As a sophomore, I – like everyone else, I have books I’m required to read for my classes. Most of the time I don’t get to choose the books I have to read, which makes them extremely uninteresting and a hassle because I don’t want to read them. However, in my World Civilizations class, Ms. Ewing has changed the standard. We chose five books and ranked them in preferential order. Then, Ms. Ewing selected which book we read based on our interests. As for me, she hit the mark.

           Having a teacher who has read the book and makes an effort to help each student individually makes all the difference. She didn’t just stop there; Ms. Ewing is reading a new book along with us. She really makes an effort to learn and grow with us and it makes the classroom a better environment. Having a teacher who cares that you participate and enjoy learning makes my school experience feel better.

            I am reading the book Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz and can I just say….he is an amazing author. His book is not only easy to read; it is incredibly well written and thrilling. The book is based on the true story of a couple who survived the concentration camps of WWII. I am so in love with this book that I cannot put it down. It just holds my attention and the fact that it is based on a true story makes it all the more interesting.

            This boy named Yanek is Prisoner B-3087 and he goes through 10 concentration camps. This story is told through his eyes and his experiences as a Jewish boy through WWII. It is a chilling story of what the concentration camps were like and what it was like to survive. This story is truly inspiring and reading it was one of the high points of this school year for me.

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