• The Selection

    by Kiera Cass Year Published:

    Reviewed by Jessica Caraballo, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    The Selection is written by the author Kiera Cass and it’s the first book in a five-part series. It takes place in a dystopian society where everyone is divided into caste, Ones being the rich royals and Eights being the impoverished. You’re born into these caste, meaning it’s difficult to advance in this system. America Singer is the main character, she has fiery red hair, a recalcitrant attitude, and is a Five. Since America is apart of the Fives, she is required to be an artist by law, however, she doesn’t mind it because of her love for the violin. Aspen Leger is her secret boyfriend and he is a Six. One day, America is sent a letter inviting her to be of part “The Selection”, which a once and a lifetime competition where thirty-five girls are chosen to fight for Prince Maxon’s love. America was hesitant to apply, but Aspen pushes her to go through with it because he realized that she would be even broker then she is now if they were to marry and also he assumed she wouldn’t be chosen.  I would definitely recommend this book for those that love romance stories. This was an amazing read, I couldn’t put the book down.

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  • The Stranger

    by Albert Camus Year Published:

    Reviewed by HILLARY UMANZOR , Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    The Stranger was first published by Albert Camus in 1942. The elliptical style sets an invariable counterpoint to the poetic, occasionally ornamented artistic language. The story's protagonist Meursault is an indifferent French Algerian, who scarcely partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture. This book has left me in distress with so many questions to ponder upon. Sometimes, I wonder if this book can be reviewed at all. The Stranger is usually the first thing you will read. If you're interested in philosophy, or Existentialism specifically, The Stranger is a great place to start.

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  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

    Posted by Laura Lowenbach on 6/5/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Old Yeller

     

    Reviewed by Jimmy Christ, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    How would you describe a hero? A hero is someone who is selfless and risk their lives for others. This sounds familiar if you read the book Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Old Yeller is a story about a heroic stray dog that puts his life at danger many times to save his new family. The book relates to me because my friends dog protected me one time from another bigger dog. I was grateful for the dog but I felt bad and part responsible for its getting injured. Same as Travis did when Old Yeller protected him. Old Yeller inspired me because if a dog can be that heroic than i can do more to help people around me.

    In the begging of the book we are introduced to Travis’s family. Travis’s Father is leaving there ranch for a while for a cattle drive, leaving a missing piece in the family. Later the family adopts a stray dog and called it Old Yeller. At first Travis doesn’t like the dog, but Yeller grows on him. He becomes his best friend and goes hunting with him. Old Yeller throughout the book saves Travis. Towards the end of the book Old Yeller has a puppy, but passes away after protecting Travis’s mom from a rabid wolf. This is very sad but Old Yellers Puppy grows up to be just like Old Yeller.

    Old Yeller is a great choice for people who enjoy emotional books and or heroic books. I would rate this book a five out of five stars because i couldn’t put the book down. It was very entertaining to read and brought my emotions out. The book is based on a true story about the author’s grandfathers dog. I would recommend this book to all ages because we can all learn a lesson on giving back.

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  • The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions by Amy Spalding

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 6/5/2019 10:05:00 AM

     

     

    The New Guy

     

     Reviewed by Misk El-Mutwalli, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    Amy Spalding delivered a great romance, rivalry relatable high school story. It's so much fun to read and I loved reading it. I loved the concept and even though I got frustrated at times. I thought this book was really funny and the overall plot was really fun.

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  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/25/2019 2:30:00 PM

    The Stranger

     

     Reviewed by HILLARY UMANZOR , Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    The Stranger was first published by Albert Camus in 1942. The elliptical style sets an invariable counterpoint to the poetic, occasionally ornamented artistic language. The story's protagonist Meursault is an indifferent French Algerian, who scarcely partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture. This book has left me in distress with so many questions to ponder upon. Sometimes, I wonder if this book can be reviewed at all. The Stranger is usually the first thing you will read. If you're interested in philosophy, or Existentialism specifically, The Stranger is a great place to start.

