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  • Echoes by Steel, Danielle.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    A great book.  Story about acts of love, acts of betrayal, and war. A young girl falls in love with a young man and both of their families deny them when they get married. After her husband dies this woman (who is 1/2 jewish) moves back to Germany. She moves back with her two daughter (neither know they are part jewish) who were raised catholic. Her parents/family don't even acknowledge her. They considered her dead when she left and got married. Her mother eventually secretly meets her and her granddaughters before she dies. Her oldest daughter joins the convent.  they are found out that they are part jewish. The mom and yougest daughter are taken away. The oldest leaves the convent and goes through many things to keep her safe from hitler. She does end up in a camp but escapes and goes on to help others escape. A very good story that shows us what she had to do to survive hitler and the war.

    Reviewed by Donna P on May 29, 2020

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  • Soul surfer
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Based on a true story a girl loses her arm to a shark attack and learns how to redo things including surfing which was her love before the attack. Loved this movie. Showed that if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything you want. No disability can stop you.

    Reviewed by Donna P on May 28, 2020

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  • Spotlight
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    a team of reporters from the Boston Globe investigate the report of abuse in the catholic church. They uncovered there was a cover up of the abuse that went on for years and the great number of priests that committed the abuse. The newspaper after publishing the story started getting hundreds of calls from those who were abused at one time. There was a lot of abuse going on and it was just swept under the carpet. Good Movie

    Reviewed by Donna P on May 27, 2020

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  • City of endless night by Preston, Douglas J.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    This was a murder mystery. Starts with a girl being murdered and beheaded. There was then a series of other beheadings, They were trying to connect the murders and get ahead of the murderer. Who was the murderer I really wouldn't have thougt it to be them. Was a good read I enjoyed it very much

    Reviewed by Donna P on May 26, 2020

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  • Busted : life inside the great mortgage meltdown by Andrews, Edmund L.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Busted, by Edmund Andrews, is a true horror story. The author, a business journalist, is caught and swallowed professionally and personally in the mortgage crisis of 2007. Millions of Americans jumped at the chance to buy expensive big houses with new types of mortgages that were misleading, discriminatory, incredibly confusing, very expensive and destructive. These same mortgages were hugely profitable to the mortgage industry but they were under immense pressure to keep creating more profitable and more risky products that our families suffered from as buyers and then bailout tax payers. Author Andrews describes the crisis in detail but leaves us hanging at the end- did he go bankrupt? Get divorced? How does the country get out of the mortgage crisis? Still, an excellent book.

    Reviewed by Robert S on May 22, 2020

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  • Project Middle School by Milano, Alyssa,
    ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
    Hope is a science whiz who just got accepted into the advanced track at JFK Middle School. The news is bittersweet, though, because even though her best friend Sam is also headed to JFK, she wasn't offered a slot in the advanced program so she and Hope won't be in the same classes. And once school actually starts, Sam seems to join a new group of friends easily, while Hope keeps putting her foot in her mouth and making mistakes. Then Hope joins the science club and things start looking up, until, in an effort to prove herself she ends up taking on too much, and causing a complete disaster with an important science club group project. I didn't expect to like this book, as the cover illustration was a bit too cute for me, and the summary given mentioned things that are usually not of too much interest to me like comic books, rescue dogs and science. However, the book seemed like it would appeal to a lot of kids I know so I decided to give it a try. I'm really glad I did. Hope is a very relatable, likeable character, and I enjoyed accompanying her on her journey into her new school. At times the book seemed a little too warm and fuzzy, but overall I liked all of the positivity it had to offer. I think it provided me with some nice messages about having confidence in yourself and the value of persistence, and in more ways than one, about not judging a book by its cover. I would recommend this to any 5th to 7th grader looking for something light to read, and as this seems like the first in an upcoming series, I'll definitely be up for reading more books about Hope and her friends in the future.

    Reviewed by Megan M on May 19, 2020

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