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Night by Elie Wiesel

By Rhea

Night, by Elie Wiesel, recounts the author’s memories of his time at a concentration camp.  During the Holocaust, Elie, his family, and other Jews from his neighborhood were taken to concentration camps.  Elie went to many camps, including Auschwitz, and he tells of the horrors he faced there.  After being separated from his mother and sister, Elie and his father had to work very hard in order to survive.  Conditions were terrible, and there was the fear of selections, when only the fit and strong were allowed to live.  It was a living nightmare for Elie and the others, and sometimes it seemed that the only escape was death.  Death took many from the camps, but others continued to persevere, hoping that they would soon be freed from the Nazis.  It was a horrible existence, but Elie somehow made it through and was able to record his tale.  Night is the life of Elie Wiesel.

Night is yet another book that Freshmen at Farmington High School read.  It is one of the saddest books I have ever read.  It is hard to believe that such a horrendous thing could ever have happened.  It is hard to believe that this book is a memoir, a true story, and not a made up novel.  The book is filled with sadness, and shows exactly what a person is capable of doing in order to survive.  Like I said before, this is an immensely sad book.  Even if Freshmen requirements change and they no longer have to read this, one must still read this book.  It is an absolute must read!

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs, by Elissa Wall [adult nonfiction, B Wall]

Reviewed by Olga

With the bathroom just a few feet away from the bedroom, it seemed like a sanctuary for Elissa. The one place she could be alone. She and her family were members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Elissa was raised to believe that marriages were arranged through a revelation from God, and delivered through the prophet. At 14, she was told that a revelation was made about her (something she never imagined). Ever since that revelation, she’d spend every last ounce of energy BEGGING the prophets’ councils to grant her more time or select another man to marry. Her new husband was not only first cousin, but they have never gotten along. Every day she prayed, but her prayers have gone unanswered. With no other choice, she’d submitted to the will of the prophet and gotten married to her 19 year-old first cousin. For the past several days she’d cried herself out of tears. Now with a lock on the bathroom door securely fastened, she felt the full weight of the day for the first time. Breathing deeply, she fought back the tears building up behind her blue eyes.  “Now is not the time to cry…I must keep sweet.” Stolen Innocence is a story about Elissa Wall and talks about her life, family, and growing up in a polygamous sect.

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