Friday, October 11, 2019

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book follows the story of 14 year old Matilda cook or "Mattie". Our story takes place during the hot summer of Philadelphia. Mattie is a typical teenager: she has her head in the clouds and is always daydreaming. She often runs into arguments with her mother Lucille, she has urges to run away or rebel, and she is quite witty and sarcastic. Mattie soon finds herself in a whirlwind of illness all around her, and has to figure out how to survive all on her own. She meets new faces, and sees some familiar ones on her dangerous adventure. She learns more about herself, and how to survive.

In my opinion, this book displays characters and events that I found really interesting to learn more about. I feel that this book is very historically accurate and easy to follow, while not being boring or slow. While the story does take a minute to pick up in the beginning, it gets very entertaining and suspenseful. This remains one of my favorite (if not my favorite) book I've read. The book does get quite graphic with the description of illness so maybe it's not for the faint of heart.

Reviewed by Angelina R., Grade 9
Montrose Library

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The book, Five People You Meet In Heaven, was published in 2003. It was written by Mitch Albom. This book is set in both a fictional heaven and in Earth. The main character is the head maintenance man from Ruby Pier named Eddie. Eddie dies in a tragic accident at the pier while trying to save a little girl. After his death, Eddie journeys through heaven meeting five people that have impacted his life. Each person, having had a different role in Eddie's life, teach him new things by reliving moments in the past.

The book, Five People You Meet in Heaven, was a very enjoyable book to read. I learned a lot about life and many other things through reading this book. I learned to always listen to what other people are trying to teach you and to always be a good person because one day you will regret it all. This book showed me that those who love you, will not always show it, but they do. I would highly recommend this book to any teenage readers because it teaches very important life lessons to the reader.

Reviewed by Alexander B., Grade 9
Downtown Central Library