Each month we will be reviewing and recommending books we love! At BGCVP we encourage all members to spend time reading each day. Each Club has a library that we keep stocked with new reading material donated by community members and foundations. (Learn about donating books or other items by clicking here.)
Young Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Kamila!
Kamila is 6 years old, in the 1st grade and attends the Greater Hampton Roads Unit. She enjoys reading and chose to read this book as a part of her homework assignment. Kamila's favorite part about going to the Club is playing in the gym.
Book: What Do We Have to Get?
Author: Kelly T. Gabrysch
Summary: A girl and her brother go to the grocery store to buy items for their mother, but they make stops before getting to the store.
Favorite part: When they stopped to see a cat, before going to the store, because she likes cats. She also enjoyed seeing the different adventures that Jan and her brother went on.
Favorite character: Jan, who is the older sister, because Kamila thought that she was funny.
Independent Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Grace!
Grace attends the Gloucester Unit and is in 6th grade. Her favorite thing to do during her free time is reading new books. Grace's favorite part about going to the Club is spending time with her friends.
Book: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy; Greek and Roman Mythology
Summary: This book follows the stories of both the Greek and Roman demigods. The Greek demigods are Anna Beth, Leo, Piper and Percy Jackson. The Roman demigods are Jason, Hazel and Frank. The seven demigods unite to try to defeat Gaea, Greek goddess of the Earth, and save Hazel’s brother from Giants, all while figuring out the true meaning behind The Mark of Athena, the Greek goddess.
Likes: Being able to see all of the seven demigods interact with each other in the novel and read it from each of their perspectives. This is something that the author didn’t do in the first two novels of the series.
Dislikes: Nothing, except the book cover, because Percy Jackson looks unattractive compared to the movie.
Rate: 10/10 (This novel is her favorite, so far, out of the entire series.)
Would you recommend it? Yes, because it’s a fun series to read. However, she would also recommend that other readers, who are interested in reading this novel, should start off reading the novels in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This is because they’ll get lost easily, while reading this book, if they haven’t read the previous novels.
Teen and Young Adult Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Josiah!
Josiah is in the 9th grade and attends the York Unit. One of his favorite things to do during his free time is spending time with his friends, which is something that the Club allows him to do. He randomly chose this book for an assignment required for his English class. However, he's very happy that he discovered it, because he ended up enjoying the book.
Book: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Sci-fiction; fantasy; dystopia
Summary: The story is told from the main character's, Jonas, point of view. It is about a community in a futuristic setting. During the annual Ceremony in December, each twelve-year-old receives a career assignment, which is determined by the Elders. Jonas is given the job as the "Receiver of Memory." This assignment allows him to see memories of the community from the past, both good and bad.
Likes: The constant suspense and shocking events that the book has to offer.
Dislikes: It can be difficult to understand, if you're not familiar with dystopian and utopian fiction.
Would you recommend it? Yes, because it is a very interesting book, and it has more than one climax, which kept me interested, while reading it. You get a good feel of the book overall, thanks to the constant suspense.
"It's a great read for someone who likes books that aren't your typical mysterious books."
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