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  • Boys Who Challenged Hitlerpng Reviewed by Sahil, Grade 9         The Boys who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose is the true account of a group of Danish boys who united against Hitler during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. They began their resistance movement, known as the Churchill club, in response to Denmark’s peaceful surrender to Germany. The Churchill Club was the manifestation of the boys’ dissatisfaction with their country’s passivity, and reflected the anger that some Danes felt towards their government for their actions. The club conducted various acts of sabotage against the Nazis, and influenced later separatist activity in Denmark. The book is written
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  • Court of Thorn and Roses Jacketpng Reviewed by Elizabeth, Grade 9     Feyre, a nineteen-year-old huntress, lives her life for her family. After Feyre’s father lost his fortune in a bad business deal, the family has lived in desolate poverty. Thus, everyday Feyre works to provide for her family in the only way she can – through hunting. One day, while hunting, Feyre accidentally kills a creature more formidable than any animal – a faerie. As a result of this crime, Feyre soon finds herself forced into an ancient treaty that she never even knew existed. She is given two choices: 1) Allow herself to be killed in
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  • Speak a Word for Freedom Reviewed by Sahil, Grade 9           Speak a Word for Freedom is the collection of the biographies of fourteen women who dedicated their lives to the abolishment of slavery. The women are from different time periods and from varying regions of the world, but are united in their cause. Nearly half of the women themselves have had personal experiences with slavery and were enslaved at one point in their lives. The authors have given wonderful accounts of the contributions of these women against slavery. The lives of these women are also detailed, and are fascinating as well as inspiring. This
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  • Tommy the Gun that Changed Americapng Reviewed by Sahil, Grade 9 Tommy: the Gun That Changed America records the legacy of the Thompson submachine gun, or Tommy gun, and its influence on America from the time of its inception. The book starts with the invention of the Tommy, and finishes with the impact it continues to have on modern American society. Blumenthal wrote wonderfully of the history behind the weapon as it moved first from the mind of John Taliaferro Thompson, the gun’s creator and namesake, to blueprints on paper, and finally to a fleshed out gun that was fully functional. She also includes relevant details
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  • Saint Anythingpng Reviewed by Jackie, Grade 10 Saint Anything starts off when the main character Sydney decided to switch schools for a new start where her classmates wouldn’t know that her brother was in prison. After school on her first day, she drove around the new part of town there she stopped at a pizza place before she went home. There her world was changed forever she met a girl who went to her school and instantly became friends. The next day she stopped at the same pizza place, Seaside, and saw the girl again and realized it was easier to make
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