“Wonder” is the story of a boy, a normal boy… or almost. His face has a big deformation. This book talks about his first year at school going into fifth grade. It is such a big, kind of scary adventure for him because he used to be homeschooled! His biggest concern is how the other kids will react. Will August (the boy’s name) survive school or will he have to abandon? This is such a tender and loving story of family and friendship. I really LOVED this book because you feel August’s emotions; you feel like you’re actually living the same things as him. “Wonder” is a book I will want to reread.
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This is the story of Emma Lazarus, the woman who wrote « The New Colossus ». This book tells you how she grew up in a Jewish family, her inspirations and people that helped her become the way we know her. Her life is sometimes difficult, but she knows that many immigrants’ lives are worse. I liked this book because it tells you all sorts of things that other people don’t know. The author also makes the book sentimental.
This sad novel follows one hectic weekend in the life of man struggling with alcoholism in 1936 New York City. The author successfully details the mind of the main character and his desperate attempts to get one more drink. Stealing money, pawning his typewriter, this guy will do anything to get drunk and you feel deeply for his situation and the trouble it causes. I highly recommend this classic!
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou’s autobiography. Spanning her life from age three to 16, we see her growing up alongside her brother in rural Stamps, Arkansas, and then in San Fransisco. They are primarily raised by their paternal grandmother, Momma, and their real mother. I loved the way that the stories generally each had a chapter of their own. And most of all, Angelou’s delightful wit and sense of humor paired with always-poignant descriptions of her feelings made this book a memorable read!
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Fine story of a young, Scottish girl who is imprisoned for beating up a cop and placing her in a coma. Did she do it? Maybe, maybe not. We get to go inside the main character’s head as she adjusts to her new surroundings and deals with some caring social workers. Insight into her tough upbringing and rather hopeless circumstances are what make it worth reading.
Get The Panopticon at the library.