I Am malala by Malala Yousafzai (with Christina Lamb)


Summary: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, is by Malala Yousafzai, a young girl from Swat Valley, who is standing up for girls rights and education against the Taliban. I am Malala is an autobiography that describes the hardships of living under the Taliban, and the ways Malala herself stood up against their bans on the things that women could do, such as being educated. This book is her journey through her life that started peacefully without the Taliban, and then as the Taliban gains power how life changed and instead of doing as the Taliban wanted and keeping safe, she spoke up against the inequalities and stood up for women’s rights. It shows her dedication to a safer and educated world for not only girls, but boys as well. Not just children but adults. Even after being moved to England, she continues to fight for education.
I thought this book was amazing because Malala was 12 year old girl that impacted the world so greatly and in such a positive way. It shows how a girl who doesn’t let go of her hopes and dreams can achieve so much, even though they are from a humble background. The book was very informative and encouraging. Malala talks about all the things that are going on as she struggles against the Taliban with her father and a few other outspoken individuals.
I agree with Malala’s opinions, that every child and adult should be given an education because it is their right. No matter the gender of a person, people have a right to being informed, and it is crucial world that people are educated. A common theme is that people should be informed and educated. That people should have the rights that they deserve, rights that all people should have because they are human.
I believe this book is encouraging and that it really shows a human face to this great international hero that Malala has become. It also shows the hardships that people face, living under the Taliban and breaks the many stereotypes that people have gained of Muslim people. I really liked this book, because Malala spoke out through this book to show people what was really going on in the Middle East. Many people have a very withdr51dVLcrS0gL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_awn perspective on what is going on in the Middle East. They don’t really understand what it is like to live there, but I am Malala can change this spectator view and show what is really going on. Living in America, or really anywhere not in the Middle East, it is hard to be able to “walk” in these people’s shoes. We don’t know what it’s like, but through Malala, we can understand. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. I believe that everyone should read this book, not just because of the ideas that Malala Yousafzai talks about, but also because it is an incredibly encouraging and life changing story.


I picked up this book because I was curious to learn about Malala Yousafzai. It was wonderful to see someone my age, though at the time younger, to go through these hardships that she faced and still keep fighting for something that is so dear to her heart, and because of her struggles and her continuous efforts has changed the world for the better in so many ways. Malala Yousafzai’s tale is an encouraging tale, and I would recommend it to everyone. Malala’s story is sure to grab anyone’s attention, and it can really change a person’s perspective as well as help them make a difference in their own community.

Reviewed by Rabia kamal

Chicken soup for the teenage soul 2

The book is a non fiction one wherein various teens and people inspire us with their inspiring stories about the different phases a teenager goes through and how other people dealt with it. If not that, it’s just a book with great stories , some inspiring, some humorous, some sad and some just happy. There are a collection of about 60 short stories. Each chapter indicates a phase a teen goes through. For example, there is a 9781558746169_p0_v1_s260x420phase about relationships in every teen’s life and a chapter in this book helps us deal with such situations through entertaining stories which each have a hidden message in them. A lot of people think that it’s outdated to read such “old-fashioned” books but after reading this one , they think don’t think likewise. I think that each story has a different theme and message for us to go home with and I would encourage every teen to give it a glance. Personally, I loved this book and this whole series. This gave me a very insightful thought about what was happening around the world and I felt aware by knowing these people’s situations. Also, I wanted to read the teen version of it and I was so inspired. I also took away a lesson from each story and I think that those messages made me a better person and taught me to handle such situations in life. I picked it up as I remembered reading the first teen soul version a few years back and recently, i came across it and i picked up I kept reading it as I found the stories extremely interesting.

Age of Exploration by John R. Hale


The Age of Exploration by John R. Hale is about The British explorers and their inventions as they sailed to Asia and America. It talks about the different explorers discovering America especially Christopher Columbus travelling west to go to India. But he discovered America. It also mentions Vasco De Gama who travelled East to find India and he succeeded. Over time, British explores invented new compasses and ships to travel the sea. Some explores believed after traveling they might not return home one day. But they kept traveling to find new lands, though the journey was hard.

stuffThis informs the reader about what exploration was like in the beginning. How inventions improved as time passed. It shows the history of explorers and their difficulties. The seas were hard to travel back then. It would be interesting to those who enjoy history and exploration. Including history teachers and students who enjoy history. I agree with the author’s(John R. Hale) opinion of how the difficulties were back then. The book will raise the attention to people who truly love history and learning about the old ways of traveling.

