Category Archives: Year: 1990s

The Skin I’m In

The Skin I’m In

Sharon G. Flake

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Page Count: 1710978142310385_500X500

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1998

Genre: Realistic

The Skin I’m In is about a girl named Maleeka who is really smart. She gets teased about her clothes and about her dark skin by other kids. The meanest, most popular girl in school bullies Maleeka into doing her homework for her and makes her do things she doesn’t want to do. She says that if Maleeka does what she asks, she will give her cool clothes to wear.

When a new teacher comes to the school, Maleeka learns that she has a hidden talent and that she is a beautiful person who deserves to be treated better. Even though it’s tough, she starts sticking up for what she believes in.

I loved this book. I would recommend it for teenage girls because it deals with a lot of things that happen to girls in middle school. In the book, girls are mean and some of them are fake. It can be hard to know who your real friends are. This book is good at showing girls that they don’t have to do what other people tell them to, and that if they believe in themselves they can be happy. The author does a really good job at getting inside the character’s head, and she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for the book.

Miss Rachel

 

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The Voyage of the Frog

vThe Voyage of the Frog

Gary Paulsen

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Page Count: 160

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1990

Genre: Adventure

14 year old David sets sail on his deceased Uncle’s sailboat, The Frog. The book travels through his adventures on the water and inside himself, as he attempts not only to survive the ocean, but also his own demons.

Anyone who loves sailing, the ocean, or the outdoors will like this for its surface themes, but its deeper issues and thoughts would be meaningful for any teenager.

Mr. Coleman

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Clover

Clover

Dori Sanders

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Page Count: 183

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1991

Genre: Realistic

Clover is a young black girl living in South Carolina during the 80s. Her father, Gaten was recently married to a white woman named Sara Kate. Unfortunately, the evening after they were married, Gaten dies in a car accident. Sara Kate promised Gaten to take care of Clover, who are complete strangers to each other. The book weaves in tales of the past and present, how Clover grows as a person and slowly bounds with Sara Kate.

I would recommend this book for everyone. It was an easy read and involves topics like: race, stepmothers, grandparents, farming and more. Clover for a long time has difficulty finding her voice to express her thoughts but later, she overcomes her fear. I think this is something many people can recognize in themselves as well.

Miss Samantha

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The Magician’s Nephew

The Magician’s Nephew

C.S. Lewis

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Page Count: 183

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1995

Genre: Fantasy

Book 6 of 7

The book is the prequel, but the 6th book in the series, for the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s main characters are a young Digory, who later becomes the professor in the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ that the 4 siblings stay with during the war, and his friend Polly.

They are playing in a room and end up touching a couple rings that transport them to another world. A world between worlds. In this world, we meet the White Witch, Aslan and the creation of Narnia.

I would recommend this book. I think it is a fantastical book, but the language and difficulty isn’t too high. I would also recommend reading this book first, even though it is 6th in the series, because it gives the whole series scope.

– Mr. David

 

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Letters from Rifka

Letters from Rifka

Karen Hesse

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Page Count: 148Unknown

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1993

Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic

A young Jewish girl from Russia tells her story about the lifestyle and dangers of Russia in the early 1900s. Her family decides to leave Russia for the safety of their family, and Rifka continues to tell her story through letters to her cousin of journeying to the new country called the United States of America with the end stop being Ellis Island.

Rifka is a strong young girl trying to make a better life for herself, while she faces many dangers like the police and contagious diseases, she still overcomes everything to come to the United States. The book is short but has plenty of action and adventure for Rifka. It’s a good book for anyone looking for a reminder of hardships for people traveling through Ellis Island and how not everyone was welcomed to the country with open arms.

Miss Samantha

 

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The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Bad Beginnings

The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Bad Beginnings
Lemony Snicket

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Page Count: 162
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1999
Genre: Adventure

The story follows the lives of the unfortunate Baudelaire children who are very brave and have unique qualities. Klaus loves to read, Violet is an inventor and Sunny is only a toddler but has a strong bite. The series begins after their parents tragic death in a mysteries house fire. The children are placed in the custody of their cousin count Olaf who is only interested in their families inheritance and will kill any one who gets in his way!

The series of unfortunate events is great to get kids to continue reading books all year by getting them hooked on a great adventuress series. The characters are humorous and haunting.

Ms. Elise

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The Reptile Room, A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Reptile Room, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket

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Page Count: 190Unknown-1
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1999
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

The series is about the Baudelaire children and their unfortunate life that all began with their parents death in a house fire. The kids also have a nemesis, Count Olaf who is after their family fortune. In this book they are sent to their uncle Monty’s house where they are delighted to help out with his reptile room. Uncle Monty is planning a family trip to Peru and is planning on bringing his prized pet viper and a assistant. Count Olaf spoils the plan, dressed as the assistant he lures Uncle Monty to his death and the Baudelaire children are once again on an unfortunate adventure to find a guardian who can survive Count Olaf’s scheming.

The series of Unfortunate Events is an amazing series that is full of adventure, imagination and has a dark undertone that is addicting to read. The book also gives definitions of harder words in a creative way and has charming illustrations with each chapter.

Ms.Elise

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