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Secondary I - Book Reviews

Shoot Out by Mike Lupica

Shoot OutJake is a boy who has enough skill to play with soccer greats like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Jake’s team is great too, until he moves to a new town. New town means new team and, in this new town, the team is really bad. His team has zero wins!

Can Jake turn this team around and make non-skilled players into amazing players?

This book is perfect for sports lovers. It is filled with play-by-play action on the world’s most known and universal sport, soccer.

- Nicolas Banousis ‘20

The Door in the Lake by Nancy Butts

Door in the LakeThis is a great book about a boy named Joey who disappears from his family for two years. When he gets back in contact with his family, he realizes he has not aged one bit.

This is an amazing book about paranormal activities. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's full of creepy and weird scenarios and I would definitely recommend it!

- Luca Cella ‘20

War Games by Akila and Audrey Couloumbis

War GamesThis book is about a 12 year-old boy named Petros who lives in Greece. It takes place during the Second World War and the Germans are not very friendly with people in Petros’ area. The village in which he lives is getting ready for the Germans to attack them. They are just praying that the Germans won’t come.

When reading this book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time since it is full of suspense. If you are interested in war history, I highly recommend reading this action-packed novel!

- Evan Cross ‘20

Young Sherlock Holmes Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Death CloudDeath Cloud is the first novel in a series about young Sherlock Holmes. The novel starts with Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, bringing him to stay with his relatives.

While there, Sherlock and his new friend, Matty, must uncover the mysterious death of a man covered in boils!

I would highly recommend this book if you are into mystery and action.

- Luca Favasoli ‘20

The Horse and His Boy by C.S Lewis

Horse and his BoyThe Horse and His Boy is a story in which two children and two horses travel to the beautiful, rolling hills of Archenland. After overhearing the Prince of Calormen’s plan to attack, it becomes their mission to warn the king of Archenland of the oncoming attack.

When the troops finally arrive at Archenland, it is a situation of do or die. Will they prevail or will it be the end for them? I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes excitement, cliffhangers, and mysteries.

- Nathaniel Griffin ‘20

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Night GardenerIf you are interested in mystery, horror and nail-biting novels, I suggest reading The Night Gardener, written by Jonathan Auxier.

This is an interesting, scary and mysterious novel about two Irish children whose parents have left them. The kids must travel long and far in the cold and rain to arrive at a creepy, scary and potentially haunted mansion.

This creepy mansion is where their caretaking careers will start. They will work hard for the bare amount of coins they will earn. This will be their job for as long as it lasts.

However, they find clues that they are not alone…. the night gardener is there too.

- James Lustig ‘20

Samurai Shortstop by Alan M. Gratz

Samurai shortstopToyo Shimada is a young man who loves to play baseball. This story takes place in Japan where he lives with his father. His father, who is a Samurai, starts to teach him how to be a samurai.

Toyo stays and sleeps at his school because he has no other place to go. Toyo and his friends play baseball together and hang out. They are simply the best friends.

If you like books with sports and exciting blood-rushing cliffhangers than this is the novel for you.

- Noah Miranda ‘20

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

DogsongRussel Susskit is a boy who lives in an Eskimo village. He's been living the same life ever since he was born. He starts seeing and talking to his village elder, Oogruk, more often.

Oogruk tells Russel some stories of his great, legendary adventures. Russel wants to have memorable scenes that will change his life forever just like Oogruk, so he sets off on a great journey to find his true self.

Read this book to find out the rest of what happens. You won’t regret it!

- Massimo Sisto ‘20