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Read + Review: Into the Pit (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #1) by Scott Cawthon

This book was written by Scott Cawthon, the same developer of the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” horror series. This book is made up of 3 short stories of 3 different characters. Oswald, a boy who is bored out of his mind during summer vacation, finds a secret in the creepy local pizza place. Sarah, a girl who is ashamed of her body, and finds a scary animatronic in a dumpster. And Millie, a depressed girl that’s mean to her grandpa and finds something odd in her grandpa’s shed. The story has some scary moments inside, so readers beware!

This book isn’t only an amazing horror and thriller, it gives the reader an important lesson that will remain useful in the future. For Oswald, be grateful for what you have. For Sarah, everyone is beautiful and unique in their own way. And for Millie, listen and appreciate what your loved ones do for you before it’s too late. These lessons are important for the reader to know, even if this is just a horror book. The plot is also great, seeing a few average kids encounter animatronics that haunted my childhood. A great book that’s really recommended, especially if you played the game.

A memorable part is Millie’s story. Millie is going through an emo phase and despises everything, she thinks happiness is fake and hates her grandpa. However, when she realizes what she did, she wanted to go back and fix her relationship with her family. However, by then it was too late. It was a very touching story and I highly recommend you read the book.

Reviewed by Gabriel, Twin Hickory

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Read + Review: It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“I was born a crime”, was said by the famous comedian that currently hosts the Daily Show, Trevor Noah. It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime is a heart-warming autobiography written about Trevor Noah and his caring mother surviving in Africa under harsh laws made by a racist government. Of these laws, being mixed (having one black parent and white parent) was one of Trevor’s struggles, being born to a South-African mother and a European father. This tragic, funny, and dramatic memoir that describes Trevor’s life from being a mischievous nine-year-old to a partying teenager.

This fascinating autobiography has a humorous plotline, as well as a dramatic climax. This book clearly depicts the stages of change within children as they grow older and mature. Trevor started out to be a misbehaving 3rd-grader and matured into a DJing teen for many clubs and pubs. There were many close-call situations all throughout the book, reaching out to the reader’s emotions. A major theme learned from this autobiography is that strength comes from faith, love, and compassion, making this one of my most favorite books.

A particularly memorable moment in this book is when Trevor goes to his high school prom with his girlfriend. Things seem fine at first, but they take unexpected and hilarious turns.

Reviewed by Shri, Twin Hickory

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Read + Review: Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson

Before I Disappear is about a girl named Rosie who lives with her brother, Charlie and her mother. In the story they struggle with trying to escape from their past, so they are constantly having to move from town to town. Charlie insists that the next place they should move to is a place called Fort Glory. Rosie is skeptical as of why Charlie wants to move to that town so bad, but she listens to him anyway. One day when Rosie is walking home from her job at a diner in Fort Glory, a weird storm starts to form in the sky. All of a sudden people start to go crazy and attack each other. Rosie’s first instinct is to go find her mother and brother in the town, but where the town is supposed to be is now gone. A mysterious patch of woods has replaced the town and Rosie decides to explore the woods to find her brother and her mother.

What I liked about the book was how the author made each chapter action packed so the reader would want to turn the page and keep on reading. I also liked how the book told a very emotional and deep story. The author did a very good job of expressing Rosie’s feelings in the text and making you feel like you were in the story. What I didn’t like about the book was how some of the characters introduced in the beginning of the story the author never followed through with. For example, Rowena seemed like an important character towards the beginning of the book, but as the story went on she became less important and almost never mentioned again in the story.

One memorable thing about the book was when Rosie and her friends have to put their friendship to the test and fight off the Black Nothing throughout the story. In the book Rosie and her friends have to really trust one another and work together if they are going to make it out of The Fold alive.

Reviewed by Bradley, Glen Allen Library

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Read + Review: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

The Fowl Twins is the new spin-off series from the wildly popular Artemis Fowl series. It introduces an entirely new cast of characters, with some familiar faces popping up later down the line. The book follows the Fowl Twins, Artemis’ younger brothers, as they make new acquaintances from the underground, and go head-to-head with an evil, immortal duke. Overall, it’s a fun-filled adventure for any fans of the originals and new faces alike.

The book is about the adventures of the Fowl Twins, Myles and Beckett, who are the younger brothers of the famous Artemis Fowl the second. I enjoyed this book, though I found the main characters to grate on my nerves after a little while. I much preferred Artemis’ narration style compared to Myles and Beckett. Other than that, the book is well written, as with most of Eoin Colfer’s work.

I thought that the book does a very nice job of world-building. With spin-offs, you generally either see one of two things. 1, the book drops you in with no time given to who anyone is or why you should care, assuming that you have read the original series, and going off of that, or 2, expositing everything in the first two pages of the book. I thought that this book was a nice mix, giving the details that you need to understand what is going on, but not enough to make everything abundantly clear.

Reviewed by Daniel, Tuckahoe Library

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Read + Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli

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Former childhood best friends Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman reunite as high school seniors when their mothers decide that political canvassing would be a beneficial activity for them both to participate in during the summer. For Jamie, this gives him the opportunity to practice his public speaking skills before giving a toast at his sister’s bat mitzvah. For Maya, canvassing provides her with the perfect diversion from considering her parents’ separation during Ramadan. As they greet likely voters and advocate for Jordan Rossum to become their state senate candidate in Georgia, they both become very close and have to consider the ramifications of love intersecting with their different faiths.

I thought the book was really good, but slow during the first 1/4 when Maya and Jamie didn’t really interact. When they did meet up though, it was great to see how passionate they were about making a difference in their communities. It was especially interesting to see how Jamie’s Jewish faith guided how he reacted with the Fifi the poodle memes since anti-Semitism isn’t too commonly discussed in the media. Ultimately, while all of the characters were charming, Jamie’s grandmother (Instagramm) was my favorite; I loved how she was the social media queen for the Rossum campaign and how tech-saavy she was.

Maya’s reflection about her friendship with Sara and how it was a beautiful gift, even if it was evolving, was so realistic. It was a reminder that growing up can lead to change in the most unexpected ways.

Reviewed by Manasa, Twin Hickory Library