Teen Book Review — Once


Title: Once

Author: Morris Gleitzman

Stars (out of 5): 5

Review: A child named Felix stays at a Catholic orphanage during the Holocaust. He doesn’t know whether his parents are alive or not, but he is determined to find them. On his way to find his parents, he finds a girl named Zelda. This little girl’s parents have just died in a fire that Felix has just witnessed. He takes this girl and takes care of her. Later on in the novel, Felix meets this nice man named Barney who is a dentist who takes Jewish kids in and takes care of them. Barney and the children hide in a cellar, and the children are provided with food, shelter, and clothing until one day, they are discovered – by Nazi’s.

This review was written by a 9th grader.

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Teen Book Review: The Lucky One


Title: The Lucky One

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Stars (out of 5): 5

I recommend this book to anyone, because I was so drawn into this book as I was reading it; I couldn’t put the book down. At first it was confusing of who the narrator was because each chapter has a different character speaking than the one preceding and succeeding a given chapter. Overall, the story of the book has a fantasy like story line with the main character Logan finding a picture of a woman in a war zone half buried by dirt, which became his good luck charm when he survived an unusual amount of bombings. His friend Victor believed that Logan owed Beth, the woman in the picture for keeping him safe during his three tours to Iraq. So when he decided to go walk across the country from his mother’s home in Colorado to Hampton, NC, he was determined to find this unknown woman. It’s hard not to root for this ex-marine to find what becomes his future.

This review was written by a 12th grader.

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