The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
[book and movie]
Genre: historical diary
The Diary Of A Young Girl is the real diaryof a teenage girl that begins on Anne’s 13th birthday (12 June 1942) when shegets a diary. It tells the story of her family who live in Frankfurt, Germanyand suddenly have to go into hiding as a result of Hitler and the Nazi Party’streatment of Jews in Europe during the second world war. They escape to Amsterdamwhere they go into hiding with other Jews. The diary ends suddenly on 1 August1944.
There are many important messages in thisbook, but the most important message is that all people have the right to livein freedom. Anne’s story shows us that just because people may be a differentreligion or race, doesn’t mean that they should be treated differently. Theterrible treatment of Jewish people during the war has shown this. Her diaryshows us things that people don’t think about now, for example how every daythe people in hiding worried about maybe being found and punished.
Why we recommend it
Anne Frank’s published diary is differentfrom a typical literary work. It’s a true account of the life of oneJewish girl during the Holocaust, and, while Anne Frank wrote somepassages with publication in mind, others she did not. When the book was firstpublished, many passages that her father, Otto Frank, found too long,unflattering, or inappropriate were excluded. Today, the book is available withall material included. Gaining some understanding of this horrific genocide iscrucial to students.
I would recommend this book to anyone whohas an interest in reading historical, war or mystery books as it is sointeresting. This book would be suitable for people aged ten upwards since itis very sad in places.
The Hunger Games
[book and movie]
The Hunger Games begins on the day of thereaping in District 12. Katniss Everdeen, the story's 16-year-old narrator,sets out to meet her friend Gale so they can do some hunting and gatheringbefore the reaping that afternoon. As Katniss makes her way from her home tothe Meadow and, finally, to the woods, where people of the district areforbidden to go, we learn about Katniss' life in the impoverished part of herdistrict, the Seam, and her family. She thinks about her sister Prim, who is 4years younger, and her mother, both of whom have depended upon Katniss forsurvival ever since Katniss' father died in a mine explosion when she was 11.
Why we recommend it:
The book received mostly positive responsesfrom major reviewers and authors. It was praised for its plot and characterdevelopment. In writing The Hunger Games, Collins drew upon
Greek mythology, Roman gladiatorial games,and contemporary reality television for thematic content. The novel won manyawards, including the California Young Reader Medal, and was named one ofPublishers Weekly’s “Best Books of the Year” in 2008.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory（2005）
Genre: Children's fantasy novel
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964children's novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features theadventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentricchocolatier Willy Wonka.
Why we recommend it
Charlie Bucket is a poor boy who lives near theWonka Candy Company. The company's owner, Willy Wonka，has for long closed access to his factory due to problems concerningindustrial espionage that led him to fire all his employees, among themCharlie's Grandpa Joe (David Kelly). One day, Wonka announces a contest, inwhich Golden Tickets have been placed in five random Wonka Bars worldwide, andthe winners will be given a full tour of the factory as well as a lifetimesupply of chocolate, while one ticketholder will be given a special prize atthe end of the tour.