Eye-Catching Books

By Madison Schlichte, Zatoria Thompson, Matthew Emmanuel
MAR 13, 2019

Photo: Zakary Majer


Photo: Zakary Majer


Legend, The Series

In a book series written by Marie Lu, two fifteen year olds, June Iparis and Day, meet unexpectedly and set off a wild chain of events. In a race against time to save his brother, Day and June meet many obstacles and unexpected allies who are a great help to them on their quest. Although Day and June become very close, their friendship differs throughout the story. Nova High School junior Zakary Majer told Raider Review that “[June and Day’s] relationship is crazy at first.” He went on to say that, “There’s not one book that stood out more than the other.”

Book cover for Champion.
Photo: Zakary Majer

Family and survival are the driving forces behind the journey of adventure in this thrilling series. The main characters’ experiences lead the reader into one of the most action-filled story lines, spanning a wonderful trilogy. This series is a perfect gift and recommended for any young readers who enjoy action, romance and adventure. This is a must-read, especially for those wishing to lose themselves in a brilliant fantasy. “After the first chapter I was hooked” said Zakary Majer, “I had the whole series given to me and I was able to finish it all within one month.” The adventure that the characters go on is one that the reader will never forget. The ending will leave readers wanting more. 

Book cover of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
Photo: Matthew Emmanuel

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

The New York Times Bestselling novel, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, written by Gucci Mane and Neil Martinez-Belkin is an inspirational story about Gucci Mane’s rocky path to stardom. Born as Radric Davis, Gucci Mane was raised in a crime-ridden neighborhood in East Atlanta. Gucci Mane fell on many hardships that caused him to lose sight of  his original dream which was to shine as one of the most well-known rap artists of his generation. Despite the fact that he was incarcerated for two years, when he was released he managed to revive his career.

Gucci Mane is a new man, and his story is out there for everyone to read. This book is a must-read. His autobiography illustrates how a person can overcome his/her demons and become a better version of themselves. This book takes the reader on a long journey that reveals Davis’ transformation into a new person. In Davis’ own words, “To start a new chapter, you’ve got to turn the page on the last one.”

Book cover of The Magician’s Elephant.
Photo:Madison Schlichte

The Magician’s Elephant

The sensational book, The Magician’s Elephant, written by Newbery Medal Award winner Kate DiCamillo is pure literature. The story of a young boy, Peter Augustus Duchene
is an inspirational tale of events that treats the reader to a really well written book. On a journey to find his sister, Peter is given  unexpected instructions from a fortune teller who tells him to follow an elephant! Is his sister alive? This book is unlike any other. The way each thought is expressed is truly unique. The novel shows that experiencing struggle can lead to some of the greatest accomplishments.

This book is worthy of being read at least once in someone’s lifetime. It is simplistic yet full of different emotions all at the same time. This book is captivating because the emotion of each character flows from the page into the reader’s mind and suddenly… the book cannot be put down.

The Magician’s Elephant was released on September 8, 2009, and was beautifully illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. It is categorized as an adventure, childrens’, and fiction book, as well as a fantastic work of art.