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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Flowers for Algernon

Avery W, December 15, 2013

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, is about a man named Charlie Gordon. When he was a little boy, he had a test done that showed he had an IQ of 70. His mom never really cared for him and his father liked him, but never stood up for him. When Charlie’s sister Norma was born, Charlie’s mom kicked him out of the house. He was sent to a place called Warren. Later in Charlie’s life, he was picked up by a couple of scientists who wanted to try an experiment on him to hopefully raise his IQ. Charlie learns that the experiment was done on a mouse named Algernon and it made the mouse very smart. He agrees to have the experiment done on him, and it works! Charlie becomes smarter, but as he becomes more smart, his friends stop talking to him. His teacher tells him he no longer has an innocence about him like he did before. Now Charlie has to find the spot in between his old self and new self.
I really enjoyed the book because the author made the book fun to read. It was almost silly in some parts because of the way the author wrote the paragraph. I think Flowers for Algernon is a good book for either gender because there are male and female characters. I think it would be good for middle school kids because there may be harder topics to understand. The book could be read in a group. There is a lot you can discuss, but it also makes a great independant book.

*The book is told through Charlie’s progress reports he writes about how he feels the experiment is working for him outside of the lab.
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Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals Book) by Carolyn Meyer
Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals Book)

Avery W, March 7, 2013

Mary, Bloody Mary, by Carolyn Meyer was a fantastic book. It had all the elements a book needs. It made me laugh, cry, learn more about history, and how it felt to live in that time period. I would recommend this book to girls or boys, based on the gender of the characters, but the main character is a girl. It was a book that you could read on your own or in a group, but I definitely got more out of it when reading it with a group.
In Mary, Bloody Mary, Mary Tudor is the next heir for the throne, but her father, King Henry VIII, wanted a son as his next heir. To do so, he divorces Mary's mother, Catherine of Aragon, and marries Anne Boelyn, who Mary immediately doesn't like. Anne tries to have a son, but ends up having a daughter, Elizabeth I, who takes Mary's place as Princess of Wales. When Mary becomes a servant for her step-sister, she realizes this may be her life, and she has to deal with it.
My favorite part of this book was the description it gave on the characters and the setting. It made me feel like I was there with Mary, King Henry, Catherine, Anne, and Elizabeth. If you are looking for a historical book about Mary Tudor, I would recommend Mary, Bloody Mary.
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