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After watching our school’s production of Les Miserables, I decided to read the classic novel that inspired the broadway musical. It truly is a noteworthy book that should be on your bucket list if you haven’t already read it. Jean Valjean, a peasant who was put in prison for stealing bread to feed his widowed sister’s starving family, has finally been released after 19 years. After resting on a clean bed at the bishop’s house, the only place that would let someone from the galleys spend the night, he steals silver, tries to escape and is caught. Surprisingly, when the police bring him back to the bishop, the bishop lies and says that he actually gave the convict the silver. This episode changes Jean Valjean’s character and he promises to use the silver to do . A decade later he has established himself as Monseiur Madeleine, a wealthy business man and governor of a French town, a goodman who opens hospitals for the poor, and gives alms to the needy. Suddenly, the police inspector Javert recognises Jean Valjean and again the convict is wanted. On the run, he adopts a little girl Cossette, and together they live their lives under a new name, Fauchelvent. Now a pretty young woman, Cossette attracts the attention of young Parisians, especially the eye of Marius, a student active in the “revolution”. Through it all Javert constantly keeps up the watch for the escaped convict, Jean Valjean. Can Jean Valjean live freely, safe from Javert? Will Marius and Cossette live happily ever after? Read this fantastic book to find out!

Reviewed by Ayushi ’16

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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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