The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Recommended by Shamarr
That nightWhat would you do if you were in the situation of delivering pizza to an unknown area, and got kidnapped? Kayla was called to deliver pizza to an unknown area, but it turned out to be a kidnapping site. Everyone found out it was meant for Gabbie, another worker. The Night She Disappeared reminds me of Amber Alert and CSI because in CSI they helped to find the person dead or alive. It reminds me of Amber Alert because people who are kidnapped are most likely not aware like Kayla. The thing that makes The Night She Disappeared stand out, is how it gives everyone’s point of view and how they feel. Also because it has the time periods. It was very realistic. I think that the beginning was grabbed the most attention, but towards the last few chapters I drew away from the book. It got boring. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like mystery. and realistic type things.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow-and-Bone

Recommended by Mr. Stephens

When you start a book and finish it in the same day, something has clearly captivated your attention. I found myself lost in utter amazement in the fantastical world of Ravka in Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. In the book, Alina Starkov, an orphan drafted into the King’s Army as a junior cartographer’s assistant, is faced with crossing the Shadow Fold next to soldiers and the Grisha, Ravka’s magical elite. As her sandskiff comes under attack by bird-like creatures, she sees a blinding light before falling unconscious. When she wakes, Alina is dragged by soldiers to meet the Darkling, a mysterious male with immense power. This is a book that believes magic is real, helping create an incredibly unique world in Ravka. It is not like any book I have ever come across. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars due to Bardugo’s sheer creativity. If you allow yourself to be consumed into another world full of fantasy, then Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone would be a nice read for you.

War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay

War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

War Brothers: The Graphic Novel

Recommended by Ms. Parker

There are as many as 250,000 child soldiers around the world today, according to Sharon McKay, the author. Although this book is fiction, it is based on true events. War Brothers is the story of Jacob, a Ugandan boy who, along with his friends, is kidnapped, beaten, starved and forced into being a soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Although it was originally written as a chapter book, it is the graphic novel version that is on this year’s HS Book Battle list.

The book reminds me of Art Spiegelman’s Maus books, which are graphic novels telling the story of the World War II Holocaust. In those books, Speigelman used cartoon characters of cats and mice to depict the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. In this book, the illustrator, Daniel Lafrance, draws the characters as real people, but uses shadows to imply some of the violence. As the main character, Jacob, tells readers: “My story is not an easy one to tell, and it is not an easy one to read. The life of a child soldier is full of unthinkable  violence and brutal death. But, this is also a story of courage, hope, friendship, and family.”

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you want to know more about a problem facing children in over 35 countries around the world today.

Child Soldier in Uganda, Africa

Child Soldier in Uganda, Africa