pausch’s starting from childhood to his present day teaching moral lessons on the way, while it still remains connected with the talk. I liked or loved the book, hence the book is preeminent, and compelling, because of the concept of the last lecture talk, in which professors pretend their demise, and give a talk to address their wisdom to the world before the world moves on, but it is Mr. Pausch’s truly last lecture, since he is going to die due to pancreatic cancer. So, he attempts his best to say a final goodbye to his work family by performing the talk at Carnegie University, as well as using this talk to pave a path for his three children: Dylan, Logan, and Chloe to interpret their father when they grow up, therefore, Mr. Pausch begins performing the talk, but the book takes us deeper, and about Mr. Pausch’s life while still connecting with Mr. Pausch’s last lecture in context by referring back to dialogue, and scenes from the talk. Additionally, the moral lessons from the book that are told in an artistic way by Mr. Pausch’s life, are truly inspirational, which made me like/love the book! For example, one of my personal favorite moral lessons from the book is the time management moral lesson, in which Mr. Pausch gives an example that when you are on a customer service phone call, and you are on hold you should always try to do something, meanwhile. He gives a few more examples like this, as well as a few rules you should follow for time management skills. This is one of my favorite moral lessons, because I needed to improve on my time management skills, and so with Mr. Pausch’s real-life examples, as well as rules I better understood, and started to improve in my time management skills as I implemented them. These are the two primary elements that compelled me, and made this biography a must-read book. Lastly, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, because this book’s concept of the last lecture is intriguing, and unique, so it sparks interest, and this book has meaningful, and numerous moral life lessons by reading along Mr. Pausch’s life with each life event/chapter having a moral lesson, so it made me personally learn those moral life lessons. As this could lead my friend finding the book interesting, and learn from the moral life lessons. As per my time management moral example from the book, I needed to improve my time management skills, therefore, this book helped me to do so as time management was one of its morals, so in similar idea this book can help my friend improve too. In conclusion, The Last Lecture was a remarkable novel of biography to read as it made me to definitely recommend it to a friend, and intrigued me with its story of Randy Pausch being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, therefore, performing his last lecture as we would go further into his life from childhood to his present day learning moral lessons. Thank you for your time, and effort as this is my book review about The Last Lecture.

The Tiger At Midnight
by Swati Teerdhala

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This book was very good. This is a love story between Esha and Kunal. Esha is on a secret mission but what she doesn't know is so is Kunal. They realize that they were long lost friends and they fall in love, There are so many twists in this book and I would definitely suggest this book.

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

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At first, I was a little intimidated by what others have said about the difficulty of the book, but once I started reading Little Women, I knew I wouldn't regret it. I really loved the depth each character had; they were realistically humane where they had flaws and made mistakes that would stay with them forever. I also liked how the characters changed for the better in mindset and personality by the end of the book as a result of hard work and dedication. The book was really inspiring when it came to life lessons and morals, and it is definitely a novel that will stick with me forever.

Darkness My Old Friend
by Lisa Unger

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This was another book in the series about the Hollows. Lots of crime going on for a small town. Here a missing persons case is solved but lots of intrigue on the way to the end.

Poems On A Red Oak Branch
by New Jersey Poetry Society Anthology 2005

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I loved how this book displayed poems from people of our own state. I liked the work the poets did and thought it was a creative idea. I think this book can be for any age range after reading it. It was a nice way to spend your time.

Renegades
by Marissa Meyer

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As a die-hard Lunar Chronicles fan, I had to check out Meyer's other series Renegades, and I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with it. Not only did it meet my expectations, but it exceeded them. I loved the main character's sarcastic and witty personality, and the fact that the plot circled around her leading a double life, secretly being the enemy but acting like their comrade to infiltrate them was gold. The suspense and anticipation whenever her secret was close to being outed or whenever her mission was about to be compromised was thrilling. I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat.