Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Help Book Review

 The Help by Kathryn Stockett

       In the heartwarming novel The Help, Kathryn Stockett portrays the lives of African American maids working for white families in a small southern town, Jackson Mississippi.  In this thrilling novel Skeeter Phelan, a recent college graduate, is thrilled to begin a career in writing, which she hopes will escape her from the circumstances of her racist southern community. Disgusted by the ideas of the Home Help Sanitation Initiative and other racist thoughts created by her childhood friend Hilly Holbrook, Skeeter begins to imagine changing the way people view race in Mississippi. With suggestions from Harper and Row, a publishing company in New York, Miss Phelan undertakes a dangerous project. She begins to interview African American maids throughout her town about what it is like to work for the white families in Jackson. The book unfolds through the eyes of the three main characters; Aibileen Clark, Minnie Jackson, and of course Skeeter Phelan. Throughout this novel, Kathryn Stockett manages to create brilliant parallels between historic events such as the civil rights movement and the lives of the African American woman in this small community in Mississippi. 


            The Help by Kathryn Stockett is such a moving novel that will catch any readers attention. From the very beginning I was addicted to the uncommon relationships that were formed between the main characters. I would absolutely recommend this book to all people that want to read a motivational book about change and courage. Throughout the novel I was inspired by the bravery and courage that these inspirational women portrayed during such a pivotal point in history. Ella C.; Teen Reviewer

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Final Six Book Review

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir is a science fiction novel that's all about saving humanity. After a series of tsunamis, floods and earthquakes, 24 teenagers are selected around the world to train with NASA, but only 6 will be selected to go on Pontus, the spacecraft for Jupiter's moon that's called Europa. These 6 must be the first humans to go to Europa and recolonize the human race. At the training center Leo Danielle, a swift swimmer from Rome, Italy and Naomi Ardalan, a high school student from Los Angeles, California, find themselves drawing towards feelings of love for each other.

The time is suspenseful as their training continues and after the mysterious mental breakdown of 2 contestants, Leo and Naomi know that something's fishy. Naomi finds out that the 'vaccine' they've been taking is in fact bacteria from the planet Europa and that they're shooting alien substances into their own bodies. The cost of knowing NASA's secrets is vile, as Leo and Naomi are forced to separate. Will they ever be together again? Will the truth about the vaccine's be exposed?

In my opinion, The Final Six is a great novel. The book does have a sequel called The Life Below. If these books do become a series, then I'd love to read them, since I enjoy space along with science fiction novels. There are more times where I felt that the focus did shift at times towards Naomi and Leo's relationship more than the actual plot. Despite that, it's obvious that the author made extensive research on many branches of science to put the whole story together. Overall, I'd say that The Final Six by Alexandra Monir is a great novel that captures readers by the first glance. Rubama H.; Teen Reviewer.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters Review

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters
By: Rick Riordan 

         The Sea of Monsters is a book written by Rick Riordan. It is the sequel to The Lightning Thief and the second book in the Percy Jackson And the Olympians series. In this book, Percy finds out that Luke, the traitor who serves Kronos, has poisoned Thalia’s pine tree, resulting that the camp’s magical boundaries are fading and the camp will be overrun by monsters if not cured. He must sneak out of camp to find the Golden Fleece, only which has the possibility to cure the poison. It is on an island guarded by Polyphemus the Cyclops, the very one Odysseus had escaped.

         The Sea of Monsters’ setting is in the Bermuda Triangle. It is a very impressive book, but I would give it an 8 out of ten because it didn’t quite have the same charm as the first book, The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan still did a good job on combining the Greek myths, but he did not do as good of a job as The Lightning Thief. Vihan B.; Teen Reviewer

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Review

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a very adventurous book and is the first book in the series of Percy Jackson and The Olympians where Percy, main protagonist in the story, learns that the Greek myths about the Greek Gods are real and that they are real in the world today. He also finds out that his dad is Poseidon and that he has extraordinary powers over water. The setting is New York. This series is a personal favorite for me because I have a personal interest in Greek Mythology and I live on Long Island, where Camp Half-Blood is located.

