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 Many people have a very withdrawn perspective on what is going on in the Middle East.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
Summary: In Jeff Hirsch’s novel The Darkest Path, In a dystopian version of America’s future, Callum Roe, a sixteen- year-old former child soldier struggling to survive in the midst of the Second American Civil War, which is between the Glorious path who wanted total control over America, and the U.S federal army who wants to restore peace and is the remainder of America’s army. Callum and his brother (James Roe) were taken away from their family 5 years ago and were forced to serve in the Glorious Path, but when Callum finds out what is in store for them in the future, he escapes into a long and tiring journey to seek his long-lost parents with the odds of survival stacked against him. Sadly, his brother James doesn’t believe him and decides to remain in the Glorious path. Along Callum’s 2,147 mile journey from Arizona to New York (location of the U.S federal army) he befriends a dog named Bear and murders his Commander/trainer who was going to train him into a killing machine. Together, they must overcome fate’s test for friendship, betrayal, and loyalty in ways you would never think were ever possible.
I decided to read this book because of its positive reviews by the people who read it and an interview of Jeff hirsch talking about the book. Another reason is because Jeff Hirsch is one of my favorite authors when it comes to books, one of his most recent books was the eleventh plague, which received some rewards and a lot of amazing reviews for it. Amazingly, The Darkest Path showed some signs of similarity to the eleventh plague genre-wise, which made me think Jeff Hirsch likes post-apocalyptic subjects. One reason why I kept reading The Darkest Path was because I was so intrigued with the plot due to its fast paced/heart pounding events and how it kept me at the edge of my seat…literally. Secondly, The Darkest Path got me so emotionally hooked, I had to shed a few tears along the way to process the unfortunate moments the book has to offer which was not common when I read books! Lastly, as I continued to read Jeff Hirsch’s story, I got pulled into Callum’s point of view and felt, saw, heard, smelled, and tasted throughout his journey. I believe this is for anyone who wants a face paced, heart pounding, and emotional ride into a post-apocalyptic version of America’s future. I would also recommend this book for fiction/adventure readers, if you are not looking for any of these, I would definitely still pick it up because trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
Reviewed by Edmund W.
The Lightning Thief, the first book of the Percy Jackson series, is written by Rick Riordan. He has also written two other series, one about Egyptian mythology and the other about Greek as well as Roman mythology. The Lightning Thief is a fantasy fiction, revolving around Greek Mythology. Riordan uses the three powerful Greek gods: Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades as well as the Titan Kronos to play major roles in this novel. This fictional book is based on a dyslexic 6th grade boy, finding out that he is a half-blood, meaning his father is a god, however his mother is a human mortal. This boy, named Percy Jackson, finds out that he is not a normal human. He is taken to a camp to be trained to face evils that he will face in the future. As the title states the Lightning Thief, this book is about a thief who stole the Lightning Bolt, a symbol of power, from the Greek god, Zeus, in order to ignite a significant war against the powerful gods. The ending of this novel, is left at a cliff-hanger as the thief is known only to Percy. The overall theme of this book is associated with the motif of identity. Riordan suggests that the theme of the novel is: identity should be recognized as life progresses, rather than at rough times of life. This fictional book talks about a young boy and his ambiguity of his reality. This novel is really interesting as a boy in middle school finds his real parents and sets out on adventurous journey to help a god. This is an action packed book which ensures that the reader doesn’t get bored at any point of the plot. The only question that this book would raise in a reader, is, “What happens next?” By ending the plot with a cliff-hanger, Riordan compels the reader to continue reading the next book in the series. In my opinion, this book lacks nothing. It is both relatable as well as action-filled. By visualizing the plot of the novel, I personally find it amusing to read this book. I love this book, because it is fascinating to portray in my mind. As the plot deepens, so does my attention to detail as I visualize the images of the plot in my mind. The book talks about the strength that each god posses, and their power granted to their children. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action-filled novels.
I picked up this fictional book, because it had a displayed a contrasting and interesting juxtaposition of an innocent boy in a dangerous world. The novel implied a relatable yet an engaging tone as suggested by the adventurous almost dangerous cover. I selected this novel, because of both the peculiar and the conceptual title, The Lightning Thief. Finally, I chose this novel, due to the vast majority of my friends and peers recommending it. I was genuinely drawn into the novel because it was fascinating to me. Not only was it easy to comprehend, but also this book was extremely relatable to me and displayed to me that even though school and life gets rough, just seek comfort by surrounding yourself with people that give you positive influence in your life. This book was also exceptionally easy to visualize the scenes in my mind, which in turn made it better for me to effortlessly understand the entire plot. I would give this fictional book to anyone interested in reading action and adventurous books. People who are interested in fantasy fiction and greek mythology would love reading this book. This text could be given to anyone as it is easy visualize the plot.
