Great Books

These are the top ten best books to read in my opinion

Great Books

Jillian Wilson

Books are the easiest and cheapest way to travel around the universe. The best part is that you can stay at home, curled up with some cookies and a cup of hot cocoa. In my opinion, the hardest part about reading is finding good books to read. I am going to do the hard part for you and give you a list of 10 of my favorite books and why you should read them, along with a short synopsis about each book. So go grab some cookies and hot cocoa and let’s begin.

To start, let’s go to Texas with Sarah Nelson in Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington . Sarah and her alcoholic dad have moved all over Texas to escape people wanting to hear their story. Their story began when Sarah and her twin brother were two. Sarah’s mother, Jane, filled the sink with water and tried to drown Sarah and her twin, Simon. Sarah lived, Simon didn’t. Sarah is now 12, and has a boring summer ahead of her, or so she thinks. Maybe this summer won’t be a boring typical “Sarah Nelson summer” after all! This book is great for readers who live for realistic fiction and enjoy stories about shy kids finding their voice.

Next, let us go to Amy Anne Ollinger’s school in Ban This Book by Alan Gratz. Amy’s favorite book has been banned from her school library and Amy is livid! Her favorite book was banned because ONE PARENT claimed that it would teach students to lie, steal and run away from home. Amy finds out that not just her favorite book was banned, ten other books were banned too! Amy and her two friends, Rebecca and Danny, decide to take a stand and buy all of the books banned and keep them in Amy’s locker. When kids find out about their secret stash of books, they start borrowing books from Amy and her friends. Amy’s locker is now the B.B.L.L, Banned Books Locker Library. If Amy gets caught, she could get suspended, or worse. Will a kid squeal on her or will the B.B.L.L. stay a secret forever? This is a great book for kids who love to read and enjoy secrets and realistic fiction.

Now, let’s go to England during World War 2 with Ada Smith in The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Baker Bradly. Ada is a cripple. She has a clubfoot and has trouble walking because of it. Her mother keeps her inside because she is embarrassed by her daughter’s foot. Ada and her little brother Jamie flee London to escape th bombings and end up living with a strange lady named Susan. Ada finally has a nice life. She eats good food, has a warm bed, and even learns to read and ride ponies! But, will her mother come back and take that all away from her? This is a great book for readers who love historical fiction and World War 2.

In the sequel to The War That Saved My Life, Ada and Jamie are back in The War I Finally Won. After their house is bombed, they have to live in  a cottage with some unwanted people. Some of these people include a bossy rich lady, a kind girl Ada’s age who is mostly away at school, and even a German!! Ada doesn’t trust this German-Jewish girl, but what if she hates Hitler more than Ada does? Also, Ada thinks that this girl is keeping secrets from the rest of them. What if she is a spy?? This is the perfect book for readers who enjoy historical fiction and World War 2.

Now, let us go to New Mexico during the building of the Atomic Bomb in The Green Glass Sea  by Ellen Klages . Dewey Kerrigan and Suze Gorden couldn’t be more different! Dewey loves numbers and building things, but Suze prefers comic books and art. Although, they do have one thing in common, their parents are building a gadget that will stop the war. However, when Dewey’s father goes away to do some research, Suze and Dewey are forced to live together. But, maybe this was destiny, and they are supposed to become best friends, or maybe……not! This is a great historical fiction book for readers who are interested in mechanics and the building of the Atomic Bomb.

Next, we travel back to the time of the Civil War with Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. This classic tells the story of four sisters growing up together while their father is away at war. The girls are told that they must marry well to be successful in life, but they don’t all believe that. Meg dreams of growing up and becoming rich while Jo wishes to become a famous writer. Beth wants to stay at home and care for her mother and their neighbors while Amy dreams of becoming a famous painter in Rome!! This is the story of how they try to accomplish their life goals because, who needs a man when you are a little woman?! This is a great book for all you independent female readers out there!!

Let us go back to Germany during World War 2, (Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with this time period?!) with Liesel Meminger in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Liesel is evacuated to a small town in Germany to live with two strangers: Rosa and Hans Uberman. Liesel lives a carefree life for a while with them, and even makes a new friend who has a not-so-secret crush on her. Then, Rosa and Hans decided to hide a Jew called Max. Liesel understands that if anyone finds out, the Nazis will surely kill Max, Rosa, Hans, and possibly her!! Over time, she learns to love Max like a brother, but when he is taken from her, she wonders if she will ever see him again. This is a great book for readers who love a good cry, the magic of words, and don’t mind a long book.

Now, let’s go to the future with Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Katniss and a boy her age called Peeta are sent to play a game called the Hunger Games, but this is no board game. This is when they fight other kids from ages 12 to 18 to the death. They murder one another and are murdered by obsticles put in the arena by the Game Makers. Katniss is a good hunter but there are some kids here who seem to be killing machines. What about the little 12 year old girl, Rue? She certainly cannot kill, right? Katniss promised her family that she would return alive, but now she is doubting herself. Is she really good enough to win the Hunger Games, or will she die trying? This is a great book for readers who love action and dystopian fiction.

Next, we go back in time to World War 2 (again!!) to visit Jews in hiding in Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank herself! Anne and her family and a few others are hiding in a secret home behind a bookcase so they aren’t captured by the Nazis. Anne can’t figure out why her life has been turned upside down. What did she and her family do wrong? This book tells the true story of Anne and her family while they were hiding. Anne doesn’t go outside for two years during this time. Will the Nazis find them? This is a great book for those readers who love a good autobiography, and are interested in the life of a Jew during World War 2.

For our final book, we travel to Pakistan in the early 2000s to the late 2010s with Malala Yousafzai in I am Malala written by Malala herself. Malala’s father owns a school at which she and her brothers go to. Malala loves going to school and hanging out with her friends but when the Taliban take over Swat Valley, Malala’s life changes forever. She can no longer go to school because the Taliban think that girls being educated is against the Muslim religion. Malala choses to speak up and try to tell these awful men that she has a right to be educated too! But, what happens if the Taliban do something bad to her, like they do to countless other girls that they catch going to school? What if they bomb her father’s school? Is her education worth her getting injured, or worse? This is a good book for readers who want to know what is going on right now and who likes to hear about children standing up for what they believe in.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this and that you want to read one of these books. Happy Reading!

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