Archive for April, 2011

This historical fiction is very insightful to the life of a woman living in Afghanistan.  It is about two women and their way of life. The story starts out with Mariam who on her fifteenth birthday is forced to marry Rasheed, an old man, and leave her home for a new life in Kabul. She tries to give him children but never succeeds in carrying a child. In the neighborhood where Mariam lives there is a young girl named Lila. Mariam watches Lila grow up, playing with her friends and her young love Tariq. But as the Taliban grow stronger and her parents are killed, Lila takes refuge in Rasheeds home and soon marries him. This twisted tail about how the Taliban rule over Afghanistan is both depressing and sad, but tells the tale of what happens to many women in the Middle East.

Reviewed By Rebecca R. ’13


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Conor Grennan began a round-the-world trip in 2006, starting with volunteering for an orphanage six miles south of Kathmandu. The Little Princes Children’s Home, housed 18 children from the remote province of Humla, rescued from a child trafficker who had bought the children from poor villagers terrified of the Communist rebels conscripting children into their ranks. The parents hoped to keep their children safe, but the children often ended up as slaves or simply abandoned in the city. Grennan was stunned by the trauma endured by these children, whom he grew to love. He vowed not only to locate seven Humla orphans who had vanished from an inhumane foster home, but also to find the parents of the children in the orphanage and reunite them with their families. This required starting a nonprofit organization in America, Next Generation Nepal (NGN), raising funds, buying a house in Kathmandu for his children’s home, and trekking into the Himalaya mountains of Humla to locate the parents. This book is humorous, exciting, and truly inspiring. It answers the question, “What can one person do?”

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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It is the year 241 and the city of Ember’s supplies are dwindling down to nothing. So far they have survived on everything that has been in their stock rooms but when the stock rooms run empty the people begin to panic. The lights that adorn the city begin to flicker making the peoples’ worries grow. These are just some of the worries for twelve-year olds Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow; others include getting a job as a messenger in Lina’s case and a worker in the sewers for Doon. Everything is going smoothly, despite the disappearing supplies, until Lina uncovers a mysterious box in her grandmother’s closet containing a secret coded message. Not finding trust in anyone except Doon who seems to share the same feelings as Lina about Ember, she and Doon try to decode the message and see if it has anything to do with how to save Ember. The book by Jeanne Duprau wraps mystery, friendship, and heart wrenching adventure into one great novel that will capture you from the very first page.

Reviewed by Lauren W. ’17

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Siki, a woman of no more than fourteen summers, has already seen her entire family slain at the hand of The Mexican. Last to die was her little brother, Tahzi, and Siki has sworn vengeance. Training in the shadow of the great warrior, Golahka, Siki learns what it means to be an Apache warrior. She is the only woman in her tribe to step off the path of womanhood and begin the vigorous training of a warrior.

Keste, a man of seventeen summers, has only to accompany the Apache war party once more before he gains the title of warrior. When Siki begins training, his thirst for praise and recognition blinds him as he chooses to hate the new novice.

Dahtet, a young woman, has set her eyes on a certain young man, but Siki doesn’t approve of her choice and it tears apart the girls’ friendship. When the man Dahtet loves begins whispering of Siki’s father’s dishonorable death, Dahtet is forced to choose. Friendship or love?


Reviewed by Lexie K. ’16

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