Love, Aubrey By Suzanne LaFleur

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Love, Aubrey is about a girl, Aubrey, whose sister and father die and her mother leaves. Her grandma comes and takes her to Vermont from Virginia when she realizes Aubrey’s mother has left. When she reaches Vermont she meets Bridget and her family. Her grandma’s neighbours. Bridget soon becomes Aubrey’s best friend, but when Aubrey’s mother is found, she has to make a choice.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

“I had everything I needed to run a household: a house, food, and a new family. From now on it would just be me and Sammy–the two of us, and no one else.”

A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.
With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.
Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer, Suzanne LaFleur. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.

This book is great because it shows that even is something tragic happens to you, you can heal with friendship and love.

The Young Elites, Marie Lu

Hi, It’s Erika here,

I’ve recently finished an amazing book called ‘The Young Elites‘ by Marie Lu, the author of the Legend series.

Here’s what goodreads has to say about the Young Elites;

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Adelina Amouteru is the lead of this engaging novel. The most amazing part of it is that the story portrays a villains journey, not a heroes. I found that very interesting. She starts off as a weak, useless, broken young girl, but as the story goes on, she slowly begins to join the dark side( They have cookies! Tell me in the comments of you’ve seen the shirt, and your name goes in the next post by me). It is full of sharp twists, tears, gasps, and parts when you need to put the book down and take a breather. Once again, Marie Lu succeeds in pulling her readers in with an exciting plot and I can’t wait for her next book!

The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Amira Bright

Opportunity

Drawing, Chasing

Stirring up

The wind.

Waiting, reading

Learning

Loving

Speaking.

Amira Bright.

Amira is finally 12, old enough for new responsibilities. Amira wants to let go of all the traditions that bind her mother. She wants to learn to read and to write. But when the Janjaweed militia come to her village without warning. Her dreams of school may disappear forever.

This book is inspiring because it shows how one girl can chase her dreams even during war time. I loved it because Amira learns to set her dreams free. And to chase them.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

“Amira, look at me,” Muma insists.She collects both my hands in hers.“The Janjaweed attack without warning.
If ever they come run.”

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in NyalaAmira’s one true dream.
But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mindand all kinds of possibilities.
New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s powerful verse and Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist Shane W. Evans’s breathtaking illustrations combine to tell an inspiring tale of one girl’s triumph against all odds.

The Belgian Twins, Lucy Fitch Perkins

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The Belgian Twins is a tale of one pair of little twins in wide, dangerous world. Jan and Marie are separated from their parents when World War One begins. Their father joins the Belgian army and their mother is taken away by the Germans. When the twins are left alone they venture out to find their parents.

This book is inspired by the actual events in Belgium, of two Belgian children. I loved this book because of the truth in it. I was inspired because I realized that during WW1 many people lost their homes, their families, and their lives.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say;

This is the story of two little Belgian refugees and is based upon the actual experience of two Belgian children. Lucy Fitch Perkins’ Belgian Twins is set in a “sad hour of the world’s history.” Her focus in this book was on the people “who, throughout the struggle, have gone about their daily tasks with unfailing courage and cheerfulness, and by so doing have helped to carry the burdens of the world, and to sustain other hearts as heavy as their own.” The children of the 21st century will find these tales entertaining yet educational. Perkins’ content is educationally delightful. Hand a child any one of Perkins’ “Twins” books and you are not only giving that child “fun” you are also giving them learning thereby cultivating knowledge.

Legend, Marie Lu

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Hello Everybody!

I’m Erika, Lucys friend. I love Booksylvania so much! She just invited me to join this blog, and I thought to do this series because it’s the last book/series I’ve ever read. Here’s the actual book summary:

From different worlds

June and Day have no

reason to cross paths

Until June’s brother is

murdered, And Day

becomes the prime suspect

In a shocking turn of events,

the two uncover what has

really brought them

together, and the sinister

lengths to which their

country will go to

keep it’s secrets

It’s really an amazing book. I have here a synopsis of the book.

