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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

chawkey, May 18, 2011

Heartbreaking and troubling, the last installment to this trilogy has a broken Katniss struggling to come to grips with what has happened before and during her second Hunger Games trial. She's lost so many and yet maintains her own self. I'm glad to see a book where good triumphs, but where real life scenarios are still felt by the main characters. As you feel that Katniss' will must break at some point with her pain of loss so forward in her mind, you see her struggle to overcome the pain to survive for her cause. Good does triumph, but it's not a victorious, fireworks display of triumph. Pain and loss overshadow the relief of a new beginning, but life does go on, rebuilds itself, and gives hope...
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

chawkey, May 18, 2011

A strong sequel to an amazing book! I could feel the anguish and frustration of Katniss upon the "victorious return" to District 12 and what life awaited her there. As she and Peeta go through the motions of visiting the other districts where with horror and pain they realize the uprising is real and that people are dying because of it. A few twists and turns that make you keep turning the pages. I could hardly put it down until the last page!
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Fireflies in December by Jennifer Valent
Fireflies in December

chawkey, April 25, 2011

A coming of age story that will grip all readers and tug at your emotions, especially in a society where bullying has become prevalent. Jessilyn sees people for who they are, regardless of “color." This story really drags the reader into what life was like during the heyday of the Klan and what people felt. I recommend this book to all readers, especially teens for a look at historical contexts and what friendship means. No holds barred, Valent describes good and bad times during the 1930s and how people eventually do come around, you just gotta hold onto your guns and stand up for what you feel is right without letting someone bully you into their line of thinking.
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

chawkey, April 19, 2011

I was a bit skeptical at first, but once I got started, I couldn’t put it down! The trials Katniss has gone through to ensure her family’s survival is breathtaking and inspiring. The intensity of the Hunger Games and the post-apoctolyptic Panem is gripping. Collins’ descriptions are well thought out without becoming overly detailed and boring. I felt even the minor characters were well written and defined without having any detractions from the main characters. The hurt and anguish felt by Katniss and Peeta are felt as well as their joys. Highly recommended, but consideration should be made towards younger readers due to the violence of the situations. Can’t wait to continue on with the next books in this series!!!
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

chawkey, March 29, 2011

I continually am amazed at how far tissue/cell culture has come since the 1950s. Well written, it draws in the reader and captures their attention. It reads like a story, not a history lesson. I get fired up reading parts about lack of consent and doctors that abused their privileges, but then am drawn into sorrow for a family that can’t afford health care… Highly suggested for any reader�"especially anyone going into science. A must!!!
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