A student’s success in school can be linked to how much independent reading they do! Independent reading is when a child has complete control over their reading. This means that the child is choosing: what they read, where they read, and how long they read for. At Auburn Junior High School, I wanted to encourage and celebrate this independent reading for our students! We were able to do just that during Teen Read Week (October 19- October 23)! Teen Read Week is a national celebration of teens sharing and reading what they love and choose for themselves! Our very own students at Auburn Junior High School wanted to share the books they are choosing to read and encourage you (yes-you adults) to check them out!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
For as long as she can remember Blue Sargent has been told she will kill her true love with a kiss. Eccentric Blue, didn’t believe in true love anyways, so it never bothered her. Until she saw the spirit of Gansey on St. Mark’s Eve, which only meant one thing, either he was her true love, or she killed him.
Gansey’s good at finding old lost things;; which should help him in his search for Glendower (an old Welsh king), but all he’s finding are dead ends… until he records something strange on St. Mark’s Eve.
Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Scorpio Races weaves an astounding tale of magic, prophecies, and the quiet little town of Henrietta, Virginia. The more than real characters, will jump from the pages and into your life. - Jadan Hand, Grade 8
Four, The Transfer by Veronica Roth
My favorite book right now is Four: The Transfe r by Veronica Roth. I am a huge fan of the Divergent series, but I always love when there is a separate story about one of the characters. This book is about the story of how Tobias Eaton (Four) gets his nickname, chooses his faction, his aptitude test, and the challenges/obstacles he faces during that time. This book not only explains how others do not always get along, but it also shows how you have to be brave, even though at times it is challenging. As for the plot, it is mainly about how Four is finding his way through the corrupted world, and how he came to be the man he is in Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant . He starts off in the Abnegation Faction. His father was very abusive towards him, and he is curious as to what the outside world beholds. He chooses the faction Dauntless at this choosing ceremony, but I’ll spare the spoilers for whoever decides to read this book. I could write four pages about the book and the characters and every last detail; but if you really want to know, I highly recommend reading Four: The Transfer, by Veronica Roth. She tells the story way better anyway!
-Sage Haines, Grade 8
Paper Towns by John Green
“You will go to the paper towns and you will never come back” is a famous quote from Paper Towns by John Green, which is no doubt the best book I have ever read. This book is about a kid named Quentin Jacobsen who has spent a lifetime secretly having a crush on his neighbor, Margo Roth Spieglemen. After having this crush for nine years, she finally comes into his life, and sucks him into her life by bringing him with her on a campaign of revenge, which is totally out of his comfort zone. He has no choice but to follow her. When their insane, all-nighter ends and a new day comes, Margo has gone missing. While Quentin searches for an explanation for her absence, he finds clues he thinks are for him. He sets out on an exhilarating adventure to find her, and the more clues Quentin gets, the less he seems to know about the true Margo he thought he knew and was in love with.
-Jake Hansen, Grade 7
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The book I’ll Give You the Sun is based on the world of twin sister and brother, Jude and Noah. The main conflict of the story is that the twins used to be very close when they were younger; however, something happened that ruined their bond and they won’t confront each other to fix it. The lesson I think Nelson was trying to teach through this book is that the best way to fix a conflict between two people is to talk to each other about it and get it all sorted out.
Although a lot of people aren’t exactly open to conversation like that, it really is the most efficient way to fix a broken bond. I love this book because not only does it teach an important lesson, it’s artwork in the form of words. Literally, I think other people would love this book because it teaches you valuable lessons and after you’ve read it, you’re never quite the same.
-Lindsay Mickle, Grade 8
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
“Nothing ever seems interesting when it belongs to you- only when it doesn’t.” The book Tuck Everlasting talks about Winnie Foster who wants to step over her fence, and discover the world. She finally does take that step and she meets a family who is very mysterious. She runs away, lives with them for a while, and falls in love with one of the boys, Jessie, who loves Winnie too. Jessie and his family live forever. How did this happen, you probably ask? Well, there is a big tree in the woods where water comes out of it. But Jessie and his family did not know that this water would keep them alive forever. Will Winnie drink the water so they can be together forever? If you want to find out, read the book.
-Marlee Solomon, Grade 8
We hope these reviews of our favorite books will guide you to a happy read!
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