Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Two star crossed lovers fall in love with each other knowing their families hated each other for centuries. So, they secretly got married knowing they’re risking everything. But, they died by committing suicide because time wasn’t on their side but they died together … finally bringing peace to the Capulets and the Montagues. This novel is a moving story. It’s an action movie about families crashing down but stops because a child in both families falls in love with one another.

— D.B. (age 17)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

This play is a tragedy about a man named Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth who murder their king, King Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king. Three witches had previously predicted he would become king and that his best friend, Banquo, would father kings. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he becomes king. He wants to stay king so badly that he also murders Banquo and several others, including Macduff’s (his enemy) wife and son, as well as everyone in his castle. Macduff comes and defeats Macbeth in battle by beheading him. Duncan’s son, Malcolm, becomes king.

—L.R. (age 14)

Diary of a wimpy kid:The Ugly Truth

It’s one of the best books ever! Greg and Rowley (Gregs friend) have a fight and Greg faces a lot of trouble. But the main reason is not that he lost his friend, it’s something different. He faces a lot of  bad luck but he never overcomes the thing that’s bothering him. It’s a really humiliating book. I really recommend this book. I also recommend other diary of a wimpy kid books.
—S. (age 11)

Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper

This book was a book that I was required to read for summer reading at my school. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the book, although it’s a little weird at times. It’s about an African-American girl named Romiette, and a Hispanic boy named Julio, who are threatened by a local gang, the Devildogs, because of they’re ethnic differences. Romiette and Julio try to stop the Devildogs, but it’s more difficult than they think, and the two find themselves in a deadly situation.
—L. R. (age 13)

A Raisin in the Sun

Unlike other books, a raisin in the sun is a drama written in play form. This format takes a little bit of getting used to, but the plot and overall lessons that the book gives are still great. This book portrays a couple weeks in the life of the african-american family, the Youngers who live in Chicago in the 1950s. All of the Youngers have dreams that they want to fulfill, but in the end they all begin to decline. It goes through the families hardships, exciting moments, and discouraging ones as well. The life lessons taught about family, life, love, and friendship are excellent as well. Highly recommended!
—A.M. (age 15)

Spider Boy

It was a really good book. It’s about a boy, Bobby who loves spiders. Bobby moves to New Parltz, New York from Illinois. There are many problems. One of them was Chick Hall is in his new school and he’s annoying and mean. He also has to get used to his new home, his new school and not having his old friends anymore. Bobby has many more problems like taking care of his pet tarantula (a spider),Thelma and buying a new pet tarantula, Monk. But at the end it wasn’t really about spiders, it was how he feels about his new house. The book was interesting.
—S (age 11)

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Winnie one day come upon a man drinking from a spring. The man, Jesse, and his family take Winnie to tell her the story of how they drank from it and now will live eternally. A man in yellow comes to find this spring and wants to sell it to the highest bidder. He witnesses the kidnapping and decides to use it to buy Winnie’s family’s land which the spring it on. When the man goes to Jesse’s family to confront them with his plan. Mae, the mother shoots him and he dies. She is arrested and is to be hanged but the night before, Winnie and the rest of the family help Mae escape. When Jesse and his family come home years later, they find that Winnie has died and the spring has been destroyed. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it many times and I never get sick of it. It’s a very touching story about immortality.

Becky C.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout, Jem, and Dill are kids that find enjoyment in trying to lure out their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. But it is never a success. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer. He defends a black person in a trial but loses. The opposing side, Bob, is furious with how Attics humiliated him in the court room. So on Halloween, he attacks Jem and Scout. In the end, it is Boo who comes and saves the kids. Bob ends up dying. Scout starts to feel for Boo and what it must be like to live all alone in a house. This book is a great classic to read. The book takes a while to get into, but when you do, it’s hard to put down.

Becky C.

The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Lily and her black maid, Rosaleen run away from their home when they are arrested for assaulting some white men and Lily’s father tells her that her mother abandoned them. They run away and meet the Boatwright sisters who take them in. The sisters have a bee farm where they make honey. Living with them was the best times for Lily; she finally had mother figures in her life. Her dad finds her and wants her to go home but then through confrontation he realizes that she is best where she is now and agrees to let her stay with the Boatwright sisters. This was a touching story. I loved the Boatwright sisters. They each had their own personalities and they got along so well with each other that the definition of home was clearly shown. This is a classic book that every person should read.

Becky C.

An Ideal Husband by Oscer Wilde

This is a play that takes place during the Victorian Era and is about the revealing of a political scandal.  It makes fun of high society and politics in general.  Much of the play is made of whitty banter between characters.  This makes it very enjoyable to read.  I thoroghly enjoyed reading it!

—submitted by Jonathan W. (age 15, grade 11)