Archive for February, 2016


Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

ReviewChasing Redbirded by Aleesha

15 year old Zinny Taylor hasn’t been feeling herself ever since her aunt died, leaving behind an un-fillable hole in her life. But all of that changes the day she finds an old trail leading through the dense woods in her backyard. Zinny begins an amazing adventure in an effort to clear the trail, while along the way juggling her heart broken uncle, crazy siblings, and old flame. And she soon discovers that the trail holds more secrets than she thought. Slowly, the missing pieces of her childhood are connected as she uncovers truths about her dead cousin, secrets her aunt never revealed, and pieces of the past that begin to make her wonder, what’s waiting at the end of the trail?

This is an absolutely amazing book. You’ll definitely find that you have a lot in common with Zinny, and won’t soon forget her and the amazing events of this book anytime soon.

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RThe-Secret-Life-of-Beeseviewed by Aleesha

The year is 1962, and 13 year old Lily Owens never imagined she’d end up living on a honey farm, but her imagination soon becomes reality when she’s forced to run away from her home in Sylvan, South Carolina. It all started when her fill in mom, as she likes to call her, Rosaleen, is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to jail. After suffering with an abusive father for her entire childhood, and being haunted by the memory of her mother’s disappearance, Lily takes what clues she has left to her mother’s whereabouts and breaks Rosaleen out of jail, convincing her to run away with her and track down her mysterious mother. Lily’s limited clues send her to a honey farm in Tiburon, South Carolina, which she discovers is the home of the 3 African American Boatwright sisters, August, June and May. Taking pity on Lily and Rosaleen, the sisters allow the 2 runaways to take up residence in their house, where Lily’s life changing adventure begins. Watch as Lily befriends the sisters, learns about her mysterious mother, deals with the looming civil rights movement, and realizes there’s a lot more to bees than she’s ever known. All of this mixed in with thrilling action, a little romance, humor and the strong bond of the family Lily never knew she had is enough to make this one of the best books you’ll ever read.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

ReOutsiders book coverviewed by Aleesha

It’s the summer of 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and trouble is beginning to stir between the two main gangs in the city. One gang being the Soc’s. Upper-class, spoiled rich kids who never hesitate to show off their fancy cars and superiority to the Greaser’s, the other ruling gang of the city. The Greaser’s, unfortunately, hail from the poorer side of the city, where tensions only seem to be growing between them and the Soc’s every day. The story begins with the main character, Ponyboy, a Greaser, having an unfortunate run in with a gang of Soc’s, where you’ll be introduced to Ponyboy’s gang members, who are quite an unforgettable bunch. I guarantee you’ll soon find they share much in common with you. Then, Ponyboy and his best friend Johnny become involved in an accident that changes their entire lives… and breaks the long standing border of hate between the Soc’s and the Greaser’s. Join Ponyboy as he experiences the tough life of a Greaser… and as he runs away in an effort to free himself of a fatal mistake that could end it. Once you start reading this book, It’ll take a whole gang of Greaser’s to make you put it down.