Unstoppable by Tim Green

unstoppRecommended by Mr. Stephens

Do you know anyone that has been dealt a bad hand in life? It can be tough watching him or her struggle, knowing that it wasn’t his or her fault. In Tim Green’s Unstoppable, Harrison Johnson, a 13-year-old foster child, is in the process of being adopted by a horrible family when something happens that alters his future. Harrison is quickly placed into another home with a nice couple, which makes him question if his new life can really be this good. With his foster father being a football coach and him wanting to play, he joins the team, but his life will never be the same. This book is about a foster child, like One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, but it goes down a road where unbelievable strength and hope is necessary for survival. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars due to Green’s ability to reveal the amount of courage needed to beat overwhelming odds. If you wanted to find a role model for inspiration, then Harrison in Unstoppable can be that guy.

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

ungiftedRecommended by Mr. Stephens

Have you ever rooted for an underdog that you just knew had no chance to come out on top? It can be heartwarming, but the ending is simply inevitable. In Gordon Korman’s Ungifted, Donovan Curtis, a middle school student with a yearning for pranks, takes one too far. Instead of getting expelled, his name is accidentally placed on the roster for the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), the district’s gifted school. Not able to go back to Hardcastle Middle School in fear of facing the superintendent, Donovan must do whatever he can to fit in at ASD. This is a book that watches a mistake turn into a unique bonding adventure of students with wide-ranging intelligence levels. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for Korman’s creativity with the characters at ASD and their ensuing educational adventures. If you want a good laugh, then Gordon Korman’s Ungifted can provide that from the opening line.

George Washington Carver by Jill Wheeler

gwcRecommended by Kameron H. (Winner of Jimmy John’s)

Do you like reading about famous people? Well here’s one for you. In George Washington Carver, you can read all about his accomplishments and his family. Do you have a famous person in history or an inventor in history? If you do, you should read about one of the greatest people in history: George Washington Carver. George Washington Carver reminds me of other scientists in history, like Thomas Edison. The thing that makes this book stand out is when you read it, you can visualize the life he grew up in, and predict what will make him a brilliant inventor. At first, I did think it was going to be boring, but then it got really interesting at the moment. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like to read about biographies about inventors in history.

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

love walked inRecommended by Noelle S. (Winner, Domino’s Pizza Gift Card)

Love Walked In is the kind of book that makes you want to hunker down on a chilly day in a comfy chair and read straight through til’ dark. You will want to pass it on and on with the words, “You have to read it!” This is a poignant, heart-tugging story about a single woman, a little girl, who developed an unlikely bond, the secrecy of a love reaction, a grown-up fairy tale about old movies, charming princes, and finding happily ever after in the place where you’d least expect it. Love Walked In reminds me of one of the movies on Lifetime with the actions that took place which is very interesting and shocking. The interesting thing about Love Walked In is how the author gave you examples with old movies that gave you a picture in your mind to get the full effect. It started off with a powerful statement in the beginning that had me hooked, and that was when she said her real life started when a man walked into it. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like old movies, shocking relationship end-ups and a strong word like love.

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Recommended by Ashyrha D.

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There is more to the internet then you think. “Pain has never gotten so many hits.” Can’t Look Away is about a girl who is famous on the internet. Her little sister is twelve-years-old. Something bad happened, and the girl gets blamed. Can’t Look Away reminds me of a movie, Cyberbully. What makes it unique is the characters and the type of people they are. If you read this book pay close attention to what you read. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like drama, and if you like the internet.

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

lovely bonesRecommended by Mariya H. (Winner, Domino’s Pizza)

Lovely Bones is about a 14-year-old girl who has been killed by a serial killer.  On her birthday she was supposed to meet up with her new boyfriend but she was killed that night. Lovely Bones reminds me of My Sisters Keeper and The Fault in Our Stars. It reminded me about these movies because after the girl died her younger sister searched for the man and tried to get him arrested,and she basically was there to support her sister. I said this reminded me of The Fault In Our Stars because the in both they were in love. The thing that makes Lovely Bones stand out is how unique it is. Its a really good movie, and it actually almost made me cry. I’ve been wanting to read this book so bad. My advice: The movie at the beginning explains about the glass thing on why they showed it because that’s where she was after her death. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like learning about after death and what it’s like in heaven.

Reality Check by Kelli London

Charlys-Reality-Check-pbgRecommended by Teryn W.

This book is about how a girl and her boyfriend broke up and they are trying to see why they went out in the first place because they have nothing in common. This book is basically about how this girl and boy are very different and they like each other very much. I like this book because it’s like Kelli London’s other books, Star Power and Charly’s Epic Fiascos. This book stands out because it’s not like any other book I have read, and I love these type of books. My advice is to never go for a boy because of his money or looks because if you do you will be in this book. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.