In My Hands

In My Hands is a novel written by Irene Gut Opdkye with Jennifer Armstrong.

The setting is during the World War II period.

The main character in this novel is Irena Gut.

A Little Bit About The Book

Irena wants to be a nurse and then finds out that Polish is being invaded. She got just perfect timing. She is a student nurse and she gets the opportunity to get to be a nurse that helps her country. To find out more about her journeys read the novel!

Irena faces many characters that she needs to be careful with and faces only a certain amount of people that she can trust like people who help her escape.

This is about part of the Holocaust happening in the setting.











The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

If you’re looking for a new series to read, you should pick up The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. It’s a three-book series about Cassie Sullivan, a sixteen-year-old girl, who has to learn how to survive in Earth after its been invaded by aliens.

The aliens attack Earth in what Cassie calls waves: the first was complete shutdown of electricity, the second was drowning everyone within sixty miles of a shoreline, the third was a disease planted in birds, and the fourth were Silencers, a name Cassie created for the aliens who came down and tried to kill everyone.

This is a really great series and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Maze Runner.

-Julia M.

The Top Ten Books to Read

The top five books/series to read:

  • The Hybrid Chronicles                                                                                                                                         By: Kat Zhang
  • Percy Jackson Series                                                                                                                                             By: Rick Riordan
  • The Outsiders                                                                                                                                                          By: S.E. Hinton
  • Song of Achilles                                                                                                                                                      By: Madeline Miller
  • The Book Thief                                                                                                                                                        By: Markus Zusak
  • Harry Potter                                                                                                                                                             By: J. K. Rowling
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian                                                                                          By: Sherman Alexie
  • The Fifth Wave Series                                                                                                                                           By: Rick Yancey
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Unive                                                                              By: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Carry On                                                                                                                                                        By: Rainbow  Rowell

-Shikha Patel with help from Cassandra G.  and Julia M.

The Outsiders

The Outsiders is a wonderful novel written by S.E. Hinton.

The setting for this book is Oklahoma during the 1960’s.

Some of the characters in this book are Ponyboy, Johnny, Sodapop, Two – Bit, Darry, Dally, Bob, and Randy.

This novel has a first person ( limited ) narration.

There are two sides in this book. These sides are like the sides we have in society or in other words the different types of groups ( An example would be the popular group and the non – popular group).  The two sides are the Socs and the Greasers. Socs stands for the Socials. The Greasers are called greasers because of their greasy hair. The Socs are more popular than the Greasers.

A few themes for this book are even though there are different groups in society there will always be similarities in those groups, decisions made by emotions can be wrong or dangerous, and ,finally, nothing gold can stay.

In this book, there are flashbacks, allusions, and figurative language.

I would rate this book a five out of five, because every single, little detail is set perfectly to form this wonderful story.

Quote said by Johnny: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold….”


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Through an odd turn of events and an act of surprising violence, Patroclus, the awkward son of  King Menoetius is exiled to Phthia and meets Achilles, the son of King Peleus and the often cruel sea goddess, Thetis. The half-god Achilles, the best of all Greeks, becomes fast friends with the mortal Patroclus. Thetis despises their relationship, claiming that no regular mortal will ever be good enough for her son. When the time comes, Thetis decides that Achilles needs to be trained by Chiron, the centaur who trains all Greek Heroes. She insists that Achilles needs to do this training alone. But Patroclus also needs to be with his best and only friend at all times, and obviously finds Achilles against Thetis’ wishes. Soon after they start their training with Chiron, they become a lot more than just friends. When news breaks out that the beautiful queen of Sparta, Helen, is kidnapped by Paris from Troy, Achilles faces a tough decision. War against Troy is going to break out soon. You can’t just kidnap the king of Sparta’s wife and not expect a fight. Achilles, the best warrior of all of Greece must decide between fame and glory or happy days of bliss with his  lover, Patroclus. Convinced that he’ll be the first hero to be famous and happy, Achilles decides to go to war. Out of love and a great deal of fear, Patroclus decides to go to war with Achilles even though he can’t fight. In another weird turn of events, Achilles’ honor gets wounded and the best warrior known to man refuses to fight any longer. Can Greece when the war without him? What will it take for Achilles to start fighting again? And can a hero be both famous and happy?

~~Cassandra Lily Grace


Chains is a great novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Chains is set during the Revolutionary War time period. This involves Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutralists. This also involves the defeats between the British side which wants the colonies to not declare independence and the other side would be the American side which wants to declare independence and be free from the rule of Britain and it’s king, King George III.

Chains is about two young slaves. The two young slaves are Isabel and Ruth. They are both sisters. Ruth needs a little help taking care of herself. Their first owners have died. These two girls were legally supposed to be free after their owner died, but Mr. Robert takes her knowing this. Mr. Robert decides to sell them both. Luckily they both stay together. The Locktons had bought them. After they all go to the Lockton’s home in New York, some dramatic things started to happen.

What dramatic things happened though?

Well you’ll have to read the book to find out!!!


Carry On by Rainbow

Hey! Sup fellas and lady fellas, so you know how I wrote about Cather Avery and her Simon and Baz slash fanfiction? Well, Rainbow Rowell published that fanfic. Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that there is a whole section of fanfiction in Archive of Our Own dedicated to a fanfiction that a fictional character wrote about a wizardry series that doesn’t even exist. That’s like more than fanfiction. That’s like extreme fanfiction. Fanfiction times a million.

So anyway, in this fantastically amazing fanfiction book, Simon and Baz are enemies. Archenemies. They hate each other more than Harry Potter hates Draco Malfoy. Yes, it’s that deep of a hatred. Then on the first day of school, Baz doesn’t show up. And for six weeks he just doesn’t show up and Simon is sick with worry. Baz is obviously trying to plot against him. Baz is obviously siding with the Humdrum (the Voldemort of the story). Simon keeps trying to convince his best friend, Penelope, and his girlfriend, Agatha, that Baz is a terrible person who might even be a vampire. And to make matters worse, the veil that keeps the ghosts in their graves is lifting. Penelope and Agatha will take none of his problems seriously. Then someone’s ghost accidently visits Simon in the middle of the night and he freaks out.

When will Baz get back? Who’s ghost was it? And most importantly, do Simon and Baz ever get together?

~~Cassandra Grace