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It was the best book I have ever read- have you read it? Relentless, by Robin Parrish is a  breath-taking book that you will not put down-literally. Collin Boyd wakes up one morning to find that he is no longer Collin. He has been Shifted to Grant Borrows, superhero, with unbelievable super powers. Yet, it has somehow been done scientifically. You see, Grant, and hundreds of others have been Shifted. And they bear glowing rings on their fingers. They can’t take them off, and they don’t know how they got there. Mysterious? Inevitably. In Relentless, Grant and his new found friends begin to uncover the mystery behind the Dominion rings and their origin. This exciting novel will sweep you off feet and never let you rest until the end.

Reviewed by Jessica E. ’14

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Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen year old girl living in what we know as America but what she knows as Panem. Every year a boy and a girl are chosen to go into the Huger Games, an “entertaining” show for the members of a high society district known as the Capitol. This year Katniss’ younger sister is chosen and she unselfishly takes her place. The book isn’t just about a fight to the death but it’s about enemies, friendship, life, and love. Once you start the book it’s impossible to stop until you finsh, and you’ll want to finish the whole series! It’s an amazing book!

Combined reviews from Angel ’16 and Anna ’17.
Also recommended by Meagan ’15 and Isabella ’17

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I had heard a lot about The Glass Castle, and asked for it for Christmas along with some other books. It was the first one that I read. The book is a memoir of Jeanette Walls’ life. Her free spirited parents move all across the country with her siblings as they live in poverty. It’s full of adventures, but at the same time there is a lot of seriousness behind her stories. There were times in the book that I was laughing and times where my jaw was dropped in shock. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was impressed and inspired by Jeanette Walls’ will and determination through out the entire book.

Reviewed by Samira ’11

*Note: this review intentionally follows “Breaking Night”, the book that Mrs. Zahrobsky reviewed. The two are a lot alike and if you like one then you can rest assured that you will really like the other as well. -Mrs. Archambault

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This is the true story of a homeless girl growing up in the Bronx and the journey that she takes to get into Harvard.  From the time she is two years old, Liz Murray faces an uphill battle to simply survive. As she grows older, she begins to see the value of education and how it can help get her off the streets.  She lives through many horrors and is tempted to give up time and time again, but through ambition, will, and pure stubbornness, somehow she survives.

If this woman can overcome hunger, poverty and homelessness to become a Harvard graduate then we as a community should be able to achieve so much!  We should all read this book to gain the inspiration to go into the world and try to help those who don’t have the resources and support that we do.  Like Liz, there are children in Chattanooga who are homeless and victims of parents with drug abuse problems.  They don’t choose to be in this situation and if they can’t find a way out out, they could become drug addicts themselves.  Let’s find a way to help them.  Liz Murray can help us get there.  Truly an inspiring read! Due to some mature content, recommended for upper school and adult readers.

Reviewed by Mrs. Zahrobsky, Fine Arts

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Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman were next door neighbors and best friends at their young age. But as they go through their middle and high school years, Margo grows in popularity immensely while Quentin… well… he’s just kind of a dork. They didn’t speak to each other for years until one night when Margo comes climbing through Quentin’s window in the middle of the night to ask for his help with a night of diabolical pranks on her enemies. The next morning Quentin trudges into school to discover the Margo is absent. The same thing happens the next day… and the day after that… and the day after that. The detective on the case blows it off as another runaway since Margo has been known to disappear for days or sometimes even weeks at a time. But when a strange photograph appears on her bedroom window, Quentin gets suspicious. One clue leads to another and Quentin starts to worry she might have committed suicide, motivating him to find her that much more. Before long, he’s in his minivan with his two best friends and Margo’s right hand girl, all of them dressed only in graduation gowns, going 90mph down the interstate on a last minute road trip from Florida to New York without a minute to spare or any clue in his mind whether Margo is alive or dead.

Reviewed by May May ’13

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Fahrenheit 451 is a book written in the 1950’s, but it embodies a thought of what the future will be like. This future consists of firemen making their rounds, but instead of putting out fires, they start them. They do this to burn all books so that people cannot read about superiority or inequality that could potentially encourage them to begin an uproar in their own community.  The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman, but one day has a curiosity form about books and the power to educate people. He meets two people, named Clarisse and Faber, who both encourage him to stop running through life so carelessly and pay attention to what he and people around him are thinking. So, he starts a secret stash of books, without his wife knowing, and begins reading and discovering what life used to be like. Guy is eventually caught by fellow firemen, but the ending of his story is not to be found at the end of the book.

Reviewed by Caroline V. ’14

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Magicians by Lev Grossman

Mixing the magic of beloved children’s fantasy classics with the excess, angst, and anticlimax of life in college and beyond, Magicians is a modern-day fantasy for adults. Quentin Coldwater lives in a state of perpetual melancholy, privately obsessed with his childhood books about the enchanted land of Fillory. When he’s admitted to the secret Brakebills Academy for an education in magic, Quentin finds mastering spells is tedious. He also discovers his power has thrilling potential–though it’s unclear what he should do with it once he’s moved with his new magician friends to New York City. Then they discover the magical land of Fillory is real and launch an expedition to use their powers to set things right in the kingdom–which, naturally, turns out to be a much murkier proposition than expected. The Magicians does what Quentin claims books never really manage to do: “get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. ” Or if not better, at least a heck of a lot more interesting.

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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