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True Legend by Mike Lupica
Rating: 4 Stars
What attracted me to this book was that I am a log-time reader of Lupica books and I am also a basketball fan. I rate this at 4 stars because it is a good book, but not the best book I’ve read this year.
The book is about a high school basketball star Drew “True” Robinson who has already earned himself a name with ESPN and basketball fans everywhere. It seems that he is an all-around player; He can shoot the jumper, pass the rock, and dunk like LeBron. Drew also has many problems during school with making better than a D and worrying about Callie Mason. He also meets a playground legend at his local basketball court, dunking and shooting like nobody else Drew has seen. When Drew gets in trouble on and off the court, it is on him and his teammates to carry themselves to the Championship game.
I would recommend this book to sports fans, Lupica fans and readers looking for something new. It is a great read and Mike Lupica has lots of other books if you like this one.
Submitted by Rye, Grade 7
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
The book The Fault In Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel Grace. She has thyroid cancer, and is forced by her parents to go to a cancer support group. She is dreading it, and really doesn’t want go. When she’s there, however, she meets Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma. This book is their story.
This book was good for a few different reasons. I knew it was going to be good, because I had been hearing a lot about the author, John Green, for a while. But I got more than I expected. It was sad, but it had a humor element to it. It had love, but it also had friendship and finding yourself. I’ve heard people that have said it’s predictable, but to me I was constantly being surprised. The characters were all well written and relate-able, and they were all easy to love.
I would recommend this book to people who like romance, and even people who don’t. also, if you like sad books, this is definitely the book for you.
Submitted by Zoe, Grade 7
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, is a story of a boy’s journey into the Alaskan wild to learn more about himself and humanity. It follows the life of Chris McCandless, or Alexander Supertramp, as he journeys throughout the United States.
Initially, I thought that Into the Wild seemed like a good read. It had both emotional character portrayals and interesting information and stories. But soon, I came to dislike the author’s style. Although this book focuses on McCandless, every few chapters seem to focus on some other explored who met his end in the wild. The author most likely did this to distinguish McCandless’s motives from the others’. In practice, it only detracted from the story and somewhat confused the reader.
Although the placement of different stories was somewhat odd, the writing itself was engaging. It allows the reader to feel as if they have some perspective on McCandless’s life. Although his decisions may seem crazy to many readers, the author makes us understand that he was a kind, generous person, and makes his choices somewhat reasonable. It also manages to avoid a major flaw in the movie version: making McCandless into a saint. Although the book takes his side on most issues, it makes it clear he was not perfect, and his life’s problems were his own fault in addition to others.
Although this book is by no means the best book I’ve read recently, it was an interesting novel. It reveals much information about the life of a brave, caring man, a man who tried to find himself in nature. Although the author’s style isn’t perfect, it is good enough to allow the reader to feel some of what McCandless must have felt. A fairly interesting read.
Submitted by Noam