Posted in Fiction, Historical Fiction

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

This book is made up of two stories. One is about Salva, a Sudanese “Lost Boy” whose story is set in 1985. When Salva’s village Loun-Ariik gets attacked by rebels, he is ordered to hide. He then finds thousands of other boys in the same predicament: no family, food, or water. He walks with these boys to a refugee camp, but eventually gets kicked out. He then has to go to another refugee camp, and another, then another. Finally, Salva gets sent to America, what will he find?

The other story is about Nya, set in 2008. She walks 8 hours everyday to fetch water for her family. When Nya’s sister falls sick because of the dirty water, her family makes the strenuous 3 day walk to a medical clinic. They arrive just in time and Akeer is saved. When the family gets back to their village, they find that a well is being built. It will change Nya’s life forever.

It is enlightening to see the characters grow and change after a tragic event. I also liked the fact that there were two related but distinct stories in the book. I really enjoy the author’s descriptive style because she let me really get to know the characters’ strengths and weaknesses.

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Posted in Fiction, Spy Fiction

Spy School: Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs

In this book we meet Ben Ripley, who attends the CIA school for spies. When he is put on  Mission Pungent Muskrat in the White House, he has to protect the President by making friends with his son. When the evil organization SPYDER doesn’t make a move, Ben starts to suspect that he, himself might be the threat. What will he do? This is the last book in the series, and I strongly recommend reading them in order. I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure and suspense.

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Posted in Fantasy, Fiction

The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

In this book, we meet Cass and Max-Ernest who are investigating the death of the magician Pietro Bergamo. When they went inside his house to look for clues, Cass found a secret journal in a hidden room. The journal leads them to the spa of the Midnight Sun, what will they find? I like this book because the author speaks to you throughout the story, he interrupts and sometimes doesn’t even want to continue the book! I also loved this book because it is a good adventure story and there are elements that you can relate to.

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Posted in Fiction, Realistic Fiction

The Mysterious Benedict Society: The Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

In this book, Reynie, Constance, Kate, and Sticky are doing an exercise called The prisoner’s Dilemma. Constance begged Mr. Benedict to use the Whisperer to find out her past, and  he did. Constance then runs away to the library where Reynie, Kate, and Sticky find her. They then figure out Mr. Curtain’s codes and clues to a spot where they are captured and taken to a prison. Mr. Benedict attempts a rescue…will he succeed? This book is the 3rd book in the 5 book Mysterious Benedict Society series.

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