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Author: Julia Alvarez

The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the family's political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life. I absolutely love this books, it's one of my favorites, and I actually found it accidentally when I was walking through the library. It's based on the real Butterflies, but the story is pretty much all fiction. 5/5 Stars, just because it's exciting, sad, and funny, and it really makes you think about how easy we all have it.

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Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel

Pi's family runs the local zoo in Pondicherry, he spends his life among animals. He even decided to take on three different religions. While on a boat to his new life in Canada with his family, he becomes shipwrecked. His family is gone and all he's got left is a zebra, hyena, orangutan, and tiger, and together they sail the Pacific Ocean hoping to be rescued. 227 days out at sea. After the zebra, hyena, and orangutan are dead the only thing that keeps him going is knowing he's sharing his ship with a tiger. I gave this book 3/5 stars, just because it's really hard to get into. It's really interesting, all the things he goes through. And the algae island part is pretty killer, literally!

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Author: David Levithan

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he?s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul is not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

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Author: Alexandra Bracken

I haven't read many books worth reviewing, lately. I was at the library, trying to find something worth while, and I pulled out 'Brightly Woven' from the new books shelf. I read the summary, opened it, appraised it, and ultimately checked it out. It seemed to fit my favorite genre, fantasy/adventure, with dabbles of magic. A summary: Sydelle lives in a desert village with a drought. They haven't had rain in years! When rain finally comes, a wizard (Wayland North) shows up with a bunch of soldiers following him. He said he's come to search for more evidence about the king's murder. Murder? Sydelle thought he had died from an illness. But her father, the village elder, doesn't mind about that much. The stranger brought a long awaited rain! He says he will give North anything he asks for. And he chose Sydelle.

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Title: Dragonfly
Author: Julia Golding

I first read this awhile ago, so if you have read the book, bear with me. "Dragonfly" is mostly about love. And politics. And religion. And adventure. Anyway, I'll share with you the summary Julia Golding wrote herself and that I changed a little bit (I'm so lazy!): *********** Princess Taoshira (known as Tashi to her friends) is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil ac Burinholt in order to unite their lands, the Blue Crescent Islands and Gerfal. Ramil's not too pleased either. They hate each other on sight. So when she and Ramil are kidnapped,

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Author: Melody Carlson

The book "Diary Of A Teenage Girl" is a book that I think all girls can relate too. The girl in the story, Caitlin, has problems with friends, boys, and her relationship with God. Not to mention that her Dad has moved out, and may be cheating on her Mom due to a note addressed to Belinda, which is not her mother's name. She faces a lot of problems throughout the year. It's interesting to find out how she handles things.

Note: The author, Melody Carlson, has a number of Diary of a Teenage Girl series.

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Author: Sara Zarr

Have you ever felt like you'll never measure up to other people's expectations of you? Or that you have to live up to a standard someone else set for you? Try being Samara Taylor--the pastor's daughter in a small community. Sam thinks that she can't really be truthful about herself to her friends because she can't tell people that her momâ?Ts in rehab, or that she questions her faith in God, or that she wishes her dad would pay attention to her as much as he attends to everyone else's needs. Spend a week with Sam in the midst of a search for a missing girl to find out about testing faith in God, forgiveness, friendship, trust, and coming clean about the messy parts of life.

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Author: Deborah Heiligman

Read this book for the science and stay for the love story. Heiligman uses the couple’s letters, diaries and notebooks as well as documents and memoirs from their relatives, friends and critics to exquisitely portray life in the Victorian era and the evolution of Darwin’s thoughts. The book opens with Charles making a "pros and cons" list to help him decide whether or not to marry. And marry he does, to his cousin Emma Wedgewood, a woman who becomes his constant companion and support. Charles and Emma were on opposite sides of the creationism/evolution debate. This debate between science and religion continues, today, but the relationship of Charles and Emma demonstrates that science and religion are not incompatible. Recommended for adults as well as teens.