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Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

Choose One:  Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

Maus

About Art Spiegelman

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Mick Harte Was Here

Mick Harte Was Hereby Barbara Park a realistic fiction book.

Phoebe tells the story of her brother Mick's death in a bicycle accident, and its aftermath. Through funny and poignant memories, eighth-grader Phoebe Harte introduces her brother Mick, ten months younger, and tells the story of his fatal accident. She then describes her reactions and experiences over the ensuing days. She attends his funeral, interment, and memorial service, and gradually is comforted by her best friend, her spiritual intuition, and her family. Though she struggles profoundly with her feelings, she makes a re-entry into daily life and school, finding setbacks, support, and, finally, stability.This book is a demonstration of the devastating power of simplicity. With breathtaking elements and precise strokes, Barbara Park brings MickHarte and his sister Phoebe to vivid life. Even in showing his death you can barely believe it is happening, like Phoebe, you enter a undistinguishing state of denial. And because Park gives Phoebe such a distinct, genuine voice, her reactions are real and familiar. Park moves the reader back and forth, from Mick to his sister, gradually disengaging them, separating the tightly interwoven strands of their lives, until Phoebe can stand alone, finally strong and confident without her brother at her side.The author skillfully ties in the lesson about wearing bicycle helmets. And it is made so directly and simply that it doesn't seem at all preachy. In fact, it is probably one of the most powerful elements of the book. I give this book four and a half stars.



Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

Choose One of the Following Books:  Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

Reading Level: Grade 3 and Up

Middle School

About James Patterson

Where to find it

Might Robots: Mechanical Marvels that Fascinate and Frighten

Choose One: Mighty Robots by David Jones

Reading Level: Grades 6 and Up

Might Robots: Mechanical Marvels that Fascinate and Frighten

About David Jones

Where to find it

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Debra Driza's MILA 2.0 is the first book in a gripping Bourne Identity–style trilogy about a girl who discovers she is actually an android.

Mila was never supposed to remember her past, or know what lurked beneath her synthetic skin. She was never meant to learn that she was "born" in a secret computer science lab and programmed with superhuman skills. But when a group of hooded men show up on her doorstep, hoping to strip her of her advanced technology, she has no choice but to run for her life. In every direction there are dangerous people, hunting her down. They will do whatever it takes to capture Mila, including hurting the people she cares about most.

Filled with secrets, action, and even romance, MILA 2.0 is perfect for readers who love sci-fi thrillers like the Partials series and I Am Number Four.

Monster

Required Book: Monster by Walter Dean Meyers

Reading Level: Ages 13 and Up

Monster

About Walter Dean Meyers

Where to find it

Murder at the Margin

Required Book: Murder at the Margin by Marshall Jovens

Reading Level: Grade 9 and up

Murder at the Margin

About Marshall Jovens

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon

Murder on the Orient Express

Required Book: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express

About Agatha Christie

Where to find it

My Forbidden Face

Choice Non-fiction Book: My Forbidden Face by Latifa

My Forbidden Face

About Latifa

Where to find it

Mythbusters Science Fair Book

Optional Book: Mythbusters Science Fair Book by Samantha Margles

Reading Level: Ages 8 and Up

Mythbusters

Where to find it


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