The Giver by Lois Lowry


51frar1pval-_sx300_bo1204203200_The Giver by Lois Lowry is unlike any piece I’ve read before. Jonas is a boy living in a unique community. It appears to be utopia until he learns its secrets. When children in the community turn twelve, they enter adulthood. Then, they receive an assignment that they will upkeep until they enter the “House of the Old”. Jonas is given the rarest assignment of all. With this assignment, he then learns about the pain of the outside world, and some of the things that are happening in the community that no one knows about. When he discovers that Gabriel, an infant who has been living with his family, is doomed because he doesn’t fit into the utopian community, Jonas decides to leave the community and take Gabriel with him. This is a very good, classic book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

~ Asha M., age 14


The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

415Wpdo3ejL._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_Twelve-year-old Mark is very ill. Miserable and angry, he runs away from home towards the greatest challenge of his life. Climbing the reputable and daunting Mount Rainier is no easy day hike, even with the “best dog in the world” by your side. Mark, despite his illness, is determined to go up against the beast of a mountain. He leaves his family distraught, and his best friend torn, as she must make an impossible decision in Mark’s best interest. This poignant story is powerful and engrossing. If you’re a softie for heartwarming adventure stories, this is a must read.


Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass

IMG_0373Jeremy Fink is picky. He eats peanut butter sandwiches for every meal, and collects mutant candies. However, even his odd habits can’t help him solve the mysterious (and quite hilarious, I must say) adventure that is thrown his way. On his thirteenth birthday, he opens a cardboard box to find yet another box. Except, this one is wooden, has four keyholes, and reads The Meaning of Life. Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzie, search all around Manhattan in hopes of unlocking the box, which supposedly holds the theorized, much anticipated, Meaning of Life. This book really gave an excellent perspective of a kid living in New York City. I have never been there, so it was especially interesting to explore the bus rides, flea markets, and mass amount of people through a novel.