SYNOPSIS (Warning: May contain spoilers)

In Los Angleles, California, June lives with her brother Metias in the republic of America. Her parents died in a car accident when she was young. Her life seems normal, showered in the riches of the republics wealth, with her brother being one of the republics best soldiers. But when her brother is apparently murdered by Day, the republics most wanted criminal, her head filled with rage and lies from the republic, she sets out to find Day and put him in his place.

Day’s little brother has caught a plague sweeping through the Lake sector. In a desperate attempt to save him, he breaks into a hospital to try and steal the plague cure.

After June is injured in a skiz fight, she is taken into the care of Day and his younger friend Tess. When she realizes who he is, She reports him and he is arrested.

Then she finds out the truth. Day is to be executed, for unfair reasons. She calls to the patriots, a group of rebellious terrorists, to botch the execution and fake Day’s death. They hop on a train to Vegas, and ride off into the light.

So that’s basically Legend! I’m not going to tell you any of the other books because I encourage you to read it!

Erika Forest,

This Journal Belongs To Ratchet, Nancy J. Cavanaugh

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This Journal Belongs To Ratchet is about a girl who finds that fathers who fix cars and save parks, can help you find friends. Ratchet is a girl who doesn’t have a mother. Her father fixes cars for money and in his spare time saves parks. Ratchet is homeschooled. That means each September 1st, while other kids have new teachers, new bookbags, and new friends, she has a new notebook. No new teachers, her dad does that. No new bookbag. And NO new friends.

I loved this book because it shows the life of a girl who doesn’t have any friends. Making one. I can connect to this book because I really want to be home schooled but my mom doesn’t want me to be. I know, it’s the exact opposite of Ratchet’s (Rachel’s) life but thats how I connect.

This is what Goodreads has to say;

A debut middle grade novel about a girl named Ratchet and her quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. Ratchet tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool journal.

If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.
But it’s not.

It’s the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I’m homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book bag, no new clothes, and no friends – old or new. The best I’ve got is this notebook. I’m supposed to use it for my writing assignments, but my dad never checks. Here’s what I’m really going to use it for:

Ratchet’s Top Secret Plan
Project Goal: turn my old, recycled, freakish, friendless, motherless life into something shiny and new.

This year, I’m going make something change.

All of Anne. A review of the Anne Of Green Gables series, By L.M Montgomery, Part 1

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The Anne Of Green Gables Series is, AMAZING! It… it…. it’s an amazing demonstration of what life was like in a tiny village on Prince Edward Island for a girl with an imagination, a brain that works for math and science and art, not just for housekeeping, in the 1800’s. Anne is an incredible character to connect to as well as to relate to. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne as a person, not just a character, that will surprise you after reading the entire series twice.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

The first book in this series is about Anne when she first comes to Green Gables. Brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, want to adopt a child to help Matthew, who is 60, on the Green Gables farm. They ask Mrs. Spencer, who is going to Nova Scotia to adopt a child as well, to get them a boy of around 11. But when Mrs. Spencer brings back spunky, freckled,  red-headed Anne, the Cuthbert’s don’t know what to do. After just one drive with Anne Matthew loves her. Marilla is less keen to keep her but after 2 days with her, she loves her as well.

ANNE OF AVONLEA

After one year at Queen’s teacher’s school red-headed Anne is back. She’s 16 now and ready to take on teaching at Avonlea school. The trouble that awaits her she is not prepared for but she, being Anne will overcome it. After meeting Paul Irving, the dreamlike boy that is a marvellous student, Miss Lavender whose sad love story might just get fixed if Anne has anything to do with it, and cranky old Mr. Harrison, who has an opinion of his own, Anne’s life will most definitely get interesting.

ANNE OF THE ISLAND  

Anne has taught for 2 years at Avonlea school, and she is ready to go to college. Redmond college is where she’ll be along with Charlie Sloane, the boy who is and always will be “A Sloane”, Pricilla Grant her lovable friend from Queens, and Gillbert Blythe who will love her to the ends of the earth. More adventures await when she meets Philippa Gordon, the rich girl with many a beau, and Roy Gardner who seems like Anne’s ideal man.

I hope you guys like this review, and I will post probably 2 more reviews of this series, Next week. Bye! 🙂