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July 26, 2018
Author: John Boyne
I signed out the novel named “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne. This book is based on the unfortunate events that occurred during The Holocaust. The main character is a German boy named Bruno, the son of a Nazi soldier.
Which soon results in them having to leave their home in Berlin. When Bruno went to his room there was a window. There was a fence that went on for miles, trapping people wearing striped pajamas. Later on, many things came out about the Nazis. This novel was written incredibly and as the reader you can make out things that Bruno couldn’t quite understand. But something happens that causes Bruno to be distracted from his everyday life.
This book really shows that not all Germans were evil during this historic event. It foreshadows the fact that only the members of the Nazi Regime were aware of what they were doing to the Jewish people and the citizens of Germany were oblivious to everything happening around them.
Therefore, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is one of the best books I have ever read due to all descriptive words used throughout the book, characters and the plot was phenomenal. After each chapter there are many hooks that makes you want to read right to the end. If I were to rate this book, I would rate it a 9 out of 10, no book is perfect but this one was near perfect.
Reviewed by: Adam Q., Age 13
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May 25, 2018
Author: Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Eleanor & Park follows the hardships that we go through as teenagers. To elaborate; balancing high school, stress, social interactions, bullies and most of all,
learning how to love and learning how to cope with the loss of someone important.
Eleanor is a teenage girl in high school. She is insecure about her red, fuzzy and extremely curly hair, as well as, so she says, her bigger than normal body shape and her weird clothes. The story follows her overcoming the bullies at school, learning to love herself and learning to love another.
In the simplest of terms, my opinion of the book would be that the meaning of love went far and deep. Rowell conveyed this meaning through heartbreak and the importance of loving yourself. Within the novel, she covers some very real topics that are felt by a lot of teenagers. I recommend this book to anyone. It’s a romance, but it also includes bullying, self-esteem problems, trust issues and the loss of a loved one. This novel is relatable. The characters face the same trials that we do as teenagers. Having the opportunity to share in Eleanor and Park’s lives provides a window into discovering how to solve some of our own problems.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Review by Sophia L. N. Age 15.
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