I enjoyed this book and I learned the history of exploration in the British explorers view. It discussed about many different European explorer’s goals and dreams of their desired achievements. The images show the dangers and risks of ocean travel. Some explorers found the seas their greatest challenge with only a few islands to stop by.

I picked it up because I was recently studying the exploration unit in my history class. I wanted to learn more with all the sources I could get. So I chose it to learn the original ways of travelling.

I enjoy learning the old ways of exploration. And I wanted to learn more.

I would give it next to Mrs. Soto because she loves history and is a history teacher in Cupertino High School.

Reviewed by Saurabhjit



Summary: Finn and Aiden have made it out if Mag Mell alive. But the Dark Man’s forces have followed them to Chicago and are beckoning tea to return.

Why I picked it up: Cover is interesting. Caught my vision

Why I kept reading it: it’s a wonderful book!!!!

Who I would give it to next: All my best friends:>

Reviewed by: Jingyu P.

Jarhead by Anthony Swofford

Jarhead CoverSummary: A marine who is sent into combat in Afghanistan without being told the horrors of war, realizes just how bad it is to be there to experience it. As he meets his squadron he learns that he is no longer a marine but rather a “Jarhead.” They call themselves Jarheads because they are seen as soldiers with nothing but an empty jar for a head which implies that they will do anything they’re told rather than thinking for themselves. Although he was a scout sniper and should have gotten plenty of kills, he did not. He had not killed a man in combat but he has seen some things that no one should ever have to see. The book ends as he is coming home to the U.S. He comes to see his family and his friends. He goes back to where he knows as home, only to find his girlfriend with her new man. This is a memoir written by the Jarhead himself, Anthony Swofford.

Why I picked it up: I picked this book up because it looked interesting and the title was a bit peculiar so I decided that I would give it a try.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading the book because it continued to pull me in with intense life and death situations as well as scenes that had shown the effect war had on the soldiers.

Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone that is willing to read a true story about one our U.S. marines. I would only recommend this book to older and more mature viewers because of the content that resides within these pages. Besides that, I hope that anyone that picks this book up enjoys it.

Reviewed by Jacob A.

Tuberculosis: Invincible Microbe and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

Summary: This book chronicles the history of tuberculosis and traces it to its roots through both ancient and modern ways of trying to cure it. It also talks about several times people thought it was cured forever when it actually wasn’t, and then of how it finally WAS cured–only to return again in a deadlier form. It also mentions several well-known figures whose lives were changed by the disease.

Why I picked it up: Though I’m slightly ashamed to admit it, on normal days I scoff at non-fiction. I’ve never understood why anyone would read non-fiction. I think this book caught my eye because one, it was being displayed in the library and two, the word “invincible” caught my eye. These days we associate “invincible” with diseases like AIDS. But I’ve never though too much about tuberculosis so I became interested. And finally, I recently went through a fact-versus-fiction themed unit in my VMC class, where the two genres of fiction and non-fiction became incredibly mixed up in my head. That is why I picked this book up.

Why I kept reading it: As aforesaid, non-fiction is not my favorite genre and I didn’t have high expectations for this book. But it is actually good. It doesn’t read like a non-fiction book (aka textbooks..encyclopedias..dictionaries..). It is a non-fiction book written like a fictional book. Tuberculosis is both the main character and the antagonist; characters pass in and out of the story. In short, this nonfiction book stands out because it is told with stories, not with just lists of facts. One of my favorite parts of the book was the part where the authors wrote about how sanatoriums started cropping up everywhere. Sanatoriums are open-air places in nature where TB patients were sent to recuperate. After all those centuries of crazy medicines and wacky medical theories, the most effective cure turned out to be living outdoors. The average person today does not know this. People (like me) think non-fiction cannot interest them or–gasp–surprise them. But they can, and this one did.

