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10 Books You Need To Read

Let's face it, we all get bored. Whether we're bored watching TV or procrastinating on our homework, we all have times when we don't want to do anything but relax. And what better way to relax than reading a great book? Here are ten of my personal favorite books that are interesting and are a fun-read.

1) Matilda by Roald Dahl

We're starting off the list with a classic, Matilda by Roald Dahl. This book is about a girl named Matilda who was definitely adopted by the wrong family! With a mom who only cares about her looks, a dad who's too greedy, and a brother who is just stupid, Matilda's bright personality just doesn't match. Plus, it doesn't help when she is sent to a school with a principal who hates her before she even talks to her. But, with her teacher, Miss Honey, the adventures they have are endless!

2) Unfriended by Rachel Vail

This book may be short but it is a great modern-day book for teens beginning middle school/high school. It starts off with a girl named Truly, who for her 13th birthday gets a new phone and social media. Truly's ex best friend asks her to sit at the popular table, and she doesn't hesitate to say yes. But, she leaves her close friend Hazel hanging. Truly has no idea why Natasha asked her to sit at the popular table, but she doesn't seem to worry too much. This books gives you six different insights into "normal and perfect" kids lives.

3) The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Homer's parents died when he was very young, so he was forced to live with his uncle Squint, the worst man in Pine Swamp. At least he has his brother Harold, who protects him from everything and makes sure Homer is safe. But when uncle Squint illegally sells Harold into the Union Army, Homer doesn't rest until his brother is back home and away from the dangerous war.

4) The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This story is about four siblings who stay at a professor's house during World War 2. While they are playing hide and seek, the youngest, Lucy, decides to hide in a closet. Little does she know that the closet leads to the mysterious world of Narnia. She meets Faun Tumnus, who later confesses he is supposed to capture humans, but he shows mercy and lets her get away. But when Lucy comes back with her siblings, they find out that Tumnus has been arrested because of Lucy. This story shows the adventures Lucy, her siblings, and the new friends she meets have in Narnia.

5) The Start Of Me and You by Emery Lord

Paige hasn't been herself, not since her first boyfriend died in a swimming accident. But she's decided this coming school year, she's going to be herself again. She has the perfect plan to make sure everything goes according to plan. She just wants to be a normal teen again; go to parties, date a boy (aka Ryan Chase), join a club, travel (who knows), maybe even swim. But when Ryan's cousin Max makes her join QuizBowl, her plan is falling apart. Will she be able to get back to normalcy again?

6) Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

This novel is about a girl named Chelsea who is going to her house by the lake. The thing is, it's the first time her family has been there since her grandma passed away. She didn't think she'd have any fun, that is, until she met Josh. Chelsea and Josh clicked, and before you know it, they were together for almost all of the summer. They have endless fun together, but Chelsea keeps remembering that once summer is over, she'll have to go back home while Josh stays at the lake. This book has a great ending that resolves everyone's problems.

7) Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jess never really had any friends, until a girl named Leslie moved in next door. Even though they had a rocky start, they soon become best friends, and soon create a mystical world together. A place where they are the king and queen, named Terabithia. It may be a made up place to everyone else, but it's Jess and Leslie's castle where they escape their tiring school life. This book showcases all of the adventures Jess and Leslie have together in Terabithia and how Jess faces the biggest battle of them all in the end.

8) The Kind Of Friends We Used To Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell

This book is the sequel to the book The Secret Language Of Girls, but the second book was even better. It starts out with Kate and Marilyn wanting to be friends again, but don't know how. Since they weren't friends the years before, they've grown apart and are completely different people now. Kate now aspires to learn how to play guitar, even though Marylin thinks it's dumb. And Marilyn wants stay friends with Mazie, who Kate thinks is the meanest cheerleader and puts Marylin down. Is there even a chance of their friendship again?

9) The Compound by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

The compound is about a boy named Eli who was 9 tears old when a nuclear attack occurred. Even though his twin brother and grandmother didn't make it, his parents and his two sisters managed to make it to the compound; a place their wealthy father had made in case of a situation like this. It had everything they needed, but Eli still felt unwholesome. But one day when he walks by his dad's office and sees that he has internet he starts to question everything his family has been doing while they were in the compound; especially his dad.

10) Beach House by R.L. Stine

The beach house basically has two different stories that come together as one in the end. In 1956, four teenagers were hanging out on the beach with no clue that someone was stalking them, and was ready to kill them, one by one. Fourty years later, and we're on the same beach. Four teenagers hanging out again, and it seems like history might repeat itself. Whatever you might think will happen, think again!


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