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When young Roy Eberhardt moves to Florida, his whole life changes. Even though he had moved several times and was used to being the new kid, this time is different. While Dana, the uncontrollable bully, is out to destroy Roy, he comes across a bigger problem: there is a family of owls living in the very spot that the new Mother Paula’s Pancake House is going to be built. If Roy doesn’t act quick, the owls will be history. With the help of a a brave soccer player, Beatrice, and her runaway stepbrother, Mullet Fingers, he tries to help the birds in any way possible. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who likes to read about friendship, curiosity, and pancakes!

Reviewed by Rachel R ’16

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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano finally erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee on a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait–to heal or to die. Instead, he finds a friend in Darla and her mother. With Darla he fights to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

If you liked the dystopia of Hunger Games you will love Ashfall! This also sounds a lot like Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, another great read!

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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It’s almost the end of Miranda’s sophomore year in high school, and through her journal entries we see the busy life of the typical American teenager. She hangs out with her friends, swims for her school, argues with her mom, and can’t wait for the freedom of a  driver’s license. When Miranda first begins hearing reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Electricity comes and goes, there are food and gas shortages, illnesses, and extreme weather hits her small Pennsylvania town. Can her family survive? Can the world survive? Read this and see!

Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault

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