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miceandmenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: "Of Mice and Men" is a great novel that tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small. These two lifelong friends are ranch workers during the Great Depression. They recently left an old job and are searching for a new one in California. George Milton was put in charge of taking care of Lennie Small by Lennie's Aunt. Lennie has limited mental capabilities, but is a very good work hand because of his large stature. When George and Lennie finally find a job they run into many troubles. Lennie sometimes does things by accident and does not know that he is hurting the people around him. The events of the novel create a challenge for George, who is in charge of Lennie. I recommend reading this novel to follow the adventures of two struggling farmers during the Great Depression.

deathofasalesmanDeath of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: "Death of a Salesman" is an intense play that takes place both in the present and the past. Willy Loman is the main character in the play. Willy is starting to lose his mind. As the play goes on Willy has dramatic flash backs and reminisces about the so called “good old days”. Willy may have some kind of sociological disorder, but it is never specified in the book. Something is also haunting Willy that happened when he first got married. His secret is only disclosed in the last moments of the play. If you are interested in plays, business, or history, I would recommend reading "Death of a Salesman".

fahrenheitFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: "Fahrenheit 451" takes place on Earth in a dystopian future. In this novel, everyone is bland and boring, conforming to society’s norms. The biggest difference in this world is that books have been outlawed in society. Any books that are found are burned and set fire to. There are so called "firemen" whose jobs are to burn any books discovered. The main character is a fireman named Guy Montag. One night on his way home he meets an outgoing teenage girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse seems to not be affected by the rest of society, and is a free spirit. Clarisse also has Guy ask questions about his life and the rest of society. The whole book is about Guy’s self-conflict. He wants to do the right thing and stop the burning of books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about dystopian futures. The book is a great read and does a great job of describing the dystopian future.

- Reviewed by Stephen J.

frostFrost by M.P. Kozlowsky

 

Sixteen-year-old Frost lives in a bombed out apartment in a post-apocalyptic world, with only her pet broot, Romes, and a robot named Bunt, who has her father's memories, for company--but now Romes is dying and her need to find help is forcing her to leave the apartment for the first time in her life, and face the streets which are a hunting ground for rogue robots and the dreaded Eaters.

 

cinderCinder by Marissa Meyer

 

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

   

littlebrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

 

 

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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

 

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White Oleander by Janet Fitch

White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-- each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, and its own hard lessons to be learned-- becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

 

goddesstestOn her 18th birthday Kate takes her mom to her hometown of Eden as her last dying wish. While at Eden, a seemingly empty town, she enrolls in their high school and is soon invited to a party by the head cheerleader. However the party goes fatally wrong and Kate is offered a deal by a mysterious man, she takes the deal not quite realizing what she has agreed to do until she has to live with him for six months. During this time she realizes that the mysterious man, Henry, is the King of the dead and he wishes to make her his queen. But to do so she has to pass 7 tests. If she passes she will become immortal and a goddess, but if she fails her fate won't be the only one at stake.

 Reviewed by Carolyn H.