In the midst of World War Two, both Margo and Haruko are imprisoned in the Crystal City Family Internment Camp. Both girls’ fathers were convicted of crimes they swore they did not commit, and both families are being held against their will. Other than their shared circumstances, the two girls have nothing in common. As pressure builds up within the camp, they begin to realize that no one can be trusted, including each other. For fans of World War Two novels, The War Outside is the story of camaraderie, trust, and survival that will keep readers on their feet throughout the entire story.
The War Outside Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Dylan D.
Six high schoolers are trapped on a private jet that is going drastically off course. Soon it is made clear that the plane has been hijacked. But by who? Suspicion throws the teens into a high intensity situation that no one is safe from. Will they be able to stop the plane and find out the hijacker before they go down?
Skyjacked is perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying. It is just as fast-paced and entertaining, yet remains unique from Karen McMannus’ book because of the interesting setting. Murder mystery romance lovers alike will find this book as a new favorite.
Skyjacked by Paul Griffin Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Adventure, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fast-Paced, Mystery, Romance Reviewed by: Charlotte D.
At 16, Saira is America’s youngest doctor. She has just started a new internship at the hospital her mom works at. While she may be a good doctor, Saira soon find out that there is more to being a young doctor then she had previously thought. She must learn to balance being a teenager with being a doctor, especially when she falls in love with a patient.
Symptoms of a Heartbreak is for readers who love John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. This novel encompasses similar themes of love and loss but with a fast-paced twist that comes with being in a high-pressure situation.
Symptoms of a Heartbreak Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fast-Paced, Romance Reviewed by: Charlotte D.
After America won the Revolutionary War, George Washington was offered a chance to be king. He accepted, of course. American Royals follows the perspectives of the heir to the throne, her forgotten, rule-stretching younger sister, the best friend who chooses to shy away from the spotlight, and the prince’s socialite ex-girlfriend. For fans of the Royals series, avid followers of the British monarchy, or anyone looking for a light, fun read, American Royals is hard to put down.
The Spanish Revolutionary War left Francisco Franco as dictator and millions of citizens starving. Anna is a maid at the brand new Castellana Hilton, filled with rich Americans looking to strike a business deal. By day, Rafa works two jobs to support his family, but at night he dreams of making his friend into a matador. Puri, their cousin, works at the orphanage and strives to be the perfect Spanish, Catholic citizen. Daniel’s family runs a successful oil company in Dallas, Texas, and he gets caught up in the lives of Anna, Puri, and Rafa while his family is in Spain on a business trip.
Ruta Sepetys is a master at finding hidden history and sharing it with the world. She includes actual historical documents that guide the story, helping the reader further understand the time period. For those who have read Sepetys’ other works, The Fountains of Silence does not disappoint.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Historical Fiction Reviewed by: Dylan D.
The town of Greyport is known for two things: fishing and football. Wyatt’s life has revolved around both of those things since before he can remember. When red tide comes and fishing season crashes, so does Wyatt’s life. When the chance to try out for a coveted spot on the Greyport High football team comes up, Wyatt spends his waking hours trying to get it.
Gut Check brings new perspective to the booming, but as he proves, life-changing, business of sports. Eric Kester’s brand new book is a novel that any sports fan and athlete can relate to because it shows the grueling behind-the-scenes work that comes with playing a sport. For Wyatt, nothing comes easily.
Gut Check by Eric Kester Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction Reviewed by: Charlotte D.
Mercy Wong is a teenage girl living in Chinatown in the year 1906. Her education in Chinatown was not enough for her smarts, so she sets off to get an education at the prestigious school for wealthy white girls, Saint Clare's. Being Chinese in San Francisco at that time was hard enough, but being Chinese in a school of girls unlike her is even harder. Teased, mocked, and bullied by room mates for being Chinese, Mercy struggles to find her place in this strange school. Disaster strikes when the infamous 1906 Earthquake hits, and Mercy has to work together with her classmates to help others and stay alive. This action packed story from the past will move you while keeping you on "the edge of your seat." It educates you about the shocking event from the historical point of view, but more importantly, the human point of view. Stacy Lee poignantly describes the lives of people affected by the earthquake. It is a story about how love, courage, bravery, and hope triumph.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Grades 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Friendship, Historical Fiction Review by Skye S.