Reviewed by Sam Choppala
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, is a fantasy about a creature known as a hobbit, with the name Bilbo Baggins. He is not of the adventurous sort, but when thirteen dwarves and a wizard knock on his door in need of a “burglar”, Bilbo, after much convincing, agrees to go on a quest with them, a quest to regain the dwarves’ lost home, The Kingdom Under the Mountain, which is guarded by the great Dragon Smaug. Surprises and twists lie ahead of Bilbo and his friends as they try to defeat the clever dragon under the mountain.
Every time I opened this book, I was met with a certain indescribable peace. It is as if I myself am in the Shire right now, writing a book review about The Hobbit. This story contains several twists and turns, and I never knew what to expect next. From the ways of Gandalf to the terrors of Smaug, Tolkien cleverly incorporates each and every aspect into a web with a our lovely hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, at the center. Being a prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit shows us certain aspects the series will hold, but it gives nothing away, which excites readers such as myself. In pursuit of the plot that Tolkien has compiled in this sequel series to The Hobbit, I have begun to read the Lord of The Rings, and it does not disappoint. This book is for those who fall in love with good writing and also for those who like change, as well as a sense of adventure, I must say so myself. Tolkien has done a splendid job at writing a tale worth telling by writing this book.
Summary: A story about time travel…Oscar, a young 12 year old living in 1914 travels to the future (60 years) and meets his grandniece, Lucy. After they become acquainted, they both strive to fulfill their mission, which is to save Lucy’s Dad by gathering information from both time periods and defeating fate.
Why I picked it up: Cover looked interesting
Why I kept reading it: Many cliffhangers, intricate storyline,easy to visualize and interesting.
Who I would give it to next: My friends
Reviewed by: Ankita U.
Summary: Owen Pitt becomes a Monster Hunter, who slays magical vampires and wights “zombies” to save Earth from destruction. Owen works together with humans, orcs, and a werewolf. He and the rest of MHI have to destroy the “Old Ones”, evil gods who want to destroy time and now this unlikely team works together against the FBI’s rule to save the world or lose it.
Why I picked it up: Because my seventh grade P.E Teacher recommended it to me
Why I kept reading it: Because it put a new spin on vampires and werewolves none of that boring Twilight stuff.
Who I would give it to next: Most likely any of my friends or even teachers that like Science Fiction or vampires, because the book is really good and it has some bits of humor strung through it.
Reviewed by: Brooke M.
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.
Summary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.
Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.
Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.
Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.
Reviewed by: Nihal S.
Summary: This book talks about the adventures and relationships of a land similar to medieval Europe. The realistic characters, humor and action carry throughout the story. The knight Horace, and mysterious rangers Will and Halt fend off an army of elite soldiers with a tribe of mere villagers with the help of Princess Evanlyn and Courier Alyss in a story of wit and cunning.
Why I picked it up: It had been a bestseller and all my friends had read it.
Why I kept reading it: It was full of mini-cliffhangers, witty dialogue and fast-paced action. It had everything someone could look for in a book.
Who I would give it to next: My friends, but anyone in general. Especially people who enjoy fantasy or funny books.
Reviewed by Rishi D.
Summary: The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, teenage heroine Katniss Everdeen embarks on one last adventure. Picking up from where the previous sequel ended, Katniss sets out, along with the other rebels, to destroy the Capitol. Her journey consists of tragedy and peril, but was an experience in which Katniss greatly matured.
Why I picked it up: The last two novels were absolutely amazing and captivating. I had to find out what happened to Katniss and if the rebels would defeat the Capitol. Of course, once I picked it up, it didn’t leave my hands until I had read the very last page.
Why I kept reading it: Suzanne Collins’ style of writing, as seen in all three of her novels, is to end a chapter with a phrase that pretty much forces you to continue reading. It definitely worked. She is a master of suspense. Also, since this was the third book, I wasn’t still deliberating whether or not I liked these characters. I was already very much attached to all of them, and I desperately wanted to know what would happen to them. Stylistic-wise, Collins isn’t very fantastic in using symbols or metaphors or some other literary effect aside from keeping the reader hooked. What she is good at, is creating these characters that feel so real in our minds that they stay there. We forget that she’s talking about a fictional future in her novels, because her characters are so full of life. Most importantly, they reflect real people because they are constantly making mistakes, allowing the reader to identify with them. This was a great novel to read when I was stressed, because it just whisked me away to another world where the characters are suffering far worse than having to write an essay. The ending, I did not particularly like, because it seemed a very dull finale after everything, but I understand that Collins was trying to maintain a realistic plot. Overall, Mockingjay was a very emotional novel for those who read the previous two books, and even though Collins isn’t the best writer and even though the ending was a bit disappointing, I still very much admire her for creating a fictional world with fictional characters that do not seem fictional at all.
Who I would give it to next: After I read it, I gave it to my younger sister. She LOVED it.
Reviewed by Tiffany C.