Wait....this is all too familiar! Do you ever find yourself reading a book and realizing that a character in the book reminds you of yourself? Has a detail in a book remind you of a memory that happened in your own life? This month, all of our reviewers mentioned that either they were able to relate to a character in the book, or that the book itself was very realistic and similar to their own life.
Young Readers Recommendation
Meet your reviewer, Kamirra
Kamirra is in the 2nd grade. She is a member of the Tyler Avenue Club. She enjoys writing short stories and poems. Kamirra read this book in class along with her classmates.
Book: The Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Genre: Children's Literature; Picture Book
Summary: Sally and her older brother are home alone after their mother leaves them for awhile. The children are bored because it's raining out, and they end up doing nothing but sit and stare out the window. The Cat in the Hat arrives, performing tricks to entertain the kids and persuade them to have fun.
Likes: They had fun inside on a rainy day and didn't let the rain stop them. The story is funny, but some of the tricks were a little scary. I also liked that it rhymed!
Dislikes: Nothing. I really liked the whole book.
Rate:10/10. It's a really really really really good book!
Would you recommend it? Yes!
Independent Readers Recommendation
Meet your reviewer, Ayana!
Ayana is in the 7th grade. She is a member of the Aqueduct Club. She enjoys dancing and playing computer games. She chose this book from the list of books that her teacher suggested to her class to read.
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Author: Jeff Kinney
Summary: In the 10th book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Greg Heffley is forced to adjust to some old-fashioned challenges when his town decides to cut off from all electronics. Through this journey, he finds out that he isn't meant to live in an old-fashioned world.
Rate: 10/10. I usually do not like books from this particular series, but this book was really good!
Likes: Being able to relate to Greg in this particular book. Greg's grandfather moved into their home. My grandparents lived with me before, so I know what it's like living in a house with your grandparents.
Dislikes: When Greg's classmates let him go into the woods by himself to find more firewood, because something bad could've happened to him.
Would you recommend it? Yes, especially to anyone who likes books with a camping theme. However, I definitely would not recommend it to an adult.
Young Adult and Teen Readers Recommendation
Meet your reviewer, Mesi!
Mesi attends the Peninsula Unit and is in the 11th grade. In his spare time, he enjoys meeting new people, writing poetry, singing and recording music. Mesi was
assigned to read this book for his English class.
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Genre: Mystery; Crime; Realistic Fiction
Summary: Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in a juvenile detention center and on trial after he is accused as acting as a lookout for the young men who actually commit a robbery at a Harlem drugstore and kill the store owner.The story is written mostly from his own viewpoint in the form of a screenplay and journal entries he writes, as he faces the trial and possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.
Likes: The setting of the book and the details that the author provided to the reader throughout the story. This book is filled with tons of plot twists and it kept me on my toes! It's also very relatable. The author uses a variety of themes throughout the book, including peer pressure and identity as a male.
Dislikes: The amount of pages. I'm not very patient when it comes to reading. In order for me to read an entire book, it has to be really good. In spite of me not being fond of the amount of pages, it was definitely worth the read and the patience required to read the entire book!
Rate: 8/10. It starts off slow in the beginning of the book, then it picks up. It's like the book starts off with the author telling the middle of the story, and the author takes his time telling the story.
Would you recommend it? Yes, because it's very engaging and realistic, especially with teens in today's society. The author focuses on how one decision can change your whole life, and how being in the wrong place at the wrong time can impact your life suddenly.
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