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I Am Jane Goodall
by Brad Meltzer

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This was a great biography on Jane Goodall. I learned many things from this book. If you are looking for a biography on Jane Goodall that is told like a story, you should read this.

"Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage"
by Ridley Pearson

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This book was good. This book, as the penultimate book in the "Kingdom Keepers" series, is the most shocking and suspenful out of all the "Kingdom Keepers" books do far. There were plenty of things in this book that I didn't expect; stuff that came out of nowhere. Another part of this book I loved is how all the Disney characters are used in a very creative and addicting way. It is a great way to both keep the characters classic and modernize them. Finally, I also loved how intense the adventure is. It keeps you in your seat until the very end. There was just one thing I didn't like though: if you don't read too closely in this book, and this also goes for some of the other books as well, the technology and story elements can get confusing. Besides this, this book was very good.

"The Next Great Paulie Fink"
by Ali Benjamin

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I loved this book!!! This book has to be one of my favorite books of all time! I love hearing how weird the town is, and the different personalities of the characters. This book was full of action, and there were no slow parts.

"How You Ruined My Life"
by Jeff Strand

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To be honest, this book was a lot better than I expected it to be. Both the plotline and the elements of the book make it really good, but the book get's both good and bad as the story goes on. There were parts I liked and there were parts I didn't like as much. It also shows examples of characters learning more and leaving bad ways. Despite some of the more serious parts near the end, there was still an almost complete happy ending and a good plot line to this book nontheless. Even if things were all good by the end, there were still some parts that I didn't find too good. I als liked the theme of this book about how money doesn't mean automatic happiness.

Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine

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I overall really liked this book. It dug deep into the mind of the character, Caitlin, and it had a deep meaning. I will say that it can be kind of sad at times, but other than that it was an amazing book.

"The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide"
by Chris Colfer

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Honestly, "Worlds Collide" was pretty good. I love how, just like the other books in the series, the parts are filled with action and suspense that makes the book very, very addicting; it's the kind of book that will leave you glued to your seat until the very end. I also love all the fairy tale characters as well as the fictional characters. They are very funny as well as memorable. Even though all these parts make the book really good, there were some things I didn't find too good. There were more dark parts in this book I found enjoyable, but I also saw parts that were pretty grim. I also thought it was really sad that this adventure concluded "The Land of Stories"; I wish that there were more adventures with these beloved main characters, instead of this being the final adventure in this series. I hope though, based on the ending, that there will be a sequel series with the new and old characters together.

A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult

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Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult subjects with grace, but A Spark of Light takes that to a new level. Her usage of 10 perspectives provides a thorough recounting of the events of the novel, and her choice to tell the story in reverse, (starting at 6pm and working her way to 9am) keeps readers on their toes.

"The Summer of Broken Things"
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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This book was really good. I loved the entire storyline of the book, from the climax to the minor details of the book; I loved it all, and found it all very interesting. Another part of the book I loved is how it can be both relatable to real life and also feel like it's very dramatic and unrealistic. Certain aspects-frienemies, traveling, family struggles and and secrets are relatable to real life, while a huge adventure like this story is both likely and unlikely to happen in real life. Finally, I also loved how much the story progresses over the course of the entire book, and how much it can change certain things as well. In this category, I love how the characters grow throughout the story so that by the end, you're giddy with excitement by all that's happened. However, there was just one part I did not like as much as the others: when you're reading the climax, as well as certain corresponding parts, there are certain topics that can be too personal. Despite this, the book was still amazing.

"Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island"
by Liz Kessler

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This book was really, really good. The type of adventure used in this book is the type of adventure in the "Emily Windsnap" series that has always been a huge structural part: full of suspense, mystery and occasionally the type of life threatining that makes you stay in your seat until the very end. Another part I also loved about this book is all the mystery, things yet to be discovered and how we learn a new shocking detail about a well known part of the series we never knew about before; it was there all along, and yet, we were never able to know. Finally, I also loved all the fantasy that surrounds the mystery and real-life elements. Everything from curses to majestic mermaids is the fantasy in Emily Windsnap that makes it amazing.

"Lockwood and Co.: The Dagger in the Desk"
by Johnathan Stroud

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This book was really, really good. I love how, just like the other books in the series, it's full of psychic adventure, action, excitement and thrills. All of these aspects of the book make you stay in your seat with this book until the very end. Another part I really like about this book is how intelligent it sounds. All the background information, adventure and cultural references doesn't make it some unorganized ghost story, but a very organized, interesting and intelligent action-packed ghost story. This book and series is one I highly recommend.


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