All the Birds in the Sky is a book about childhood friends, Patricia and Laurence. At a young age, Patricia learns that she has an affinity for magic, and Laurence builds a personal time machine. The two part under mysterious circumstances, but both grow up to save the world. Laurence is involved in a complex project that could save the environment, and Patricia uses healing magic on strangers in the street. Together they have a shot at protecting everyone.
Escape from Camp 14 tells the remarkable true story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to have been born inside of a North Korean labor camp and escaped.
North Korea has had labor camps for political enemies of the state and their families for twice as long as the Soviet gulags lasted, and for twelve times as long as Hitler’s concentration camps lasted. Born and raised in Camp 14, Shin witnessed classmates beaten to death by their teachers for microscopic infractions and saw his mother and brother executed, all by the time he was 17.
Shin’s story is told is easily accessible language, although the content make this book far from an easy read. It is haunting and memorable.
Mr. Hemming is a realtor with the rather sinister hobby of keeping the keys to homes that he has sold and sneaking back later to quietly observe the private lives of others. However, seeing as how he is the narrator of the story, I found it difficult not to empathize with him when he told his troubled side of the story.
As someone new to the thriller genre, I didn’t fully know what to expect from this book. What I got was an engrossing, psychologically intense page-turner that kept me up thinking after I had finished it. I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy a sinister, psychological thriller.
I recently had to choose a classic novel for my AP Language class and decided to read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Not only is the story artfully told and engaging, but the book itself looks and feels fantastic. The Word Cloud Classics have a great, faux-leather cover that makes them look and feel a lot more expensive than they actually are. I’ll definitely be getting the rest of my school reading in this format.
Kell is a traveler, one of the last magicians who can travel between parallel universes all connected by the city of London. That's his official position anyway. In secret, Kell is a smuggler, bringing glimpses of other worlds to those willing to pay for them. It's a job with dangerous consequences, and Kell finds that out for himself not too long after the start of this novel.
Full of funny quirks and great watercolor pictures, Zen Socks is about two children and their cat, who live across the street from a panda named Mr. Stillwater. With wisdom and wit Mr. Stillwater teaches the kids about patience and sharing, among other childhood virtues. I love everything about this book, from the art to the message.
Because I often find myself with a little too much time on my hands, I often wonder things like ‘Could someone make a jetpack out of machine guns?’ or ‘What if all the rain from a thunderstorm fell at the same time?’ Thanks to What If, I no longer have to wonder at the answers to these, and many other absurd hypothetical questions. I definitely recommend this book to those like me who love trivia, and want the answers to the big questions, like what would happen if the Earth suddenly stopped spinning. (Spoiler alert; we all die.)
I’m definitely a little late to the party with this book, but I decided that late was better than never and picked up a copy of Station Eleven a few days ago. I’ve really enjoyed the book and honestly can’t think of anything that I disliked about it. The book takes place in northern Michigan after a flu pandemic wipes out more than 90% of the world’s population. But whereas most dystopian novels are about surviving the disaster itself, Station Eleven is more about rebuilding a life in the aftermath of the collapse of civilization. I definitely enjoyed this twist and look forward to reading more books built around this concept.
In this witty and insightful book, Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the fundamental principle of evolutionary theory in simple, easily understandable language, as well as explaining his own personal journey into the sciences. Part scientific writing, part memoir, Undeniable entertained and fascinated me from start to finish.
The penultimate book in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series, The Fate of Ten picks up where the action in The Revenge of Seven left off, with Sam, and several other humans, getting legacies of their own. The plot centers around John, Sam, and their newfound allies defending Washington DC from the Mogadorian Fleet, while Six, Seven, and Adam battle Setrakus Ra at the Loric temple.
The Fate of Ten sets up beautifully for the final book in what has been one of my favorite series for a long time.
The follow up to the popular picture book The Day the Crayons Quit, The Day the Crayons came home consists of postcards sent to a small boy by the crayons that he has left scattered (mostly just around the house) detailing their travels as they attempt to make their way home to the crayon box. This picture book actually made me laugh out loud from reading some of the ridiculous situations in which the crayons found themselves. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first.
Press Start to Play is a collection of short stories about video games from some of the best science-fiction authors and some of the biggest names in the gaming industry, including one of my personal favorite authors: Andy Weir, (The Martian). Each story is fresh and original; some are so good I wish that they would be expanded into full novels in their own right. I was definitely not bored while reading this.
The Prince was part of my summer reading this year and, while I wouldn’t call Machiavelli’s formulaic writing style entertaining, I definitely found his work to be interesting and informative. Could I rule a principality after just reading this book? Perhaps not, but I doubt that will be much of a problem for me.