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Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Reviewed By: Ashmit
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a magnificent novel revolving around the ever confusing phase of a young boy maturing into a complex adult. Tom Sawyer is the perfect manifestation of a stereotypical, mischievous, childish, and adventurous young boy. He lives with his Aunt Polly down by the banks of the Mississippi novel. His journey begins when he falls in love with a young girl named Becky Thatcher. Unfortunately, their relationship falls apart. Humiliated, Tom runs off and begins to create a plan to run away. Around this time Tom becomes very close to a juvenile delinquent named Huck Finn. Together they embark on dozens of mischievous missions, one of which can become a massive problem for them. When testing a scheme to cure warts the duo witness a murder. Scared and shocked the friends vow not to tell anyone what they saw to avoid being dragged into the dreadful and complex situation. Regardless of being an over a century old classic this work of art has stood the test of time and found itself relatable to almost every teenager in some way. This 274-page quick read is a very comedic and light read that will keep you turning its pages and wanting to read more. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I’m sure you will too."
Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Reviewed By: Aditri
"I got the wonderful opportunity to read and study the book Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Sing, Unburied, Sing is a 2017 novel about a family’s dynamics in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi. I bet this novel is unlike anything you have read before. Almost every line of this book has an in-depth message and that’s what makes this book so powerful. There isn’t exactly one person’s story that is told, instead every chapter is the perspective of a different character. Specifically, we get to see the perspectives of the characters Jojo, Leonie, and Richie, Jojo is the son of Leonie and Michael, an interracial couple. Leonie is African American and Michael comes from a very white conservative family. Even though it seems like these two characters would not get along too well, they do end up falling in love and having two kids, Jojo and Kayla. Throughout the story Jojo, Leonie and Richie face problems related to racism, family and their identity. Jojo starts to refuse to acknowledge his parents as his real ones, Leonie has a hard time being a motherly figure for her kids, and Richie, an unusual character, is desperate to uncover a big secret about himself. These aren’t the only challenges the characters face, but overall they have a hard time dealing with their past and their current relationships. What makes this book so interesting is that it includes a supernatural element. I wouldn’t exactly call it spooky or scary, but it definitely gives the book a more mysterious side that keeps the readers on edge. Along with the supernatural element, the book reflects on stories based off of real events that happened in the south. Jesmyn Ward, was a black woman from the south herself and she incorporates some of the harsh truths about what people in her community have faced. What I love about this book is that it gives us a glimpse of what life really is like for most of the African American population in the south. In other books and movies, I see that racial issues are often sugar coated or briefly touched upon, but Jesmyn Ward did a great job addressing some of these problems in the south and showing how it affects people. Most importantly, this book reminded me that we shouldn’t forget those who have passed away or left our life. Their stories should be remembered, they should never be forgotten. This book is jam packed with metaphors, similes, motifs and lots of hidden messages and symbols. Sing, Unburied, Sing is a great read and I believe everyone should read this at least once in their life. The story is a bit emotional, but that is what makes the book so honest and real. So, I highly recommend you check this book out and let us know how you liked it! I’ll leave you guys with a quote from the book."
“Sometimes the world don’t give you what you need, no matter how hard you look. Sometimes it withholds.” ― Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, SingRecent Contest Winners
Troy Public Library Library Design Card Contest 2019 Teen Winner: Priya