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Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
Forgotten Fire

ERoberts, May 19, 2007

**WARNING: Spoilers throughout the following text**

?Forgotten Fire? is a fitting title for this novel. I mean, how many times do you hear about the Armenian genocide in comparison to its Jewish counterpart? Not many know that, much like the Jewish race, the Armenians were persecuted for their ?inferiority? and dubbed unfit by the Turks. Now, the term ?Forgotten Fire? comes from a saying Vahan Kenderian?s (the main character) father told him before he was whisked away by the Turkish government. He told him: ?Steel is made stronger by fire.? In this scenario, the Armenians are the steel and the fire is the horrible, violent, destructive genocide brought upon them. Therefore, the title ?Forgotten Fire? simply means the forgotten struggle of the Armenian race. And from Vahan?s vivid account (which was based on the author?s grandfather?s actual retelling of the genocide), one can see what kinds of ?fire? the Armenians had to withstand.

Throughout the novel, Vahan is forced to watch as his father is taken away by Turkish authorities, as his eldest brothers are shot to death in their backyard, as his sister commits suicide by drinking a vile of poison, and as his grandmother is killed by a rock-wielding Turkish official. At that point, it is just him, his brother Sisak, his mother, and his sister Oskina. He and Sisak are forced to leave Oskina and their mother, and just when Vahan believes they are safe, he and Sisak are separated and he later finds him near death on the street. Finding an abandoned home for shelter, he tries to nurse him back to health, but to no avail. All alone in the midst of a large-scale murder, Vahan goes from place to place: Begging on the streets, being a stable boy for Selim Bey, one of the most feared Turks of the time, living with a kind Armenian doctor and falling in love, running away from the doctor?s house after Seta (with whom he was in love with) dies, boarding a ship to Constantinople, where he would be free, and entering St. Gregory?s Orphanage.

Overall, I believe this story is worth a five-star rating. Maybe someday the Armenian genocide will be taught in schools so that their will be no need to call it ?Forgotten Fire.?
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Diary of Anne Frank by Not Available (na)
Diary of Anne Frank

ERoberts, January 28, 2007

To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to reading this. We had been doing an extremely long unit on the Holocaust, and reading "The Diary of Anne Frank" was our final assignment. I had heard enough about Anne Frank to last me good into my Senior year (I was in 8th grade). But when I began reading it, my opinion changed dramatically. I felt like I was Anne, going through her relationship woes and growing pains. And I was reduced to tears by the end; an inconsolable wreck. What can I say, I was a teenage girl.

But even if you're not a teenager, you'll still find this book to be extremely sad -- I'm sure of it. And I bet you'll love this book as much as I did... maybe even more! It is a classic that I think all people should read, not only to learn about the Holocaust, but also to learn about the human mind and how even in the midst of disaster, a postive outlook can change everything.
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ERoberts, January 28, 2007

"The Bomb" is the fictitious tale of the trials a teenager named Sorry Rinamu faces when his home is threatened to be taken away. The year is 1944, and America has created a new weapon -- the Atomic Bomb. Sorry and his fellow villagers on the Bikini Atoll are promised wonderful rewards for letting the military test their new bomb on the Atoll, but Sorry doubts his home will be the same after the bomb is dropped. In a bold and indescisive instant, he and two other villagers decide to stop the test -- the day it happens. I can't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that the last few pages will take you on a ride from the highest high to the lowest low. Brace yourself for the ultimate twist!

I highly recommend this book to teens in middle school and high school alike. The plot is incredible, and I'm sure you'll be turning pages for hours!
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Cassell's French and English Dictionary
Cassell's French and English Dictionary

ERoberts, January 28, 2007

Helpful and handy, this dictionary's the ultimate resource for quick translations.
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

ERoberts, January 28, 2007

The title says it all: "How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference." I can remember many times when one person has done one thing that was "new" or "different" and it spread like wildfire. This book really helps explain why and how this happens.

I highly recommend it!
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