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Check out these awesome reads at the Finkelstein Library:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This book was an emotional rollercoaster. The characters were all running for their lives and the things that they have gone through are just unbelievable. I was so attached to several characters to the point where one of them almost died, I cried. The fact that this event actually happened blows my mind. This ship was larger than the Titanic, and it had more casualties, and yet we don’t remember it. I am glad that Ruta Sepetys brought this event to our attention. It was during one of the most violent time periods in the past 100 years, and most people had no hope. Families were torn apart, people were killed, and hope was destroyed. This book was so emotional, I cannot say that enough. I am glad that I read this book. It is a five star book. - Review written by Shannon


Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

This is the first book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. Georgia is a normal fourteen-year-old girl who lives in England. Georgia definitely doesn’t hold back, and she just writes whatever is on her mind. Some of her thoughts are very random and unpredictable. I think my favorite aspect of the book were the English phrases Georgia uses because in order to find out what they mean, I would have to flip to the back to the glossary. Some of them were so weird and funny such as, “ TTFN” which basically translates to ‘Ta Ta For Now.'  - Review written by Katelyn


Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

When I first saw the cover, I thought that this book was going to be extremely boring and that it was going to take me ten million years to read. However, I was wrong. It started off slow, but it grew as the book went on. I know the story of Jim Thorpe. I knew that he was the first Native American to win an Olympic medal, but I did not know how he ever won. Reading this story was not only entertaining, but it made me think. No one really thought he could ever make it. He was a scrawny child, with no hope. However, he never gave up. I am aware of how corny that is, but it is true. He could’ve given up when he didn’t make the team, but instead he decided to try again, and again until he got what he wanted. I admire that a lot. I think that people give up way to easily. They break down when they can’t figure out what they want or how to get it. Thorpe knew what he wanted and he was never planning on anything getting in the way of that. Even through his multiple injuries and several life troubles he never took his eyes off the prize, and his children grew up to be the same way. - Review written by Shannon


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

This book is about a young boy named Harry. Voldemort, an evil wizard, killed his magical parents when Harry was still an infant, and he was left with his lightning-bolt scar, which was a symbol of his survival. He was brought to reside with his nasty relatives who don’t tell him the truth about his mom and dad. Ten years later, this young boy then gets a visit from Hagrid, a half-giant, to go to Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. When a mystery about the Sorcerer's Stone travels through the school, Harry finds that Voldemort wants to take it, so he can get his powers back. Will Voldemort get to it, or will Harry stop him before it’s too late?

This novel is perfect for those who are 9 and up. Also, this coming-of-age tale has a great educational value due to its positive messages. It discusses sacrifice, love, and friendship. Harry has to risk his safety multiple times throughout the book to help his caring friends, and they did the same for him. Additionally, it addressed not letting your circumstances and your environment dictate who you turn into. A muggle is a non-wizard, and Harry’s mom was born a muggle. Because of this, Harry was looked down upon, but that didn’t stop him from him achieving greatness. - Review written by Melonie


Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz is a story about a girl named Jasmine de los Santos. Not only was she a stand-out student, but she was also the captain of her school’s cheer team. Furthermore, she was rewarded with a scholarship that could get her into her dream school. However, things took a turn for the worse when her family revealed to Jasmine that they were undocumented. After this news, her dreams of going to a prestigious college and even staying in the country were shattered. Will Jasmine overcome this obstacle? Or will her dreams become her nightmare? 

This read sheds light on relevant issues that our country is experiencing today such as deportation. Also, this book has something for everyone because it touches upon the real world, politics, comedy, and romance. Additionally, I really admired Jasmine’s determination. She would never stop trying to protect her family and her future. This truly showed the reader that even if you’re dreams seem impossible, you should still go for them. This thought-provoking novel is perfect for anyone who is 13 and up. - Review written by Melonie


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl was a fun graphic novel about determination and friendship. It tells the story of Astrid, who always does everything with her best friend Nicole. When Astrid finds out about Roller Derby camp she signs up right away, but Nicole signs up for dance camp instead. I loved Astrid’s determination all throughout the book. Even though she isn’t the best at roller-skating she continues to practice everyday and she improves as the days progress. Also, I loved the girl empowerment throughout the novel. Her camp friends were always encouraging her, and she even gets support from one of her roller derby idols. Finally, this graphic novel also shows how friendships can change and that’s okay. Astrid and Nicole realize that even though they like different things, they can still be close friends. - Review written by Katelyn



What's New at the Finkelstein Memorial Library:

Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor's volatility to grow her own power--regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. 

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight. 

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender--even if that means abandoning the woman he loves. - provided by publisher.




My So-called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there's Dev, a fellow film geek and one of the few people Winnie can count on. Dev is smart and charming, and he challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope and find someone she'd pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy and her chance to live happily ever after? To find her perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.



Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. 






Have you read the most buzzed about YA book of 2018 yet?

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
  - provided by the publisher



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