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Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Hafsa, grade 11

Jane Eyre is a beautiful love story about a woman whose love is challenged at every step, but never broken.  Her witty quirkiness and high moral fiber overcome every obstacle standing between her and true love.  The story opens on young orphan, Jane Eyre, who is sent away by her unloved & unloveable secondary family to a boarding school where she prospers despite the harsh conditions.  She later becomes a governess for a young French girl, adopted by the rick Mr. Rochester.  Jane & Mr.

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Winning Balance (by Shawn Johnson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Liz, grade 11

Winning Balance is non-fiction and it is about an olympic gold medalist's life.  For those of you who don't know Shawn Johnson, she is a professional gymnast who has been through a lot in only a few years.  This book is good for any teenager or older.  It helps show you what is truly important in life and it tells you about someone's life who is completely different than 99% of the world's.  I truly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good read.

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The Bone Garden (by Tess Gerritsen)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Ciara, grade 10

The Bone Garden was a very interesting book that took place in both the present and 1830.  It  is a mystery book about a woman named Julia who finds a skeleton while digging in her new garden.  This leads her on a journey that will help her identify the skeleton.  When reading this book you will also learn about the health care given during the 1930s and about the lives of a young woman named Rose, a maned named Norris, a baby named Meggie, and their friend named Oliver Wendell Holmes.  This book will keep you booked up until the last page.

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Still Waters (by Shirlee McCoy)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Dremia, grade 7

Shirlee is an amazing author!  Tiffany, the main character, had a great personality.  I loved how she reached out to others.  Throughout the book I felt sorry for Tiffany and happy for her.  Jake, the sheriff, was the kind of guy where you never know what he's about to do.  The mix of romance and suspense was absolutely amazing!  I am definatley impressed with Shirlee McCoy's first novel. 

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Dear Irene (by Jan Burke)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Hannah, grade 9

Dear Irene is a very carefully plotted, and well-written book.  This book is definitely for those who are very enthusiastic about murder mysteries.  I gave this book only 3 stars however due to my distaste of gory murder mysteries.  I suggest not checking out this book if you want a light, and positive read.  Although if you want a book to keep you on the edge of your seat, I highly recommend it.  Over all "Dear Irene" is a very well throught out thriller, with a mythological twist.

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Xanth: The Quest for Magic (by Piers Anthony)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Desiree, grade 9

Everyone in the land of Xanth must have some type of magic power, if not they are exiled.  A man is on a quest for magic so he does not have to be exiled in just a few months.  Well that quest goes wrong, because of an evil magician that tries to oer throw the king and take the Craw for himself.  Read the book to find out more.

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Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Jessica, grade 10

This book was beautifully written, it told a heartbreaking coming of age story taking place in Afghanistan.  You witness the tender and touching relationship between Father and son but you also see pressure of culture and religion.  THis book is an amazing read that will leave you crying in one chapter and cheering in another.

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The Da Vinci Code (by Dan Brown)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Safia, grade 8

The Da Vinci Code is about cryptographer, Sophie Neveau, and symbologist/teacher, Robert Langdon, working together to find the murderer who killed Sophie's grandfather-but they are actually walking into something that could change the world forever.  This book was really interesting, full of mysteries, secrets, and cults.  I really enjoyed the twists and unveiled secrets.  The only down side was when the characters spoke French; it was kind of hard to understand it.  Other than that, I would recommend this book to all thrill-seekers.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (by Jamie Ford)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Anna, grade 10

The book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, tells a story about Henry Lee and his life before and during the Japanese "evacuation", and also as an older man with his own son.  Henry undergoes great hardship when his best friend, Keiko is taken away, but he later finds the treasure they once cherished together in the once abandoned Panama Hotel, through the powers of friendship and forgiveness.  This book tells an amazing , heartwarming story.  I really liked this book!  And I would highly recommend it!

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Vector (by Robin Cook)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Jared, grade 7

I think that this book is a good story because it has all the elements of a good plot along with alot of suspense.  It was a very enjoyable book and  a page turner.  I loved how it went into biology, but I would not recommend this book for younger kids.

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