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  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/25/2019 2:05:00 PM

    The Blind Side  

     

     Reviewed by Jimmy Christ, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     

    When is the last time you counted your blessings? We should appreciate everything we have because others aren't as fortunate as us. Michael Oher for example grew up with an addicted mother and a father out of the picture, with no place to call home. The Blind Side is a book about Michael’s life and the hardships and struggles of his adolescents. I would rate this book a five out of five stars. It relates to me in football but also makes me sympathize for kids who grow up in toxic households. Not to mention the book is very inspirational and based on a true story. The book was such an inspiration that it was turned into a movie and released in 2009.

    The book opens with a back story of how important the blind side ( left side) tackle in football is. Stressing how teams value a blind side tackle to protect the quarterback from the back side defensive rusher. The book then shifts to Michael who is seen at a basketball game and noticed by the coach, Sean Tuohy. Sean and his wife Leigh Anne Tuohy, help out michael with food and clothing. Later realising that michael needed a home, they adopted him. Sean and Leigh got Michael involved in football and basketball and michael exceeded in both. With great size and movement, Michael starts to get recruited heavily by some of the best school in the country. The book goes on to show Michaels struggles get his grades up and to adjust to school. He later decides to commit to play football at Ole Miss.

    The Blind Side is a great book for sports enthusiast or just people who enjoy an inspirational book. The book is nonfiction and points out something that a lot of other people overlook. Michael Oher isn't the only person who has been in that situation. I know many other kids that grew up in harmful households and were brought in by helping hands. The Blind Side shows exactly what can happen to a man's life if you step in and provide help. Who knows where he would be today without his loving foster parent, Sean Tuohy and Leigh Anne Tuohy.

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  • You, Maybe by Rachel Vail

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/25/2019 12:25:00 PM

    You, maybe

     

    Reviewed by Jessica Caraballo, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student

     

    If you’re into the whole “high school relationship” clichés, then this is the perfect read for you. The book is titled You, Maybe, by the author Rachel Vail. This book depicts how teenage girls are willing to change anything and everything about themselves in order to please guys. The main character is Josie, who isn’t like any other high school girl because she doesn’t believe in love and her job is performing magic tricks on the weekend as Tallulah the Clown. Her two girl best friends are Zandra and Tru, who also aren’t like any other high school girl, and her longtime boy best friend Michael. Josie’s life is “love free”,but Carson, who is the hottest senior boy and has a player reputation, starts to take interest in her. Will Josie eventually cave in like every other girl, or will she stick to not believing in love? Rachel Vail is one of my favorite authors and, I’ve enjoyed many of her other books; however, this one is my least favorite by far because the story itself is very predictable. While I was reading, it was easy to call out on what happens next because it’s the classic cliché that we all have come to know. Also, certain parts were cringe worthy, and it leaves you pitying Josie. I respect the deeper meaning that she is trying to gets across, but overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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  • Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/22/2019 3:25:00 PM

    Out of my Mind

    Reviewed by Yuliana Caero, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student

     

    Ever wondered what life is like for a girl with photogenic memory? What they go through everyday? Out Of My Mind is a book about an 11- year old girl named melody with photogenic memory and describing her everyday life. Melody is a young girl and is one of the smartest kid in her school, yet no one knows, including her own parents. Her head is like is a video camera, recording and remembering everything, without a delete button. What a lot of people don’t know is that she has the ability to learn quite a lot, but why won’t she speak up and say something? Because she can’t talk. Melody cannot talk, walk, nor write. Not being able to do any of those and say what she wants is making Melody go out of her mind.

    Over 1.5 million people have read the number 1 New York Times best seller Out Of My Mind. They have also discovered the gifted mind of Melody Brooks. I personally loved and enjoyed this book because it told such an interesting and real story that you don’t usually hear about a lot. What caught my attention in the book was that Melody memorized everything she learned and was actually really smart compared to the other kids. I definitely recommend this book to learn more about the life of Melody.

