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The Hunger Games

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I can't say enough about how much I love this book! Everyone I have recommended this trilogy to has loved it.
Olivia

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The black, white, and red illustrations in this book are adorable, and Olivia inspires children to pursue their interests in the arts.
The Lovely Bones

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Susie narrates this novel from the grave as she observes the struggle of her family to come to terms with her death. Seeing her killer remain free, Susie attempts to send clues to her family so they will find some kind of solace. The dark subject matter of this book is difficult to handle, and I found it difficult to keep reading at some points because of that. However, Alice Sebold's ability to tell such a chilling story is amazing.
Dreamland

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Like Sarah Dessen's other books, Dreamland takes readers straight into the life of a struggling teen. It's so comforting to be able to relate to a character from a book, and Caitlin embodies so many young girls who base their self-worth on relationships with friends or boyfriends. I recommend this to any girl who questions if what a healthy relationship is.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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We know of the garish, tragic events that took place during the Holocaust, but imagine witnessing those events as an innocent child. Now imagine that your father is giving the orders to commit the aforementioned atrocities. This book tells the story of 9-year-old Bruno, who is doing just that. The playful and naive actions of Bruno as he copes with living outside the gates of Auschwitz will deepen anyone's understanding of the Holocaust and how senseless and cruel it truly was.
The Giver (Essential Modern Classics)

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Can Utopia ever be achieved? Is it best to live a numb, protected life free from pain and drama? The Giver provides a scenario for readers to use to answer those questions. Lois Lowry has a natural ability to provide hypothetical worlds demonstrating moral and political principles we debate every day.
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

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If the rest of the Percy Jackson books are full of unbelievable events and tangled story lines like this one, I will pass on them. The characters are difficult to relate to, and the quest is too long.
Who Stole Mona Lisa?

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Did you know that 80% of all visitors to the Louvre go only to view the Mona Lisa? Did you know that the Mona Lisa is 500 years old? I do now that I have read this easy-reading picture book filled with interesting facts about the Mona Lisa and her painter, Leonardo Da Vinci. The bold colors used in the detailed illustrations and the first person account straight from the painting herself make this book a must read!
Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship

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Suryia the orangutan notices Roscoe, the stray dog, hanging around the animal reserve and decides to introduce herself. Then, they become best friends and Roscoe finds himself a new home in the reserve. The two eat and play together and complement one another's personalities. An interesting look at how different animals can form such a close bond!
Gossamer

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Lois Lowry combines real-life struggles of loneliness, old age, abuse, and learning to trust with the magical world of dream givers. She gives a mesmerizing explanation of how and why we dream the way we do.
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