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"[I like] And Then There Were None because there were people and then Lombard and Vera are like, 'Whoa, where'd all the people go?'" -Emmet Teran '14
"[I] got to learn about each character [and the] different stories for each. [I] couldn't figure it out, [and] it challenged me." -Jules Almazar '16
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"Maximum Ride is an amazing story about a group of teenagers who have two extra limbs--wings, to be precise." -Charles Loomis '17
"I love Agatha Christie so much--she's probably my favorite author ever. I was so engaged throughout the whole book!" -Maahnoor Shah '16
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
A lawyer's children, Jem and Scout Finch, venture through the hardships of the Twentieth Century, and they learn important life lessons, such as the importance of judging people based on their outside characteristics.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen:
Remy has had her fair share of boyfriends and is about ready to give up, when she meets someone she just can't seem to dump.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen:
Macy's summer is all carefully planned out for her: she would study for SATs and help her mother with her luxury development. She does not expect, however, to meet a very special person.
Recommended by Samantha O'Donoghue '17
Help for the Haunted was incredibly eerie novel with creative characters that I could surprisingly relate to. I really enjoyed reading it; it was a true page-turner. As the story progressed, I started to really like Sylvie but I grew to despise her sister. I didn't know anything about Help for the Haunted when I began it, and I think that's the best way to start reading this book. It begins with the story of Sylvie and the murder of her parents, mixed with exciting flashbacks. It's a must read!--Isabella Scarpelli '15
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I love Alexa’s character.
She’s a girl who’s lost everything—her parents, her brother—and still finds a way to keep fighting for the sake of her people in the midst of a corrupted monarchy. Alexa’s parents were killed in a fire when she was a young teenager; afterwards, her twin brother Marcel saved her from the breeding house by chopping off her hair and enrolling them both in the army. She and Marcel quickly moved up the ranks because of their incredible swordsmanship and earned coveted spots in the Prince’s personal guard. But by living a lie as “Alex”, Alexa is in a constant identity crisis. She is not allowed to be a girl, but she cannot suppress her feelings for Prince Damian, whose dynamic character evolves from spoiled brat to strong, courageous, and clever—not to mention handsome—savior of them all.
But Alex’s feelings for Damian are put on hold as the fate of their dystopian world is in her hands. She has the power to stop the most evil sorcerer the kingdom has ever known. Our valiant heroine must channel all of her cunning and grief into the quest to save her precious Damian, or the country will fall to darkness forever.
Larson balances adventure and emotion well, neither overbearing, so the reader can enjoy Alex’s physical and emotional journeys. Alex is part Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and part America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass. Readers who enjoy mystery, adventure, and strong female characters will be engrossed in Alexa’s story from beginning to end.--Ms. Schombs, Library Media Specialist, Loyola School
Still drying my eyes from this one. Adam Wilde, new-fangled rock star, spews raw emotion with every thought and action leading up to his reunion with Mia Hall, a music lover of the Classical Cellist kind and the first and only love of his life. The first book, If I Stay, was told from Mia’s perspective; the novel opens with the car crash that smote her entire family, save herself. Adam’s racing thoughts, confusion, and heartache resonate following the couple’s breakup when Mia leaves Oregon for Juilliard. Though he has the life every aspiring star craves-–celebrity girlfriend Bryn, record deals, two Grammys, sold-out shows–-Adam finds himself on pills and smokes to temper the pain of an inexplicable void, a void that even his beloved music can’t fill. How can you let the person you love go at the time you need each other most? After more than three years, Adam still finds life wanting. He sees Mia's eyes every time he closes his own. Her voice is only a memory, but he can’t stop himself from listening for it. You’re really rooting for this guy, even though it’s clear that Adam is reaping what he sowed during those heart-wrenching moments before Mia began to wake from her coma. His whirlwind of emotions is realistic without superimposing on the plot. When Mia and Adam finally reunite, Mia drags Adam on a scavenger hunt of her favorite NYC haunts as an introduction for Adam and her own farewell to the city she loves; Adam revisits key memories, interprets Mia’s words, and puzzles out the truth about their breakup, traveling on his own scavenger hunt of self-discovery. In both novels, Forman deftly transforms Adam's character from the concerned “man”; to the rock star on the brink of mental collapse; to the genuine person that Adam always has been. Where She Went is a complex and wholly satisfying work of YA literature.--Ms. Schombs, Library Media Specialist, Loyola School
Author Patrick O'Brian writes the best 20 historical novels ever written. The story telling of Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin depicts seafaring, fearless leaders of the British Lord Nelson's navy during the Napoleon era. The first novel, Master and Commander, begins with Captain "Jack" Aubrey upon his beloved ship (the HMS Surprise) along with Dr. Stephen Maturin, embarking on a dangerous journey together, hunting for enemy freighters of the French Navy. The poetic language of Aubrey and his crew make for suspenseful and desperate reading of the High Seas, whether battling the climate or the enemy. The Pacific and Atlantic oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea are proving settings for a novel full of wit and humor. A must read for folks of an adventurous spirit.--Coach Fred Agnostakis, Loyola School
We have our raffle winners! Congratulation to Thomas Smyth, Claire Robinson and Siobhan Kiernan
"The book and movie were good. Ms. Schombs gave me the book." -Thomas Smyth, Class of 2015
"Really well-written, unsettling, and thought-provoking." -Claire Robinson, Class of 2014
"I love fairy tales, and this book is exciting and explains a lot of the original stories. I am also a fan of the author!" -Siobhan Kiernan, Class of 2017
If you want to read a book full of forbidden romance and adventure,
I strongly suggest reading The Song of Achilles. In the book, you
follow the narrator, Patroclus, who is an outcast prince and has been thrown out into a different land where he meets the handsome Achilles. He is picked as Achilles' companion and he joins him when Achilles goes to train with the great Chiron. They fall in love and are both called to go fight to rescue Helen from Troy. A prophecy begins to tear them apart and causes deaths and despair. Achilles' pride leads to Patroclus' death and that leads to Achilles' death due to his need for revenge. They join each other at last in the underworld. I enjoyed this book because of the twist it put to a classic story. It gave a backstory to Patroclus who we did not know much about from The Iliad. The hidden romance and the unwanted war created tension between characters and makes you emotionally invested in the story. I highly suggest reading this is you are looking for a fun, romantic book to read.--Emma Himes, Class of 2017
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