Author: By James Patterson
Title: Middle school: Worst year of my life
Genre: Fiction, comedy
# of pages: 275
First Published: 2013
Original Language: English
This series was great! The first book wasn’t as funny as expected but it was still pretty good. The fact that the main character Rafe's brother passed away made it quite emotional. It was also sad that Rafe’s crush Jeanne didn’t like him. In this book, it would have been better if that storyline went somewhere but it didn’t. The book just kept on going not really getting anywhere.
In the end, the main character received a scholarship to an art school after being expelled. So, this is telling me after doing something so bad, you get expelled then get rewarded by getting the opportunity to redeem yourself if you work hard enough. But other than those things, the book was good. But it would have been much better for the first book in a series to be one of the best so you can get the reader to keep reading the other books.
I’m sure everyone has at least heard of this series. I’ve read all 12 and I am dying for the author to release a new series. Not only is it funny, but with all the sharp turns, you just really want to find out what happens next. In this book, there are so many good and bad things happening all at once, but funny at the same time. I absolutely love this book. For anyone who hasn’t read this book, this is a MUST READ! This book is great without a doubt. This is my 2nd favorite book, and is in the run to being my 1st favorite book.
TItle: How High The Moon
Author: Karyn Parsons
# of pages: 307
First published: 2019
Original Language: English
What did you think of the book?
I think this book is an amazing way of telling the story of what black people went through in that certain time. I also loved the plot! All together it was an amazing book.
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What was the most interesting/intriguing/challenging/surprising?
Something I found very interesting in the book was Ella and Henry’s journey in finding her father and her reaction to finding out Mr. Parker was not her dad, which was also a surprise.
WHat are you going to take away from this book?
I Think that everyone who reads this book will have a better understanding of what black people went through in that specific time period.
The book had several things going on. The book took place in South Carolina. It is about Elle who got made fun of for her lighter skin tone. She went to the city to see her mom for the first time in a while. While she was there she tried to figure out who her father was. She came to the conclusion that their close family friend Mr. Parker from back home was her dad.
Elle came home already devastated to find out that their close friend George Stinney was wrongfully accused and killed for the murder of two white girls. Though the book was fiction it included the true story of George Stinney. The book also spreads knowledge.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“ The darkest night would shine if you would come to me soon until you will, still my heart, How high the moon