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Student and Faculty Reviews Coming Soon!
The Serpent's Secret by
The Serpent's Secret was an action-packed adventure novel. It has a Wizard of Oz/Wrinkle in Time feel to it as well. The main characters are really likeable.
-Virginia Mailen, 6th Grade
The Prince and the Dressmaker by
The Prince and the Dressmaker is a story about accepting differences. The story line is very good, and easy to follow! I would give this 5/5 stars.
- Virginia Mailen, 6th Grade
The Bear and the Nightingale by
Journey to a frozen forest hidden in the Old Country Russia and get swept away in the re-telling of a Russian folktale. The author weaves a spell as fragile as snowflakes and as haunting as an ancient melody in the story about a winter demon and a young girl who can save her village. Wrap up in a blanket, grab a big cup of coffee, this book and prepared to get lost.
I loved this book and could not put down. I still think about the characters and the rich world where they live. I highly recommend it for readers 16+ who love fairytales and folktales. I am looking forward to more adventures like this one.
- Melissa Schweitzer, MS Office
Red Queen by
Red Queen is a slow-starting, yet thrilling novel about how one girl can change the future by challenging the unfair government.
In the novel, your fate is determined by the color of your blood. If you have silver blood, your life will be filled with unbelievable power and royalty. However, if you have red blood, your life will be filled with disappointment and injustice. Mare Barrow, the story’s main character, begins her life as an ordinary red girl, but is discovered by the silver government to have powers greater than any silver. Mare’s superior capabilities present her with a unique set of challenges, because she doesn’t fit in with reds or a silvers.
One of my favorite parts of the novel is the denoument, since it is so unexpected. The characters you loved from the beginning start to turn against the characters they have been allied with the whole time. The ending is a cliffhanger, but it is a perfect setup for the sequel, Glass Sword.
Although I loved Red Queen for the most part, in my opinion, there were a few downsides. The author chose to leave out some crucial information about the main characters and also chose to leave a lot of unanswered questions at the ending. While some people might appreciate the mysteriousness, I personally wish the questions were answered at the end of the novel. Another challenge was that usually it takes me less than a week to read a book, but Red Queen took about three weeks for me to read, since it started very slow with little action. However, around the sixth chapter the pace starts to increase, and many plot twists happen until the the completion in chapter twenty-eight.
I thought the author chose great diction, and I would definitely recommend this novel for seventh to tenth graders, but anyone who loves action-packed, dystopian novels will undeniably love Red Queen.
- Avery Wyrick, 8th Grade
March 8, 2017
The Power of One (book coming to FL soon) by Bryce Courtenay
"I have read this book twice. I really enjoy it because it is the story of a boy who is facing really hard circumstances in a poor part of South Africa, but he keeps a positive attitude and has some wonderful people who help him." - Mr. Heupel Dec. 2018
Throne of Glass by
Call Number: Overdrive ebook
Publication Date: 2012-08-07
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
" Throne of Glass is one of the best books I have read. You get to follow the assassin named Celeana Sardothian through the challenge to find the kings assassin. There’s a source of mystery in it that’s kinda gory and creepy but after that part it keeps you at the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read!" - Evie Y. 6th grade
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