Miranda M.

The Jungle

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Upton Sinclair
The Jungle

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair tells the truth about the meatpacking towns like Chicago before World War 1. Through the perspective of a Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis and his family, readers begin to understand the difficulties of the time for anybody new to America. Jurgis brought his whole family to America because they had heard it was a place of prosperity and opportunity. While not entirely false, this was not what the family arrived too. When Jurgis joined the crowds of people begging for work he became committed to a life of hardship and struggle that never seemed to end. While this book is not the happiest I’d highly recommend everyone in high school or older to read it because it is very thought provoking and a classic piece of literature.

Miranda M., Circulation

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

Friday, December 2, 2016
Joy Callaway
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

This is a great story about the impact love has in life. Set in the late 1800s, the novel follows the life of Virginia Loftin, a poor girl striving to become a great author and live happily ever after with her childhood sweetheart, Charlie. After part of her dream fails, Virginia learns to become someone even more driven for success after joining an artist society. Again, Virginia must reevaluate herself after new revelations about the society and her former flame arise.

I loved Callaway’s unique plot and style of the novel and I had a hard time ever putting it down. This novel is fantastic for anyone in high school or older that enjoys an interesting love story.

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Miranda M., Circulation

Breaking Sky

Friday, October 7, 2016
Cori McCarthy
Breaking Sky

This is a great book for any action-seeking reader. This book follows Chase Harcourt as she flies a new fighter jet, the “Streaker.” On top of learning to save the world, Chase deals with the same problems of any other teenage girl. Tristan, another teen learning to fly the “Streaker,” creates plenty of boy drama in Chase’s life. Some past family issues also come back to haunt Chase but she learns to put everything behind her in order to save her country.

I loved this book because the plot was completely unique to any other dystopian novels I’ve read and kept me interested the whole way through! I’d recommend this book to anybody who's at least 14 years old. This book would be great for someone who wants something new and exciting to read!

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Miranda M., Circulation

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go

This is the first book in one of my favorite trilogies, Chaos Walking. This futuristic adventure book follows Todd, a teenager that lives in Prentisstown, as he struggles to uncover secrets that have been kept for years. Todd’s search becomes even harder because he has to deal with the Noise. The Noise that allows everyone around him to read his thoughts. The Noise that makes secrets very hard to keep. The Chaos Walking books kept me on the edge of my seat and I'd recommend them to anyone 13 or older!

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Miranda M., Circulation

The Lost Wife

Friday, June 17, 2016
Alyson Richman
The Lost Wife

This story captures the sacrifices people made throughout World War II to keep their families and loved ones alive. Newlyweds Josef and Lenka are torn apart during the war and each face great difficulties on their own. Josef is by himself in a whole new country and Lenka is with her family at a concentration camp trying her hardest to survive. All they want to do is find each other again. Richman’s story puts true love to the test. This book is great for teens and older who love historical fiction or a great love story.

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Miranda M., Circulation

Red Queen

Friday, April 22, 2016
Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen

Set in a society separated by the color of blood (silver or red), Mare Barrow rattles the way of life for everyone when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Mare’s newfound abilities land her a spot in a castle full of secrets and in the perfect place to start a revolution. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard will capture the attention of any reader that also fell in love with The Hunger Games or Divergent trilogies. This book held my attention the entire time with its perfect balance of action and romance. Mare’s story is very easy to relate to and I think will inspire any reader to discover who they are and find the power within themselves to do the impossible. The second book in the series is already out and a third will be coming as well! I would recommend this book for anyone in 6th grade and up. Red Queen has definitely made my top ten favorite books!

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Miranda M., Circulation

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