     

     

    Reviewed by James Li , Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student

     

    Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper, is a piece of realistic fiction about the life of a girl named Melody, who has cerebral palsy. The book touches on Melody’s elementary and middle school life, as well as her struggles and achievements throughout. Specifically, Melody is displayed as a very intelligent student but she is unable to speak to the world around her, until she receives a new medical device called a Medi-Talker. But even then, she still faces a unique challenge. I would recommend this book specifically to elementary to high school students since the setting and plot are most relatable to them. It gives new insight on empathy and brings awareness for people with disabilities. I would rate this book a 9/10 because it is enjoyable to read and is informative at the same time.

     

    Reviewed by Arian Filipour, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 10th Grade Student 

     

    The novel Out of my Mind by New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper is about an eleven-year-old girl named Melody who cannot talk or write. But she is a very special girl from everyone else in her school; she has photographic memory and she is the smartest kid in her school but no one realizes it. In the story, Melody is portrayed in a very difficult situation but she has a strong spirit and the loving care of her family and neighbor. The story is emotional but suspenseful, Out of My Mind gives the reader a first person perspective into the mind of a disabled individual, it shows the struggle, pain and, challenges that Melody faces in her daily life. I recommend this book to everyone because the story is fast and appropriate to read and provides an open mind about someone who has a disability and that we accept differences in others.

     

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  • A Child Called It by David Pelzer

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/22/2019 3:05:00 PM

    A Child Called It

     

    Reviewed by Aaisha Khan, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student. 

     

    As a child the author, David was abused to a great extent, only by his mother. His mom would only beat him out of four brothers. She would only do so when no one else was home. His dad didn't know about the abuse at first but when he finally found out he couldn't really do anything about it because mom was the boss. David's mom and dad were always drunk and did not at all care about David. She would starve him for days, slap him for making eye contact with someone, and make him do all the chores with a time limit. David had possibly one of the worst experiences as a child. No one would ever want to go through or actually even survive what he went through. His mom had given his so many life threatening injuries: pulled his arm out of his socket, stabbed him in the stomach, and even made him drink bleach. This book has some very disturbing parts to it but its just so fascinating that something like that actually happened in real life. i actually really loved this book, it made me realize what some children actually have to go through. I 110% recommend this book. I loved it!!

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  • The New Guy by Amy Spalding

    Posted by NICOLA LE on 3/22/2019 2:05:00 PM

     

    The New Guy

     

    Reviewed by Misk El-Mutwalli, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student.

     

    Amy Spalding delivered a great romance, rivalry relatable high school story. It's so much fun to read and I loved reading it. I loved the concept and even though I got frustrated at times. I thought this book was really funny and the overall plot was really fun.

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  • I am Zlatan by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Posted by Laura Lowenbach on 3/22/2019 10:30:00 AM

    I am Zlatan

     

    Reviewed by Jarvis Soyos Hernandez, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student.

      

    To be honest I couldn’t finish this book called I am zlatan, my story on and off the field, but I was close and that was enough to see what an amazing book it was. There is a lot reason that I was really enjoying this book because it has a kind good level of english that I could easily understand and read but also because the book is about a soccer player that I usually like to see him play and I know people that watch soccer will enjoy love this soccer by reading his story on and off the field. I’ll finish this book for sure and I would like everybody to enjoy this book too.



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  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone

    Posted by Laura Lowenbach on 3/22/2019 10:15:00 AM

     

     Odd One Out

     

    Reviewed by Alexis Talavera, Mr. Mitchell Schwartz's 11th Grade Student 

     Have you ever had to choose between two people you care about? Well, that is how the characters in this book feel like within their friendship/relationships. The three friends go through difficult feelings about having crushes, sexuality, and friendships. Jupiter and Cooper have been longtime friends since elementary school. The new girl moves into town her name is Rae. Cooper and Rae instantly become friends and Jupiter starts to feel left out.  Through the book, the characters Jupiter, Cooper, and Rae are all stuck in a love triangle. Each character gets to tell their perspective in the story. The reason why I would recommend this book is because it is about the hardships teenagers face in high school especially in today’s society where we all try to fit social standards. The reading level is for all high school students. This book relates so much to how high school is nowadays and high schoolers figuring out their sexuality. The book gave a very powerful message and it was a very interesting book to read.

     

     

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