Review by Guhan
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
During my first reading of Life of Pi, the element of the novel that sticks in one’s mind immediately is Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, the titular protagonist. Looking back, it was easy to identify with Pi because he is a teenager. At just 16, Pi is easy to empathize with, and is a strong hero to root for throughout the novel. After reading "Life of Pi" more than a few times, one realizes that the story is not just about Pi however.
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Review by Abdd
Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
“Children of Exile,” a book of the dystopian genre by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is an emotional thriller. I would give this book a 4.5-star rating and recommend the book to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Adults known as “Freds” have raised a twelve-year-old girl Rosi, her five-year-old brother Bobo, and many other kids in town since the day they were born. The children were told it was too dangerous to go back to their real parents and their real home, and now after twelve years of separation, it’s time for them to reunite.
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Review by Sahana
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
This is a Coming of Age YA book, targeted for LGBTQ readers. I would recommend it for readers aged 15-18. Likely not suitable for readers below that age, because of sexually implicit scenes, language, and some dark themes. The protagonist’s parents are killed at the very beginning of the book, and another character attempts suicide; readers who are squeamish about such themes should not read this book. There is also plenty of drinking and smoking. It is important to note that this is not a romance novel, as the protagonist never actually gets into a real relationship. The writing itself takes a lot of time to read and process, and the sentences are very verbose and descriptive. It is very thought-provoking, and even somewhat philosophical, but it is certainly not a book for light reading. However, the reader will get some laughs out of the dialogue and description.
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