The False Prince, written by Jennifer A. Nelson, is a plot-twisting, fairytale-defying, unforgettable novel. It is about three boys who are chosen to play the part of the supposedly dead prince of their country . . . Only it’s not just acting. These boys are trained to do everything exactly like him, and to defy the one they were chosen by meant death.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech grows more and more intriguing as the story develops. The main character, Sal, goes on a trip with her grandparents and has nothing to do but tell them a tale. So Sal decides to speak about Phoebe Winterbottom, her peculiar friend, and while doing so, her own story starts to unravel. I was definitely drawn into this Newberry Award-winning book on the very first page, never hesitating to pick it up.
“Don’t judge a man until you walk two moons in his moccasins.”
The Vanderbeekers Of 141st Street is a whimsical novel about a large family whose lease is not being renewed by their landlord. I fell in love with these characters– it’s practically impossible not to. In this lighthearted tale, you grow alongside these characters and see one man get his humanity back.
You will absolutely adore this young family, and the book suits all ages.
The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks is an edge-of-my-seat masterpiece, if you know what I mean. It revolves around a boy who has amnesia that somehow knows all about endless artwork. He is taken in by a family consisting of a woman and her little girl, Camille. In a trip to the museum that hoped to jog his memory, unexpected things start happening. Well, even more unexpected things . . .
Because Of Mr. Terupt is a fascinating book. It revolves around a teacher, different from any other teacher these students at Snow Hill School have had before, who did more than just teach them. Each student had their flaws, and Mr. Terupt knew so. By the end of the year, everything had changed . . .
For the better.
This story is absolutely heartwarming, where the students go through thick and thin together, even if they may not have dared to speak to each other at the beginning of the year.
I Am Malala is a wonderfully written book telling a beautiful story, it’s the most interesting (and practically only) auto-biography I have ever read. It has voice and intrigue, and it was actually one of the best books I have ever read, period! This book is about the story of the Nobel Peace Prize winner that we all know and love, Malala. She narrates the story and you feel like you were watching it all happen, from her playing in the alley with her brothers, to having surgery in the hospital. I admit, I was a bit reluctant to read this book at first, because I thought it was going to be uninteresting and dull, but Malala’s life really is a miracle for all of us.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is one of the best books I’ve ever read in my lifetime. Conor, the main character, has a very sick mum and is even bullied at school for it. He is responsible and even when his mum’s in bed, he makes his own breakfast and does the dishes. Conor doesn’t have any friends at school and wants to keep it that way, but it’s not the bullying or anything that makes his life hard, it’s his mum and his secret. The very secret that urges The Green Man to come walking.