The Giver from Michael

I remember the night I finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. I was in middle school and it was late on a school night. Up until then, reading books felt like a chore. It wasn’t until I found myself reading past the required chapters of that night that I realized reading books could be […]

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee from Carrie

As a girl, I was always interested in stories about the American frontier and the experiences of people during the settlement of America. This was the first book that moved me to tears, I mean, an all out emotional downpour of emotion. Words alone had never before evoked sympathy for someone’s story the way that […]

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The Source from Jennifer

I loved this book as a young adult because it opened up my mind to the sweep of human history in the Middle East. As a model of historical fiction, The Source entertained me both emotionally and intellectually. It helped me get a deeper feeling for human behavior and the evolution of cultures and religions, […]

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Matilda from Julianna

I probably read Matilda over a hundred times throughout the course of my childhood. It was my go-to book when I didn’t have anything new to read. I was a voracious reader and memorized my library card number so that even if I forgot or lost it, I would be able to check out books […]

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The Alchemist from Mario

I’m a dreamer. I suppose that’s why the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho spoke to me. It’s a book about chasing dreams, but a telling one in that it highlights the twisty, confusing, and unexpected path that can lead to your aspirations. The book is about a shepherd boy named Santiago who travels the world in […]

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