The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The_Book_Thief_by_Markus_Zusak_book_coverHi there, BookBirdz readers! I’m happy to share with you a gripping book review, written by active reader Hannah C-D., age fourteen. Enjoy!

Set in the middle of the second world war in Nazi Germany, this complex and thought-provoking story is told from the view of a young girl, Liesel Meminger. She had faced many challenges and hardships in her early childhood, but upon moving in with her foster parents she begins to have a desire for knowledge that not even stealing literature from a Nazi book burning can satisfy. However, the country is at war , and when Liesel’s family decides to shelter a Jew in their basement, her life is turned upside-down. Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction and books that really make you think.

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

81pQoNpy7JLHappy Holidays, BookBirdz readers! This captivating collaborative book, Let It Snow, captures the essence of holiday spirit and teen romance. When a snow storm on Christmas Eve smothers Gracetown, a flurry of romantic pandemonium erupts. A stranded train passenger confronts the blizzard, and ends up meeting an unexpectedly charming stranger, who offers her a warm place to brave the night. Then, a trio of troublemakers race to the Waffle House with the promise of abundant cheerleaders, only to encounter blocked roads and fierce competitors. And finally, the novel connects the snowflakes between the three stories, following the hectic Christmas of a self-absorbed Starbucks barista. Recommended for lighthearted readers in search of an easy book to digest… while devouring sugar cookies.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hi there! Raffy P., age 14, has read a classic, heart-wrenching novel he’d like to share with you. I’ve read it too, and his review is wonderfully spot-on!

download (6)Hatchet is a 1987 Newbery Honor-winning young-adult wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen.  This story is about a young teen that is 13-years-old with divorced parents, named Brian. During the summer, he was going to visit his father in the oil fields in northern Canada. On the way to visit his father, the pilot suffered a heart attack, and died with just Brian in the plane. Brian attempted to land the plane by himself, but ended up crashing the plane onto a lake in the forest. He must try and survive on his own, with nothing but a hatchet that his mother gave him before he went to visit his father. The question is, will he make it? I would recommend this book for ages 12-15.