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Read + Review: Through the water curtain: and other tales from around the world


Within Cornelia Funke’s tantalizing novel resides a cornucopia of mythical tales. Deriving from the farthest reaches of the world, the foreign realm of gods and demons emerging from the pages of Funke’s collection. Artfully selected, the myths presented become displayed within a captivating environment. The myths teem with suspense, and the brief sense of rousing dread as the protagonist plummets into dire circumstances. For example, the tale of the Kotura shrouds a quaint village with a the turmoil of a blizzard. Unfortunately, the method to cease the villagers’ cruel fates demands that three daughters must embark upon a voyage fraught with doom.

In the novel, “Through the Water Curtain : And Other Tales From Around the World”, the author replenished the allure of the ancient journey of numerous influential figures. Furthermore, I enjoyed the morals she displayed at the conclusion of the story. The stories selected possessed an aspect of comedy and tragedy, a quality quite diverse. Additionally, I discovered that the author initially despised folklore, so the irony of her past remains quite amusing. Overall, however, I believe this book was a fascinating read.

A memorable moment lies within the tale of Kotura, Lord of the Winds. As the blizzard reigns terror upon the village, a minuscule cottage lies amidst the chaos, its inhabitants huddled desperately about the waning glow of a candle. A father and three daughters struggle to contemplate a means of halting Kotura’s rage. An idea sparking, the father motions his children close, and divulges a stratagem that may result in death.


Reviewed by Soumya, Twin Hickory Library

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Read + Review: Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

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Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy is about a girl named Sweet Pea and her neighbor Miss Flora Mae. Miss Flora Mae is an advice columnist who responds to people’s problems by giving them feedback to hopefully help them. Miss Flora Mae asked Sweet Pea to help her while she went on a trip to visit her ill sister. While helping Miss Flora Mae by sending her the letters that came in the mail, Sweet Pea found herself responding to some of the letters. After responding to a few, she got herself into a bit of friend drama. Meanwhile, Sweet Pea was also having to cope with her parents’ divorce. By the time Miss Flora Mae came back, Sweet Pea was the one who needed the advice.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I loved the topic. I like reading books about girls in middle school who go through friend drama, because I can relate to the main character’s problems. Overall, reading books like this keep me on the edge of my seat and they possibly can help me in real life. Since I go through similar situations it helps to know what someone else would do.

One memorable thing is how Sweet Pea struggled with regaining a friend and losing one at the same time. Sweet Pea  felt really bad after she had been leaving out Oscar. From this book, I realized that everyone makes mistakes. Sweet Pea learned that accidentally leaving out a friend can result in losing one.


Reviewed by Elise, Libbie Mill Library

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Read + Review: Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee


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Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee is about a seventh grade girl named Mila. In addition to financial issues at home and altercations with her friends, she struggles with boys continuously wanting to hug her, sit close to her, and touch her. This made her feel insecure about her body. She was too scared to stand up to the boys until she could not hold it in any longer. Through ups and downs, Mila perseveres through hard times.

I loved the book because the author kept me interested. The details the author gave about the boys, friends, and struggles at home made me want to keep reading. Even though there was a big idea, the author added interesting side details, about different stuff going on in her life. It was fun to read about the school and home aspect of her life. From the introduction to the conclusion I really felt like I was Mila going through all the ups and downs, feeling sad with her, happy with her, and mad with her.

One memorable thing from the book was when Mila tried to keep her mom happy. Mila’s mom was going through many issues such as dealing with  a mean boss, living on a tight budget, and arguing with her ex-husband.  Mila didn’t want her mom to worry, so she kept her problems to herself. Although Mila wanted to keep her mom happy, she didn’t realize that keeping secrets hurt their relationship. I learned that it is important to tell your mom what is going on because keeping secrets can hurt a relationship.


Review by Elise, Libbie Mill Library

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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