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Westlake READS

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Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini is a great fantasy book about a war against an evil tyrant. I thought the book was written really well and had an interesting plot line and loved how the different chapters were in different points of view. The characters were realistic, and they made mistakes like real people. This books would be good for young adults, teens, or adults who love fantasy.  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fiction.


Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase fell off of a roof and has forgot everything about his former life. He has the chance to redo his entire life because of the amnesia he got, while learning about how he was a jerk before he fell off of a roof. In Chase’s journey, will he become a new person, or revert back to the jerk he was before?
Chase fell off of a roof and has forgot everything about his former life. He has the chance to redo his entire life because of the amnesia he got, while learning about how he was a jerk before he fell off of a roof. In Chase’s journey, will he become a new person, or revert back to the jerk he was before?


The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is about a robot named Rozzum and this robot crash-landed on the shore of an island. In the story Roz learns how to survive in the wild with the help of animals and her own programming.  I really like this book because it makes me laugh a lot and tackles the troubles of parenting. I would recommend this book to anyone who is 10 years old and over because this book doesn't really challenge the mind to find a word's meaning, but it does have some things that are hard to understand. What I didn't like about the book is that in the beginning of the book there is no description of how the ship crashed and what the storm looked like. ​


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The main character is a boy named Auggie Pullman who has a deformed face and has a hard time in school and outside of school.  Auggie wanted to have a normal face and have a normal life, but he knows and thinks that he will never have a normal life. So, he wears a helmet to hide his face.  Then he goes to school. He is going to middle school (5th grade). He has a tough time in school, but he gets use to it. It is a hard but a good adventurous journey.  The book has a good theme of - be yourself. It is good to be different because if we were not all different it would be boring. Auggie has a deformed face and that is what makes him different, and he tries to be someone else which he should not do.  But over time he does get use to being himself. I think this book is really good, and I like a good emotional story. This book will be good for people who like to be different and like a good ending story that has a lot of emotions in it.


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I like the book because it has a great story line that fits together so well with the events. The book might have graphic and sad events, but that is what happens during a war and revolt. So it all fits together perfectly as a historical fiction book. The story is mainly about a girl named Lina as her life is ripped away from her.  She is thrown on a scary journey of surviving and taking risks to keep alive. She meets people along the way and loses others. As she’s trying to protect herself and her family. She is realizes how bad people can really be. I would recommend this book to people that like historical fiction books because the book explains a perfect historical fiction book all together.


Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The main character is Ruby.  She wants her mother to get out of jail, but her mother had committed a crime and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. So Ruby always did the best she could to go visit her mom at the correctional facility.  Next Ruby makes a new best friend that she could tell anything even about her mom. Ruby On The Outside teaches us about growing up in a positive way and understanding that bad things happen, but new people can change how we fell about the scenario. Honestly, this story has a very emotional and amazing feelings comes to you when you read it.  I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading realistic fiction, and they like to have some feeling for the character that is going through tough times.


Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

This is a historical fiction about a young boy, Elijah, who lives in a small town called Buxton.  It is a settlement in Canada for runaway slaves near the United States border, and he is the first child to be born free.  Elijah’s best friend, Cooter, has been saving up all his money to buy his family out of slavery, but a thief steals Cooter’s money.  Elijah decides that there is only one thing to do, and they set off to find the money. In my opinion this magnificent story is very detailed, and it paints a picture in your mind getting better and better by every page.  I also think that this book would be good for people who really enjoy books about the world’s past experiences because the entire book keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next in the story. That is why I liked this book, and I think that you would to - if you are in to this kind of genre.