Books to Read

Simran Gill

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     Many people enjoy doing several things in their free time.  This can be writing, drawing, playing sports, or playing an instrument.  Besides, this is a hobby that millions of Americans enjoy, reading.  Reading has proven to help your ability to spell and write better.  As students go through middle school years, it can be easy to get intrigued in a book or perhaps a series.  There are many books that are very interesting and in this article are just a few.  Several books that are wonderful for middle schoolers, boys, and girls, to read are Divergent, The Boy on the Wooden Box, and One for the Murphys.

   The action and romance genres interest many readers.  It can get tough to find both genres written well in one book.  However, there is one book that made readers sit at the edge of their seat. The Divergent series, written by Veronica Roth has sold over 6.7 million copies.  Readers loved this book so much that producers decided to make it into four movies.  The fourth movie is coming out on June 9, 2017. Although the movie has been a hit, the book has reached out millions.  The main character is Tris Prior.  They live in a futuristic world, which is divided into 5 factions.  Once a person enters adult life, they must commit to a faction for the rest of their life.  Tris chooses Dauntless, a faction that symbolizes bravery.  Through her initiation, Tris learns she’s Divergent, which means she can never belong to one faction.  Tris uncovers a war, which threatens the lives of those she loves.  This book is a book that every middle schooler should have the opportunity to read.  Luckily, here at ALMS, the whole series is available in the library.

     Although Divergent is an amazing book, there are other books that can contain more emotion and reality in them.  One book is The Boy on the Wooden Box.  This book captured the hearts of many Americans.  This book was based on a horrifying and heartbreaking story.  As many know, the Holocaust was a time of sadness and fear.  The boy on the Wooden Box is a story about a man who survived through this terrible time.  The main storyline is about Leon Leyson who was one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust from Oskar Schindler’s list. This book is a wonderful collection of emotions, from fear and sadness to happiness and excitement.  In fact, this book was read so much, it actually made the 2015-2016 middle school Virginia Readers’ Choice Books.  This is a must read and every 6th, 7th, and 8th grader should read and enjoy it.

     There are other types of books that relate to the importance of family and friends and how we should be thankful for what we have because others may not have that.  One for the Murphys is a book that touched many lives of Americans and other people around the world.  It made readers cry and laugh.  The story was about a girl, Carley Connors, who has experienced heartbreaking betrayal.  She is put into foster care and ends up with the Murphys, a happy spirited family. Carley has thick walls and won’t break easily.  Meanwhile, the Murphys try to show Carley that she belongs.  Once Carley starts feeling like she belongs, her mother decides to want her back.  Will Carley now lose the only real family she has ever had?  This book is a rollercoaster of emotions and surprises.  It’s a book of reality, but will Carley find her happy ending like she’s always wanted.

     Many books can be like or disliked.  Divergent, The Boy on the Wooden Box, and One for the Murphys were all books that I enjoyed.  However, many different people can have different opinions.  Many people enjoy Divergent because of its brilliant mix of action and romance.  The Boy on the Wooden Box was loved because of its sense of reality and mixture of emotions.  Lastly, One for the Murphys was loved because of it helped people understand the importance of family and friends and how we should be thankful for what we have. Luckily, these books all have multiple copies in the ALMS library and the Salem Public Library. These are all wonderful books and many more readers are yet to enjoy them.

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