American Born Chinese

118944

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. New York: First Second, (2006).

ISBN: 978-1596431522, e-book, $5.72.


             America is known as a melting pot of cultures, yet there are still ruling stereotypes that keep ethnic cultures from feeling like they truly belong. American Born Chinese is the story of three characters who find themselves trying to eradicate those stereotypes from their lives while realizing they must still keep a hint of who they are as they try to assimilate.

Pic3Pic2

Continue reading

The Lazarus Machine

15738313

Crilley, Paul. The Lazarus Machine. New York: Prometheus Books, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1616146887, e-book, $7.69.


              Incorporating the ever-popular Sherlock storyline, The Lazarus Machine explores the workings of a government looking for more power that a seventeen-year-old young man is forced to investigate when his father is kidnapped. What is the government up to, and why did his father get mixed up in the mess?

Continue reading

Divergent

13335037

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Harper Collins, (2011).

ISBN: 978-0-06-2024-03-9, Paperback, $9.99.


               Divergent is not something you should be, but that’s exactly the label that Tris is given after she takes a test that decides where she should spend her life. In a futuristic America, people are separated into four factions. On their sixteenth year, teenagers are  allowed to decide with which faction to spend their lives. They can either stay in the one they were born into or, very rarely, decide to switch, disgracing the faction in which they were raised. When Tris’ test comes up with more than one faction, she will soon find that there may be more pressing questions than which faction she should choose. Why is her current faction in so much controversy? Why are the other factions trying to over throw them? And, more importantly, what does it mean to be Divergent?

Continue reading

The Coldest Winter Ever

106393

Souljah, Sister. The Coldest Winter Ever. New York: Pocket Books, 1999. Print.

ISBN: 978-1416521693. Paperback, $7.99


Ghetto-born and bred, Winter’s family finally now lives on the wealthy side, what with her kingpin dad and all. Access to all the money and luxuries she could ever hope for, Winter develops a spoiled, privileged look on life and unhealthily uses it to her advantage.

 “Now I realized that me and him were just alike. We were both born to win. And, when we were not winning, it was OK ‘cause we were busy planning to win.”

Unfortunately, what Winter must learn is that too much time on top doesn’t prepare you for the trip to rock bottom.

Continue reading

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Peregrine

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2011. Print.

ISBN: 978-1594746031; Paperback: $9.99


              What if you encountered something that wasn’t what it seemed? When Jacob’s grandfather suddenly dies, he is left with a confusing set of last words that lead him to an old World War II orphanage on a dreary-looking island in search for answers. However, everything Jacob’s grandfather ever told him about monsters, his family of orphans on the island, and sweet Miss Peregrine wasn’t exactly the truth, but it wasn’t exactly a lie either. Expecting a well-preserved orphanage and a sweet old lady to talk to, Jacob instead finds an empty, broken down house and an island of rude, unwilling civilians to ask for help. Relying on only a couple of clues, Jacob must explore the chilling remains of the orphanage for answers. What did Jacob’s grandfather mean by his last words? And what was the true story of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?

Continue reading