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Teen Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

July 26, 2018

Book: The Boy in the Striped PajamasBoy in the Striped Pajamas Cover

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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Teen Book Review: Eleanor and Park

May 25, 2018

Book: Eleanor And Park

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,

Eleanor & Park Cover

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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A seed library lends or shares seeds. Gardeners borrow seeds, grow them and (hopefully) return some seeds back to the library. Community seed libraries are an effective way to collect and distribute heirloom, unique and culturally important seeds. Seed libraries help protect genetic diversity, promote food security and aid in the development of locally adapted varieties of plants. Many plants from seed libraries attract beneficial insects and pollinators, while gardeners who use seed libraries can save money and learn new skills. Seed libraries can include vegetables, flowers and native species. They help disseminate seed varieties not typically available from seed companies and promote public access to seeds.

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library is looking for community members and partners who are interested in establishing a seed library in our community. Anyone interested in participating in the planning and organization stages, please contact Wendy Zwaal at 905-775-3328 ext 6108 or We will also be looking for seeds to stock our new seed library, therefore we ask local gardeners to save us some extra seeds this fall to donate to the Library.

Teen Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover

Author: Sarah J. Maas

In my opinion, a fantasy fiction novel is supposed to be used as an escape from the world. It is used to go into one that is greater and more vast then ours, full of creatures and places unable to exist on Earth. Sarah J. Maas’ novel A Court of Thorns and Roses, does an excellent job at doing just that. The story is told in the perspective of Feyre, a girl who’s life has been made a struggle because of the poverty forced upon her family. As if this wasn’t enough, she is afraid that the small town that she lives in, will be taken from the villagers and grabbed by the magical immortal beings living beside them called Fae. 

There were things that I enjoyed in the novel such as, the realness of the main character, Feyre. Maas does not sugar coat the emotions of the character. We are meant to feel, and know everything going on in her head. I personally enjoyed this because it made her more human to me and not ”fake” in a sense. I also enjoyed the plot of the book. It was filled with a sense of the unknown, for both the reader and the main character. She makes it an escape into this new, huge, dangerous world full of different, exciting things that have yet to be explored (and to the reader’s benefit, it is). I truthfully did not find any part of the book displeasing or disappointing.  I enjoyed every inch of this book and I believe that other teens should read this series because they will get a taste of a different world and follow along side the journey of this strong, intelligent and fearless young woman. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reviewed by: Sophia L. N. Age 15