The Maze Runner – James Dashner
This book takes place in the not-so-far future. When Thomas wakes up, all he can remember is his name. Before he knows what is happening, he is pulled out of the lift by complete strangers – a group of all boys, none of whom can remember anything else either. Thomas’ new home is called the Glade, and it is surrounded by tall stone walls. The walls hide an ever-shifting Maze that is the only way out of the Glade. In three years, no one has ever found the exit and made it back alive. Then everything changes. A girl, the first girl ever, arrives in the Glade, setting everything on an irreversible path.
E – My best friend read this series before me, and told me how good they were. My favorite character was a tie between Thomas, because I thought it was kind of funny how he just jumped into everything, and Newt, because he was so compassionate and kind sometimes. I really liked how James Dashner brought the world to life. It was easy to believe that this could possibly happen.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the best friend of many children. She is funny and kind, with sparkling eyes. She lives in an upside-down house and bakes cookies when a child comes to visit. But the best thing about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is that she knows everything there is to know about children. When Mary turns into an Answer-Backer, Dick has become Selfish, or Allen decides to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle knows exactly what to do.
E – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is definitely below my reading level, but I like it because it is so cheerful and fun. I also like reading about all the mischief the kids can get into, and how nice Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is about it all. It is definitely a good book to read for fun.
Meet The Austins – Madeline L’Engle
The Austin family has four children – Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob. When a family friend dies in a plane crash and leaves an orphaned daughter, the Austins take in the girl, Maggy. The children try their hardest to make Maggy feel better and welcome, but Maggy makes it harder by making herself a little too at home. Vicky knows she should have at least a little sympathy for Maggy, but it’s so hard sometimes. She screams in the middle of the night, breaks their toys, and causes general chaos in the Austin household. Vicky is confused at how one little girl could completely disrupt a family of six, and can’t wait for her life to return to normal.
E – I picked this book up shortly after I finished the Time Quintet that Madeline L’Engle wrote. I really liked the way that she writes and I decided that this series sounded good as well. I really liked how it was just a series about a girl growing up. For the most part, she wasn’t the heroine or the victim. She just had to face ordinary struggles that could happen to an ordinary teenager.
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