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Review: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is a mad scientist. I imagine him, even now, sitting in his writing laboratory playing with every imaginable ingredient and coming up with another brilliant concoction of literary gold. This might sound like the delusions of a raving fanatic or a particularly…

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 39       Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful. I was introduced to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets…

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 36 Ryan Dean West is Winger, so nicknamed for the position he plays on the high school Rugby team.  He is fourteen years old and, being intellectually gifted, is already heading into his…

Review: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 54 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Cannery Row is a unique stand-out amongst Steinbeck’s works, for many reasons.  One of these is that, unlike with East…

Review: These Things Happen by Richard Kramer

These Things Happen by Richard Kramer Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 53 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) These Things Happen opens with the main character, Wesley, and his best friend, Theo.  Both of these young men,…

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