Who I would give it to next: The first person I gave it to was my mother just to say “Look mom, you’re always telling me about all sorts of health precautions and dangerous diseases and now I’m finally starting to learn from somewhere else! Maybe we can have an actual conversation now. :)”   The second person I would give it to would be my Japanese teacher. For one thing, I don’t think Sensei would judge me for randomly reading books about diseases.. and for another, she’s starting to form her own family now and every mother needs to know all the basics about health precautions and dangerous diseases!

Reviewed by Emily S.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

???????????????????????????Summary: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin illustrates a true story about the author, Greg Mortenson, and his journey to spread peace in the Middle East by building public schools for children. Mortenson firsts starts his journey by promising a nurmadhar, a chief, of a village that he would build a school for their children. This book shows the perpetual friendships Mortenson forged during his trips and demonstrates the distinctive culture and daily life style of the people in Pakistan.

Why I picked it up: To be honest, I was required to pick a book for the enrichment reading program and one of books that was on the list of appropriate books was Three Cups of Tea.

Why I kept reading: I kept reading this book because it was very inspirational and it provided me a window to see the different cultures and lifestyles of people living in Pakistan. And also because I wanted to pass World Core.

Who I would give it to next: I would recommend this book to everyone especially for those who are interested about life and culture in Pakistan and for those who want to make a difference in the world.

Reviewed by Joycelyn H.

Muckrakers by Ann Bausum

51gbcEMpCtL._SY346_Summary:Muckrakers is a true story of a reporter or muckraker, Ida Tarbell, who reveals the truth and publishes the truthful report about rich industrialists like John D. Rockefeller from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Because workers suffered greatly in the work place, the muckrakers wanted to reveal the truth that was to expose what the industrialists really did with their money. As opposed to, reporting the fact that was briefly telling the public what they already knew about the industrialists. In order to expose the news, the muckrakers exposed the vital evidence through sources of press, newspaper, and books. These muckrakers attacked each industrialist, such as Andrew Carnegie or J.P. Morgan because they wanted the common person to receive their rights.

Why I picked it up: I picked up this book because I love history. Since I learned about the muckrakers in my history class, I have always wanted to learn more about them.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because it reveals how hard these reporters worked to find the real truth. Also, the book describes the situation of these workers at the factories and how little they were paid. In order to reveal this, the corrupted industrialists had to be exposed. This book reveals the important facts that each citizen did not know.

Who would I recommend it to next:  I would recommend this book to anyone that finds interest in history. Also, I would recommend this book to a high school student or anyone interested in learning about the muckrakers.

Reviewed by Akshay Jain

Lucky by Alice Sebold

200px-CoverofLuckybyAliceSeboldSummary: Alice describes how she was raped during her freshmen year in college. In the first couple of pages, Alice visually describes each moment of her rape. Afterwards, Alice talks about how everyone views her differently, especially boys she likes. Overtime, Alice tries to cope through this tragedy and how her family has to experience this too. Later she encounters her rapist and puts him on trial. Successfully, he is found guilty and receives the maximum punishment possible. Still, Alice goes through school and makes some new friends. Alice takes the reader through her day-by-day experience.

Why I picked it up: This is book has changed the lives of many people and the way we look at the world. I picked up this book because it makes me realize how people, who go through this tragedy, are very strong.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because the author does a great job teaching us how she went through a terrible experience, and she continued to go on with this.

Who would I give it to next: I would suggest books to people that are very serious in reading books that are sentimental.

Reviewed by Akshay J.

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Black Boy CoverBlack Boy, by Richard Wright, is an enchanting non-fiction novel which follows the course of the author’s life from his childhood to his mid-thirties. Early on in his life and during his teenage years, Wright burns down his house in a freak accident, is abandoned by his father and is forced to move from place to place in order to make a sustainable living. As he approaches his twenties, Wright joins a Communist party in Chicago and eventually realizes the corrupt, mangled ideas which are entwined in his society. The primary reason I picked up this book was because of its tendency to appeal and connect to the reader in a personal way. The vivid imagery kept me hooked to this book and pushed me to read every single part. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is fascinated by American society in the early 1900s.

Reviewed by Saravan P.