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

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The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch

 

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.9780545512237_xlg

 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.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 

 

 The book If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about a young girl named Mia who wakes up to an unexpected joyful snow day, making her and the rest of her family now have some available free time. They all together decide to take a small trip to visit some family friends at their home. They could have visited, then go to a bookstore to roam all of its inviting ailes, and then have dinner with the grandparents, but everything changes within seconds. There is a sudden car accident, completely totaling the car. Mia gets up only to shattered pieces of the car everywhere,both her now deceased parents, and her younger brother lying on the ground. She finds her own wounded body on the ground as well. She watches as the ambulances arrive quickly rushing her body in an ambulance and follows. Mia is in very critical condition putting her in coma. Now, Mia is forced to accept the death of her family and realizes she might not want to stay at all. This story brings attention to the difficult question that Mia has to answer that will make out what her life will become. In the end,she still is struggling with making her decision whether to take the easy way out and leaving with her family or to fight and live with the loss of her family. Will she have the power and courage to stay?

 I picked this book up because it caught my eye after hearing and many good reviews about it. I also knew there was a movie and was excited to read before watching to compare and cif yah stayontrast. I kept reading even though it was upsetting to me, I was determined to find out what she decided. It helped me in a way I could relate, my situation is not as tough and difficult as hers but it still guided me on my own life decisions making me realize every decision has an impact and effect. I would give this book to be honest to anyone really. It’s a great fictional read that could very much be a real life thing. It has the message of how in the matter of seconds everything can change and any decision you make no matter how easy or hard there’s always needs to be consideration of yourself and others.

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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

A young girl Bella moved to the city of Forks to live with her father while her mother traveled around the country. She is intrigued by one of her new classmates Edward. Though Edward does not want Bella to be part of his life. Bella insists that when two people love each other they should be together. Their love takes them through a long sequence of events that continue through the next book New Moon . When reading this book I found myself, surprised, and constantly on edge about what was going to happen next. I wanted to know how their love was going to unravel. And what would become of their love. In my opinion, I absolutely loved this book. I have never really like to read, but I do not know what this book had, that made me want to read more often. They say not to judge a book by the cover. Unfortunately that is what found myself doing. I was randomly taking out books from the shelves and when I pulled Twilight out. I was very intrigued by the cover. The apple, I wanted to know what the apple meant. Even though many would say not to judge a book by the cover. I am glad I did, because it is a spectacular book. I kept reading this book, beause it constantly had me on edge, waiting to see what was going to happen next. All the events that happened before the climax were very good because when the book made it to the climax. It was amazing in every way. Next, I would probably recommend this book to my friends. They generally have the same taste as I do in books and I am sure they would love. Although for anyone who likes books that are fantasy novels with a bit of romance, I am sure they would enjoy this book.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Summary: If I Stay is a romantic, riveting, and tragic book written by Gayle Forman. This book follows seventeen- years- old Mia who is senior in the high school and has promising career as a cello player. But when Mia goes to road trip with her family, she gets into the car accident that involves her family. After the accident, Mia wakes up and sees her damaged body in the hospital. As she watches her relatives, friends, and boyfriend visits her in the hospital, she realize she has to make decision if she should wake up and live more difficult life or die.

Why I picked it up: I picked this novel because I like tragic books and this book seemed interesting.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading this book because it was very exciting and interesting. I wanted to know if Mia was going to live, and if she had ability to live.

Who would I give it to next:  I would give this book to my sister, and anyone who likes to read tragic and romantic story.

Reviewed by Aiko K.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The fault in our stars cover imageSummary: The story follows Hazel who is portrayed as an indifferent girl diagnosed with Cancer, who prefers to watch life go by. She meets Augustus, who draws her into the real world. They begin learning about each other, and in doing so, explore themselves. Although Augustus ends up killed by a cancer recurrence, Hazel realizes that she will never truly lose him, as he will live on in her forever.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a trusted source.

Why I kept reading it: This book explores radical ideas, such as leaving as little of a “footprint” or legacy as possible. I was drawn in by these unorthodox themes and fell in love with the way John Green spun his words to create a seemingly simple plot that is truly an eye opener when delved into.

Who I would give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone who is comfortable with drugs, and death. The book is otherwise appropriate for all ages.

Reviewed byNiyva V.

mockingjay by suzanne collins

MockingjaySummary: 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.