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The Secret Life of Bees by Kidd Monk Kidd
Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? The last third of this book makes reading the first part worthwhile. Very intense portrayal of the discovery of the Annex and time in the death camps. Hard to read, but necessary. Highly recommend.
The Book Thief / Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
The Book Thief - (This book is one of my newer favorites. It is incredible; he uses language in ways I had never before conceived of. It is perhaps an unconventional read, but it has taken its place among my favorite books of all time- as it has among all those to whom I've recommended it).
REVIEW: Lost Girl Found - Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca, Authors The authors have written a very powerful and gripping novel about a strong-willed girl, Zenitra Lujana Paul Poni, who against all odds, survives the trauma and atrocities of the Sudanese war to pursue her dream of getting an education. is a page-turner and belongs in every middle and high school library.