Saturday, May 4, 2024

Student Saturday: Nightbooks by J.A. White


Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy

Student Reviewer: Elijah S. 

This story is about a boy named Alex who became trapped in a magical apartment by a witch named Natacha. But in the apartment, there was also another person there. Her name was Yasmin and she tried to escape many times but couldn’t escape the witch’s grasp. Every night Alex had to read a book to the witch to survive. If I was in Alex’s place, I would try to deceive the witch into making me leave the magical apartment, but I don't think that would even be possible considering Yasmin tried countless ways to escape. I recommend this book to people who like hair-raising stories. If I had to rate this on a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate it a 6. This book was good, but it did not meet my expectations.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Student Saturday: “Captured by Alvin Townley


Genre:  Young Adult, Biography

Student Reviewer:  Camden P.  

The book, “Captured”, by Alvin Townley, is a true story about the main character named Jeremiah Denton, who tells about his experience during the Vietnam War. The story takes place in a prison in North Vietnam. I can connect this book to other true stories I have heard from my friends and family members about peoples’ experiences during the war. I would recommend this book to my dad, or anyone who likes learning about wars and history, since he watches movies based on true stories from soldiers in the war. I enjoyed reading this book and it exceeded my expectations greatly.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Student Saturday: Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald

Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction

Student Reviewer:  Camilla M.

The book an Odette's Secrets is about a young girl that went through much hardship during the Holocaust. Odette was a yound girl with curly hair. Odette started out as a young girl in Paris. Throughout the story she grew up and moved to the country and eventually back to the city. Madame Marie was her godmother, who played a big part in Odette's life. Madame Marie, her mother, and her father all cared for Odette very much.  Odette was forced to move around to escape the soldiers. She moved to the country where she met great people. Her mother then forced her out of the country to go back to the city. Odette had a hard time finding out who she was and where she belonged. She found that poetry would soothe her mind. I sometimes wonder where I belong. Just like Odette I find things and activites that help me with calming my mind. This book teaches great lessons and exceeds my expectations. I would reccomend this book to someone that likes history and heartfelt books.