I would give this book a 10 out of 10 because it had everything that I would want in a book that would interest me. Rick Riordan did an amazing job of making this book. He perfectly combined Greek myths into a very well thought out book that includes humor, action, and adventure. Vihan B.; Teen Reviewer

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Great Gatsby Book Review

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

            The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book full of adventure and suspense with many different type of characters. There are characters that come from wealth and others that don’t, others that are mean or kind. The setting is in a 1925 jazz age in New York City and Long island. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it is about a man named Gatsby, who is head over heels in love with Daisy, but we find out in the novel, she never was. This may happen to some men now too, and the idea of forgetting about the girl is not an option for them or Gatsby. He had a past with Daisy many years ago, and he thought he can bring back the past and the love she had for him. I personally loved this book because it involved two of my favorite places, that I used to live in, Queens, and now I live in Long Island.  The way they describe the places they go to to party, gamble or do business, all in New York, is well described, that it feels that you are there.    
            The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald met my expectation because it was not just a fictional book of made up places, they are actual places in which I have been to or seen. This book shows the full range of social classes, in which one of the main characters, Daisy, had to choose which she wanted by deciding which man to stay with. All the woman cared about was pride, money and how they were seen. The romance in this novel and the decisions made is much more complicated than it should be, which makes the suspense even better. This book is addictive in reading how their lives roll out to be, and towards the end of the book you realize no one is happy about their life.  Jennifer P. Teen Reviewer

Friday, March 1, 2019

Semiprecious Book Review

The book Semiprecious by D. Anne Love takes place in Texas in the early 1960’s and is about a twelve year old girl named Garnet Hubbard who is dropped off with her aunt, along with her older sister, Opal, while her mom pursues her dream of becoming a singer in Nashville. Even though her mom promises to come back for them as soon as she can, the girls come to realize they’ve been abandoned in their aunt’s small town in Oklahoma. In their new school, beautiful Opal falls into the popular group right away, but Garnet struggles to fit in. When Garnet finds her aunt is very poor and can barely afford to feed them, Garnet decides it’s up to her to knock some sense into her mother and bring her home. This book is a story about a girl who faces the challenges of near poverty, social acceptance, and self-identity, all while trying to patch her family together.
                D. Anne Love does an excellent job writing this story. The language she uses is very easily understood and is an accurate representation of how people talked in the south in the 1960’s. It contains some bits of information that pertain to the politics and problems going on in this time period, such as racism, communism, and putting men on the moon. These topics aren’t the main focus of the novel, but enrich the reader’s experience as they go through the storyline. People aged 10-14, particularly middle schoolers, will especially love and relate to this novel, but anyone is capable of enjoying this work of literature. Garnet is a funny, relatable character that readers will have fun getting to know, and the book causes the reader to question how they would react in Garnet’s place. Overall, this book is absolutely worth having in the library collection because not only will readers be absorbed in the plot of the story, but they will find the characters pleasantly relatable and will be thinking about the book even when they have finished. Lilia L.; Teen Reviewer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sir Charlie Book Review

Sir Charlie can be best described as a biography with a twist. Throughout the novel, much information is offered about Charlie Chaplin, but is portrayed in a more entertaining fashion.

The author, Sid Fleischman, uses exquisite language from chapters 1 to 38, from the childhood of Charlie until his death. Sid Fleischman ends every chapter with a segment of Charlie’s life, strongly gripping the reader into the next chapter. The author described each part of Charlie’s life, and is sure to scrutinize carefully. He carefully described how he is a perfectionist who had multiple wives, mostly met from his film set. According to the book, some scenes he would re-shoot up to 100 times, which the author is sure to include. He even described how he was forbidden from going back to the United States, yet was put on a star in Hollywood. Besides all the drama Charlie was involved in, he was quite the comedian, as the book states on the cover, “Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World” and had quite the salary, also. The author includes these important details briefly, especially how he went from rags to riches. 

Clearly, Sid Fleischman is a skilled writer who has the ability to shock his or her readers with his advanced language, and the complex life of Charlie Chaplin. I surely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the lives of 20’s icons. Tyler M.; Teen Reviewer