by Sarah Dessen Year Published: 1996
I don't often find misses, but this was not a hit for me. I stayed with it, because I intend to finish all things that I start, but this story was difficult to maneuver through. I loved the setting and the detail the author gave during the novel, but the plot was slow to start and end. I will keep trying Sarah Dessen books!
by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2007
Another Battle of the Books read from long ago that I finally completed! This Hippie book gave me a different way to look at the world around me. The message is to embrace and love and accept people despite differences. The author does a great job of highlighting different insights to the same situation. Definitely recommended.
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Year Published: 2013
My Battle of the Books read for the summer was a great read! I was drawn to the main character who is finding where she belongs. While she is trying to understand the world around her, she begins to realize that she has to forgive in order to forget. The main character will win you over.
by April Henry Year Published: 2015
I purchased this book at our Wiley book fair, and it is not the typical book I would grab, but I am glad that I did! I quickly let Ms. Small borrow it. It was very intense all the way through. The author did a great job at giving just enough detail on each page in order to keep me engaged and interested. I high recommend this book if you want a suspenseful read or if you want a page turner!
by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2007-2012Jeff Kinney is a great author, and he has the attention of our youth right now! If you get a chance, read about Greg Heffly, a middle school boy, who uses sarcasm to get through each day. by Veronica Roth Year Published: 2012I did what you're not supposed to do. I watched the movie first. However, the movie sparked the interest and desire to read the book, which I still enjoyed, and of course, learned many new things as I read that were not a part of the movie. Tris is an epic heroine who encompasses many things I wish for my growing girls. Readers will follow her on a continual journey of discovery from self, to friends, to love, to family, to government, among many others. Read it. by Veronica Roth Year Published: 2012The story continues as Tris discovers a world without her parents and friends. She holds to Four as they both persist with unveiling the true flaw in their government. The journey of discovery continues and Tris realizes that what she discovers might push her away from the one certainty that she thought was constant. by John Green Year Published: 2005Friendships bud out of strange circumstance, and Pudge finds himself surrounded by some unique friends. The friends that find him show him how to have fun and live and take chances. He learns a lot during the novel, specifically about loss. John Green does a great job (again) giving a voice to a tragic situation. by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2010Check out this book to learn about a strong young lady struggling with a voice that can't be heard by most. The use of assistive technology, family, and friends help her find a way to speak out. What a great read! by Nikki Grimes Year Published: 2001Point of view is beautifully portrayed as the stories of several students are woven together based on a mutual commonality they all share: one class. They each are able to build a circle of safety within their class in order to share their history, their fears, their dreams, and their secrets. My 7th grade students really enjoyed reading this book. by Eric Kahn Gale Year Published: 2012This novel fluctuates between point of views and perspectives, pushing the reader to question character motives as the storyline progresses. The ending pulls everything together. I really enjoyed this novel.