Review by Kylin M. This story is about the book thief, Liesel Meminger. On the way to her foster parent’s home on a train with her brother Werner, he dies tragically. The first book she stole was at his graveside, then throughout the story she molds into a book thief. Growing close to her foster parents; Rosa and Hans Hubermann, one had an iron fist the other was an accordion-playing painter. Hans taught her to read, things were well, but times were getting even more dangerous. When her family takes in a Jewish man, Max, in their basement, they soon 
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Review by Kylin M. A classic story written a long, long, time ago. It still captivates thousands of people; myself included. This love story goes through Jane’s point of view, from the age six, all the way to her late twenties, to early thirties. Growing up as an orphan with her heinous Aunt Mrs, Reed, Jane suffers at the hands of her aunt and selfish cousin. However, Jane ends up being sent away to a school. There she soon graduates and is hired as a governess for Mr. Rochester’s illegitimate daughter. As love blossoms between the two, secrets are revealed, 
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Review by Kylin M. When the young un-named bride to Maxim de Winter arrives at her new home along the Cornish coast called Manderly, she soon uncovers hidden secrets, and learns of her husband’s past. Including the late first Mrs. de Winter, where her room is kept clean, clothes pressed, as though any minute she’ll come back. She struggles with the first Mrs. de Winter’s maid, Mrs. Danvers, and her sinister ways of sabotaging her. She soon finds out what really happened to Rebecca de Winter, unearthing the haunting secrets of Manderly. This story is a chilling thriller, mixed with 
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Review by Kylin M. As told from Mr. Lockwood’s point of view, a tenant of Mr. Heathcliff, who lives at Thrushcross Grange. He soon learns of his landlord’s past, and of his lost love, Catherine Earnshaw. This information is brought forth from Catherine’s old maid, Nelly Dean. He learns of the secrets, despair, revenge, redemption, and lost love. How Catherine and Heathcliff do horrible things just to spite each other, and they both end up unhappy in the end. This is an immoral, but amazing love story, that keeps you wondering what happens next after every page. Though this book 
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Review by Luca I. A stable read for first and secondary schools across America, Flowers for Algernon deeply touches upon the ideas of human morality and relationships. The story follows Charlie Gordon, a thirty-two-year-old man with an I.Q. of 68. Through his teacher, Ms. Kinnian, Charlie is selected for an experimental operation. The procedure aims to increase Charlie’s intelligence quotient, and does fulfill this. Months after being operated on Charlie’s IQ reaches the 99th percentile. However he soon realizes that though he has intelligence in logic, he does not have properly developed emotional intelligence. This imbalance is what causes most 
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Review by Luca I. One of the most influential novels of its time, the release of The Hunger Games not only affected the literature community but also many fields of entertainment. The story’s setting is a heavily-regulated form of America, Panem, where citizens have little freedom and their success is limited. Once a year twenty-four citizens from the ages of 12-18 are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised show of survival. Specifically two people from districts 1-12 are chosen, and on a basis of age and wealth. The book explores how prejudice affects the residents of Panem. 
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Review by Luca I. Mostly set deep in the Okefenokee Swamp, The Murk follows three young adults as they search for an unfathomably powerful “silver flower” to save the life of a toddler. The story follows Piper, her brother, Monty, and her friend, Tad, as they travel by swamp-boat through canals untouched by mankind, but not by monster. A virus originating at the site of the “silver flower” is now present in most of the surrounding wildlife. This illness causes the wild beasts to solely protect the blossom at any cost. The trio fight through unfamiliar terrain in an unsuitable 
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Review by Luca I. One could describe Panic as being similar to the novel The Hunger Games; both their protagonists and plots share key aspects. Panic is written in a manner which follows two specific characters’ experiences; a girl named Heather and Dodge, a boy. The two, along with fellow pupils, participate in a high-stakes and locally-organized competition where the ultimate winner would receive $67,000. The competition consists of fear-inducing events, however commonly places the participating players in risk of extreme physical harm. The story concludes with Heather, Dodge, and their friends in a far happier place mentally, as they 
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Review by Luca I. Messenger tells the story of Matty, a teenage boy. The reader witnesses Matty’s personal development, as he comes to discover supernatural powers contained within himself. He lives in Village with Seer, a blind man Matty takes care of. As the town folks’ personalities begin to drastically change, and they have voted to close Village off from outsiders, Matty takes a journey to bring back Seer’s daughter before it is too late. It should be noted that this novel is set in the same universe as the novel The Giver, also written by Lois Lowry. The leader 
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Review by Luca I. Where the Crawdads Sing is the story of Kya, female marsh-dweller, and her struggles with the concepts of sex, love, and isolation. At one point the text reads, “She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn’t her fault she’d been alone.” She loses both of her parents by the age of ten, and is forced to survive on her own in a desolate cabin. She solely provides for herself through harvesting and selling sea creatures, and develops her skills in cooking through trial and error. 
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