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MYP 2 Book Reviews!

In a new effort to bring the newspaper closer to all St Francis students, we have begun partnerships with different departments at school and the teachers have been submitting student work. This is the first edition of a new section of the newspaper dedicated to our readers, submitted by the readers themselves! We are so excited to launch this new action and if you wish to submit any piece of your own creation just sent it through the submit section of our website! Without further ado, the MYP 2s have prepared a wonderful selection of book reviews. Enjoy!

(Disclaimer: edits have been made for clarity)


Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” is a very interesting novel that is sure to please anyone who enjoys adventure books.

I guarantee you will have a lot of fun whilst reading and will enjoy this adventurous tale. The novel is about Poseidon’s son, Percy Jackson, who is being accused of having stolen Zeus’ lightning. In a fantastic adventure through the mythical world of Greek mythology inside the modern-day United States, Percy must go on a mission to get the weapon from the true thief and return it safely to Olympus. If you really liked the book, there is also a film available that goes by the same name. Thanks for your attention ツ

By Theo Leão

This review will be about Rick Riordan’s “Trials of Apollo”. Although this is, in fact, a series centred around the Greek god Apollo becoming a mortal, the book is very entertaining and full of creative and fun adventures. The characters are all related to Greek mythology and it is a great way to learn a little bit more about this culture. As much as I recommend this book, I don’t want to give away any spoilers and will leave the rest of the plot up for you to discover.

By Unai Hernandez Saez

The books I recommend are:

Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard) - A very interesting mystery book.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before (Jenny Han) - If you like reading romance novels, you'll love this one!

And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) - A fantastic mystery book. I also recommend other stories written by Agatha Christie.

Wonder (R.J. Palacio) - A very good narrative about friendship.

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) - A wonderful series of books which talk not just about magic, but friendship, conquering your fears, etc.

Percy Jackson (Rick Riordan) - A very good fictional story.

Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) - An interesting book from a series of best-sellers, which talks about power struggles, romance, superhuman abilities, and much more! Really, read this one (note from the editor)

By Laura Goffermann Giacobbo

Here are some book recommendations for everyone!!

1. Wonder (R. J. Palacio) - I really like this book. The story impressed me so much!

2. Packed lunch (Scary for Kids) - This story made me so scared that I couldn't sleep that night. (taken from the website: )

3. Hungry girl (Gidgey) - This story is realistic and so detailed.

4. To All The Boys I've Loved Before (Jenny Han) - I loved this romance and it impressed me so much!

5. Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) - This book is so interesting and so good!!

6. Blacklist - A very exciting crime mystery novel!!

By Shiori Horiai

At the moment, I am reading “Mafalda” and I would like to share it with you. I recommend this to anyone who likes smart jokes with a little common sense and a deeper meaning behind them. The main character goes by the same as the novel, Mafalda; a young girl (between 7 to 9 years old) that enjoys playing, fighting and spending time with her friends. She is always listening to the radio talk about the world, politics and other subjects that she bases her jokes off. One of her friend’s father works in the supermarket, and Manolito, her friend, wants to own the world's best supermarket when he grows up. This is a fun and light-hearted comic book to read in your free time.

By Gustavo Lorenzini

Anthony Horowitz’s “Alex Rider” is a series about a kid that is a spy. I believe everyone would like it because it is so interesting to see how Alex Rider (the protagonist) thinks outside the box and is always getting himself into some amazing adventures. For people who like mystery books or spy novels, this will be great for them.

By John Hick

I recommend “The Diary of Anne Frank”. The reason behind my recommendation is that the book involves many historical facts as it tells us, the readers, many aspects of what went on at the time of the Second World War and what happened to the people hiding with Anne. It is a very interesting book and I find it quite easy to read.

I also recommend the stories Stranger Danger and 8 Feet Tall on the website Scary for Kids. I like them because these are not short tales like most of the ones available on the website, and they are still very interesting to read.

By Catarina Pastore

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

“My Side of the Mountain” is a book about survival. It is about a kid who ran away from his family and started a whole new chapter of his life in the woods, learning the survivalist trade. I think people should read this because it shows how someone who cooperates can get anywhere they want to wherever they want to be.

By Ali Awada

More of Short Stories (from the website

In the website Scary for Kids, there are many different scary stories to read about and challenges and puzzles to try out. My favourite story on the site is called “Blue Baby”. This narrative is about a challenge taking place in a bathroom, which, if you complete a certain task, a creepy baby will appear and try to kill you. I believe this is a nice tale because it is not so realistic. If you feel inclined to try the challenge out, you can find out what really happens (nothing). This is a story that you can have fun reading. There are also many other stories available, but this is my personal .

By Carolina Salles

On Scary for Kids, my favourite story is called “Delete the Photo”. It is about a bathroom that has been locked down ever since a girl went missing in there. On the fourth day of her disappearance, a group of girls decides to enter the bathroom to take a picture there and some weird events begin to happen…

I think you should read the story and maybe even take a look at the website if you are a fan of horror, as there are many other creepy stories. Although the content is for all ages, there is definitely a few stories that I want to read and probably one for you too!

By Eduarda Pimentel

Published on the website Scary for Kids, the story “The Talent” by Cardboardboard Pizzas and art by AdilSantosa, starts with an entertaining yet mysterious introduction. Only five minutes in, the story catches the reader’s focus and interest.

Written in the first person, the novel is extremely approachable to children yet slightly challenging. “The Talent” begins by telling the story of an entertaining family with excitement and humour. The main character is presented by her older brother, who claims that she has a special talent. As the story continues, the tone becomes more mysterious and at one point, the sister sends her brother life and death alerts. While reading it, you will feel the emotions alongside the characters. “The Talent” is an enjoyable story and very recommended by me.

By Isabela Auriemo


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