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Teen Book Review

Historical Fiction

For Freedom (by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Kara, grade 7

For Suzanne World War II began on a sunny afternoon.  So she went down to the beach with her best friend Yvette.  Sadly right then and there her world changed.  The Germans had come by plane and bombed the exact spot where Suzanne was.  Suzanne and Yvette didn't get hurt but their beloved friend, Madame Montagne who was pregnant, did.  Well, unfortunately she died.  I did enjoy reading this book because it says it's fiction, but in the book the author writes that it's based off of a true story.  I especially like this book because it makes me w

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Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution (by Bonnie Pryor)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Alexis, grade 6

Poor Hannah Pritchard was sent out, by her mother, to pick berries.  She was attacked so she had to hide.  Accidently, Hannah knocked over the bucket, half full of berries, trying to hide.  When she returned home she saw that her mother, father, and brother, the only family she had, died. 

Eventually, she joined a ship.  Only two of her friends found out she was a girl, because she had dressed herself as a boy in her brothers clothes.

In the end Hannah and her friend, David, plan to go back to Hannahs old home and start a new life.

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Mara, Daughter of the Nile (by Eloise J. McGraw)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Maria, grade 8

I enjoyed "Mara, Daughter of the Nile" very much.  I would recommend it.  It's a fictional story set during the last months of the rein of Hatshepsut in Egyp.  The story focuses on Mara, a slave girl.  Thanks to a perious master, she can read and speak Babylonian as well as Egyptian.  One day she is bought and sent by her master to spy on the Pharaoh's son, the rightful heir to the throne.  While traveling she meets another man who forces her to spy for the Pharaoh's son!  How long can she remain a double agent?

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A Friendship for Today (by Patricia McKissack)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Christina, grade 6

A Friendship for Today, by Patricia McKissack is an inspiring story about a young African-American girl that is attending a white school.  During this change her best friend, P.J., has polio!  To make matters more surprising her used-to-be enemy is becoming friends with her!  I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too.

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Lost (by Jacqueline Davies)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Claire, grade 8

Lost is the story of a young girl working to help her family.  She cares for her younger sister Zelda as it was her own child.  THis book was fantastic.  You could really relate to the characters.  This book is full of love, loss, and friendship.  It really shows that if you put your mind to it you just might make it through the worst of times.

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After the Dancing Days (by Margaret I. Rostkowski)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Sandra, grade 7

The story starts off with the main character, Annie, telling about her life when her father came home from World War I war; not as a soldier but has a doctor.  When her father plans to work at St. John's Hospital, Annie's mother is against it, because the hospital is for wounded men from the war.  But her father goes and Annie sometimes comes too.  Annie meets a yound, angry soldier named Andrew whose face was burned from gas.  Will Annie be able to help Andrew, and figure out how her Uncle Paul died?  Read this book to find out!

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Hope Springs Eternal (by Kristiana Gregory)

Rating 5

Reviewed by Sarah, grade 11

The little orphan girl, Nessa, has had a long hard journey over the years.  Running away from her orphanage in Independence, Missouri and ending up in Prarie River Kansas.  Nessa meets friends and people who sceptacle about this run-away.  Leaving everything behind her, Nessa's life turns upside down as she over comes her problems and fears.  After her fifteenth birthday something she has wished for ever since she left Missouri comes true.  With a very unexpected turn of events!  This is the fourth book in a series, I would absolutely recommend this book, b

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Copper Sun (by Sharon Draper)

Rating 3

Reviewed by Kevin, grade 10

Copper Sun is about an African who is captured and forced into slavery.  The book goes into detail about how the slaves are treated.  Eventually the protagonist, Amari, makes friends and escapes with them into the free Spanish Florida.  I would recommend this title to any nonfiction lovers.  This was an enjoyable read as far as nonfiction goes, which isn't very far because I much prefer fiction.  I didn't relate to the characters because I have a family and am not a slave.

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Secrets of Camp Nokomis (by Jacquelin Greene)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Grace, grade 6

When Rebecca has to leave her friend at home and go to camp because of polio, she is determined to make a new friend.  The spunky redhead in her tent is mean and selfish to Rebecca.  Another small girl is quiet and barely ever seen, is she hiding somethign?  Rebecca just wnats to have fun and make friends.  But with spooky tales and pranks, its going to be harder than Rebecca thought!  I recommend this story to any girl, who enjoys a mystery.  I loved this book!!

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Firehorse (by Diane Lee Wilson)

Rating 4

Reviewed by Lexie, grade 6

This book is about one girl named Racheal who moves all the way from her old home into brooklyn where she finds a badly burned horse who she takes care of all through the story.  Firehorse is a great title because you can tell right away this book involves something about a horse and fire.  I really did enjoy this book because it tells of a young woman gaining strength to face her fears and live her dream and save a town and a horse.  I related to characters such a Racheal the main character mainly because of her boldness standing up to her dad and saying I going to do it and

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