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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By Osman K.

After nine years of waiting, J.K. Rowling has finally published a new Harry Potter book. It is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book instantly became the top selling book in many countries including America. It is about Harry Potter and his son (Albus) adventuring through Hogwarts. The first big surprise is when Albus is put into Slytherin, after his dad, brother, and cousin were and are all in Gryffindor. Then, Albus makes friend with Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son. Harry and Draco were enemies when they were in Hogwarts, and Draco was a Death Eater. Albus keeps going on adventures with Scorpius, which is tearing the Ministry of Magic apart. Harry keeps going on missions finding his son, and eventually he decides to tear Albus and Scorpius’ friendship apart.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a great book and will be enjoyed by millions of people. Nobody can put it down.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

By Maggie B.

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The Giver, by Lois Lowry, will make you realize a lot about your life and what kind of lifestyle you live by. In the book, the main character, Jonas, lived in a town where there were rules all of the time, there was a role for everyone in the community, and everyone was forced to follow the laws. These community rules dictated that the head of the committee chose who a person was going to marry, chose what job a person could hold, and that a person could only have two children, a girl and a boy.

After being appointed a job with the Giver, Jonas realizes how ignorant his society is. Jonas wanted to make a change in how his community was run for himself, his two best friends, and his little friend Gabe. Jonas has to face many obstacles and invites readers to stay until the very end. Life would be unfair if you had to follow all of these rules all of the time. This book demonstrates how important it is to be free and have certain rights. This was a great book that puts the readers under a spell where they can’t put the book down and is a good book for fifth grade and up.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

By Ainsley W.

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It started when the power went out, it ended with seven billion deaths. But it is not over, it is only the beginning. The beginning of the end. The 1st Wave: Lights Out; The 2nd Wave: Surf’s Up; The 3rd Wave: Pestilence; The 4th Wave: Silencer; Now it’s time for the 5th Wave. Cassie Sullivan had a normal life before the green mothership appeared in the sky. They called them The Others. They thought they were friendly, but they were wrong. She lost her mother in the 3rd Wave to the virus and she watched her father get shot by one of them in the 4th Wave. They took her 5 year old brother, Sammy. And Cassie will stop at nothing to get him back. With only her favored M16, her brothers old, tattered teddy bear, and the clothes on her back, she begins her journey. “They know how we think. They know how to kill us. They’ve taken everything worth living for. Now they’ve come to take the things worth dying for.” On her quest to find Sammy she encounters the mysterious Evan Walker. Evan may be her only shot at finding her younger brother. But will she break her number one rule to not trust anyone? Will she take her chances to find Sammy? Or will she die trying? The 5th Wave is a cannot put down book. It stretches the boundary of trust, hope, and survival. It goes beyond wildest imaginations and will test the truth of faith. In a world being taken over, who will win? Just like Rick Yancey says, ” How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.” But The Others have one fault to their plan. They didn’t kill all of the humans, and the ones that are left are the strongest of them all. But are they enough to save human kind from complete destruction?

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

By Ainsley W.

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Audrey has been told a lie her entire life. And when she finds out the truth she almost can’t believe it. She has always known that her mother is super strong and her irritating, yet slightly attractive, sidekick, Leon, can teleport and that she has a Knowing,- the ability to Know things that most people don’t- but she never thought that there might be more to it than that. And after a frightening encounter with a demon, Audrey slowly starts to learn the truth. And Leon starts to be more overprotecting than ever. Her entire world starts to crumble down and she starts to learn about things she never even dreamed about. The steady paced life she grew accustomed to becomes a fast moving life with adventures around every turn. But with them come evil forces, she never expected. “Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything–and everyone–she loves,” says Bethany Frenette perfectly. This book is a wonderful read, with twists and turns, and is filled with eccentric and mysterious characters. As Audrey starts to learn who she is, the burden of everyone’s fate falls onto her shoulders. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will thoroughly enjoy this story. Audrey starts to question everything she’s ever known and how she plays a role in all of it. Audrey will wonder if her whole childhood is a lie meant to protect her. And soon all of the puzzle pieces will be in place.

Cinder by Melissa Meyer

Review by Ainsley W.

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The clock strikes midnight, but it is not Cinderella running away from a ball and losing a shoe, it is a girl without a foot, who arrived in a orange car. The girl is not running away from a prince, but is running from her death. This is the story of Cinder, and it starts out like the Cinderella story many people know and love. Except there’s a twist, the main character, Cinder, is a cyborg; part computer, part human. She lives in futuristic China and a plague is threatening to destroy everything. Even the emperor is ill, leaving his son, Prince Kai, taking over his duties. Cinder is a mechanic and after the young prince requests her to fix his android, she finds herself making an acquaintance with him. However, the Lunars, a colony on the moon ruled by a evil queen, have they’re own diabolical plans. Cinder finds herself in the middle of everything without meaning to. Cinder will start to wonder how she became a cyborg. Who were her parents? How did she end up here? What is her purpose? How will she face the destiny she dreads? And how will she be able to save everyone? Cinder is a riveting read that all fans of science fiction will love. Cinder takes you beyond the universe of Cinderella and into a whole new realm, that will blow you mind. Including hybrid werewolf humans, androids, cyborgs, deadly plagues, cruel queens, runaway fugitives, colonies on the moon, ignorant princes, and so much more. Cinder will find that everything isn’t as it seems, and it never was. She will learn that she has her own destiny that she must fulfill, and that she has the power to save the world and everyone in it, even though she has no idea how.

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