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Anaaya's Fave 5 At The Gilbert Library

by Anaaya Shah

I joined BIS in 2018, when I was in the third grade. From what I remember, reading had never been one of my pastimes and hobbies. Little did I know that reading would soon become my favorite hobby. Part of what influences what somebody reads is the type of books they have access to. Personally, I feel I’m very privileged to have access to a vast library like the ones at Gilbert and Junior School. This is my first year in Middle School and the Gilbert library has opened up recently, but from the books I’ve read, here is their list. 1) Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson The graphic novel is based on a girl who is trying out a new sport, Roller Derby, without her best friend. But when everything starts skating downhill, the only good thing in Astrid’s life are the notes she exchanges with a senior derby player, Rainbow Socks. Will Astrid be able to put things back together before it’s too late? 2) All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson Eleven-year-old Imogene has been brought up at the Renaissance Faire where her parents work and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice...until they aren’t. For the first time, she's embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle and their small, messy apartment. And when her new friends encourage her to do something mean, Impy goes along with it. Before long, Impy doesn't even recognize herself. Is she the dragon in her own story or the heroic knight? 3) The Chocolate Box Girls Series (Fortune Cookie is a chocolate box boys book) by Cathy Cassidy A series based on discovering new family, dealing with middle school and drowning friendships, The Chocolate Box Girls Series entertained and kept me engrossed. THE LIBRARY ALSO HAS OTHER CATHY CASSIDY BOOKS WHICH ARE NOT PART OF THE CHOCOLATE BOX GIRL SERIES. 4)Queen of Earth by Devika Rangachari A real life story mixed with fiction, Devika tells the story of Queen Prithvimahadevi, a rebel who works to lift the status of women in her kingdom. Queen of Earth is engrossing and filled with twists and turns all along the way! 5) Just as long as we’re together by Judy Blume A sweet tale on Friendship and jealousy, Judy tells us the story of Stephanie, Rachel and Allison whose stories are intertwined but filled with misunderstandings and lies. These were my top 5 favorite ones. I hope you enjoy reading them!

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